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Located at the southern tip of Mumbai’s peninsula, and on the extreme southern gradient of Marine Drive, Nariman Point offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, making it one of Mumbai’s major tourist attractions.
Until 1940, Nariman Point was a part of the Arabian Sea, when Khursheed Framji Nariman, who was an active Congress leader and a municipal corporator, proposed the idea of reclaiming some part of the land to create a commercial complex. He had suggested reclaiming the area near Churchgate, and all the garbage from around the city was dumped in the shallow seacoast. Additional reclamation was carried out in the 1970s. A construction boom in that decade also led to the development of commercial high-rise buildings in the area.
Today, Nariman Point is celebrated as one of the poshest and premium business hubs in Mumbai; strewn with skyscrapers, it gives the impression of New York’s Manhattan; therefore, it often designated as the ‘Manhattan of Mumbai.’ It is home to several extortionate residential condos – Mittal Towers, Birla Bhavan and Vidya Bhavan – and the political head office of the State of Maharashtra. This is also a shopping destination in Mumbai, with the presence of various domestic and international brands. Nariman Point is known to have a lively nightlife, with a chain of lounges, pubs, and restaurants found in the area, accompanied by a breathtaking view of the ‘Queen’s Necklace.’