Monday, 18th of June 2018

Bi-monthly Programme

Vol. 6, Issue 3. 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

June 2018

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INDEX

 

June

10th June                                 Vasai Fort Trail (Cancelled)

17th June                                 Karnala Bird Sanctuary         

24th June                                 Wild Flowers trail at Kanheri- SGNP


National Camps 2018


June                                       Amboli – Land of the flying frog                                              


July                                         Valley of Flowers


August                                    Lahaul – Spiti & Pin Valley National Park

                                               Ladakh       

                                                               Rare and endangered flower camp: Khandala

 

September                            Monsoon camp at Malshej Ghat

                                             Wildlife sanctuaries of Goa

                                             Kaas - Plateau of Flowers 

 

 

October                                 Butterfly camp to Sikkim

 


International Camps

September                             African Safari – Kenya


Local trails

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June 2018


10th June, Sunday        

Vasai Fort Trail (Cancelled)

  

 

Formerly known as the Bassein fort, it is a perfect place to witness a unique blend of natural history and its historical significance. The site has a variety of butterflies and other insects.  Here a combination of wetland and adjacent wooded areas attracts a good number of resident as well as migratory birds. You may see Asian Openbill, Black-capped Kingfisher, Baya Weaver, Brahminy Kite, Asian Palm Swift, Wire-tailed Swallow, and several other species.   

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 Sai Service Automobiles) at 6:50 a.m., and Borivali, Opp. National 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. .

Group leaders: Mr Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698/Send WhatsApp)

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

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17th June, Sunday

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

    

 

Take an enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. During this time the forest starts to come alive with bird calls. Birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Rufous and Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Greater Racket-tailed and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird, can be seen.

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

Grade: Easy (2–3 km undulating walk)

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., and Vashi (Vashi Jn) at 06:40 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 leader: Mr Asif Khan (9969798447/Send WhatsApp)

Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme will conclude by 12:00 p.m.

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24th June, Sunday

Wild Flowers trail at Kanheri - SGNP

 

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. After the first monsoon showers, the forest rejuvenates and changes its face. This is the time when the blooms of the wildflowers are seen, yellows pinks, purples litter the forest with a vivid pattern among the fresh greens.

Species like Dragon Stalked YamSpider Lilly, Milk & Wine Lilly, Yellow Ground Star, White Musli, Wild Turmeric, South Indian Squill, and other wild lilies, and if we are lucky we can spot the Nervilia ground orchid.

Grade: Easy

Charges: Rs. 900/- for members and Rs. 1,000/- for others. (Cost includes: Bus from SGNP main gate, Forest Dept. permission charges, entry to SGNP, and BNHS expertise) 

Reporting: SGNP main gate at 08:15 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 packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water.

Group leader: Dr Rajdeo Singh

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

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NATIONAL CAMPS

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June, 2018

AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

Date:

Batch I: 29th June–1st July, 2018

 

Batch II: 6th–8th July, 2018 (On Demand)

    

Nestled at the crest of the Western Ghats, Amboli is the last hill station in Maharashtra before the coastal highlands of Goa. Misty weather, rejuvenating rain, cool climate, and lush evergreen forest form the perfect setting for reptiles and amphibians. It is also one of the best places to see the Malabar Gliding Frog. The forest here reverberates with the calls of various frogs and toads in colourful and loud display, singing in beautiful synchronisation to attract their lady love. Amboli is part of a Biodiversity Hotspot and we can see amphibians and reptiles like Fungoid Frog, Bi-coloured Frog, Amboli Bush-frog, Amboli Toad, Beddome’s Cat Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Malabar Pit Viper, and various caecilians.

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

Camp charges: Rs. 8,600/- BNHS members and Rs. 9,200/- others

  

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in hotel.

Reporting:Pick up at Sawantwadi railway station at 9:30 a.m. on day one. Drop at Sawantwadi ST railway station at 4:00 p.m. on the last day. Kindly book your tickets accordingly, pick-up and drop timing may change depending on timing of Konkan Kanya Express.

How to get there: Bus – This is the best option to reach Sawantwadi; Every Mumbai – Goa bus halts at Sawantwadi. Buses can be booked through www.redbus.in.

Train – Sawantwadi railway station is about 8 km from the ST Depot.Konkan Kanya Express (10111) reaches Sawantwadi at 8:22 a.m. Note: The train timing and schedule for Konkan Railway during monsoon is fluctuating and prone to delays due to landslides.

Registration*:Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811, Send Whatssapp, 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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 July 2018

Valley of Flowers
Date: 28th July– 5th August, 2018
 

Western Himalaya is well-known 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.

  

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

Accommodation:Twin sharing in hotel, Grade: Difficult**

Reporting:Outside New Delhi railway station at 8:00 a.m. Drop at New Delhi railway station 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 at Ghangharia will be basic.

Registration*:Kindly contact us at 022-22821811, Send WhatsApp 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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August 2018

LahaulSpiti & Pin Valley National Park

Dates: 4th – 13th August, 2018 (Ex-Delhi)

  

The desolate northern and eastern tracts of Himachal Pradesh are among the most spectacular and sparsely populated regions on Earth. The Spiti River is joined by the Pin River, flowing out of a wind-scoured but beautiful valley from the heights of the Great Himalayan Range. This forms the Pin Valley National Park, with its snow-laden slopes is a refuge for one of the world’s most threatened and elusive animals, the Snow Leopard. The Park is also home to Siberian Ibex and Tibetan Wolf.

Batch Limit: 16 only

Group Leader: Mr.Asif Khan

Camp Charges: Rs. 44,500/- for Members and Rs. 46,000/-for others (ex-Delhi).

   

Accommodation: Twin sharing in tents and/or home-stays, (Basic accommodations)

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: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 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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LADAKH – ROOF OF THE WORLD

Date: 17th - 26th August 2018 (ex-Leh)

 

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.

 

Group leader: Mr Vandan Jhaveri

Cost: Rs.48,900/- for BNHS members and Rs.50,400/- for others 

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 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.

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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RARE AND ENDANGERED FLOWER CAMP: Khandala

Date: 11th–12th August 2018

 

Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and is located atop the Bhor Ghat. The Semi-evergreen forests, along with a few plateaus and grasslands, harbour a diversity of micro-habitats and are rich in flora and fauna.

Rocky outcrops are isolated habitats known for their uniqueness with respect to environmental variables and biodiversity, and well-known as centres of species endemism.  The monsoon flora of the region includes scores of ground orchids, Ceropegias, and other rare species that are endemic to the region. Threatened and endemic species like the Sahyadri Ceropegia, Peacock Fly Trap, Evans Ceropegia and orchids like Single-leaved Habenaria, Spreading flower Habenaria, Green Habenaria, Fox-tailed Orchid, and Thread-like Eria are found in the region.

All participants will get the “Common Indian Wild Flowers” book as a reference copy

Group leader: Mr Vandan Jhaveri & Dr Rajdeo Singh

Cost for the programme will be announced on the website shortly

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in the hotel. 

Reporting: On Day One, the bus will leave at 06:30 a.m. from Dadar (near Chandu Halwai), 06:50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden), Vashi Junction at 07:10 a.m, and Kalamboli McDonald’s (near Kalamboli Jn.) At 7.30 a.m

The group will return late evening to Dadar on Day Two

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 2018


MONSOON CAMP AT MALSHEJ GHAT

Date: 1st–2nd September 2018

 

Malshej Ghat, known for the misty hilltops and ice cold cascades, is in its prime during the monsoon. During this time, the plateau sprouts wildflowers that add colour 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 the night, the place is alive with different kinds of moths.

Group leader: Mr Vandan Jhaveri 

Camp Charges: Rs. 6,900/- for BNHS members and Rs. 7,500/- 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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Kaas - Plateau of Flowers

Dates and cost will be announced on the website soon.

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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 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 is rewarding. 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 also seen here.

Grade: Easy

Cost and dates for the programme will be announced on the website shortly

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OCTOBER, 2018


BUTTERFLY CAMP TO SIKKIM

Dates: 7th – 11th October 2018 (Ex-New Jalpaiguri)

 

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.  Join BNHS to explore this butterfly paradise.

Group Leader: Mr Monsoon Jyoti

Charges: Rs. 23,900/- for members, and Rs. 25,400/- for others (ex-New Jalpaiguri)

Accommodation: Basic home-stay on sharing basis 

Cost includes: All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first-day lunch to last day breakfast, Transfers to /from 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, anything extra cost not specified in “Cost includes”. 

Reporting: Pick up from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station on Day One 6:00 a.m. and drop to NJP at 6:00 p.m. on 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. 

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


September, 2018

African Safari – Kenya

 

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. Samburu has some very different animals like Oryx, Gerenuk or Giraffe Gazelle, Grevy’s Zebra, and Reticulated Giraffe unique to this reserve and not seen in 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.

 

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.

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 a whole array of animals like East African Lion, the fastest land mammal Cheetah, three kinds of giraffe Reticulated, Rothschild's, and 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, and the Nile Crocodile. Besides these one can see 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: 1st–8th September, 2018 (ex-Mumbai)

Reporting: Participants to meet early morning (2:00 a.m) on 1st September, 2018 at Mumbai International Airport.

Camp Fee: Rs.2,38,500/- for BNHS members and Rs. 2,40,000/- for others. (Ex Mumbai)

Payment schedule:

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

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

3rd Installment, 15th June 2018                                           Rs. 60,000/-

4th Installment, 15th July 2018                                            Rs. 35,000/-

Final Installment 15th August 2018                                       Rs. 33,500/- (Rs. 35,000/- 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.

●          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= 67 INR, and minimum 16 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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UPCOMING CAMPS

 


* 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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