MARINE DRIVE & CHOWPATTI BEACH:

MARINE DRIVE & CHOWPATTI BEACH:

Built on land reclaimed from Back Bay in 1920,
Marine Drive running into Chowpatti Seaface
and Walkeshwar Marg, sweeps along the shore
of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past
Chowpatti Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill.
Lined with flaking Art Deco apartments and a
series of gymkhanas where grand weddings are
often held, this is one of Mumbai's most popular
promenades and sunset-watching spots. The
lights that twinkle along the promenade at night
give it its nickname, 'the Queen's Necklace'.
Chowpatti Beach, scene of the riotous climax of
the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, remains a favorite
evening spot for courting couples, families, polit-
ical rallies and anyone out to enjoy what passes
for fresh air. Eating bhelpuri (crisp fried thin
rounds of dough mixed with puffed rice, fried
lentils, lemon juice, chopped onions, herbs and
chutney) at the collection of stalls on the edge of
the beach at night is an essential part of the
Mumbai experience, as is getting a vigorous
head rub from a malish-wallah (head masseur).
Sunbathing or swimming at this beach is
absolutely not recommended.

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