On the last day of my two-month stay in Mumbai, I decided to visit a park in Mumbai. Internet searches pointed to the Bombay Port Trust Garden, called Sagar Upavan in Colaba. I hired a taxi and invited my elderly mother and sister for a drive and a stroll among trees to which they promptly agreed.
At the gate, two young boys either busy on the mobile phone or playing game on a PC (I couldn’t judge since they were looking down under the ledge), tersely said “two rupees.” There’s one thing about the service class in Mumbai – they assume with two words they have communicated all there is to say. I presumed that we had to pay two rupees per head as admission charges, paid for all of us, and he waved us in cursorily. We had taken no more than ten paces when another person asked me for the admission tickets. I retraced my steps to the two boys still focusing on something under the table, and asked for the tickets. One of them looked up and gave me three tickets wordlessly. Welcome to Mumbai!
The park was full of tall trees that looked down on shady curving paths.
A winding lane in Sagar Upavan
Several elderly ladies energetically doing their rounds – one of them looking irritated when I stepped into her path and stood looking up admiringly at a palm tree. I found a bench overlooking the sea for my mother and sister and took off with my camera.
The Arabian Sea
A glass house in the garden enclosed numerous cactus plants. A pity it was closed and I couldn’t enter it – although I managed to get a shot.
Cacti in a glass house
During my stroll, I came across some furry friends. The mother stayed put as I patted her but the little one made off.
At home in the garden!
The mother stayed put as I patted her but the little one took off looking a little scared. I shuffled off quietly and was happy to see the little one return to his mother.
Although the garden had a wide variety of flowering plants, not too many were in bloom. I was told that most of the plants and trees in the garden put on flowers just before and during the rainy season (May to July). I managed to shoot some but could only recognize the Gulmohar (local name) that Wikipedia gives as Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant.
I’m counting on you to come up with the names of the other flowers shown below.
Top row – Flower 1; Bottom row – Flower 2 Guess the flowers, ladies and gentlemen
Top row – Turnera Ulmifolia (according to the board in Hindi and English)
Bottom row – Lily (I guess, looking a little tired!) and Lantana (my favorite)
Here are some trees for you tree lovers (I know you are out there).
Tree 1 looks kind of like the “matsubokuri” tree that you see in Japan with hard black seeds (see photo). Tree 2 has a huge hard fruit as shown.
Finally, I give you what looks like an Aster (tell me if I’m wrong).
Have a great day!
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