Chowpatty Beach – India
Chowpatty is one of India’s most famous beaches. Revellers gather here in great number to celebrate the Hindu festival of Garesha Chaturthi each September. This is an occasion to savour. But for those seeking a place to kick back and relax, our best advice is to look elsewhere. Located on Mumbai’s glittering ‘Queen’s Necklace’ promenade, Chowpatty’s sands are filthy. It might be famous, but the unprecedented pollution here makes this an unpleasant place to take a vacation.
It used to be even worse, but efforts have been made to clear up the litter that once blighted the Mumbai coastline. Indeed, in 2017, 5.3 million kilogrammes of garbage were removed from a 2.5 kilometre stretch of sand. It is better now, but still hazards to health remain. The water here is not fit to swim in — with raw sewage and the waste from storm drains often discharged straight into the sea. Perilous and unpleasant, this is a place far from paradise.