Being has had a chequered history and in the past has gone through a few names. The name 'Bandra' is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word bandar which means 'a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort'. In Marathi, Bandra is known as Vandre, which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word. It is referred to as "Bandora" on gravestones in the cemetery of St. Andrew's Church It went through various names over hundreds of years and then it was finally named Bandra. This premier and upmarket suburb of Mumbai is full of nightclubs, pubs, a very vibrant nightlife and the place is throbbing with activity and business.
History and Tradition: Bandra has a quaint queer history of its own. In the forties and earlier, it was the furthest suburb of Mumbai and therefore it was really cheap at that point in time. Bungalows and row houses with large gardens were available for a really low price on rent. There was a lot of tradition involved in social ceremonies like marriages, special days and anniversaries. And they were long celebrations with special days meant for specific things. Like marriages were celebrated for 8 days from Thursday to Thursday for a Sunday wedding and the whole village was invited. Thursday was pig slaughter day and Friday was to make pappads for drinks, Saturday to make fugias and bring water from the village well to bathe the bride & groom. Sunday was the wedding ceremony and long reception. Monday was day of rest and to finish remaining food and on Tuesday, the feet of guests were washed in exchange for cash. Then farewell dinner on Wednesday and guests left on Thursday. The long traditions have now given way to modern living and the old has disappeared with time.
Bandra has some global places to dine. Just Around the Corner, Global Fusion, Hawaiian Shack, Salt Water Café, Bora Bora, Corniche has some exotic food to cater to every whim and fancy. All kinds of food Continental, Mexican, Thai, Lebanese and European are available. The restaurants, bars and pubs are all open late till night and there is everything to suit every pocket.
We have all kinds of entertainment centres in Bandra ranging from discotheques, nightclubs to recreational clubs like Bandra Gymkhana and Otters Club. There are plenty of gardens like Joggers Park and wayside promenades like the Carter Road Promenade and Bandstand.
Bandra is a mecca for shopping. You will find almost every brand present in every product category right from Indian to International. There is no dearth of shopping outlets in Bandra, which suits a shopper with any fancy and appetite. The place is bustling with trade and commerce. Bandra streets are lined up with shops and brands and supermarkets. Trendy to the core, you can have a great mix of the traditional and the absolute contemporary in your shopping bags.
Corporate Presence –
Bandra is blessed with the corporate zone, the Bandra Kurla Complex which houses hundreds of companies. BKC located in Bandra East is full of corporates like Indian Oil, MSD, SmartLink, Wyeth, Quallcomm etc. So there is a lot of corporate culture flowing in Bandra along with the fun, glamour and frolic.
The local amenities of this glittering suburb means you have easy access to the shops, restaurants, bars, cinema and theatre, so you always plenty to do without troubling yourself too much.
A residential and commercial hotspot, and less than 30 minutes drive from the international airport, Bandra is well positioned as a centre for business, and within easy reach of most of Mumbai. Whether you're planning your stay for business or you want to discover the local areas at your own leisure, our well equipped serviced apartments in Bandra will provide you with the perfect base to enjoy your stay and make the most of it.