There seems to be a theme in what I write about here, but in a city like Mumbai, you need a break from the chaos on a pretty regular basis. Maybe it is different for the Mumbaikers, but for us outsiders this city can get overwhelming, fast. For me, it isn’t so much the noise or the mud, but the need to be able to walk somewhere without getting run over. The green is nice too, I suppose.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is actually located IN the city of Mumbai, but is a place that even most Mumbaikers don’t visit. It is about 30 minutes by train north of where I live, but in a city of about 14 million, only about 2 million people visit the park every year. Technically, I think it is one of the largest parks in a city in the world, but much of it is just natural jungle, a real jungle in the middle of a concrete one. It is also home to the Kanheri Caves, a ancient Buddhist settlement that consists of a group of 109 caves carved out of the rock. They are incredibly simple, but the simplicity seems to lend its own power to the caves.