Dadar West is a large area in the central district of Mumbai, India, and along with the East makes up the entire neighbourhood of Dadar, located on the east coast of the city and country. It is a very densely populated area of the city and known for its residential facilities and shopping centres, in addition to strong transport links that connect Mumbai with the rest of India. The crowded streets of Dadar West give it a unique and active energy that creates its buzzing local culture, holding a rich history and modern urban scene that is particularly popular during festival season.
One of the most cultural attractions of Dadar West is its popular local market, which serves as a local vegetable source for the centre of Mumbai and its residents, where visitors can find the best traditional produce of India. Shopping is a big feature of the area, and its streets are full of shops, with a specific focus on women’s and children’s fashion, in addition to upmarket jewellery. Natural features are also in abundance as the area is home to ShivajiPark, one of the largest green spaces in Mumbai and centre of outdoors sports, particularly cricket, with beautiful rain trees and kilometres of walkways. Other prominent landmarks are the Portuguese Church, the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Auditorium, which hosts important lectures on national issues, and various theatres, temples, cinemas and restaurants.
The easiest way for visitors to access Dadar West is via in station, which contains both the Central and Western lines connected to the Mumbai Suburban Railway, serving as a busy transport hub with over 500,000 visitors passing through it everyday. Drivers can also find the area quite easily by accessing the interchange point that connects to the different directions of the city. There is also a nearby bus terminal, at which buses travel out from Mumbai .
The word "dadar" means ladder, named so for its location connecting different areas of the city, especially linking the main island of Mumbai to its surrounding smaller islands. Its history dates back to the 16th Century, when it was under Portuguese colony, before gaining a role in the local mill industry of the 1900s and developing into a residential district. It now acts as both a historical point of Mumbai and modernised urban centre, transport hub and suburban area.