Nature Walk at Vasai Fort
Date: Sunday, 10th Nov, 2019. Time: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Point: Local bus depot, outside Vasai railway station (west)
Level of difficulty: Easy
Walking Distance: About 2-3 Kms in total
Fees: 350 INR (Includes our expertise only. Registration link below)
About the event:
Bassein/Vasai Fort situated in Mumbai suburb, on west coast of India in Thane district. The fort with adjacent wetland sustains a splendid biodiversity.
The Fort is a historical monument with rocky structure. 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 end of monsoon, lot of monsoon plants and insects can be seen during the trail. The fort area supports good number of birds & butterflies. 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.
Things to carry:
- Drinking Water (for the day)
- Wind-cheater and/or umbrella (never know these days)
- Wear fully covered and comfortable clothes and shoes functional to walk on muddy terrain
- Dry snacks
Ghumr has partnered with Oikoessence to conduct Nature Trails in and around Mumbai city. The trails are conducted on weekends and led by two experts in biodiversity, Dr Shreya and Gauri. We take pride in discovering trails which are relatively unexplored such as Godrej Mangroves or Vasai fort. Hence, they provide an unique experience to our participants and at the same time help in raising awareness amongst citizens about the natural and man-made heritage that surrounds them. Once we plan our next event, we will post it on this page.
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 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.
Oikoessence Overnight Tours
Oikoessence also organizes overnight eco-tours focused on environment/nature. Their complete schedule for upcoming tours are here