“Since 1881, Hanging garden (Also called ‘Pherozeshah Mehta Garden’), located at Malabar Hills (South Mumbai) has been an landmark when it comes to city attractions and 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 children favourite with lots of flowers and green lawn, the only place with hedges of animals shaped plants. Practically not very well maintained even if listed on major online travel portals for Mumbai and blogs. Yes, still iconic due to the location which is worth a visit..”
With major renovation and make over done at adjacent Kamla nehru park, Some changes are also expected at Hanging garden and below are the detailed.
Introducing a gazebo place which will welcome various talents around city to perform and entertain visitors. It can be an artist, a group or a band to entertain and perform inside garden premise. More improvements to give natural looks to Shrubs converted to Animal topiary with its natural colour and looks to be done.
For example Sand coloured shrubs be used for Camel topiary while green be used for Elephant and similarly others. This will radiant real looks and will give a different feel inside garden. The new design of the garden upon renovation is said to be of Persian styled. No more details of what exactly will be done is known.
Inside Hanging Garden
Why Hanging garden is so famous online and there are few not so good review about same ?
Almost every other travel website, blogs like this one writes about this place and recommends it as one of the must visit tourist attractions. But the matter of fact is that it is just a basic hillock garden and nothing else.
Trust me i am going to write and make things clear with the real perspective of this attraction place of Mumbai up to best of my knowledge and experience.
As we read, it was built in 1880 and was thrown open to public in 1881, It was an era when city was called BOMBAY and was still ruled by Britishers. Obviously, the island city had hardly anything developed as so called attraction and leisure place etc and south Mumbai was the only developed business location.
Malabar hills location where this Garden and the adjacent Kamla Nehru Park is located, was a little hilly jungle / forest area. I have also heard of wild animals been seen around Walkeshwar a century ago. It still lush green and one of the reasons being the place like ‘Public Restricted’ tower of silence adjacent to it.
Blessed with sea shores, This coastal south Mumbai location got this iconic garden which was very much rare & beautiful of the time (Since no other public gardens around). Main purpose to build such a garden was that it was one of the 3 main water reservoirs of that time, a very important source of water.
Not far from this garden is Parsi tower of silence, Also called ‘Parsi Bawdi’ (Where dead body of parsi community people are disposed openly for birds like eagles and vultures as a religious ritual and their way of cremation) at nearby vicinity of Malabar hills. The need to keep this water reservoir from getting contaminated was on priority, So a terraced garden was created on top of the reservoir at just 7 to 10 feet. It is said, the water body is still available at 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 which has lots of flowering plants, trees, a muddy path way, a beautiful sunset point. A pollution free coastal area that is major 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 recommended to read about upcoming tourist attraction, 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 evenings and the greenery gives a feeling of peace and serenity with a beautiful sunset view. Cool breeze from Arabian sea rejuvenates and the tiredness is so much so reduced. Monsoons adds 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 morning evening hours to get some fresh air and relax.
For locals staying around Malabar hills and 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, who takes care of the place since 35 to 40 years, even if averagely maintained and still has muddy pathway it is a place to be visited at least once.
Other Places to See Near Garden
This 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 place to see after to Hanging garden is the Sacred Banganga Water Tank.
Next, Charni Road which is known for its age old one of its kind markets is about 15 minutes by road.
Priyadarshini Park at Nepeansea Road is hardly few minutes road ride.
Taraporewala Aquarium is very near to 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.