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Hidden somewhere in the midst of tall skyscrapers and jam-packed shanty towns in Mumbai are swatches of green. In a city of over 18 million people, with soaring real estate prices and restaurants and pubs that draw in elite crowds, it’s relatively surprising to still be able to breeze through several parks and gardens—you’ll want to thank the tree-huggers who fight for these spaces while facing the ire of capitalists.
And there are a ton of things to do while visiting the best parks in Mumbai: head to the northern fringes of the city and find a national park that is home to leopards, monkeys and snakes. Lace up your sneakers and walk through a beach-side park in the glitzy suburbs of Bandra, where you’re likely to spot a Bollywood celebrity or two. Or see how ordinary locals built a lush garden beneath a dingy fly-over to fight petty crime.
Whether you’re looking for big, must-visit parks or little-known (and rarely visited) gems of green, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn about our very own urban utopia.