Spotting lions and tigers in Mumbai
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the lung of Mumbai city, a patch of green in a sea of infrastructure. It is home to lions, tigers, leopards, deer, monkeys, snakes and many exotic birds. Both the Vihar and Powai lakes also lie within its borders.
Image: A white tiger resting at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Photographs: A Ganesh Nadar
Fancy a mini safari?
You can visit the park and avail of a safari-type excursion through it in a minibus all through the week except on Mondays. Entry charges to the park are as reasonable as it gets -- Rs 30 per adult, Rs 15 per child.
Image: A tiger paces along a fenced-in area of the park
Image: A lioness rolls onto her back for a nap
When I visited the park on July 5 and took the minibus tour, I was lucky enough to spot five tigers (one was a white tiger), a lion and a lioness. And all of them looked much healthier than the ones at Mumbai's Ranibaug Zoo in Byculla!
Image: A lion sits by the side of the road
A pleasant outing
Image: Two of my lucky co-passengers, who also spotted the wild cats