Shilonda Trail at SGNP - Mumbai


July 11 By Bhavin Toprani

Come Explore & Experience

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

 

Information

103 sq.km. of pure wilderness area forming roughly 20% of Mumbai’s geographical area. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park has always been the perfect getaway destination for Mumbaikars in search of some respite from the chaos of this densely populated metropolis. But there is so much more to the park than a haven away from the noise. It is a breathing ecosystem with much to offer.

 

This peaceful trail starts along the plains just before the Kanheri foothills and winds along gently into a good long hike heading northwards. Once the home of a tribal settlement that has now moved away, nature has completely reclaimed this territory. The trail reveals the gradual gradation in the vegetation: from scrub-land at the beginning to dense, tall evergreen forest ahead. This route is met – at more than one point – by rapid forest streams and wading through this knee-deep crystal clear water is nothing less than therapeutic for the city-weary soul.

You can take service of Guide cum Naturalist for the same it takes around 1 to 1.5 hr to do walking trail across. Lush green Atmosphere Covering Birds, Deers, Butterflies & stream Across Valley..  

 

Kanheri Caves

A 2000 year old Buddhist Cave Complex

A 2,000-year-old complex sits within the park, housing more than 100 (is this correct) caves cut out of rock forming a protected archaeological site. The word ‘Kanheri’ is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Krishnagiri’, which literally means ‘black mountain’. View the magnificent relics of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas and walk along the pillared corridors of the prayer halls. One can drive, walk, take a bus ride or even cycle up to here.

 

Highlights

 

ENTRANCE

Park Timings: 7:30am to 6:30pm

 

Other Activities

Big Cats

Tiger & Lion Safari

Make your visit a memorable one as you watch the big cats at the ‘Tiger & Lion Safari’ from the safety and comfort of a closed vehicle. The expansive safari cages enable the visitors to watch these big cats from the safety of a closed vehicle and in a simulated wild landscape. The wildlife interpretation center at the ticket booking counter helps us better understand the different wild animals and their natural habitat better.

Timings: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Lunch break: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Minimum 15 people required to start the bus journey.

Journey will commenced according to the minimum criteria set by the authorities.

 

Recreational Boating

Just a stone throw away from the main gate is the idyllic artificial water body which allows one to use the pedal boats and go peddling on the scenic, refreshing lake created to facilitate just this experience.

 

Memorial Gandhi Tekdi

Do visit this memorial dedicated to the ‘Father of the Nation’. Walk or drive up to here and present yourself to some beautiful vistas contrasting the forest and city around it.

Stone throw away from the main gate, the Gandhi Tekdi is a memorial dedicated to the ‘father of the nation’. Enjoy, beautiful views of the surrounding forest and the city at the same time! You can either walk or drive up to the point through the stairs and the forest road.

 

Van Rani - Mini Train

Literally meaning the jungle queen, this toy train facility is one of the oldest attraction in SGNP. Go chugging along the circuitous narrow gauge, route covering the permimeter of the Gandhi Tekdi hillock.

Monday shall be closed.

Minimum 20 people required to start the train journey

Journey will commenced according to the minimum criteria set by the authorities.

Timings are 9:00 to 5:30

Lunch break: 12:30 to 1:30

Train maintenance or any other issue will be informed before handed.

Each journey is of 20-25 mins.

 

 

Additional Information: 

 

How to Reach us

The SGNP is amongst the most easily accessible National Parks in the country, well connected by road and rail networks. Given here are the directions and travel details to access SGNP from different directions in Mumbai. All distances given are from the Main Gate at Borivali (this entrance lies on the Western Express Highway – WEH).

 

Nearest Airport: Mumbai -15kms.

 

By Rail: Mumbai to Borivali is 30 kms by train on western railway route. Sub urban trains to Borivali are available on Western Railway on every 5 minutes.

 

By Road: Borivali is near Mumbai octroi post on Mumbai - Ahemdabad highway.

 

From South Mumbai and Western suburbs: From South & Central Mumbai, SGNP can be easily accessed by road from the WEH. Given here are the distances from various locations in South and Central Mumbai, as also in the western suburbs.

 

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