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Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Location: Maharashtra

Main Wildlife Attractions: Porcupine, Asian Palm Civet, Chevrotain,Sambar Deer Leopard,four-horned antelope

Coverage Area: 104 sq.kms

Established: 1969

Best Time to Visit:September to March

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Also well-known by the name of Borivali National Park, it nurtures a varied range of fauna and flora. Located close to the city, this park, on a sprawling land of 104 sq kms, draws a large number of tourists throughout the year. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is pretty well connected by road, rail and air.
For domestic air travelers, Santa Cruz airport, nearly 16 kms from here is suitable. However, visitors from abroad coming may target the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, located 20 kms from this park.

Tourists coming by train may get off at Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus, 40 kms from Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Borivali rail station is the closest railway station which is connected to Mumbai CST in addition to other central railway Terminuses of Mumbai. This park is also connected to all the key cities of India by road. So, visitors may also take the road to this place without any hassles.

The animals which find shelter at this park consists of black napped hare, spotted deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Palm Civet, Rhesus macaque, hanuman langur, Sambhar and Bonnet macaque. You can also enjoy watching 38 categories of reptiles at this place. Some of these are cobras, Ceylonese cat snake, pythons, monitor lizards, bamboo pit viper, Russell's viper and crocodiles.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is simply a delightful place for bird watchers. You may find various species of birds like golden orioles, jungle owlets, racket-tailed drongos, magpies, minivets, robins, hornbills, sunbirds, bulbuls, woodpeckers and peacock. At times, migratory as well as resident birds like kingfisher, paradise flycatcher, mynas, swifts, drongos, gulls, herons and egrets are also sighted here. According to wildlife experts, 251 types of birds including both land and water birds are found at this place.

This park also plays host to South Indian humid deciduous as well as Semi Evergreen forests. These two categories are further divided into four subcategories. It consists of mangrove scrub, teak-bearing forest, southern moist and mixed humid forest in addition to western subtropical forest. The region boasts of good biodiversity as well as a variety of trees and plants like shisam, teak, kadamba, karanj, and some kinds of ziziphus, acacia, euphorbia, red silk cotton and some other sorts of flowers. During the period of monsoon, nearly the entire park gets beautifully decorated by blooming flowers, which is a rare visual treat.

So, take the road leading to Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, Maharashtra without any further delay. You would have an enjoyable time watching the beautiful and wide range of wildlife and flora hosted by this park.