WILD RAJASTHAN (Tal Chappar, Sambhar Lake, Jorbeed, Kheechan, and Desert National Park)

Date: 25th–30th December 2021

Join BNHS on an expedition through Rajasthan, exploring some of the most spectacular sites for desert life.

Kheechan: Witness one of the most amazing spectacles of bird congregation, over 9,000 Demoiselle Cranes in the small village of Kheechan. Every winter the village plays host to these cranes, which make Kheechan one of the best places to see and photograph these normally shy birds.

Jorbeed: An ideal place to see vultures is the carcass dump at Jorbeed. It is also famous for the rare and Vulnerable Yellow-eyed Pigeon, which is seen in flocks around the dump, and birds like Griffon Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Punjab Raven, and Imperial Eagle.

Desert National Park: The best place to see the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard. During winter, the Park comes alive with an array of birds like four species of wheatears namely Isabelline, Desert, Variable, and Red-tailed Wheatear, Common Kestrel, White-rumped Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Houbara Bustard, White-browed Bushchat, Desert Warbler, Desert Lark, Bimaculated Lark, Black-crowned Finch-Lark, Short-toed Eagle, and Long-legged Buzzard. Mammals like Desert Fox, Chinkara, Desert Cat, Indian Wolf, and Indian Gerbil can be seen here.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary: If your idea of paradise is golden grasses with graceful antelopes leaping about and birds of many kinds living in harmony, then Tal Chhapar is the place to visit. It is the perfect place to see raptors; you are likely to see Greater Spotted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Merlin, Laggar Falcon, Greater Short-toed Lark, Rufous-tailed Lark, Sand Lark, and Sociable Lapwing. It is also one of the few places where you can see the rare Spotted Creeper. But mammal lovers need not despair, this desert landscape is home to one of the largest populations of Blackbuck, a graceful Near Threatened antelope.

Batch Size: 12

Grade: Easy (walking, 2–3 km required in some parts of the camp)

Charges: Rs 33,975/- BNHS members and Rs 35,475/- others. (ex-Jaipur/Jodhpur)

Charges Include: Pickup and drop as per itinerary, local travel, entry fee, all meals and accommodation on a twin-sharing basis.

Reporting: Day One at Jaipur Jn. railway station at 07:30 a.m. Drop on the last day at Jodhpur railway station at 06:00 p.m. Kindly book your tickets accordingly. Note: Kindly book your ticket as early as possible (Vacation rush).

How to Reach: Jaipur – DEE Garibrath (12216) reaches Jaipur Jn at 07:05 a.m. Return: Jodhpur–Surya Nagri Exp (12479).

Flight –Jaipur and Jodhpur are also well connected with direct flights.

Query & further details: Email us at programmes@bnhs.org or WhatsApp/call at +91-9969798447 (Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.). www.bnhs.org

Procedure for Registrations:

Step 1: Fill the online registration form: https://bit.ly/wildrajasthan_dec21

Step 2: Make payment (at least 50%) for the camp using the bank details given at the end of the registration form.

Step 3: Share transaction details at programmes@bnhs.org to confirm your seat.

Kindly Send your Details at programmes@bnhs.org