As born and brought up guy from Mumbai, I never visited this place ever and I really asked this question to myself that why I didn’t??? A beautiful location hidden in busy life of Mumbai. We always travel to Malabar hills or pass by that area but I never ever thought of visiting banganga.
It’s said that Hindu God Ram was in that area and he was wanted a water to drink so Lakshman shot the arrow on the ground and then water started coming. It was so pure and was for God Ram that’s why it’s said Ganga and he shot arrow so it named Banganga. This are said stories but we don’t have any proof of this.
The road to Banganga passes through very tiny lane and has a beautiful view of Arabic sea on right side of it. As you will see tank is build in rectangle shape with steps on all four side of it which will take you to the water level. You will find Walkeshwar temple just adjacent to the tank.
Tank is really huge if you have a look from topmost step. Water level differs from season to season. As now its being summers, it was lowest and it’s really full in monsoon season. It has springs in bottom so it helps to maintain the water level and water is little on sweetish side.
As I said we visited in summer days, kids nearby area had summer vacations so they were truly enjoying the water in sunny day. Water was cold enough and could see all the young kids aging from 5-15 were having fun and swimming in it. Such an amazing view it was. As being mumbaikar I know how busy the life Mumbai is, and here just few kms away it was so calm and pleasant. Lot of photographers and painters visit this place for photos or for paining on canvas.
I personally felt it’s a must visit place in Mumbai and kind of hidden or not so popular venue in Mumbai. I feel very few tourists visit here. I guess can be ideal place for writers where they can sit in one of the corners and pen their thoughts. I should be thankful to my friend ninad, who suggested me that we should go to Banganga. Was lovely time away from busy noisy life of Mumbai. I suggest all the tourists and local mumbaikars that they should visit Banganga for sure.
How to travel- 12 Kms from Grant Roast Railway station. Catch taxi from west side or bus no. 101,105 and then walk for 500 meters.