Located in Mumbai, India, Girgaon Chowpatty, also known as Bombay Chowpatty, is a 5-kilometer-long beach situated on the town side of the city. The beach is adorned with a line of famous art deco buildings that run parallel to it. Adjacent to the beach is Marine Drive, which offers a scenic view of the sea while driving. Marine Drive is also referred to as Queen’s Necklace due to the street lights resembling a string of pearls in a necklace when viewed from an elevated point at night.
Girgaon derives its name from the Sanskrit words Giri and Gram, which means hills and village, respectively. It is a village nestled on the twin hills of Malabar and Cumbala, which stretch into the plains of Girgaum Chowpatty Bandstand and Khareghat Colony.
During the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony, thousands of people come to the beach to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea. Additionally, the place hosts a ‘Ram Leela’ play every year on the 10th day of Navratri, and an effigy of Ravana is burnt.
Tourists can enjoy several amusement activities at the beach, including ferry wheels, merry-go-rounds, and gun shooting galleries for children. Horse and camel joy rides are also available. Visitors can relax at the Chowpatty beach after a busy day and enjoy the breeze while watching the sun set into the Arabian Sea. Don’t forget to taste Malai Kulfi at various food stalls at this location.
How to reach
By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport Mumbai, which is located 23.6 kilometers away
By Rail: Nearest station is Charni Road in Mumbai, Maharashtra
By Road: Tourists can take local train, bus or cab to reach this hot-spot