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Butterfly walks in Mumbai is a fascinating way to introduce one to the wonderful world of animals. Our post monsoon walk in CEC and Maharashtra nature park is conducted every butterfly season (Sept-Oct).

CEC (BNHS) - SGNP Aarey:

The Conservation Education Centre (CEC) of BNHS stands tall amidst lush green cover at Goregaon, abutting the biodiverse forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In 1983, the Maharashtra Government, at the behest of the Government of India, offered the land in recognition of the Society’s 100 years of service in nature conservation.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park, is a large protected area in the northern part of Mumbai city in Maharashtra State in India. It encompasses an area of 104sq.km and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city. It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world.

The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year.

A total 172 species of butterflies have been reported here, of which the spectacular ones are blue Mormon, the phenomenal artist of camouflage the blue oak leaf, the bright jezebel and large yellow and white orange tip, tiger butterfly, egg flies and sailors. There are a number of moths too. The largest moth is the size of a sparrow (30 cm).

Maharashtra Nature Park-A Green Emerald of Mumbai City

Established with the aim to provide education and to generate awareness about Nature Conservation, Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) with its wonderful settings and rich biodiversity makes ideal place for this purpose.

Developed on erstwhile garbage dumping ground area, MNP has vast expenses of manmade forest and it’s also surrounded by the natural ecosystem of the mangrove forests of Mithi River.

Maintained strictly to conserve its Natural Heritage (with the focus to conserve all life forms those who have made Nature Park their home), while on visit to MNP every visitor fails to remember that he is still very much in the heart of the city.

Visitors eager to come here again and again are vouching that Nature Park makes ideal place to study biodiversity and to learn Nature ethics in absolute relaxed atmosphere.

For most of us introduction to wilderness starts with running behind butterflies which are seen around our homes, parks or gardens. They fascinate us with the bright colours, their wonderful shapes and with their flights around the bushes laden with flowers. At MNP, monitoring of butterflies was started with the first ever survey carried out in the year 1997-98 which resulted into data of 34 varieties being recorded, after careful observation and detailed research today the total count has reached to 85 species.

Creation of Butterfly Park project was also very instrumental in conservation of Butterflies at MNP. Some of the Butterfly Species are: Blue Mormon, Common Crow, Common Palm fly, Plain Tiger, Blue Tiger, Striped Tiger, Common Jay, Common Mormon, Chocolate Pansy and Common Jezebel

Type:                     Nature Trail / Butterfly Trail

No of days:         01

Grade:                  Easy

Trail time:            2 – 3Hrs

Itineraries

Day 1

Butterfly Walk

0700Hrs: Report and briefing by leader
0715Hrs: Start trail
Witness the colourful winged insects in their full plumage. The total species found in and around Mumbai are over 300+. Photograph the butterflies, interact and understand the life/importance of these insects in the biodiversity.
0900Hrs: Information on Butterflies and its life
1000Hrs: Trail end

  • Entry fee to the park
  • Guide fee
  • Professional Wildlife Naturalist host of the experience
  • GST 5%
  • Any other transport from origin of participant to meeting point.
  • Additional meals or services
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any other item specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

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