Mumbai has really fascinated me with its famous Juhu Beach, national parks, art galleries, monuments and its local cuisines. On the third day of my stay at Mumbai we made plans to visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai. The park is closed on Mondays and the time to visit the park is from 7 am to 6.30 pm. you have to pay an entry fee to get into the park, which is Rs.33 per adult. As the park was quite far from the hotel where I stayed, we started early from the hotel and reached the park at 8 in the morning. There was already a crowd at the entrance
The park is a large preserved area located in the northern part of Mumbai suburbs. It is also known as Borivali National Park as it is located in Borivali. The dense forests and the wildlife here make it the favorite destination for the nature lovers. One of the attractions here is the Kanheri Caves in the middle of the park, which is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and estimated to be about 2400 years old. It is about 6 km from the main gate of the park. We took a bus from the entrance of the park to the caves. On the way I saw many streams cutting the road and it was a beautiful sight. These caves are called the ‘lungs of Mumbai’, because here you get fresh air unlike the polluted air in other parts of the city.
We also took a Tiger and Lion Safari through the park. We were taken on a caged bus and the duration of the safari was 20 minutes. As photography was allowed on paying a fee, I took many photographs of the lions, tigers and other animals. We also had a ride in the toy train and had a view of the park, the vegetation there and some of the animals. A mini zoo in the park was fun and there was also Crocodile Park where we saw many crocodiles. There were a lot of narrow paths at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai which took one to various destinations.