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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus In Mumbai

Mostly referred to by it's old name of Victoria Terminus, and often also just a VT, the railway station just next to Crawford Market is itself a very interesting place.

Opened originally in 1887 it was named, like so many things in the old British Empire, after Queen Victoria it reflects a combination of Victorian and Mughal architectural influences.

Since 2004 it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While platforms and technical facilities are all modern as befits a major railway station the building and passenger halls reflect its interesting historical position.

Above the ticketing halls are stained glass windows and vaulted arches that are reminiscent more of a Gothic Cathedral than a place of transport.

Open 24 hours a day the Terminus is best visited away from rush hours when it is busy with commuters.

Kipling Connection

Crawford Market shares an interesting connection with that great great representative of the British Empire in India, Mr Kipling. But not as you might have though, the author and journalist Rudyard Kipling, but his father John Lockwood Kipling.

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