1 Highest Point Trail in Sanjay Gandhi National Park , Borivali, makes an excellent voyage through fine forest terrain. A gradual ascent, it offers good bird-watching and is reasonably though not too taxing. I recommend the half-trail, about 2.5 km from base to Gomukh and back, via the Kanheri Caves . Climbers get great views of sprawling valleys and the city beyond.
The Indian Courser
2 The Silonda Trail in the same park runs partly along stream beds that gushes and roars during the rains, great for insect-watching.
3 The South Gate Trail, also in the National Park, up to Vihar Lake , is the perfect introductory trek for kids along a paved road and through scrub and lakeside open grass. (Permission for these three routes required from the National Park office.)
4 Karnala Fort Trail is a somewhat tiring ascent, to around 1,400 feet, through forest first and then grass and scrub, up to the ancient fort ruins. But it has fine birding opportunities and, during the monsoon, an insect-watch trail.
5 Godrej Mangroves in Vikhroli offer a wonderful exploration of nature’s secrets in grassland and scrub, leading up to the protected mangroves. (Permission required from the Godrej Mangrove Project. (5596-2075)
6 Maharashtra Nature Park, right in the heart of central Mumbai, close to Bandra-Sion, is a created forest-like terrain with well-laid trails, always a revelation for nature-watching – and so easily accessibile.
As told to Meher Marfatia.