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Bi-monthly Programme July - August 2017

Vol. 5, Issue 4

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BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

July - August 2017 

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

July

9th Jul                                     Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

16th Jul                                   Malshej Ghat

22nd Jul                                  Moth Watch at BNHS Reserve

August

6th Aug                                   Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

20th Aug                                 Butterfly Bounty 

 

LOCAL CAMPS

September                               

Monsoon Camp at Malshej Ghat

Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

October

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

 

NATIONAL CAMPS

July                                         

Valley of Flowers                         

Ladakh

September                                

Wildlife Sanctuaries of Goa

October                                   

Herping in Coorg

West Sikkim - Yuksom & Kanchenjunga National Park

November                                 

Golden Triangle – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

December                               

Wild Rajasthan

Little Rann of Kutch

January, 2018                         

Leopard Country–Bera and Mount Abu

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

August 2017

African Safari – Kenya

 

February  2018                  

Emerald Island – Sri Lanka


One Day Programmes 


July

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9th July, 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 Rains.

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16th July, Sun                       

Malshej Ghat

Situated 154 km away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is known for misty hilltops, gushing waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes.  Malshej has a good variety of flora and fauna. It is home to Maharashtra’s state animal, the shy Malabar Giant Squirrel. Grade: Easy Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 06:00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 06:20 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) at 06:40 a.m. and Kalyan (Birla College) at 07:10 a.m.

Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447)

Charges: Rs. 900/- for members, Rs. 1000/- for others (includes transport and BNHS expertise only).Registration*: 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. .  The group should be back at Dadar by late evening. Please carry packed food, hat/cap and adequate water. Be prepared for rains.

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22nd July, Sat

Moth Watch at BNHS Reserve

Moths are creatures of the night and due to their nocturnal nature it is difficult to truly appreciate them. Thus to observe these interesting cousins of the butterflies BNHS has arranged for a Moth Watch. Instead of us going to look for them, we attract them towards us. During the programme you can spot many species of  hawk moths, geometrids (Looper moths), crambids (Grass moths),noctuids (fruit-piercing moths) and many more.

We are holding this programme on the occasion of National Moth Week, a global citizen science project dedicated towards documentation of moths. Grade: Easy. Reporting: Oberoi Malloff Western Express Highway, Goregaon (E) at 6.30 p.m. 

Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) & Ms Neha Mujumdar

Charges:Rs. 700/- for members, Rs. 800/- for others (includes transport from Oberoi Mall and BNHS expertise only).Registration*: 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. . The programme concludes at Oberoi Mall at 9.30 p.m. Please carry packed food. Be prepared for rains.

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August


6th August, Sun        

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Monsoon is the perfect time for a walk at the Shilonda trail in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).During this season one may see the blossoms of wildflowers like Smithia, Wild Sesame, Commelina, and mallows. The trail leads through fine mixed forest dominated by bamboo. This trail is not accessible without permission of the Forest Dept.. 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 Hornbill House on 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 trail will end at the first stream and the programme should conclude by 10:30 a.m. Be prepared for rains.

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20th August

Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi, Thane

Butterflies are natural wonders and are indicators of the quality of our environment. Join us to visit an open-air butterfly garden near Mumbai, 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: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 07:00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 07:20 a.m., and Thane (Cadbury Jn.) at 07:40 a.m.

Group Leaders: Dr. Raju Kasambe & Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447)

Charges:Rs. 800/- for members, Rs. 900/- for others (includes transport and BNHS expertise only).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. . The group should be back at Dadar by 12:30 p.m. Please carry, hat/cap and adequate water. Be prepared for rains.

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LOCAL CAMPS 

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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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October, 2017

BHIMASHANKAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

  

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest forests in the Western Ghats range. Abode of the endangered Indian Giant Squirrel, this wildlife sanctuary has a variety of fauna and flora. Birds like Indian Scimitar Babbler, Pied Bush Chat, Vigor’s Sunbird and Asian Paradise Flycatcher can be seen. The premises of the hotel is a good place for watching moths, moths like Atlas, Moon, Owl and Owlet Moths at night.

Dates: 13th -15th October 2017

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in Hotel Blue Mormon.

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

Camp Charges: Rs. 9,400/- for members, and Rs. 10,000/- for non-members (ex Mumbai).

Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 06:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 06:50 a.m. and Vashi (Vashi Jn.) at 07:10 a.m.  

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NATIONAL CAMPS 

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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

Camp fees:Rs. 19,300/- for BNHS members and Rs. 20,800/- for others (ex Thivim)

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

Reporting:Pickup 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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WEST SIKKIM - Yuksom & KanchenjungaNational Park

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

Date: 28th Oct - 1st November 2017

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp fees*: Rs. 29,900/- BNHS members and Rs. 31,400/- others. (ex NJP)

*revised cost

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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December, 2017

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:This is the 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, 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 a variety of birds living in harmony, then Tal Chhapar is the place to visit. It is the perfect place to see raptors like 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 to see the rare Spotted Creeper. Grade:Easy

Dates: 23rd – 28th December, 2017

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs.29,900/- for members, and Rs. 31,400/- 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 Oneat 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.

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LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

  

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 birding paradise and a Ramsar Site. Birding at the lakes and marshes 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 harrier. 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.

Grade:Easy

Dates: 9th–12th December, 2017

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 19,900/- for members, and Rs. 21,400/- for others (ex Ahmedabad)

Accommodation:Twin sharing at Rann Riders

Reporting:Ahmedabad railway station at 08:00 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 06:00 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. .

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January, 2018

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” the, 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

Dates: 24th – 28th January, 2018 

Charges: Rs.32,000/- for members, and Rs. 33,500/- for others

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

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 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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ANDAMAN ISLAND

   

In the blue waters of Bay of Bengal, east of mainland India is an archipelago of islands - the Andaman Islands. The Andaman group is famous for endemic flora and fauna that are found only on these islands, which is the reason it is called the island of endemism. The islands have a heavy forest cover (over 85% of the area) and are a treat for nature lovers and enthusiasts. During the camp we visit the South, Middle and North Andaman in this cross island expedition to see endemics like Andaman Teal, Andaman Serpent Eagle, Andaman Crake, Andaman Coucal, to name a few. Other birds like Black Baza, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Collared Kingfisher and Blue-eared Kingfishermay also be seen.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 26th Jan – 3rd Feb, 2018 (ex Port Blair)

Cost will be announced on the BNHS website soon.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Reporting:Pick up on Day One, and drop on last day, to Port Blair Airport according to your flight timings

How to Reach: There are daily flights to Port Blair via Chennai and Kolkata, book your refundable flights tickets at the earliest to avail lower fares.

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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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 -                    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


Upcoming

FEBRUARY, 2018

EMRALD ISLAND – Sri Lanka

   

Sri Lanka is a must for birders and wildlife enthusiasts alike, with more than 450 species of birds out of which over 30 species are endemic birds. Yala National Park is one of the best places to spot the elusive Leopard, which boast of having the largest density of Leopard in the world; make Sri Lanka an ideal wildlife destination. The island has some of the most fascinating location, including coastal wetlands, rainforests, and the soaring peaks of the hill country where one can find an array of wildlife.

Sinharaja Forest Reservewhich can be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest. Singharaja is a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Birdwatching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Yala National Parkcomprises of several major habitat types, including dunes, scrub forest, riverine forests, rocky outcrops, secondary forests and coastal lagoons with mangrove forests.  This diverse collection of vegetation provides home to many species of animals, including sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, Sambar and the endangered leopard sub-species, which are found only in Sri Lanka. Other carnivores found in the Park include Ring-tailed Civet, and the endemic Golden Palm Civet. Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Sri Lankan Junglefowl can be spotted in Yala’s riverine forests.

Bundala National Parkis a mix of scrub jungle and sand dunes bordering the sea. Bundala and Tissa wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and large flocks of flamingos. This is one of the best place to see the migratory birds.

Grade: Easy

Dates: February, 2018

For details: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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* 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.