Published: June 20th 2010June 20th 2010
Weeks back i was watching teck show on TV.. It was shot in a Nature Park known as Maharashtra Nature Park.I had never heard about it ever before.. So i thought of visiting the park today.
Its right in middle of the mumbai. Dharavi-the largest slum, is a must visit international tourist destination in mumbai and this park is right next to it. To be precise right next to Dharavi Bus Depot. It could be a worth visit for international tourist if at the right time. Meaning when the migratory birds are over there. Just check migration season before visiting the park. Locals can visit it any time. Actually its a must visit for locals cos its conduction some good environment awareness programs. Also remember unlike other parks, entry to this park is open only till 3:30 pm. Reason being this park is not like garden of flowers but is like jungle of thrones.. There are many snakes around in the park.. If u keep a chair and sit for 5 minutes you are guaranteed to see a snake.. So enjoy the trek ..
Its said that there are approx 200 species of trees, 38 species of butterflies and
80 species of birds. I was fortunate to see 4-5 types of birds and a snake just besides me vanishing in the grass.
The park has nursery where saplings of trees are grown. Park conducts various environment campaigns.. Its spread in nearly kilometer area .. i spent around an hour to walking through it and taking snaps.
The path is made out of bricks, and as i was alone and spotted a snake right in the beginning, i dint dare to deviate and get away from the main route.. There were birds in the dense trees but i dint bother chasing them.. Instead i relied on the zoom of my camera..
The park also has nicely maintained lake. You can see nests built by birds on every other tree..
I liked the way the park is maintained.. The format is really different from other parks. The park is really a home for the wild right in the middle of the city. And its designed only for birds. As this park is for the birds there is no fences other than the lake area. And there is no space to sit, other than the amphi theatre area
where most of nature campaigns are conducted. So it gives enough space for the birds and animals. I hope you understand the plight of most of the play gardens and the botanical garden(human encrochment.. ocupying so much space).. This park don't have to be that way.. Its home for the birds..
This park is present there not for luxury but for the need. The fonder of the park has fought long battle of years to make this park a reality.. Park is conducting educational and environment awareness programs in the amphitheater there. I would like more and more people to visit the park awareness programs. At the same time i would not want huge heard of people encroaching the place and treating the park as leisure place..
Enjoy the pics..
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