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Bi-monthly Programme (September-October 2014)

BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMMES

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

SEPTEMBER

14th Sep          Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi.

21st Sep           Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

28th Sep          Discovering Dragons and Damsels.

28th Sep          Mahim Nature Park.

29th Sept         (29th Sept – 3rd Oct 2014) Wildlife Week exhibition at BNHS: “Tatwamasi” – A Glimpse into Periyar’s Wildlife.

OCTOBER

5th Oct             Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi.

12th Oct           Highest Point Trek, Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

19th Oct           Vasai Fort Natural History Trail.

WEEKEND CAMPS

September         Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers.

NATIONAL CAMPS

October

  • Namdapha National Park
  • Coorg and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary            

November

  • Bandipur and Nagarhole National Park (Kabini)

December

  • Little Rann of Kutch
  • Great Rann of Kutch
  • Wild Rajasthan (Tal Chhapar, Jorbeed, Kheechan, and Desert NP)

JANUARY 2015

  • Andaman Island
  • Sundarbans – Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

FEBRUARY 2015

  • Bhitarkanika, Mangalajodi, and Chilika

     

MARCH 2015

  • Neora Valley National Park & Lava

 INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

November, 2014   NEPAL

March, 2015         AFRICAN SAFARI – TANZANIA

UPCOMING CAMPS

February, 2015     MARINE CAMP AT LAKSHADWEEP

                          BHITARKANIKA, MANGALAJODI, CHILIKA


SEPTEMBER, 14th Sunday.

Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi

Butterflies are natural wonders and are indicators of the quality of our environment. Join us to visit the only open-air butterfly garden near Mumbai, teeming with several species of stunning butterflies. Seek out beautifully patterned caterpillars and learn about the lifecycle of these jewels on wings. One can spot Dark Blue Tiger, Brown King Crow, Blue Mormon, Blue Oakleaf, Common Baron, Great Orange Tip, and many other beautiful species.

Group Leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar (9987449251), renowned butterfly expert and author of “The Book of Indian Butterflies”

Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 800/- for others.

Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 06:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 06:50 a.m., and Thane (Cadbury Jn.) at 07:10 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.

Note: The group should return to Dadar by 1:00 p.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.


SEPTEMBER, 21st Sunday.

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Join BNHS for a morning at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). One can see myriad small life forms during this time; large mammals like Spotted and Sambar Deer can also be seen. The trail leads through fine forest dominated by bamboo and ends at the first stream.

Grade: Easy (Simple walk for 1.5 km each way, however the walk from the main gate to the trail is about 15-20 min.)

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Ms Parveen Shaikh & Mr. Vithoba Hegde Charges: Rs. 150/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. 

Reporting: Members to meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at 7.30 a.m.

Registration*: On the spot. For further 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. .

Note: Participants have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. The programme will conclude by 11.00 a.m.  Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.


SEPTEMBER, 28th Sunday.

Discovering Dragons and Damsels

Discover the little known dragonflies! Get a closer look at these hawks of the insect world; let us take you on a guided walk through the rambling beauty of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). On the trail you will visit several different types of habitats in search of these flying marvels. They may not breathe fire, but there’s no doubt the dragonfly walk will fuel your imagination and leave you in awe of Nature’s efficient predator. There will be a chance to see some beautiful butterflies, birds, and plants as well as dragonflies, so seize this opportunity to catch sight of the world’s fastest flying insect.

If you want to know more about these fantastic creatures before the trail you can visit: www.ias.ac.in/initiat/sci_ed/lifescape/odonates.html

Grade: Easy

Reporting: Members to meet at SGNP beyond the ticket counter under the map at 7.30 a.m.

Group Leaders: Ms Prachi Galange (9867563300) & Mr. Saurabh Sawant

Charges: Rs. 150/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others.

Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 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. .

Note: Participants have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. The programme should conclude by 10.30 a.m.


SEPTEMBER, 28th Sunday

Mahim Nature Park

This 37 acre forest in the middle of the city acts as a refuge for wildlife in a busy and bustling city; developed from a garbage dump around 20 years back, this man-made forest has come to its glory, it boasts of harbouring more than 80 species of birds and about 40 species of butterflies. During this season the park is green and teeming with butterflies. One can spot butterflies like Black Rajah, Common Lime, Blue Tiger, Common Rose, White Orange Tip, Baronet, Pioneer, Psyche, Commander, Blue Oakleaf, and many more.

Grade: Easy

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Mr. Prashant Gokarankar

Charges: Rs. 150/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. 

Reporting: Participants to meet at the main gate of Mahim Nature Park at 7.30 a.m.

How to Reach: Mahim Nature park is located on Bandra-Sion Link Road opposite Dharavi Bus depot; take a rickshaw from Sion Station on Central railway, alternatively you can take BEST bus (going towards Sion) or autorickshaw from Bandra station on Western railway from east side. For more details on directions see http://goo.gl/SVytAF

Registration*: On the spot. For further 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. .

Note: The programme will conclude by 10.30 a.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.


SEPTEMBER, 29th to OCTOBER, 3rd:

Wildlife Week EXHIBITION @ BNHS: “Tatwamasi” – A Glimpse into Periyar’s Wildlife: 

Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats in Kerala and the surrounding forests are home to an amazing diversity of life. Western Ghats being a global Biodiversity Hotspot, the spectrum of wildlife in the region ranging from Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Malabar Trogon, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, various hornbills, and different species of reptiles and insects, is a nature lover’s delight. “Tatwamasi” is a Vedic spiritual concept signifying the divinity that dwells inside all creatures. This illustrated exhibition tries to vividly portray the divine and mesmerising natural beauty and wildlife of Periyar and the surrounding areas. It also captures the damage done to the ecosystem by careless visitors and tourists and the trash and pollution generated by them. All are welcome to visit this exhibition and experience the wildlife of Western Ghats through an array of superb photographs taken over a period of three years by Mr. N.P. Jayan. It also aims to drive home the need to conserve our last remaining wilderness areas.

Venue: BNHS, Hornbill House hall, opposite Lion Gate, Fort, Mumbai.

Timing: Opening ceremony on 29th September 2014 at 11.00 a.m. – Exhibition will remain open for the next five days from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.


OCTOBER, 5th Sunday

Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi

If you have missed the earlier Butterfly bounty, here is another chance to catch these natural wonders and indicators of the quality of our environment. Join us to visit the only open-air butterfly garden near Mumbai, teeming with several species of stunning butterflies. Seek out beautifully patterned caterpillars and learn about the lifecycle of these jewels on wings. One can spot Dark Blue Tiger, Brown King Crow, Blue Mormon, Blue Oakleaf, Common Baron, Great Orange Tip, and many other beautiful species.

Group Leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar (9987449251), renowned butterfly expert and author of “The Book of Indian Butterflies”

Charges: Rs. 350/- for members, Rs. 400/- for non-members (Charges include butterfly garden charges, and BNHS expertise)

Reporting: Reach OvalekarWadi Butterfly Garden by 08:00 a.m.

How to Reach: (1) From Thane East take Bus no. 700 ac/non ac, (2) From Thane West take any ST bus going to Bhayandar or Borivali, (3) Mulund Check Naka Bus No. 458, 4) From Borivali east Bus no. 700 ac/non ac or any ST bus going to Thane, get down at Owla Village bus stop. OwalekarWadi is in the lane next to Sangam hotel (8 min walk) opposite Abhyudaya Co-op. Bank.

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.

Google map link for OvalekarWadi:

http://g.co/maps/m3aj5 or http://g.co/maps/d7s3f

 


OCTOBER, 12th Sunday

Highest Point Trek, Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Take this rare opportunity to visit the highest point in Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Starting from the Kanheri caves, this medium-grade trek leads you through fine forest and narrow trails in the midst of thick Karvi bushes that open out to a magnificent view of the city and the three lakes, Tulsi, Vihar, and Powai. Along the way we will explore the biodiversity of the interiors of the park, otherwise restricted without permission. The Gaimukh plateau along the way is known for raptor sightings, while the trail should afford us excellent views of forest birds like White-browed Bulbul, Puff-throated Babbler, Purple Sunbird, Indian Grey Hornbill, Brown-headed Barbet, and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Ms Prachi Galange (9867563300)

Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- 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, 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. . The programme will conclude by 02.00 p.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed food. 


OCTOBER, 17th Friday

Book Release: How Blue Is Our Planet? 

BNHS continues its practice of promoting popular literature that creates awareness among the masses about wildlife and conservation. Katie Bagli has written a series of books for children on the wonders of nature and this is the sixth book in the series. It aims to portray the biodiversity of our planet, both terrestrial and aquatic, for young readers. This new book covers various wildlife habitats, species, and conservation stories, coupled with attractive colourful sketches. The book release function is open for all, including children, teachers, and parents.

Venue: BNHS, Hornbill House, Mumbai.

Time: 5.00 p.m.


OCTOBER, 19th Sunday

Vasai Fort Natural History Trail

Formerly known as the Bassein fort, it is a perfect place to witness a unique blend of natural history and historical significance. The site has a variety of butterflies and other insects.  Here a combination of wetland and adjacent wooded areas attracts a good number of resident as well as migrant birds. You may see Asian Openbill, Black-capped Kingfisher, Baya Weaver, Brahminy Kite, Asian Palm Swift, Wire-tailed Swallow, and several other species.

Grade: Easy

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447)

Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 800/- for others (Charges include transportation and BNHS expertise).

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. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (near Omkareshwar temple) 7.10 a.m

Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09.30 a.m. to 05.30 p.m. or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Kindly carry adequate water and breakfast. Rains can be expected.


NOVEMBER 8th & 9th Nov Sat & Sun      

Butterfly Workshop

Learn about these flying jewels and how to photograph them in a two day workshop conducted by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar the renowned butterfly expert and author of “The Book of Indian Butterflies”. The workshop will consist of

Highlights of the Workshop:

Audio Visual talk by Mr. Kehimkar

  • Talk on how to make a butterfly garden on your window sill.
  • Demonstration of preserved specimens from the BNHS collection.
  • Field excursion (9th Nov) to Ovalekarwadi.
  • Study Material

Workshop Charges: Rs. 2,300/- for members and Rs. 2,900/- for others.

Reporting:

Sat, 8th Nov: At 3.30 pm at Hornbill House, Dr. Salim Ali Chowk, Opp Lion Gate, near Kalaghoda. The programme should conclude by 6.30 pm.

Sun, 9th Nov: Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden at 08:00 a.m.

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


SEPTEMBER, 2014

Kaas Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers 

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 – such are the spectacular sights at Kaas. 

Dates:

Batch 1:         6th – 7th September, 2014 (Sat-Sun)

Batch 2:       11th – 12th September, 2014 (Thu-Fri)

Batch 3:       20th – 21st September, 2014 (Registration started)

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in hotel at Satara.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 5,250/- for members, and Rs. 5,850/- for others (ex-Mumbai).

Reporting: On day one, bus will leave at 06:30 a.m. from Dadar (near Chandu Halwai), 06:50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden), and Vashi Junction at 07:10 a.m.

The group will return late evening to Dadar on day two.

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.


OCTOBER, 2014

NAMDAPHA NATIONAL PARK


Namdapha National Park is situated at the southeastern tip of Arunachal Pradesh and bounded by the international boundary with Myanmar to the south and east. The BNHS camp will be at low altitude and there is no strenuous trekking involved.  All walks are on plain forest roads.

Walking in the dense evergreen forests is truly an unforgettable experience, one can see birds like five species of hornbills namely Brown, Rufous-necked, Great Pied, Oriental Pied, and Wreathed Hornbill; White-bellied Heron, Pied Falconet, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush; Sultan Tit. In addition, mammals like Hoolock Gibbon and Yellow-throated Marten can also be seen. The Northeast is a butterfly watcher’s paradise and Namdapha attracts many butterflies like White Dragontail, Popinjay, Great Windmill, Powdered Baron, Punchinello, Common Lascar, Red-base Jezebel, Staff Sergeants, Archduke, Purple Emperor, Fluffy Tit, Great Nawab, Variegated Rajahs and many more.

The camp will be led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar renowned butterfly expert and author of “The Book of Indian Butterflies”.  He will also give tips on how to observe and how to take photographs of these fascinating insects.

Dates:  9th – 16th October 2014

Group leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar

Camp Charges: Rs. 25,500/- for members, and Rs. 26,700/- for others (ex-Guwahati)

Accommodation: Twin/triple sharing in Forest Guest House.

Reporting: Reporting on Thursday, 9th October (Day One) at Guwahati at 3.00 p.m. (evening) at Hotel Mayur, Paltan Bazaar, near Guwahati railway station.

Travel by overnight bus to Miao by Network Travels.  Return to Guwahati on 16th October 2014 early morning.  Participants are advised to arrive at Guwahati ONE day prior and book return tickets from Guwahati after 12.00 noon on 16th October.

How to reach: Guwahati is well connected by air and rail.  Alternately, one can avoid overnight bus journey from Guwahati as Miao is accessible from Dibrugarh airport.

Bare minimum facilities will be available at the campsite, including simple vegetarian meals.All luggage will be carried separately in vehicles.

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. .


COORG AND BHADRA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Madikeri, Coorg: Madikeri is a small hill station in the Coorg district of Karnataka, situated in the heart of the Western Ghats. Madikeri is an ideal place for birds and butterflies. It is an excellent destination to see endemic birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, Malabar Trogon, Small Sunbird, Malabar Parakeet, Grey-fronted Green-pigeon, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Flame-throated Bulbul and Malabar Barbet.  This season is also good for butterflies, if you are lucky you can spot the largest butterfly in India, the Southern Birdwing. You can also spot Blue Mormon, Common Map, Paris Peacock, Dark Blue Tiger, and Colour Sergeant.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: A tiger reserve under Project Tiger and a biodiversity hotspot, the Sanctuary is covered by dry deciduous, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forest. Large mammals like Tiger, Indian Bison (Gaur), Asian Elephant, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, four types of deer namely Sambar, Barking, Spotted, and Mouse Deer. Malabar Giant Squirrel and Indian Giant Flying Squirrel can be seen here. A boat ride in the Bhadra river gives great opportunity for a close encounter with Marsh Crocodile and waterbirds. Bhadra is also home to endemic birds like Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Treepie, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Blue-faced Malkoha, and other forest birds like Vernal Hanging-parrot, Great Pied Hornbill, Orange-breasted Green-pigeon, Jerdon’s Leafbird, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, and Greater Flameback.

Grade: Easy

Dates:  29th October – 2nd November 2014

Group leader:   Ms Prachi Galange

Camp Charges: Rs. 28,200/- for members, and Rs. 29,400/- for others (ex-Mangalore)

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in Bhadra and upto 4 sharing in Coorg.

Reporting: Pick-up on Day One outside Mangalore Junction Railway Station at 8:00 a.m. Drop on last day at 1:00 p.m. outside Mangalore Junction Railway Station

How to reach: Netravati Exp (16345) starts from LTT (Mumbai) at 11:40 a.m. and reaches Mangalore Junction at 6:00 a.m.

Return: Mumbai Exp (12134) starts from Mangalore Junction at 1:55 p.m.

Air: Mangalore is well connected by air with several direct flights.

Cost includes: Accommodation, food, transfers to/from Mangalore, and visit to Sanctuaries and safaris.

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. .


NOVEMBER, 2014

BANDIPUR AND NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK (KABINI)

Bandipur National Park: Once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore, Bandipur is primarily a dry deciduous forest. Together with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole, and Mudumalai National Park it forms the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, making it part of the largest protected area in southern India.

Bandipur has a good population of Asian Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, Cheetal and Gaur. Apart from these animals one can spot birds like Red Spurfowl, Lesser Adjutant, Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot-billed Pelican, Emerald Dove, Indian Nightjar, Stork-billed Kingfisher and White-bellied Woodpecker.

Nagarhole National Park: This Park is most famous for its Leopard sightings due to the high density of its Leopard population. The Park has a variety of habitats from grassy swamps to moist and dry deciduous forests, with an abundance of wildlife and biodiversity. Large mammals like Tiger, Leopard, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Barking Deer, Sambar, Grey Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Wild Boar, Indian Giant Flying Squirrel, and Malabar Giant Squirrel can be seen during the camp. Birds like Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Pallas’s and Grey-headed  Fish-eagle, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Grey-headed and Yellow-footed Green-pigeon, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Malabar and Blossom-headed Parakeet, Malabar Trogon, White-cheeked Barbet, Black-rumped Flameback, White-naped Flameback, Common Flameback and Greater Flameback, Purple Sunbird, Loten’s Sunbird, Small Sunbird, and Purple-rumped Sunbird can be seen here.

Grade: Easy

Dates:  22nd – 26th November 2014

Group leader:   Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 40,000/- for members, and Rs. 41,200/- for non-members (ex-Bangalore)

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis, in Bandipur Safari Lodge (2 nights), & Kabini River Lodge (2 nights).

Reporting: Pick-up on Day One outside Bangalore City Jn. Railway Station, 06:00 a.m. Drop on last day at 05:00 p.m. It is advisable to arrive one day earlier in Bangalore.

How to reach: Coimbatore Exp (11013) and Udyan Exp (16529) running daily to Bangalore.Return: Udyan Exp (11302) Departure from Bangalore at 08:10 p.m.

Air: Bangalore is well connected by air with several direct flights.

Cost includes: Accommodation, food (first day Lunch to last day Breakfast), Transfers to/from Bangalore and visit to Sanctuaries, safari charges, and entry to the park.

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. .


DECEMBER, 2014

LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH


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 birding paradise and a Ramsar Site. Birding at the lakes and marshes 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 the Short-toed Eagle, buzzards, Aquila eagles, six species of falcon, and three species of harrier. 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.

Grade: Easy

Dates:

Batch I: 12th – 15th December, 2014

Batch II: 16th – 19th December, 2014 (On demand)

Group leader: Ms Prachi Galange

Camp Charges: Rs. 15,500/- for members, and Rs. 16,700/- for others (ex-Ahmedabad)

Accommodation: Twin sharing at Rann Riders

Reporting: Ahmedabad railway station at 08:00 a.m. on Day One. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 06:00 p.m. on the 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 other trains as well which arrive in Ahmedabad early morning.

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. .


GREAT RANN OF KUTCH 

Explore the areas bordering the Great Rann of Kutch and other interesting places like Banni grassland, and Chhari-Dhand for bird watching 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 Eagle, Tawny Eagle and Steppe Eagle, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and Painted Sandgrouse, Grey Francolin and Black Francolin, Cream-coloured Courser and Indian Courser, Sykes’s Lark, Great Indian Bustard, Crab Plover, Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo, 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

Dates: 16th – 20th December, 2014

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Charges: Rs. 12,700/- for members, and Rs. 13,900/- 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:  BDTS Bhuj Exp (19115) which leaves Bandra daily at 02:50 p.m. and reaches Bhuj at 07:25 a.m. next morning

Return: Bhuj BDTS Exp (19116) leaves Bhuj at 10:15 p.m. and reaches Bandra next day at 01:55 p.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.


WILD RAJASTHAN

Tal Chhapar, Jorbeed, Kheechan and Desert National Park

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 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 endangered vultures is the carcass dump at Jorbeed. Jorbeed is also famous for the rare and Vulnerable Yellow-eyed Pigeon which are 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: Best place to see the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard. During winter, the park comes alive with an array of migrants 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, Long-legged Buzzard are found here. 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 be. 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

Grade: Easy

Dates:

Batch I: 20th – 25th December, 2014 (batch limit 15)

Batch II: 26th-31st December, 2014 (On Demand)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs. 26,500/- for members, and Rs. 27,700/- for others (ex-Jaipur/Jodhpur)

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

Reporting: Day Oneat Jaipur Jn. railway station at 07:30 a.m. Drop on last day at Jodhpur railway station at 06:00 p.m. Kindly book your ticket 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 is also connected with direct flights.

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. .


JANUARY, 2015

ANDAMAN ISLAND

Floating in splendid isolation, east of mainland India in the Bay of Bengal is the archipelago of emerald islands, the Andaman Islands. Explore enchanting islands, consisting of about 527 islands, both small and large. Of the 527 islands, only 38 are inhabited by humans. The Andaman group is famous for endemic flora and fauna, that are found only on these islands, which is the reason it is called the island of endemism; the islands have a very high forest cover of over 85% of the area. Andaman Island is a treat for nature lovers and enthusiasts. One can see endemics like Andaman Teal, Andaman Serpent Eagle, Andaman Crake, Andaman Coucal, to name a few other birds like Black Baza, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Collared Kingfisher and Blue-eared Kingfisher.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 18th- 25th January, 2015 (ex-Port Blair)

Charges: Rs. 31,500/- for members, and Rs. 32,700/- for others (ex-Pott Blair)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

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. .


SUNDARBANS - Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

The Sundarbans are located in the delta of the Brahmaputra and Ganga rivers in the Bay of Bengal. One hundred and two islands are situated in this world’s largest river delta. Approximately 40 per cent of the Sundarbans is in the state of West Bengal, the rest in Bangladesh.

The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world, covering 60 per cent of India’s total mangrove area. Almost 90 per cent of all Indian mangrove species are found here. Of course, the Royal Bengal Tiger is the flagship species of Sundarbans, where it roams in the marshy areas and if you are lucky you can see it swimming across the channel. Moreover, Sundarbans are the best place to see the Saltwater Crocodile and Water Monitor Lizard. With more than 250 bird species found here in winter, this is the perfect time to see migratory birds. One could spot seven species of Kingfishers, including the threatened Brown-winged Kingfisher.

DATES:

Batch I 17th–20th January 2015

Batch II 21st–24th January 2015 (On demand)

Camp fee: Rs. 13,700/- for members, and Rs. 14,900/- for non-members (ex Kolkata)

Cost Includes: Accommodation (3/4 sharing), all meals, pick up and drop at Howrah railway station.

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Reporting: Pick up near Howrah railway station (Kolkata) in front of Yatri Niwas at 08:00 a.m. Drop at Howrah railway station at 07:00 p.m. Participants are advised to reach Howrah one day prior to the first day of camp, and also book the return accordingly to avoid last minute rush.

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. .


FEBRUARY, 2015

Bhitarkanika National Park: With 55 out of 58 species of mangroves in India present here, Bhitarkanika is a rich, green and luxuriant ecosystem. Bhitarkanika is one of the best places to see the Estuarine Crocodile basking languidly along the banks as your boat steers lazily across the water. Known to be home to more than 200 species of birds, one can spot seven species of Kingfishers here, namely Common, Pied, Black-capped, Brown-winged, Stork-billed, White-throated and Collared Kingfisher.

Mangalajodi Bird Sanctuary: The marshy waters of the Northern Banks of the Chilika Lake are home to a whole array of birds. Mangalajodi which has been declared as an Important Bird Area (IBA) is a treat for birders and photographer alike, boat rides through the marshes can get you up-close to birds like Baillon’s Crake, Wood Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Streaked Weaver, Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, and Plaintive Cuckoo.

Chilika Lake: Chilika, India’s largest brackish-water lake is home to a whole array of birds. During this season one can see huge flocks of waterfowl; birds like Fulvous Whistling Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Spot-billed Pelican, Northern Shoveller, Ferruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Osprey, and White-bellied Sea-eagle.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 18th–22nd February, 2015 (ex-Bhubaneshwar)

Group Leader:  Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Charges: Rs. 20,000/- Members and 21,200/- Non-members (ex-Bhubaneshwar)

Reporting: Bhubaneswar Railway Station at 7.00 am, on day one. Drop off at Bhubaneswar railway station on last day at 12.30 p.m.

How to get there: Bhubaneswar is well connected by air. By rail: one can take the Konark Exp. (11019)  which arrive in Bhubaneswar at 04.25 hrs. (Kindly note Konark Exp. takes 37 hrs, thus plan your journey accordingly).

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. .


MARCH, 2015

NEORA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK & LAVA

Situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, the Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones in the Northeast. Though famous as the land of the Red Panda, it is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. Some of India’s most sought after birds are found here. During the camp one can see birds like Black Baza, Sapphire Flycatcher, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Red-tailed Minla, Greater Yellownape, Green-billed Malkoha, and five species of Sunbirds, namely Crimson, Ruby-cheeked, Green-tailed, Black-throated, Mrs. Gould’s and Fire-tailed Sunbird.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 14th-18thMarch, 2015

Group Leader:  Mr. Asif Khan

Charges: Rs. 23,200/- for members, and Rs. 24,500/- for others (ex-New Jalpaiguri)

Accommodation: Two nights in Lava on twin sharing in hotel. Two nights inside Neora Valley National Park on triple/quad sharing in attic cottages.

Charges Include: Transport from railway station, local travel, entry fee, all meals and accommodation, entry to park and permits (as required).

Reporting: Pick up from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station at 7.00 a.m. and drop to NJP at 3.00 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. By rail: One can take direct trains to NJP like Guwahati Exp. (15645), and Karmabhumi Exp. (15611), which run on selected days only, or reach Kolkata and then board any one of many trains to NJP.

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. .


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 Himalaya, 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, 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.

Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park was 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, including 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. 

Phewa Lake, Pokhra: This scenic lake is surrounded by forested hills and is the second largest lake in Nepal. Birding around the lake and in these forested hills can be rewarding with birds like Spiny Babbler, Blue-throated Babbler, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Blue Whistling Thrush, Russet Sparrow, Crimson Sunbird, White-crested Laughing Thrush and Wedge-tailed Pigeon.

Phulchowki: Home to the only endemic bird 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, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Ashy Wood-pigeon, Himalayan Cutia, and Black-throated Sunbird can be seen here.

Dates: 6th – 13th November 2014

Reporting: 6th November 2014 at Delhi International Airport.

Camp Fee: Rs.76,300/- for members and Rs. 77,500/- for others (ex-Delhi)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Payment schedule:

1st Installment (non-refundable)     Immediate                                      Rs. 20,000/-

2nd Installment-                           Immediate                                       Rs. 20,000/-

3rd Installment -                           Immediate                                       Rs. 20,000/-

Final Installment -                         30th September                               Rs. 16,300/-

Camp fee includes:

●          Economy Class airfare ex-Delhi.

●          Full board accommodation.

●          All park entrance fees and permit charges.

●          Three meals (BLD) a day while on Safari.

*          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 @ 1 USD= 60 INR, and minimum 18 pax traveling together and Airfare as on 1st May 2014.

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. .


FEBRUARY, 2015

MARINE CAMP AT LAKSHADWEEP

Lakshadweep is a group of islands, 200-440 km off the south west coast of India. These islands form the smallest union territory of the country. The Lakshadweep region has about 600 species of fish, 78 species of coral and over 100 species of other marine invertebrates. This is a perfect opportunity to explore the fascinating marine life under the sea.

Participants will get training in snorkeling as part of the camp activity.  You need not worry if you do not know swimming; you can still enjoy the deep blue sea and moving among the amazing corals, fishes, shells, shrimps and crabs. Most of the snorkeling will be in waist-deep coral lagoons.

Grade: Easy

Dates: February, 2015

Group Leader:  Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Ms Prachi Galange

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. .


BHITARKANIKA, MANGALAJODI and CHILIKA

Bhitarkanika National Park: With 55 out of 58 species of mangroves in India present here, Bhitarkanika is a rich, green and luxuriant ecosystem. Bhitarkanika is one of the best places to see the Estuarine Crocodile basking languidly along the banks as your boat steers lazily across the water. Known to be home to more than 200 species of birds, one can spot seven species of Kingfishers here, namely Common, Pied, Black-capped, Brown-winged, Stork-billed, White-throated and Collared Kingfisher.

Mangalajodi Bird Sanctuary: The marshy waters of the Northern Banks of the Chilika Lake are home to a whole array of birds. Mangalajodi which has been declared as an Important Bird Area (IBA) is a treat for birders and photographer alike, boat rides through the marshes can get you up-close to birds like Baillon’s Crake, Wood Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Streaked Weaver, Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, and Plaintive Cuckoo.

Chilika Lake: Chilika, India’s largest brackish-water lake is home to a whole array of birds. During this season one can see huge flocks of waterfowl; birds like Fulvous Whistling Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Spot-billed Pelican, Northern Shoveller, Ferruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Osprey, and White-bellied Sea-eagle.

Dates: February, 2015

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. .


MARCH, 2015                 

African Safari - Tanzania

Come and explore the wildlife of Northern Tanzania, also known as the “prime game viewing country”. Witness the spectacle of African wildlife in Tanzania. Watch the dust rise and feel your heart pound as herds of over a million Wildebeest and Zebra thunder across your path on the great migration.  Masai Giraffe, Thomson's Gazelle, Cheetah, Striped and Spotted Hyena, and many more wild animals roam the savannah. Tanzania provides the best opportunity to see distinctive African animals like African Lion, Cheetah, Eland, and Kudu, and birds such as Secretary Bird, African Fish-eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, Superb Starling, Vulturine and Crested Guineafowl, Southern Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, and Red-billed Hornbill. Other attractions are Nile Crocodile and the largest land animal, the African Elephant.

Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park, the Mecca of wildlife lovers, is truly a wildlife paradise. Experience the thrill of exploring the endless plains of Serengeti and witness extensive herds of wildebeest and zebra. The largest bird in the world, Common Ostrich, can also be seen here.

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places to see the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros, Serval, Wildebeest, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and African Lion at close range.

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania and is famous for the large number of elephants that can be seen here. It is also a good place to spot the uncommon Yellow-collared Lovebird. Tarangire is famous for its population of tree climbing lions.

Dates: March, 2015

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. .

* 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.).


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