The Shilonda trail
Master Jasneet Singh Arora
The first outdoor event, i.e. The Shilonda Trail, under the green schools campaign, for the month of august was scheduled for 25th August 2018. Three students of Don Bosco, Matunga, accompanied by a parent, joined a few students from the other schools under the GSC for the event.
We reported at 6:15 am at the school gate. Following the arrival of all the students, their teachers and parents, instructions were given about the do’s and don’ts of the trail. We then boarded the buses and left for the destination.
Shilonda is a part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali. It is 3 kms away from the entrance gate and extends up to Kanheri hill. The park houses rare 41 leopards and 1330 plants, 17700 butterflies, and 35 insect species. During the trail we came across few of the species of plants and animals the park houses. We encountered butterflies belonging to the Pieridea family, as well as different trees and plants like Ziziphus maurtiara, Flacourtia indica, firebreak, sandpaper which were of much interest. At the end of the trail we were guided to a stream where we enjoyed ourselves. It was only when everyone boarded the bus and began our journey back to school that we spotted a chital, also known as spotted deer.
The biodiversity of the park is truly mesmerizing. It was a refreshing and enriching experience for us to be one with nature and the biodiversity of our city, Mumbai.