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Juhu
Juhu
Location of Juhu
in Mumbai and India
Coordinates 19°06′N 72°49′E / 19.10°N 72.81°E / 19.10; 72.81
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District(s) Mumbai Suburban
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

Juhu (Marathi:जुहू) is a suburban neighbourhood of western Mumbai. It is famous for its sprawling beach, the Juhu Beach. 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, Ajay Devgan, the Deols and numerous other stars. Industrialist Adi Godrej, Musician Khayyam, Lalit Modi, Media Expert Niranjan Parihar, Financial Advisor Bharat Solanki and Chairman of Montex group Raman Jain also have their bungalows in Juhu.

The nearest railway stations are Santacruz, Andheri and Vile Parle.

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History

The open beaches of Juhu have attracted the well-heeled among Mumbai's population for almost a century. In the 1890s, Jamsetji Tata purchased land in Juhu and built a bungalow there. He planned to develop 1200 acres (5 km²) in Juhu Tara. This was to yield 500 plots of one acre (4,000 m²) each and a seaside resort. Simultaneously he wanted to extend the Mahim causeway to Santacruz, in order to access to this area. The city turned down this plan in 1903. After his death in the same year, the scheme was abandoned. One will also find the Juhu Tara Road & Juhu Koliwada close by, the latter which is the house to fishermen. Kishore Kumar Marg is another famous landmark where the great actor & singer Kishore Kumar lived. Also one will find the Amjad Manzil outer house behind Ajanta Hotel.

Juhu Beach

Vile Parle entrance of Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach is the most famous beach in Mumbai city. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Juhu suburb. 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. 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, 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 auto rickshaw. During the summer vacations, children often go and play games such as cricket, football, basketball at the Juhu Beach.

Juhu Citizen Welfare Group

JCWG officially registered in March 2004 is the outcome of many years of activism by some Juhu residents who have been associated with other NGO groups. It was formed in April 2002 (The Juhu Seatizen) and later formalised in August 2003 with its own monthly publication called: "The Juhu Citizen"[1]. It now comprises voluntary Members invited from NGOs in the K-West Municipal Ward of North West Mumbai who meet every Thursday evening at the Office of Janki Kutir Residents Association, Juhu Church Road (near Prithvi Theater), Juhu, Mumbai 400 049.

Religious places

  • ISKCON temple
  • Mukteshwar Devalaya (Gandhigram Road)
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • St. Joseph's Church
  • Holy Cross Church, Juhu Koliwada

Hotels

  • Subhash Dawda Residency
  • JW Marriott, Mumbai[2]
  • Juhu Residency Boutique Hotel [3]
  • Hotel Royal Garden
  • Sun-n-Sand
  • Citizen Hotel
  • Golden Manor
  • Sea Side
  • Juhu Hotel
  • Sea Princess
  • Sea Palace
  • Novotel
  • Fition
  • Juhu Continental
  • Emerald
  • Ramee Guestline
  • King's International
  • Ramada Plaza Palm Grove
  • Tulip Star (previously known as Juhu Centaur Hotel - Under Construction - Disputed Property)

Education

Primary and secondary schools

  • Silver Beach High School - Closed (as of 1993)
  • Utpal Shanghvi School
  • Jamnabai Narsee School
  • Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School
  • Sumati Vidya Kendra High School - Closed since 2004
  • R.N.Shah High School
  • St. Joseph's High School
  • Kamla Dharamshi Narsee Shruti School (Rotary Services Public Charitable Trust, Mumbai West Rotary Institute For Deaf)
  • Ecole Mondiale
  • RIMS International School
  • Vrajlal Parekh Vidyanidhi High School
  • Arya Vidya Mandir (Juhu Branch)
  • Bhakti Vedanta Swami Mission School
  • K.K.Rajpopat School
  • Gandhi Gram School(marathi medium)

Colleges and universities

  • Advocate Ramkrishna M Kaoshik
  • Mithibai College of Arts
  • Jeetendra Chauhan College of Science and Law
  • Amrutben Jeevanlal College of Commerce and Economics
  • Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)
  • Bhaktivedanta Institute[4]
  • Malini Kishore Sanghvi College of Commerce and Economics
  • KRVIA - Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
  • D J Sanghvi college of engineering
  • Bhagubai polytechnic
  • Sreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University [SNDT Women's University]
  • Thadomal Engineering college, Bandra

References

Coordinates: 19°06′N 72°49′E / 19.1°N 72.817°E / 19.1; 72.817








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