Nature Walk at Green Jewel of Mumbai – Botanical Gardens of Byculla Zoo
Date: Sunday, 21st April, 2019. Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Point: Main Entrance Gate of Byculla zoo
About the event:
Byculla is one of the oldest settlements of Mumbai city. It still has city’s oldest monuments giving us peek into our city’s fascinating origins. One such place is the green jewel of Mumbai – its 150 years old Botanical Garden located in the environs of city zoo or Ranicha Bagh, now known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosle Udyan.
Situated in the middle of the main city, is a home for more than 3000 trees. It is the most visited & largest public place of the city. The park has numerous rare trees; many are native, and there is an equal number from other continents. There’s a huge baobab from Africa, over 100-year-old kajuput trees from Australia and Kailashpati trees. Because of the diversity of species, some tree is always fruiting and flowering. It supports a bio-diversity of birds, butterflies and small mammals such as mongoose and bats. It is a must visit for every Mumbaikar.
Come, explore this green jewel with Gauri and Dr. Shreya as they take a guided tour explaining some of the unique trees and lesser known fauna of the area to everyone.
Please note – You will have to pay for camera (if any), disposable plastic bottles and food is not allowed inside.
Charges: Rs. 350/- includes, naturalist expertise and zoo entrance fee. No charges are applicable for kids less than 4 years of age.
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.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: About 2 to 3 Kms in total on mixed terrain
Registration: Please scroll down below for Townscript link (We will share contact details of leaders at your registered email once you register)
Things to carry:
- Drinking Water (2 liters minimum)
- Camera and binocular (optional)
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes functional to walk on non-concrete trails
Past Events and Testimonials (click on links):
- Nature Walk at Godrej Mangroves, Vikhroli
- Exploring flora of ‘The Other Hanging Gardens of Mumbai’ at Baptista Garden, Mazgaon docks
- History and nature trail at Vasai fort
- History and nature trail at Sion fort
- Bird Watching with kids
- Nature and Heritage Trail at Elephanta Island
- Nature Walk at Botanical Gardens of Byculla Zoo
- Nature Walk at Ovalekar Wadi Thane
- Nature Walk at Aarey Forest Butterfly Garden
- Bird watching at Talawe Wetlands, NRI Colony Navi Mumbai
- Wader Watch at Sagar Vihar, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
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 cerhttp://www.ghumr.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1743&action=edit#tainly 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.