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26 Incredible Pictures That Show How Mumbai Has Transformed Over The Years 

Zara hatke, zara bachke, ye hai Bombay meri jaan! Not to forget, Mumbai is the home of Hindi film industry. What New York is to Americans, London is to Britishers, Mumbai is to Indians!  Catch how the "City of Dreams" has changed over the years. This seaside city has experienced a sea change, but its lingo is what sets it apart. From "Bhai Ekdum Eksat Hai" to the badass remark "Bohot keeda hai tere mein" to the fun-loving, "Hata Sawan Ki Ghata"; these Mumbai colloquialisms are etched in our hearts and memories.    

#1. Crawford Market then.

It is named after Arthur Crawford, the first municipal commissioner of Bombay under the British rule.

Crawford Market now.

It is now one of the best fruit markets in Mumbai. One can reach the market from the CST station.  

Victoria Terminus then.

Also referred to as the CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), it is a busy railway station and is a tribute to the Victorian era in India. It was built in 1888 and was designed by the British architect F.W. Stevens.  

Victoria Terminus now. 

It had been declared as a World Heritage Site in 2004 by UNESCO. It is a treasured structure and a bustling terminus, with amazing rail connectivity with the rest of the country. 

The Taj & The Gateway of India then. 

The construction of the Gateway of India was completed in 1924. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and in history, served as a decorated entrance to India for the Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay. 

The Taj & The Gateway of India now.

This looks like a photoshopped transformation!  

Colaba Causeway then. 

An upmarket street situated in South Mumbai, the Colaba Causeway, is officially referred to as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road. It is a commercial street now.  

Colaba Causeway now. 


Haji Ali Dargah then.

Easily spotted when one speeds along the Bandra-Worli sea link, the Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque that is on an islet off the coast of Worli. It was constructed in 1431.

Haji Ali Dargah now.

It is beautiful! It is an epitome of the Indo-Islamic architecture, and its accessibility is affected by the tides. 

Mahalaxmi Racecourse then.

It is a horse racing track that was built in 1883 and is modelled on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

Mahalaxmi Racecourse now.

It is owned by The Royal Western Turf Club, an elite sports club in Mumbai and is a prime track for the horse racing lovers. The Racecourse's Grandstand is included in the list of the 'heritage structures of India.'  

Chor Bazaar then.

It is a market of second-hand objects. It was originally called as the 'Shor Bazaar', owing to the noise that it created.     

Chor Bazaar now.

Although the market has been modernised a little, its charm is still intact. It is also one of the largest flea markets in India.    

Leopold Cafe then.

It is a popular restaurant and bar in the Colaba Causeway. It was founded in 1871 by the Iranis.   

Leopold Cafe now. 

It was an early site of gunfire during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks of 2008.  

The Elphinstone Circle then. 

The circle was named after Lord Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay, from 1853-1860.    

The Elphinstone Circle now.

The Circle hosts the French fashion houses of Hermes and Christian Louboutin, a plush place, now. 

How Mumbai travelled then.

Mumbai travelled in trams, earlier. 

How Mumbai travels now.

Now, Mumbai travels in taxis and local trains, it rather eats, sleeps and works in the locals. 

Marine Drive then.

A 3.6-km long boulevard in the South of Mumbai, this is my favourite among all. To search our lost self, just spend an evening there, I am sure, you will discover the undiscovered YOU!  

Marine Drive now.

Indeed spectacular! It is also called as the 'Queen's Necklace', for the streetlights appear as pearls of a necklace when viewed from a height at night.   

Bombay High Court then. 

It is one of the oldest High Courts in India. It was inaugurated on August 14, 1862.     

Bombay High Court now.

This is the High Court building, which witnessed the trials of the noteworthy personality like Bal Gangadhar Tilak.  

This is how the skyline of the city has changed.

A drastic change. Can't take my eyes off this.  

Last but not the least, Antilia.

World's most expensive house stands tall in our very own Mumbai. It is the residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.   Wanna scroll up again? Or rather take a visit to the city!  Do share your Mumbai experiences here.