The trip to Mumbai had been a perfect one so far. We had visited places filled with such fun and adventure. The trip to Essel world was specially very exciting and adventurous. The next place that we decided to visit was the Sanjay Gandhi national park. This park is situated in the North of Mumbai and spans over a 100 square kilometres. The place due to its rich flora and fauna and some historical significance is one of the most visited parks in the world with annually more that 2 million people visiting it.
The park is said to be the home for a vast species of endangered flora and fauna. It is also home to many animals and species now considered endangered. The time spent at Sanjay Gandhi national park was amazing. We had a lot of fun and it was like spending some time with nature itself. The trip to this park was much needed as it gave an immense peace in the chaos and confusion of the fast Mumbai life.
There are many problems that this parks facing just like other parks like these in whole world. One major threat is that of poaching which have become serious problem and the other threat is of fire which keeps taking place inside the forest area in summers everywhere. It looked at many instances that authorities were not taking due care and maintenance of this treasure. There was a lot of littering by the tourists also which is again a major threat to this place.
The major historical significance of this park is its connection with the ancient Buddhist community. The Kanheri caves inside the Park are said to be more than 2500 years old. The caves were sculpted around 1st century BC by the Buddhist monks who came to the area. That time these caves served as both inns and settlements for the Buddhist travellers and merchants who traded with the Greeks and Mesopotamian kingdoms. This was a fun filled and great pleasurable trip to the park.
The next place that we all went to visit was the famous Crawford market of Mumbai.