Nature Walk In Vasai Fort, Thane
Date: Sunday, 2nd July, 2017. Time: 8 am. Duration: 2.5 hrs.
Meeting Point: ST Depot, Vasai Station (West).
Contact: Gauri/Shreya – 9969440476 / 986911810
Charges: Rs. 200 only – You can pay at the venue (please contact Gauri/Shreya to check for availability). However, we recommend registering for the event online (scroll below). We have special discount of Rs. 100 for students. If a student books ticket online, he/she will be returned Rs.100 in person by Gauri during the walk
About the walk:
Constructed in 16th Century, this massive sea fort has ten bastions and two medieval gate ways. The fort witnessed the victory of Marathas under the leadership of Chimajiappa, from 1737 to 1739, against the Portuguese.
Fort also supports wild species of flora and lesser fauna. It has a good mangrove patch attached to it on one side. Since it will be the beginning of monsoon, lot of monsoon plants and insects can be seen during the trail. We will be walking inside the fort. Information on its biodiversity, importance and history will be shared during the trail. It will ultimately raise awareness amongst citizens about the natural and man-made heritage that surrounds them.
The trail is open for all age groups. Children below the age of 12 yrs should be accompanied by atleast one of the parents.
Please note: The entry ticket (if applicable) and transport from station to fort and back is not included in the trail charges.
Things to carry:
- Water (2 liters minimum)
- Dry snacks
- Writing material
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Camera and binocular (optional)
About the leaders:
Two naturalists – Dr. Shreya and Gauri will be leading the walk. Both of them have been conducting such programs for more than eight years. This event is conducted through their joint venture – OikoEssence which is focused on creating awareness about environment around us.
Dr. Shreya is a true nature enthusiast. She has completed her Ph.D in ethanobotany and working in the field of environmental awareness for the last 13 years. She believes that change is slow process but a strong step for better environment and education will certainly bring the change in lifestyles for adapting environmental friendliness.
Gauri is a botanist and naturalist based out of Mumbai. Having worked at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF India), Gauri has expertise in bio-diversity (birds and plants species) and has extensive field experience in organizing nature camps. She is one of our popular writers. You can read about her nature camps here.
Siddhesh & Shannon will be giving information based on history of the fort.