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.
Location: Central Mumbai, Maharashtra
Unique Feature: Only Beach Located In
Built In: 1920 And 1930s
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 accommodation.