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Sanctuary Nature Trail At Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanctuary Nature Trail At Sanjay Gandhi National Park

We look forward to seeing you and your family at a nature trail led by the Sanctuary team in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Sunday, November 10, 2013. We will spend a couple of hours in the forest, which will be at its most vibrant after the monsoon season.

This event is only open for Sanctuary and Cub subscribers. Please register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8. 2013.

Event details:

Dates: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Time: 7:25 a.m.

Venue: The Borivali (E) Entrance Gate of SGNP.

Contact Details: Valmi Shah Shirodkar/Mallika Narvekar - 022-23016850 or 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 Registration is mandatory.

About the event:

After paying your entrance fees (Rs. 33/person), 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. 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.

We will be going on the Malad Trail which is a 20 minute walk from the gate to the beginning of the trail. Do keep this in mind if you are planning on bringing very young children.

Sanctuary promotes public transport and carpooling but if you do bring your own cars you can park outside the park gates or inside (in which case you will have to pay a small parking fee).

Once inside, 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.

What to Wear:

Earth colors (green, grey, brown)
Long pants and full sleeves (to protect from insect bites)
Comfortable walking shoes
Natural mosquito repellent

What to Carry:

Extra set of clothes for kids
Cap / Hat
Drinking water (minimum one litre)
Camera & Binoculars (optional)

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.


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