There are different types of heritage sites, monuments and structures in India that you may get confused on deciding which one is the best. If you want to visit a heritage site with lots of historical significances and existing political, social and cultural influence, you should not forget visiting at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. Visiting this UNESCO world heritage site simply means unveiling a complete history.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) | Image Credits: Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

CSMT terminus, which was formerly called Victoria Terminus or simply VT is considered as the most significant structure in the Maharashtra. This UNESCO WORLD heritage site is located in Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It serves as the key headquarter for the Central Railways. It was designed by Fredrick W. Stevens. Visitors can easily witness the influences of Victorian and Italianate gothic architecture.

When Was VT Station Constructed?

Victoria Terminus or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was constructed using a Mughal building. It was constructed in 1887 in the area called Bori Bunder or Bori Bandar. The main motto behind setting up this station is to help common people traveling from one location to another one. It was constructed on the location of Bori Bundar railway station in Mumbai. It is considered among the busiest Indian railways stations in the country.

When It Was Renamed?

Do you want to know when Victoria Terminus or VT station’s name is changed? Actually the VT was renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on March, 1996. Government of Maharashtra changed the name of the then existing Victoria Terminus into Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Shivaji Terminus Bombay (Mumbai)

Shivaji Terminus Bombay (Mumbai) | Image Credit: This picture was taken by de:User:Sebastianjude with the description: Victoria Terminus(a.k.a. Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus), Bombay, selbst fotografiert, unter GNU-FDL gestellt

History of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus

Bori Bunder location was considered among the top locations in Mumbai. It was used as a kind of storehouse for different types of goods imported as well as exported from the city of Mumbai. In the year of 1850, the then Great India Peninsular Railway constructed a railway terminus at the location and named it Bori Bunder. On 16th of April, 1853, the then Indian Railway started running the first Indian passenger train from Bori Bandar to area Thane. It covered a distance of about 34 km.


The Bori Bunder railway station was later reconstructed as well as renamed as Victoria Terminus. The station got its name from the then British queen Victoria. However, it is now called as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It is named after the great Maratha king of 7th century called Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji. The construction work of the station was started in 1878.

How to Reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

By Air

Visitors can easily grab direct flight from any part of the country or even foreign countries to one of the airports in Mumbai.

By Train

Visitors or tourists can easily find out direct train to Bori Bander area to reach at Victoria Terminus or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

By Road

Since it is one of the busiest locations in Mumbai, tourists can easily find out different types of road transportations to reach there.

Best Time to Visit CST

This world heritage site can be visited throughout the year. But it is advisable that tourists should avoid visiting the site during May/June as there is much traffic during this period.

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