Birding Trail in Tungareshwar National Park, Thane
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Tungareshwar is a popular spot for hikers who come for the waterfalls in the rains and devotees of Shiva who visit the temple in the forest. A forested expanse of 67 kilometers, Tungareshwar connects with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at the Thane Creek. This is the forest from where a tigress had crossed into the National Park in 2002.
The tall mature forest also plays host to numerous species of wildlife, including 150 different types of migratory and resident birds. Eagles soar and scream in the sky high above the forest as the forest floor itself resonates with calls of different birds. The Shiva temple at Tungareshwar is also reputed to be a powerful place for sorcery and spirits. Numerous signs of black magic can be found in the woods near the temple.
Join Pravin Subramanian this Saturday, 03rd June as he takes you on a walk on the wild side in search of fur and feathers. The first monsoon showers should have arrived by now and the freshly cooled forest will come alive with myriad bird calls and the chirrup of insects.
Date: Saturday, 3rd June, 2017
Meeting Point: Vasai station (East) near the rickshaw stand.
Charges: Rs. 250 per person
Registration: For online registration, scroll down below. For further information, please contact Pravin @8097531063 or [email protected]
About the trail:
This will be a 2 – 2.5 hour walk through Tungareshwar’s walking trails. The group will be led by Pravin and will be limited to 20 participants. Although, the event is open for all, we recommend bringing children upwards of 6 years for this hike. Every child will be compulsorily be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The trail will involve walking through dirt, rock and bush. Please ensure you and your child are adequately dressed in full length clothing and wear shoes with strong soles. It is recommended that you bring a pair of binoculars with you for this outing in addition to 2 litres of water for your consumption.
The group will meet at 7 am at Vasai station (East) near the rickshaw stand. Please have a good breakfast before the program.
Things to carry:
Water (2 liters minimum)
Wear comfortable shoes
Camera and binocular (optional)
Umbrella (Just in case)
About the leader:
Pravin Subramanian is an avid naturalist and he has been scouting forests, beaches and mountains across India for over a decade. He is associated with the HSBC India Bird Races as the Chief Organizer and has led numerous bird-watching outings for corporate groups, hobby bird watchers and schools and regularly conducts nature awareness programs for the students and staff at the IIT Bombay.
A marketer by profession, acquainting children with Nature remains his favourite passion apart from books and writing.
You can read about Pravin’s previous bird-watching event here