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Bandra

Location: South-west Mumbai
Specialty: Known as 'Restaurant Suburb of Mumbai'
Attractions: Jogger's Park, Mary Mount Church
Neighboring Suburbs: Dharavi, Khar, Kurla, Mahim, Santacruz
Best Time to Visit: October to March


Jogger's Park Bandra MumbaiBandra is famously called 'Queen of the suburbs' for it is one of the most expensive locations in the suburbs in Mumbai. A complete fun joint with bars, cafes, nightclubs and discotheques dotting almost all streets make Bandra a hot tourist spot. Bandra has a unique advantage of being close to South Mumbai and other suburbs.

The name Bandra owes to the Marathi word - Bandar meaning port. With one of the largest Catholic population, Bandra is home to many churches. Mount Mary's Basilica stands out prominently. The region is also a hot shopping spot and also popularly known as 'Restaurant Suburb of Mumbai', thanks to a number of restaurants that have cropped up with the finest and succulent dishes on offer.

Bandra also houses the fashionable Pali Hill, which is home to almost all cine stars working with Bollywood. Bandra is split by the local railway line into Bandra (West) and Bandra (East). Bandra (W) has come up as one of the most haute centers in Mumbai; where as Bandra (E) is a hot commercial area consisting of the Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex.

When in Bandra transportation is never a problem. Bandra railway station is connected via the Western Railway and the Harbor Line that was once a part of Suburban Central Railway. There are easy public transport services, which include BEST buses, auto rickshaws and taxis. Bandra being centrally located has an easy connectivity to all the parts of the city.