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Sanctuary Nature Trail: The Little Wonders Of SGNP

Sanctuary Nature Trail: The Little Wonders Of SGNP

We've all seen the big vistas of the park, and appreciated the grand wonders it provides, from fresh air to water, from lakes to green forests. On this walk, let the Sanctuary team uncover the little wonders of Sanjay Gandhi National Park right before your eyes. From frogs to fungi, flowers to fruit, explore and photograph the tiny life forms as you appreciate their role in the miracle that is nature. Bring along a sense of adventure, and don't forget your magnifying glass!

Photo: Purva Variyar/Sanctuary PhotoLibrary.

Event details:

Dates: August 22, 2015 at 7:15 a.m.

Venue: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (E) entrance gate.

Contact Details: Register with Mallika Narvekar or Valmi Shah Shirodkar by calling at 022-23016848 or sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please indicate the number of people in your group, 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 12:00 noon on Friday, August 21, or when slots fill up, whichever is earlier.

About the event:

Everyone should assemble at the SGNP gate by 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015. After paying your entrance fees (Rs. 36/person) directly at the ticket counter, meet the Sanctuary group on the left, just inside the park (near the park map) from where we can carpool. 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 if you miss the group it may be tough to find us. Please be punctual to avoid disappointment.

Attire and what to carry: Please wear earth-coloured (green, brown, grey), comfortable and loose clothes. Bring a cap/hat and raingear, 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 small snack.

Please note: SGNP is a plastic-free zone. Remember not to carry any plastic bags or disposable plastic bottles.

The event is exclusively for Sanctuary subscribers. Please register before 12 noon on Friday, August 21, 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, August  21 to be eligible to attend the event: www.sanctuaryasia.com/subscriptions.html.

About the Organizers/Partners:

About Sanctuary: Sanctuary Asia is India's leading wildlife conservation magazine. With two editions, one for adults and one for children, the magazine has communicated the rationale for wilderness protection since 1981. The organisation also conducts a variety of campaigns across the country, including Kids for Tigers.  In an effort to connect urban Indians with nature, the Sanctuary team leads complimentary nature trails and conducts workshops. These are free of charge for all subscribers, who only pay the actual entry fees directly to park authorities.

About SGNP: The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously called the Borivali 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.


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