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DIRECTOR'S LETTER   ONE DAY PROGRAMMES   NATIONAL CAMPS   INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

 

                                            ONE DAY PROGRAMMES
MARCH 
9th March Nature Trail to Sálim Ali Point, BNHS reserve
13th March Documentary Screening – “Nata Pashchim Ghatashi” by Arti Kulkarni
15th March  Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats
23rd March Birding at Karnala Bird Sanctuary – Base Forest Trail
29th March Flamingo Festival (Open for all)
APRIL 
6th April Kanheri Upper Trail
10th April Documentary Screening – “'God on the Edge” by Ashok Patel
12th April Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats
20th April Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
27th April Nature Trail at Nagla Forest
                                              NATIONAL CAMPS
March Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
April Great Himalayan National Park
May Corbett National Park & Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

Tadoba National Park

June Gir National Park – The Last Refuge

Bandhavgarh National Park

July

Amboli – Land of the Flying Frog

August

Ladakh – Roof of the World

                                        INTERNATIONAL CAMPS
April, 2014 SPRING IN THE HIMALAYA, BHUTAN
August, 2014 AFRICAN SAFARI, KENYA
November, 2014 NEPAL

   


March 03, 2014

Dear Member,

Every now and then, I come across books about which I would like to share my thoughts with members. One such remarkable book is Birds and People by Mark Cocker, with extraordinary photographs by David Tipling. It is published by Jonathan Cape, London, and sponsored by BirdLife International. Six hundred and fifty people from 81 countries submitted material for the book. David Tipling, one of Europe’s best wildlife photographers, traveled in 39 countries on seven continents to capture the beauty of birds and their association with people. The blurb of the book says “Part natural history and part cultural study, it describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics, and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds.”  At US$ 65 (Rs. 3,000) it is a costly book but having read most part of it, I would strongly recommend it to you if you are a bibliophile. There are many anecdotes and examples of Indian birds quoted in the book, contributed by me, Rajat Bhargava, Abrar Ahmed, Ananda Bannerjee, and others. In India it is distributed by Random House, but as a part of the BirdLife partnership, it is our pleasure to sell this book from our counter. We have limited copies so I suggest that you order it quickly.

Another book about which I had written to you earlier is Jungle Trees of Central India by Pradip Krishen. The book is finally out after Pradip worked on it for four years. Like his earlier book Trees of Delhi, this is another remarkable book that should be with anyone interested in knowing about the tree wealth of India. Although restricted to central India, it can be used in all parts of south Asia for field identification of trees by amateurs as many of these trees are widespread. It is not a technical tome for experts but for interested readers to enjoy the tree wealth that our country is blessed with. It is illustrated with over 2,000 photographs with thumbnail keys to the bark, flowers, fruits, and leaves. The book starts with a lucid Introduction, describing parts of a tree and how to use this book. The next chapter is ‘Overview’ that tells us the type of forest found in this wonderful region. This chapter is also profusely illustrated with appropriate pictures, although some of them are too dark. It is followed by a chapter called ‘The Keys’ covering pictures of bark, flowers, fruits, and leaves. In order to savour the beauty of this book, I suggest that it should be read from the beginning, particularly by those who do not have a botany background. Even for people like me who studied botany in B.Sc., more than 40 years ago, it is good to re-learn the difference between pinnate and digitate leaves, the arrangement of flowers, different types of fruit, and such important botanical details.  The core of the book is the description of each tree species found in the area. I will not go into further detail as I would like our members to enjoy this book themselves. As most of our members are nature lovers, I am sure this book will become their companion, particularly when they travel to central India where some of the most important wildlife sanctuaries are located.

While I am on books, it is my pleasure to mention about Shriyans Bhandari, a 19 year old young man studying the Bachelor of Management Studies course at Jai Hind College, Mumbai. Shriyans is a keen birdwatcher and a marathon runner. His interest in birdwatching started when he had completed his 10th class and his father asked him to make list of the birds in their Heritage Resort near Udaipur. He started with The Book of Indian Birds (the BNHS master-seller), and soon got so interested that he started clicking their pictures. His passion resulted in a booklet Birds Seen at Heritage (2010), soon to be followed by Birds of Aravallis. All this was done before he had completed Class 12. Last year, Shriyans came to me, saying that he wanted to further improve his book with better pictures and better descriptions. Seeing his dedication, we at BNHS helped him in editing, selection of photographs, and designing of the book. Shriyans would come to BNHS after his classes and sit with Mr. Gopi Naidu, our talented designer, after office hours. The result is a premium quality large-format book A photographic guide to some Common Birds of Aravallis. It covers 80 species depicted in nearly 200 colour images. We are proud that BNHS encourages young people like Shriyans Bhandari. I see a great future for him as India’s leading ornithologist.   

I am very happy that these days lots of people are interested to participate in Bird Marathons and Bird Races. Bird Race in India was started by Mr. Sunjoy Monga, our former Governing Council member and a highly respected naturalist and writer. Sunjoy’s books are a delight to read. What Sunjoy had started more than 10 years ago in Mumbai and later in other metropolitan cities has now spread to smaller towns like Narora in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. These bird races generate interest in bird conservation and bring people closer to nature.  In the grim scenario of cut-throat politics, corruption, crime, man-made disasters, and high inflation, the media laps up such positive events. A day in the field with the Red-whiskered Bulbul, Golden Oriole, and Coppersmith shows that all is still not lost in this world. There is still some hope. Their liveliness gives us hope. This is the beauty of birdwatching.

Best wishes,

 

 

Asad R. Rahmani, Director 

 

    

 

 


 

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES
MARCH
9th Mar., Sun.          
Trail to Sálim Ali Point, BNHS reserve

Sálim Ali Point is the pinnacle of the BNHS reserve, offering a panoramic view of the reserve and the adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It shows a scenic view of Vihar Lake. During the current season, the forest turns into a birdwatchers’ paradise, with a myriad of songsters. Group leaders: Ms Prachi Galange & Mr. Vinod Patil Charges: Rs. 50/- per head for members and Rs. 100/- for others. Reporting: Members to meet at CEC, Goregaon (east) at 7.00 a.m. How to reach: Take a 343 bus headed to Film City (not Santosh Nagar) from Goregaon (East) BEST depot.  Alight at the last stop, near Reliance Media Works, and walk straight towards Elephant Gate. Cross the barrier at Elephant Gate and walk straight towards the BNHS sign board.  At the sign board, take a right turn to find CEC. Registration*:  Call at Hornbill House 22871202 / 22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Hornbill House at 22871202 / 22821811. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

13th Mar., Thu. Screening of the award-winning documentary – “Nata Pashchim Ghatashi” by Arti Kulkarni

Western Ghats are one of the major biodiversity hotspots in the world. Thirty-nine locations of this mountainous terrain have been declared as World Natural Heritage sites by UNESCO. But this 1,600 kilometer eco-sensitive zone is now threatened. Mining, windmill construction, hydroelectric power plants and other projects have affected this magnificent green belt. The region has come under a spotlight since the central environment ministry formed two panels to look into the issues and challenges facing it. Our team criss-crossed six states -- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala -- for a first hand review to understand what ails this region. This enduring journey, never done before, is an attempt to offer environmentalists, decision makers and local residents a single platform to address the concerns of one of nature's most beautiful offering. Language: Marathi Venue: Hornbill House, at 6.00 p.m.

15th Mar., Sat. Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

Experience the unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. Sewri is also the place for many migratory birds such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, and Eurasian Curlew, which would be preparing for the return migration. Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Vinod Patil Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 150/- for others. Reporting*: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 6.30 a.m. How to Reach: Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road, reach Sewri (east) from Parel or Dadar up to Sewri and cross over at the railway level crossing or from the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the Mumbai Port Trust road to reach Sewri Jetty. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The programme will conclude by 9.30 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

Click below for the Google map links

Drive to Sewri

23rd Mar., Sun.
Birding at Karnala Bird Sanctuary–Base Forest Trail    

An enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of the Sanctuary. With some of the trees flowering, it is a perfect time to see resident birds. Birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, Rufous Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, four species of drongos namely Black, White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed, and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird can be seen. Grade: Easy Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Ms Parveen Shaikh Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 750/- for others. 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 Vashi (Vashi Jn.) 7.10 a.m. Registration*:  Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The group should be back at Dadar by 1.00 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

29th Mar., Sat. Flamingo Festival (Open for all)

BNHS is all set to once again host the popular Flamingo Festival at Sewri on 29th March from 12 noon till sunset. This is the best opportunity to see and appreciate the beauty of nearly 15,000 flamingos spread out on the mudflats, with the backdrop of lush mangroves. This is also a good place to see several other species of resident and migratory avian friends such as herons, egrets, ibises, gulls, terns, plovers, sandpipers, kingfishers and many more, absolutely free, under the guidance of BNHS experts. This year’s Festival is being supported by Mumbai Port Trust. Along with the opportunity to view the birds to one’s heart’s content, the Festival will also have a colourful illustrated exhibition on flamingos and a children’s book on flamingos by Shamim Padamsee will be released on the venue. All are invited with family and friends to celebrate the presence of flamingos. This is also an occasion to show one’s solidarity for the conservation of our city’s wildlife.

Date: Saturday, 29th March 2013 Time: 12 noon till sunset Venue: Sewri Jetty.

APRIL
6th Apr, Sat
Kanheri Upper Trail

A gradual climb through the wooded forest of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Perfect time to see Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Shikra, Grey Jungle Fowl, and Indian Peafowl. The trail leads to the rocky, grass and Euphorbia strewn plateau near Kanheri Caves, which is excellent for viewing raptors like Crested Serpent Eagle, soaring on thermals, and spectacular views of the National Park. At the end of the trail, one can visit the ancient Kanheri caves, which date back around 2100 years. Carved out of volcanic rocks, there are around 109 such caves. Caves and surrounding structures also harbor a  good number of biodiversity. Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Vinod Patil Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 750/- for others.(Cost includes: Bus from SGNP main gate, Forest Dept. permission charges, entry to SGNP, and BNHS expertise) Reporting: SGNP main gate at 7.30 a.m. How to Reach: Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated on the Western Express Highway about a kilometer away from Borivali Station (East). Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The programme will conclude by 11.00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

10th Apr., Thu
Documentary Screening – “'God on the Edge” by Ashok Patel

The natural habitat of elephants has been fragmented by human settlements, railway tracks and roads. Numerous elephants die on these track every year while moving through their age old 'Elephant Corridors'. This documentary unfolds a story  through a dramatic life experience of Mohammed Jaan Baksh, a 60 year old 'Mahut' (elephant keeper), who has been serving elephants for more than 45 years.This documentary has won the 'best film on environment' at the 10th Indian Documentary Producer's Association Excellence Award in 2013. All are invited with friends and family. Language: English Venue: Hornbill House, at 6.00 p.m.

12th Apr., Sat.
Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

Experience this unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. This is also a good time to see some remaining waders in their breeding plumage. Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Vinod Patil Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 150/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 6.30 a.m. How to Reach: Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road, reach Sewri (east) from Parel or Dadar up to Sewri and cross over at the railway level crossing or from the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the Mumbai Port Trust road to reach Sewri Jetty. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The programme will conclude by 10.30 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

Click below for the Google map links

Drive to Sewri

20th Apr., Sun. Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary    

Spread over 85 sq. km, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary forms a corridor between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. Three different types of forest: Dry Deciduous, Moist Deciduous and Semi Evergreen, are seen here.  Learn about the importance of forest corridors and more from BNHS during this trail. Birds like Rufous Treepie, Shikra, Black-hooded Oriole, Brown-headed Barbet, Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbul, and many more can be seen.  Grade: Easy Group leaders: Ms Prachi Galange & Mr. Siddhesh Surve Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 750/- for others. 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. Nation park (Near Omkareshwar temple.) 7.10 a.m. Registration*:  Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The group should be back at Dadar by 12.30 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

27th Apr., Sun.           Nature Trail at Nagla Forest

Explore the lesser known forest in Nagla Block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Situated to the north of Bassein Creek,Nagla Block is considered to be one of the most highly rewarding walks. It is really a treat for nature lovers, as birds like Grey Junglefowl, Indian Grey Hornbill, Rufous Woodpecker, and many more can be seen on the trail. Grade: Easy Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Vinod Patil Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 750/- for others. 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. Nation park (Near Omkareshwar temple.) 7.10 a.m.. Registration*:  Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The group should be back at Dadar by 12.30 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

 

NATIONAL CAMPS
March, 2014                           
DUDHWA TIGER RESERVE

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh, near the Indo-Nepal border, and comprises Dudhwa National Park, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. The terrain of Dudhwa ranges from grasslands to one of the finest Sal forests in India and marshland which makes Dudhwa a paradise for wild enthusiasts. Dudhwa is famous for the threatened Western Swamp Deer (Rucervus duvaucelii duvaucelii) and Tiger; other animals like Sambar Deer, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, and Spotted Deer, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Sloth Bear, Honey Badger, Indian or the Great One-horned Rhinoceros can be seen here. The Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the Critically Endangered Gharial and Endangered Gangetic Dolphin. Dudhwa is also a birder’s paradise with over 400 species recorded here. It is one of the last refuges of the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican. It also harbours birds like Swamp Francolin, Pallas’s Fish-eagle, Sarus Crane, Lesser Adjutant, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, and six species of drongos, namely Hair-crested, Greater Racket-tailed, Lesser Racket-tailed, Crow-billed, White-bellied and Black Drongo.

Grade: Easy

Date: 8th–11th March, 2014

Group leaders:  Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 20,000/- for members and Rs. 20,600/- for others.

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

Reporting: On Day one pick up from Lucknow railway station at 07.00 a.m and drop off at Lucknow on last day at 5.30 p.m. NOTE: Book your tickets to reach Lucknow prior to Day one. How to Reach:  Many trains and flights are available from Mumbai/Delhi to Lucknow.

Mumbai-Lucknow: Gorakhpur Exp. (12542), Pushpak Exp. (12534)

Delhi-Lucknow: Avadh Assam Exp (15610), Shramjeevi Exp. (12392)

Cost includes: All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day lunch to last day breakfast, transfers from and to Lucknow, permits, and entry to park.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to Lucknow, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, beverages, camera fees, any cost not specified above.  Registration*: Kindly contact us at 22871202/22821811 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April, 2014 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 Sainj and Tirthan valleys 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, Spotted Forktail, Bearded Vulture, Himalayan Parakeet, and Himalayan Monal can be seen during the trek. Trekking through this Park brings the added pleasure of seeing wildlife in this spectacular natural environment.

Date: 5th -11th April 2014 (Last 4 seats)

(Camp is ex-Delhi)

Group leaders: Ms Prachi Galange

Camp Charges: Rs. 18,200/- for Members and Rs. 18,800/-for others. (ex- Delhi).

Accommodation: Dormitory, and during the treks will be twin/triple sharing Tents. Sleeping bags and mattress will be provided.

Reporting: Majnu Ka Tila (Petrol Pump), at 4.00 p.m. 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): 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: Cost is inclusive of local transport, Delhi-Kullu-Delhi by Volvo, food, accommodation in dormitories and tents (double sharing), permits to the GHNP, all camping equipment, local NGO fees, and BNHS expertise.

Cost Excludes:

Any personal expenses.

Porterage (Porters for carrying personal equipment can be provided at extra cost on per day basis on prior notice)

We can keep the extra luggage at Sairopa base camp and carry only what is needed for the trek.

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. .

May, 2014 CORBETT NATIONAL PARK & NAINITAL (SATTAL & PANGOT)

Corbett National Park was 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 expect to see Kalij Pheasant, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Tawny Fish Owl, both Pallas’s and Lesser Fish-eagles, Hooded Pitta, Grey Treepie, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Blue-throated Flycatcher, and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler.

Nainital

This hill station, situated at 1900 msl, is close to Corbett National Park. This picturesque town sits around a lake. We will visit birding hot-spots like Pangot and Sattal. More than 200 species have been reported from the area. We will be looking for specialities like Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Collared Owlet, Lammergeier, Black Eagle, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Indian Blue Robin, Spot-winged Tit, Black-lored Tit, Black-throated Tit, Striated Prinia, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Rufous Sibia, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, and Yellow-breasted Greenfinch. Mammals include Goral and Yellow-throated Marten.

Grade: Easy

Date: 10th–14th May, 2014

Group leaders:  Mr. Asif Khan

Camp Charges: Rs. 19,800/- for members and Rs. 20,400/- for others.

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

Reporting: Pick-up at New Delhi railway station at 8.45 a.m. on Day one and drop at New Delhi railway station at 7.30 p.m. on the last day. How to Reach:  Mumbai Rajdhani (12951) Dep. 04.40 p.m., Arr. New Delhi next day at 08.30 a.m, Swaraj Exp. (12471)  Dep. 07.55 a.m., Arr. 04.30 a.m. Other trains include Dehradun Exp. (19019), LTT HW AC SUP (12171), Amritsar Exp. (11057). New Delhi is also well connected by air; New Delhi airport is 20 km from New Delhi railway station.

Cost includes: All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day lunch to last day lunch, transfers from and to New Delhi, permits, and entry to park.

Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to New Delhi, all expenses of personal nature like laundry, beverages, and lunch on first and last day, camera fees, any cost not specified above.  Registration*: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May, 2014 TADOBA NATIONAL PARK

Created in 1955, Tadoba National Park is Maharashtra's oldest National Park. It is one of India's 28 Project Tiger reserves. Situated in Chandrapur district, the National Park covers 623 km² of two forested areas of the Tadoba and Andhari range. Along with tigers, Tadoba is home to the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Hyena, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Blue Bull, Four-horned Antelope, and Barking Deer. The Tadoba Lake is home to Marsh Crocodile. It is also a birdwatchers’ paradise with a good variety of birds like Indian Pitta, White-eyed Buzzard, Pied Cuckoo, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Painted Sandgrouse, and many more.

Dates:   Batch I: 24th–27th May 2014    ...   Batch II: 28th–31st May 2014 (On demand)

Group leaders:  Ms Prachi Galange

Camp Charges: Rs. 14,000/- for Members and Rs. 14,600/-for others (ex- Nagpur).

Accommodation: Triple sharing basis, in MTDC resort, Moharli.

Reporting: Outside Nagpur Railway station, near Comesum food court. Pick-up on the first day would be at 9.00 a.m. and drop on the last day would be at 1.00 p.m. Please book your train / air tickets accordingly.

How to get there: Mumbai – Nagpur: Sewagram Exp. (12139) leaves CSTM at 03.00 p.m. Nagpur – Mumbai: Sewagram Exp. (12140) leaves Nagpur at 09.00 p.m.

Cost includes: Accommodation, food (First day lunch to last day breakfast) transfers to/from Nagpur, Safari charges and entry to the park.

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.
June, 2014 GIR NATIONAL PARK – THE LAST REFUGE

Gir National Park is one of the oldest National Parks of India and is famed for being last the refuge of the Asiatic Lion. Besides the Asiatic Lion, Gir also supports a large population of Leopards, and boasts of having the largest concentration of big cats.   Important prey species comprise Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Bluebull, and Sambar. Other mammals include Four-horned Antelope, Chinkara, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, Common Langur, Porcupine, and Black-naped Hare. Gir is also a good place for birding, birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Mottled Wood-owl, Red-rumped Swallow, Spotted Owlet, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Short-toed Eagle, Common Hawk-cuckoo can be seen here.

Dates:  Batch I: 1st–4th June 2014      ...     Batch II: 5th–8th June 2014 (On demand)

Group leaders:  Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 17,500/- members and Rs. 18,100/- others.

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

Reporting: Outside Rajkot Railway station at 8.00 a.m. Drop at Rajkot on last day at 02.00 p.m.

How to get there: Train - Sau Janta Exp (19017) leaves from Mumbai at 05.35 p.m. and reaches Rajkot at 07.30 a.m. Sau Janta Exp. (19018) can be booked for return which leaves from Rajkot at 03.20 p.m. Flight - Direct flights from Mumbai to Rajkot are available.

Cost includes: Accommodation, food (1st day lunch to last day breakfast) transfers to/from Rajkot, Safari charges and entry to the park.

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.

June, 2014 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–few have returned disappointed from this place. 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: 1st–4th June 2014   ...    Batch II: 5th–8th June 2014 (On demand)

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan

Camp Charges: Rs. 16,200/- members and Rs. 16,800/- non-members

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

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 (1st day lunch to last day breakfast) 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.

July, 2014 AMBOLI – LAND OF THE FLYING FROG

Nestled amongst the crest of the Western Ghats at a height of above 2000 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 to see 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, Bicolour Frog, Amboli Bush-frog, Amboli Toad,  Beddome’s Cat Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Malabar Pit Viper, and various caecilians.

Date: 4th - 6th July 2014

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 5,300/- members and Rs. 5,900/- Others

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis, in Nisarg Hotel.

Reporting: Pick up at Sawantwadi ST Bus Depot at 9.00 a.m. on day one. Drop off at Sawantwadi ST Bus Depot at 4.00 p.m. on the last day. Kindly book your tickets accordingly.

How to get there: Bus – Bus 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 EXP (10111) reaches Sawantwadi at 8.22 a.m. Note: The train timing and schedule for Konkan Railway during monsoon is very fluctuating and prone to delays due to landslides.

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.
August, 2014            
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; 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 see the Black-necked Crane, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture, Fire-fronted Serin, Winter Wren, White-winged Redstart, Horned Lark, Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Brandt’s Mountain-finch, Common Rosefinch, 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, Long-tailed Marmot. The rare Apollo butterflies can also be seen at this altitude.

Date: 15th-25th August 2014

Group leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Accommodation: Twin sharing in hotels.

Reporting: Pick up Day 1 Morning (15th August) and drop on last day morning (25th August) to Leh Airport. Note: pick-up and drop will be according to your arrival/departure time to/from Leh, so kindly send us your flight details for your flight arrival/departure.

Camp Charges: Rs. 36,500/- members and Rs. 37,100/- others

Registration: Kindly contact us at 022-22821811/22871202 or email 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 at 18,000 feet is compulsory.

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

April, 2014

SPRING IN THE HIMALAYA, BHUTAN

Bhutan, the jewel of the eastern Himalaya and a global biodiversity hotspot is home to a variety of wildlife. Here you can see birds like Beautiful Nuthatch, Red-billed Leiothrix, Red-faced Liocichla, Blue-winged, Black-faced, and Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Grey-throated Babbler, Brown, and Red-headed Bullfinch, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Black-throated Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Streaked-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Shortwings, White-winged Grosbeak, Collared Grosbeak, Long-tailed Thrush and several more species. Bhutan has a good diversity of butterflies too, ranging from Bhutan Glory, Golden Birdwing, Kaisers to Sergeants and Jezebels.

April is the perfect time to enjoy the spring in the Himalaya. Witness the Himalayan floral splendour of Rhododendron, primulas, and orchids.  You will be in the middle of the courtship and nesting time of Himalayan birds – and this is the time to hear them sing. Do not miss this spring in the Himalaya.

Grade: Easy (No trekking or strenuous climbing, only short nature walks)

Group Leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar

Payment schedule:

  • 1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate                Rs. 20,000/-
  • 2nd Installment Date- Immediate                                  Rs. 20,000/-
  • 3rd Installment Date- 15th January, 2014                      Rs. 20,000/-
  • Final Installment Date- 15th February, 2014                 Rs. 17,500/-

Dates: 18th–26th April 2014

Reporting: 18th April 2014, at 06:00 a.m. at Kolkata International Airport. Participants are advised to book their arrival in Kolkata prior to Day One. Drop would be on 26th April 2014 at Bagdogra Airport at 12.00 p.m.

Camp Fee:  Rs. 77,500/- for members, and Rs. 78,100/- for non-members.

Camp fee includes:

  • Economy Class Airfare from Kolkata to Paro.
  • Full board accommodation.
  • All park entrance fees and permits.
  • All meals (BLD).
  • Professional English speaking local guide.
  • All local transport.
  • BNHS expertise.

Price does not include:

  • Food and drinks not part of group menu.
  • Flight/train tickets to Kolkata and from Bagdogra
  • 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 for 16 full paid participants and Airfare as on 1st December 2013.

Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

August, 2014

AFRICAN SAFARI, KENYA

After Fourteen successful camps to Kenya, once again the Bombay Natural History Society brings you the African Safari, Kenya. With sightings of around 150 species of birds and 30 species of mammals, Kenyais a boon for nature lovers. During the camp we cross the Equator to visit the Samburu National Park to see the unique wildlife of North Kenya. Take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to see Hippopotami and waterbirds up close. Take a walking safari on Crescent Island. Safari ride on Lake Nakuru to witness thousands of flamingos and pelicans.  Experience the thrill of watching wildebeest, zebras, giraffe, and gazelles running across the plains of the Masai Mara. Participants can see 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, Spotted Hyena, Grevy’s and Burchell’s Zebra, Oryx, the largest land animal - the African Elephant, and the Nile Crocodile. Besides these one can see the largest birds, Somali and Common Ostrich, huge flocks of Lesser and Greater Flamingos, Purple Grenadier, Secretarybird, Superb Starling, Lilac-breasted Roller Vulturine and Helmeted Guinefowl, Red-billed, Yellow-billed, Von der Decken’s, Black-and-White Casqued and Southern Ground Hornbill, Black-bellied, White-bellied, Buff-crested, and Kori Bustard, Malachite and Woodland Kingfisher and Many more.

Dates: 9th-18th August 2014 (ex- Mumbai)

Reporting: 9th August 2014 at 23.30 hrs at Mumbai International Airport.

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Dates: 9th-18th August 2014 (ex- Mumbai)

Reporting: 9th August 2012 at 23.30 hrs at Mumbai International Airport.

Camp Fee: Rs. 1,88,000/- for members and 1,88,600/- for others

 

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Payment schedule:

  • 1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate              Rs. 50,000/-
  • 2nd Installment Date- 30th April                             Rs. 50,000/-
  • 3rd Installment Date- 30th May                                Rs. 45,000/-
  • Final Installment Date- 20th June                             Rs. 43,000/-

Camp fee includes:

  • Economy Class Airfare on Kenya Airlines
  • Normal Visa and processing charges.
  • Full board accommodation
  • All Game park entrance fees.
  • Three meals (BLD) 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 & 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= 60 INR, and minimum 15 pax traveling together.

Important: Yellow fever vaccination and Polio vaccination certificate are necessary to travel to Kenya.

Registration: Call at Hornbill House 022-22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November, 2014

WILD NEPAL

Nepal is known for its exquisite natural beauty, with the iconic Himalaya running across the northern part of the country. The country rises from near sea level in the Terai Region through the foothills to the mighty Himalaya all within a distance of about 200 km. Due to its location in the centre of the Himalayan range, Nepal falls in the transitional zone between Eastern and Western Himalayas, which contributes to its rich biodiversity. For a country half the size of Maharashtra, Nepal has recorded an amazing proportion (almost 10 per cent) of the world’s bird species and has a bird list of over 800 species. Explore this fascinating country with BNHS as we delve into the rich biodiversity that Nepal has to offer.

Phulchowki: Home to the only endemic species of Nepal, the Spiny Babbler, Phulchowki is a must visit for birdwatchers. Phulchowki, which means “Hill of Flowers” in the local language, is the highest hill in Kathmandu valley. More than 260 species of birds have been recorded in this oak and rhododendron forest. Birds like Yellow-browed Tesia, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Small Niltava, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Rufous Sibia, Nepal Fulvetta, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Golden-throated Barbet, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Maroon Oriole, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Ashy Wood-pigeon, Himalayan Cutia, and Black-throated Sunbird can be seen here.

Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park is the first National Park to be notified in Nepal. This World Heritage reserve protects over 932 sq. km of forests, marshland and rippling grassland, and is home to sizeable populations of wildlife. Meaning ‘Heart of the Jungle’, Chitwan is famous as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, and you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Sloth Bear, deers, and  over 450 species of birds, like Kalij Pheasant, Brown Fish-owl, Pied Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Ibisbill, Lesser Fish-eagle, Bengal Florican, Orange-breasted Green-Pigeon, Ashy-headed Green-Pigeon, and Collared Falconet. 

Koshi Tappu: The smallest of the Terai’s national parks, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Comprised of wetland and grassland habitat, Koshi Tappu is home to more than 490 species of birds, as well as being the one of the last habitat of the endangered Arna or the Wild Water Buffalo. Situated amidst a triangle of small islands in the flood plain of the Sapt Kosi river – one of the three main tributaries of the ganga, Koshi Tappu is home to an array of migratory and resident birds. One can see all three species of Fish-eagle namely Lesser, Grey-headed and Pallas’s Fish-eagle, both Florican species namely Lesser and Bengal Florican, the rare and threatened Swamp Francolin, Eastern Water Rail, Bristled Grassbird, Finn’s or Yellow Weaver, Yellow Breasted Bunting, Sarus Crane, Imperial Eagle, and Indian Spotted Eagle.

Date: November 2014

Final dates, cost and further details for this camp will be announced on the website shortly.

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  • 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.