Places to stay near Borivali
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We started on a Friday evening scheduled to catch the train by 22:00hrs from Borivali station which would transport us to us destination Sawai Madhopur by next day i.e. Saturday noon 12:30hrs. Our journey with IRCTC was pleasant and good.We booked for a two day stay on a local Hotel at a cost of 1200 to 1500 per day for a double bed room with all usual facilities like ac, tv, Wi-fi and stuff with a complimentary breakfast. I prefer suggesting you people to book hotels on the eastern side of the Railway station, as all the Safari vehicles start from a ticket booking counter few meter's outside the east side entry.
We departed from Borivali@ 2.00pm from Suryanagri express12480 and reached Falna@ midnight 3.00am.
We drove to Kanheri Caves, nestled inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Its a two and half hours drive from South Mumbai. You can take your car all the way to the Caves or you can walk to the base of the Caves and hike from the base. This is Mumbai's oasis. Its a breath of fresh air and welcome break from the noisy,polluted crowded metropolitan Mumbai. The entry charge is a meager 10 Rs for Indian Nationals, but worth more than that. This is the only place in Mumbai with dense greenery. As you enter the park the air  turns pleasantly cold. Try to spot deers, monkeys and lions (if you are lucky enough).
The Mumbai suburban railway or the 'local' is broadly categorised in 2 different ways :1.The slow local , which stops at every station between 2 major stations.2.The fast local runs express (skipping stops) until a certain station, and from that station onward runs like a local.There are 2 classes of travel:1. The local (second class) and the first class and 4 types of accommodation :a) general compartment which is mostly frequented by males. It is open to females and children as well.b) general first class , again open to males, females and children. The coach is designated by red and yellow slant stripes.c)ladies' compartment, commonly known as ladies' second class. This compartment is reserved solely for females, however male children up to the age of 13 can travel in this compartment. Men are not allowed to travel, and may face a penalty.d)ladies first class.The first class is priced approx 10 times higher than the local class, has slightly better seats than the second class. It generally tends to be less crowded. However, during rush hours, it is often equally crowded. So, where you pay just Rs.10 for commuting from one station to the other in the second class and Rs.20 for a return ticket, you pay about Rs.100 for a one way first class ticket. Tickets can be bought for single journey (one way) or a return journey. A return ticket is valid till the next day when purchased on weekdays and till Monday if purchased on a Friday.The ticket counters usually have long queues, even at 7am in the morning !!!!! So, if you plan to have a longer stay in Bombay, you can even download the mobile app which is m-indicator - Mumbai. To use it, just sign up with your mobile number and add money to your Rwallet, have the e-ticket on your mobile screen and you are good to go :)
Journey started from Borivali dot at 6 am as planned and followed route towards Bandra and Eastern Express Highway, enroute pick-up of high voltage gang of enthusiasts who had either never heard about Ganpati Gadad trek or were armed with their google researched notes on it.