Minha Casa - A Walk Through Bandra

Minha Casa means ‘my home’ in Portuguese. A befitting name for a tour which pays homage to the East Indians community – their way of life, history and culture. 

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Tour Details

An island village neighbouring the erstwhile Mumbai Heptanesia, Bandra or Bandor as the Portuguese called it, was originally a collection of 24 villages inhabited by the Kolis or the fisherfollk community. In the 16th and 17th century many of these villages converted to Catholicism owing to the Portuguese rule. These converts were christened as East Indian by the British and form the backbone of Bandra’s cultural ethos. The years following independence, the paddy fields and vegetable plantations gave way to bungalows and apartments, of the rich and the famous which made Bandra the Beverly Hills of Mumbai. Despite the urbanisation, there still exists another Bandra made of villages which reminds of the Bandor of yesteryears.

Quite appropriately, our Bandra detour starts with the famous Mount Mary Church. Revered by people of all religions, the Mount Mary Church sees millions of faithful’s from eclectic religious and cultural backgrounds. Believed to grant wishes, people queue up outside the church daily, to pray and offer wax models that signify materialistic and non-materialistic wants of the devotee.

A little ahead, and you will reach the Castelle de Agauda, an Old Portuguese fort, now in ruins. Hidden in these ruins are stories of the Maratha Valour and the victory of the great Maratha Peshwas over the British and the Portuguese. Historical relevance aside, you will also be able to photograph the Bandra-Worli Sea link – A true insignia in modern design.

As we drive past the oldest Jesuit church – St. Andrews Church (The only church that survived cyclones and invasions), you will find yourself at Waroda Road and Pali Village which houses a handful of old Portuguese style homes. Complete with big porches, wooden staircases and ornate grills, these houses have something in it for architecture lovers too.

We end the tour by showing you the houses of famous Bollywood celebrities and the Bollywood walk of fame that is caressing a sea-facing promenade. You will get insights on Bollywood and what makes it the biggest religion in India.

Inclusions

  • Private Innova Car
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions

Instructions

  • Timings: 0900 hrs – 1230 hrs / 1345 – 1830 hrs (South Mumbai Hotels)
    0900 hrs – 1230 hrs / 1400 hrs – 1830 hrs (Central Mumbai Hotels)
    0900 hrs – 1230 hrs / 1415 hrs – 1830 hrs (North Mumbai Hotels)
  • Tour Days – All days of the week
  • Best time to visit: September – May
  • Physical Activity: Moderate to High
  • Special Note: Comfortable walking shoes are a must
  • Carry a hat
  • Carry sunscreen

Points to be noted

  • The taxes are currently at 5%
  • The taxes might be subject to change
  • If you want us to arrange for transport – please call us for costs
  • For high – end luxury cars, please contact our office
  • We do not conduct this tour on the day of the Mumbai Marathon
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and its guide on-ground
  • The Start and End timing can be changed based on the discretion and traffic situations
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints. The partners will be informed in advance of the same

Cancellation Policy

  • We work on a 100% advance payment before the tour
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled in 24 hours or less before the tour schedule
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 72 hours – 25 hours before the tour scheduled
  • Rescheduling a tour 24 hours or less before a tour will be subjected to a 50% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints
  • Rescheduling a tour between 72 hours – 25 hours will be subject to a 25% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints