Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai: Butterfly diaries and more…

#1 Jul 27th, 2010, 17:08
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Hi Friends,

Had recently been to Maharashtra Nature Park. A detailed write-up on the place as well as photo-gallery has been uploaded on my blog here - http://mybioscope.blogspot.com/2010/...im-nature.html

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Maharashtra Nature Park, also called the Mahim Nature Park (MNP), is a 15 hectare (37 acres) patch of green in Mumbai, which comes as a shock (albeit a pleasant one) to anybody who visits it, especially during the monsoons. One of the reasons for the surprise is, apart from the fact that it is situated in Mumbai - a concrete jungle with sky high land prices, its location “within” Mumbai! How does this sound for a place that resembles a mini forest? – located on the Southern bank of the dirty Mithi River and squeezed between Asia's largest slum Dharavi and Mumbai's most sought after business location, the Bandra Kurla Complex!

Maharashtra Nature Park has been developed over the years through the painstaking efforts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA – they do some good work as well, eh?) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF India). Starting in 1982-83 on what was then the site of a garbage dump and land fill, the piece of land has been today transformed in to a verdant and thriving mini forest which plays home to about 63 species of birds, 40 varieties of butterflies, snakes, other insects and over 13,500 trees of various species including herbs, shrubs, grasses, etc.

Alongside Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Milk Colony, this oasis, MNP, serves as an excellent recreational destination for nature lovers and photographers while at the same time performing the important role of breathing oxygen into the polluted airs of Mumbai. It is also used by various nature conservation organisations and schools to create awareness about the environment. The park also boasts of an audio-visual hall, exhibition hall, open air amphitheatre, nursery, library, etc. – all powered using solar electricity.

MNP especially comes alive during the Monsoons, when the place acquires a thick coat of green and presents a mind-boggling array of opportunities for macro and other forms of photography such as butterflies, dragonflies, leaves, flowers, bees, rocks, plants, other insects, water drops on foilage, etc.

With no crowds around and only the chirping of the birds to keep your ears engaged, it is a great place to escape the din and bustle of the metropolis and spend a quiet day. It’s a place that is sure to charm you. It also comes cheap, considering the inflationary times we live in! The entry fee is a mere Rs. 5/- per person!!! The park’s visiting hours are 9:30 AM – 5.00 PM and there are trails demarcated inside to guide wanderers like us. The entry gate is located opposite Dharavi Bus Depot and is also easily approachable from Sion Railway Station
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Maneesh Goal
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#2 Jul 27th, 2010, 17:13
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Good write up and lovely photos in your site.

The Maharashtra Nature Park is indeed a sylvan paradise in the concrete jungle. A lot of the credit for its present state and upkeep must surely go to Dr Avinash Kubal, the Dy. Director of the park.

Here's a checklist of Butterflies of Mahim Nature Park
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Yet to check out the place. Hope to go there in coming days.

Ronak.
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@Synonymous: Thanks and fully agree with you. The butterfly list is really useful - thanks for the same

@Ronak: Must visit.
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This sounds like a slice of heaven. I will be working in Nariman Point and living in S Mumbai. Would you tell me how far it is from there? How long would it take to get there from S Mumbai...?

Thank you!
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If you are living some where near the Western Line, take a local train till Bandra and from there catch an autorickshaw or taxi.

If you are living some where near the Central Line, take a local train till Sion and from there catch an autorickshaw.
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Main entrance opposite Dharavi bus depot, and Nursery entrance a bit before on the same road. This is sort of midway between Bandra and Mahim stations, on the Dharavi side of the Mahim creek. If you are not used to travelling in Mumbai's crowded trains, just take a cab from wherever you are. It should take between 30-45min from South Mumbai to get there in off peak traffic. If you come on the Sea Link, just go through to Dharavi from the Bandra end. Mornings are best.
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@Toriaballet: Hi...there are two convenient options (as trains would be crowded) from which you could choose:

1) As suggested above, take a cab from South Mumbai to Dharavi Bus Depot. The drive is about 30-40 min on a Saturday morning. This would be the most convenient option.

2) Take AC Bus (no. AS1) and alight at Sion / Matunga (the bus conductor / co-passenger would help you) and take a cab from there to Dharavi Bus Depot. You could also take AS2 and alight at Mahim and take cab from there.

Hope you have a great time in wilderness!
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Are these your photos Maneesh - found them on Flickr?
Sewree flamingoes

Superb set of another Mumbai marvel. Lets hope the oil slick does not adversely affect the flamingo arrivals this year.
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@Synonymous: Yes they are mine...thanks for your compliments! Yes I too hope that the oil slick does not affect the arrival & stay of these beautiful birds!
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Mahim Nature Park Visit

Despite living around 30 - 40 mins. distance from Mahim Nature Park we had not visited the park even once. Inspired by this thread last monsoon wife & I decided it's high time we visited the park. So after seeing that the sun was bright & shining on 22 nd August 2010 we decided to leave for Mahim Nature Park. We took a train to Sion station & then a taxi (no auto driver was ready to come the distance) to the entrance of the park located opposite Dharavi bus depot. Although the park is 10 - 15 mins. walking distance from the station we decided it's better we reach faster as the park must have opened as it was already 9.30 AM. After reaching the gate we entered our name in the register & paid the entrance fees. Upon reaching the main building we also bought small booklet which has all the details of the park including a map of the trails. There was a big group of Canon photographers who had already started clicking butterflies. Bang opposite the main building there were lots of different species of butterflies flying around. We had not even started our trail & we were witnessing lots of butterflies & even dragonflies around us. We started clicking & spent a good amount of time there before realizing that we need to move further & start the trail. When we were about to take a left turn to start the trail we saw a green color small snake but it quickly went inside the bushes & we were not able to click any pictures. When we moved further inside the trail just then it started raining & we waited under a tree hoping that the rain stops. But unfortunately the rain did not stop & after waiting for more than half an hour we decided to leave promising ourselves to come back to the park, which we are yet to fulfill. It was a short but fruitful visit to the Mahim Nature Park.

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very nice images Ronak looks like you had a very fruitful visit!
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Originally Posted by maneeshgoal View Post very nice images Ronak looks like you had a very fruitful visit!
Thanks. It was a fruitful visit but cut short by heavy rains. Looking forward to visit the park again in coming months.

Ronak.
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I still wonder how I have missed this place despite spending my entire life in Mumbai. Thanks OP for enlightening me and many otehrs
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More pictures of Mahim Nature Park August 2010

More pictures of Mahim Nature Park August 2010
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