The three-kilometer seafront promenade known as Marine Drive, also known as Queen’s Necklace or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, begins at Nariman Point and continues to Babulnath. Marine Drive is probably one of the most tranquil locations the bustling metropolis has to offer because it offers an unbroken view of the Arabian Sea.
As the sun sets, Marine Drive gleams with gold once more in a breathtaking display of reds, golds, and pinks. Try to view this gorgeous scene from the air; this is a unique experience. In the past, the administration had considered replacing the yellow lights with white LED lights, but the Mumbaikars, as the citizens of the city are fondly known, organised and persuaded the government to reconsider.
This is one among the few areas in Mumbai has a legendary Bollywood career. Movies like Muqaddar ka Sikandar, CID, and Wake Up Sid that were filmed here showcase Marine Drive’s ethereal atmosphere. Amitabh Bachchan reportedly slept on a bench on Marine Drive during his first few days in Mumbai.
From the early 1920s and 1930s, Marine Drive has always been a renowned section of the city. Many of the characteristic Parsi homes and buildings that had studded the esplanade are still surviving today. Around the palm-lined esplanade are numerous premium hotels, such as The Oberoi, The Trident, Hotel Marine Plaza, and The Intercontinental. Newer structures from the 1960s have mostly taken the place of the older ones. There are a variety of activities you can partake in at Marine Drive, some of which you absolutely must do at least once in your lifetime:
- On Marine Drive, enjoy the rain.
- Have a discussion with a stranger over some bhel while sitting on the promenade.
- Observe the sun setting.
- In the morning, jog.