It feels good to be lost in the right direction. Although the life of Mumbai will push you off cliffs, it even provides you wings to fly. In a city where jungles are being cut to create concrete jungles, take a step back, Think. This city never sleeps, yet it needs nature to breathe.
Lose yourself in the nature around the city to be rejuvenated with a new outlook towards your life. Henry Thomas has rightfully said, ‘‘I took a walk in the wood and came out taller than the trees.”
Listed below are a few of the places amidst the city to freshen you up, the untouched air will clear up your minds and experience the real freedom that lies in the wild, not the civilization.
The Hanging Gardens a.k.a the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens are to a Mumbaikar to what an oasis is to a traveller lost in the dessert. The freshness and beauty in this garden is indescribable along with the fact that it is one of the oldest gardens of Mumbai. It’s a haven for joggers and yoga enthusiasts and families to have a breather.
2. Chhota Kashmir, Goregaon (Aarey colony)
‘A glimpse of paradise in the hustle bustle of Mumbai is what you’re in store for at Chhota Kashmir.’ That’s what the people have said about Chhota Kashmir. This scenic treat of nature looks straight out of a Bollywood movie backdrop but it’s very much real and it is very much in your vicinity. Another perk of this beauty is the lake that is attached to the green lush.
3. Priyadarshani Park, Napean Sea Road
As long as you enjoy the echoes of waves, the sun kissing your skin and winds that play with your hair, you’re going to love the Priyadarshini Park. A Hub for lazing around, sports and picnic with your family, this is one of the favourite spots of a Mumbaikar searching for some relief amongst the chaos of the city.
- Five Gardens, Matunga
The hectic, ever buzzing space of Matunga is blessed with not one, but five gardens separated by roads. Youngster, elderly people, families all come here to relax, get lost in their own world and exercise and just have a good time.
- Ovalekarvadi , Thane
Not only is it a place to rejuvenate, but it’s also a home for an array of butterfly species. Here you enjoy the bounties of nature and watch our feathered companions and click photographs all the more. The beautiful flowers and ever present butterflies with definitely being color back to your city life.
- TMC Garden Thane
One of the highlights of the eastern suburb and the escape route of the clustered life is at the TMC garden. Be is a short walk, a day out with kids or a romantic walk this garden has it all. Lush green bushes and we’ll maintained by the Municipality Corporation of Thane (TMC), this garden is definitely soulful enough to make you feel alive.
- Cypress, Mulund
Who said gardens have to a place only reserved for quality family time? Cypress at Mulund is always buzzing around with youngsters hanging out and having a great time with the friends. This garden has beautiful greenery and the breath taking view during the monsoon season makes the place a heaven in the clustered land of Mulund.
- Rock Garden, Nerul
Another feather to the satellite city’s cap, this garden very recently built has beautiful sculptures, defined greens, seasonal flowers and lovely garden paths for peace walk. The garden targets the children and elderly with themes of history, morals and deep- rooted ethnic culture.
- Central Park, Kharghar
The grassy green hill sides, the large open air amphitheatre, well maintained lawns, ‘musical garden’, a golf course are just the beginning of this amazing project by CIDCO. This is a green gateway you cannot afford to miss!
- Mango Garden, Belapur
This garden is a classic, as the name suggests is dedicated to the plantation of mango trees, with its long winding pathway, ponds, seating, play area for kids, it has everything to make it worth a quality time with your kids and family.
- Iskcon Temple, Kharghar
Just entering the premises of this temple you’ll feel a positive vibe take over all your worries. Not only is the premise blessed with nature, the presence of a temple makes it all the more soothing to reconnect yourself on a higher spiritual and physical level.
- Koperkhairane Lake, Koperkhairane
Big things come in small packages, and this small lake is nothing short of a big relief feature. The well maintained lake provides solitude to not only humans but also birds of various species. It’s a nice change from the usual scenes of buildings and civilization.
13. Jogger’s Park, Bandra-
Looked like we wouldn’t talk about this? This seaside jogging track next to Otter’s club signifies the Mumbaikar’s love for greens. The garden has it all, from fitness, to lush fauna, laughter club, yoga space, lake front, sea view sitting areas. An iconic place promoting sustainable greenery.
Nature and greens are creators own aides that cure stress, sadness, ill- health, trauma, making way for rejuvenation and fresh thoight process. Upcoming townships and the smart living concept in Mumbai are designed to keep more than 40% of the area in your neighbourhood green such that you can re-connect back to the quintessence.