Enjoy a more eco-friendly stay in Mumbai with our green guide to the city, taken from travel bible Great Escapes.
Fabindia has eleven stores in Mumbai, often open until 9pm or later. They also sell organic food. Visit www.fabindia.com for more information.
Where London has Hyde Park and New York has Central Park, Mumbai has Sanjay Gandhi National Park, also known as Boravili. While the others are well-tended city parks, however, Sanjay Gandhi is, in places, truly wild. So wild that there are leopards and, reputedly, the occasional tiger lurking about – but they are shy beasts, so the chances of coming across one are pretty slim. Beloved by Mumbaikers for a stroll, the huge park provides a unique getaway from the crowds pounding the hot streets of the city. Better still, book yourself into one of the park huts, and as the hordes of people ebb away towards closing time, you’ll have the park to yourself. The huts themselves are very simple – there are no mod cons – but that’s of no significance as you peer through your hut window, aware that somewhere out there in the inky blackness, a leopard is prowling.
To reserve a stay in either the forest lodge or one of the surrounding huts, go to https://www.tourism-of-india.com.
Reality Tours also offers market and village tours. It’s possible to volunteer at the centre for periods of three months or more. www.realitytoursandtravel.com.