The Horniman Circle Gardens is a large park situated in the Fort district of Mumbai, and is surrounded by office complexes housing the country’s premier banks. Designed to be a large open space the area had been known as Bombay Greens in the 18th century.
In 1842, the area had been just a dump of debris. The Police Commissioner, Charles Forjett, thought of converting the Green into a circle surrounded by buildings. He was supported by governors Lord Elphinstone and Sir Bartle Frère. The garden was laid out in 1869 and completed in 1872 with well laid out walkways and trees planted all around. The whole complex was then renamed Elphinstone Circle after the Governor, Lord John Elphinstone. An ornamental fountain was placed in the centre in olden times.
The park was a favourite social venue of the Parsi community. In the pre-independence era, a band used to perform there every evening. The gardens overlook the Asiatic Society of Bombay, a key landmark of the city.
Following India’s independence in 1947, the area was renamed after Benjamin Horniman, editor of the Bombay Chronicle, who supported Indian independence.
Horniman Circle hosts the annual Sufi and mystic music festival, Ruhaniyat. It is also one of the venues of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival when several music and dance concerts are held at the park.
How to reach Horniman Garden?
Get down at Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (central line) and take a taxi towards Horniman garden. (Fort Area)
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