Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

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    The other jungle

    by bradbeaman Written Jun 2, 2010

    After getting tired of the concrete jungle visit Sanjay Gandhi National Forest for a real jungle.

    The lion Safari and Bus service is closed on Monday.

    You can see the Kanheri Caves. Take a treck to the highest point in Mumbai and see Powai, Tulsi and Vihar lakes. You could arrange for a privite guide to do a night safari and in hopes to see a wild leapord.

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    Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 27, 2010

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    Fed up with the hustle and bustle in Mumbai? Then this is an ideal excursion!
    My Lonely Planet presented me with a certain image of getting down with the wildlife... what with it being 104sq km of protected tropical forest... I saw a lone lizard. However, it is a nice place to go to to relax and it is not at all touristy... only locals out for a walk. There is a section of lake that you can hire a pedal boat on... even this seemed like exceptionally hard work in the summer heat... but was nice and kept the children amused for as long as we had the stamina!
    There is a lion & tiger safari which you can take a jeap around - unfortunately due to a man being eaten by the lions the night beofre this was closed when we were there! Do be sure to take your own supplies (eg plenty of water).

    From inside the park it is also possible to catch a bus to visit the Kanheri Caves.

    Take the train from Churchgate to Borivali which costs me 22p for 2 adults and 2 children (the only other thing I can think of that is this cheap is maybe a box of matches!). From Borivali take a rickshaw to the park. NB we couldn't understand our rickshaw drivers charades but what he was asking if we wanted him to stay with us and drive us around the park or whether he should simply dump us att he entrance. We said dump and run. After we had finished sweating our bodies around the park we thankfully found a rickshaw inside the park who took us back to the entrance before we collapsed in meltdown! Don't assume there will be rickshaws available for you though - the majority have passengers they are taking around!

    There is a small entrance fee for the park.

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    Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    by Escadora7 Written Sep 19, 2008

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    The park is on the North-end of Mumbai, and it is also known as the Borivili National Park. It's a huge (~ 9000 ha) green haven surrounded by the continuously bustling city. The park offers numerous attractions, such as tiger safari, lion safari, train ride, hiking-trecks, tree-house, and best of all the caves. We went first to do the lion/tiger-safari, which was a bit of a let-down. The few animals we saw were about as wild as our 18 year old house-cat (though we were safely stashed away in the bus!). Then we strolled around the park, which was wonderful, since we were there during the rainy season, and the last monsoon rain had just ended shortly before.

    We then took the bus up to the Kanheri Caves (DEFINITELY take the bus, unless you are in top hiking shape!). The Kanheri Caves were populated by Buddhists monks in the 1st century B.C. - absouletly fascinating. Be aware: the wild monkeys around the caves are a pest. They are used to people, and they'll snatch food right out of your hands. The caves are fantastic. To see most of the park you will need at least a day; however, if you only have 1/2 day - skip the wild animals and go for the caves! It's definitely worth it. Since it was almost closing time when we left, the lines to the bus downhill were huge, so we decided to walk. It was a great, though somewhat loooong walk - but all downhill. :-)

    Oh yeah one more thing: DISCRIMINATION!!!!!!!!! Entrance to the caves for Indians: 5 RS. Entrance for foreigners: 100 RS.

    Green, green, green - all around Map of the park Fierce Animals! DISCRIMINATION!!!! Khaneri Caves
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    by kimchi14 Written Aug 14, 2008

    Sanjay Gandhi National Park (formerly Borivali National Park) - Natural
    Sanjay Gandhi National Park is located north of Mumbai with virgin forests that have become a bird watcher's paradise. Over 270 species of birds have been recorded such as Jungle owlets, Golden orioles, magpies, robins, hornbills, herons, peacock, and woodpeckers. The best time to see the birds is from October to April.

    The forest contains two main types of trees South Indian moist deciduous and semi evergreen. There are many types of flowers found in Sanjay Gandhi and during monsoon season the park is a rainbow of colors. One of the most breathtaking sights is the seven-year mass flowering of the Strobilanthes or Karvi. Tourists can watch thousands of these flowers covering the hilltops, turning the whole landscape purple.

    Wildlife within Sanjay Gandhi National Park includes spotted deer, porcupine, mouse deer, Rhesus macaque, Hanuman langur, Indian flying fox, and sambhar. Leopards are fairly abundant in the park despite being so close to the city.

    Another attraction within Sanjay Gandhi is the Kanheri Caves. Buddhist monks used the caves from the 2nd to 9th C as monasteries and temples.

    Gateway of India - Man Made but not originally designed to attract tourist
    The Gateway of India is a monument located on the waterfront in Mumbai. Built from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete, the Gateway is designed in Indo-Saracenic architectural style.

    The Gateway of India was opened in 1924 and the last British troops to leave India passed through the gate in a ceremony in 1948, making the gateway redundant.

    The Gateway is now a favorite hangout for locals and traditionally the first thing visitors see upon arrival in Mumbai.

    Prince of Wales Museum - Man made to attract tourist
    This Indo-Saracenic style building houses the Prince of Wales Museum and a priceless collection of art, sculpture and miniature paintings. This huge domed building was designed by George Wittet to commemorate King George V's visit in 1905.

    The Prince of Wales Museum is well laid out with a natural history section on the main floor; Indian miniature painting gallery, Nepali art and the Indian miniature painting gallery on the second floor; examples of the 19th C Pahari School of painting include Shiva and Parvati displays; an extensive collection of art objects in glass, jade and porcelain; and other decorative art exhibits in ivory, silver and wood fromthe late 18th and the 19th C.

    Sanjay Gandhi National Park Gateway of India Prince of Wales Museum

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    VIHAR LAKE-natural

    by siwaydi Written Aug 12, 2008

    Vihar Lake is Mumbai's largest lake. It is situated in the Borivali National Park in northern Mumbai. Vihar lake is sandwiched between Tulsi Lake and Powai Lake are the other two lakes in the vicinity. The Powai-Kanheri hill ranges serve as the catchment area for rain water which feeds the lake. As one of Mumbai's water sources, it meets part of the city's water requirement, especially to the South Mumbai region. Its overflow level is measured at 80.42 metres.

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    by jmoore Written Feb 25, 2003

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    On one day's outing, I went to a pleasant experience at a zoo, actually it was at the Ghandi National Park. At this park there are several sections, and one holds tigers. No one else wanted to pay the fee for a seat in the enclosed bus into this area, so I paid for the entire bus. Several spoters went with the driver. It was fun to go thru the 'automatic doors' (I noticed the real power behind the pretend remote control the driver aimed towards bushes, two fellows worked each set of gates {two sets to 'airlock in' the wild animals}). Because there were no more people waiting in line for the bus, the driver took us around for extra time, and I almost couldn't take pictures when we came upon the first tiger setting in the road. I was assisted to shoot (Pictures!) out of the opened up window in the roof.

    = On another outing, and as part of the city tour, we took a small boat out to the island to see the old worshiped carvings. You can get books to learn the details, just be sure to use the 'chair lift' up the steps, and do be careful on the 'boats'.

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    Vihar Lake

    by ashishashar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Within easy reach of Bombay by car are several picturesque lakes. Powai Lake, 25 miles from Bombay, is a quiet stretch of water by the side of a motor road. It can be approached via King's Circle, Sion, and Kurla. or through Santa Cruz and Andheri. Vihar Lake, a mile away from Powai lake, is less secluded, as it is one of the sources of Bombay's water supply. The lake, incidentally, is infested with crocodiles, which often bask in the sun.

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    Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    by ashishashar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Originally planned as a wildlife retreat outside Mumbai, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is now virtually engulfed by the growing city. Most of it is wild and unsafe, but breathtakingly beautiful, filled with dense forests and dotted with sylvan lakes. There are wild animals here, of course, but the only way you can see them is to take the Lion Safari at the entrance. Don't expect displays of predatory power though: most of the animals here are so used to tourists that they merely yawn at the passing buses.

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