Sights in Sanjay Gandhi National Park
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It’s hard to believe that within 90 minutes of the teeming metropolis you can be surrounded by this 104-sq-km protected tropical forest. Here, bright flora, birds, butterflies and elusive wild leopards replace pollution and crowds, all surrounded by forested hills on the city’s northern edge. Urban development and shantytowns try to muscle in on the edges of this wild region, but its status as a national park has allowed it to stay green and calm.
The 109 Kanheri Caves lining the side of a rocky ravine 5km from the northern park entrance is a big draw. They were used by Buddhist monks between the 2nd and 9th centuries as viharas (monasteries) and chaityas (temples), but don’t compare to the caves at Ajanta, Ellora or even Lonavla, all in neighbouring Maharashtra.