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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai

·  Summer: March-May (20°C - 42°C)
·  Winter: November-February (10°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

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The iconic symbol of Mumbai’s Gothic City grandeur, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is an historic railway station serving as the headquarters for the Indian Railways’ Central branch. Constructed over the time span of 10 years from 1878-88, it was originally called Victoria Terminus to honour Queen Victoria. Portraying the wonderful blend of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and Mughal palace architecture, the heritage building is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Apart from the exclusive architectural elements like domes, towers, spires, pointed arches and turrets, the building also boasts of ornamental work and splendid carvings and sculptures of animals like lion, tiger, peacock, elephant and snake. The use of colourful tiles and stained window glasses further enhance the glory of this architectural marvel.

Visitors can access the areas like Heritage Gallery and Star Chamber and the Railway Museum featuring old railway crockery, furniture and telephones on guided tours that cost INR 200 per head (INR 100 for students). Timing for this guided tour is from 03:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.  

Road: CST is easily accessible by well-maintained roads from any part of Mumbai. Local buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available for this purpose. Huge traffic may keep the city roads busy throughout the day.

Railway: As the headquarters of Central Railways, CST is easily accessible by trains running on long-distance lines as well as on the suburban lines called Central and Harbour lines.

Airway: Mumbai International Airport is about 26 km. from the terminus building. There are taxis and auto-rickshaws available at the airport to reach the CST.