Mumbai landmarks: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

One of the busiest railway stations in India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) handles over 3 million commuters a day. Its structure shows the influence of the Mughal architecture and the Victorian Gothic architecture.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly Victoria Terminus (VT), is a majestic railway station in Mumbai. A historic structure, it is the headquarters of Central Railways. CST is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mumbai. In 1996, Victoria Terminus was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Shivaji was a Hindu king who ruled Maharashtra and several other parts of India in the 17th century. He was the founder of the Maratha Empire.

Victoria Terminus at night

CST at night

The terminus has an architecture inspired by the Mughal architecture and the Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. It was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. CST is one of the busiest railway stations in India. Today over 3 million commuters use the station daily.

Victoria Terminus Mumbai

CST – a view from the side

CST boasts of advanced technical and structural solutions. It is regarded as one of the railway architectural marvels of the 19th century. There used to be a statue of Queen Victoria beneath the central dome. It has been removed.


CST has 18 platforms. Seven platforms on the west side of the station are used by the suburban local trains. Eleven stations on the east side are used by long distance outstation trains. All suburban platforms are designed in such a way that passengers can alight from either side.

CST is one of the most recognized landmarks of Mumbai. It has featured in several films.

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