Down the Corridors of Time

Down the Corridors of Time
The BMC headquarters in Fort, Mumbai, Photo Credit: Sukhie Vohra

Did you know that you can go on a heritage walk through the historic BMC headquarters in Mumbai?

Uttara Gangopadhyay
November 19 , 2021
02 Min Read

If you are in south Mumbai, walking through the Fort neighbourhood, there is no way you can miss the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarter, an example of Gothic architecture dating back to the late 19th century.

Designed by Frederick William Stevens, the building has a remarkable 235 feet tall front tower. Since it is an administrative building, it has been out of bounds for heritage enthusiasts who may have wanted to explore its architecture.

But there is an opportunity to go on a guided tour through this magnificent building.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, in collaboration with the BMC, has introduced a heritage walk through the premises. Curated by Mumbai-based Khaki Tours, the walk traverses more than 100 years of history and the details of the grand architecture. “The tour is a marriage between history and civic governance,” says Bharat Gothoskar, founder of Khaki Tours. The walk through the building gives people a chance to see up close the offices where the decisions about the city’s welfare are taken, he said.

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The tour has been named Urbs Prima Walk after the winged angel on the gable with the Latin inscription ‘Urbs Prima in India’, meaning the First City of India.

The walk begins at the selfie point in front of the building and then gradually moves through the inner precincts.

The walk continues through the main porch, to the viewing gallery under the main dome, halls and the offices, a floating staircase, finally to the gilded dome itself.

Tours are generally organised over the weekends. Tickets are priced at Rs 350 per head (camera charges extra). It is advisable to book in advance as the group size has been kept small keeping the pandemic situation in mind. 

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