Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

A Beautiful Garden

It was a hot afternoon and we were in Sion. And soon we landed at this beautiful garden called Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan, a few meters from Sion railway station.

I loved the entire Garden. It was cool and there were so many colorful butterflies(this was my first time to see butterflies in Mumbai).

Inside this Garden is a Fort built by the Britishers in 16th Century which was majorly used as a watch tower. It is now taken care by Archeological Survey of India, whose office you can see at the base of the garden.

Now this garden is used as a place of relaxation,jogging, exercise and we saw many students studying in the peaceful environment of garden and corners of fort.

 It is surely an amazing and calm place amidst the noise and crowd of Mumbai.


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Kanheri Caves

Inside the greenary of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali exists a fabulous 2000 year old Buddhist Monarchy; Kanheri Buddhist Caves.

Beauty of Park
Inside SGN Park towards Kanheri Caves

This 2000 years old caves represent the monastic life in ancient India. Kanheri saw continuous occupation from the 1st century BC, until the decline of Buddhism in India in the 9th century AD.
Caves from down the road
The carvings and architecture of Kanheri reflect both the Hinayana as well as Mahayana Buddhism.

It was a large settlement of monks, who devised ingenuous ways of sourcing and harnessing rainwater, to provide for their daily life of study and prayer.

Carved Walls
Water cisterns, stairways chiselled into the hill, prayer halls, dormitories, and the “superior” living quarters of senior monks make Kanheri a fascinating place to visit.

The caves, taken care by the Tourism department of India lies undisturbed, in the green environment of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The park is spread over 9000 hectares, and is home to several species of bird and animal life, including deer, four horned antelope, leopards, macacques, civets, mongoose and langoors.
Monsoon is the best time to visit the place to enjoy the greenary and water cisterns.