Day 11 – 9th October 2012

Reached Mumbai early in the morning,went to my friends place slept for a while and decided to take the local train to my next Unesco Site – Victoria Terminus.

Victoria Terminus, now recognised as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), is a remarkable railway station in Mumbai which serves as the head office for the Central Railways in India. Designed by the British architect, Frederick Stevens in 1887, it was built in the honour of Queen Victoria. Owing to its magnificence and striking architecture, Victoria Terminus was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.

The imposing building of Victoria Terminus was designed in a Victorian Gothic style derived from medieval Italian models. It demonstrates an impressive blend of Victorian architecture and traditional Indian architecture.

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Victoria Terminus has a remarkable ground plan, domes, spires, towers, pointed arches, but the main attractions are the passenger booking hall and the stone carvings and sculptures on the building. Above the entrance gate of the Victoria Terminus are stone sculptures of a lion and a tiger – indicative of Britain and India. The hall has a soaring Neo-Gothic roof which is decorated with colourful tiles and stained glass windows. The platforms are large and spacious to accommodate the swarming commuters that pass through Victoria Terminus daily. The old steam engines have been replaced by electric ones.

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Taking a walk around the outer side of the station, one may marvel at the other carvings and sculptures including those of peacocks, elephants, monkeys, and snakes. At the top of the central dome is a 13 feet high statue of ‘Progress’ bearing a torch. The dome has decorative spokes and water spouts shaped like animals that project from the base.

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Since some renovation works were going on,I couldn’t click too many pictures.

Timings : Open 24×7 on all days.

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Day 11 - 9th October 2012 Reached Mumbai early in the morning,went to my friends place slept for a while and decided to take the local train to my next Unesco Site – Victoria Terminus. Victoria Terminus, now recognised as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), is a remarkable railway station in Mumbai...