(Last Updated on : 09/01/2012)
Chowpatty Beach is very popular beach in Mumbai
, and not visit to the city is complete without visiting this beach, which is located at the northern end of Marine Drive
, at the foot of Malabar Hill
. This cosmic expanse of sea and sand is the hub of human action. Though this beach not meant for bathing or swimming, but it is famous among people of all ages. The beach is sought after by political, religious and other social groups to perform functions.
During the day time, the place has an abandoned and deserted look. There is not much action to catch during daytime. During daytime it is flocked by idle groups who come to have a sleep under its stunted trees. But as the sun starts backward journey, the place starts getting filled with people from all walks of life. It virtually turns into a fair ground in the evening, amidst food kiosks, ferry rides, balloon sellers, etc. Indeed, it's a place where one would love to come after a tiring day to please his taste buds, suck in some fresh air and gradually cooling his heels.
In the evening one can see kids screaming on Ferris wheels or taking pony rides, wayside astrologers making a quick buck, monkey shows, self -styled gymnast demonstrating amazing yogic postures etc. The place gets lined with kiosks selling ice-cream and Bhelpuri-signature dish of Mumbai. The sight of selling meals on wheels makes one remember scenes from Hindi movies, which have depicted these scenes beautifully.
Moreover, it hosts various festivals of the Hindus throughout the year. Coconut Festival and Ganesh Chaturthi
are the events that bring together people, from all stratus of the Commercial Capital of India. During the sunlight hours, Chowpatty Beach makes the resort of the people who doze under the shade of small trees. However, the evenings transform the whole beach into a venue for some carnival, where children enjoy in ferry rides and pony rides, while curb wayside astrologers make some swift money.
One can enjoy in the shows of professional masseurs, beebee-gun shooting galleries, contortionists, snake charmers and monkey-trainers. Taking a quick bite of 'bhel-puri' that once eaten, will become difficult to resist in future. The local delicacies such as Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri and Kulfi sold at local stalls dotting the beach are an important attraction. Chowpatty Beach acts as a hangout for masses in all seasons. One can also catch a live film shoot or any bollywood
personality as the place is haunted by film crews.
This is a typical beach in Mumbai where evenings are bustling and days are quite sombre.