View of Back Bay From Malabar Hill Bombay, 1879 Photo

An 1879 photo of the Back Bay from Malabar Hill in Bombay (Mumbai). Malabar Hill is situated on the northern promontory of the Back Bay. This is one of the earliest photos of the area. With a spectacular view of Bombay’s Back Bay with its curved shoreline.

By the early 1900s, this shoreline would be developed into the now famous Marine Drive and its promenade on one end and the Chowpatty Beach on the other end. The Bombay Secretariat, Rajabai Clock Tower, and other buildings are faintly visible at a distance.

The foreground shows the rough and undeveloped path leading towards Malabar Hill. These rough tracks have given way to newly constructed roads during the British era itself. This was to suburbanize the new European bungalows on Cumballa and Malabar Hill. Further down towards the seaside is where the Raj Bhavan is located. The Raj Bhavan was once the British Governor’s official residence. Click on the photo for better view.

See post British Bungalow At Malabar Hill Mumbai Old 1895 Photo.

Did you know- that Back Bay’s waterfront Marine Drive also had the nickname “Queen’s Necklace” because at night the curving street lights would shimmer like a diamond necklace. 

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9 x 7 inch

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British photographer