Aarey Milk Colony, Aarey came in the existence in the year 1949. It is located very close to Powai, you have to pass Renaissance go under the bridge and cross the toll naka and you are in a green bliss called Aarey Milk Colony, here is a google map link. It is an area of greenery is spread over of 3160 acres.There are gardens, a nursery, lakes, an observation pavilion, picnic facilities, and milk plants. It is the last remaining place where citizens of Mumbai Suburbs can cycle, jog and breathe fresh air.
On an average 16,000 cattle are reared on 1,287 hectares of land, and 32 cattle farms. Some of the attractions in Aarey Milk Colony are the Aarey Garden Restaurant, Chota Kashmir and the Boating rides and the Picnic Spot.There is an observation pavilion on a hill near the entrance to the colony from where one can survey an enchanting landscape.
Aarey Milk Colony has good facilities for picnics and get-togethers. Aarey Milk colony attracts visitors and makes it a suitable location for a weekend getaway or excursion. The colony has been used a number of times as a site for film shootings.
Explore the boating experience at Chota Kashmir.
Chhota Kashmir is the only place for Mumbai citizens as boating location to enjoy. Its a small lake located surrounded by greenery and birds like Cuckoo, Sunbird, Parrots and Other colorful small birds humming around the boating lake. This place is a long green belt of road for few kilometers to enjoy nature with no vehicle and noise pollution.
The boats are two, four and six seater and you can select any of them according to your group requirements with boating charges of Rs.20 per person for 30 minutes which can be extended if you feel like enjoying the ride more over size of 4 acres of lake with rain forest trees surrounded. There is no one to disturb you during the safe ride in the lake. Stretch yourself at max for peace in Mumbai. Such, about 20 paddling boats and 1 motor boat is available for tourist and citizens. Boating timings at Chota Kashmir is from morning 11:00 am to evening 6:00 pm.
The only remaining green patch of Mumbai City is threatened by ongoing development.
Over the last decade, there has been a slow but steady real estate encroachment on Aarey Colony. Hotels, residential complexes & economic zones have ensured that Aarey can be classified as a threatened site. Government also has given around 100 acres of Aarey now to setup a commando camp. They have plans to convert 400 acres of Aarey into a zoo when even the existing Byculla Zoo as well as the zoo at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is not taken care of. Please join this facebook group to save this last remaining green patch here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=145875506265