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Sanjay Gandhi National Park
|Location: Borivali, Mumbai, Maharahstra
Coverage area: 104-sq-kms
Main attraction: The Kanheri Caves, Lion Safari, Tiger Safari, The
gardens, and Trekking
Best time to visit: Throughout the Year
Arrival information :
-- By rail : Nearest railhead is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
(CST), 40-kms away from the park.
-- By air : Nearest airport is Santa Cruz, 16-kms away from the
park for domestic air travel. The nearest International airport is Sahar at a distance of around 20-km from the park.
-- By road : The Park is connected to all parts of Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra with very good road
Nearby excursions : Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Elephanta Island, Flora Fountain, Haji
Ali'sTomb, Kamla Nehru Park, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru
Science Centre and Marine Drive.
Nearby cities :
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, better known as "Borivali National Park" is set in hill ranges around the suburb of Borivali in Mumbai. Notified in 1974, it offers a pleasant change from the usual sights and attractions of the big city. It is hence common to see the park teeming with school picnics, college picnics and other organized excursions.
The undulating green lands of the Borivili National Park are just the kind of surroundings to which one would love to retreat for some moments of quiet introspection or meditation. The great panoramic views of hills, valleys, lakes and open expanses can actually have a therapeutic effect on mind, body and soul.
The forest cover in the park can be divided into two main categories i.e. South Indian moist deciduous and Semi Evergreen. These two types can be further classified into four subcategories and they are moist teak-bearing forest, mangrove scrub, southern moist mixed deciduous forest, and western subtropical hill forest. The region has good biodiversity and major trees and plants include kadamba, teak, karanj, shisam, and species of acacia, ziziphus, euphorbia, flame of the forest, red silk cotton and many more varieties of flowers. During the monsoon, almost the entire park is awash with the rainbow hues of the flowers that bloom here and all over the Western Ghats.
One can have encounters with several species including Spotted Deer, Black Naped Hare, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Palm Civet, Mouse Deer, Rhesus Macaque, Bounet Macaque, Hanuman Langur, Indian Flying Fox, and Sambhar.
The reptilian world has 38 species to show off. Tourists can see crocodiles in the Tulsi Lake, and Pythons, Cobras, Monitor Lizards, Russell's Viper, Bamboo Pit Viper and Ceylonese Cat Snake here.