Amidst the concrete city and one of the most populated areas; Dharavi, is a forest park that most of us are unaware of and we can't believe, how ignorant the city is about its existence.
The 37 acre land which earlier was Mumbai's largest dumping ground near Mithi River is now a beautiful forest park with diverse flora and fauna. It is many years of efforts that turned this dumping ground into a blanket of greens and we really can't get ourselves to believe this. Sounds magical and how.
The Maharashtra Nature Park earlier known as Mahim Nature park has a large ecosystem. It houses over 13,000 trees and about 300 types of plats. It is a paradise for all the bird watchers and a home to 40 different species of butterflies. Can you believe it? The migratory birds that one may be able to see here are Eurasian Wryneck, Laughing Dove, Great Egret, Black kite, Greater Coucal, Shikara, Purple Sunbird, Little Green Bee Eater, Mahratta Woodpeckers etc. The park also has many cobras residing there.
There is also an education center, an aquarium, a bird observation platform and a section demonstrating vermicomposting in this nature park.
There are several paid tours, photo walks and nature Walks etc., that are organized by the Maharashtra Nature Park Society or the third party. There is a nursery inside the Park where people can also purchase reasonably priced saplings.
Now we believe, that's a lot of things to experience for dirt cheap, right in the heart of the city.
Entry Fee to the park - Rs. 10/- approximately.
Where? Sion Bandra Link Road, Opp. Bus Depot, Mahim Nature Park, Dharavi, Mumbai
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