Bi-monthly Programme January-February 2017
Vol. 5, Issue 1.
ONE DAY PROGRAMMES
15th Jan Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats
22nd Jan Karnala Bird Sanctuary
29th Jan Nature Trail at Nagla Forest
5th Feb Shilonda Trail - Sanjay Gandhi National Park
12th Feb Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island
19th Feb Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats
26th Feb Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats
February Marine Camp at Lakshadweep Batch I
March Marine Camp at Lakshadweep Batch II
Wild Assam – Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga, Nameri National Park
April Great Himalayan National Park
May Agumbe Reserve Forest
Corbett National Park and Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)
Tadoba National Park
June Bandhavgarh National ParkINTERNATIONAL CAMPS
March African Safari – Tanzania
MARINE CAMP AT LAKSHADWEEP - Minicoy Island
Lakshadweep is a group of islands, 200–440 km off the southwest coast of India. These islands form the smallest union territory of the country. The Lakshadweep region has about 600 species of fish, 78 species of coral and over 100 species of other marine invertebrates. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the fascinating marine life underwater.
This year BNHS will be visiting the Minicoy Island; Mincoy is Southernmost Island in the Lakshadweep archipelago situated closer to the Maldive island of Uleguma than to Kavrati, this island is famous for having marine life similar to that of Maldives. Participants will get training in snorkeling as part of the camp activity. You need not worry if you do not know swimming; you can still enjoy the deep blue sea and move among the amazing corals, fishes, shells, shrimps and crabs. Most of the snorkeling will be in waist-deep coral lagoons.
Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri/Mr. Asif Khan
Batch Size: 11 participants only
Batch I:22nd – 27th February, 2017 (FULL)
Batch II: 16th – 22nd March, 2017 (last few seats)
Accommodation: Twin sharing Standard AC rooms on the Minicoy Island.
Camp fees: Rs. 47,500/- for members and Rs. 49,000/- for others (ex Kochi).
Cost Includes:Travel by ship from Kochi to Minicoy and back (overnight journey, twin/four sharing AC cabin 4 sharing on ship), stay and food. Glass bottom boat ride, and snorkeling session as per the itinerary.
Cost excludes: Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips beverages, camera fees, extra water activities, SCUBA, any cost not specified above.
Reporting:Participants to meet on Day One morning at Lakshadweep Wharf, Passenger Terminal, Near FCI Depot, Willingdon Island, Kochi, group will return on last day around noon. Due to uncertanity of ship schedule, you are advised to book your ticket to arrive one day prior and leave one day later from Kochi.
WILD ASSAM –Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri National Park
Kaziranga National Park – a World Heritage Site and home of 65% of the world population of the One-horned Rhinoceros. Herds of Barasingha, Hog Deer and Wild Buffalo are seen in the marshes. Rhinos browse unconcernedly as visitors pass by and occasionally a herd of elephants or wild boar is also sighted. One of the best places in India to see Pied Harrier and other raptors like Crested Serpent-eagle, Pallas’s Fish-eagle, and Grey-headed Fish-eagle which can be seen circling overhead.
Gibbon Sanctuary – Now known as the Hoolongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is one of the best places to see India’s only primate the Endangered Western Hoolock Gibbon, the sanctuary is also a good places to see other threatened primates like, Near Threatened Assamese Macaque, Vulnerable Capped Langur, Stump-tailed Macaque and Northern Pig-tailed Macaque. The sanctuary is also good for birds with over 200 species recorded from the sanctuary, birds like Purple Woodpigeon, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-headed Trogon, and Long-tailed Sibia can be seen here.
Nameri National Park is a birder’s paradise and more than 300 species of birds have been identified here – four species of Hornbills like Great, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, and Rufous-necked Hornbill. Other birds like Pale-chinned and Little Pied Flycatcher, Green-billed Malkoha, Great Thick-knee, Blue-throated, Lineated and Blue-eared Barbet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Orange-bellied and Gold-fronted Leafbird, Ibisbill, Long-tailed and Silver-breasted Broadbill, Small Niltava, Black Baza and the elusive White-winged Duck are also seen.
Grade: Easy (Short walks for bird watching)
Batch I: 19th – 24th March, 2017 (ex Guwahati).
Batch II: 25th – 30th March, 2017 (On demand)
Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri
Camp fees: Rs. 30,700/- for members and Rs. 32,200/- for others (ex Guwahati).
Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.
Reporting: Members to meet on day one at Guwahati at 6.00 a.m. at Hotel Mayur in the lobby (Tel: 0361-2734855 to 61), Paltan Bazar, opposite Guwahati railway station. Return on day five after breakfast to reach Guwahati by lunch time. You are advised to arrive at Guwahati one day prior to the first day of the camp and leave Guwahati one day later.
Cost includes: All accommodation, meals from first day lunch to last day lunch, transfers from and to Guwahati, permits, and entry to park.
Cost excludes: Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips beverages, camera fees, stay in Guwahati, any cost not specified above.
GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
The Great Himalayan National Park is carved out of the splendid mountain terrain of Kullu district, and is the largest protected area in Himachal Pradesh. The secluded Tirthan valley harbour a variety of wildlife common to this area - wild mountain goats like the Bharal, Goral, and Serow, the Himalayan Brown Bear and predators like the Leopard and the very rare Snow Leopard. Birds like Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Bearded Vulture, and Himalayan Parakeet can be seen during the trek.
Grade:Moderate, three day hike from Ecozone into Park,daily 8-10 km gradual gradient walk among the hill forests taking about 5 -7 hrs.
Date: 22nd–28th April, 2017
Camp Charges: Rs.25,000/- members and Rs. 26,500/- non-members
Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri
Accommodation:Homestays and twin sharing tents during the treks. sleeping bag and mat will be provided.
Reporting: Majnu-ka-Tila (Petrol Pump), at 5.00 p.m. on Day One. Drop on last day at 08:00 a.m.; Kindly book your train/flights after 1:00 p.m. on the last day.
How to reach: Majnu-ka-Tila is about 5 km from Delhi ISBT opposite the Tibetan Village on the main MG Marg. There is a petrol pump on the main road, most private buses operate from there. The best way is to come via the Airport Metro till New Delhi Metro Station and ask for a cab or an auto-rickshaw to drive you to Majnu-ka-Tila.
Cost includes:Delhi-Kullu-Delhi transport by Volvo, local transport in Kullu, food (except during the Volvo journey), accommodation in homestays and tents, permits to the GHNP, and BNHS expertise.
Cost Excludes:Any personal expenses, porterage (porters can be made available at extra cost on prior notice).
Agumbe Reserve Forest
Agumbe is aptly called the Cherrapunjee of south India, as it receives an average rainfall of 7000 – 8000 mm annually. Situated amidst the rainforest of the Western Ghats it is a Biodiversity Hotspot, which is home to a plethora of endemics. Agumbe is also famed for the elusive King Cobra. The renowned herpetologist Romulus Whitaker called Agumbe the capital of the King Cobra. Besides reptiles and the Endangered Lion-tailed Macaque, Agumbe harbours a host of endemic bird species like Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, Grey-headed Bulbul, Flame-throated Bulbul, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Woodshrike and Malabar Whistling Thrush.
Date: 6th–9th May 2017
Camp Charges: Rs.16,900/- for members and Rs.18,400 for others.
Accommodation:Twin sharing basis, inbasic tents.
Reporting:Pick up at Mangalore Central railway station at 7:40 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Mangalore railway station at 1:30 p.m. on the last day.
CORBETT NATIONAL PARK & NAINITAL (SATTAL & PANGOT)
Corbett National Parkwas created in 1936, the first wildlife park of India. Besides Tiger and Asian Elephant, the area is known for a large number of sub-Himalayan species and in the summer an equally large number of breeding migrants that come from north Indian plains and peninsular India. We can see Great Hornbill, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Tawny Fish Owl, Collared Falconet, both Pallas’s and Lesser Fish-eagles, Hooded Pitta, Grey Treepie, White-crested Laughingthrush, Dollarbird, and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler.
Pangot, Sattal, and Bhimtal area is known as a bird watcher’s paradise, and the “Nainital Hills” live up to their name with more than 200 species seen here. Sattal is also a photographer’s paradise. One can see three types of pheasants namely Cheer, Koklas and Kalij Pheasant, as well as Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Long-billed Ground-thrush, Red-headed Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Great Barbet, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Lammergeier, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Tit, Black-lored Tit, Striated Prinia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Blue-winged Minla, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Lesser Yellownape, Spotted Forktail, Rufous Sibia, and Yellow-breasted Greenfinch.
Grade:Easy (Short walks for bird watching)
Batch Limit: 16
Batch I: 17th–21st May 2017
Batch II: 24th–30th May 2017 (On demand)
Group leader:Mr. Asif Khan
Charges: Rs.30,400/- for members, and Rs.31,900/- for others (ex-New Delhi)
Accommodation: Triple/Dormitory Sharing (as per availability) basis in Dhikala in Corbett and Twin sharing in hotel in Pangot.
Cost includes:All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day lunch to last day breakfast, transfers to and from New Delhi, permits, and entry to Park.
Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to New Delhi,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 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. There are several options to stay in Pahar Ganj near the New Delhi Railway Station. How to get there: New Delhi is well connected by air and train.
TADOBA NATIONAL PARK
Created in 1955, Tadoba National Park is Maharashtra's oldest National Park. It is one of India's 28 Project Tiger reserves. Situated in Chandrapur district, the National Park covers 623 sq. km of two forested areas, the Tadoba and Andhari range. Along with tigers, Tadoba is home to the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Hyena, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Blue Bull, Four-horned Antelope, and Barking Deer. Tadoba Lake is home to Marsh Crocodile. It is also a birdwatchers’ paradise with a good variety of birds like Indian Pitta, White-eyed Buzzard, Pied Cuckoo, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Painted Sandgrouse, and many more.
Batch I:20th–23rd May 2017
Batch II: 25th–28th May 2017 (on demand)
Note:Cost will be announced on our website www.bnhs.org shortly.
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.
Batch I: 3rd–6th June 2017
Batch II: 8th–11th June 2017 (On demand)
Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri
Camp Charges:Rs. 26,500/- members and Rs. 28,000/- non-members
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.