Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Located in the heart of Mumbai city, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the only national park which is located in heart of Mumbai city. With a total area of 108 sq km, the park is home to 50+ Indian Leopards, Leopard cats, Rusty-spotted cats, Sambhar deer, spotted deer, Wild boards, Mouse deer and hanuman Langur. The park has different entry points like Thane, Mulund, Borivli, Goregaon & Vasai. The forest is a mix of deciduous & evergreen and is home to 300+ bird species like the Mottled wood owl, Brown hawk owl. Crested Hawk Eagle, Grey jungle fowl and an array of winter passerine species.

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a peaceful oasis nestled in the bustling city of Mumbai. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers seeking a quick escape from the city. The park boasts a diverse ecosystem with an impressive array of bird species, making it a hotspot for bird-watching in Mumbai. The verdant landscapes and tranquil water bodies within the park provide a conducive environment for various resident and migratory birds to thrive. The park is also home to a good population of herbivores like Spotted deer, Sambhar, Barking and mouse deer, as well as more than 40 Indian Leopards. Rusty-spotted cats and rarely a leopard cat have also been documented from the national park. Not to¬†forget, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the only national park on planet Earth located in the heart of a metropolis city.

Birding in the park: With multiple trail routes, visitors can explore the park’s beauty and enjoy bird-watching along the way. Some of the most popular trails include the Shilonda Trail, Malad Trail Line, Kanheri/ Upper Trail, Bamboo Hut Trail/ Gaumukh Trail, Highest Point Trail, Kashimira Trek, Nagla Block Trail & Thane Manpada Trail. Forest department permission is mandatory to explore the park.

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Nearest Train station: Borivali, Thane & Vasai

Target species expected: Species expected would be Greater racket-tailed drongo, Rufous treepie, Crested hawk eagle, Crested Serpent eagle, Common hawk cuckoo, Black-rumped flameback, Golden-fronted leafbird, Indian Paradise flycatcher and Red-breasted flycatcher.

Best time to visit: Nov to Feb & June to Sep