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“Not a tourist place but a site of spiritual interest”
Review of Tower of Silence

Tower of Silence
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Private Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #184 of 486 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
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Owner description: So as not to defile sacred air, earth or water by cremating, burying or putting corpses in water, the Parsee sect places their dead within a tower, where the bodies are consumed by birds.
London, United Kingdom
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“Not a tourist place but a site of spiritual interest”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Many years ago on a trip to Bombay my colleague knowingly looked towards Malabar Hill and mentioned the Tower of Silence and pointed towards what I thought was a water tower. Having returned after learning more of the Parsi (Zoroastrian) and visiting Malabar Hill I discovered that what I had seen earlier was indeed a water tower and the actual holy grounds enclosing the so called "towers" are surrounded by acres of trees and one can only make out the structure of one from the road leading up to Malabar hill from "Kemps Corner". (Ridge Road)
The metal gate to the arrival buildings where the deceased are conveyed has a notice "This is Holy Land Do Not Litter & Spit" . Of course no non Parsi is allowed inside and there is frankly something quite eerie about the surrounds. The ritual end of life is indeed a private one shared only by an occasional flesh eating bird or the burning sun of Mumbai.
Opposite the gated entrance with the notice are some steps leading all the way down to Hughes Road, (now Sitaram Patkar Marg) steep in places, but clearly a route used by Parsis living in their housing colony below Malabar Hill maybe going to attend the ceremony in the sky above. Am glad that I found the site.

Visited February 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“towers of silence”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

serene. wooded area in the middle of a bustling city. unfortunately only Parsee zoroastrians are alllowed in

Visited December 2012
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“Oasis of greenery and peace”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Since it occupies a large area surrounded by concrete jungle the it is an oasis of greenery and bird life.

Visited May 2012
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“Tower of Silence - Final resting place for Mumbai Zoroastrians”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Tower of Silence or Doongerwadi as it is known amongst the Zoroastrians of Mumbai is the final resting place for the Zoraostrians of Mumbai and its suburbs and is certainly not a Tourist spot. It covers a mammoth area in arguably the costliest piece of real estate in Mumbai and has often been under the prying area of land sharks.This place is NOT OUT OF BOUNDS for non Zoroastrians many of whom come to pay their condolences to the family members of the bereaved, however it is not recommended for a person to visit it from a tourist perspective. Though there are no vultures now(an aviary for breeding vultures in captivity is being proposed) if one is lucky one can spot a few peacocks especially during the rains when the place becomes lush green.

Visited December 2012
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“Parsee Tradition”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This place is not open to the public but is a sacred resting place for Parsees with the deceased offering their remains to the vultures overhead. You can see the vultures flying around from a distance and even view them from the Mehta Gardens.

Visited March 2012
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