Sunday, 21st of October 2018

Bi-monthly Programme

Vol. 6, Issue 5. 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

September - October 2018

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Local Programme  
   
14th Oct Kanheri Trail (Cancelled) 
21st Oct Butterfly Gardening Workshop
   
National Camps  
2018  
   
   
November Khijadiya
   
December Great Rann of Kutch
  Little Rann of Kutch
   
2019  
January Bera & Mount Abu
  Golden Triangle
   
February Lakhshadweep
   
March Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
   
International Camp  
March 2019 Tanzania

 

Local Programmes


October

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14th October, Sun

Kanheri trail at SGNP (Cancelled) 

  

Sanjay Gandhi National Park lies in the northern part of the city. It encompasses an area of 104 sq. km. and is surrounded on three sides by this mega metro city. It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world. During the monsoon, the forest rejuvenates and changes its face.

Grade: Easy

Charges: Rs. 1,000/- for members and Rs. 1,200/- 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 kilometre away from Borivali Station (East).

Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811, 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. . The programme will conclude by 12:00 p.m. Please carry a packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water.

Group leader: Mr Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

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21st October, Sunday

Butterfly Gardening Workshop

    

Wouldn’t it be great to have a butterfly garden on your windowsill, join BNHS to learn how to “garden” for these winged-jewels, from a BNHS butterfly expert. After the workshop, we will conduct an exciting trail through an open-air butterfly garden, which is teeming with several species of stunning butterflies. Look for beautifully patterned caterpillars and learn about the lifecycle of these winged jewels. One can spot Dark Blue Tiger, Brown King Crow, Blue Mormon, Blue Oakleaf, Common Baron, Great Orange Tip and many other beautiful species.

Grade:Easy.

Reporting: Ovale Village Bus stop on Ghodbundar Road at 8:00 a.m.How to Reach: From Thane (West) take any ST bus going to Bhayandar or Borivali, from Mulund Check Naka take Bus No. 458; from Borivali take any BEST/ST/AC bus going to Thane, and get down at Ovala Village bus stop. Owalekar Wadi is in the lane near Sangam hotel (5–10 mins walk), opposite Abhyudaya Co-op Bank. If you are driving, please refer to the Google map link below.

Google map link: http://goo.gl/Nt1XP0

Charges:Rs. 1000/- for members, Rs. 1200/- for others

Registration*:For details call Hornbill House at 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. . Please carry, hat/cap and adequate water.

Group leader: Mr Asif Khan (9969798447) & Ms Neha Majumdar

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NOVEMBER, 2018


KHIJADIYA BIRD SANCTUARY

Dates: 24th – 27th November 2018

   

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is situated about 12 km from the city of Jamnagar.  With sea water on one side and fresh water on the other, this Sanctuary has a unique ecology and is one of the best birding spots in India. Bird watchers can find a wide variety of birds with some notable species like Black Ibis, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveller, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, Sanderling, and Darters.

Grade:Easy,

The cost of this camp will be announced on our website soon.(ex-Jamnagar)

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in Hotel President or similar.

Reporting:Jamnagar railway station at 10:00 a.m. Drop off on the last day at 12:00 noon (Airport) and 1:00 p.m. (station). 

How to reach: Jamnagar can be accessed by train; the Sau Janata Exp (19017) leaves Bandra at 05:35 p.m. and reaches Jamnagar the next day at 09:30 a.m. Air India flies to Jamnagar

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

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December 2018

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GREAT RANN OF KUTCH

Dates: 2nd–6th December 2018

  

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, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Chestnut-bellied and Painted Sandgrouse, Grey and Black Francolins, Cream-coloured and Indian Coursers, Sykes’s Lark, Great Indian Bustard, Crab Plover, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, 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

Charges: Rs. 22,900/- for members, and Rs. 24,400/- 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 06:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to Reach: Dadar Bhuj Exp (19115) which leaves Dadar at 03:00 p.m. and reaches Bhuj at 07:00 a.m. next morning.

Return: Kutch Exp (22956) which leaves Bhuj at 20:15 p.m. and reaches Bandra Terminus at 11:25 a.m. next morning or Bhuj BDTS Exp (19116) leaves Bhuj at 10:25 p.m. and reaches Dadar next day at 01:45 p.m.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811 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.

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LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Dates: 14th –17th December 2018

  

Known for being the last refuge for the Indian Wild Ass, Little Rann of Kutch is a large salt marsh situated in Gujarat. The Little Rann of Kutch is a Ramsar Site and birding paradise. Birding at the lakes and marshes in the rann is very rewarding. In winter, Demoiselle and Common Crane are seen in large numbers. Flamingos, pelicans, storks, ibises, spoonbill, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl are also seen. The Rann is also the hunting ground of raptors like Short-toed Eagle, buzzards, Aquila eagles, six species of falcon, and three species of harriers. It is one of the few places where hundreds of harriers can be seen roosting on open ground at night. And of course, it is the perfect place to see the Indian Wild Ass. The main carnivores of the Little Rann are the Indian Wolf, Desert Fox, Indian Fox, Jackal, Desert and Jungle Cat, and Striped Hyena. The elegant Blackbuck, Nilgai or Blue Bull, and Chinkara are the other mammals seen.

 

GradeEasy

Charges: Rs. 22,900/- for members, and Rs. 24,400/- for others (ex Ahmedabad)

AccommodationTwin sharing at Rann Riders

ReportingAhmedabad railway station at 07:00 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 05:00 p.m. on 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 trains that arrive at Ahmedabad early in the morning.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811 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.

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JANUARY, 2019

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LEOPARD COUNTRY – BERA AND MOUNT ABU

Dates: 12th – 16th January 2019

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” the leopard, 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 an 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

Charges: Rs.36,700/- for members, and Rs. 38,200/- for others (ex-Ahmedabad)

Group Leader: MrAsif Khan

Reporting:Ahmedabad railway station at 06:30 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 05:00 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 (022)-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. .This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

Dates: 26th – 31st January 2019

  

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 Park 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 species 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, Pallas’s Fish-eagle and Smooth-coated Otter, Endangered Black-bellied Tern and Gangetic Dolphin, and Near-Threatened Laggar Falcon.

Camp fees: Rs. 32,000/- BNHS members and Rs. 33,500/- 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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MARCH, 2019


EAGLENEST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

BatchI: 16th to 20th March 2019 (on demand)

Batch II: 21st to 25th March 2019 (Registration open)

   

A birdwatcher’s paradise, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Though small in area (218 sq. km) the sanctuary is home to around 500 species of birds. It is also famous for the recent discovery of Bugun Liocichla. Other birds like Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-necked, Oriental Pied, Wreathed and Great Hornbill, Green-tailed, Mrs Gould’s, Black-throated and Fire-tailed Sunbird, Red-tailed Minla, Mountain Bulbul as well as Bhutan, Chestnut-crowned and Spotted Laughingthrush, Beautiful and Long-tailed Sibia, and many more.

Dates:

Camp fees: Rs. 38,500/- BNHS members and Rs. 40,000/- others. (ex-Guwahati)

Group Leader: Mr Asif Khan

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 last day late evening.

You are advised to arrive at Guwahati one day prior to the first-day of the camp and leave Guwahati one day later.

How to Reach: Guwahati is well connected by air and rail, however the train journey can be long and prone to long delays.

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

Cost excludes: Flight/rail tickets, stay in guwahati on first and last day, 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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UPCOMING CAMPS

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

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Marine camp at Lakshadweep

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 life under water.

The cost of this camp will be announced on our website soon. You can block your seat in advance by paying a deposit of Rs.5000/-

For details & to block your seat:Kindly contact us at 022-22821811 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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INTERNATIONALCAMPS


MARCH, 2019

African Safari – Tanzania

Dates: 3rd–10th March 2019

 

Come and explore the wildlife of Northern Tanzania, also known as the “prime game viewing country”. Witness the spectacle of African wildlife in Tanzania. Watch the dust rise and feel your heart pound as herds of over a million Wildebeest and Zebra thunder across your path on the great migration. Masai Giraffe, Thomson's Gazelle, Cheetah, Striped and Spotted Hyaena, and many more wild animals roam the savannah. Tanzania provides the best opportunity to see distinctive African animals like African Lion, Cheetah, Eland, and Kudu, and birds such as Secretary Bird, African Fish-eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, Superb Starling, Vulturine and Crested Guineafowl, Southern Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, and Red-billed Hornbill. Other attractions are the Nile Crocodile and the largest land animal, the African Elephant.

Serengeti,Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park, the Mecca of wildlife lovers, is truly a wildlife paradise. Experience the thrill of exploring the endless plains of Serengeti and witness extensive herds of Wildebeest and Zebra. The largest bird in the world, Common Ostrich, can also be seen here.

Ngorongoro Crateris one of the best places to see the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros, Serval, Wildebeest, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and African Lion at close range.

Tarangire National Parkis the sixth largest park in Tanzania and is famous for a large number of elephants that can be seen here. It is also a good place to spot the uncommon Yellow-collared Lovebird. Tarangire is famous for its population of tree climbing lions.

  

Reporting: Participants to meet early morning (2:00 a.m) on 3rd March 2019 at Mumbai International Airport, the group will return to Mumbai on 10th March 2019 early morning. Timings may change as per flight timings

Camp cost:  Rs.2,79,900/- for members Rs.2,81,400/- for non members 

Payment schedule:

1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate Rs. 50,000/-     

2nd Installment -  15th Oct 2018                  Rs. 60,000/-

3rd Installment -   15th Nov 2016                 Rs. 60,000/-

4th Installment -   15th Dec 2017                 Rs. 60,000/-

Final Installment - 10th Jan 2017                 Rs. 49,900/- (Rs. 51,400/- for non-members)You can block your seat in advance by paying a deposit of Rs.10,000/-

For details & to block your seat:Kindly contact us at 022-22821811 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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.

●          Meals as per itinerary.

●          1 litre of bottled water per person per day.

●          Professional driver guide.

●          Game drives as per itinerary.

●          Insurance for the camp period for participants aged up to 70 yrs.

●          BNHS expertise.

Price does not include:

●          Food and drinks not part of group menu.

●          Any sightseeing not mentioned in the programme.

●          Expenses of 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= 70 INR, and minimum 15 pax travelling together.

Important:Participants need to take Yellow Fever vaccination at least 15 days prior and Polio vaccination at least four weeks prior to the date of travel.

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

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* Note: -

● If you are registering for any of the programmes, it is assumed that you have read and agreed to all the Rules and Guidelines.

● Rules and Guidelines for BNHS programmes are available on our website: www.bnhs.org.

● If you are booking a flight for any camp, it is highly recommended to book refundable tickets.

● All the surplus generated through the activities of the programme department are utilized for conservation of wildlife.

● It is also recommended to take travel insurance when travelling for any camp.

● The camp is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of participation is not reached.

 
 
 
 
 

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