A traditional neighbourhood of wooden houses smack in the middle of South Bombay.
Khotachiwadi shows what Bombay was like before concrete and skyscrapers too over.
Right in the heart of South Bombay, just behind Girgaon Chowpatty ('Chowpatty Beach'). Map.
KHOTACHIWADI IS A 'heritage village' in the middle of South Bombay's urban jungle. Most of the houses are traditional, low-rise bungalows made of wood, with large open verandahs.
|Khotachiwadi is clearly signposted, off of JSS Rd in Girgaon.|
The 'village' is a small maze of Portuguese-style bungalows, originally home to a Christian community. The large mural of Maria is testament to the neighbourhood's Christian heritage.
|Maria is given an Indian make-over with lots of colour and two elephants.|
|Detail on one of the posts of a gated compound.|
|Enjoying a bit of breeze on the verandah.|
|Salesmen with carts navigate the narrow lanes.|
|And it wouldn't be India without a cow!|
Again, shielded from the main road, this has a friendly, village-like atmosphere. Kids play on the street while craftsmen ply their trade from the ground floor shops. There is no through traffic, so it's quiet and peaceful.
|The community consists of one narrow dead-end lane with wooden tenements on each side.|
|Best buddies playing on the streets- it's rare to have a street where you can ride your bike in Bombay!|
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