About this tour:
Trees have a special status in Indian culture – they feature in sacred mythology, in folk-tales as well as in day-to-day religious rituals. Mumbai has an interesting mix of indigenous and exotic plants, many of which have stories and myths attached to them. The 11th century King Bhimdev is said to have planted many trees around Mumbai. He was followed by Portuguese settlers, who brought along foreign species that have adapted in interesting ways and flourished in the city.
This walk is a led by an English speaking nature enthusiast, who is knowledgeable not only about trees, but also about the beautiful cultural links associated with these trees. The walk will also cover anecdotes from the history of the city and the neighbourhood in which you walk.
We will select a locality for the walk depending on the season and your interests. Our usual recommended locale for the walk is the leafy environs of Five Gardens in Dadar. This area, also known as Dadar Parsi Colony, is the largest Zoroastrian enclave in the world. The tour is best done in the early mornings, and is usually followed by tea at a nearby local cafe.
Weekends, 7 am to 9 am. Not recommended during monsoons.
Costs and Booking:
- INR 1000 per person for 5-6 persons
- INR 1500 per person for 3-4 persons
- INR 750 per person for 7-10 persons
- INR 1750 per person for 2 persons
- INR 3000 for a solo traveller
Includes: Knowledgeable guide, personalised walk, all taxes.
Excludes: Breakfast/meals, transport
Prior reservation is mandatory. Payment in cash on the day of the tour.