Exploring new trek trails at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai! PART 4

#1 Feb 9th, 2013, 16:57
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Exploring new trek trails at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai! PART 1 - Kashi - Chena Trek trail

Exploring new trek trails at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai! PART 2 - The Elusive Kaman Durg/Fort hill-trek!

Exploring new trek trails at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai! PART 3 - 'Horse Saddle' point trek

The Borivali - Bhandup SGNP trek trail!

A bit late, still we managed to start off just as the Sun woke up!



When our previous trek (The Horse Saddle' point) ended, we had already decided to trek within a week's time. True to our program the trail was fixed and we (The Gang), assembled at SGNP gate by 6.30 am. A bit of delay due to one member's late arrival, we did feel the heat later in the day!! Yes, it is becoming a bit difficult as the Sun is shining really bright after 8.30 am these days!

By the side of the Tulsi lake is the trail towards 'Bhoot Bangla', where we said goodbye to the vehicle and walked along.



SGNP brings out the best of expressions, hidden within some of us!



During a pit break, some animated discussion!



Well, the trek trail again started off somewhere closer to Tulsi Lake (Borivali) and took a turn towards Thane side of SGNP. I was totally disoriented bout the directions during the trek! I was told that we took the Borivali - Mulund - Nahur (?) - and finally ended up at Bhandup side of SGNP forest office. Well, as long as the trek leader knows the trail well, why the hell should I scratch my head? With that, started trekking at 6.45 am and back at Borivali by 11.30 am, with more memories to cherish.

And then the climb towards Mulund begins:



Just as we reach the top, we could see Tulsi lake left behind by us.

Tulsi lake through the golden rays of SUN.



Once we reached the top, it was mostly walking on the ridge where we could see the Tulsi lake all along on the west and the city vista, in the east!

A view of the narrow ridge, with of course our 'Gang' involved in various interesting activities!!



After having walked up for an hour or so and reaching many a mountain peaks, we hit upon a picturesque rocky peak (still on the ridge)!!



A view towards the west



In the east - the panoramic view of the city below!



Would be interesting to know if somebody could recognise this building? It would help me to understand where we actually stood!!



There had to be a 'Biscuit' break somewhere...we had trekked almost continuously with only a few photo breaks!! Hence under the shade of a tree, relaxed a bit before we again started walking.



A word with a regular morning walker to SGNP from Bhandup side!



At this point, man of us wondered if it would be possible to go on a few more expeditions before we finally hung up our 'Trekking shoes' for this season!!

Saluting the SUN?



At last the trail seemed to end somewhere! We had to walk up a few more kilometers (to the edge of the mountain )



Must say, for a few of us, the heat did not matter much. Capturing the cit below was of top priority!



Just back at the base, what do we find...a few unemployed youths trying to transport illicit liquor! The forest guards confiscated the stock and promptly poured it down! The illegal activities which go on within the SGNP premises is of a huge concern to the forest department officials.



'Desi daru'!! (Country liquor)



At 10.30 am we were at the base and walking back towards the SGNP Bhandup forest office gate. This path leads us to a dargah and a school at Bhandup through which one exits towards the main road at Bhandup.



Some happy faces at the school.



The dargah at a distance



Just a 2 minute walk from the dargah compound and were welcomed by sweet tea and some biscuits with the elixir called 'water', at the forest department office!!



By 11.15 am, the exuberant group posed for a group photograph with the forest office staff and bid good bye!

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Lots of exploratory treks this season. Keep it up. Nice pictures.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Lots of exploratory treks this season. Keep it up. Nice pictures.

Ronak.
Thanks once again, Ronak!

Yes, did a few interesting treks this time and as you can see, enjoyed every bit. Another 2 trails remaining for this season, I believe. We are trying to finalize and finish it by first week of March. Then,it will be an eager wait for the arrival of monsoon!

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