February 11, 2010

The Queen's Necklace - Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

When my Mumbai friend asked me what was the beautiful site in Mumbai, I replied him - "Juhu beach".

After he took me to a heavenly place named Marine Drive, I can no more reply "Juhu beach....it's definitely Marine drive....that is the best place in Mumbai...at least as far as I know."

Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra state, is the commercial capital of India, and also one of the most happening cities of India. Marine Drive is an upturned 'C'-shaped six lane concrete road, which runs upto 3 kms distance along the coastline, which is a part of Arabian Sea. This avenue connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. The most striking part of the avenue is the esplanade next to the road, where people come to view sunset and enjoy sea breeze.

It is picturesque view to find palm trees lined up along the road. It also has a nice walkway to take a stroll or jogging. You can also enjoy the view of some higher end hotels on the other side of the road. For most of the people from other coastal cities of India, it would be a different experience to watch tall buildings on the other side of the sea (due to C-shaped roads).

No one can forget the 26/11 attack on Oberoi and Taj hotels of Mumbai which hapenned on 26th November 2008. Oberoi hotel is the tall building that you see in this picture, which is located in Marine Driver road. It was one of the targets for terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack.

Chowpatty beach, which lies at the norther end of the road, is famous for local foods. At nights, Marine Drive looks stunningly illuminated, with lights and if seen from some elevated point beside the road, it resembles a necklace, and hence this place got the name "Queen's necklace".

Marine Drive is easily reachable either by public transport or on your own vehicle.
If you leave Mumbai without visiting this place, you definitely regret for that.

Happy travelling.

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  1. Marine Drive is really a beautiful place in Mumbai. I have visited the place practically hundreds of times. However there are many more places in Mumbai which are equally or more beautiful. Every one must visit atleast once..........Ramchandra Karnik