Aptly named Nirvana Park really feels like a piece of Nirvana in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. Big city life can easily be tiring and stressful, even living in a relatively peaceful place such as Powai. Fortunately, Powai is blessed with arguably the most spacious and attractively landscaped park in Mumbai. Let’s take a peek inside Nirvana Park and see why it’s such a refreshing place to be.

From the moment you enter Nirvana Park, the effort that’s gone into maintaining this park is evident. In keeping with its name, the park has been given an oriental theme. One of the first things that you’ll notice as you stroll through the park are the Asian inspired lanterns. Walk a little further along and you’ll encounter the children’s play area, complete with fun slides. The ingenious way that it’s been constructed blends quite effortlessly with the rest of the environment.

Some people may have heard of Nirvana Park as a lover’s park. However, friends and families readily join couples in relaxing in this park. As is to be expected, there are plenty of benches and pavilions to provide seating. However, the elevated machan for viewing the surroundings is a pleasant surprise.

The soothing energy in Nirvana Park is palpable. Tensions are noticably melted away by the lush greenery, trickling water, and wildlife. There’s no doubt that at times, you’ll find yourself wondering if you’re really in Mumbai. Yet, soon you’ll notice that Mumbai’s ever present extremes are evident here too. Look up, and fancy looming apartment towers will catch your eye. Look to the side, and you’ll see that flimsy makeshift homes occupy the dusty space behind the high wire fence. Surreal, it certainly is. But it also serves as a poignant reminder to appreciate the simplicity of nature’s beauty, which is in abundance in Nirvana Park.

These photos reveal the natural beauty of Nirvana Park.

Nirvana Park is located opposite Powai Plaza, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. It’s open daily from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The entry fee is 5 rupees for adults. Still camera fee is 10 rupees. Video cameras are not permitted. Neither is food.

Photos copyright Sharell Cook.