Though there is very little known about when the islands of Mumbai were first inhabited, human habitation of Mumbai existed since the Stone Age. The Maurya Empire gained control of the islands during the 3rd century BCE and transformed it into a centre of Buddhist culture and religion. Later, between the 2nd century BCE and 9th century BCE, the islands came under the control of successive indigenous dynasties: Satavahanas, Abhiras, Vakatakas, Kalachuris, Konkan Mauryas, Chalukyas,Rashtrakutas, Silharas and the Yadavas before being captured by the Muslim ruler of Gujarat in 1348.
The Kolis , the Agris ( Fishing communities ) and the East Indians are considered to be the original inhabitants of Mumbai. On this cycling trip we shall take you through the settlements of the Koli and East Indian communities. You shall get a peek into the architectural designs, important structures and life style of these two communities. The trip shall start from Churchgate and cover Kalbadevi, Khotachi Wadi, Mazgaon, Worli Koliwada and Dadar from where we shall pedal back to Churchgate.
Cycling, even on flat surface for extended duration can be moderately strenuous. Participants who are cycle only occasionally are requested to do some exercise, cardio and stretching at least for a week before the trip to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
First aid / medicine box shall be available with the trip leader should there be a need