This generation of millennials and post millennials are obsessed with Flamingos. We have them on our coffee mugs, our flip flops, notebooks, desktop wallpaper and even on our clothes. Yet, how many of us can say that we’ve seen a flamingo in real life? Flamingos are magnificent creatures, blush pink muddles with streaks of white black and rose pink. These birds seem tropical and dreamy to say the least and apparently, love water. But where can we find them? The answer is simple, in the city of dreams.
Mumbai is a city that surprises us ever so often, with its webbed network of local trains, dabbe walas and the spirit of live and let live. Yet, there are a few things that Mumbai has hidden away, the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is one of them.
When the bustle of the city and the unending buzz of Bandra is weighing you down and you want to find the peace and calm amidst the city that never sleeps, this is where you want to be. The natural habitat of Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary will fill you with tranquillity while the beautiful birds and their melodious calls will fill your soul with joy.
The most beautiful thing about the sanctuary, apart from the birds and the scenic views of nature, is the absolute peace.The birds of water do not come to visit people who cannot find it in themselves to practice silence.
Book yourself a safari, find your binoculars, get your suntan lotion on and get ready to lose yourself to bliss. The sanctuary offers a number of safari and bird sighting options and you can pick any one of them to make a day out of it. The Coastal & Marine Bio Diversity Centre near Airoli offers a safari where you are taken on a boat with a bunch of people and you can spot these birds in their natural habitat, basking in the sun or taking a luxurious bath.
Nestled in Thane, the creek is hardly an hour away from Bandra so you can make a day trip and still be back home by the evening.
We would suggest taking the guided tours, as they are headed by people who’ve been trained by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and know the best way to observe these magnificent birds.
The timings and dates for booking also depend on the tidal waves and other factors, so it would be prudent to call ahead and make a booking before you make any plans.
Location: Coastal & Marine Bio Diversity Centre - Sector 10, Diva Nagar Road, Mangrove Forest, Airoli, Navi Mumbai
Price: ₹ 330 (Weekdays) & ₹440 (Weekends) per head
Contact: +91 9987 673 737