Panjrapole Compound, Bhuleshwar, Mumbai.
Ph: (022) 2242 5493.
Daily 7am-1pm, 2pm-6pm.
One of my favourite excursions in the city is to come to this cow sanctuary tucked away in the busy by-lanes of the Bhuleshwar bazaar. Set up in 1834, you enter through a distinctive blue arch, and reach a peaceful two acre plot which is home to over 200 cows and a menagerie of donkeys, goats, hens, geese, parrots, ducks and rabbits. Over time it has developed religious significance, as Hindus believe they gain merit by feeding cows. Armfuls of grass and plates of big fat ladoos (sweets) can be bought here for 50. Pay attention to the sign, “No outside food is permitted as animals and birds are falling sick due to excessive feeding”. Children in particular love coming here. Sundays and new moon days are the busiest. No photography is allowed.