Nariman Point is a business district in Mumbai, with stunning high-rise buildings consisting of offices and many upscale businesses and hotels.
Strewn with many skyscrapers, Nariman Point gives an impression of Manhattan skyline in New York and therefore, is sometimes even referred to as the 'Manhattan of Mumbai'. All the major banks and their headquarters are located in this area, and it is the premium business hub of the city.
Till 1940, Nariman Point was a part of the Arabian Sea. But around that time, an active Congress leader called Khursheed Nariman, who served as a corporator to the Bombay Municipal Corporation, retrieving some part of land in the area near Churchgate and proposed to turn it into a business location.
To begin with, he got garbage from all parts of the then Bombay dumped to fill the shallow sea coast, and used concrete cement along with imported steel to construct the place. Its intelligent layout makes it one of the best financial and industrial zones in India.
The total cost for this was anticipated to be Rs.3 lakhs, which was a huge amount at that time.
Nariman Point has always been of interest to all kinds of big investors and industrialists as the perfect location to have their offices set up.
It comprises of some famous buildings such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, hosting experimental theatre and international music acts, and the Piramal Art Gallery that displays modern visual arts.
It also houses some popular airline offices and many exorbitant residential condominiums, like Mittal Towers, Birla Bhavan, Vidhya Bhavan, and the political head office of the State of Maharashtra.
Some popular business institutions located in Nariman Point are:
Nariman Point is a popular destination in the city for sunset and people love hanging out for drinks at sea-facing bars here.
Apart from being the financial hub and hang out point, Nariman Point is also a shopping destination. Many people love shopping at Nariman Point as there are many outlets of famous brands – both international and national.
It is known as one of the most expensive and urbane locations, and to this day continues to pull all kinds of business people to trade or establish their businesses (or at least a part of it) here.
If you are in Mumbai, Nariman Point is a must visit, for all the aforementioned reasons. It is a place worth exploring, and to get a feel of Mumbai’s multicultural and posh vibe while experiencing its big and small joys.