Recently, a Mumbai's famous landmark was illuminated in pink for a whole week as a part of a global initiative to create awareness on breast cancer and do you know the name of that landmark, yeah it was the famous Bandra Mumbai-Worli Sea Link. Also, officially called as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the Bandra Mumbai-Worli Sea Link is basically a cable-stayed link with pre-stressed concrete-steel bridges on either side that links Worli in South Mumbai with Bandra Mubai in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai.
Bandra, called as 'Wandre' by the locals (Marathi Manush) is a suburb located in the western part of Mumbai. It also has a byname, what we call a sobriquet- "Queen of the Suburbs" and is really popular hub for pubs, high-street stores, shopping centres, restaurants and bars. It has a long and beautiful seafront with spectacular promenades located along Bandstand, Reclamation and Carter Road.
Although Bandra Mumbai is consisted of mostly of Christian families for many years but now it has become quite cosmopolitan in nature in terms of culture and population as well as it is now home to many sizable Parsi (Zoroastrians), Hindu and Muslim populations.
The name Bandra according to many historians, comes from the Marathi word 'Bandar' means port. The word 'Bhandara' or 'Bandar' which is a word for 'Docks' or 'Wharves' in Indo-Persian language and has evolved from the Portugese 'Bandora'; has given the perfect match for Bandra Mumbai. Bandra Mumbai has reportedly, one of the largest Catholic populations in Mumbai and thus famous for beautiful and culturally rich churches and lifestyle respectively.
The Mount Mary's basilica stands amongst the others the most because of its history. This chapel of Mount Mary, was built around 1640 by the Portugese. Later on, if the version of local tradition to be believed, the same basilica was destroyed in 1738 during a Maratha raid. In 1761 much before the rebuilt of Mount Mary, the statue of the virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrews for the time being.
Formerly as an independent city and now completely an advanced area of what is known as Salsette Island is reportedly the first ever urbanized area of the same island. The name 'Queen of the Suburbs' was given to it because it is largely made up of bungalows/ cottages of the rich and with passing decades since its merger with Bombay, the Bandra Mumbai has become too congested because of the supreme location and also has seen a substantial change in its demographics.
As it is famous for its rich history, Bandra Mumbai has become one of the most fashionable suburbs in Mumbai and in Asia too. Known as shopping haven, you can pick up some really cool and trendy clothes, jewellery, accessories bags and shoes without even burning a hole into your pocket. Over past many years, Bandra Mumbai has also gained the title of the "Restaurant Suburb of Mumbai" because it has the most number of restaurants than any other location in Mumbai that offers you with some finger-licking dishes.
With so many other landmarks to look out for, Bandra Mumbai along with restaurants, shopping destinies is a perfect stop for people who love to enjoy life in élan.
Some of the Major Hotels in BandraSofitel Mumbai BKC, Mumbai
Address: C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex ,
Bandra (East) , Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400051
Phone:022 6117 5000
Hotel Metro Palace, Mumbai
Address: 355, Ramdas Nayak Road,
Santosh Nagar, Bandra West, Mumbai
Phone:022 6774 4555
Grand Residency Hotel, Mumbai
Address: Junction of 24th & 29th Road,
Off Turner Road & Waterfield Road,
Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Phone:022 6142 5000