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Bi-monthly Programme (November - December 2014)

ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

NOVEMBER

15th–16th Nov                       Butterfly Workshop

16th Nov                                Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

23rd Nov                                Wader Watch at Sewri

30th Nov                                Bats and Birds walk at Elephanta Island

DECEMBER

7th Dec                                  Birding at Karnala Base Forest

14th Dec                                Godrej Mangrove Walk

21st Dec                                Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

8th Dec                                  Highest Point Trek, Sanjay Gandhi National Park

WEEKEND CAMPS

January                                 Birding Triology–Karnala, Ramdhaneshwar and Akshi

NATIONAL CAMPS

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)

2015 January                        Andaman Island

                                              Sundarbans Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

February                                Marine Camp at Lakshadweep

                                              Bhitarkanika, Chilika and Mangalajodi

March                                    Neora Valley National Park & Lava

                                              Kanha & Satpura National Park

                                              (Explore the Central Indian Highlands and Plains)      

April                                       Great Himalayan National Park

                                              North Sikkim

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

May, 2015                             Wild Borneo–Malaysia

UPCOMING CAMPS

National Camps

May, 2015                               Corbett National Park & Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

International Camps

November, 2015                      Wild Amazon and Cloud Forest of Ecuador

February, 2015                                    Emerald Island–Sri Lanka

 


NOVEMBER

15th–16th 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 a 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 (16th Nov) to Ovalekar Wadi

▪       Tips on Photographing Butterflies

▪       Study Material

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

Reporting

Sat, 15th Nov: At 03:30 pm at Hornbill House, Dr. Sálim Ali Chowk, Opp Lion Gate, near Kalaghoda. The programme should conclude by 06:30 pm.

Sun, 16th Nov: Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden at 08:00 a.m.

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.  


 

 

16th Nov Sun 

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Join BNHS for a winter morning at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). One can see myriad 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.

 


23rd Sun 

Wader Watch at Sewri

During this season the mudflats at Sewri are speckled with hundreds of migratory birds. No other place within the city offers such a spectacle. Come learn about these travelers of the bird world from BNHS. Threatened birds like Black-headed Ibis and Black-tailed Godwit can be seen feeding on the mudflat. Lesser Sand Plover, Little Ring Plover, Kentish Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Terek, Common, Curlew and Broad-billed Sandpiper; Little Stint, and Temminck’s Stint could be seen.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) & Ms Parveen Shaikh

Charges: Rs. 100/- for member and Rs. 150/ for non-member.

Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 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*: 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. . The programme will conclude by 9:30 a.m.

 

 

 


30th Nov  Sun  

Bats and Birds walk at Elephanta Island


Situated off the south-east shore of the city, Elephanta Island is a good birding location. During this season one can see Brown-headed Gull and Black-headed Gull flying along the boat to the island. Other birds like the Gull-billed Tern, Lesser and Greater Sand Plover, Indian Grey Hornbill, Common Iora, Spot-billed Duck, Little Grebe, Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagle. BNHS gives you a chance to learn about the only flying mammal, explore the caves with an expert in search of bat roosts. One can see Greater Asiatic Yellow House Bat and Leaf-nose Bat.

Grade: Moderate (Initial 100 steps climb to reach the top, this could be a bit strenuous)

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Dr. Bandana Arora

Charges: Rs. 500/- for Members and Rs. 600/- for others (Charges include boat ticket, entry ticket to Elephanta Island and BNHS    expertise).

Reporting: Hornbill House, opp. Lion Gate, Colaba at 7:30 a.m. Departure from Gateway of India at 8:00 a.m. Please carry adequate water, packed breakfast.            

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 group should be back at Gateway of India by 12:30 p.m.

 


DECEMBER

7th Dec Sun 

Birding at Karnala Base Forest

An enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of the Sanctuary. It is a perfect time to see both resident and migrant birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Rufous and Heart-spotted Woodpecker, White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird can be seen.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) and Ms Prachi Galange (9867563300)

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 Vashi (Vashi 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 12:30 noon Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. 

 


 

14th Dec Sun         

Godrej Mangrove Walk

One of the last few pristine mangroves in the city, the Godrej Mangrove centre is a magnet for many water birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Enjoy a walk through this ecosystem with a difference as we explore how mangroves act as a barrier and reduce wave action on land to a minimum. Often called the second lungs of the city after Sanjay Gandhi National Park, this mangrove ecosystem can show us some beautiful species like White-cheeked Bulbul, Long-tailed Shrike, White-browed Fantail, Little Green Bee-eater, Baya Weaver, and Scaly-breasted Munia while the creek area will be excellent for waders like Black-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, and Common Redshank.

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) & Mr. Siddesh Surve

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

Reporting: Outside Vikhroli Bus Depot, Vikhroli (East) at 7:00 a.m. (Registration closes at 7:15 a.m.)

How to Reach:One can take a train to Vikhroli Station (Main Line) and take the first foot over bridge (Ghatkopar end), the depot is 2 min away on foot. 

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 11:00 a.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed food.

 


 

21st Dec Sun 

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and forms a corridor for animals between SGNP and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. This trail is lined with lianas and a dense mixed deciduous forest. During this season one can see good butterfly diversity like Chocolate Pansy and Sailor, also birds including Rufous Treepie, Ashy Drongo, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-headed Barbet, Shikra, Verditer Flycatcher and many more.

Grade: Easy

Group leaders: Ms Prachi Galange & Mr. Vithoba Hegde

Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 800/- for others (Charges include transportation, entry, 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., Ghodbundar Jn. (Hotel Fountain) 7:30 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: The group should return to Dadar by 1:00 p.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast.

 


 

28th Dec  Sun       

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

TrekGrade: Morderate

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 7:15 a.m

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698)and

How to Reach: Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated on the Western Express Highway about a kilometre 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. . Visit us at www.bnhs.org. The programme willconclude by 02:00 p.m. Kindly carry adequate water and packed food. 

 


 

 

JANUARY, 2015

Birding Trilogy

Join BNHS for a birding packed weekend, over the two days we will visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, for forest birding then Raptor Watch with Raptor expert Dr. Vaibhav Deshmukh and end with shore birding at Akshi Beach.

Forest Birding - Karnala Bird Sanctuary:

We will explore the base forest of Karnala where on a good day one can see a good number of species, including a few endemics; you can expect to see Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Vigors’s Sunbird, Brown-cheeked Fulveta, Emerald Dove, five species of Drongo namely Black, Ashy, White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed, and Bronzed Drongo; one can also see endemics like Grey-fronted Green-Pigeon, Small Sunbird, and Nilgiri Flowerpecker.

Raptor Watch:

One of the most difficult groups to identify, learn about them from Dr. Vaibhav Deshmukh a renowned Raptor Expert. On a good day one can spot raptors like White-bellied Sea-eagle, White-eye Buzzard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, and Eurasian Hobby.

Shore Birding:

Each year Akshi and the adjoining beaches play host to a score of shore birds. We can see five species of Gulls, eight species of Terns and several waders here; you can spot birds like Sandwich Tern, both Lesser and Greater Crested Tern, Slender-billed Gull, Ruddy Turnstone, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Greater Sand Plover, Whimbrel, Dunlin, and Heuglin’s Gull.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 3rd – 4th January, 2015

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis in hotel.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 4,500/- for members, and Rs. 5,100/- for others (ex-Mumbai).

Cost Includes: Accommodations on twin sharing basis, all meals (first day lunch to next day lunch)

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 in the 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.

NATIONAL CAMPS

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 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 (Last few seats)

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. 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-Port 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: 17th – 20th January 2015

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

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

Date: 7th–13th February, 2015 (ex-Calicut)

Camp fee: Rs. 32,900/- for members, and Rs. 34,100/- for non-members (ex Calicut)

Cost Includes: Accommodation (3/4 sharing), all meals, transport by ship ex Calicut, Snorkelling and Glass Bottom Boat.

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Ms Prachi Galange

Reporting: On day one Beypore port (Calicut) at 2:30 p.m. Drop on last day at 11:00 a.m. It is advisable to book your ticket to reach Calicut at least before noon on day one; and return ticket to depart from Calicut on the next day.

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. .

BHITARKANIKA, CHILIKA and MANGALAJODI

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 photographers 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. 19,800/- Members and 21,000/- Non-members (ex-Bhubaneshwar)

Reporting: Bhubaneswar Railway Station at 7:00 a.m., 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. .

KANHA & SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

(Explore the Central Indian Highlands and Plains)

Kanha National Park

It is believed that the forest of Kanha National Park inspired Rudyard Kipling to write “The Jungle Book”. Explore the famous meadows and tropical moist dry deciduous forests of Kanha with the BNHS. This season offers the sightings of the majestic Tiger, Indian Bison or Gaur–world’s tallest bovid, and Sambar, India’s largest deer. The park is the only place where the threatened Southern Swamp Deer (Rucervus duvaucelii branderi) survives. Other animals like Blue Bull, Four-horned Antelope, Barking, Spotted and Mouse Deer, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Honey Badger and Indian Jackal are seen. This isa good time for birds like Crested Hawk-eagle, Spotted Owlet, Red-collared Dove, Eurasian Thick-knee, Hoopoe, Brown Fish-owl, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle.

Satpura National Park

Explore the highlands of central India, rugged landscape of sandstone peaks and forest of Teak, Sal and Jamun offers a variety of birds and Mammals. Most of the reserve forest is still in virgin state, away from human access. The park boosts of good sightings of Sloth Bear and Leopards one can also see Tigers, Gaur, Four-horned Antelopes, and Wild Dog (Dhole), that are found here one can see birds like Dusky Eagle-owl, Streak-throated Woodpecker, White-naped Flameback, Pied Flycatcher-shrike, White-bellied Minivet, Jerdon’s Leafbird and Sand Lark.

Grade: Easy

Date: 29th March–2nd April, 2015

Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: The charges for the camp will be announced on or before 15th November 2014

Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.

Reporting: Outside Jabalpur Railway Station at 9:00 a.m. Drop off at Jabalpur at 6:00 p.m.

How to Reach: One can take the JBP GARIB RATH (12188), LTT ADL Premium (04128) or Ranchi Exp (18610) all arrive in Jabalpur on the next day before 8.45 a.m. Jabalpur is also connected by air.

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

APRIL, 2015

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, Bearded Vulture, and Himalayan Parakeet can be seen during the trek.

Date: 25th April to 1st May, 2015

Grade: Moderate

Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Camp Charges: Rs. 20,800/- for Members and Rs. 22,000/-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 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, permits to the GHNP, all camping equipment, 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*: 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. .

NORTH SIKKIM

Located in the Yumthang Valley, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a striking place to view flora and fauna in their full glory. Yumthang Valley is renowned for its alpine meadows and breathtaking landscape with the picturesque Yumthang River flowing through it. On the banks of the river, one can see an abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs. Apart from Rhododendron, the Sanctuary is rich in bird diversity, such as Ibisbill, White-collared Blackbird, Green-backed Tit; Black-chinned, Whiskered and Rufous-vented Yuhina; Silver-eared Mesia, and Hoary-throated Barwing.

Grade: Easy

Dates: 18th – 22ndApril, 2015

Group Leader: Ms Prachi Galange

Charges:Rs. 22,500/- for members, and Rs. 23,700/- for others (ex-New Jalpaiguri)

Accommodation: Twin Sharing Basis Cost includes:All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) from first day dinner to last day breakfast, Transfers to and from NJP, permits, and entry to park. 

Cost excludes: Flight/rail ticket to NJP,all expenses of personal nature like laundry, beverages and food not mentioned in the itinerary, camera fees, anything extra cost not specified in the above cost.

Reporting: Pick up from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station at 6:00 a.m. and drop to NJP in the evening of 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. .

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

May, 2015

Wild Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo Island is also known as the Land of the Hornbills; the Borneo rainforest is the oldest in the world and is the only place in the world to see the Endangered Borneo Orangutan. Malaysia is a “Megadiversity Country”, harbouring an estimated 20% of the world’s animal species. Malaysia is also well known for its endemism. During our camp we will visit Bako National Park, Gunung Gading National Park, and Mulu National Park.

Bako National Park:

One of the oldest in Malaysia, this national park is home to the Endangered Proboscis Monkey, Near Threatened Silvered Leaf-Monkey and the Crab-eating Macaque. it is also home to several species of carnivorous Pitcher Plants.

Gunung Gading National Park:

The Gunung Gading National Park features a complex of mountains rising into several peaks, with numerous waterfalls tumbling down in series in the upper reaches of Lundu river, creating an idyllic jungle setting in the cool shade of the rainforest. This national park is famous for the world’s largest single flower, Rafflesia, a parasitic plant only found in Southeast Asia.

Mulu National Park:

Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses cave formations and is flanked by limestone outcrops with virgin tropical forest on the lower slopes giving way to montane vegetation in the upper region. In the mountainous equatorial rainforest of Borneo, eight species of Hornbill are found, including Near Threatened Rhinoceros Hornbill as well as White-crowned and Helmeted Hornbill. The Deer Caves are home to an enormous colony of Wrinkle-lipped Bat, which almost every evening exit the cave in search of food in spectacular waves.

Grade: Easy

Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri

Dates and cost for this camp will be announced on the BNHS website by 15th November, 2014.

For details and 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.

Upcoming Camps:

May, 2015

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 see Great Hornbill, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Tawny Fish Owl, Collared Falconet, both Pallas’s and Lesser Fish-eagles, Hooded Pitta, Grey Treepie, White-crested Laughingthush 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 photographers paradise, one can see three types of pheasants namely Cheer, Koklas and Kalij Pheasant, Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Long-billed Ground-thrush, Red-headed Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthush, Great Barbet, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Lammergeier, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Tit, Black-lored Tit, Striated Prinia, Red-billed Leothrix, Blue-winged Minal, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Lesser Yellownape, Spotted Forktail, Rufous Sibia, and Yellow-breasted Greenfinch.

Grade: Easy

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan

For details and 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. .

Upcoming International Camp:

NOVEMBER, 2015        

Wild Amazon and Cloud Forest of Ecuador

With 15% of the world’s birds found in a country about one twelfth the size of India, we can see the scale of the diversity of the country. The Ecuadorian Amazon constitute a small but mostly untouched part of the largest rainforest in the world which contains over one tenth of all the earth’s living species. Ecuador also holds more species of mammals and amphibians per square meter than any other country. You can see Smooth-fronted Caiman (a relative of the crocodile), Southern Two-toed Sloth, Red Howler Monkey, and White-fronted Capuchin. One can also see birds like four species of parrot namely Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed, and Toucan species like White-throated Toucan, Golden-collared Toucanet, and Ivory-billed Aracari, Plum-throated Cotinga, and Chestnut-fronted Macaw.

Cloud Forest of Mindo is an Importan Bird Area (IBA) situated in the western slopes of the Andes, and is famous for its large variety of hummingbirds, especially the Sword-billed Hummingbird. You can see birds like Speckled Hummingbird, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Velvet-purple Coronet, White-billed Woodstar, Green-fronted Lancebill, Golden-headed Quetzal, Golden Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, and Orange-bellied Euphonia can be seen here.

One can also extend their stay and visit the Galapagos Island.

Grade: Easy

Dates: November, 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. .

FEBRUARY, 2016

Emerald Island–Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a must for birders and wildlife enthusiast alike, with more than 450 species of birds out of which over 30 species are endemic birds Sri Lanka is a must for birders; Yala National Park is one of the best places to spot the elusive Leopard, which boast of having the largest density of Leopard in the world; make Sri Lanka an ideal wildlife destination. The island has some of the most fascinating locations including coastal wetlands, rainforests, and the soaring peaks of the hill country where one can find an array of wildlife.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve which can be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest. Singharaja is a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Birdwatching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Yala National Park comprises of several major habitat types, including dunes, scrub forest, riverine forests, rocky outcrops, secondary forests and coastal lagoons with mangrove forests.  This diverse collection of vegetation provides home to many species of animals including sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, Sambar and the endangered leopard sub-species, which found only in Sri Lanka. Other carnivores found in the park include Ring-tailed Civet, and the endemic Golden Palm Civet.

Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Wood Shrike, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Sri Lankan Junglefowl can be spotted in Yala’s riverine forests.

Bundala National Park is a mix of scrub jungle and sand dunes bordering the sea. Bundala and Tissa wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and large flocks of flamingos. This one of the best place to see the migratory birds.

Grade: Easy

Dates: February, 2016

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. .

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Rules and Guidelines for BNHS programmes are available on our website: www.bnhs.org.