Wednesday, 15th of August 2018

Bi-monthly Programme

Vol. 6, Issue 4. 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

July - August 2018

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Day Outings                                                                                 Share on Facebook
   
11th-12th Aug Rare and Endangered Flower Camp: Khandala
19th Aug Monsoon trail at Malshej Ghat

 

 
National Camps      
   
August Lahaul – Spiti & Pin Valley National Park
  Ladakh – Roof of the World
   
September Monsoon camp at Malshej Ghat
  Kaas–Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers
   
October Butterfly camp to Sikkim
   
December Little Rann of Kutch
  Great Rann of Kutch
   
International Camps    
September   African Safari – Kenya

 


Local trails


June 2018

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29th July, Sunday           

Wild Flower trail at 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, including a variety of wild flowers like the uncommon Purple Smithia, Ground Star, Ground Sel, Hill and Common Balsam, Hill Begunia and many more.  It is also 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.

Charges: Rs. 1,200/- for members, Rs. 1,500/- for others (includes transport and BNHS expertise only).

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. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Dr. Rajdeo Singh

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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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

Date: 11th–12th August 2018

Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Dr. Rajdeo Singh

Camp Charges: Rs. 6,400/- for BNHS members and Rs. 7,000/- for others.

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 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.

The group will return to Mumbai on Sunday by late evening.

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19th Aug, Sunday

Monsoon Trail at 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.

Charges: Rs. 1,200/- for members, Rs. 1,500/- for others (includes transport and BNHS expertise only).

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) & Mr.Vithoba Hegde

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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NATIONAL CAMPS

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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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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 Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers

Dates:            

Batch 1:15th – 16th September, 2018

Batch 2: 6th – 7th October, 2018 (On Demand)

  

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.

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in a hotel

Camp ChargesRs. 7,200/- for BNHS members and Rs. 7,800/- for others.

Reporting: On DayOne, 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, The group will return by late evening at Dadar on Day Two.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 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.

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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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GREAT RANN OF KUTCH

Dates: 2nd–6th December 2018

   

Explore the areas bordering the Great Rann of Kutch and other interesting places like Banni grassland, and Chhari-Dhand for birdwatching and observing fossils. Winter is the perfect time to watch a variety of migratory birds that come to these places in thousands. It is also a good time to see Short-eared Owl, Greater Spotted, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Chestnut-bellied and Painted Sandgrouse, Grey and Black Francolins, Cream-coloured and Indian Coursers, Sykes’s Lark, Great Indian Bustard, Crab Plover, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Common Crane, Oystercatcher, Great Thick-knee, White-naped Tit, White-bellied Minivet, Rufous-fronted Prinia, buntings, Grey Hypocolius, Indian Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Sykes’s Nightjar, Graceful Prinia, Red-tailed Wheatear, and many more.

Grade: Easy

Charges: Rs. 22,900/- for members, and Rs. 24,400/- for others (ex Bhuj)

Charges Include: Transport from Bhuj railway station, local travel, entry fee, simple vegetarian meals and basic accommodation on twin-sharing basis.

Reporting: Bhuj Station at 7:30 a.m. on Day One. Drop at Bhuj Station at 06:00 p.m. on the last day.

How to Reach: Dadar Bhuj Exp (19115) which leaves Dadar at 03:00 p.m. and reaches Bhuj at 07:00 a.m. next morning.

Return: Kutch Exp (22956) which leaves Bhuj at 20:15 p.m. and reaches Bandra Terminus at 11:25 a.m. next morning or Bhuj BDTS Exp (19116) leaves Bhuj at 10:25 p.m. and reaches Dadar next day at 01:45 p.m.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 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.

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LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Dates: 14th –19th December 2018

  

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 Ramsar Site and birding paradise. Birding at the lakes and marshes in the rann 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 harriers. 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.

GradeEasy

Charges: Rs. 22,900/- for members, and Rs. 24,400/- for others (ex Ahmedabad)

AccommodationTwin sharing at Rann Riders

ReportingAhmedabad railway station at 07:00 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 05:00 p.m. on 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 trains that arrive at Ahmedabad early in the morning.

Registration*: Kindly contact us at 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.

 

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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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* 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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