In the ritzy Malabar Hill district of Mumbai, Kamala Nehru Park is one of the best places in the city to enjoy sweeping views of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Come at sunset when the lights of Marine Drive begin to glitter on the Arabian Sea, giving the famous boulevard its nickname “Queen’s Necklace.”
Popular among joggers and picnicking families, Kamala Nehru Park is most famous for its giant hobnailed shoe. You’ll often see children climbing up and playing inside the giant structure based on the classic nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.
Kamala Nehru Park is named after the wife of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Covering 4,000 feet of ground, this is an especially popular spot for birds during monsoon season, and just across the road and a little up the hill from Kamala Nehru Park is Mumbai’s Hanging Gardens. This shady park, also known as Pherozeshah Mehta, is a series of terraced gardens that’s famous for its topiary animals. Ranging from giant elephants to holy cows — the fanciful bushes are easy to spot!
On BG Kher Road, Kamala Nehru Park is open from 5am to 9am every day, and it’s about a 15-minute taxi ride from Charni Road Station. Entrance is free.