6 Indian Railway Stations With Stories to Tell; DIYA KOHLI, KAREENA GIANANI & RUMELA BASU; Nat Geo Traveller India


India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Haunted junctions, colonial landmarks and stunning pieces of art.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Maharashtra

Without a doubt CST is Mumbai city’s busiest railway station. But the metropolitan city’s transport hub is also a UNESCO World Heritage structure and one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in India. Gargoyles jut out of the high walls of this 19th-century masterpiece; they often spout water from their mouths during the monsoon. A high-arched ceiling painted with golden stars covers the ticket counter, while statues and carvings of peacocks, tigers, and other wildlife cover walls and crevices. An octagonal ribbed dome atop the structure is its crowning glory. Known as Victoria Terminus until 1996, CST is an arterial city station, one which took almost a decade to build.

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