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Chowpatty Beach, {CATEGORY}

Marine Drive (renamed Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg) follows the sweeping curve of sea that stretches north from Nariman Point's high-rise buildings to infamous Chowpatty Beach, located at the foot of Malabar Hill. It's the ultimate seaside promenade, where Mumbaikars come to escape the claustrophobia of central Mumbai, gratefully eyeing an endless horizon while strolling or jogging along the broad windswept promenade. In the evenings, casual, single-item snack stalls are set up for brisk trade. This is the city's ultimate sunset spot, when - having watched the orange globe sink into the Arabian Sea - you can witness the street lights transform Marine Drive into the aptly named Queen's Necklace, a choker-length of twinkling jewels adorning Back Bay. The scene is perhaps best enjoyed with cocktail in hand at one of Marine Drive's classier establishments: either the rooftop restaurant at the InterContinental Marine Drive or The Oberoi's Bayview Bar, which also offers jazz music and cigars. Once the sun has set, catch a ride (or walk) north along Marine Drive to Chowpatty, Mumbai's oldest seafront. Chowpatty is no longer the filth-ridden extravaganza its long-acquired reputation suggests (though it's still not in any state for sunbathing or swimming), and at night it assumes the demeanor of a colorful fair. Children of all ages flock to ride the ancient Ferris wheels and tacky merry-go-rounds, and fly-by-night astrologers, self-styled contortionists, snake charmers, and trained monkeys provide the flavor of the bazaar - and bizarre - especially on weekends. This is where locals love to consume the city's famous street snacks, especially bhelpuri: crisp puffed rice, vegetables, and fried lentil-flour noodles doused in pungent chutneys of chili, mint, and tamarind, then scooped up with a tiny, flat puri (puffy deep-fried bread). Chowpatty bhelpuri is renowned throughout India, sold here by the eponymous bhelwallas, who now ply their trade in Bhel Plaza, where other traditional treats like kulfi are on offer at dirt-cheap prices. Tip: It's inadvisable to eat here - unfortunately, flavor, not hygiene, enjoys top priority. After you've watched the multitudes gorging vast quantities of assorted snack foods, cross the street and get your own chaat (as bhelpuri and similar snacks are called) at Cream Centre (25 Fulchand Niwas, Chowpatty Beach, tel. 022/2367-9222 or -9333, all credit cards accepted, noon-midnight). For close to half a century, this vegetarian snack place has been serving up delicious food - so good, in fact, that whenever you pass Chowpatty Beach in the evening, you'll see a queue of people waiting to get in. Alternatively, make a meal of the signature channa bhatura (spiced chickpeas and a large puri), a typical Punjabi dish that is made everywhere but rarely so well as here. When you're done, step out of the restaurant, turn left, and walk down to the end of the pavement to a hole-in-the-wall (but very hygienic) juice shop called Bachelorr's (yes, with two r's) for deliciously refreshing seasonal fresh fruit ice creams and juices - but do make sure you ask for your juice without ice, water, or masala. To experience Mumbai at its most exuberant, head to Chowpatty Beach for the culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi, the city's biggest and most explosive celebration. Held in honor of the much-loved elephant-headed god (here called Ganpati), the 10-day festival culminates on the last day, when a jubilant procession is held and thousands of huge Ganpati idols are immersed in the sea. Ganesh Chaturthi is held in September, for exact dates contact the Government of India Tourist Office.

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Address: Marine Drive, Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra

City: Mumbai

Country: India

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47 yd - InterContinental Marine Drive

Discover all that Mumbai has to offer with Intercontinental Marine Drive Hotel as a base. All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utmost comfoRead morerts. These top-class facilities are complemented to excellent services to meet the needs of visitors to Mumbai. To reserve a room at the Intercontinental Marine Drive Hotel, simply select your dates of stay and fill in our secure online booking form.Hide

307 yd - Chateau Windsor Hotel

With its central location, Chateau Windsor Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Mumbai. All 50 guestrooms at the hotel provide all the comforts and convenieRead morences guests would expect in a hotel in this class. This hotel is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional element of Mumbai, making it a distinct accommodation. To make a reservation at the Chateau Windsor Hotel Mumbai with our secure online booking form, please choose your preffered period of stay.Hide

355 yd - Sea Green Hotel

Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Marine Drive, Sea Green South Hotel promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasanRead moret experience. Facilities like elevator, car park, room service, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi in public areas are readily available for you to enjoy. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and convenient amenities like satellite/cable TV, television, daily newspaper, internet access – wireless (charges apply), balcony/terrace. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Sea Green South Hotel combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Mumbai unforgettable.Hide

431 yd - Ritz Hotel

Ritz Hotel. "Ritz Hotel" is a hotel that has 3 stars. The hotel is excellent for exploring Mumbai. Sea lovers have the opportunity to enjoy the coast in close proximity to the hotel. The accommodationRead more has its own restaurant to serve you dinner and breakfast, which is included in your stay. For a drink after dinner, you will find the lounge bar most welcoming. Of course, you can connect to the Internet and make use of the airport shuttle.Hide

458 yd - Chateau Windsor Hotel

Chateau Windsor Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Mumbai, whether exploring or just passing through. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a gRead moreood night's sleep. Pets allowed, smoking room, valet parking, car park, airport transfer are there for guest's enjoyment. Relax in your comfortable guestroom, featuring fan, internet access – LAN (charges apply), air conditioning, television, internet access – wireless (charges apply). The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Mumbai has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Chateau Windsor Hotel.Hide

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Chowpatty Beach, {CATEGORY}

Marine Drive (renamed Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg) follows the sweeping curve of sea that stretches north from Nariman Point's high-rise buildings to infamous Chowpatty Beach, located at the foot of Malabar Hill. It's the ultimate seaside promenade, where Mumbaikars come to escape the claustrophobia of central Mumbai, gratefully eyeing an endless horizon while strolling or jogging along the broad windswept promenade. In the evenings, casual, single-item snack stalls are set up for brisk trade. This is the city's ultimate sunset spot, when - having watched the orange globe sink into the Arabian Sea - you can witness the street lights transform Marine Drive into the aptly named Queen's Necklace, a choker-length of twinkling jewels adorning Back Bay. The scene is perhaps best enjoyed with cocktail in hand at one of Marine Drive's classier establishments: either the rooftop restaurant at the InterContinental Marine Drive or The Oberoi's Bayview Bar, which also offers jazz music and cigars. Once the sun has set, catch a ride (or walk) north along Marine Drive to Chowpatty, Mumbai's oldest seafront. Chowpatty is no longer the filth-ridden extravaganza its long-acquired reputation suggests (though it's still not in any state for sunbathing or swimming), and at night it assumes the demeanor of a colorful fair. Children of all ages flock to ride the ancient Ferris wheels and tacky merry-go-rounds, and fly-by-night astrologers, self-styled contortionists, snake charmers, and trained monkeys provide the flavor of the bazaar - and bizarre - especially on weekends. This is where locals love to consume the city's famous street snacks, especially bhelpuri: crisp puffed rice, vegetables, and fried lentil-flour noodles doused in pungent chutneys of chili, mint, and tamarind, then scooped up with a tiny, flat puri (puffy deep-fried bread). Chowpatty bhelpuri is renowned throughout India, sold here by the eponymous bhelwallas, who now ply their trade in Bhel Plaza, where other traditional treats like kulfi are on offer at dirt-cheap prices. Tip: It's inadvisable to eat here - unfortunately, flavor, not hygiene, enjoys top priority. After you've watched the multitudes gorging vast quantities of assorted snack foods, cross the street and get your own chaat (as bhelpuri and similar snacks are called) at Cream Centre (25 Fulchand Niwas, Chowpatty Beach, tel. 022/2367-9222 or -9333, all credit cards accepted, noon-midnight). For close to half a century, this vegetarian snack place has been serving up delicious food - so good, in fact, that whenever you pass Chowpatty Beach in the evening, you'll see a queue of people waiting to get in. Alternatively, make a meal of the signature channa bhatura (spiced chickpeas and a large puri), a typical Punjabi dish that is made everywhere but rarely so well as here. When you're done, step out of the restaurant, turn left, and walk down to the end of the pavement to a hole-in-the-wall (but very hygienic) juice shop called Bachelorr's (yes, with two r's) for deliciously refreshing seasonal fresh fruit ice creams and juices - but do make sure you ask for your juice without ice, water, or masala. To experience Mumbai at its most exuberant, head to Chowpatty Beach for the culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi, the city's biggest and most explosive celebration. Held in honor of the much-loved elephant-headed god (here called Ganpati), the 10-day festival culminates on the last day, when a jubilant procession is held and thousands of huge Ganpati idols are immersed in the sea. Ganesh Chaturthi is held in September, for exact dates contact the Government of India Tourist Office.

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