Sanjay Gandhi National Park – A Protected Forest Within the Limits of a City

Sanjay Gandhi National Park - A Protected Forest Within the Limits of a City

Today when you walk into a city, all you see is big blocks of concrete and not a single sight of greenery nearby. In the hustle and bustle of modern lifestyle, we have forgotten that there are so many things God gifted to us and we have no time to sit down and appreciate them. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a wildlife reserve that is known for the beauty of not just its flora but for its fauna as well.

Explore Wildlife in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Direction Board in SGNP
Direction Board in SGNP

Home to quite a number of endangered species of plants, insects and animals, it is one of those places we need on earth to make us realize how beautiful nature is and how we are destroying it at a fast pace without even realizing. Sanjay Gandhi National Park previously known as Borivali national park. Currently, Sanjay Gandhi National Park has 274 species of birds, 35 species of mammals,170 species of butterflies and more than 1300 species of trees.

Tiger in Sanjay Gandhi-National Park
Tiger in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The most famous tourist attraction in this park is the Lion and Tiger Safari wherein we are made to sit in a bus and given a ride around the forest area where the lions and tigers reside. Spotting these majestic creatures here and there in the clearing of the forests was a sight my camera just couldn’t seem to get enough of.

The park is also said to be the largest park in the world located within city limits. Covering an area of 104 square kilometers, it is one of Asia’s most visited National Parks with over 2 million visitors every year.

There are walking trails inside the park, where I got the opportunity to have a pleasant walk amidst the stunning greenery surrounding me. It felt like I was breathing this whole new batch of fresh air I had never had the chance to breathe in before.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park – Historic Significance

Kanheri Caves in SGNP
Kanheri Caves in SGNP

Next we walked to the Kanheri caves, which served as prayer rooms for the Buddhists. The walls are full of Buddhist inscriptions and the magnificence of the architecture radiates out brightly. Kanheri Caves has about 109 rock-cut cave temples dating to the first century B.C.E. Next on the religious tour was a Jain temple named Trimurti which in Hindi means temple of three idols.

Try Some Activities in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Next activity in the list was boating in the lake which is situated amidst the forest. Even after walking for so long and pedaling around in the boat, I didn’t feel tired. Instead I felt fresh and happy that I got to spend my day among such beautiful things. It was as if my life had been renewed by the touch of nature.

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