Bandra, a suburban district on the outer reaches of West Mumbai, is known for its seafront with walkways, which attracts a huge number of visitors throughout the day. Also called as the “Queen of the Suburbs”, this is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood. Mount Mary’s Basillica and the Tata Agiary, the Parsi Fire Temple, are some of the major attractions in the area, besides a number of churches.
Places to Stay
Being an important area in downtown Mumbai, hotels and lodges are pretty expensive in Bandra. Some of the options which are worth trying are Arma Court Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,400), Aram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 2,400), Seven Suites Apartments (Tariff – Rs. 1,500) and others.
The official language of Bandra is Marathi. Being a cosmopolitan area, Hindi and English are also widely spoken and understood.
Celebrate Bandra is one of the major events in the area held annually in November. The other important festivals of the area are Easter, Christmas, New Year, Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
There are numerous places of tourist attraction in Bandra. Some of the places include Bandra Bandstand (3.8 km from the Bandra Station), Juhu Beach (30 km). Some of the other places worth visiting are Jogger’s Park, Mount Mary's Basilica, Bandra-Kurla complex, Castella de Aguada (a 17th Century fort) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 14 km.
The Chhatrapatii Shivaji Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 16 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. There are buses from Bandra to Bangalore, Goa, Delhi, Pune, Indore, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Lucknow. Opt for online bus reservation through several bus booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from the confines of your home.