Hill Road and Linking Road, Bandra

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Hill Road and Linkin Road, Mumbai Overview

Hill Road is a famous place for shopping and rejuvenation in Mumbai. It is basically an arterial road running through Mumbai that connects the intersection near Bandra Railway Station and S V Road. It is officially known as Ramdas Nayak Road but is called Hill Road because it goes over a hilly slope. This area of Bandra is famous for street shopping, eating and hanging out. In Bandra, this is also one of the places where people can find general stores, hardware stores and also contractors for home services like plumbing, carpentry, painting etc. A couple of prominent hospitals, some century-old monuments and landmarks are also found around Hill Road.

Hill Road is always bustling with vendors, customers, passers-by etc. Bandra is also quite famous for studios, beaches, beach-promenades, monuments, cinemas etc. A large number of people head to this area for entertainment and sightseeing also. Hence, the traffic is usually slow-moving here. People visit to shop, to explore and even hope to come across a celebrity here. The market places are colourful with top-end brands, local products and even rip-offs. People get to buy whatever suits their budget. It is recommended that visitors spend a good amount of time at Hill Road to be able to explore the stores and the adjoining posh areas of Hill Road.

Linking Road is famous as a shopping hub in Mumbai just like Hill Road. It is also an arterial road in the city that connects Bandra with Juhu and is officially known as Dadabhai Navroji Road. The attraction has extended over the years to accommodate more kiosks/ shops which draw shopaholics in large numbers every single day.

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Things to do at Hill Road, Bandra

People mostly visit Hill Road for shopping. There are malls, markets and streets full of vendors selling clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, fabrics etc. Shopaholics would not want to miss this part of Mumbai as it considered as a perfect spot to get or put together a fashionable look, whether branded or not. Those on a budget can head to the street market while those who do not mind spending much can head to the retail stores or the shopping centres/ malls.

Hill Road is also one of the places famous for street food, its restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, bakeries etc. the entire stretch of the road has options for eating and that too placed at close proximity. People get to choose the cuisine and the ambience of their choice. Some of these restaurants are budget friendly while some are little heavy on the pocket. Those searching for a place to party can also head to one of the clubs on Hill Road.

There are also has some monuments and attractions for sightseeing around Hill Road. St. Peter’s Church, St. Stanislaus High School, St. Andrew’s Church and the Tata Parsi Agiary etc. are some of the places that visitors can explore. Other than these, they can also check out the Bandstand Promenade, Mehboob Studios, Mount Carmel Church, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Almeida Park, St. Theresa Church, Jogger’s Park, Bandra Fort etc.

Linking Road

The Street Market is where one can strike great deals on some of the latest clothes, shoes and accessories. Hence, the youth of the city who mostly want to style a look on a small budget head to Linking Road often. Travellers can also visit this place to buy memorabilia or gifts at really affordable prices for their near and dear ones. Bargaining is a must to get the desired deal.

One striking thing about Linking Road is that it is always bustling with activities. It is crowded during the peak shopping hours and the weekends. But one is sure to witness how lively and vibrant Linking Road is. It is the most recommended attraction to visit for off-beat travellers. The market places follow a strict opening and closing time. So, shoppers need to make sure that they visit Linking Road well in time. One can expect to spend at least 3 to 4 hours exploring the market.

Things to do at Linking Road, Bandra

As mentioned above, Linking Road is a famous Shopping Hub in Mumbai. Whether one is a shopaholic or not, this attraction can be explored because here, one can get to see the colours, the fashion and the people of Mumbai. It has a street marketplace, elite designer stores, roadside vendors, retail stores etc. that people can shop at. There is something available for every budget at Linking Road. People sell branded and local Indian and Western Clothing, Fabrics, Footwear, Bags, Purses etc. One can bargain unapologetically at the street market to buy products of their choice. Some of these products do not last long, so one needs to be aware of what they buy and where they buy it from. This area is famous for its uber chic designer stores, décor, art stores and art galleries too.

 

Other than shopping, Linking Road is quite famous for food. There are famous restaurants, cafes, street food vendors etc. where one can satisfy their hunger in between shopping.  Some of these frequently visited places are Café Coffee Day, Food Delight, Sushi Café, Pizzaroma, Café Jumbo, Two One Two All Day, Sugar the Patisserie, Bismillah Restaurant, Piccante, Spice House, Bombay Adda, The Cake Studio, The Big Nasty etc. Street food like Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Ragda Patice, Batata Wada, Falooda, Ice cream, Kulfi etc. are also quite famous. One would find a street vendor every few feet on Linking Road providing a wide variety of street food to choose from.

 

Then there are the attractions around Linking Road that travellers can explore. Bandstand Promenade, Joggers Park, St. Theresa Church, Bandra Lake, Shri Gayatri Temple, Shree Ram Krishna Math, Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Hanuman Temple, Bandra Fort etc. are some of them. Travellers can also pamper themselves at the Sabai Foot Spa, Skin Story and Sukho Thai Massage and Spa, Zeus Thai Spa, Moksham – the Fusion Spa, or the Four Fountains Spa. They can also head to the closest place to watch a movie, a play, a workshop, or a live concert. Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Le Reve Cinemas, Prithvi theatre, Bombay Drawing Room, Clue Hunt, Horticulture park are some more places that can be seen.

How to reach Linking Road, Bandra

Hill Road is located in Bandra and starts at Swami Vivekanand Road. The closest railway station to this part of Mumbai is the Bandra Railway Station which is about 5 kilometres away from Hill Road. Local trains are available frequently to commute to Bandra from all parts of the city. People can head to the closest railway station to board one of these trains.

From Bandra Railway Station, one can take an auto rickshaw, a bus or a taxi to reach Hill Road. The shortest route goes via Jai Prakash Road – Sant Gadge Maharaj Marg – Khar Subway Road – Church Avenue Road – Swami Vivekanand Road/ S V Road – Kai Shantaram Hari Kelkar Chowk – Jarimari Mandir Road. About 200 metres from Jarimari Mandir Road, one needs to take a left turn to get on to Hill Road.

MSRTC Mumbai Central Bus Stand is located about 13 kilometres away from Hill Road. People can take the shortest route by road (11 kilometres distance approximately), which goes via Dr. Anand Rao Nair Road – Keshavrao Khadye Marg – Dr. E Moses Road – Gokhale Road – Elphinstone Road – Gokhale Road – L J Road – S V Road – Mohammad Rafi Chowk. About 120 metres ahead of Mohammad Chowk is where Hill Road begins.

Similarly, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is also located about 13 kilometres away from Hill Road. If one happens to fly down to Mumbai, they can take a cab from the airport and follow the route via Sahar Road – Western Express Highway/ NH 48 – S V Road - Mohammad Rafi Chowk to reach Hill road which begins about 120 metres ahead of Mohammad Rafi Chowk.

Linking Road begins at Swami Vivekanand Road in Bandra. It goes through Khar, towards Santacruz and Juhu. The best way to reach this arterial road, if one is at a short distance away from the attraction, is via the extensive network of Mumbai Roadways. Those reaching Mumbai by state transport buses can disembark at the Mumbai Central Bus stand and take a city bus or a taxi to reach Linking Road. The shortest route goes through Anand Rao Nair Road – Dr. E Moses Road – Senapati Bapat Marg – Gokhale Nagar – Elphinstone Road – L J Road – S V Road – Linking Road.

The closest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport which is located about 8 kilometres away. The route leading to Linking Road from the airport goes through Sahar Road – NH 48/ Western Express Highway - Nehru Road – Milan Ridge – Milan Subway Road – Swami Vivekanand Road/ S V Road – Juhu Tara Road – Linking Road.

Other than the roadways, Mumbai City is very well-connected by Indian Railways. Local trains to Bandra Terminus Railway Station are frequently available from any railway junction in Mumbai This railway station is the closest to Linking Road (3.5 kilometres away approximately). From there, one needs to take the Dhondopant Ramji Road – S V Road – Kai Shantaram Hari Kelkar Chowk route to reach Linking Park.  

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