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WELCOME TO SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK
Located at the centre area Borivali of dream city Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is one of the favourite day-out destinations for “Mumbaikars”. Spread over 103 sq km of this bustling metro city of Mumbai, the national park is a part of diverse natural vegetation of Western Ghat. It is also one of the recommended spots for sightseeing and day tour in Mumbai, for the outstation tourists.
Along with calm and soothing ambience at the heart of the city, the national park amuses its visitors with a varied range of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and butterflies. It is also one of the ideal picnic spots in Mumbai. The bio diversity and the existence of varied animal species in the park attracts several enthusiasts for making jungle safari online booking to take a tour of the park.
The inception of this picturesque natural vegetation area dated long back in the 4th century B.C, when it used to be the trade route for ancient localities of Sopoara and Kalyan. The forest also houses Kanheri Caves at the centre of the park, which was the educational centre and religious site for Buddhist monks in pre-historic era.
Known as 'Krishnagiri National Park' in the pre-independence era, the park only 20.26 sq. km, which in the year of 1969 was expanded to its present size. Later it was renamed as Borivali National Park, by the independent unit -of Forest department. In the year 1981, the park was renamed as 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park' in the memory of Late Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi, the ex-Prime Minister of India.
SGNP hosts floral species, which is greatly influenced by the bio diversity of Sahyadri range. The natural vegetation of the park is of southern mixed-deciduous forest type. The varied floral range includes Tectona, Garuga, Adina, Ficus, Madhuca, Albizzia, Terminalia, Holarrhena, Firmiana, Dalbergia, Butea and many more. Bamboo, teak and shrub karvi is quite widespread throughout the forest. Jungle Safari booking Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also ideal for nature lovers.
The park is home for more than 40 mammal species, 78 varied species of reptiles and amphibians, 254 different species of birds and 150 species of beautiful butterflies. Spotted deer, barking deer, sambhar, black-naped hare are few frequently sighted mammals in the park. The other mammal inhabitants of the park are porcupines, striped hyena, palm civets, four-horned antelope etc. But, the visitors is enthralled by the sight of giant leopards, lions and tigers as the prime inmates of the park.
Additionally, the park is the haven for bird-watchers. It hosts ample number of feathery species namely humming bird, sea eagle, kingfisher, woodpeckers, parakeets, racket-tailed drongo, tickell’s blue flycatcher, Malabar whistling thrush, spotted babbler and many other variants. Crocodiles, lizards, pythons, cobras, Russell viper’s etc are the wonder from the reptile species in the park. Moreover, the SGNP hosts ample variant of colourful butterflies to boost its beauty. Jungle safari Sanjay Gandhi National Park is definitely an exclusive experience for its visitors.
Entry and Activities
SGNP timings are from 7:30 am till 6:30 pm. There are plenty of facilities inside the park:
- Van Rani (Mini train): The mini train ride through the forest will make you enjoy natural beauty very closely. The journey time is 20 to 25 mins and the tickets are available from the main entrance gate. It takes you through the jungle with a zig-zag narrow gauge rail track, covering the periphery of Gandhi Tekdi hillock.
- Tiger and Lion Safari: The safari is done by bus/closed vehicle. This facility will make you to witness the presence of majestic lions, tigers and leopards from the safety of an enclosed vehicle.
- Boating: The visitors can also enjoy boating facility inside the park in 2 or 4-seater paddle boats at the artificial water body inside the park.
- Gandhi Tekdi: Gandhi Tekdi is a memorial dedicated to the ‘father of the nation’, located at a stone’s throw away from the main entrance gate. The site also offers spectacular views of the surrounding forest.
- Nature trails: Tourists can also cycle till the caves enjoying the picturesque natural diversity and exciting wilderness.
- Take your car: Visitors can also drive down to the Kanheri caves and Gandhi Tekdi from the entrance.
The tickets for all the facilities are available at the entry gate.
How to reach
The SGNP is well connected by road and rail networks within Mumbai as well as from other parts of India.
- By Air
Nearest Airport to reach the park is Mumbai (Chhattrapati Shivaji Airport) -15kms.
- By Rail
The railway station for Mumbai is Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) or Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) for the tourists for other parts of India.
Since SGNP is located in Borivali, reaching Borivali from Mumbai is 30 kms by train on western railway route.
- By Road
Borivali is located on Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway. The distances from various locations of Mumbai and its suburbs are as follows:
- Ghatkopar- 14 Km
- Mulund-16 Km
- Thane 24 Km
- Powai- 4 Km
- Nariman Point: 41 km
- Worli: 30 km
- Sion: 27 km
- Bandra: 23 km
- Versova, Andheri: 15 km
- International Airport: 18 km
- Domestic Airport: 15 km
- Navi Mumbai- 30 km
Accommodation and Packages
Nature’s Sprout can help you with your stay at Mumbai nearby to SGNP, so that you spend minimum travel time in bustling dream city Mumbai. We have a wide range of option for hotel in Mumbai, ranging between lavish till budget accommodations near Sanjay Gandhi national Park.
The park is the natural destination amidst the busiest city Mumbai. It gives an amazing feel of enjoying natural beauty and wildlife diversity. Nature sprout are specialists in making your vacation worth remembering and provides an attractive package for Mumbai Tour, with this natural destination as one of the key spots!