Indian Merchants’ Chamber in association with VFS Global and Forvol Travel organised the ‘Mumbai Heritage Walk’ for the on February 1, 2015. The Heritage Walk witnessed members from the expatriate community of the city including the US consul general, China consul general, Spain consul general, Singapore consul general. The walk started from the historic Forbes Building and ended at the IMC where the participants had lunch.
Pradip Madhavji, chairman, Tourism committee, IMC.“ We started this Heritage walk in 2007 with an objective to enlighten our travel community, to persuade the tourists to extend their stay in the city of Mumbai by a day during their visit to savour the city’s architectural wonder with a visit to these historical monuments. An additional stay of one night by foreign visitors to Mumbai will increase the foreign exchange earnings for the State of Maharashtra in excess to approximately INR 800 crore.”
Thomas L Vajda, consul general of the United States for Mumbai, India said, “ We had a wonderful time. The walk was an opportunity for us to learn a lot about the city of Mumbai. I thank Indian Merchants’ Chamber and the other organisers to give us a chance to explore the city in depth.”
The Walk flagged off from the heritage Forbes Building and passed through some of the most interesting architectural wonders in the city including the Deutsche Bank, Badri Mahal, Commissariat Building, The Shantinath Jain Temple, Manekji Seth Agiary, Port Trust, The Mint House, Asian Building. The Walk also included brief visits of The Reserve Bank of India Museum, The Prince of Wales Seamen’s Club and The Ballard Bunder- Navy Museum (not open to public) which was the highlight of the tour.
Sumit Mullick, additional chief secretary and chief of Protocol, Government of Maharashtra said, “I congratulate IMC for organising such a wonderful and educative walk. Bombay is a melting pot of architecture, we have a fusion of many international architecture. It was great to know about the visit to the Seaman’s Club and the Navy Museum as it was specially opened for the Heritage Walk participants.”