‘Three Lakes View’ Trail At Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The Sanctuary team is organising a nature trail for subscribers in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on March 6, 2016. The trail is suitable for people of all age groups and we look forward to seeing you and your family.
Photo: Saurabh Sawant.
Dates: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Venue: The Borivali (E) Entrance Gate of SGNP.
Registration details: E-mail Valmi Shah Shirodkar (
) or Mallika Narvekar (
) to register. Please mention your name, subscription number and the number of people in your group in your e-mail. Registration is mandatory for this event.
About the event:
After paying your entrance fees (Rs. 44/person) and vehicle fee (Rs. 150) at the ticket counter, meet the Sanctuary group on the left, just inside the park (near the park map). Once inside, you will be required to pay the Nature Information Centre (Forest Department) fees (Rs. 200/person) after which there will be no other payment required. There may not be reliable cellphone coverage once we’re inside the park, so we urge everyone to be on time. If you miss the group, it will be tough to find us. Once everyone has assembled, we will make our way to the Upper Kanheri Trail.
Note: Transport facilities are unavailable within the park. Each group is advised to make arrangements for their private vehicles. We suggest subscribers pool cars to reach the SGNP gate and accommodate others as they move ahead to the Kanheri base.
Attire and what to carry: Please wear earth-coloured (green, brown, grey), comfortable and loose clothes. Bring a cap/hat, wear trekking/sports shoes and carry a natural mosquito repellant. Don’t forget to carry water/fruit juices and a snack.This is an exclusive event for Sanctuary subscribers. Please register before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016. Not a subscriber yet, or have a subscription that has lapsed? Don’t worry; it’ll take just a few minutes to become a part of the Sanctuary community. Subscribe online to our magazines to be eligible to attend the event: www.sanctuaryasia.com/subscriptions.html.
About SGNP: The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously called the Borivli National Park, stretches across 103.07 sq. km. and covers nearly 25 per cent of Mumbai. Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a national park of this size within its municipal limits. The park is rich in biodiversity as a result of its diverse altitudinal and geological attributes – estuary, freshwater reservoirs, hills, valleys, ancient rock caves, moderate climate and contiguity with other forests in the Western Ghats via the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary to the north. SGNP also acts as a catchment for the Tulsi and Vihar lakes, thereby recharging thousands of freshwater wells situated along its periphery. The water security of Mumbai, including that of Greater Mumbai, partly depends on the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Studded with tropical moist semi-evergreen forests, the park is a treasure trove of wildlife harbouring over 1,000 species of flowering plants, over 250 species of birds, over 35 species of mammals, nearly 40 species of reptiles and innumerable species of invertebrates. The leopard is the predominant predator and thrives on spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, sambar, common langur, wild pig, bonnet macaque, black-naped hare and domestic dogs.
About the Organiser:
Sanctuary Asia: Sanctuary is an organisation that communicates the rationale for wilderness conservation and environmental protection, particularly in an era of climate change. We are at the fulcrum of several wildlife conservation campaigns and serve as a network for wildlife groups, concerned individuals and non-profit organisations.