Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan
The land where Victoria Gardens/Rani Bagh now stands was previously owned by an affluent Jewish businessman, David Sassoon. He instructed the famous Lundons architect to design the Victoria and Albert Museum. A clock tower was also built along with this, which still exists in the garden, but doesn't tell the time anymore. The interiors of this museum are quite similar to the Magen David synagogue of Byculla. Later, David Sassoon donated this land to the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai.
Other Structures In The Garden
The Clock Tower present at the entrance of the Victoria Gardens is a testimony to the Italian and Renaissance architecture in India. The botanical garden in Victoria Gardens is very well laid out and comprises of rare species of plants along with some ancient trees. These plants are also used for various researches and studies. The ornamental gateway of the garden and the buildings are fashioned in the Greco-Roman style, which is yet another striking feature. A statue of Jijamata and Shivaji is also displayed in the garden. The zoo functioning in Jijamata Udyaan is home to various endangered species of animals and birds. The Bhau Daji Lad Museum, previously known as 'Victoria and Albert Museum' after prince Consort and Queen Empress of India, contains a large collection of archeological artifacts. India's culture and art has been displayed and exhibited through the valuable collections of this museum. There are also provisions for enjoying elephant ride Safaris where you can spot various other animals and take a closer look.
How To Reach
Victoria Gardens lies in Byculla, heart of Mumbai. In order to reach the garden by train, you have to travel along the harbor lines.
Victoria Gardens is very well connected to other parts of the city. You can hire a taxi or take a bus or an auto to reach this lush green garden located amidst the concrete jungle.
Once you are in Mumbai, don't miss the opportunity to take a stroll amidst the lush greenery in this gorgeous garden. This green wonder of Mumbai not only provides you with a peaceful atmosphere, but also amuses you with its varied collection of artifacts and flora and fauna.