Around Mumbai: The BEST Views Of Mumbai Streets, Atop A Double Decker Bus

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The double decker bus in Mumbai is as synonymous as the famous vada pao of the city. Extinct that it was, the buses have returned in a small number but still manage to thrill its passengers who race to the front seats in the upper deck! Here’s a virtual journey from Worli to Colaba!

Mumbai’s iconic double-decker bus was introduced in 1937 to cope with the growing number of passengers, and fashioned on the lines of London’s famous red double-decker services. However, these buses were discontinued due to lack of funds required to maintain it and its impact on environment. Double decker buses were said to be uneconomical for commercial runs as they run on diesel. Also, with streets getting more crowded the mobility of these buses got restricted and it became difficult to manoeuvre. The buses got replaced by single-decker buses.

But things have changed again. These buses have been spotted across the city in small but growing numbers. With a capacity of around 90 passengers, these buses are seen in full swing not only in South Mumbai but also in the suburbs.

I took the 124 double-decker bus from Worli Naka which was a fascinating ride. The gushing winds through the upper deck front window seat made the ride pleasant even though I wobbled through the potholed roads in this city. I was lucky enough to get this seat as usually people clamber up the spiral stairs as they race to secure this seat! The bus travelled through narrow lanes of Bhendi Bazaar, Pydhonie Street, Kalbadevi, swadeshi market, Nagpada and Crawford market.

Here’s the view of the city from a height:

The Doubled Decker
The Doubled Decker
Front two seats on the upper deck
Front two seats on the upper deck
View from the upper deck
View from the upper deck

 

View from the upper deck
View from the upper deck
View from the upper deck at Pydhonie
View from the upper deck at Pydhonie
View from upper deck at Municipal headquarters, CST
View from upper deck at Municipal headquarters, CST
Mosque in Kalbadevi
Mosque in Kalbadevi
Handcarts kept below the bridge before bhendi bazaar
Handcarts kept below the bridge before bhendi bazaar
Mahalaxmi railway station
Mahalaxmi railway station
Mahalaxmi race course
Mahalaxmi race course
View from the upper deck near Grant road station
View from the upper deck near Grant road station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Always curious, writing was something she discovered accidentally which she now enjoys. Loves reading fiction, dislikes staying idle and enjoys spontaneous trips or treks over weekends.