Monday, 19th of February 2018

Bi-monthly Programme

Vol. 6, Issue 1. 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2018

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INDEX


February

4th February                            Flamingo Watch at Sewri (Cancelled)

11th February                          Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

18th February                          Nature Trail to Nagla Block


National Camps 2018

March                                     Marine camp to Lakshadweep Islands

                                              Wild Assam – Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri NP

                                              Mishmi Hills & Maguri Beel


April                                       Great Himalayan National Park


May                                         Corbett NP & Nainital (Sattal, Bhimtal & Pangot)

                                               Tadoba NP – Batch I 


June                                        Tadoba NP – Batch II

July                                         Lahaul – Spiti & Pin Valley National Park


Upcoming Camps


July

Valley of Flowers



Programmes for January - February 2018


January, 2018


February


4th February (Cancelled)

Sun

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

 

A unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. Sewri is also the place for many migratory birds such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, and Eurasian Curlew.

Charges:Rs. 200/- for members and Rs. 300/- for others. (Limited registration)

Reporting:Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 8:30 a.m.

How to Reach:Sewri railway station is on the harbour line which is accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai.

By road:You can cross the level crossing from the West of Sewri which is close to the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link: www.goo.gl/l4hvPI )

For registration*: Prior registration required, call at Hornbill House 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.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447).

The programme will conclude by 10:30 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

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11th February

Sun

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

  

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated to the north of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and forms a corridor for animals moving between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. This trail is lined with dense mixed deciduous forest. During this season one can see birds like Rufous Treepie, White Wagtail, Ashy Drongo, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-headed Barbet, Shikra, and Verditer Flycatcher.

Camp Charges:Rs. 900/- for BNHS members and Rs. 1,000/- for others.

Grade:Easy (1–2 km undulating walk)

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. National Park (Near Omkareshwar temple.) 7:10 a.m.

For registration*: Call at Hornbill House 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.

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

The programme will conclude by 12:30 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

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18th February

Sun    

Nature Trail to Nagla Block

   

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 a highly rewarding walk in the Park. It is a treat for nature lovers, as birds like Grey Junglefowl, Indian Grey Hornbill, Rufous Woodpecker, and many more may be spotted on the trail.

Grade: Easy (3-4 km undulating walk)

Charges: Rs. 900/- for members and Rs. 1000/- for others.

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. Nation park (Near Omkareshwar temple.) 7:10 a.m.

For registration*: Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811 or e-mail us 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.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)

The programme will conclude by 12:30 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

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NATIONAL CAMPS


March 2018


Lakshadweep Islands - Thinnakara 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 Tinnakara IslandThe charming isolated Thinnakara Island is situated just opposite side of Bangaram island and share the same lagoon and are part of the Bangaram atoll. 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.

Batch Size: 15 participants only

Grade:Easy

Date:

Batch I: 3rd – 7th March, 2018

Batch II: 10th – 14th March, 2018

Accommodation: Twin sharing in furnished Non Ac beach tents house on the Tinakara Island.

Camp fees: Rs. 47,500/- for members and Rs. 49,000/- for others (ex Aggati).

Cost Includes: Stay and food, Pick-up and drop from/to Aggati one snorkeling session per day on the island.

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 Aggati Airport Lakshadweep 10.10 a.m. (as per the flight schedule) drop on last day at Aggati Airport at 10 a.m. (as per the flight schedule).

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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WILD ASSAM –Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga & Nameri National Park

13th – 18th March, 2018

  

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 last day 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: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.

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

www.bnhs.org


Mishmi Hills & Maguri Beel

4th – 9th March, 2018

 

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 Beel: 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)

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.

For registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811, Mon–Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail us at bnhs.prograThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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April 2018


GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK

21st – 27th April, 2018

  

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

Charges: Rs.26,900/- for members, and Rs. 28,100/- for others

Accommodation:Dormitory at Sai Ropa/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. We recommend traveling via the Airport Metro till New Delhi Metro Station and asking 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 stay, and tented accommodation during trek with basic facility and trench toilets, participants will have to rough it out.

For registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811, Mon–Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail us at bnhs.prograThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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May, 2018


CORBETT NATIONAL PARK & NAINITAL (SATTAL, BHIMTAL & PANGOT)

12th – 16th May, 2018

  

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.

  

Batch Limit: 18

Group Leader:Asif Khan

Camp Charges: Rs. 31,400/- for Members and Rs. 32,600/-for others (ex-Delhi).

Accommodation: Twin Sharing

Cost includes:All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day lunch to last day breakfast, transfers to and from New Delhi, permits, and entry to Park.

Reporting:Pick up from New Delhi Railway Station at 6:00 a.m. and drop to New Delhi Railway Station at 7:30 p.m. on the last day. You are advised to book your tickets to arrive in New Delhi one day prior. There are several options to stay in Pahar Ganj near the New Delhi Railway Station. How to get there: New Delhi is well connected by air and train.

For registration*:Call at Hornbill House 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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 Tadoba National Park

Batch I: 26th – 29th May, 2018 (FULL)

Batch II:31st May to 3rd June, 2018 (Registrations open)

  

Created in 1955, Tadoba National Park is Maharashtra's oldest National Park. It is one of India's 28 Project Tiger reserves. Situated in Chandrapur district, the National Park covers 623 sq. km of two forested areas, the Tadoba and Andhari range. Along with tigers, Tadoba is home to the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Hyena, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Blue Bull, Four-horned Antelope, and Barking Deer. Tadoba Lake is home to Marsh Crocodile. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise; one can see a good variety of birds like Indian Pitta, White-eyed Buzzard, Pied Cuckoo, Stork-billed Kingfisher, and Painted Sandgrouse.

  

Batch Limit: 14

Note:Since the safari bookings opens 120 days in advance, kindly register for this camp before 30th January, 2018, to avoid disappointment.

Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp fees:Rs. 18,200/- for members and Rs. 19,700/- for others (ex Nagpur)

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis.

Reporting:Outside Nagpur railway station, near Comesum food court at 9:00 a.m. and drop on the last day at 2:00 p.m. Please book your train / air tickets accordingly.

How to get there: Sewagram Exp (12139) and Nagpur Duronto (12289) both arrive in Nagpur well before 9:00 a.m.

Cost includes:Accommodation, meals (B/L/D) first day lunch to last day breakfast, transfers to/from Nagpur, Safari charges and entry to the Park.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips beverages, camera fees, any cost not specified above.

For registration*:Call at Hornbill House 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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JULY

LahaulSpiti & Pin Valley National Park

  

Lahaul – Spiti is the northern district of Himachal Pradesh, less frequented by tourists. Pin Valley National Park is situated in the cold desert region of Spiti valley, with its snow-laden slopes, and is a refuge for one of the world’s most threatened animals, the Snow Leopard. The park is also home to Siberian Ibex and Tibetan Wolf.

Grade: Moderate (4-6 km walks for birding in high altidute)

Age limit: 16–65 (Medical fitness certificate required)

Dates: 4th–13th August, 2018 (Batch Limit 16)

Group Leader: Asif Khan

Camp Charges: Rs. 44,500/- for member and Rs. 45, 700/- for non members. (Ex-Delhi).

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis, in tents and/or homestays.

Reporting: Majnu-ka-Tila (Petrol Pump), at 4:00 p.m. 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.

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.  Visit us at www.bnhs.org


UPCOMING CAMPS


Valley of Flowers

  

Nestled high in Uttarakhand, 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 behold 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.

For details: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.


* 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.