Khar Gymkhana is located in a well-known suburb of Bombay – Pali Hill.
Khar was a nascent sleepy suburb before the Independence when a few residents had formed a small association and were thinking of creating an outlet offering recreational facilities to the residents. At one such meetings in 1928 it was the casting vote of the chairman, which favoured the formation of Khar Gymkhana which would be accessible to the Middle Income group people. Initially a small room was made available at the Bungalow, at the corner of the 14th Road, and the C.D. Marg, which is presently known as Jain Arcade.
Around this time a Cricket Club known as Khar Young Cricketers led by the Late Mr. Vithaldas Divecha decided to merge with the Khar Gymkhana.
Over the years, players have emerged from the Gymkhana stables to play at the state and national levels. “Nets” are a common sight during the cricket season. Passions at an inter-gymkhana match can rival that of a world cup tie.
Backed by a dedicated team of professional coaches and assistants, Khar Gymkhana offers it members a full spectrum of sporting facilities.These include Table Tennis, Billiards, Snooker, Squash, Badminton, Swimming and Cricket.
Khar Gymkhana has one of the best billiards rooms in the country. One of the few in the country to be certainly air-conditioned, it is also among the largest, with four tables placed at two levels. The standard of play among members is quite high. Among the regulars are some very top players including an Asian Snooker champion.
A multi-purpose hall accommodates various other activities like Yoga & Aerobics.
There are Squash courts at Khar Gymkhana which see fast paced action as youngsters and the young at heart play at a furious pace. Coaching schemes have been set up to nurture budding talent at an early stage.
Khar Gymkhana is among the few in the country to have badminton courts built to international specifications, complete with a high ceiling and wooden floors. Naturally open tournaments attract top players and the city’s badminton lovers.
Our flood lit tennis courts see action almost round the clock. Regular coaching camps and annual tournaments have produced a string of players who have donned state and national coaches.
The Health Club is extremely popular with Khar Gymkhana members. It includes a sauna, a steam bath, a masseur facility and a Jacuzzi. An air conditioned modern gym rounds up the full range of fitness activities. There are separate timings for women.
The elevated swimming pool at Khar Gymkhana is among the few such pools in the country. Situated on the second floor, the pool has a breezy sitout alongside, overlooking the cricket maidan. The poolside tables with their sub-umbrellas and cool ambience are a popular place to relax in the evenings, and as a viewing gallery during a cricket match.
Table Tennis is yet another indoor sport that’s seen Khar Gymkhana produce state and national ranking players, right from the junior levels. The air-conditioned TT room is equipped with four tables. Khar Gym has had the privilege of hosting a Davis Cup tie, and a 15-nation Commonwealth Table Tennis tournament.
The newly refurbished Card Room attracts the numerous bridge enthusiasts in Khar Gymkhana. Spacious and done up tastefully in soft colours, the room is line with elegantly lit alcoves.
Members have a bewildering array of choices when it comes to entertaining guests. If the emphasis is on a casual ambience, there is the elevated terrace poolside, overlooking the cricket field; the open air lawns, or the cosy atmosphere of the Inswinger, the Gymkhana’s bar. For a more formal environment, there’s the Pavilion, the Gymkhana’s posh restaurant. A sophisticated and spacious Conference Room is also made available to members for a very nominal fee.
The Pavilion is a 3-level restaurant, it seats 135 guests in majestic comfort and serves fine Indian and Chinese Cuisine.
The Khar Gymkhana Library has a fine collection of books and the latest newspapers and magazines – Indian and International.
Over the decades, generations of champion sportsmen and sportswomen have emerged sporting the K.G. blazer. Today, Khar Gym has the widest variety of sports facilities, backed by professional coaching, and one of the largest budgets for the promotion of sports.[box] Khar Gymkhana,
Mumbai – 400 052.
Tel: +91-22-42107689 / +91-22-42107676
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