Botanical Gardens in Mumbai - Bombay
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The Veermata Jijabai Bhosle Udyan / Rani Bagh / Victoria Gardens or Zoo at Byculla, Mumbai, is a superb heritage botanical garden, hosting several old and rare trees. It is worth at least a fortnightly visit for the serious plant lover.
A well preserved Victorian wooden conservatory and several bronze sculptures add to the heritage quotient. The municipal nursery at the back offers an excellent selection of unusual plants at reasonable prices.
A yearly plant exhibition and horticulture workshop is hosted at the zoo grounds, every February. Well worth a visit for the display as well as for the opportunity to buy unusual plants.
The original stone elephant from Elephanta Island is placed just outside the entrance archway, adjacent to the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, another heritage structure with exhibits on the history of Bombay. A rare Amherstia Nobilis tree is next to the elephant and can be seen in bloom from February to May. Two huge Baobab trees are on either side just after the entrance archway.
The zoo is closed on Wednesdays.
The Bombay Port Trust botanical gardens [Sagar Upavan] are an oasis in the concrete jungle of Mumbai. Located in Colaba abutting the sea shore, close to the wholesale fish market of Sassoon Docks. Apart from its botanical wealth, it is a pleasant place for an exercise walk or leisurely stroll in sylvan surroundings. Open mornings and evenings every day.
The Bhavans College campus at Andheri has a small but rich botanical garden and nursery with several rare species of flora.
Maharashtra Nature Park - Mahim [with medicinal plant nursery], the Aarey Nursery at Goregaon East and last but by no means least, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park [SGNP] with entrances at Borivili East and Mulund, are also excellent places to see and to study endemic flora. SGNP also has a forest tree nursery and is wildflower paradise from mid August to early December.
My Flickr photo collection of Flora of the Byculla Zoo :