Rajabai Clock Tower

The Rajabai Clock Tower is an impressive structure that stands 85 m tall in the heart of Mumbais commercial hub. For those planning to visit the tower, here is more on how to reach, history, and nearby places to visit.

History

  • This clock tower is one of the most awe-inspiring structures in Mumbai. It is said that it was the tallest architectural wonder in Mumbai when it was built in 1878.  
  • From the day of commencement, it took approximately nine years to complete the construction of this architectural wonder.
  • The tower was built with an expenditure of Rs.200,000 and the entire cost of construction was borne by the founder of the Bombay stock exchange Premchand Roychand, who in exchange wanted the tower to be named after his mother, Rajabai Roychand.
  • During the British rule, the clock used to play 4 different tunes but these days only one tune is played every 15 minutes.

Structure

The tower was made by a renowned architect from London, Sir Gilbert Scott.  It is 280 feet tall in height and is adorned with many oriental figures.  The locally available buff color Kurla stone was used in the construction of this tower.  The tower is square in shape till the first level after which it becomes octagonal.  The beautifully stained glass windows further add to the charm of this tower.  The towers spiral staircase in engraved with beautiful images.

How To Reach Rajabai Clock Tower

The Rajabai tower stands beside the Bombay High Court within the Mumbai University Fort Campus and can be seen from a distance.

Address: Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032

Taxi: Taxis and app-based cab services can always be hired to reach the tower.
Bus: One can always opt for the open airMTDC buses run by the government to visit this heritage site.
Train: The two railway stations at a walking distance from the tower are CST and Church Gate.

Nearby Places To Visit

Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue: A 130-year-old orthodox Jewish prayer hall, located at a distance of 0.4 km from the clock tower.
Timings: Open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays.
Entry Fee: There is no fee for entry but there is a charge of Rs.100 to carry cameras in and Rs.500 to carry video cameras in.

Flora Fountain: At a distance of 0.5 km from the tower is this beautiful fountain with the statue of the Roman Goddess Flora.
Timings: Open on all days of the week.
Entry Fee: No fees charged for entry.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: It is one of the oldest museums in Mumbai having a wonderful collection of artifacts from the Indus Valley and Harappan civilizations.
Timings: Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:15 am to 6:00 pm.
Entry Fee: Rs.70 per person for Indians/Rs.500 per person for Foreign Nationals/Rs.20 per person for children below 12 years of age.

Marine Drive: A well-maintained sea facing walkway where localites and tourists alike come to enjoy with friends and family, located at a distance of 0.7 km from the clock tower.

Note: This grand tower was closed to the public after many incidents of attempted suicides were reported.

The Rajabai Clock Tower stands as the pride of place in one of the most happening parts of Mumbai and this well-maintained structure presents an image of a city that despite all its business has a soul that binds the people living and working here.

Main image by Priya 2887/CC BY-SA 3.0

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