I have been staying in Mumbai for 9 years now, 3 of which are the initial years after my birth and the other 6 are the recent ones when I relocated to Mumbai after living in Kolhapur and Nasik. For all these years, life in Mumbai has been pretty good. I love going to South Mumbai to explore places like Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Colaba causeway and the Victoria Terminus station. Since majority of the people from my community have businesses downtown, I tend to help my uncle with his business while admiring the aesthetic beauty of places around Crawford Market and Lohar Chawl.
The geographical history of Bombay has always amused me. That a railway station existed beyond Churchgate and all of Marine Drive lies on a reclaimed piece of land always made me read more and more about Bombay. And then, I came across Khotachiwadi, a heritage village.
Khotachiwadi is a small cluster of houses styled in Portuguese architecture. As per Wikipedia, it was found in the late 18th century by Dadoba Waman Khot and hence the Marathi name Khotachiwadi which literally means “Village of a Khot”. Most of the residents are descendants from the original inhabitants of Bombay. I had this urge to visit this place ever since I read about it on the internet.
A sudden Sunday morning call to fellow hobbyist photog Mayur to tell him about Khotachiwadi translated into a concrete photowalk plan. A quick word to our best friends on Instagram was conveyed and we assembled at Dadar. We then boarded a train to Charni Road, from where Sakshi took us to the place. What we saw next is….
To be out on a Sunday with friends was fulfilling and we all got to discover this 5 centuries old village.
Till next time,
P.s. I’d like to thank Devansh and Jasmeet for lending pictures clicked by them and Ravi E for ironing out the grammatical creases for this post.