About the tour:
“The clearest way to the universe is through the forest. In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir
Don’t let the above quote disenchant you from the fabulous city of Mumbai. These words of John Muir are as much applicable to Mumbai as they might be to any other pristine landscapes in the countries hinterland. For here, in this city, in our backyard lies one of the most astounding biological treasures. Mumbaikars’ are indeed blessed to be living in a bustling metropolis and yet have pristine wilderness in their backyard as well.
The forest as we know it is probably one of the most dynamic systems of the planet and rest assured no two moments are going to be similar here. But, the forest has its own way of revealing itself and all it demands is that you have to be quite and patient for the myriad dramas of life going around you to unfold.
The quiet and peaceful trail initiates along the plains just before the Kanheri foothills and winds along gently to make a good long hike. An erstwhile tribal settlement resettled itself from here and allowed the wilderness to reclaim its stake again. And nature has now completely reclaimed this territory. As you move along the trail one can see the gradual gradation in the forest vegetation: from a scrub like forest at the beginning to good, tall evergreen vegetation ahead. This trail is one of the most pleasurable walks as it criss-crosses a small but a rapid forest stream at many points and wading across this knee-deep, crystal clear water is nothing less than therapeutic for a city-sick soul. This stream also offers amazing opportunities to encounter myriad life forms and some really quite and essential solitude. If you do have time on your hand, then avail the trail that takes you to the farthest distance possible along this trail. Your legs might complain a bit, but your mind and soul will be pleasured and relaxed to the maximum!
Type: Nature Trail
No of days: 01
Trail time: 2 – 3Hrs
Main Entrance of Sanjay Gandhi national park Borivali
0630Hrs: Reporting at the reporting point
0645Hrs: Head towards Shilonda trail
0730Hrs: Reach entrance of Shilonda trail
0745Hrs: Nature trail at Shilonda
1100Hrs: Return to entrance point
1230Hrs: Drop at Main gate
Trip officially ends.
Ex SGNP Main gate Per adult: TBA
- Entry fees for park and Shilonda Trail
- First Aid Kit
- Guide fees
- Trip expertise
- Naturalist from The Tern Travellers team
- Any other transport from origin of participant to meeting point.
- Additional meals or services
- Any expense of personal nature
- Any other item specifically NOT mentioned in includes.
|Advance (Non Refundable)||Balance on or before 3 days|
|At the time of booking||50%||50%|
|Cancellation period||Cancellation Charges on Cost|
|35 – 21 days||25%|
|21 – 14 days||50%|
|14 – 07 days||75%|
|Less than 07 days or No show||100%|
Things to Carry:
- A Hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- A dust protection mask
- Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
- Small backpack (10Ltrs)
- Bird books
- Sun screen
- Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
- Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
- Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius)
- Energy bars
- Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
- Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
- Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
- Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
- Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
- Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
- Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
- Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
- We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
- Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
- Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
- Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
- Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
- Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
- No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
- No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
- Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
- Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.