Best Time To Visit
- Between October and March
It won't be wrong to name or call Victoria Terminus as the lifeblood of the
city of Mumbai and I am sure every Mumbaikar will vouch for this. Victoria
Terminus is now famed by the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Victoria
Terminus , with its blend of Indian and European styles is unlike colonial
architecture anywhere else. Nothing can obliterate its secular spirit and
its unique mix of east and west. It is one of the major links of the Mumbai
suburban railway network.
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Victoria Terminus(VT) was built in the year 1887 by FW Stevens in homage to
British Queen Victoria. The building bears a resemblance to St. Pancras
Station in London. It took around ten years in the completion of VT. The
station is infact a signpost to the rest of India that they have made it to
Mumbai. The construction amounted to Rs.16.14 lakhs. VT was renamed as
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1996. As estimated 2.5 million people use
the terminus every day, rushing to catch up with life. Scarcely any of them
pay a thought to the station that makes it possible. It is the headquarters
of Central Railways and remains one of the busiest stations in India.
It is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in
India blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The
Gothic architecture of the building is softened by the city's lights. Th
view is far more beautiful and awe inspiring that anything in the world. The
architecture shows motifs of Indian animals and birds; and alongside the
carvings of British governors, there are eminent Indians too. In a nutshell
it is an impressive monument.
Feather to the Cap
The Victoria Terminus has received many honours. In July 2004, it was
nominated and made a World Heritage building by UNESCO. However this was the
first functioning administrative building to be selected.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is truly Mumbai's nerve centre.