The Bombay Natural History Society is conducting camps for wildlifers, birders, photographers in October and November this year. The trips guarantee a memorabilia for participants.
The first camp will be held in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh between october 12 and 17. The expanse of 1,98,500 hectares of forest is surrounded by mountains and several rivers, some of the forested areas are untouched by humans till date and harbours perhaps most diverse flora and fauna in India. Due to great altitudinal variation, one can witness it all here– from tropical wet evergreen in the lower areas and subtropical and temperate forests to alpine region in the higher mountains. Birds like Brown, Rufous-necked, Great Pied, Wreathed Hornbill, White-bellied Heron, Pied Falconet, Snowy-throated and Grey-throated Babblers, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughing Thrushes, Sultan Tit and mammals including Hoolock Gibbon and Yellow-throated Martin are bonus to visitors. A butterfly paradise, the North-East India offers a treat for butterfly watchers in Namdapha which is home to White Dragontail Staff Sergeants, Archduke, Nawabs, Rajahs and more. The trek is graded as easy to moderate and would cost Rs 38,900 for BNHS members. For others, it will cost Rs 40,900. This includes local transport, transfer to/fro Dibrugarh airport, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from the first day to the breakfast of the last day, accommodation, permits and BNHS expertise. The package does not include flight/rail tickets, all expenses of personal nature, beverages, camera fees.
Accommodation: Twin sharing basis* (Seats limited to 12 participants). Accommodations will be basic owing to the remoteness of the place.
Reporting: On day 1 at Dibrugarh 7:00 am, drop-off on last day at 12:00 noon at Dibrugarh Airport. Note: Kindly book your flight tickets to arrive a day prior.
The second camp will be held in Panchmari, Pench and Satpura National Park between November 23 and 28. Pench National Park. While the Pench National Park, believed to be inspired by Rudyard Kipling to write the famous Jungle Book fills with meadows and tropical moist dry deciduous forests, it is also home to a very good tiger population. This is also the season where one can see Indian bisons and Sambars, Blue Bull, fur-horned Antelope, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat Sloth Bear, Honey Badger and Indian Jackal, birds like Crested Hawk-Eagle, Spotted Owlet, Red-collared Dove, Eurasian Thick-knee, Hoopoe, Brown Fish-Owl, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle.
In Satpura National Park, this is the time to spot sloth bears, leopards, Dhole, tigers, bisons and four-horned Antelope. It is also home to Dusky Eagle-owl, Streak-throated Woodpecker, White-naped Flameback, Pied Flycatcher-shrike, White-bellied Minivet, Jerdon’s Leafbird and Sandlark. Panchmari is situated in the cradle of the Satpura Mountain Range and is also a popular hill station, a birding paradise with birds like Shaheen Falcon, Rufous-bellied Eagle, both Red and Grey Junglefowl, Mottled Wood-Owl, Indian Yellow Tit, Jerdon’s Leafbird, Crested Treeswift, Sirkeer Malkoha, Black-crested Bulbul, Streaked-throated Woodpecker, Indian and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Tawny-bellied Babbler, and White-naped Woodpecker.
This week-long camp falls in easy grade for campers and trekkers and costs Rs 39,600 for BNHS members and Rs 42,100 for others (excluding Nagpur).
Accommodation: Twin sharing basis.
Reporting: Outside Nagpur Railway Station at 8:00 a.m. Drop off at Nagpur on last day at 2:00 p.m.
How to Reach: Nagpur is well connected by flights. By rail one can take the Nagpur Duronto (12289) or Sewagram Exp (12139) both of which reach Nagpur before 7:30 a.m. Similarly, for return, Nagpur Duronto (12290) or Sewagram Exp (12140) can be taken.
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