Tuesday, 6th of December 2016

National Camps

Bi-monthly Programme November-December 2016

Vol. 4, Issue 6.

November - December, 2016 

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ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

NOVEMBER

7th Nov

"The effects of habitat loss, barred owls, and climate on the long-term demography of the Northern Spotted Owl" Talk by Janice Reid

13th Nov

Butterfly Bounty at BNHS Nature reserve

20th Nov

Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island

27th Nov

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

DECEMBER

 

4th Dec

Shilonda Trail - Sanjay Gandhi National Park

10th & 11th Dec

Bird Identification Workshop

18th Dec

Kanheri Upper Trail - Sanjay Gandhi National Park

25th Dec

Birding at Bhandup Pumping Station

NATIONAL CAMPS

2016

November

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary and Marine National Park

 

 

December

Wild Rajasthan

 

Leopard Country – Bera and Mount Abu

2017

January

Golden Triangle – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

January

Great Rann of Kutch

February

Sunderbans

February

Marine Camp at Lakshadweep

March

WILD ASSAM –Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri National Park 

April

Great Himalayan National Park

May

Corbett National Park & Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

2017

February

Thailand- North and Central

March

Tanzania

 


 

NATIONAL CAMPS


DECEMBER, 2016

WILD RAJASTHAN

Tal Chhapar, Jorbeed, Kheechan and Desert National Park

    

Join BNHS on an expedition through Rajasthan, exploring some of the most spectacular sites for desert life.

Kheechan: Witness one of the most amazing spectacles of bird congregation, over 9,000 Demoiselle Cranes in the small village of Kheechan. Every winter the village plays host to these cranes, which make Kheechan one of the best places to see and photograph these normally shy birds.

Jorbeed: An ideal place to see endangered vultures is the carcass dump at Jorbeed. It is also famous for the rare and Vulnerable Yellow-eyed Pigeon which are seen in flocks around the dump, and birds like Griffon Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Punjab Raven, and Imperial Eagle.

Desert National Park: Best place to see the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard. During winter, the park comes alive with an array of birds like four species of wheatears namely Isabelline, Desert, Variable, and Red-tailed Wheatear, Common Kestrel, White-rumped Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Houbara Bustard, White-browed Bushchat, Desert Warbler, Desert Lark, Bimaculated Lark, Black-crowned Finch-Lark, Short-toed Eagle, and Long-legged Buzzard. Mammals like Desert Fox, Chinkara, Desert Cat, Indian Wolf, and Indian Gerbil can be seen here.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary: If your idea of paradise is golden grasses with graceful antelopes leaping about and birds of many kinds living in harmony, then Tal Chhapar is the place to be. It is the perfect place to see raptors. You are likely to see Greater Spotted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Merlin, Laggar Falcon, Greater Short-toed Lark, Rufous-tailed Lark, Sand Lark, and Sociable Lapwing. It is also one of the few places where you can see the rare Spotted Creeper. But mammal lovers need not despair, this desert landscape is home to one of the largest populations of Blackbuck, a graceful Near Threatened antelope.

Grade: Easy

Dates:

Batch I: 18th – 23rd December, 2016

Batch II: 24th – 29th December, 2016 (On Demand)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs. 29,900/- for members, and Rs. 31,100/- for others (ex-Jaipur/Jodhpur)

Charges Include: Pickup and drop as per itinerary, local travel, entry fee, all meals and accommodation on twin-sharing basis. Reporting: Day One at Jaipur Jn. railway station at 07:30 a.m. Drop on last day at Jodhpur railway station at 06:00 p.m. Kindly book your ticket accordingly. Note: Kindly book your ticket as early as possible (Vacation rush).

How to Reach: Jaipur – DEE Garibrath (12216) reaches Jaipur Jn at 07:05 a.m. Return: Jodhpur–Surya Nagri Exp (12479). Flight – Jaipur and Jodhpur are also well connected with direct flights.

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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LEOPARD COUNTRY – BERA AND MOUNT ABU

  

Bera: Bera is a small town situated in Rajasthan, with a considerable leopard population. Bera has in recent years developed a reputation for being one of the best places to see and photograph leopards, and it is aptly known as “Leopard Country”. Situated in the Aravalli Hills near the River Jawai, Bera offers great landscapes as well. Besides the “Prince of the Jungle”, Bera also offers sightings of Sloth Bear, Hyena, and Marsh Crocodile.

Mount Abu: Famous as a hill station in Rajasthan, the forest surrounding Mount Abu is rich with a whole array of endemic birds. The most famous perhaps is the Green Avadavat, a vulnerable and endemic munia, and Abu is one of the best places to spot it. Mount Abu is also home to birds like Indian Pygmy Woodpecker, Indian Blackbird, Indian Yellow Tit, Tawny-bellied Babbler, and White-bellied Drongo.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 24th - 28th December, 2016

Charges: Rs. 31500 for members, and Rs. 33000 for others

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Reporting: Ahmedabad railway station at 06:30 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 03:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to Reach: Ahmedabad is well connected by air, rail, and road with major cities. Rail: You can take BCT Duronto Exp (12268) which leaves Mumbai late at night and arrives in Ahmedabad early next morning; there are many other trains which arrive in Ahmedabad early morning.

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. .

www.bnhs.org


JANUARY, 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, Hyena, 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: 8th – 13th January, 2016

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Charges: Rs. 31,500/- members and Rs. 32,700 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).

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


GREAT RANN OF KUTCH

Explore the areas bordering the Great Rann of Kutch and other interesting places like Banni grassland, and Chhari-Dhand for birdwatching and observing fossils. Winter is the perfect time to watch a variety of migratory birds that come to these places in thousands. It is also a good time to see Short-eared Owl, Greater Spotted Eagle, Tawny Eagle and Steppe Eagle, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and Painted Sandgrouse, Grey Francolin and Black Francolin, Cream-coloured Courser and Indian Courser, Sykes’s Lark, Great Indian Bustard, Crab Plover, Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo, Common Crane, Oystercatcher, Great Thick-knee, White-naped Tit, White-bellied Minivet, Rufous-fronted Prinia, buntings, Grey Hypocolius, Indian Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Sykes’s Nightjar, Graceful Prinia, Red-tailed Wheatear, and many more.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 4th–8th January, 2016

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs. 20,900/- for members, and Rs. 22,100/- for others (ex Bhuj)

Charges Include: Transport from Bhuj railway station, local travel, entry fee, simple vegetarian meals and basic accommodation on twin-sharing basis).

Reporting: Bhuj Station at 7:30 a.m. on Day One, drop at Bhuj Station at 01:30 p.m. on the last day. How to Reach:BDTS Bhuj Exp (19115) which leaves Bandra daily at 02:50 p.m. and reaches Bhuj at 07:25 a.m. next morning.

Return: BDTS AC S F Exp (22904) which leaves Bhuj on Monday at 03:05 p.m. and reaches Bandra Terminus at 04:55 a.m. next morning or Bhuj BDTS Exp (19116) leaves Bhuj at 10:15 p.m. and reaches Bandra next day at 01:55 p.m.

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


FEBRUARY, 2017

SUNDARBANS - Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

The Sundarbans are located in the delta of the Brahmaputra and Ganga rivers in the Bay of Bengal. One hundred and two islands are situated in this world’s largest river delta. Approximately 40 per cent of the Sundarbans is in the state of West Bengal, the rest in Bangladesh.

The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world, covering 60 per cent of India’s total mangrove area. Almost 90 per cent of all Indian mangrove species are found here. The Royal Bengal Tiger is the flagship species of Sundarbans, where it roams in the marshy areas. If you are lucky, you can see it swimming across a channel. Sundarbans are also the best place to see the Saltwater Crocodile and Water Monitor Lizard. With more than 250 bird species found here in winter, this is the perfect time to see migratory birds. One could spot seven species of Kingfishers, including the threatened Brown-winged Kingfisher.

Dates:

Batch I: 4th Feb – 7th Feb, 2017 (ex Howrah)

Batch II: 8th Feb – 11th Feb, 2017 (On demand)

Charges: Rs. 18,600/- for members, and Rs. 20,100/- for others (ex Howrah)

Cost Includes: Accommodation (3/4 sharing), all meals, pick up and drop at Howrah railway station.

Group Leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar

Reporting: Pick up near Howrah railway station (Kolkata) in front of Yatri Niwas at 08:00 a.m. Drop at Howrah railway station at 07:00 p.m. Participants are advised to reach Howrah one day prior to the first day of camp, and also book the return accordingly to avoid last minute rush.

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. .


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

Batch Size: 11 participants only

Grade:Easy

Date: 22nd – 28th February, 2017 (Ex Kochi)

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.

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. ; www.bnhs.org


March 2017

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)

Date:

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.

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


April 2017

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 harbours 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.

Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Dates: Cost and the dates for this camp will be announced on website soon.

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 dormitories 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).

Note: Home stays, & Tented accommodation during trek with basic facility and trench toilets, participants will have to rough it out. 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. ; www.bnhs.org


May, 2017

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

Group Leader:Asif N Khan

Dates: Cost and the dates for this camp will be announced on website soon.

Details and Pre-booking:

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. www.bnhs.org


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