The double decker buses of Mumbai
have a long and glorious history. They were first tried out in 1937 to cope with the rising number of passengers, and they were soon a success. How could they not?
They not only accommodated more people, but the thrill of riding on the upper deck, seeing the city from a different angle would have been a big incentive too! More than 75 years down the line, double decker buses are on their way out, thanks to the increased traffic on the roads and the fewer number of people using the buses. However, the charm of travelling by these buses remains the same. They still give you a different perspective of the city, especially when the bus is a roofless one!
is the official open decker tourist bus, run by the MTDC, and, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, you can take a ride through Colaba. We have been on this bus before, but were disappointed that it was such a short ride, especially as there was so much more to see around! Which is why, when I was invited for a bus tour through Churchgate, Fort and Marine Drive by Audio Compass,
I signed on at once!
The tour began at Churchgate station, and took us through Fort, passing by the Asiatic Library to Regal Cinema
, along the Colaba Causeway, and then along Marine Drive, all the way to Chowpatty. This is one of the most interesting areas of Bombay, with the Gothic, Indo-Saracenic and Art Deco styles constantly competing for attention, so instead of talking any more about it, let me show you some of Mumbai’s landmarks, from this different perspective!
Let me start with this view of the Western Railway Headquarters, right opposite Churchgate station… not the view seen from ground level, is it?
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Original author: Anuradha Shankar