Nagla forest block is not very far away from my home, but yes in the heart of Mumbai city. It’s an extension to Sanjay Gandhi National park. There is this huge mountain ridge the separates it’s from the Ovarlekar wadi in Thane – close to Suraj water park. Wanted to explore this area for quite sometime. It was always on my mind. Finally the call was made Ankit Savla and I decide to go. Not quite sure how to get here we decided to check with a few friends and use Google maps to get here on early Tuesday morning. The winter morning was still fresh. Using a little protection for the morning chill we set off. This was a awesome trail – took the local train till Naigoan station. As we had both not tasted breakfast for the day planning to get here was a priority. However did have some idles and mendu wada from a vendor in our train. All set we departed from the station towards the highway. Ankit checked on Google map and we started the second leg of our journey by another share auto till Pritams dahba or Fountain hotel.
Getting off the auto we walked a little distance for 5 minutes well before the Indian oil petroleum gas station. We take a left turn. There is a green colour arch entry (no gate) erected. As we enter after walking a small uphill slope there is cabin where we can purchase entry tickets (Rs36.00). Since it’s a part of the Sanjay Gandhi National park most of the forest is deciduous. As it was a week day we did not expect to seems many people on the trail. A very quite and clam walk thru the forest we made sure that we filled our lungs with all the possible fresh air.
Its a short trail for around 45 minutes. Before the trail ending we reach upon the information centre at Nagla where we met MUDDY. Out host who help us understand the importance of mangroves, types of mangroves etc. Muddy help us to in creating awareness about the URGENT need to conserve mangroves in all coastal areas of India.
We also met a few of our friends mud pudding
Common yellow grass butterfly
We also spoted the Drongo, crow pheasant, wind swift.
TreksandTrails recommends how get here:
Closest railway station: Naigoan / Miraroad
Closest airport: Mumbai
Distance from Mumbai: 40Km - approx drive time is 1 hour
Distance from Pune: 175 km - approx drive time is 3 hours
Treks and Trails other useful Info:
Combined Trail option: Yes
Suggested option: Photography – nature trail – simple easy trek
Best time to Trek: All the months
Food availability: Please carry sufficient water and pack lunch for this trip
Treks and Trails disclaimer / Important Note
Dense vegetation is found on the trail. Wild animal spotting are common. Wild flowers will offer you a grade welcome during monsoon. The above information should only be used as a reference. TreksandTrails suggest please check with experts and locals before embarking on a trail.
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