Wednesday, 18th of October 2017

Bi-monthly Programme

Vol. 5, Issue 5.

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BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017 

INDEX

September

23rd-24th September              Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

24th September                      Malshej Trail

30th Sep to 1st Oct                 Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

October

8th October                            Nagla Trail

13th-15th October                  Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

22nd October                         Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi

NATIONAL CAMPS

November                                 

Golden Triangle – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal

December                               

Wild Rajasthan

Little Rann of Kutch

2018

January, 2018                         

Leopard Country–Bera and Mount Abu     

Andaman Island

March, 2018                                   

Wild Assam–Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri National Park

Mishmi Hills & Maguri Bheel

Upcoming Camps

February, 2018

Lakshadweep Islands

 


September, 2017

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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:            

23rd – 24th September, 2017 

30st Sept – 1st Oct, 2017  (FULL)

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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24th September, 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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October, 2017


 

Nature Trail to Nagla Forest

8th October, Sunday

Explore the lesser known forest in the Nagla Block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Situated to the north of Bassein Creek, Nagla Block is considered to be one of the most highly rewarding walks. It is really a treat for the nature lover; one can see flowers like Commelina, Smithia, Balsam, Begonia, and many more varieties on the trail. 

Grade: Easy (Charges include transportation, entry fees and BNHS expertise) 

Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Andheri (near Bisleri factory) at 6:50 a.m., Borivali, Opp. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (near Omkareshwar temple) 7:10 a.m. 

Charges: Rs. 700/- for members, and Rs. 800/- for others (includes Forest Department permission fees 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. .

Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) and Mr. Vithoba Hegde

Note: The group should return to Dadar by 12:00 p.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.

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Butterfly Bounty at the Ovalekar Wadi

22nd October, Sunday

Butterflies are natural wonders and are indicators of the quality of our environment. Join us to visit an open-air butterfly garden within the city, 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 Owala Village bus stop. Owalekar Wadi is in the lane next to 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

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

Charges: Rs. 300/- for members, Rs. 400/- for others (includes entry to park 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. . Please carry, hat/cap and adequate water.

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NATIONAL CAMPS 

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November, 2017 

GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Ranthambore, Keoladeo and Chambal 

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

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.

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

Dates: 23rd – 28th December, 2017

 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

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.

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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LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Dates: 9th–12th December, 2017

  

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

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

Dates: 24th – 28th January, 2018 

  

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

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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March, 2018

Mishmi Hills & Maguri Bheel

Mishmi Hills:Situated at the North-eastern tip of India, Mishmi Hills is mostly part of the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. Complex hill system of varying elevations and varying forest types makes Mishmi Hills a birders paradise. With more than 600 species of birds like Satyr Tragopan, Blyth’s Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Mishmi Wren Babbler, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Green Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird, grosbeaks, rosefinches, bullfinches, laughingthrushes and many more.

Maguri Bheel: Part of theDibru Saikhowa National Park and an Important Bird Area, it is located on the Dibru river, which is a channel of the Brahmaputra. Maguri Bheel is famous for rarities like Jerdon’s Babbler, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck, and Swamp Francolin. Birds like Striated Grassbird, Northern Shoveller, Bar-headed Goose, Pied Harrier, Northern lapwing, and Mallard can also be seen here.

Grade:Easy-Moderate (Walks for bird watching)

Date:4th – 9th March, 2018 (ex Dibrugarh).

Group will be led by Mr. Girish Jathar's Team 

Charges: Rs.30,700/- for members, and Rs. 32,200/- for others

Accommodation: Twin/Triple sharing basis. Due to the remoteness of the camp, accommodations will be basic.

Reporting:Members to meet on day one at Tinsukia Bus Stand (Assam State Transport Corporation Bus Station) at 7:00 a.m. Drop on last day to Dibrughar Airport at 11.00 a.m.

The participants are requested to arrive in Tinsukia one day prior.

How to get there: The best way to reach is to take flights to Dibrughar Airport, Tinsukia is about 40 km from the airport, one can take a private cab to reach Tinsukia.

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

Cost excludes: Flight tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips beverages, stay in Tinsukia, and any cost not specified above.

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WILD ASSAM –Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri National Park

Date:13th – 18th March, 2018 (ex Guwahati).

 

Kaziranga National Park – a World Heritage Site and home to 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 place to see other threatened primates like Near Threatened Assamese Macaque, Vulnerable Capped Langur, Stump-tailed Macaque and Northern Pig-tailed Macaque. It is also good for birdwatching with over 200 species (e.g. Purple Woodpigeon, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-headed Trogon, and Long-tailed Sibia) recorded from the sanctuary.

Nameri National Park is a birder’s paradise and more than 300 species of birds have been recorded here – four species of Hornbills like Great, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, and Rufous-necked Hornbill can be sen here. 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)

Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Charges: Rs.35,700/- for members, and Rs. 37,200/- for others 

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

Reporting:Members to meet on day one at Guwahati at 7:00 a.m. at Hotel Mayur in the lobby (Tel: 0361-2734855 to 61), Paltan Bazar, opposite Guwahati railway station. Return on day six after breakfast to reach Guwahati at 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 (B/L/D) 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.

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UPCOMING CAMPS

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FEBRUARY, 2018

Lakshadweep Islands

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.

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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.