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Apollo Bunder Promenade – Old Postcard 1910
This is an old 1910 postcard 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 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. The King George of England’s Statue put up at the time of British India rule. Possibly as a constant reminder then, that the King rules over an empire where the sun does not set. 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.
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.