The Thousand Shades Butterfly Park is located at Sector 52 of Gurugram, Haryana, India near to Tao Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park. It belongs to the Department of Forest, Haryana and is being managed by Uthaan, an NGO.
We visited the Park in October last year ( 2019) and weather was right. The facility is managed very efficiently and the staff were very helpful and welcoming.
The above photos show the Lime butterfly, also known as lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, and chequered swallowtail. Scientific name is Papilo Demoleus.
With the extinction of certain flora and fauna , certain species of butterflies like Plain Tiger, Lime Butterfly, Common Mormon, Common Castor etc. are becoming extinct as well. Here they are trying to revive them by providing them with suitable habitat. Accordingly, host and nectar flora are being planted in selected clusters. There are breeding enclosures for butterflies also.
Plain Tiger (Scientific name Danaus Chrysippus) is also known as African Queen and African Monarch found throughout Asia, Australia and Africa.
The Emigrant Butterfly ( Scientific name Catopsilia pomona) is also known as the Common Emigrant or the Lemon Emigrant. It is found in Asia and parts of Australia.
The whole perimeter is covered with different kinds of plants and trees. These plants have certain nectar giving flowers which attracts the butterflies towards themselves. Thousand Shades Butterfly Park has an abundance of these flower planted throughout.
Individuals are allowed to adopt existing plants or plant new ones for a fee and once you have adopted a plant your name gets attached to it and you are sent pictures and updates about it every now and then. A very innovative idea that works.
You can also find various birds in and around the park. Sunbirds, Bee-eaters can be seen if you look around.
The best time to visit the park is between April and October and preferably during the morning hours.You should keep silent and maintain distance while exploring the park and also avoid colorful attires.
It was a very pleasurable experience when we visited the Park and I hope to go there again and try to catch photos of more species of butterflies.I also want to check the plant adopted by my daughter during our visit and perhaps adopt one by myself. I leave you with some more photographs all shot within the Park campus.
That is all. Do visit this Park if you are in and around Gurugram when this virus subsides and life comes back to normal. Till then be safe. Support the administration wherever you are.