Dadar is a densely populated residential and shopping neighborhood in Mumbai and a prominent transit hub with local and national connectivity. Dadar (Marathi: दादर) is a residential and shopping district in Mumbai’s central district and a prominent transit hub with local and nationwide connectivity. Mumbai Suburban Railway’s network divides the area into two big areas ‘Dadar East’ and ‘Dadar West’. Both these areas are thoroughly crowded, almost any time of the day, and more so during festival seasons such as Ganesh Festival or Deepavali. The areas boast many old residential areas, such as Chawls, and food joints that remind of prevailing culture in early days of Mumbai (then Bombay). Dadar East area particularly has witnessed transformation into a major Saree shopping hub over a period of time from its glory day’s that witnessed Bollywood celebrities visiting many movie studios in the area.
Dadar has a tropical climate. There is significant rainfall in most months of the year. The short dry season has little effect on the overall climate. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Am. The average annual temperature is 22.8 °C in Dadar. The average annual rainfall is 2435 mm.
Dadar (दादर) in the Marathi language means ‘Ladder’, perhaps indicative of its importance as an important connection between main Mumbai island and surrounding islands in the past.
In the 16th century, the area was known as lower Mahim as it was located on the island of Mahim, one of the Seven islands of Mumbai which, after Mumbai Island proper, was the most important during the whole of the Portuguese period. The Portuguese Franciscans built a church here in 1596 called Nossa Senhora de Salvação, which is popularly known today as Portuguese Church and is a familiar Dadar landmark.
Dadar is a prominent railway terminus on both the Western and Central lines of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. Being the only railway common railway station to both the Central and Western lines, it makes a transit point for many passengers traveling through Suburban Railway. It is estimated that the station receives more than 500,000 visitors daily.
Dadar east has been also a key interchange point for those coming from Pune, Panvel and Navi Mumbai by road transport. A bus hub next to Dadar GPO is a destination point for many buses coming from out of Mumbai.
Locally, Dadar is well connected to other neighborhoods’ of Mumbai, namely Matunga, Wadala, Parel, Elphinstone Road, Prabhadevi, and Mahim.