Nature Walk In Sion Fort, Mumbai
Date: Sunday, 7 th May, 2017. Time: 7 am. Duration: 2.5 hrs.
Meeting Point: Entrance of Sion fort
Charges: Rs. 200 only
About the walk:
Sion, the official boundary of Mumbai City (beyond which is the sub-urban area begins) holds a small hillock on which the Sion fort is located. This small but interesting fort has history from the time of Portuguese era in India.
It has interesting garden and wild species of plants (which will be in blooms) and attracts lots of rare fauna. Our walk will be focused on biodiversity of the area. We will be walking and climbing the fort (gentle elevation). After reaching the top one can get a wide view of the city. Information on its biodiversity, importance and little bit on history will be shared during the trail. It will help raise awareness amongst Mumbaikars about the green patches that still exist in Mumbai.
The trail is open for all age groups. Children below the age of 12 yrs should be accompanied by at-least one of the parents.
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.