After spending a couple of hours in the university, we proceeded to visit Borivali National Park. Journey in the suburban train, better known as the lifeline of Mumbai, is awesome as always! We reached Churchgate station from where we had to get on to the suburban train of the Western line to get to Borivali. I always am fascinated about the amazing service of the railways. We got on to the first class coach and as the time was nearly 11am, the trains were less crowded. I have seen jam-packed trains in the early hours of morning. It is true that half of life of a Mumbaikar is being spent in local trains. People of all classes busy with their schedule…a mechanical life in the city!
Sanvi was excited and she kept watching through the window. We reached Borivali station in forty minutes as we had boarded a fast train from Churchgate. We got off the train and walked out of the station. The market outside was busy. Large number of women occupied vegetable market near the Borivali station. The market seemed great with fresh and green vegetables. We called out for a rickshaw to drop us at the National Park. Within ten minutes, we arrived at our destination. A national park so close to city ...it is a great opportunity for the city dwellers to interact with nature and wildlife not having to visit far.
We entered the Park. I was surprised to see a large area with plenty of green surroundings. There were many species of trees and it is supposed to be one of the favorite locations for one-day picnic especially for school children. Besides wide varieties of reptiles, mammals and birds, the ancient Kanheri caves are an attraction. It is supposed to have been a Buddhist learning center. I captured a number of pictures of the carvings made on rock. As we spotted few deer in the Park, my daughter was even more excited. She had seen most of the animals only in pictures and this being a maiden journey to a National Park, she was enjoying all the way. Another interesting day in Mumbai city!