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Monday, January 31, 2011

Marine Drive Mumbai - Photographs and Sketches

Here are some of my favourite photographs of Marine Drive, Mumbai. Marine Drive is easily the most famous road in Mumbai, India. It is in South Mumbai, one of the plushest areas of the city where real estate prices are very high. Marine Drive has residential buildings, hotels, restaurants as well as commercial establishments and suburban railways stations.

This first photograph was shot from the terrace of NCPA in Mumbai and gives you an overview of the road.
overview of Marine Drive

The image below, shot at night from a cell-phone, will give you an idea as to why this beautiful road is called the "Queen's necklace." The row of lights shining in a curve makes it look like a diamond studded necklace with a cluster of diamonds at the pendant. As the photograph was of a low resolution, I tried to fix it, and it can  perhaps be used for the web in a small size.
marine drive at night

The photo below was shot from atop a flyover overlooking Marine Drive. It shows you the wide road and pavements, the cruising traffic and the old residential buildings that line Marine Drive. In the distance, in the top right hand corner, you can see the Air India building (the large white building), the two structures of the Oberoi Hotel to its left, and the NCPA building next to it.
Marine Drive view from flyover

The two pictures below are also shot from the flyover, from different angles. They give you a better view of the broad sidewalk and the people walking on it. Many people sit on the ledge in the evenings. Even at night the place is thronging with people. Marine Drive lines the sea and is one of the few open spaces left for people to come for some fresh air and a view of the sea.
Marine Drive and pavement view

A few taxis wait for business.

Marine Drive in South Mumbai

The image below gives you a closer look at the buildings mentioned above.
Close-up of Marine Drive Mumbai

The picture below is shot from the other side and gives a clear view of the broad pavement of Marine Drive and the high-rise buildings of Worli, a commercial area in Mumbai. To the right of the photo is are the old residential buildings of Marine Drive. The Marine Drive pavement was re-furbished and renovated a couple of years ago.
Marine Drive with a view of Worli

In this last photograph the angle is a little wonky, but I still liked the photo as it has life. It captures Marine Drive, the people as well as the sea.
Marine Drive and the sea

This last image is a sketch of Marine Drive, Mumbai. There is a tree to the left of the drawing, and Marine Drive is in the centre, curving towards the right. The buildings of Nariman Point are at the end, where the road ends. People on the pavement are walking and sitting and chatting. The sea is to the right of the pic.

Another sketch of Marine Drive, from another angle.

(I have added a watermark to some of the sketches here. If you need them for commercial use, write to me and I will provide the originals).

Related Images: If you want to see pictures of Mumbai skylines and skycrapers try these posts: Mumbai Skylines - Nariman Point and Malabar Hill or Mumbai Skylines - Worli.
If you are looking for just sketches of general scenery: Sketches of hills, a lake and trees
For Mumbai bridges: Bandra Worli Sea-Link Mumbai photos, sketch, silhouette and painting.
Or for an aerial view of Mumbai: Mumbai aerial view - pictures on the way out of Mumbai or click the label "Mumbai" for more photos of Mumbai.

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