It’s about three times the size of New York City’s Central Park and a protected zone that’s home to over 35 species of mammals, 274 species of birds and 170 species of butterflies. Sign up for a trail and meet with Adivasis, the forest-dwelling tribals who co-exist with the animals (even man-eaters!). Spot the flying fox, leopards or hear songs of bulbuls. Learn about snakes from sarpamitras (“friends of snakes”) volunteers who rescue the creatures while educating locals to quell their fears. Too scared? You can take the tours while sitting in a Jeep.
Mumbai is a busy city if you’ll allow us to state the blindingly obvious. It is a city of soaring skyscrapers and jam-packed shantytowns, with over 18 million people going about their business in between. It is always a delight to remember that hidden in among all of the chaos are swathes of tranquil green spaces, beautiful parks and gardens that are perfect for a morning jog or an afternoon walk. Or both, if you’re feeling particularly energetic.
There are plenty of things to do when visiting the best parks in Mumbai. The northern fringes of Mumbai are home to a national park with leopards, monkeys and snakes within, while the glitzy suburbs of Bandra boast a beach-side park that attracts Bollywood celebrities and ordinary people alike. Mumbai is famous for its bars, restaurants and markets, but the city's parks more than hold their own.