Sanctuary Asia’s Monsoon Nature Trail At SGNP
We look forward to seeing you and your family for the nature trail led by the Sanctuary team in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Saturday, July 25, 2015. We will spend a couple of hours in the forest, which will be at its most vibrant during the monsoon season. The trip would be suitable for all age groups so do bring your children along.
Dates: July 25, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.
Venue: The Borivali (E) Entrance Gate of SGNP.
Registration Details: Register with Mallika Narvekar or Valmi Shah Shirodkar by calling at 022-23016848 or sending a mail to
. Please indicate the number of people in your group (max. 4), the ages of any accompanying children, and whether you will bring your own vehicle for transport within the park. Please register quickly to avoid disappointment, since space is limited and slots fill up fast. Registration is mandatory and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, or when slots fill up, whichever is earlier.
About the event:
Everyone should assemble inside the SGNP gate by 7:25 a.m. on Saturday, 25 July. After paying your entrance fees (Rs. 36/person) 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 Dept.) fees (Rs. 75/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 may be tough to find us.
Join Sanctuary Asia for a fun filled nature trail where you will see a variety of flora and fauna in the beautiful park. Studded with tropical moist semi-evergreen forests the park is a treasure trove of wildlife harbouring over 1000 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. It was as recently as May 2003 that two tigers were reported from the Nagla Block, the northernmost tip of SGNP.
Attire and what to carry: Please wear earth-coloured (green, brown, grey), comfortable and loose clothes. Bring a cap/hat and raingear, and wear trekking/sports shoes and carry natural mosquito repellant. You may want to carry a spare set of clothes for children in case it rains. Don’t forget to carry water/fruit juices and a snack.
The event is exclusively for Sanctuary subscribers. Please register before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015. 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 to our magazines here before Friday, July 24 to be eligible to attend the event: www.sanctuaryasia.com/subscriptions.html.
About the Organizers/Partners:
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 District. 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 Sanjay Gandhi National Park