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Often referred to as the 'lungs of Mumbai', it is one of the most visited national parks in the world.
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35 per person
55 per person for 30 minute tiger & lion safaris
15 per person for 15 minute boat rides
70 per person for kanheri caves
20 per person or shuttle bus runs from the park entrance to the caves
All days of the week
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
3 to 4 hours
ABOUT Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Spread over an area of over 40 sq miles and surrounded on three sides by the teeming Mumbai metropolis, the protected jungles of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park are full of hidden surprises and should not be missed at any cost. Initially called the Borivalli National Park, it was renamed to Sanjay Gandhi National Park after the tragic death of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of ex-Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

The rich biodiversity of the park attracts a large number of tourists from all around the world. And, it is one of the most popular picnic spots for the locals. This bustling forest is home to a large number of birds like Kingfisher, Sunbird, Malabar Whistling Thrush etc. Around 251 species of migratory, land and water birds are found here. Among the wildlife, you can easily spot Macaques, Boars, Civets, Antelopes, and if you are lucky even Flying Foxes, Lions and Leopards. Talking about lions, the park has regular lion and safaris every 20 minutes. The park also boasts of having around 172 varieties of butterflies, which surpasses the number for all of UK. The spectacular ones include Tiger Eggflies, Blue Oak Leaf, Jezebels, Orange Tipped and Blue Mormons. If exploring the jungles doesn't get your happy hormones singing, you can try rock climbing, boating, go to the mini zoo, get up close and personal with crocodiles at the Crocodile Park, or simply follow the walking path which meanders into the jungle.

There is also a narrow gauge train (Vanrani) which takes you around the important spots in the park. Deep within the thickets of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, past several waterfalls, lie the 109 Buddhist caves chiseled out of basaltic outcroppings. An important Buddhist settlement in 3rd century AD, Kanheri became a University center during Mauryan and Kushan empires and a number of Brahmi and Devanagri inscriptions and epigraphs can be found here. A shuttle bus service is available which takes passengers from the park entrance to the caves and back. Last shuttle bus back from the caves is at 4:00PM.

The area around the caves is a great place for spotting animals and rock climbing. Apart from these caves, the park also contains a Jain temple and a Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Encroachment of the surrounding slums and residential complexes as well as poaching are a major problem.
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There have been a few Leopard attacks reported inside the park. So make sure that you are travelling in groups and stick to the walking trails Kanheri caves and the immediate area surrounding it is now a major source of disturbance to the animals because of the ruckus and nuisance created by the tourists. Please refrain from littering the area and making loud noises.
reviewed on Jan 06 2014
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Sanjay Gandhi National Park - Only National Park in the world located inside a Metropolis!! That too with Animals in their natural habitat.. SGNP has loads of places to see but here i would limit myself to a walk along its river & along the tracks of its Mini-train (Yes u heard right..There is a min-train inside the park- a tourist thing!!) Best time for such a visit is morning from September ending to April... One should alongwith group of friends walk along this path as it more fun going that way.. Tip: Wear good shoes / Footwear.. Starting from d main entrance after taking tickets (Yes Entry is not free)..One should walk leisurely till one reaches the lake on the river(created due to a dam built there)..approx 10 mins along d road..1 should enjoi the beauty of Urban River while moving alongside it to reach the Railway station Krishnagiri..watch for monkeys & birds along d way...There is ample space at d side of station from where u can go to walk along d tracks (If you want too you can buy tikcets & experience d train ride..) But if u walk along the tracks..you can see animals in cages to right & left..After walking few mins..you can experience the beauty of nature..it gets quiet there so group is preffered..The railway goes around the mountain to leave you at the same point where u started the journey. Or as we did get off the tracks to reach the river bed...walk along it towards d source of river..You would reach a small dam..Its very qiet & peaceful over ther..Youcan go ahead too..But usually ppl get tired after so much walking.. Enjoi d wildlife especially birdlife if ur silent..No leopards are not visible..they are secretive.. Staying along river for 1-2 hrs can be refreshing..Do try it once.. Worth a visit!!
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