Victoria Terminus, a former name for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is a modern railway station in the bustling capital city of the western state of India, Maharashtra. The marvellous structure is an awesome illustration of the Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. In fact, the railway station, which still functions as usual, is declared as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. The station is always bustling with the sounds of the metro city and the locals. It could be noise and crowd for many, but some still manage to find lively colours and music in the ever so busy Victoria Terminus. It is one of the most famous historical landmarks in the country that symbolises the pre-independence India.
Victoria Terminus was constructed in 1887. It is the Central Railway Headquarter and is well-connected to all the parts of the country. It serves long-distance trains and short-distance or commuter trains which are often called local trains. The terminus indicates British Commonwealth and represents the commercial aspect of Mumbai. The railhead stands witness to the city's progress over the period and the growth of the Bollywood film industry in India.
It was here that the famous song 'Jai Ho' was shot for Slumdog Millionaire and some marvellous scenes for the Bollywood Movie Ra One. The view of the station and the population that gathers to commute on a regular basis could be overwhelming for many. Visitors can click pictures of the magnificent structure from a little distance away from the terminus. Visitors should see the building after sundown. The night lights brighten up the grand building and the view, so magnificent, will take your breath away.
5 months ago by Arun Bhardwaj
For the average mumbaikar this is just another railway station. For the tourist it stands as a majestic reminder of Mumbai's British era importance
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