A Complete Guide To Enjoying The Best Of Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Lion and Tiger Safaris
Go On A Trek
If you've been meaning to get out, get fit and cycle, but just don't know which road to ride on, head straight to Sanjay Gandhi National Park where you can ride all the way up to Kanheri Caves through SNGP itself. However, if you're looking for an even better route, start riding to Sanjay Gandhi National Park from Aarey Milk Colony, as early in the day as possible. You can cross over Powai Lake to get to the Western Express Highway which will lead you to the national park. A lot of cycling groups organize meetups over the weekend and yes, you can be a part of them! Check out the Mumbai Cycling Group on Facebook that organizes cycle trails and meetups with fellow cyclists and posts about them on social media too, so you'll always be in the loop of what's being planned.
Row A Boat
Pro-Tip: Timings: 9am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Price: INR 48 for two people, and INR 97 for four people.
Explore The Beautiful Kanheri Caves
Deep inside the park, are the beautiful ancient Buddhist caves, Kanheri Caves. These caves provide a rich Buddhist history – from the carvings on the wall to the beautiful statues and tombs that still stand there. It is perfect for a beginner's trek and if you're in the mood for some cultural exploration.
Pro-Tip: Sanjay Gandhi National Park is closed on Mondays.
Spend A Night In A Pine Hut
As you close in on the route that takes you to the lion safari, keep your eyes open for a tiny pine hut that rests on your right. Yes, that's right. It's cute, cozy and you can spend a night here. As there is only one pine hut, you will have to plan your stay here much in advance and the entire pine hut can be yours for the night for only INR 7,000 and it can accommodate upto 5 people easily. Wake up to the birds chirping and sun shining through the trees; definitely not something you experience everyday in the concrete jungle so you must check this out!
Being a national park, there are many rules and regulations one must adhere to while visiting Sanjay Gandhi National Park. We'd recommend you don't venture off the park's main roads and designated areas as that can attract a heavy fine.
However, a visit to Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a must- it allows you to experience nature at its best without having to travel too far away from home.