Malabar Hill: The buck stops here

Its funny that money, Mumbai and Malabar Hill begin with the same letter: m. So does magnificent. Unarguably the poshest neighbourhood in Mumbai, Malabar Hill is home to the biggest names in Mumbai’s social circuit, not to mention the Chief Minister and Governor of Maharashtra. Located at the south-western end of the island city, Malabar Hills property rates are amongst the highest in Mumbai with flats being sold in excess of Rs 70000 per square foot. If youre itching to know more about the place, read on.

How to reach

Malabar Hill is located equidistantly from Grant Road and Charni Road stations and is situated on their western side. The taxi fares from each of these stations to the spot will be around Rs 30.

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Overview

Commonly mispronounced as ‘Malabar Hills’, the area is the highest point in South Bombay with the hillock being 50 metres above sea level, offering stunning views of Girgaum Chowpatty, Queens Necklace and Back Bay. It also hosts the residences of the most prominent businessmen in the country including Ambanis Antilla (worlds first billion dollar home), Jindals Maheshwari House (priced over Rs 400 crores). Jinnah House, the former residence of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, is also located here.

Malabar Hill Club

A popular hobnobbing site for the elite, Malabar Hill Club offers many avenues for recreation to the South Bombay residents. The best part – even non-members can enjoy the facilities at the club by paying a nominal fee, listed below:

Swimming: Rs 70
Tennis: Rs 100
Massage: Rs 90-150

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Places to visit

With the kind of diversity it provides, Malabar Hill is one of the best places in the city for sightseeing where everything from gardens to temples are available for visits. Some of them are listed below:

Hanging Gardens: Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, this one is a terraced garden located next to the Kamla Nehru Park and provides the best views for the sunsets in the city. The garden was constructed over the Bombay Reservoir in order to prevent it from getting contaminated from the nearby Parsi crematoriums.

Walkeshwar Temple: Legend has it that the Shiv Linga at this temple was created by Lord Ram whilst he rested at the spot during his pursuit of Ravana. Another popular story behind it says that Lord Ram shot an arrow and brought River Ganges to the spot and filled up the Banganga Tank that is located inside the temples complex.

Kamla Nehru Park: Named after Jawaharlal Nehrus wife, Kamla Nehru Park is a popular hangout spot for the kids and is known for its Shoe House which makes for a great photo-op location.

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Banganga Tank: Located in Walkeshwar, Banganga is a water tank that is located near the Walkeshwar temple complex and was built nearly a millennium ago, by the rulers of the Silhara dynasty. A popular site amongst photographers and collegians, Bangangas water is generated from an underground spring and is thus perennially full.

Babulnath Mandir: Another Shiva temple located in Malabar Hill, the sacred spot sees lakhs of devotees visiting the spot during Mahashivratri and was built by Raja Bhimdev in the 12th Century.

Priyadarshini Park: Located on the western end of Malabar hill, Priyadarshini Park is bang opposite the Arabian Sea and provides quality views of sunsets. A popular hangout spot for fitness enthusiasts, Priyadsarshini Park also hosts events of various NGOS affiliated to kids.

Restaurants and Bakeries

There are a considerable number of restaurants and bakeries in the residential area that cater to vegetarian gastric preferences. The best of them have been mentioned below:

Restaurants

Dakshinayan: Veg South Indian cuisine, Rs 600 (meal for 2)
Santosh Sagar: Veg South Indian, Chinese cuisine, Rs 550 (meal for 2)
The Sun: Veg North Indian, Rs 700 (meal for 2)

Bakeries

Cakes N More: Rs 200 (for 2)
Ninnis Delights: Rs 500 (for 2)
Foodquenchers: Rs 400 (for 2)

Enjoy your trip to Malabar Hill. After all, ‘cant live there’ doesnt mean ‘cant go there’!

The main image for this article was sourced from Wikimedia. Image by Chris/CC BY-SA 2.0

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