Most of the JJM Mumbai outing folks are well aware of Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden off Thane Ghodbunder road. Infact, I think the first JJM outing happened at Ovalekar Wadi
For those who are not aware of the exact nature of this butterfly park, Well, its an Open butterfly park. Open butterfly park means the butterflies are not in a restricted environment via a dome or a net. They are free to wander around & select a flower of their choice to sip nectar from.
So why do these butterflies visit Ovalekar Wadi.
The answer lies in a visit to the Garden and meet Mr Rajendra Ovalekar in person and see his passion and the tremendous efforts he puts in to educate people about butterflies. The variety of plants/flowers in the garden that are butterfly magnets & also having the right host/nectar plants that attracts so manys species of butterflies thoughout the year is truely remarkable. Sometimes you get lucky when there is presence of some butterfly experts & authors of major butterfly books in India. Of late most of the passionate visitors have been kids
We have been fortunate enough to have it in close vicinity where we get a chance to shoot a variety of butterflies and Mr Ovalekar has been very kind enough to guide & share his knowledge of butterflies. As a friendly gesture to support Mr Ovalekar, we (Dr Anand, Omkar, Nilesh, Rakesh) gifted Ovalekar Wadi a 6ft x 4ft Standy that would help while demonstrating the various aspects of butterflies. All pics & arranging the Standy done is courtesy Dr Anand and a big thanks to him
So, If you are from Mumbai or Closeby, Ovalekar Wadi is worth a Sunday Morning visit. Wishing the best of growth to Ovalekar Wadi.
Dr Anand, Omkar, Nilesh(perfectknight), Rakesh(jadrock)