The City of Mumbai has been labelled with the tag of bustling day in and day out. But in old the stereotypes rendered over the city, people are completely oblivious to the possibility of it having some quaint corners and lanes which have a character quite opposite to the general description of the city. To defy the norm, we have digging into places that surprises the citizens and outsiders both about the city. A quaint, harmonious, and closely knit Zoroastrian community resides in the heart of bustling midtown Mumbai.
When you think of a quaint lane, Dadar is definitely the least possible place you could think of, with it serving the connection to the more than two extremes of the city and also providing rail roads for travelling outside the borders of the state, the place has come to be known the nosiest part of the city. But in all the Shor rests some silence which curtains itself under the shadow of the bustling.
Dadar Parsi Colony [DPC], is estimated to be the largest Zoroastrian settlement in the world with over 10,000 Parsi residents. Mumbai history buffs would appreciate to know that DPC was the first planned residential scheme in Bombay and was built through the efforts of Mancherji Edalji Joshi during the turn of the 19th century. The project was undertaken to ease congestion in the early 1900s and to relocate the population outward. It is the only Parsi colony in Mumbai to not be surrounded by a wall or a fence and without private roads. The place has been responsible in producing noteworthy personalities, industrialists, artists and such and also was once home to the Queen front-man Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara).
The charm of Dadar Parsi colony is its quaint atmosphere right smack dab in the middle of the Mumbai chaos. With a leisurely walk here you are bound to stumble upon well maintained vintage Vespas and a myriad of old Ambassador and Fiat cars. The Parsis are known to keep their possessions in great shape and well maintained. The colony has a Agyari (fire temple), a community Gymkhana and a lot of parks scattered around the colony. Irani cafe (Koolar co.) and cafe 792 are popular food joints around serving Parsi style cuisine. The five gardens are a great place to relax in the evenings.
Located in Dadar (E) central, a 5 min walk from Dadar station.
Irani Chai and Bun-Maska at Irani cafe is highly recommended, which could be followed by leisurely walk around the many parks.