Apollo Bunder Promenade, 2 Old Postcards 1918
Two old 1918 postcards of the Apollo Bunder Promenade of a bygone Bombay, now Mumbai. The Taj Hotel is situated opposite the Apollo Bunder. The background shows King George’s statue and that of the Yacht Club. The Royal Bombay Yacht Club had a commanding view of the sea and the Gateway of India. It opened in 1846 and frequently held sailing events and formal functions.
But it had a darker side too, it did not allow Indians even up to the end of the 1950s. Lord Hardinge’s statue stands tall in the near foreground, he was British India’s viceroy from 1910 to 1916. The Apollo Bunder area was reclaimed from the sea in 1869 as a landing jetty for passengers arriving by steamers. The next three decades saw a transformation of the landscape. With the building of the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Yacht Club, and later the Gateway of India. Click on the photo for better view
Read about Timeline of Mumbai History. See my post Apollo Bunder Landing Jetty Bombay – Old Print 1880.
Did you know- After India’s independence in 1958, the Bombay Yacht Club had to close for not accepting Indians as members.