I had completed most of the places and things on my to-do list in Mumbai. But upon having an interesting conversation with a fellow traveler whom I met on the Launch (boat) to elephant caves I decided to visit the park. He suggested I that should definitely visit the Sanjay Gandhi National Park while in Mumbai. He also guided me the hassle free way to travel to it which is by train.
So I thought why not, and set out to visit the popular national park. To avoid the rush hour I was advised to start a little late. So I started by 9:30 and reached the park by 11am. The Sanjay Gandhi national park or the Borivali national park comes as a surprise as it is a forest in the middle of the city.
The park also offers many other tourist attractions such as the boat ride, toy train, and the Kaneri caves. Though I really wanted to take a boat ride I dint finally go for it. They charge Rs 33/- per person for small two seater boat and Rs. 66/- per person for four seater boat. I decided to avoid it since they didn’t offer a boat rider also.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai – Even an entire day wasn’t enough to explore its beauty !
Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai has a rich natural habitat and a wide range of birds and reptiles which can be easily sighted. The park offers a safari ride to visit the interiors of the park and see the wild animals. The safari is a bus ride which take the visitors through the interior of the park,
The entry fee of the safari is Rs.55/- for adults and Rs. Rs.22 for children. The queue for the safari was long one with almost 30 people before me. But it was definitely worth the wait because I could spot 2 tigers and a lion. The sleeping lion made for an ironical sight. Along with the lions and tigers, there were also deer’s and moneys.
Another attraction of the park is Kanheri caves, which I could visit because the timings to visit the caves were over by the time I got around to it. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is huge place, and even one full day at it wasn’t enough to explore the entire place.