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.
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