Monday, January 17, 2011

Maharashtra Nature Park Mumbai

Right in the center of the bustling city of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is a lovely green oasis. Earlier known as the Mahim Nature Park, today it is officially called the Maharashtra Nature Park. Located in the Dharavi-Sion area, at one time it was just a dumping area for garbage, enclosed by vast areas of slums on one side and the polluted Mithi river on the other. You will be surprised to know that now it has plenty of trees and flora and fauna flourish here in abundance. What's more, it even has its own lake!

Maharashtra Nature Park Birds
Black kite
Laughing dove
Barn swallow
Purple sunbird
Bee eater
Great egret

Maharashtra Nature Park Butterflies

Blue Tiger
Blue Oakleaf
- and lots more!

Maharashtra Nature Park Animals

Other residents include insects, such as the garden lizard and the chameleon, and reptiles, such as snakes and cobras.

Maharashtra Nature Park Plants
Flame of the Forest
Golden apple tree
Lot of flowers!

Maharashtra Nature Park Facilities
  • Audio-Visual hall
  • Exhibition hall.
  • Activity spaces for conducting various activities like nature games, drawing or painting competitions
  • Open air Amphitheatre
  • Library of more than 500 books on nature and Environment related topics.
  • Nursery for growing and sale of plants.
Maharashtra Nature Park Sections
  • Education Centre
  • Nursery
  • Wooded Area
  • Medicinal Plants cultivation Section,
  • Palms Section,
  • Fruit Trees Section,
  • Vegetables Section,
  • Aquarium
  • Bird Observation Point
  • Vermicomposting demonstration Project
Maharashtra Nature Park Activities
(i) Nature Trail
(ii) Nature Games
(iii) Study of Medicinal Plants
(iv) Bird Watching
(v) Seminars/Workshops/Lectures
(vi) Drawing and Essay competitions.

The Park visitors are provided a guide cum interpretation facility on request (for which an advance intimation is necessary).

Maharasthra Nature Park Timings
Monday to Saturday between 0930 hrs. and 1800 hrs. (On Sundays and National Public Holidays too visits are possible, but with prior intimation.)

Maharashtra Nature Park Contact Information 
Dy. Director, MNPS, Maharashtra Nature Park Society,
Maharashtra Nature Park,
Near Dharavi Bus Depot,
Opp. P.M.G.P. Colony,
Mumbai - 400 017.
Ph: 407 7641/407 9939.
E-mail :

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