In the Mumbai cities which use to run 24*7 and steam madness of the city, there are few locations that are known to have a quieter air. One such place is Khotachiwadi – a small hamlet located in Girgaum, known for its Portuguese-style, colorful houses.
It was founded in the late 18th century by Khot, who sold plots of land to local East Indian families. There used to be 65 of these houses, now reduced to 28 as old buildings are being pulled down to make way for new skyscrapers.
Khotachiwadi: Let’s have a look some other Interesting things about this Beautiful Khotachiwadi Village
1 Khotachiwadi is a heritage village in Girgaon, Mumbai. It’s Mumbai’s 175 year old Village. The Word Khotachiwadi is a combination of two words; Khot and wadi. Khot is the person who founded this Village and wadi means small area.
2 A series of old, Portuguese-style houses strewn across narrow lanes and a chapel welcome you to one of the oldest establishments in Mumbai. You’ll feel like you stepped into a time machine and have been transported back in time.
3 The village is known for its old houses that have a distinctive character and start reflecting history right from the moment go.
4 As the sun sets a golden glow on the candy coloured walls, I took one last lingering glance back. The external wooden staircases, open front verandas, overhanging balconies.
5 Khotachiwadi today faces a threat from the rapid urbanization, with a move to convert the houses to high-rise buildings. The village was declared a protected historical precinct in 1995, but the order was reversed in 2006 – a decision with much opposition from the residents and activists. The struggle is to preserve the few remaining heritage buildings and their replacements by glass-faced buildings.
6 Most of the residents now descend from the original inhabitants of Bombay. Recently Gujarathis, Marwaris have moved into the area. Majority are Christians
7 The word ‘Wadi’ Resembles a cottage area. Some of the famous lanes in this location has name like Fanas (Jackfruit) wadi, Amba (Mango) Wadi, Khet (Farm) Wadi etc and similarly the attraction we are talking about Khotachiwadi (Reference to a person name ‘Khot’)’