Kamla Nehru Park, Malabar Hill, Mumbai

Ask anyone who was brought up in this city about this park. I bet they are bound to have a fond memory of going to the Kamla Nehru Park from school. Around 25 yrs ago this was one of the very few parks with amenities for children, hence it became a popular picnic spot for school children.

Its situated atop the Malabar hillock overlooking the spectacular view of Mumbai’s Queen Necklace, Chowpatty beach and the vast Arabian sea. The park is spread over 4000 sqft and gets its name from our first “First Lady”. Its generally a well kept park with varied flora and lots of nice landscape features.

To get here: If you are taking the train then, get down at Charni Road Railway Station and then take a taxi/bus to this place.

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These are images of the old Malabar point where the government Bada Sahebs houses are still there. Image courtesy: Wikipedia.

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Surprisingly well maintained play area.

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Music is in the air! This space provides opportunities for these kinds of Band festivals and its revival in the city. This is one such summer day! The lady in the picture was singing “Don’t leave me highhhh…don’t leave me dryyyyy…”.

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Lots of lush greenery welcomes you as upon entering. There is a lot of up and down pathways, seating promenades, amphitheater like things around that brings a lot of character to this place.

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This is the Old Woman’s Shoe house. As a child if you have come here, then am sure there is a photo of yours with this in the backdrop adorning your photo albums. And here’s the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in the shoe house. How bizzare is this thought? Who wrote this thing? Is this funny for a toddler? Anyway, here’s the rhyme which I took from K’s book:

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

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This photo gives you a rather infinitessimal peek to the glamour of this view. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this live!

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