Girgaon, also spelt formerly Girgaum, is an area in southern Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. The culture in Girgaon is diverse and varied. Like most areas of cosmopolitan Mumbai, residents span diverse languages, religions, traditions, festivals, and attire. Girgaon occupies prime residential real estate due to increasing demand just because of its prominent location in South Mumbai. The Sanskrit term "Giri" stands for hills, whereas the Sanskrit word "gram" denotes a village. Thus, Girgaon means a village at the foothill of mountains. A birds' eye view from the top of Malabar Hill will justify this etymological finding.
~Khetwadi, originally an area with a sparse population living off agriculture and plantations, developed in the mid-19th century with the widening of Parel road and the Girgaon road (then called the Breach Candy Road). In 1839, Grant Road was completed, leading to migration of a large number of people into this area. Girgaon got its own station much later at Charni Road which was opened in the year 1867. Today it has become a hub for diamond traders and wholesalers of almost all the traditional businesses
~Chaupati in 1860s
On the road running along the beach, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attacks, Ajmal Kasab, was caught and arrested. A bronze statue of Tukaram Omble, the policeman who helped arrest Kasab, was erected on 26 November 2009.
Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Type of Place
- Senior Citizen
- ~Nearest railway station to reach this beach is Charni Road on western railway route of local trains (3rd station Bandra Churchgate). Adjacent to the station is this beach.
- ~The nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,
Open:all days of week
No entry fee
Nature lover's, photo fanatics, foodies fun lover's
- ~Ganeshotsav is one of the most livingly celebrated Festival in Girgaon. Ganesh Idols like Girgaoncha Maharaja, Girgaocha Raja, are well known for being Ganeshotsav Mandals (Lord Ganesh festival local Group).
~There's a historic place of Keshavji Nayak Chawl where Lokmanya Tilak visited Ganesh mandal in 1901 it will complete its 115 years of celebration, also there is Jitekarwadi Famous for there idols made using unusual materials like soil and fiber, that includes idols made of Dry fruits, marbles, rice grain, etc.
~This is also one of the many places in the city where the 'RAMLILA' is performed on a stage every year. An effigy of Ravan erected on the sand is burnt at the end of the 10-day performance.
~One can find several bhelpuri, panipuri, ragda patties and pav bhaji vendors on the beach
Things to Buy
- THINGS TO BUY================
~Linking Road, Bandr
Situated: Right opposite R.D. National College
Best for: Accessories, clothes, shoes for both men and women.
~Colaba Causeway, Colaba
Situated: Close to Fort area and Cuffe Parade
Best for: Books, jewelry, handicraft and cloths.
~Lamington Road, Grant Road
Situated: Near Grant Road railway station.
Best for: Electronics, gadgets, mobile phones, laptopns etc.
~Fashion Street, MG Road
Situated: Near Azad Maidan
Best for: High street fashion trends in cheap prices.
Situated: North of Shivaji Terminus and near J.J. flyover.
Best for: Wholesale home utility products, exotic fruits
~Hill Road, Bandra
Situated near: Elco Restaurant
Best for: Hardware, wood work, wholesale general stores and cloth shops
Things to Eat
~Manohar pav bhaji:street food
~kapoor Punjabi kulfi:malai kulfi with rabdi
~badshah pani puri:panic puri
~bhim Singh cold filter puri:bhel puri
~punjabi pav bhaji snacks corner:veg. Hakka noodle's
~daddy's cool corner: kacchi kairy ice cream
~roadsider:fast food,street food
~sree venty:juuces, fast dood, street food
~raj bhog:sweets,street food
~pejas food: Chinese,street food,north Indian,south Indian
Things to enjoy
~People, who visit Chowpatty Beach, amuse themselves by watching monkeys dancing on the beach.
~One can also find snake-charmers who entertain the crowds with their antics.
~Fortune-tellers also capture the attention of people on the beach.
~Many tourists who come here are interested to experience camel and horse rides that are available here.
~This beach is a perfect place to perform Yoga 'Asanas' and for jogging.
~The merry-go-rounds, ferry wheels, beebee gun shooting galleries on the beach are fun opportunities for the children to spend a great time.
~One might even witness a film shooting or a street play being performed in this wonderful beach.
The beach is noted for its Ganesh Visarjan celebrations when thousands of people from all over Mumbai and Pune come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea.