Every day as the harried commuter whizzes past the General Post Office, en route for that all-important local train, chances of stopping by to marvel at this stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture are slim. Never mind. The next time, you have a few minutes to spare, drop by this landmark that played a huge role in establishing the Indo-Saracenic style as the official style of architecture in British India.
Completed on March 31, 1913 at a cost of Rs 10,09,000, it was architects John Begg and George Wittet's best and most famous contribution to Mumbai. Those who have visited Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz will notice a resemblance with the GPO's Central Dome.
Not to be missed is the Roll of Honour dedicated to the members of the 'Post Office of India' who laid down their lives during World War I. With nearly fifty counters catering to daily operations and another twenty for mailing operations across India and the globe, its title as India's busiest Post Office cannot be debated. Go ahead, send out a postcard via snail mail and soak in a bit of history along the way.