Central Mumbai, Maharashtra
Unique Feature: Only Beach Located In Central Mumbai
Built In: 1920 And 1930s
Marine Drive located in the
central Mumbai, built in
the 1920s and 1930s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai's most
famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as "Queen's Necklace"
because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently
it has come to known as "Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road" with Nariman
Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.
Situated at the end of Marine Drive and the foot of Malabar Hill this
expanse of sand and sea is the place where pleasure seekers come to
relax after dusk in the cool sea breeze.
At the top end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach, the only beach in
the central part of Mumbai. One can witnesses many Hindu religious
ceremonies taking place at Chowpatty like the annual thread-tying
ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, 'Nariel Purnima'
towards the end of the monsoons and 'Ganesh Chaturthi' immersions. One
can see the statues of Lokmanya Tilak and Vithalbhai Patel. There is a
huge line of stalls on the beach, selling 'Bhelpuri', 'Kulfi' and 'Paan'.
There are also shooting galleries, snake charmers, monkey trainers,
balloon sellers and even masseurs. Recently they have added a park
called "Nana-Nani Park" for elderly people.
HOW TO GET THERE :
Air: Mumbai has both national and international airports and regular
flights connect it with all major countries and states in India.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Charni Road (Western Railway).
Road: Mumbai being the capital city of Maharashtra State is well
connected by road with all parts of the state. City bus services are
available from all-important points in the city.
WHERE TO STAY :
As a major metropolis in India and the capital city of the Maharahtra
state is well equipped with excellent Hotel accommodation, which vary
from luxurious to reasonable budget hotels. Locals also let rooms for