Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the governor of Maharashtra. It is located in the state’s capital city, Mumbai and is perched on top of the Malabar Hill, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is known that the Portuguese were the first ones to sail to Bombay in the early 16th century. Their defence was considered to be so strong, that the French, Dutch and the British couldn’t take over the island of Bom Baim, as the Portuguese referred to it. Over the years, King Charles II of England was to wed Catherinie of Braganza, sister to the King of Portuguese in 1662. The King of England demanded the islands of Bom Baim as a part of the dowry.
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Eventually, the king was in need of funds, when he rented the islands of Bombay (as the British pronounced it) to the East India Company. Sooner than later, the East India Company moved their headquarters from Surat to Bombay. Through the years, the English Governors made Bombay their home. It was only in the 18th century that the English Governor made the Government House his home. For two centuries the home of the governor shifted from the Bombay Castle, New House at Apollo Street and lastly Sans Pareil (which is now the Haffkine Institute in Parel).
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The Raj Bhavan was once surrounded by dense forests on the Malabar Hill which is now replaced by an urbanized cityscape. There are several cottages in the complex including Jal Bhushan, Jal Chintan which is the official residence for the visiting Prime Minister of India, Jal Lakshan, the official residence of the visiting President of India, Jal Vihar, the classy banquet hall, Jal Sabhagraha which hosts official ceremonies and various gardens and green lawns.
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Official visits to the Raj Bhavan are hosted on regular basis for people who’re interested to visit the beautiful property in the city that offers a magnificent view of the Arabian sea. this is definitely one of the places in the city you mus visit.
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