Forested area near Mumbai and Vashind
Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
10Trip End Ongoing
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About one hours drive from Bombay along NH3, depending of course on traffic conditions, is a small road
The road on the left goes all the way to the water pipe lines at Aghai from where the road trifurcates, one lane going to the Tansa reservoir, the other to Wada and the third to Ambadi and Bhiwandi.
It is also a bird watchers haven.
In the monsoons, a multitude of streams come alive,
During and just after the monsoons, the entire area becomes wildflower paradise, a veritable Valley of Flowers. The forests also host several species of wild epiphytic orchids notably dendrobium peguanum, dendrobium ovatum, aerides maculosum and rhynchostylis rhetusa.
The forests here are home to the pretty yellow flowering endemic tree Erinocarpus Nimonii
If you want to trek up the Mahuli mountains from this side, get hold of a local villager at Dahagaon or Pivli to show you the easy way up, or just follow the general direction.
This is an ideal half or full day picnic spot for nature lovers from Mumbai.
If you leave early enough in your own vehicle, you can beat the city traffic and be here in just over an hour. Pack your food and beverage, as once you leave the highway, there is nothing available.
By own vehicle from Bombay: NH3 upto Vashind phata [just beyond Jindal Steel Works]. Left turn at phata. The forest begins just after Dahagaon.
By train: Local to Vashind station, auto rickshaw thereafter. You can also take an ST bus and get off just after Dahagaon, and walk. Jeep taxis also ply this road.
Food & Drink: Several dhabas and restaurants on NH3.
As with all trips to forested areas, wear thick trousers, walking shoes, and keep a tube of Odomos handy to ward off biting buchees [not too many around except near animal dung].