Explore some best boating experience at Chota Kashmir in Goregaon Aarey Milk Colony – Mumbai with peace and nature in harmony, Spend a day picnic in Aarey woods with green forest all around the location called Mini Kashmir of City and enjoy boating and other rides arranged by Chhota Kashmir Boat Club.
The scenic Chhota Kashmir is the only place for Mumbai citizens as boating location to enjoy. Its a small lake located at famous Aarey Milk Colony at Goregaon (East) surrounded by greenery and birds like Cuckoo, Sun bird, Parrots and Other colourful small birds humming around the boating lake. This place is a long green belt of road for few kilometres to enjoy nature with no vehicle and noise pollution.
The swan shaped and few looks the regular paddle boats are two, four and six seater and you can select any of them according to your group requirements. Boating charges for citizens and tourists are same, At Rs.20 per person for 30 minutes you can feel the beauty around by being inside the water body, which can be extended if you feel like enjoying the ride inside the 4 acres spread lake with rain forest trees surrounded. There is no one to disturb you during the safe ride in the lake, Paddle and Stretch a little to enjoy this ride in Mumbai. Such, about 20 paddling boats and 1 motor boat is available for tourist and citizens.
Boating timings at Chota Kashmir is from morning 11:00 Am to evening 6:00 Pm. The very next thing that comes in mind is to How to reach this place and the answer to same is simply ride an auto rickshaw from Goregaon station east with distance of about 4 to 5 Kilometres. Alternative to same is BEST buses.
Bollywood movies of 70’s and 80’s chosen the same Mini Kashmir area when they wanted to save money from real Kashmir gardens which would be expensive for just a song or few takes. They preferred the flora and faunas of Chota Kashmir right inside Goregaon dense forest which then had lots of flower gardens, beautiful climate which has no pollution for that perfect shots. Two of the retro classic Bollywood songs of Shammi Kapoor are ‘Jawan Mohabbat’ and ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ to list from few. To enjoy the best of this location apart from boating, you should plan a day off in Monsoon Rainy days and get blessed with the blissful climate, the greenery around and the happy birds, all together cheering for mother nature.
The quality of boats are not at par and so is the water quality inside lake, Yet riding the Yellow, Pista and Red Colour boats is fun. It is recommended to not lean out to feel the water of lake as it is dangerous and boats might turn upside down if not loaded in balanced way (4 and 6 seater). Enjoy the group of ducks who might float along with you when at around shaded tree corners at new points inside lake watching those skylines of Goregaon right in front. I think, since this is the only place inside nature which has a beautiful lake for boating, revamp of same is much needed.
Hungry and Thirsty after that paddle ride ? Arrangements for snacks and water is just on site. Plastic chairs and curtain roof shades feels really good if you had a ride in summer. This little open restaurant adjacent to lake has few options for your hungry tummy with bottled water and actually feels nice watching others boat around and have fun. Not had enough ? Head towards dashing car zone just adjacent to boating lake for which coupons are available at same ticket counter. Some kids / baby rides like ducky marigold round, a mini-copter, little train and more are also available for your beloved little angles at fun play section.
More Fun Around Goregaon and Around City.
Looking out for some real water adventure sports in wide open sea ? Head to H2O at Chowpatty, Thane Upvan Lake is another option, Nirvana Park at Powai is very near to Chota Kashmir. Other places to have fun is to take a Guided tour to Filmcity.