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
(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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny, also called the Bombay Mutiny, where the Indian Navy revolted against the British, took place in 1946.
The Lion Gate was one of the spots to witness this.
At: Shahid Bhagat Singh Road