Khotachiwadi, An Oasis Of Calm In Mumbai’s Concrete Jungle


Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
An oasis of calm in the middle of Mumbai's urban jungle.

In the heart of Mumbai yet away from its hustle and bustle lies a beautiful heritage village called Khotachiwadi.  It was one of 189 Gaonthans or villages around which ‘Bombay’ was built by the British. Residents, who have been here for the longest time, consider Khotachiwadi a charming hamlet. And it retains that characteristic even today.

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
Enter Khotachiwadi and you will soon forget about chaotic Mumbai city.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
It was founded in the 18th century by Khot, a Maharashtrian, who leased out plots to East Indian Christian families.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
Khotachiwadi’s narrow cobbled lanes are dotted with Konkan-style Portuguese villas.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
These colourful and elegant Villas are made up of brick sandalwood and teak.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
Hanging balconies and narrow staircases add to the charm of these bungalows

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
Some residents have decorated their courtyards with mosaic designs, to better reflect their tastes.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
Out of 65 Bungalows in Khotachiwadi, only 26 remain, with many giving way to high-rises.

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
It was declared a heritage precinct in 1995 and most bungalows are owned by 5th generation families

 

Khotachiwadi, Mumbai, Heritage Village
We can only hope that peaceful Khotachiwadi continues to escape the wave of urbanization.

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