Places to see in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is aptly termed as the ‘lungs of the city’ as it provides most of the oxygen to the pollution-ridden city. This park initially was very small in area but in the early 1960s all the surrounding forests were included and made into one area, thus making it a 104 sq. km wide forest which we see today.
The Park is rich in flora and fauna. What I heard from the locals is that it has a special flower named Karvy (Karvi in Marathi) which blooms once in every eight years. No doubt, nature has many surprises in store for us!
When I reached the park, they charged Rs 50 from me as a security deposit for the plastic bottle I was carrying. This was a great environment-friendly initiative by the authorities and I think this should be done in all the national parks across the nation.
I was very excited for the tiger safari. So, I spent Rs 61 to get myself booked for one. They made us sit in a caged bus covered from all sides. When I got inside, I saw tigers roaming in cages even inside the caged area. Although lions were kept in the open but, a lion out there appeared dead as if it was tranquilised. Hey, this was not what I had expected !
After finishing my so-called “tiger quest”, I went to see the other attractions in the park: a lake where people were boating. It was a beautiful lake with lotus flowers on one side. A great picnic spot for families! Then, there was a toy train which hovered around the conserved area with a small station in between. A perfect delight for children !
Walking in the park was a delightful and refreshing experience as it purified me from inside.