Location : Mumbai, India
Destination Type: Cultural
This cultural feast celebrates varied art forms, including music, dance, theater etc., and also involves seminars and workshops related to arts. The nine-day long festival is a prominent attraction for thousands of visitors from all over the country as well as from the world. Its celebrated at Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai city.The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as “physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai”) and curated by teams handling each of the 12 sections of the festival.
History of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
- The name Kala Ghoda means Black Horse, a reference to the presence of a black stone statue of King Edward VII(as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse in that area
- Kala Ghoda Association, was formed on 30th October 1998 with the object of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai
- The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival started its journey in 1999
- Since the first edition the festival commences always on the first Saturday of February and closing always on the second Sunday in February
- The festival has grown with leaps and bounds through years and has drawn over 150,000 people from all over the city.
Activities for tourists at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
- Participate in cultural shows
- Enjoy the installations
- Try Mumbai street food and take part in the events where well known chefs provide live food demonstrations on varied cuisines
- Participate in theatre and cinema programmes during the festival.
- The Literature Section has book launches, workshops and discussions with well-known authors , be a part of it
How to reach there
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) is the main aviation hub in the city and the second busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.It is well connected to many of the major cities of the world
Mumbai is also well connected to most parts of India by the Indian Railways. Long-distance trains originate from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus, Andheri and Borivali.
Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents
- Lonavala (84 kms away)
- Khandala ( 295 kms away)
- Daman and Diu ( 173 kms away)
- Elephanata caves( 14kms away)
- Karla caves ( 70kms away)
Some hotels in Mumbai with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night
Hotel Le Grande http://www.hotellegrande.com/
Mogul Palace Hotel http://www.mogulpalace.com/
The Oriental Residency http://www.theorientalresidency.com/
Hotel A. K. International http://www.hotelakinternational.in/
Carlton Hotel – Colaba http://www.carltonhotel.in/
Photo courtesy:By Pratishkhedekar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71456340