Jijamata Udyan is another name for the Victoria Gardens, situated in the Byculla area of Mumbai. It is basically a zoo and a garden, which was laid out in the year 1861. Victoria Gardens was the initial name of the gardens, which was later changed to Jijamata Udyan. Victoria and Albert Museum, reminiscent of Mumbai's industrial and agricultural past, also forms a part of the gardens. The grounds situated on the eastern side of the museum house a huge statue of an elephant, which was brought here from the Elephanta Caves.
Victoria Gardens of Bombay have been spread over an area of
approximately 48 acres. They boast of a magnificent botanical garden,
housing some of the oldest trees in the city. Apart from that, there are
also some very rare and exceptional species of plants there. They add to
the visual treat of the garden as well as serve the need of research and
studies. Jijamata Udyan also comprises of a huge Renaissance Clock
Tower, situated bang at its entrance.
The clock is a beautiful example of both the Italian and the
Renaissance style of architecture. One of the major attractions of the
garden, especially for the children, is the joy ride on an elephant. A
stroll through the botanical gardens is sure to provide you a break from
the hectic city life as well as refresh your soul. So, what are you
waiting for? Just grab the key of your car or hire a cab and head for
one of the most popular locations in the Mumbai city of India.