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Commonly known as Swami Vivekanand Talao, Bandra Talao is a pristine lake in Mumbai. This serene lake occupies an area of around 3 hectares (7.5 acres) and is popular amongst locals as well as tourists. You can enjoy paddle boating here and spend some quality time with your loved ones. The lake is more than two centuries old and is known for fish-farming among the locals.
Mumbaikars love their beaches and call them Chowpattys. Dadar Chowpatty is one such beach in thickly populated Dadar in Mumbai. Like other Chowpattys, this too is a preferred weekend destination for locals and tourists. A popular activity here is relishing on tasty bhelpuri, paani puri, ragda pattice and pav bhaaji. Stroll along the beach and you will find foodies emptying plate after plate of these delicious and hot local specialties, also called as 'chat'. Come during Ganesh festival, in August and you can witness massive crowds during immersing of idols of Lord Ganesh. Nearby attraction's are Shivaji Park and Siddhivinayak Temple.
Chaityabhumi is the memorial of the Dalit leader Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, also lovingly known as 'Babasaheb'. "India's own Martin Luther King Jr"., for like the latter, Dr Ambedkar too organized the exploited castes and classes in India and fought for their rights. Thousands flock here on his death anniversary on December 6, to pay their homage to the great leader. The memorial is located beside the Dadar Crematorium at Dadar Chowpatty and is in close proximity to Shivaji Park.
Located in the plush suburb of Powai, Powai Lake is one of the most beautiful places in the concrete jungle of Mumbai. A natural lake, once surrounded by hills, is one of the best places to be at one with nature in the city. You can enjoy a calm boat ride or just sit at the Powai Lake Garden and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. The plush locality of Hiranandani Gardens is situated very close to the lake. Beware of the crocodiles though! Swimming here is prohibited.
The island city of Mumbai has several beaches. However, most of the beaches are brimming with activity at any given time. Aksa beach located in the Aksa village of Malad is one of the few beaches that is away from the city's hustle bustle. The atmosphere is serene, calm and the beach is almost untouched by commercialization. Despite of being a part of the most commercial city of India, this beach has retained its primitive feel.
Vihar Lake, located in the southern end of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, dates back to the year 1860, when it was constructed on the Mithi RIver. The lake, just kilometers away from Powai Lake, is one of the largest in Mumbai and has a catchment area of 19km. Situated in the backdrop of the Powai-Kanheri Hill Ranges, Vihar Lake is lined by rich green vegetation, making it one of the most exotic natural attractions of the city. Loads of seasonal birds and butterflies can be viewed in and around the lake. The sunset point offers divine views at twilight. Though not perennially open to the public, special permissions can be taken for bird-watching and leisure trips near the lake.
A city built on islands, Mumbai has no shortage of beaches. The most popular among them is Girgaum Chowpatty, a stretch of beach that extends along Marine Drive near Charni Road Railway Station. The only sand beach area in South Mumbai offers a unique culinary experience for both the tourists as well as the locals. A stretch of the Chowpatty beach is populated by a long line of fast food stalls serving excellent Pav Bhaji (spicy mashed potatoes and bread), Vada Pav (potato cutlets in bread) and kulfi (regional ice-cream). Girgaum Chowpatty however truly comes to life at sunset, with its masseurs, transvestites, balloon-sellers, gamblers, fortune-tellers, magicians, ferris wheels and shooting galleries.