Friday, 18th of August 2017

Nature Trails

Vol. 5, Issue 3

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

May - June 2017 

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

May

14th May                                 Flamingo Watch

21st May                                 Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

28th May                                 Bat and Tree Walk at Ranibagh

JUNE

3rd & 4th Jun                           Bird Identification Workshop

11th Jun                                  Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

18th Jun                                  Kanheri Upper Trail

25th Jun                                  Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

LOCAL CAMPS

June                                       

Amboli– Land of the Flying Frog

September                               

Monsoon Camp at Malshej Ghat

Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

NATIONAL CAMPS

June                                        

Bandhavgarh National Park

July                                         

Valley of Flowers                         

Ladakh

September                                

Wildlife Sanctuaries of Goa

October                                   

Herping in Coorg

Sikkim

November                                 

Golden Triangle – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

August 2017

African Safari – Kenya


One Day Programmes 


MAY

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21st May, Sun           

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park 

Situated within Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP),this bamboo grove trail is very rewarding during the morning, when the forest is alive with bird calls. It leads through fine mixed forest dominated by bamboo and ends at the first stream. This trail is not accessible without permission. Grade: Easy (Simple walk for 1.5 km each way, however, the walk from the main gate to the trail is about 15–20 min.)  Reporting: Members to meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at 7:30 a.m. Charges: Rs. 200/- for BNHS members, Rs. 300/- for others (includes Forest Department permission fees and BNHS expertise only).Registration*: On the spot. For further details call at Hornbill House at 022-22821811/22871202, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri(9167472698)

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30 a.m., participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However, entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online from www.bit.ly/sgnponline; avoid bringing your own vehicle. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30 a.m. Be prepared for a hot day.

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28th May, Sun

Bat and Tree Walk at Ranibagh

Spread over 53 acres, Ranibagh is Mumbai’s only heritage botanical garden. Established over 150 years ago, Ranibagh is home to an astonishing 853 plant species, including 286 trees. Many exotic species like Baobab and Tree of Heaven can be seen here. Fruiting and flowering trees such as Flame of the Forest, Indian Laburnum, Indian Coral Tree, and fig trees grow here. The garden is also host to a large colony of India’s largest bat, Indian Flying Fox. Learn  more about these mysterious animals during this trail.  Grade: Easy Reporting: Outside the Ranibagh, near Exit gate at 8:45 a.m. Charges: BNHS members Rs. 100/- per head and for others. Rs. 200/- per head. (Cost includes entry ticket and BNHS expertise)Registration*: On the spot. For further details call at Hornbill House at 022-22821811/22871202, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Group Leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

Please carry adequate water and hat/cap. Note: Ranibaug opens at 09:00 a.m; plastic bags, disposable water bottles, and food are not allowed inside the premises and will be collected and kept at the gate. Participants can carry water in non-disposable water bottles.

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JUNE 

3rd & 4th June, Sun

Bird Identification Workshop

Level: Basic

  

This two-day workshop is for beginners in bird watching.  The workshop will include an audiovisual talk by an expert on how to identify birds, followed by a demonstration of preserved bird specimens from the BNHS Collections. The workshop will also include a field trip to the Karnala Bird Sanctuary where participants will be introduced to field techniques for bird identification.

Highlights: The highlight of the workshop is study of preserved bird specimens which will be demonstrated during the workshop. The participants will get an opportunity to learn field techniques, like bird calls for identification of birds.

Workshop Charges: Rs. 2,500/- for BNHS members and Rs. 3,000/- for others.

Reporting:

Saturday, 3rd June 2017: At 3:30 pm at Hornbill House, Opp. Lion Gate, near Kalaghoda, Mumbai 400001 The programme will conclude by 7:00 pm.

Sunday, 4th June 2017:  Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:20 a.m., Vashi (Vashi Jn.) 6:40 a.m.  The participants will return to Dadar by 12:30 p.m

Note: Participants are required to carry snacks and adequate water during field trips.

Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/ 22821811 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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11th June, Sun          

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and forms a corridor for animals between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. This trail is lined with dense mixed deciduous forest. During this season one can see birds like Rufous Treepie, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-headed Barbet, Shikra, and many more. Grade: Easy Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others. (Charges include transportation, entry, and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:00 a.m., Andheri (near Bisleri factory) at 6:20 a.m., Borivali, Opp. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (near Omkareshwar temple) 6:40 a.m., Ghodbundar Jn. (Hotel Fountain) 7:00 a.m.Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/ 22821811 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

The group should return to Dadar by 12:00 noon. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

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18th June, Sun

Kanheri Upper Trail

A gradual climb through the wooded forest of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). With the pre-monsoon showers the forest blooms to life during this time. It is the perfect time to see birds like Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Shikra, Grey Junglefowl, wild flowers and butterflies. The trail leads through various habitats like forest, grass and Euphorbia strewn plateau near Kanheri caves, which on a clear day is excellent for viewing raptors like Crested Serpent Eagle, soaring on thermals, and spectacular views of the National Park. At the end of the trail, one can visit the ancient Kanheri caves, which date back around 2,100 years. Carved out of volcanic rocks, there are around 109 such caves. Caves and surrounding structures also harbour good biodiversity.Charges: Rs. 800/- for BNHS members and Rs. 900/- for others.(Cost includes: Bus from SGNP main gate, Forest Dept. permission charges, entry to SGNP, and BNHS expertise) Reporting: SGNP main gate at 07:15 a.m. How to Reach: Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated on the Western Express Highway about a kilometer away from Borivali Station (East). Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811/22871202, Mon–Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The programme will conclude by 12:00 p.m.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

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25th June, Sun                      

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

With the first monsoon showers rejuvenating the forest, and bring a parched land back to life. It is a perfect time to have a walk, at the Shilonda trail in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).During this season one might also get a chance to see the first blossom of wildflowers like Wild Turmeric which last only a few days after they bloom. The trail leads through fine mixed forest dominated by bamboo and ends at the first stream. This trail is not accessible without permission. Grade: Easy (Simple walk for 1.5 km each way, however, the walk from the main gate to the trail is about 15–20 min.)  Reporting: Members to meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP a t 7.30 a.m. Charges: Rs. 200/- for BNHS members, Rs. 300/- for others (includes Forest Department permission fees and BNHS expertise only).Registration*: On the spot. For further details call at Hornbill House at 022-22821811/22871202 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri(9167472698), and Mr. Sanal Nair

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30 a.m., participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However, entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online from www.bit.ly/sgnponline; avoid bringing your own vehicle. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30 a.m. Be prepared for rains.

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LOCAL CAMPS 


June, 2017 

AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

Nestled at the crest of the Western Ghats at a height of above 2,000 feet, Amboli is the last hill station in Maharashtra before the coastal highlands of Goa. Misty weather, rejuvenating rain, cool climate and lush evergreen forest form the perfect setting for reptiles and amphibians. It is also one of the best places to see the Malabar Gliding Frog. The forest here reverberates with the calls of various frogs and toads in colourful and loud display, singing in beautiful synchronisation to attract their lady love. Amboli is part of a Biodiversity Hotspot and we can see amphibians and reptiles like Fungoid Frog, Bi-coloured Frog, Amboli Bush-frog, Amboli Toad,  Beddome’s Cat Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Malabar Pit Viper, and various caecilians.

Date:

Batch I: 30th June–2nd July, 2017

Batch II: 7th–9th July, 2017 (On Demand)

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp charges: Rs. 8,500/- BNHS members and Rs. 9,100/- others

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in Hotel.

Reporting:Pick up at Sawantwadi Railway Station  at 9:30 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Sawantwadi ST Railway Station  at 4:00 p.m. on the last day. Kindly book your tickets accordingly, pick-up and drop timing may change depending on timing of Konkan Kanya Express.

How to get there: Bus – This is the best option to reach Sawantwadi; Every Mumbai – Goa bus halts at Sawantwadi. Buses can be booked through www.redbus.in.

Train – Sawantwadi Railway station is about 8 km from the ST Depot.Konkan Kanya Express (10111) reaches Sawantwadi at 8:22 a.m. Note: The train timing and schedule for Konkan Railway during monsoon is fluctuating and prone to delays due to landslides.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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September, 2017

MONSOON CAMP AT MALSHEJ GHAT

 

Malshej Ghat, known for the misty hill tops and ice cold cascades, is in its prime during the monsoon. During this time, the plateau sprouts wild flowers that add color to the lush green background. We take a walk through the rejuvenated forest to search for Maharashtra’s state animal – Indian Giant Squirrel, while the Malabar Whistling Thrush heralds our arrival. Even during night, the place is alive with different kinds of moths.

Date: 9th–10th September, 2017

Group leaders:  Mr. Vandan Jhaveri and Mr. Asif Khan

Camp Charges:Rs. 7,300/- for BNHS members and Rs. 7,900/- for others.

Accommodation:In MTDC (Malshej Ghat) on twin sharing basis. All meals at the site in the hotel. Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m. and Birla College, Kalyan at 7:40 a.m. Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 022-22821811/22871202 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Note: The group will return to Mumbai on Sunday by late evening.

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September, 2016 

KAAS Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

  

Kaas is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra. This plateau is situated about 22 km from Satara. Visited in the right season, Kaas has an enchanting view of carpets of flowers of different shades. One can see a variety of orchids like Habenaria, insectivorous plants like Drosera and Bladderwort, rare flowers like Ceropegia, purple carpets of Catkins and pink carpets of Balsam – such are the spectacular sights at Kaas.

Dates:            

Batch 1:                     14th – 15th September, 2017 (Thu–Fri)

Batch 2:                      23rd – 24th September, 2017 (Sat–Sun)

Batch 3:                     30st Sept – 1st Oct, 2017 (Sat–Sun)

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in hotel

Camp Charges:Rs. 6,500/- for BNHS members and Rs. 7,700/- for others.

Reporting:On Day One, bus will leave at 06:30 a.m. from Dadar (near Chandu Halwai), 06:50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden), and Vashi Junction at 07:10 a.m.

The group will return late evening to Dadar on Day Two.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811/22871202, Mon–Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. ore-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NATIONAL CAMPS 


JUNE, 2017 

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Once the abode of maharajas, Bandhavgarh is royalty at its best. One of the best national park’s in the country to see a tiger, very few have returned disappointed from this place without a sighting. Join BNHS as we take you to witness the real rulers of the jungle, the Tiger. Besides Tiger, the Park is also home to other mammals like Four-horned Antelope (Chousingha), Sambar, Barking Deer, Leopard, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog (Dhole). A variety of birds like Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Hawk-eagle, Red-headed Vulture, Mottled Wood-owl and Painted Sandgrouse can be seen here.

Date: 3rd–6th June 2017

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges:Rs. 26,500/- members and Rs. 28,000/- for others.

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis, at Bagh Tola Jungle Lodges.

Reporting:Pick up at Katni railway station at 10:40 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Katni railway station at 1:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to get there: Train - Mumbai-Katni:Kamayani exp (11071) arrives in Katni at 10:00 a.m. Katni-Mumbai:Many trains are available, HWH Mumbai Mail (12321) arrives in Katni at 04:20 p.m. Flight - Closest airport to Katni is Jabalpur about 64 km away. Cost includes: Accommodation, food, transfers to/from Katni, Safari charges and entry to the Park.

Registration*:Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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JULY, 2017 

VALLEY OF FLOWERS

Western Himalaya is renowned for its meadows of diverse alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. The beauty of Valley of Flowers has been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers and botanists. Its gentle landscapes, breathtaking beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and remoteness make the journey to this valley an enchanting experience. One can see gorgeous flowers like the Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy, Brook Anemone, and Forget-me-not. Also birds like White-capped River-Chat, Plumbeous Water-redstart, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, and Blue Whistling-thrush can be seen along the way.

Grade:Difficult**

Date: 22nd – 30th  July, 2017

Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp fees:Rs. 38,000/- for BNHS members and Rs. 39,500/- for others (ex Delhi).

Accommodation:Twin sharing in hotel, including 2 nights each at Rishikesh and Joshimath.

Reporting:Outside New Delhi railway station at 8:00 a.m. Drop at New Delhi on last day at 3:00 p.m. You are advised to arrive at Delhi one day prior to the first day of the camp and book your return tickets accordingly.

Cost includes:Cost is inclusive of travel to/from Delhi, meals (B/L/D), accommodation, permits, transfer of luggage from Govindghat to Ghangharia, and BNHS expertise.

  

Cost Excludes:Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, porterage, tips beverages, camera fees, any cost not specified above.

From Govindghat to Ghangharia, luggage will be carried separately by ponies.

**Though ponies can be taken for most of the trek, there are no ponies available for the trek from Ghangharia to the Valley of Flowers (4-6 km). The season is monsoon (best season for flowers) so rains can be expected during the camp. Accommodation and other facilities will be basic.

Registration*:Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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LADAKH – ROOF OF THE WORLD

   

Ladakh is bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. The amazing landscape is nature’s own sculpture by wind and water over millennia. Embark on this land safari to explore Ladakh’s wilderness. During the camp we will journey through this vast landscape exploring the wilderness of the lakes of Ladakh, the world’s highest motorable road, a high altitude desert and one of the highest national parks in the world. We can spot birds like Tibetan Sandgrouse, Little Owl, Black-necked Crane, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture, Fire-fronted Serin, White-winged Redstart, Horned Lark, Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Brandt’s Mountain-finch, Himalayan Griffon, Common Merganser, Chukar Partridge, and Bar-headed Goose. Also mammals like Kiang (Tibetan Wild Ass), Himalayan Blue Sheep, Mountain Stoat, Royle’s Pika, Himalayan Marmot, and Long-tailed Marmot. The rare Apollo butterflies can also be seen at this altitude.

 Date: 28th July to 6th August 2017 (ex-Leh)

 Group leader:Mr. Asif Khan

 Cost: Rs.47,300/- for members and Rs,48,800/- for non members  

 Accommodation:Twin sharing basis.

 Reporting: Leh Airport.

 Cost includes:Local transport, transfer to/from Leh, meals (B/L/D) first day lunch to last day  breakfast, accommodation, permits, and BNHS expertise.

 Cost excludes:Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips    beverages, camera fees, any cost not specified above.

Registration: Kindly contact us at 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note:Kindly book your flight tickets early to avail of good rates.

A medical certificate from a qualified physician stating that you are fit to travel up to 18,000 feet is compulsory.

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SEPTEMBER, 2017

WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES OF GOA

  

Chorla Ghat region of the Western Ghats of Goa has been acknowledged as a Mega Biodiversity Hotspot. Using Wildernest Resort as a base we will explore the forests of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wildernest Resort is situated in the lap of Chorla Ghats. The resort itself is a symbol of wildlife conservation, the forest around the cottages is pristine and home to an array of wildlife. Just a stroll outside the eco-cottages at Wildernest can reward the participants with a variety of life forms. Birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, four types of bulbul namely Grey-headed, Yellow-browed, White-browed, and Square-tailed Black Bulbul, can be seen during this camp. Other wildlife like Indian Giant Squirrel, Sambar and Chital Deer, Hump-nosed Pit Viper, Green Vine Snake, Bronzeback Tree Snake, Malabar Gliding Frog, and Blue Mormon butterfly are seen here.

Grade:Easy

Date:

Batch I: 18th–21st September, 2017

Batch II: 22nd–25th September, 2017 (On Demand)

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Saunak Pal

Cost for this camp will be announced on the BNHS website shortly

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in Eco-cottages in Wildernest (www.wildernest-goa.com).

Reporting:Pick-up and drop timing will be according to timings of the Konkan Kanya Exp on the respective dates.

How to reach: Konkan Kanya Express (10111) starts from Mumbai CST.

Return: Konkan Kanya Express (10112) from Thivim.

Air: Closest airport is Dabolim, Goa which is 50 km from Thivim Railway Station. Participants can take an early morning, flight which reaches at 6:25 a.m. on the same day.

Cost includes: Accommodation, all meals (first day lunch to last day lunch), transfers to/from Thivim Railway Station, and visit to sanctuaries.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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October, 2017 

HERPING IN COORG

  

Herpetology or the study of amphibians and reptiles has always been an exciting subject. It has only recently become popular as herping among the amateurs.  Coorg, one of the prime hill stations of Western Ghats is a treasure trove of biodiversity. As a heterogenous landscape, including Shola grasslands, evergreen forests along with coffee and cardamom plantations the area supports a high diversity of endemic fauna, especially amphibians and reptiles. Due to a steep elevation gradient ranging from 120 m to 1,750 m above sea level, high rainfall and lots of streams and waterfalls in its rainforests; this place is known to support a maximum number of amphibians and reptiles one can see in a single location. Other than amphibians and reptiles, this region is also known for a good population of Asian Elephant, the elusive Brown Palm Civet, Slender Loris, Flying Squirrels and much more.Amphibians like the Blue-eyed Bush Frog, Confusing Coloured Bush Frog, Ponmudi Bush Frog, Glandular Bush Frog, Malabar Gliding Frog, dancing frogs, Wayanad wrinkled frogs, and Malabar Torrent Toad are often seen in the forests of Coorg.

Date: 14th–17th October 2017

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Saunak Pal

Camp Charges: Rs.12,200/- for BNHS members and Rs.13,700 for others.

Accommodation:Twin sharing in basis hotel.

Reporting:Pick up at Mangalore Central railway station at 7:40 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Mangalore railway station at 1:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to get there: Train - Matsyaganda exp (12619) Arrives in Mangalore at 7:30 a.m. and leaves from Mangalore at 2:30 p.m. Flight - One can also choose to fly to Mangalore, however, you need to arrive a day prior if you wish to fly. Buses - Several Buses also ply between Mumbai and Mangalore. Cost includes: Accommodation, food, transfers to/from Mangalore, all park entry/permits and trail/outing costs, as per itinerary. Registration*: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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SIKKIM

Sikkim is recognized as one among 34 global biodiversity hotspots, with 47% of the state under forest cover and home to almost 50% of the butterfly diversity of the Indian subcontinent, the state is a treat for all nature lovers. Even a casual walk on the trail can be fruitful, with species like Paris Peacock, Orange Punch, Colour Sergeant, and Punchinello. This time is also good for birding and birds like White-collared Blackbird, Green-backed Tit; Black-chinned, Whiskered and Rufous-vented Yuhina, Silver-eared Mesia, and Hoary-throated Barwing can be spotted. Grade: Easy

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp fees: Rs. 27,900/- BNHS members and Rs. 29,400/- others. (ex NJP)

Accommodation: Basic home-stay on sharing basis Cost includes: All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day dinner to last day breakfast, Transfers to and from New Jalpaiguri (NJP), permits, and entry to the Park.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to NJP,all expenses of personal nature like laundry, beverages and food not mentioned in the itinerary, camera fees, any extra cost not specified in “Cost includes”.

Reporting:Pick up from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station at 6:00 a.m. and drop to NJP in the evening of the last day. You are advised to book your tickets to arrive in NJP one day prior and leave one day later.

How to get there: NJP is well connected by air; the nearest airport, Bagdogra, is only 19 km from NJP railway station. By rail: One can take direct trains to NJP like Guwahati Exp. (15645), and Karmabhumi Exp. (15611), which run on selected days only, or reach Kolkata and then board any one of many trains to NJP.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811/22871202, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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November, 2017 

GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

Ranthambore National Park:Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. Other major wild animals include Leopard, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, Hyaena, Sloth Bear and Chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest Banyan trees in India.

Keoladeo National Park:Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo is a paradise for birds and birdwatchers alike. It is listed as an IBA (Important Bird Area) and is a World Heritage Site. Although small (29 sq. km), it is home to almost 400 species of birds, out of which more than 132 breed inside the National Park. Birding here is a rewarding experience, with sightings like Siberian Rubythroat, Bluethroat, Greater White-fronted Goose, Comb Duck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Painted Snipe, Oriental Darter, Lesser Adjutant, Sarus Crane and Common Crane, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Red-headed Falcon, and Brown Fish-owl.

Chambal river,a tributary of the Yamuna river, flows northwards through Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Chambal is one of the best places to see threatened wildlife; such as the critically endangered Gavial or Gharial, vulnerable Indian Skimmer, endangered Black-bellied Tern and Gangetic Dolphin, near-threatened Laggar Falcon and vulnerable Pallas’s Fish-eagle and Smooth-coated Otter.

Dates: 18th – 23rd November, 2017   (ex Delhi)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Camp fees: Rs. 31,500/- BNHS members and Rs. 33,000/- others. (ex Delhi)

Reporting:Pick up from New Delhi Railway Station at 6:00 a.m. and drop to New Delhi Railway Station at 7.30 p.m. on the last day. You are advised to book your tickets to arrive in New Delhi one day prior. How to Reach: New Delhi is well connected by air and rail.

Participants can also fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is situated about 20 km from the meeting point (New Delhi Railway Station).

Cost includes:All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day lunch to last day breakfast, transfers from and to New Delhi, permits, and entry to park.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages, camera fees, any cost not specified above.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811/22871202, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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INTERNATIONAL CAMPS 


August, 2017

African Safari - Kenya

THE ULTIMATE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE 

Dates: 12th–20th August 2017

       
 
Once again the Bombay Natural History Society brings you the African Safari, Kenya, with its rich diversity of mammals and birds, a dream trip for nature lovers.
Places of Visit: Samburu National Reserve, Aberdare National Park, Lake 
Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.


Samburu National Reserve: Most tourists visiting Kenya do not get the opportunity to cross the Equator to visit the Samburu National Park to see the unique wildlife of North Kenya. Here are some very different animals like Oryx, Gerenuk or Giraffe Gazelle, Grevy’s Zebra, and Reticulated Giraffe unique to this park and not seen in the Southern Kenya.
Aberdare National Park: A birdwatcher’s paradise,Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range in Central Kenya. The park offers moorlands, Bamboo forest and rainforest at lower altitudes. One can see animals like the Critically Endangered Mountain Bongo, Bushbuck, African Wild Dog, and Giant Forest Hog. Birds like Jackson’s Widowbird, Bar-tailed Trogon, Golden-winged Sunbird, Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, Silver-cheeked Hornbill, endemic Aberdare Cisticola, and African Goshawk are also seen.Back to Index 
Lake Nakuru National Park: Situated in the famous Rift Valley, it attracts thousands of flamingos and pelicans, the forest around the lake is home to the rare and Critically Endangered Eastern Black Rhinoceros and Near Threatened Southern White Rhinoceros.
Superb Starling
African White-backed Vulture
Malachite Kingfisher
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu
Baglafecht Weaver
Somali Ostrich







 


Masai Mara National Reserve: Experience the thrill of watching the world’s largest land migration with around a million wildebeest and zebras make their way into Masai Mara from Serengeti. The spectacle of the Great Migration is something every nature lover should experience. 
 

During the camp you can see an array of animals:

  • East African Lion
  • the fastest land mammal Cheetah
  • three kinds of giraffe like Reticulated
  • Rothschild's
  • the tallest Masai Giraffe
  • Hook-lipped and Square-lipped Rhinoceros; 
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Black-and-white Colobus
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Grevy’s and Burchell’s Zebra
  • African Elephant
  • Thomson’s Gazelle
  • Hartebeest, Dik-dik
  • Hippopotamus
  • Leopard
  • Nile Crocodile and many moreBack to Index

Birds that can be seen during the camp:

  • The largest birds; the Somali and Common Ostrich 
  • Purple Grenadier 
  • Blue-nape Mousebird 
  • Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu 
  • Secretary bird 
  • Superb Starling 
  • Hamercop 
  • Bateleur 
  • White-breasted Go-away-bird 
  • Lilac-breasted Roller 
  • Vulturine and Helmeted Guineafowl 
  • Red-billed 
  • Yellow-billed 
  • Von der Decken’s 
  • Black-and-White Casqued and Southern Ground Hornbills 
  • Black-bellied, White-bellied, Buff-crested, and Kori Bustards 
  • Malachite Kingfisher and many more.
Dates: 12th–20th August 2017 (ex-Mumbai)
Group Leader: Mr.Vandan Jhaveri
Reporting: Participants to meet early morning (2 a.m) on 12th August, 2017 at Mumbai International Airport, group will return to Mumbai on 20th August, 2017 early morning.
Camp Fee: Rs.2,27,000/- for members and Rs. 2,28,500/- for others. (Ex Mumbai)
Payment can be made in installments.
Payment schedule:
1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate Rs. 50,000/- 
2nd Installment Date -                    Rs. 50,000/- 
3rd Installment Date -                    Rs. 45,000/- 
4th Installment Date -   15th June  Rs. 45,000/- 
Final Installment Date - 15th July   Rs. 37,000/- (Rs. 38,500/- for others)
Camp fee includes:
  • Economy Class Airfare on Kenya Airways/Ethiopian Airlines (or similar). 
  • Normal Visa and processing charges. 
  • Full board accommodation. 
  • All Game Park entrance fees. 
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day while on Safari. 
  • 1 litre of mineral water per person per day. 
  • Professional driver guide. 
  • Game drives as per itinerary. 
  • Insurance for the camp period for participants aged upto 70 yrs. 
  • BNHS expertise. 
    Camp fee does not includes:
  • Food and drinks not part of group menu. 
  • Any sightseeing not mentioned on the programme. 
  • Expenses of a personal nature e.g., laundry, telephone calls. 
  • Tips and gratuities. 
  • Services other than those specified in “Camp fee includes” 
  • Note:The cost has been calculated as per 1 USD= 67 INR, and minimum 15 pax traveling together.
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Important: Yellow fever Vaccination at least 15 days before and Polio vaccination four weeks before the travel date are require.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has made it mandatory to take Oral Polio Vaccination at-least four week prior to journey and Yellow Fever Vaccination at-least 15 days prior to journey for all the tourist traveling to Kenya, however we recommend to take both the vaccination as soon as your registration is confirmed.
 
See the circular and other details below:

 

In Mumbai one of the place where both vaccination can be taken at:

Airport Health Organisation Bldg
Ground Floor,Next to Ambassador Hotel,
Near International Airport, Sahar Road,
Vile Parle-E, Mumbai-400099, MS
+91-22-28392429 (Call before visiting)


Registration:Kindly contact us at 22871202/22821811 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for more details on other camps please visit www.bnhs.org