Sylonda Jungle Walk

TREK TO SGNP – SHILONDA TRAIL 

Date: April 27, 2019.

Grade: Easy (2 Hours Jungle Walk).

The Therapeutic Jungle Walk… losing yourself in the forest while enjoying the air, the scents, the vegetation and the sounds of birds and animals that live there. But did you know that there are some amazing health benefits as well? Apart from the obvious ones like getting fresh air and exercise, there are studies that show that a walk in the forest or a park with lots of trees may be the healthiest thing you can do...
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Shilonda, a nature’s heaven right in the backyard of Mumbai. Shilonda trail leads us through lust green forest that stretches for over 2 km till the first stream (If you lucky and get permission you should be able to go down till third stream and beyond that may extend for a couple of more KM and ends in a magnificent waterfall). This Nature Trail is located in the heart of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in a protected eco-sensitive zone. An early morning hike in this forest trail rejuvenates and recharges you for days to come.

This trail has plenty to explore in terms of flora and fauna so be ready to play a nature detective. Carry field guides, binoculars, magnifying glasses, an old paper note book to play treasure hunt in Nature.  There are also few streams flowing across this trail that has water till late winter. So, invite your family and friends to explore this Nature’s Bounty with “Nature Knights – Offbeat Mandala” … NATURE BECKONS.





Budget:

Rs.450/- per person includes 

Cost includes: Forest Permit, Forest Escort and a trek lead)

Excludes: SGNP main gate entry free; any kind of insurance; tips; Food etc.

Contacts:
Asif - 9619182010/ Jasmine - 9004730122 
info@natureknights.net 

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Note: Do not carry plastic bags; plastic disposable bottles.

Carry your packed breakfast / snack pack and water bottle. 


Plan:


8
:00 am Meeting inside SGNP (near SGNP Parking area, take your entry ticket for SGNP and enter SGNP, you will find the parking slot around 500 meters from the main gate on the right hand side; very close to Junction of Toy Train).


8:15 am Start of trek after Introduction and Induction session.
Nature Trail
9:00 am Breakfast in Nature
Jungle Walk
Brunch in the Forest
Return Trek
11:30 am expected back at the main gate of SGNP.

Checklist:

Attire: Track pants or Leggings or Tights or 3/4ths; T-Shirt full sleeves preferred; Cap or Hat; Trekking Shoe or Tough Canvas Shoe.


Carry personal Snacks/Breakfast, and Water Bottle. 


You may carry a personal first aid kit, mosquito repellent.

Follow eco-tourism code at all times; we take only memories and leave only footsteps.




























The Therapeutic Jungle Walk… losing yourself in the forest while enjoying the air, the scents, the vegetation and the sounds of birds and animals that live there. But did you know that there are some amazing health benefits as well? Apart from the obvious ones like getting fresh air and exercise, there are studies that show that a walk in the forest or a park with lots of trees may be the healthiest thing you can do.

A vital part of our immune system is made up of NK (Natural killer) cells which can fight cancer. Could a walk in the forest really get those cells going? Even a one day forest trip shows an increase in these cells although the long term effects were obviously shorter. Imagine the health benefits of doing this on a regular basis!

Scents of the forest may reduce stress. Scents and smells have a powerful effect on our health and emotions. It seems that smells are closely tied to the emotional center in our brain. This is why certain smells and scents can arouse a sense of nostalgia or other emotions relating to our past.

It may help with depression. Living near trees were found to have better mental health. Even the presence of street trees seemed to have a positive outcome and one study found that areas with more trees had lower rates of prescriptions for antidepressants.
The fact of being near a tree or seeing it change with the seasons helps people to cope with living in an urban setting which can be depressing in itself. Much better to go for a walk in a forest but many people have to make do with gazing at a tree or a walk in a neighboring park.

It can make your brain work better. Walking through a forest or green area with trees has been found to aid memory and learning. Research indicates that children playing in these forest environments are better at many cognitive skills but also have better manual dexterity and can assess risks better than those kids educated in an enclosed space. The great thing about this outdoor education, even if it is just a day out, is that children learn about the importance of forests, their maintenance and how they help the planet.

A forest walk can help lower blood pressure. Natural environment such as a forest really does have enormous health benefits.

It can help overweight people get back in shape. Common sense, instead of doing routine and boring seating out in GYM its anytime a better and healthier experience to go outdoors for a clean air jungle walk or trek.

Forest walks are great for reducing loneliness. Walking in the green, forested woodlands is one of the best ways there is to overcome general health problems and above all, reduce loneliness by walking with other people.








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