Built in the 1920s, Marine Drive runs along the shoreline of the
Arabian Sea, from Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. It is
Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare, and a favourite spot for
watching the sunset. Lined on the landward side by a crescent of
crumbling Art Deco buildings, it is lit up memorably at night,
prompting travel agents to dub it 'the Queen's Necklace'. At the
top end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach, the only beach in the
central part of Mumbai. Though not ideal for sunbathing or
swimming, it is a popular (though hectic) place to spend an
afternoon, surrounded by beach traders, entertainers and beggars.
It is the best place to watch the annual Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
(during August/September), when vast models of Lord Ganesha are
immersed in the sea.