A vast endless stretch of glimmering sand, splashes of salty water breaching its boundary and touching you, tranquil sky and a setting sun painting the evening sky in hues of orange and blue, darkness slowly creeping in, paving way for the soulful moon! Doesn’t the idea of being there and watching it happen excite you? Isn’t the idea of a beach vacation so awesome to plan? It definitely is. And I kind of did that.
Somewhere I have read,
“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. “
Well, empty or crowded a beach always pull me closer to embrace its endless stretch of sands, playful waves touching me every now and then and the occasional presence of sea shells-small and large coming afloat with the waves. The vastness of the endless water matching up to the sky in a distant horizon soothes my otherwise fickle mind. My homeless wanderer mind gets its share of peace!
How about exploring some beaches of Mumbai with me in my wanderlust story?
Mumbai, the commercially and financially bustling city of India is located alongside the magnificent Arabian Sea. For this reason, there are a number of beaches in Mumbai. Be it watching the glorious sunsets from these beaches or the amazing restaurants, coffee houses and food stalls located nearby or be it savoring the mouth-watering street foods there, it’s awesome to visit these beaches to relax after a day of exploration and hopping tourist spots in the city.
This is inarguably the Mumbai’s most famous beach. Its popularity among tourists as well as the locals, including celebrities, makes it one of the most crowded beach in Mumbai. But there’s no better place in the city to indulge in the vibe of the City of Dreams.
This beach is known as one of the most-visited beaches of India and is situated in ‘Ville Parle’ bordering a posh locality where number of celebrities stay.
Indulgence in street food is very popular here. One can find numerous stalls offering mouth watering street food like Bhel puri, Pav bhaji, Pani puri, Chaat, Baraf ka gola and other local snacks at very reasonable rates. It’s a must have in Mumbai. The Juhu ISCKON temple also lies in the vicinity.
Marine Drive is a 3km long, six lane concrete road in southern Mumbai which stretches north along the coastline, forming a natural bay. It is famously called as the Queen’s Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace.
Words will fall short to describe the vibe of the place. The feel of Mumbai, the city which never sleeps is at this place which remains young and buzzing round to clock. The place is frequented by people of all ages and stages, youngsters, families, couples, tourists and individuals alike.
There is never a dull moment here; this place is always flooded with people and buzzing with activities. One can find people walking, jogging, sitting, cuddling, celebrating birthdays etc. The place becomes festive on special occasions be it New Year or Diwali or Christmas.
This beach is situated in southern Mumbai. Its beyond the Marine Drive. The place is mostly crowded in the evenings and holds a significant value for the immersion of the Lord Ganesha Ganesh Chaturthi festival. One can also get down at Marine Lines and walk along the entire Marine Drive to reach this beach.
Hawkers rent out quilts to people which can be laid down on the sand and used to sit, sleep, gossip,eat while looking at a beautiful sunset or the starry sky. The place has a very heartening feeling to it.
Situated in the Bandra suburbs of Mumbai is the Bandstand beach. This beach is named after the bandstand culture of old glorious days when bands used to entertain by playing outdoors at this place. This romantic rocky sea area of Mumbai is quite unlike the other beaches I have visited. There’s little or no sand but is instead covered with rocks which can be very slippery if we move towards the water. Careful stepping or be ready to get wet.
Bollywood actors like Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan has their residences on Bandstand. There’s always hordes of tourists clicking selfies at the gates of these superstars(me being no exception).
This serene and tranquil beach lies somewhere between Borivali and Malad. The secluded beach is unsafe to indulge into water sports due to strong currents and shifting of the sand beneath but one can take long stroll along the lush foliage on one side and the sea on the other.
The beach is clean and has a serene environment. The cool breeze and the mesmerizing sunset awes everyone who visit it.
These are the beaches of Mumbai I could make it to but there are numerous other beaches in the city like the Versova Beach which is kindof an extension to the Juhu Beach, the Alibaug Beach etc.
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