Andheri is a suburb,25 kilometers north of Mumbai .It is also a railway station on the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Western line. It is the fifth suburb among the Western suburbs. Like many other suburbs, Andheri too is divided into an East and a West section, separated by the railway line.
The oldest settlements in and around Andheri were those of the East Indians, the natives whose villages survive in Pump House, Marol (See St. John the Baptist Church), Chakala, Gundowli, Sahar, Saki Naka, etc. The name Andheri was derived from Udayanagari, the name of a hill near the Mahakali caves.Another concentration of the native East Indians was located on the former islet of Versova, also known as Vasave.In the early 1900s, as urbanization spread from Bombay northwards, Marathi, Gujarati and other settlers began to colonize the area.Before 1945, Andheri was administered by a Collector as the "Suburban District"; in that year, the former Suburban District was absorbed by Mumbai city as Greater Bombay. However, the Suburban District was once again revived in about 2000 as the Mumbai Suburban District.
Andheri today has a population exceeding 1 million, and as per record is by far the most populous suburb of Mumbai.Contemporary West Andheri is largely a residential area, whereas East Andheri is has a mixture of commercial and residential areas, including MIDC–SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronic and Export Promotion Zone), Saki Naka (an industrial area), etc.The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai's International Airport is in Andheri East. Many call centers and business process outsourcing companies are located in Chakala area of Andheri.
In Andheri West there are old houses of the Parsi community around the station on the west side. Some of the famous Parsi bakeries include Merwan's and Ahura, which are thronged by patrons throughout the day. The road running parallel to the station is called Madhavdas Amarsey Road or M. A. Road. The Madhavdas Amarsey Road has been derived from the school Madhavdas Amarsey School situated on this road. S. V. Road is the main artery road. Link road is the new road that connects Andheri West to the recently developed and fast growing areas stretching up to Borivali and beyond.
Today Andheri West is a place buzzing with sound and energy. Residential complexes have sprung up like mushrooms. Andheri has become a pin code to proudly announce.Some key landmarks in 'Andheri West' include Andheri Sports Complex, Juhu Circle, Infiniti Mall, Lakshmi Industrial Estate etc.
- Mahakali Caves
- SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronic and Export Promotion Zone)
- Vanchasiddhi temple of Lord Ganesh
- Vijaynagar-Chandrashekhar Society
- Gilbert Hill
- The Andheri Sports Complex