Girgaon Chowpatty Beach – Maharashtra
Also known as the “Girgaon Chowpatty Beach” is a picturesque beach located in Maharashtra called Chowpatty, which literally means four channels or four creeks. This beautiful beach is located in Marine Drive in the Girgaon area in the city of Mumbai. In addition, it is at this beach that the “Ganesh Chaturthi” festival is celebrated in great style. Furthermore, it is also at this beach that the “Ramlila” (i.e. stage performance of the epic Ramayana) is performed annually during the Dussehra festival.
How to reach the Girgaon Chowpatty Beach
- By train:
The nearest major railway station located in close proximity to this beach is in Mumbai Central. The Mumbai Central Station is well connected to major cities and towns located in north, east, and north-east regions of the country.
- By road:
If you intend to drive to this beach then the ideal starting points would be Pune, Thane, Kalyan, and Navi Mumbai.
- Via Pune:
There is one route from Pune to this beach, and it is via Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/Mumbai Pune Highway.
2. Via Thane:
There is one route from Thane to this beach, and it is via Eastern Express Highway /Mumbai-Agra National Highway.
3. By Kalyan:
There is one route from Kalyan to this beach, and it is via Eastern Express Highway/Mumbai-Agra National Highway.
4. Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this beach, and they are via Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway/Sion-Panvel Highway and Eastern Expressway, and via Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Bangalore Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway/Sion-Panvel Highway.
- By air:
The nearest airport is located in the suburb called Ville Parle. The Chhatrapati Shivajii International Airport is connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
Climate and the best time to visit the Girgaon Chowpatty Beach
The climate at this beach during the summer season which begins in March and ends in May is extremely hot with the mercury rising to up to about 40 degree Celsius. The rainfall received during the monsoon season which begins in June and ends in September is “heavy”. The winter season which begins in November and ends in February, on the other hand, is pleasant with the mercury even dropping to a minimum of a 10 degree Celsius. So the ideal time to visit this beach is during the winters from November to February.
Things/activities to do
There are a number of things/activities to do found around this beach worth exploring. They are as follows
- Ganesh Chaturthi Festival:
The annual Ganesh Chaturthi Festival that occurs during the months of August or September is celebrated with great aplomb at this beach. During this period a large number of people from all over the state (mainly Mumbai and Pune) arrive at this beach in order to immerse the “Elephant God” i.e. Lord Ganesh into the Arabian Sea as per the tradition.
Every year leading up to the festival of Dusshera a play enacting the epic Ramayana is conducted at this beach for about 10 days. It is on the 10th day that an effigy of Ravana is burnt indicating the victory of good over evil i.e. the triumph of Lord Ram over Ravana.
3. Camel and Horse Rides:
Camels and Horse rides are available at this beach. These rides are not only popular with visitors but are also truly enjoyable.
4. Food stalls:
Popular and delicious street food such as bhelpuri, panipuri, ragda patties, pavbhaji are available in food stalls that are erected at this beach.
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