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10 Things to Know About Chowpatty and Juhu Beach Mumbai

10 Things to Know About Chowpatty and Juhu Beach Mumbai

Mumbai has a couple of beaches dotting its shoreline, which stretches up to a long distance, beginning from the northern part of the city and ending at the southern-most tip. While practically every beach is worth visiting, two beaches that stand out as popular tourist attractions are Chowpatty Beach and Juhu Beach.

Location

Chowpatty Beach is located in the northern most end of Marine Drive, in Girgaum area of Mumbai and is also called Girgaum Chowpatty. On the other hand, Juhu Beach, as the name says, is located in the affluent suburb of Juhu and is comparatively bigger that Chowpatty Beach.

Juhu Beach
Popular Eatables

When people come to these beaches for spending quality time with their family and friends, they also indulge in a gastronomic adventure. Special dishes like Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji, and spicy Aloo Chaat are the hot favourites, which are downed with drinks like Limbu Sharbat and Gola Sharbat. A special treat available here is the Gola or ice candy, with Kaala Khatta being the preferred flavour

Meeting point of different cultures

During the evenings, and particularly on weekends, the beaches turn into a popular picnic spot for the young and old alike from different cultures and economic strata. The sight of young children playing games is truly fascinating.

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Ganpati Visarjan

The popular Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts for 10 days, and on the final day al the big idols are immersed at both these beaches. A sea of humanity emerges to witness this once in a year event, and the air is filled with chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya” and the sight of red colour submerges the gathered people.

Ramlila performance

Every year, during the Hindu festival of Dussehra, the mythological story of Ram and Ravan is enacted through the popular theatre format called Ramlila. At the end of the performance, a huge effigy of Ravan is burnt, to symbolise the victory of good over evil.

Security measures are in place

Due to the unfortunate terrorist attack in 2008, strict security measures have been put into place. Post midnight after 1:30, the police do not allow anyone to stay on the beach. Night revellers are asked to leave immediately, and strict patrolling ensures that, within no time, the entire beach is empty.

A massage can do wonders

As the night sets in, you can see a steady stream of masseurs nudging potential visitors for a head or body massage, which can be truly rejuvenating and loosen up your body while removing all tiredness accumulated during the day’s hectic schedule.

Performers entertain the crowd

Roadside magicians and acrobats make a beeline in the evenings to these beaches for entertaining the public, which is in a good mood and obliges by shelling out some money.

Kulfi is a hot favourite

Kulfi is a traditional Indian milk based ice-cream, which is a hot favourite amongst those with a sweet tooth. The traditional ‘kulfi waala’ in a white ‘kurta pyjama’ is a common sight after sunset.

Swimming is not advisable

Due to the sea turning rough because of the changes in the tides, and the strong, unpredictable currents, it is strictly recommended that you do not venture out into the sea for a swim.

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Written By Sajeed Nandolia