Sunday, 30th of April 2017

Bi-monthly Programme March - April 2017

Vol. 5, Issue 2.

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BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

April 2017

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

APRIL

9th Apr                                    Karnala Bird Sanctuary

16th Apr                                  Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

22nd Apr                                 Flamingo Festival

30th Apr                                  Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

 

LOCAL CAMPS                                         

June                                       Amboli– Land of the Flying Frog

NATIONAL CAMPS                                              

April                                       Great Himalayan National Park

May                                        Agumbe Reserve Forest

                    Corbett National Park and Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

                    Kanha National Park

June                                       Bandhavgarh National Park

July                                        Ladakh

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

2017 

August                           African Safari – Kenya


One Day Programmes

APRIL

2nd Apr, Sun

Kanheri Upper Trail (Cancelled)

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)


9th Apr, Sun             

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Take an enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. During this season the forest is less dense and watching these flitting creatures is easier, also enjoy the orchestra of songsters as they start calling out to their mates during this season. The best time to see resident and endemic birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Rufous Woodpecker; drongos like White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird. Grade: Easy (1–2 km undulating walk)Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others.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. 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.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) and Mr. Ameya Karulkar

Note:The group should return to Dadar by 12:00 noon. Kindly carry hat/cap, adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for a hot day.

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16th Apr, Sun                       

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

A unique opportunity to view the graceful Lesser and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. If you are lucky you may see some straggling  waders in their breeding plumage as well. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east)  at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: You can reach Sewri in the following ways. By train: Sewri railway station is on the  harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from Sewri West, 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)Registration*: On the spot. 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.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil. (Mr. Ameya Karulkar)

The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

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30th Apr, Sun                       

 Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

 A unique opportunity to view the graceful Lesser and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. If you are lucky you may see some straggling  waders in their breeding plumage as well. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station  (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: You can reach Sewri in the following ways. By train: Sewri railway station is  on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from Sewri West, 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)Registration*: On the spot. 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.

 Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Ameya Karulkar and Mr. Vinod Patil.

The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

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LOCAL CAMPS

June, 2017

AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

Nestled at the crest of the Western Ghats at a height of above 2,000 feet, 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.

Date:

Batch I: 30th June–2nd July, 2017

Batch II: 7th–9th July, 2017 (On Demand)

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp charges: Cost will be announced on the website soon (ex-Sawantwadi).

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis in Hotel.

Reporting:Pick up at Sawantwadi Railway Station  at 9:30 a.m. on day one. Drop off 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 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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NATIONAL CAMPS

 

April 2017

GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK

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 harbour 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.

Date: 22nd–28th April, 2017

Camp Charges: Rs.25,000/- members and Rs. 26,500/- for others.

Group leader:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Accommodation: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. 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.

Cost includes:Delhi-Kullu-Delhi transport by Volvo, local transport in Kullu, food (except during the Volvo journey), accommodation in homestays 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 stays, & tented accommodation during trek, with basic facility and trench toilets at camp site, participants will have to rough it out.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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May, 2017

Agumbe Reserve Forest

  

Agumbe is aptly called the Cherrapunjee of south India, as it receives an average rainfall of 7000 – 8000 mm annually. Situated amidst the rainforest of the Western Ghats it is a Biodiversity Hotspot, which is home to a plethora of endemics. Agumbe is also famed for the elusive King Cobra. The renowned herpetologist Romulus Whitaker called Agumbe the capital of the King Cobra. Besides reptiles and the Endangered Lion-tailed Macaque, Agumbe harbours a host of endemic bird species like Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, Grey-headed Bulbul, Flame-throated Bulbul, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Woodshrike and Malabar Whistling Thrush.

Date: 6th–9th May 2017

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs.16,900/- for members and Rs.18,400 for others.

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis, inbasic tents.

Reporting:Pick up at Mangalore Central railway station at 7:40 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Mangalore railway station at 1:30 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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CORBETT NATIONAL PARK & NAINITAL (SATTAL & PANGOT)

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 Bhimtalarea 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.

Grade:Easy (Short walks for bird watching)

Batch Limit: 16

Dates: 17th–21st May 2017

Group leader:Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs.30,400/- for members, and Rs.31,900/- for others. (ex-New Delhi)

Accommodation: Triple/Dormitory Sharing (as per availability) basis in Dhikala in Corbett and Twin sharing in hotel in Pangot.

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.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to New Delhi,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 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.

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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Kanha National Park

 It is believed that the forest of Kanha National Park inspired Rudyard Kipling to write “The Jungle Book”. Explore the famous  meadows and tropical moist dry deciduous forests of Kanha with the BNHS. This season offers the sightings of the majestic Tiger,  Indian Bison or Gaur – world’s tallest bovid, and Sambar – India’s largest deer. The Park is the only place where the threatened  Southern Swamp Deer (Rucervus duvaucelii branderi) survives. Other animals like Blue Bull, Four-horned Antelope, three types of  deer: Barking, Spotted and Mouse; Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Honey Badger and Indian Jackal are seen. This is a  good time for birds like Crested Hawk-eagle, Spotted Owlet, Red-collared Dove, Eurasian Thick-knee, Hoopoe, Brown Fish-owl,  and Grey-headed Fish Eagle.

 Grade:Easy

 Date: 17th–21st May, 2017

 Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

 Camp Charges: Rs. 27,500/- for Members and Rs. 29,500/-for others. (ex-Nagpur).

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis, at Bagh Tola Jungle Lodges.

Reporting:Outside Nagpur Railway Station at 8:00 a.m. Drop off at Nagpur on last day at 6:00 p.m.

How to Reach: Nagpur is well connected by flights. By rail one can take the Nagpur Duronto (12289) or Sewagram Exp (12139) both of which reach Nagpur before 7:30 a.m. Similarly for return Nagpur Duronto (12290) or Sewagram Exp (12140) can be taken.  Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 022-22821811, 022-22871202 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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JUNE, 2017

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Once the abode of maharajas, Bandhavgarh is royalty at its best. One of the best national park’s in the country to see a tiger, very few have returned disappointed from this place without a sighting. Join BNHS as we take you to witness the real rulers of the jungle, the Tiger. Besides Tiger, the Park is also home to other mammals like Four-horned Antelope (Chousingha), Sambar, Barking Deer, Leopard, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog (Dhole). A variety of birds like Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Hawk-eagle, Red-headed Vulture, Mottled Wood-owl and Painted Sandgrouse can be seen here.

Date:

Batch I: 3rd–6th June 2017

Batch II: 8th–11th June 2017 (On demand)

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges:Rs. 26,500/- members and Rs. 28,000/- for others.

Accommodation:Twin sharing basis, at Bagh Tola Jungle Lodges.

Reporting:Pick up at Katni railway station at 10:40 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Katni railway station at 1:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to get there: Train - Mumbai-Katni:Kamayani exp (11071) arrives in Katni at 10:00 a.m. Katni-Mumbai:Many trains are available, HWH Mumbai Mail (12321) arrives in Katni at 04:20 p.m. Flight - Closest airport to Katni is Jabalpur about 64 km away. Cost includes: Accommodation, food, transfers to/from Katni, Safari charges and entry to the Park.

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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JULY, 2017

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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INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

August, 2017

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. 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.

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 like 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, besides 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)

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)

(Cost calculated as per 1 USD= 67 INR)

Payment schedule:

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

2nd Installment Date- 15th April                                           Rs. 50,000/-

3rd Installment Date- 15th May                                             Rs. 45,000/-

4th Installment Date- 15th June                                             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.

Price does not include:

  • 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.

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 22871202/22821811 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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