Mumbai is India’s main metropolis. Since it is the most important city of the second most populous country in the world, expect it to be crowded, chaotic and noisy. There is so much going on in this city of contrasts. It is the home of the wealthiest Indian entrepreneur and movie celebrity as well as the poorest slum dweller. The city has its downsides and upsides, and definitely one of its upsides is Kamala Nehru Park, located on Malabar Hills and is 370-square-meter wide.
Named after the wife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, Kamala Nehru Park is perched on top of a hill and, therefore, giving its visitors a spectacular view of the city below. It is the most popular vantage point in Mumbai, making locals refer to is as their own Eiffel Tower when it comes to its amazing view of the city. Park visitors can also see Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive below. Kamala Nehru is a favorite destination of children and families since it offers a chance for a peaceful family time away from the chaotic and heavily polluted Mumbai traffic. The park offers a clean and fresh environment as visitors get one with Mother Nature. Schoolchildren love playing here despite the fact that the park only has one entertainment structure, which is the giant shoe that was inspired by the nursery rhyme, ‘There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe’.
Mumbai has other parks and places for relaxation. Along with Kamala Nehru, the famous parks are the Hanging Gardens, Joggers Park and Mahim Nature Park. The Hanging Gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Garden, is also located on Malabar Hills and is well known for its animal-shaped hedges. It is built over three reservoirs that could amazingly hold 30 million gallons of water. This much water is pumped, cleaned and supplied to the town, making the Hanging Gardens a significant part of life in Mumbai, and not just a simple tourist attraction. Joggers Park, on the other hand, is a wide area with a huge jogging track, trees and a small pond with fishes and ducks. Locals come here to jog away the pressures of city life, catch a cool breeze and just hang out with friends. This popular park is located in the suburbs of Bandra, and gets visited by hundreds of Mumbai residents every day, especially very early in the morning and just before night creeps in. Meanwhile, Mahim Nature Park is located not very far from Dharavi, which is Asia’s largest slum community. The area where the park stands used to be a dumping ground. Today, it is a beautiful educational park with a library, amphitheater, audio-visual room and a number of medicinal trees, fruit trees and vegetables. It is also the home of 55 bird species and actively promotes wildlife conservation.
Other important parks are Oval Maidan, Veermata Jeejabai Udyan and Priyadarshani Park. Together with Kamala Nehru Park, these restful destinations create a wonderful image for the bustling metropolis of Mumbai; one that is blissful, tranquil and utterly inviting. Kamala Nehru Park is accessible by local city buses, cabs and trains.