Sanjay Gandhi National Park has a picturesque location in the verdant hilly regions of Borivali in Mumbai. Also known as Borivali National Park, it harbors a varied species of flora and fauna, a rare national park that lies within the precincts of a city. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park sprawls over 104 sq km.
The history of park takes it to the 4th century BC when Soapra and
Kalyan were two ports that had trade links with ancient lands of Greece
and Mesopotamia. This forest was the via media between these two ports.
During the pre-independence era the park was known as Krishnagiri
National Park. In 1969 the park increased its territory and a separate
forest division was created under the Indian Forest Service department
and with this appeared Borivli National Park named after the nearby
Borivali area. In 1981, the name was changed to Sanjay Gandhi National
Park, after Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi who died in an air
The park is a bustling forest with verdant greenery and an estimated
800 types of flowering plants; 284 kinds of birds; 5,000 species of
insects; 36 types of mammals; 50 reptiles and 150 species of butterfly.
Home to many endangered species of plant and animal, Sanjay Gandhi
National Park had the world largest moth, the Atlas moth. A wonder of
nature - Karvi, a flowering plant, blooms here once in 7 years,
cascading onto the slopes with a shade of mauve. If you are lucky enough
you may also encounter a small population of wild leopards. It is all
here - extravagantly wild and seductive charm of nature that is sure to
sweep you off your feet.
How to Reach Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is well connected to all the major cities
of Maharashtra. Santa Cruz is the domestic airport that is about 16kms
from the park. The airport has a regular flights connecting Mumbai to
all the major cities of India. About 20 Kms is Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport that is again a link to the park with all the
major countries of the world.
You can also opt for train services and get down at the Chhatrapati
Shivaji railway terminus, which is at a distance of 40 km from the
national park. Borivali station is the nearest railway station connected
to Mumbai CST and other Mumbai central railway Terminuses. There are
good roads connecting the park to all major cities.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
|Attraction||The Kanheri Caves, Wild Safari and Trekking|
|Best Time to visit||Anytime of the year|