Saturday, 21 April 2007

A day out to.. Juhu

Want to watch a beautiful sunset. Juhu beach is the place to be. You can walk by the shore, soaking your bare feet in the warm sand and walk for an hour or two. In western countries, the beaches are visited by many tourists for a warm swim and relaxation. Unfortunately, Juhu Beach cannot be used for swimming (cannot even be used for immersing feet too) it is too polluted. It is a place where many people respond to their nature call during the early morning hours. Nevertheless, many tourists make it a point to visit the beach when they come to Mumbai, as it is a relatively uncrowded free space in the city, although it does get crowded in the evenings and weekends.

It is famous for its Mumbai 'street food', notably bhelpuri, pani puri, shevpuri, chaats, and of course pav bhaji. Due to the nature of the food stands, hygiene standards are often low. On the southern end of Juhu beach there are many luxury hotels and apartments.

At the north end of Juhu Beach there is a place called Gandhi Gram. When Mahatma Gandhi used to practice in the Bombay high court in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he used to live there. He mentions in his autobiography that he used to walk to Bandra station from far-flung Juhu to catch an empty train to south Mumbai. Even today, a lot of people do the same, but now the mode of transport is either a BEST bus or an autorickshaw.

Juhu is a suburb of Mumbai. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea in the west, Santacruz and Vile Parle in the east. Juhu is one of the more affluent areas of Mumbai. Many Bollywood stars own bungalows in Juhu, famously including Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri as well as the Deols and numerous other stars and starlets.

There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side.

You could also visit ‘The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)’ centre, where you can refresh its core philosophy that is based on scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, both of which date back more than two millenia. The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India ever since the late 1400s.

If you are fond of theatre, you could visit Pritvi theatre, check for the details.

PVR (Priya Village Roadshow) is a new multiplex and mall where you could spend your afternoons

Bus routes to Juhu Beach 182 Spl., 231, 237, 253

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