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Bi-monthly Programme

 

Vol. 6, Issue 2. 

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

MARCH-APRIL 2018

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April

8th April                                  Karnala Bird Sanctuary

15th April                                Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

22nd April                               Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island

28nd April                               Flamingo Boat Safari


National Camps 2018


April                                      Great Himalayan National Park


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

                                              Tadoba National Park (FULL)


June                                       Amboli – Land of the flying frog                                              


July                                         Valley of Flowers


August                                    Lahaul – Spiti & Pin Valley National Park


International Camps

September                             African Safari – Kenya


Upcoming Camps


July                                         Ladakh



Local trails


April, 2018

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8th April, 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)

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

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15th April, Sunday

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 leader: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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22nd April, Sunday    

Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island

  

Situated off the south-east shore of the city, Elephanta Island, is a good birding location. During this time if you are lucky you can see a few Brown-headed Gull and Black-headed Gull in their breeding plumage flying alongside boats to the island. Other birds like the Indian Grey Hornbill, Common Iora, Spot-billed Duck, Little Grebe, and White-bellied Sea Eagle can be spotted here. BNHS also gives you an opportunity to learn more about the only flying mammal on this Island. Explore the caves with an expert in search of bat roosts of the Greater Asiatic Yellow House Bat and Leaf-nose Bat. Grade: Moderate (Initially, 100 steps climb to reach the top, this could be a bit strenuous)

Charges: Rs. 600/- for members and Rs. 700/- for others (Charges include boat ticket, entry ticket to Elephanta Island and BNHS expertise).

Reporting: Hornbill House, opp. Lion Gate, Colaba at 08.00 a.m.

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. .

Group leader:Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447)           

Note: The group should be back by 1:00 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The boat journey to reach Elephanta Island should take 45 min each way. Professional cameras may or may not be allowed, depending on the security protocol by the police.

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28th April, 2018

BNHS Flamingo Boat Safari

Registrations are full, kindly e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for next month dates

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NATIONAL CAMPS


April 2018

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GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK

Date: 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

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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  (FULL)

Batch I: 26th – 29th May, 2018

Batch II:31st May to 3rd June, 2018 

    

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June, 2018

AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

    

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

Date:

Batch I: 29th June–1st July, 2018

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

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, 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 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

  

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.

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

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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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

August 

Ladakh

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.

 

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.