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Mumbai freedom trail: 10 historic landmarks in the city

Soak in the spirit of Independence Day by visiting 10 historic landmarks handpicked by the guide that formed an integral part of India's freedom struggle

Mumbai freedom trail
(Clockwise from left) The Asiatic Library (Town Hall) facing the Horniman Circle; Apollo Bunder before the Gateway of India was built at this spot; Pydownie Street, which is now known as Mohammed Ali Road and The Church of the Holy Name and Tramway Company’s office at Colaba

Gowalia Tank Maidan
Also called August Kranti Maidan, Mahatma Gandhi issued the Quit India Movement speech in 1942, here.
At: Gowalia Tank, Tardeo

Gowalia Tank Maidan
Map/Amit Bandre

Mani Bhavan
It was the hub of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. He also launched the Civil Disobedience Movement from here.
At:  Laburnum Road, Gamdevi

Mani Bhavan

Chowpatty
Gandhi forbade women from joining him on the Dandi March to Sabarmati in 1930. So, thousands of women in Bombay, led
by freedom fighters Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and the Captain sisters, decided to make salt at this venue.
At:  Marine Drive

Chowpatty

The Silk Route
This restaurant, in one of its earlier avatars as Wayside Inn, was where reformist leader Dr BR Ambedkar would spend time to draft the Indian Constitution.
At:  Kala Ghoda

Gateway of India
The first battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, passed through the Gateway in 1948, signalling the end of the British rule.
At:  Apollo Bunder.

Gateway of India

Khilafat House
This place was the hub of the All India Khilafat Committee, launched in 1919 by Mohammed Ali and Shaukat Ali with support of Mahatma Gandhi. It was formed to protest against the British.
At:  Byculla

Hindustani Prachar Sabha -
Hindustani Prachar Sabha was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 to promote Hindustani (a mix of Hindi and Urdu) as the common medium of communication among the people of India.
At: Girgaum

Sardar Gruha Building
Located opposite the city’s iconic market, it was where Lokmanya Tilak lived and even died.
At:  LT Marg, near Crawford Market

Sardar Gruha Building

Horniman Circle
After Independence in 1947, Elphinstone Circle  was renamed Horniman Circle, after Benjamin Horniman, a British editor who spoke out against the British atrocities on Indians.
At:  Fort

Horniman Circle

Lion Gate
The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny, also called the Bombay Mutiny, where the Indian Navy revolted against the British, took place in 1946.

Lion Gate

The Lion Gate was one of the spots to witness this.
At: Shahid Bhagat Singh Road

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