“Since 1881, Hanging Garden (Also called ‘Pherozeshah Mehta Garden’), located at Malabar Hills (South Mumbai), has been a landmark when it comes to city attractions and the best gardens. Built above a water reservoir, Hanging Garden is a terraced park, as the location is hilly.
Away from city traffic and pollution, it is a children’s favorite with lots of flowers and a green lawn; it is the only place with hedges of animal-shaped plants. It is practically not very well maintained, even if it is listed on major online travel portals for Mumbai and blogs. Yes, it is still iconic due to the location, which is worth a visit.”
With major renovations and makeovers done at adjacent Kamla Nehru Park, Some changes are also expected at Hanging Garden, and below are the details.
Introducing a gazebo place that will welcome various talents around the city to perform and entertain visitors It can be an artist, a group, or a band to entertain and perform inside the garden premises. More improvements to give shrubs converted to Animal topiary their natural color and look are needed.
For example, sand-colored shrubs can be used for Camel topiaries, while green can be used for elephants, and similarly, others. This will have radiant real looks and give a different feel inside the garden. The new design of the garden upon renovation is said to be Persian in style. No more details of what exactly will be done are known.
Inside Hanging Garden
Why is Hanging Garden so famous online, but there are a few not-so-good reviews about it?
Almost every other travel website and blog like this one writes about this place and recommends it as one of the must-visit tourist attractions. But the fact is that it is just a basic hillock garden and nothing else.
Trust me, I am going to write and make things clear from the real perspective of this attraction place of Mumbai to the best of my knowledge and experience.
As we read, it was built in 1880 and opened to the public in 1881. It was an era when the city was called Bombay Bombay and was still ruled by Britishers. Obviously, the island city had hardly anything developed as a so-called attraction, leisure place, etc., and south Mumbai was the only developed business location.
Malabar Hills, where this Garden and the adjacent Kamla Nehru Park are located, was a little hilly jungle or forest area. I have also heard of wild animals being seen around Walkeshwar a century ago. It is still lush green, and one of the reasons is the Public Restricted’ tower of silence adjacent to it.
Blessed with sea shores, This coastal south Mumbai location got this iconic garden, which was very rare and beautiful at the time (since there were no other public gardens around). The main purpose of building such a garden was that it was one of the three main water reservoirs of that time, a very important source of water.
Not far from this garden is the Parsi Tower of Silence, Also called ‘Parsi Bawdi’ (where the dead bodies of Parsi community people are disposed of openly for birds like eagles and vultures as a religious ritual and their way of cremation) in the nearby vicinity of Malabar Hills. The need to keep this water reservoir from getting contaminated was a priority, So a terraced garden was created on top of the reservoir at just 7 to 10 feet. It is said that the water body is still available a few feet below the garden area.
Pherozeshah Mehta Garden, which is the actual name of this hanging garden, is still on the Hillock of south Mumbai, Yet you may not see anything Hanging or a reservoir here.
Talking about the main attraction of this garden, It is a beautiful green garden that has lots of flowering plants, trees, a muddy path, and a beautiful sunset point. A pollution-free coastal area that is well known for the special planted hedges of various animal shapes.
A pillar of friendship with a clock, a beautiful aerial chowpatty beach view (I also recommend reading about upcoming tourist attractions), aerial view point of queens necklace from hanging garden) and a special balodyan garden, where only kids and ladies are allowed.
Visit this place in the evenings, and the greenery gives a feeling of peace and serenity with a beautiful sunset view. The cool breeze from the Arabian Sea rejuvenates, and the tiredness is greatly reduced.onsoons add to the beauty of this green heaven, with varieties of flowers budding all around the garden premise. Summers are hot, Yet people do visit here in the morning and evening hours to get some fresh air and relax.
For locals staying around Malabar hills and the Walkeshwar area, Hanging Garden is an ideal place for jogging, morning and evening walks, yoga, and exercise sessions. With no entry fees charged by BMC, which has taken care of the place for 35 to 40 years, even if it is averagely maintained and still has a muddy pathway, it is a place to be visited at least once.
Other Places to See Near Garden
These places to see in and around Malabar Hill and Walkeshwar, which is an adjacent location, are: Kamla Nehru Park, Just next to this garden. One of the very nearest places to see after Hanging Garden is the Sacred Banganga Water Tank.
Next on the list is Charni Road which is known for its age-old, one-of-a-kind markets, is about 15 minutes by road.
Priyadarshini Park at Nepeansea Road is hardly few minutes road ride.
Taraporewala Aquarium is very near Charni Road Railway Station, Which is also the nearest railway station to reach this garden.
Address, Timings, Reaching
Address : Pherozeshah Mehta Garden, Malabar Hill, Charni Road (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 400075
Nearest Railway Station : Charni Road, Western Railway Route.
Reaching : From Central Railway Route (CST Station) and In Western Route is Charni Road.
Car Parking : Road Side available.
Garden Entry Charges : No Charges, Its Free.
Timings : Morning 5:00 AM to Late Evening 9:00 PM.
Official Contacts : +91-22-66285549 / +91-22-66285509.
Photography and Videos : Openly Allowed.
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