Rani Bagh 150 Years: Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo

Hardcover | February 15, 2013

byBittu Sahgal, Mariam Dossal, Vikas Dilawari

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Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, popularly known as Rani Bagh, was earlier known as Victoria Gardens. Located at the Mount Estate, Byculla, it was opened to the public in 1862. Several imposing monuments, and in 1890 a small zoo, were introduced to augment the grandeur of the botanicalgarden-spread over 53 acres. This volume celebrates 150 years of existence of the botanical garden - a home to an astonishing 853 plant species that provide a thriving habitat for a variety of birds, insects, and small mammals. The chapters in this volume, written by well-known environmentalists and conservationists, present various facets of Rani Bagh. The garden's early history, planning, and design, which are of continuing relevance, are related here in interesting detail, along with tributes to its enduring legacy thathas enriched the lives of people in the city over 150 years. A substantial chapter provides a tantalizing taste of the botanical wealth to be experienced in Rani Bagh, while another features the fascinating denizens of this rich habitat. With close to 221 illustrations, the book ends with an accountof recent struggle to preserve the garden's unique natural and built heritage for future generations.

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Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, popularly known as Rani Bagh, was earlier known as Victoria Gardens. Located at the Mount Estate, Byculla, it was opened to the public in 1862. Several imposing monuments, and in 1890 a small zoo, were introduced to augment the grandeur of the botanicalgarden-spread over 53 acres. This volume cel...

Bittu Sahgal, a well-known environmentalist and author of several books on wildlife, is the Editor of Sanctuary Asia magazine. Mariam Dossal, a well-known city historian and writer, was Head of the Department of History, University of Mumbai, and a former member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee. Vikas Dilawari, Head...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 12.01 × 9.02 × 0.01 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092253

ISBN - 13:9780198092254

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MessagesD. M. Sukthankar: ForewordPublishers' NoteBittu Sahgal: Rani Bagh: Queen of Mumbai's Green HeritageMariam Dossal: Nature's Treasure, Mumbai's Heritage: The Botanical Garden's Early YearsVikas Dilawari: Symbiosis of Natural and Built Heritage: Classical Garden Design and MonumentsMarselin R. Almeida: Rani Bagh's Incredible Botanical WealthKatie Bagli: Life Backstage: Rani Bagh's Thriving HabitatPheroza J. Godrej: Timeless Memories of an Enchanting Botanical GardenHutokshi Rustomfram and Shubhada Nikharge: The Enduring Legacy of a People's Park: Rani Bagh Then and NowHutokshi Rustomfram and Shubhada Nikharge: Saving Mumbai's Heritage Botanical Garden: The Struggle of the Save Rani Bagh Botanical Garden CommitteeAcknowledgements