The Girgaon Chowpatty often referred to as Girgaum Chowpatty is one of the popular beaches like Juhu Beach. It is the northernmost end of the Marine Drive. One of Mumbai‘s oldest institutions, Wilson College is located on the opposite side of the beach. Several people flock to Girgaum Chowpatty to watch the sunset and for picnics with family and friends. During the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, while nine of the ten terrorists were killed in and around CST station, Colaba and the Fort areas, the only surviving terrorist, Ajmal Kasab was caught alive near this beach. A statue of Assistant Sub-Inspector, Tukaram Omble who lost his life while chasing the terrorist is installed near Girgaon Chowpatty.
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The beach is also known for the street-food outlets where you can try a variety of Mumbai-special chaat options all the way till midnight. Thousands of people visit the beach to immerse Ganesha idols during Ganesha Chaturthi for the visarjan (immersion) ceremony. During Dusshera, Ram-Lila is performed and an effigy of Ravana is also burnt here. A lot of people visit the beach during the first rains of the Monsoons to enjoy butta (roasted corn-on-cob) and during festivals like Diwali and New Year’s Eve to watch fireworks through the night, It is also popular among the locales for jogging and early morning sunset walks.
While Mani Bhavan (A museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi) is located just about a kilometer from the beach the ancient tank, Banganga is located approximately three km north of the beach and the Taraporewala Aquarium is over 2 km south of chowpatty. Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
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