Sunday, July 20, 2008
Nature? In Bombay?
We’ve been in Bombay/Mumbai for long enough now that we were really hurting for a breath of fresh air (not just figuratively) and an escape to somewhere that might approach the qualities of calm and serene. So we decided to get on a train and go up to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (if you’ve ever looked at a map of Bombay, it’s the great big wedge of green space in the north end of the city). We walked and walked, wandered away from the marked paths for a bit along the way..
…and finally went up to the Kanheri Caves, a complex of monastic residences, places of worship, and guesthouses for pilgrims that was built by Buddhist monks in about the 1st century BCE.
It was really nice to get out of the densely packed, polluted city for a bit, and to wander around in nature, breathing cleaner air. It was a much-needed break. In fact, maybe we should do it more often.