Greens are soothing. Greens are refreshing. That is the best part about visiting Sanjay Gandhi National Park, located in Mumbai, India. If you come to India's maximum city, I recommend visiting the national park, which offers a stark contrast to the busy city. If spending time in nature nourishes your soul, then this national park, situated only 90 minutes from the teeming metropolis, is the ideal place for you. Being home to varied flora and fauna, the park enthralls visitors, who (if lucky) get to explore around 274 species of birds, 35 species of mammals, 170 species of butterflies, and 1300+ species of trees. So, whenever you happen to be in Mumbai, it's is always a good time to get close to nature in Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
In one of the most visited national parks in the world, you can explore the big cats such as tigers, and lions, from the comfort of an enclosed vehicle. You can get a closer look at their natural habitats and behaviours. The safari started with the intention to promote eco-tourism has become very popular with the masses over the years. It is estimated that every year 2 million travelers visit the park. Both kids and adults love exploring nature's marvels here with equal gusto. I highly recommend this experience to wildlife and nature lovers. It is very refreshing and enjoyable.
Enjoy the splendour of the park in its full glory as you explore the region through boating. Immerse your senses in the surrounding beauty as you quietly pedal your boat. A truly relaxing experience. These pedal boats are easily available for rent and quite affordable too. Romantic rides are highly recommended. There are two artificial lakes inside the park, namely Tulsi Lake and Vihar Lake, behind which the view of western ghats is stunning. Keep your cameras ready for lovely shots!
Suppose you love exploring nature's bliss while on the go, then cycling is a good option for you. It also helps in meeting your fitness goals. Here, you can easily get cycles on rent and enjoy a 6-kilometer long cycling route. Chitchatting with your friends as you pedal, breathing in the fresh air with dense greens around is a perfect way to unwind.
Inside the park, kids and adults can enjoy a 30-minute train ride. En route, you will pass through a tunnel and a bridge and get to see various animals inside their respective enclosures. Titled Vanrani, which means 'queen of the jungle', the slow train ride is one of the oldest tourist attractions for visitors in the national park. At any time, the train carries around 20-25 passengers. The lovely train ride lasts for 20-25 minutes.
The national park is a paradise for bird watchers. Do not forget you bring your binoculars and cameras to capture that perfect shot of these fascinating creatures. Some of the gorgeous creatures include hornbills, sunbirds, peacocks, minivets along with many others.
Once inside the park, do not forget to follow some important instructions, including keeping a safe distance from animals, not littering plastic bottles around, and also not feeding anything to animals. So, next time you are around Mumbai, get close to nature in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Experience the serene music of nature while walking through the park.
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