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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
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Owner description: India's most beautiful railway station is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with stained-glass windows, towering spires, domed arches and buttresses and pillars with animal images carved into them.
Reviewed April 24, 2013

How much better they try to make that much worse it becomes.. No better infrastructure developments.. always full and crowded whether it be late evening or early mornings.. but in the end there is no choice other than this airport..

Tip: Always leave for this airport well in advance as you never know the traffic situation in Mumbai, especially on the roads leading to the airport.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's one of oldest railway station - earstwhile Victoria Terminus. It's got a colonial look. not to miss in Mumbai!

Thank Vinit-Gaonkar
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The way to look at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Formerly Victoria Terminus is look at it in Two ways. 1. As the First Railway terminus in Indai and 2. As one of the most beautiful building that India and Mumbai posses. The effort taken to build such an imposing structure is a marvel by itself. It is one of the best legacies that the British have left Behind.

The imposing structure when veiwed from Outside is worth all the memories that one may want to keep and without exception is a must see for all visitors to Mumbai. The regulars and the locals always never get tired of seeing this structure every day.

The beauty is enhaced by 2 structures next to CST. The Municipal Corporation Buliding as well thge Old Lady of Boribunder ( Times of India Building). This Trioka make is a must visit to for all visitors.

Nature also has a way of amalagmating with these structures for it insulates people even during different kind of weather.

Heritage and legacy is very important in our life and the structure provides us all those.


Thank SriramanGanapathi
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This monument stands testamony to what Mumbai is - Rugged and Busy. Everyday millions of people walk through it and on 26/11 a lot of them faced the first bullets of terrorist attack. Yet, the Mumbai heros were the ones who triumphed. A must see for everyone who comes to Mumbai. You will not forget it.

Thank RahulKSinha
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

One of the biggest secrets of Mumbai is finally open to everyone and deserves to be widely seen . The heritage section of the building opened up in Dec 2012 and is open from 3-5 PM on weekdays only ( Not open on holidays and weekends). It costs Rs 200 and the entrance is through a small gate on the right of the building and includes a free guided tour.

This allows a wonderful inside view of the building through which millions pass by everyday. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Central Railway and is used as an office by over 900 people daily. The first section is a rail museum where there are several displays about the construction of the building and some history about the railways in India for over the past 160 years. A very interesting section which gives an idea about the way millions of Indians used to travel. The ground floor also includes the huge dining area which has been fitted with modern tiles.

The highlight is of course when you walk in under the central dome. I would recommend first walking to the centre without looking up and then immediately let the grand view sink in. The level of detail on the architecture and the light flowing through the stained glass windows literally blows your mind away. You can walk up the staircase for upto 2 levels. In case you want some pretty pics, would recommend climbing to the 2nd level for a closer look. ALso pay attention to the various animals carved on the levels.

The first level also gives you access to the top of the ticketing hall where you can see the famous ceilings up close and personal. The 2nd level also gives way to a small lounge area where you are served free tea and biscuits.

I was very surprised when the guide told me that only around 1500 visitors had come through since it opened and more than 90% of them being foreign tourists. I would recommend that you take atleast an hour off from your busy schedule to see the hidden beauty right around the corner

14  Thank krishna_athreya
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