Not many tourist attractions in leading cities around the world can claim to have an important life-giving function to its host city. The Mumbai Hanging Gardens can. Located on top of the famous Malabar Hills in Mumbai, the Hanging Gardens include the city’s main reservoir, making sure that the water to be delivered to people’s homes are clean, safe and uncontaminated.
The Hanging Gardens was constructed in 1881. It has served the people of Mumbai for so many years, providing a haven of relaxation away from the daily grind of busy city-life. Families enjoy spending their afternoon weekends, especially the children. The animal-shaped hedges have never ceased to tickle childhood curiosity and imagination.
Also referred to as the Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, this well-loved attraction is made up of terraced gardens on the western side of the hill. Together with the equally popular Kamala Nehru Park, the Hanging Gardens offer a breathtaking view of the city of Mumbai, Chowpatty Beach, Marine Drive, and the Queen’s Necklace Beach (Marine Drive Beach). Many say that the hill provides the most scenic vantage point over the city, which is why most of Mumbai’s rich and famous have made their homes on top of Malabar Hill. The two nature parks just add to the already beautiful hillock landscape. The scenic beauty of the sun setting behind the vast Arabian Sea at the distance is next to nothing.
Malabar Hill hosts some of the most expensive homes in the world, including the most expensive house in all of India. Owned by the richest man in India and the 9th richest man in the world, the billion-dollar home has 27 floors. Malabar Hill with the Hanging Gardens is truly picturesque; India’s wealthiest do not consider it a waste of millions of their money in constructing their dream houses on top of this hill.
Mumbai is a very artistic city. It is home to a number of art galleries, museums and old colonial structures. It is also India’s center of media arts since the Bollywood Hindi film industry is found here. Mumbai streets are littered with glaring photoshopped posters and ads, showing sexy images that cannot be found elsewhere in India. Mumbai’s booming film industry has a lot to do with the city’s prevailing fashion, pomp and glamour.
The Hanging Gardens has a kind of aesthetic beauty that cannot be rivaled by modern structures or India’s tinsel town. Hours spent relaxing and appreciating Mother Nature in the Gardens are not hours lost. When driving all the way to the western side of the hill, visitors get to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the area before reaching the highly reputed terrace gardens. When going on commute, travelers will find it very easy getting to the gardens, which is accessible by train, local buses, taxis and even auto-rickshaws. It will not take an hour to travel from the city proper, and only 15 minutes away from the nearest terminal when taking a taxi. Buses and auto-rickshaws abound near the west side of the Charni Road State, and they all lead to the foot of the hill.