Bandra is one of the most happening western suburbs of Mumbai. Lined by the Arabian Sea, Bandra was initially a fishermen’s village predominantly occupied by the Koli community. Eventually it became one of the earliest Portuguese colonies in Mumbai during the 16th century and was soon taken over by the British. Over the years, Bandra has not only emerged as one of the most important trade and commercial centers, but is also one of the best places for street shopping, recreational activities along with being home to some of the best eateries in the city. While one end of Bandra connects you to the all western suburbs of Mumbai, the other end is home to the Bandra Fort and Band Stand that mark the end of land at one of the tips of Mumbai ( the others being Marine Drive that leads to Nariman Point and Colaba’s Navy Nagar).
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The Bandra Reclamation offers some of the best connectivity in the city. It offers an amazing view of the Worli skyline, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and the newest art installation ‘Love Mumbai’. Earlier, Bandra could connect to central Mumbai only via the Mahim Causeway, however, the sea link has in the past few years made commutation from the suburbs to the town pretty convenient.
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Moving on, Bandra is known for some of the best places for street shopping for men and women alike. Places like the Hill Road, Linking Road and Waterfield Road are the best, pocket-friendly options for shopping for anything related to fashion. While Hill road is home to ELCO, a hit among shoppers who stop by for a bite before they end their shopping trip, Linking Road proudly boasts of Jai Jawan, best known for tandoori items (a must visit for meat lovers).
Going back in time, the Mount Mary Church has made Bandra home for over two centuries now. The historic church is located at Bandra lands end, which also happens to be home to a beautiful amphitheatre that leads to the Castelle de Aguada which is now locally known as the Bandra Fort. Homes of famous Bollywood actors, Shahrukh Khan (Mannat) and Salman Khan (Galazy Apartments) are located here along with the luxury Taj Lands End Hotel.
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The Bandra Fort is located at the end of the Band Stand promenade that a lot of people walk on, especially during sunsets. It is believed that the Portuguese built the fort when places like Worli and Mahim were islands. A few kilometers from the Band Stand is Carter Road. One of the places a foodie cannot afford to miss! The promenade has been maintained for decades now and is a great place to watch the sun go down. The lane right across Carter Road is full of restaurants and eateries you can try out. From shawarmas, Chinese and continental food, to desserts that are too good to be resisted,once in Carter Road, we doubt you’ll go back with an empty stomach.
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