Birding in SIKKIM – A dream destination – 09th May to 15th May, 2021

The long wait is over… Get ready for a birding feast in one of the “Best & Beautiful birding hotspots in the World”. With over 550 species of birds, this has to be a dream destination for any bird-watcher.

Nature India is immensely happy to announce, meticulously planned & carefully organised, Bird-watching trip to Sikkim (North-East India) from 09th May to 15th May 2021 (Travel Days excluded). Only few seats are available, so you know what to do!! Book fast…

Read an excellent report by on of our participant
Sikkimhttp://dattakiranjoshi.blogspot.in/2015/05/birding-on-dzongri-trail-trip-to-south.html

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Sikkim – A Dream Destination for Bird-watching

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With around 650,000 inhabitants, Sikkim is the least populous state in India and the second-smallest state after Goa in total area, covering approximately 7,096 sq. km. Sikkim is nonetheless geographically diverse due to its location in the Himalayas.

Over the years Sikkim has become the most favored location for birders all over world. Sikkim is like a small piece of land surrounded on all sides by mountain walls. Within an area of 80kms, the elevation rises from 225 mtrs in Tista river valley to 8600 mtrs at Kanchendzonga, India’s highest & World’s third highest mountain peak. Separated by Singhalila Range from Nepal in the west & Dongkya Range from Tibet to the east, Sikkim, is like a “bird catchment area.” Nowhere in the world in such a small area can one find flora and fauna of all varieties – Tropical to the Alpines.

Nature India announces, again this year, an exclusive bird-watching trip to this dream destination from 09th May to 15th May 2021…. The details are given at the end. Amongst the places that we intend to cover are Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Okhrey, Hilley, Yuksom, Pelling (Pemayangtse monastery) etc…in Short the West & South of Sikkim.

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Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, West Sikkim 

The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is Located at an altitude of 2900 mts and is renowned for the diversity of Rhododendron’s. It is situated in Western Sikkim in Singalila Range forming a natural border with Nepal in The West. The sanctuary also borders the State West Bengal from Sikkim in the south by Rambong Khola stream. The entire sanctuary is spread over 104 km2, across the Singalila Range. The Varsey Sanctuary can be reached from three points, Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. The most popular entry is Hilley since it is approachable by road and Varsey is only 4 km trek from this point through the beautiful undulated path shaded by different species of rhododendron. The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary spans over the razor sharp Singalila Range. The diverse forest types found here shelter a wide range of high altitude bird species.

The Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary is famous for Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan Satyra) which is one of the rare species of Pheasants found in Eastern Himalayas, the other star bird species to look for is Fire-tailed Myzornis. Also Rufous vented Tit, Grey Crested Tit, Rufous- fronted Tit, Green Shrike Babbler, Tibetan Siskin, Dark breasted Rosefinch, White browed Rosefinch, Spotted Laughingthrush, White collared Blackbird, Darjeeling woodpecker, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Fire-capped Tit, Himalayan Cutia, Several Species of Laughingthrushes, Fulvous & Great Parrotbills, White-browed Fulvetta  etc… can be seen. Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary is also home to the rare beautiful state animal of Sikkim the Red Panda or Firefox and Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten.

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Yuksom Area (Kanchendzonga National Park)

Kanchendzonga-1IMG_0933The term Kanchendzonga means ‘the Abode of Gods consisting of Five Treasure Houses’. The Kanchendzonga National Park is situated in the North District of Sikkim (Yuksom), spreading over an area of 850 square kilometers. The elevation range from 1800 meters to 8600 meters approximately, one of the highest park in the country. The area of the park of spectacular wilderness with one of the highest mountain peaks towering above virtually undisturbed forest cover. The variation of altitude and vegetation has enriched the park area with rich variety of flora, especially Orchids and a great diversiy of Butterflies & Moths.

Yuksom is a historical town in the Geyzing district of Sikkim. It used to be an old capital of the kingdom of Sikkim and has a royal palace complex called the Tashi Tenka which belonged to the Chogyal Kings. The forests around Yuksom constitute a hotspot for birding. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and as the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga, it has large influx of mountaineers from all parts of the world. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Dubdi Monastery, is located in the area and also the smaller Mallu Monastery. Established in 1701, Dubdi Monastery professes to be the oldest monastery in Sikkim

From Yuksom, one can descend altitude from about 1500 mts to about 500 mts along the rangit river, enabling vast diversity of birds….. some of the birds that can be encountered in this region include Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Short-billed and Grey chinned Minivets, Himalayan Bulbul, Red -tailed Minla, various Thrushes, Grey winged Blackbird, various Tits, White tailed Nuthatch, Long-tailed Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Golden fronted and Great Barbet, Scarlet Finch, Silver-backed Needletail, Himalayan Swiftlets, White-browed Piculet, Mr.s Gould’s & Black-throated Sunbirds, Hill Prinia ,Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Slaty-backed & Spotted Forktails, Plumbeous & White-capped Water Redstart, Small Niltava and various Tits & Cuckoo species.

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Pelling and Pemayangtse Monastery

Pelling is on the state highway connecting Gangtok and Yoksum and rests at the foot of snow capped Mt. Kanchenjunga, from where one can have the best view of this highest mountain of India (if weather permits). The important Pemayangtse monastery is a few kilometers from Pelling and is situated on a hilltop (2133 mtrs) which is covered by moist temperate Oak forests decorated with moss and lichens. Pelling is considered as a must visit place for any birder visiting Sikkim.

Pelling and Pemayangtse are well wooded and the moist forests hold Maroon-backed and Rufous-breasted Accentors, Barred Cuckoo Dove, White-tailed Nuthatch, Green-tailed Sunbirds, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatchers, Blue-fronted Redstarts, Small & Large Niltava, Green Shrike Babbler, White-throated & Chestnut-headed Laughingthrush, Nepal Fulvetta, Brownish-flanked Bush Warblers, Scarlet and Long-tailed Minivets, White-tailed Robin, Coal, Green-backed and Black-throated Tits, Blue-winged & Chestnut-tailed Minla, various Yuhinas, Fulvettas, Shrike Babblers, Scimitar Babblers, Laughingthrushes and Babblers.

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COMPLETE TRIP DETAILS

Dates: 09th May 2021 (Sunday) to 15th May 2021 (Saturday)

Travel Details:

Contact Point: New-Jalpaiguri Station (coming by train helps us to maximise our days instead of coming to Bagdogra where flights reach or take off only in afternoons…please call us in case of clarifications)

Note: You will need to arrange your own travel to & fro New-Jalpaiguri station …… Nature India will pick up the participants from Bagdogra on 3rd May Morning @ 10:30 am and arrange a drop to New-Jalpaiguri station on 09th May evening @ 19:00 Hrs.

Mumbai – Kolkata- Mumbai (by Air/Rail on personal expenses)

Kolkata-New-Jalpaiguri-Kolkata (by Rail on personal expenses)

While there are several flight options to reach Kolkata by flight….. we suggest you book the flight tickets so that you keep enough buffer time for your train timings….also please book train tickets to & fro New-Jalpaiguri as follows

Train Travel Suggestions:

By Flight: 

Mumbai to Bagdogra (09th May 2021)
Indigo flight no. 6E 205 departing from Mumbai at 08.05 hours, reaching Bagdogra at 10.45 hours

Or any other flight reaching Bagdogra by 11.00 hours

Bagdogra to Mumbai (15th May 2021)
Air Asia flight no. I5-482 departing from Bagdogra at 17.00 hours reaching Mumbai at 23.15 hours (via New Delhi)

OR

Indigo flight no. 6E-5024, departing from Bagdogra at 16.40 hours, reaching Mumbai at 23.00 hours (via New Delhi)

By Train:

Kolkata (Sealdah Station) to New-Jalpaiguri (Saturday 08th May 2021)
12377 Padatik Exp from Sealdah to  to New-Jalpaiguri …..starting @ 23:15 and reaching at 9:15 Hrs OR

13149 Kanchankanya Exp. from Sealdah to New-Jalpaiguri….starting @ 20:30 and reaching @ 7:30 Hrs

New-Kalpaiguri to Kolkata (Sealdah) – Saturday 15th May 2021
12344 Darjeeling Mail from New-Jalpaiguri to Sealdah Station ….. starting @ 20:00 and reaching at 6:00 Hrs

12378 Padatik Exp from New-Jalpaiguri to Sealdah Station ….. starting @ 21:00 and reaching at 6:45 Hrs OR

13150 Kanchankanya Express from New-Jalpaiguri to Sealdah Station ….. starting @ 20:25 and reaching at 8:15 Hrs

……and then fly from Kolkata on 16th May 2021……

Please note, Nature India would not be able to assist in travel bookings as we are on tours.

Planned Tour Itinerary

(Complete details of stay etc will be provided after registration)

Day 1: Sunday, 09th May, 2021 – Siliguri – Pelling (500 mts to 2000mts)

South Sikkim: We will meet at Bagdogra Airport  / New Jalpaiguri Station @ 10:30 am and drive towards Sikkim – 06 hours straight but we will drive birding all the way as we come across the Sevok RF, part of Mahananda WLS (subject to availability of time).

The possible species you may encounter in this forest are as follows…. Oriental & Great Pied Hornbills, Dollar Bird, Crimson Sunbird, Hill Myna, Jungle Myna, Pin-stripped Tit babbler, Blue-throated Barbet, Lineated Barbet, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Fairy Blue Bird, White-rumped Shama, Scarlet Minivet, Maroon Oriole, Crested Serpent Eagle, Plain Flowerpecker, Black-crested & White-throated Bulbul…..and many more possibilities….Overnight Stay @ a Good resort in Pelling

Day 2: Monday, 10th May, 2021 – Pelling- Pemayangtse (2000 mts)

The entire day will be done around pelling, Rabadangtse Palace Ruins and pemayangtse monastery. This monastery is renowned for the abundance in birdlife. A very small area surrounding the monastery environs may produce gems like White-tailed Robin, Snowy-browed, Little Pied, Verditer, Ferruginous Flycatchers, Fire-breasted Flowerpeckers, Red-tailed Minla, Small & Large Niltava, Green Shrike Babbler, White-throated & Chestnut-headed Laughingthrush, Nepal Fulvetta, White-tailed Nuthatch, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Striated Bulbul, Green-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-fronted Babblers, Blue-fronted Redstart, Bay woodpecker, Brown-throated Tree-creeper etc…..overnight stay in Pelling.

Day 3: Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 – Pelling to Yuksom (1000 to 2000 mts)

Early morning with packed breakfast Head towards Yuksam – Birding around Yuksam for the whole day, visiting the Rangit river (before lunch) and later the Dubdi monastery trail…. The birds that you might encounter are as following Streak breasted Scimitar Babbler, Striated Bulbul, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler,Hill Prinia ,Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Slaty-backed & Spotted Forktails, Gold-naped & Scarlet Finch, Black-throated & Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Black-throated Prinia, Black-tailed Crake, Greater Yellownape Woodpecker, Plumbeous & White-capped Water Redstart, Small Niltava, Long-tailed Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Golden-fronted Barbet, White bellied Yuhina, Black-chinned Yuhina, White-browed Piculet and so on…..return to Pelling …..Birding on the way……Overnight stay @ a Good hotel in Pelling

Day 4: Wednesday, 12th May, 2021 – Pelling to Okhrey (1800 to 2500 mts)

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After Breakfast head via vehicle towards the higher altitude Okhrey and full Day birding to look out for high altitude species like Grey-sided, Black Faced & Striated Laughingthrush, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Little Forktail, Stripe-throated, Rufous-vented & White-naped Yuhina, Rufous-fronted Barwing, Rufous-winged & Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Beautiful Sibia, Broad-billed Warbler, Black-throated Parrotbill, Rufous-gorgeted, Pygmy Blue and Little Pied Flycatcher, Ashy-throated & Buff-barred Warbler, Himalayan Blue-tail, White-collard Blackbird, Long-tailed Minivet, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Black-throated Tit and many more…… Overnight stay @ a Basic Homestay in Okhrey

Day 5: Thursday, 13th May, 2021 – Okhrey- Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (2500 to 3500 mts)

Early morning after breakfast birding trek for 04 km to the Forest Hut at Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary at 3200m. Even though we will be climbing about 300m, the track is well laid with a gentle gradient. As you look for birds, enjoy the lovely walk through forests of Silver Fir, magnolia, and Rhododendrons. The high altitude birds that you might encounter are as following Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Striated Bulbul, Spotted Laughingthrush, Fulvous & Brown Parrotbill, Rufous-vented & Stripe-throated Yuhina, Grey-crested, Coal & Rufous-vented Tit, Black-faced & Grey-hooded Warbler, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Golden-breasted, Brown-throated and White-browed Fulvetta, Red-tailed & Chestnut-tailed Minla, Black-eared Shrike Babbler and so on….. Overnight stay @ a Basic Homestay in Okhrey

Day 6: Friday, 14th May, 2021 – Okhrey- Hilley (2500 to 3000 mts)

Early morning birding around Hilley to get another shot at the high altitude birding …… the Other bird species that are possible here include, Dark-rumped & Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Crimson-browed Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Collard Owlet, Yellow & Red-billed Blue Magpie, Mountain Bulbul, Plain-backed & Dark-throated Thrush, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Rufous-breasted Accentors, Golden Babbler, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-fronted Tit, Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler, Red-headed Bullfinch, Different types of Cuckoo species and a variety of birds. ……overnight stay at Tincluley.

Day 7 : Saturday, 15th May, 2021 – Tincluley to Bagdogra

Early morning birding around Tincluley…. post breakfast proceed towards Bagdogra …. Lunch ob the way …. drop at Bagdogra airport by 14.30 hours (Dinner not included)

Conclusion and farewell of the tour…..

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Trip Charges: (Bagdogra to Bagdogra)…

Rs. 53,400/-only

Includes Stay on twin sharing basis at Pelling, Barsey (or Hilley) & in Biksthang resort, Local transport by Jeeps, Park entry charges, Local Expert charges, vegetarian food, Entry permits for Sikkim, Articles on Sikkim and bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks, Camera Charges if any………

Please Note: That this is the most affordable, yet luxurious trip planned with very good resorts and arrangements.

PS: Unfortunately, if any flights / trains are cancelled due to bad weather or for any other reasons, Nature India will not to be responsible for making stay arrangements. Although, Nature India will assist for hotel bookings.

Stay Arrangements:

Yangthang Dzimkha or similar (Pelling), Little Khamboo Lodge or similar (Okhrey) & Royak Forest Homestay or similar (Tinchulay)

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Yangthang Dzimkha Resort (Pelling);  Little Khamboo Lodge (Okhrey)

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmatory mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a nonrefundable Advance of Rs.22,000/- after getting a registration mail from us…….the remaining amount will be collected later as mentioned below…….Please Register at the earliest as only 10 seats are available.

Payment terms:

Phase 1 – Rs. 25,000/- as non-refundable Advance to be paid immediately, to confirm the participation. We need to forward this as an advance for logistics & to block our seats.

Phase 2 – Balance amount (Rs.28400/-) to be paid before 30th Apr 2021.

Resource Persons: Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

Transfer non-refundable advance amount of Rs.25,000 /- directly to the HDFC A/c : (will be provided along with registration mail) …. please mention your name, date and other details…. OR

Courier a cheque of Rs.25,000/- to the following address and forward the details.

Address: will be provided along with registration mail

Please Note:

1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 25,000/- (Phase 1) is strictly non-refundable

2) The seats will be confirmed only against the advance amount on first come basis

3) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours

4) Nesting photography is prohibited.

5) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India’s rules and policies

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification.

For any other queries we are available on 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar) or 8779599356 / 9820455713(Adesh)

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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(Some images of past trip……@Photo credit: Dattakiran Joshi)

PENCH NATIONAL PARK – Origin of the ‘The Jungle Book’ – 30th Apr to 2nd May, 2021

Another long awaited trip from Nature India…This time its in the abode of “Mowgli” …. the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his famous book – The Jungle Book ……..

Dates: 30th Apr to 2nd May 2021 – Friday to Sunday (Travel days excluded) The bookings for Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh Wildlife trip is on…..book your seats NOW to get the desired train bookings (see the details at the end) ….. If you want the thrill of exploring the Indian Wildlife in the most beautiful setting, it is here…

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PENCH NATIONAL PARK – The origin of the “Jungle Book”

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Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.Pench National Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the buffer area.

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The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale’s ‘Seonee – Camp life in Satpura Hills,’ Forsyth’s ‘Highlands of Central India’ and Dunbar Brander’s ‘Wild Animals of Central India’ explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature’s abundance in this tract. Strendale’s semi-autobiographical ‘Seonee’ was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Land of the “The Jungle Book” : The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous work, The Jungle Book. Kipling borrowed heavily from Robert Armitage Strendale’s books ‘Seonee’, ‘Mammalia of India and Ceylon’ and ‘Denizens of the Jungle’ for the topography, wildlife, and its ways. Mowgli was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman’s pamphlet, ‘An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens’ which describes a wolf-boy captured in Seoni district near the village of Sant Baori in 1831. Many of The Jungle Book’s locations are actual locations in Seoni District, like the Waingunga river with its gorge where Sherkhan was killed, Kanhiwara villlage and the ‘Seeonee hills’. Local tribals, mostly Gonds, revere Mansingh Deo, a legendary figure who was believed to be a magician who had supernatural healing powers. He would ride into the local bazaar on his tiger. There are two temples dedicated to him, the Chhota Mansingh and Bada Mansingh temples.

Topography: The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs. Most of these water courses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped and allow fine vistas of the forests around. The best known of these is ‘Kalapahar’ with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench river flowing through the centre of the Reserve is dry by April but a number of water pools locally known as ‘dohs’ are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to well distributed sources of water all around the reserve.

Conservation History: In the year 1977 an area of 449.39 sq km was declared Pench Sanctuary. Out of this, an area of 292.85 sq km was declared Pench National Park in the year 1983 and 118.31 sq km remained as Pench Sanctuary. In 1992 Government of India declared 757.89 sq km area including the National Park and the sanctuary as the 19th Tiger Reserve of the country. The name of Pench National Park was changed to “Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park” in November 2002 Similarly the name of Pench Sanctuary has been changed to “Mowgli Pench Sanctuary”.

The Pench hydroelectric dam straddles the Maharashtra – Madhya Pradesh boundary. The dam, constructed between 1973 and 1988 has resulted in the submergence of about 74 sq km area out of which 54 km is in the Park, the rest being in Maharashtra.

Wildlife: Tiger is the main cat species of the park present in good numbers. Commonly seen wildlife is chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, and jackal. Other wild animals found are leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, porcupine, jungle cat, fox, striped hyena, gaur, chowsingha and barking deer. There are more than 200 species of birds including several migratory ones. Some of them are peafowl, junglefowl, crow pheasant, crimson-breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul, racket-tailed drongo, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, pintail, shoveler, egret and herons. This national park is rich with chitals i.e. axis axis or more commonly spotted deer.

There are 10 villages in the national park – 1 inside the park (Fulzari) and 9 on the periphery.

As per 2011 Tiger Census ; There are 25 tigers under this umbrella of the Park. 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians. Apart from mammals and other land-based wildlife, the park is also rich in bird life. According to an estimation of the wildlife authorities, the bird population in the park counts to be over 210 species like barbets, bulbul, minivets orioles, wagtails, munias, mynas, waterfowls, kingfishers etc.

Vegetation: The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km).The forests are mainly Southern tropical dry deciduous and dry mixed deciduous forests.Teak Tectona grandis dominates, comprising 25-50 per cent of the species. Moyan, Mahua, Mokha, Skiras, Tendu, Bijra, Garari etc. are associates of teak. Dhaora Anogeissus latifolia, lendia/seja Lageostroemia parviflora, saja Terminalia tomentosa, salai Boswellia serrata, bija Pterocarpus marsupium, bhirra Chloroxylon swietenia and sirus Albizzia lebbeck are other trees. Bamboo occurs sparsely, restricted to some valleys. Chiltai, mahulbel and palas bhel are common climbers in areas along the river and large water sources.

In Chhindwara, you would see weeds like chirota (Cassia tora) and gokharu (Xanthium strumatium) while in areas around Chedia, Alikatta, Tikari and Ambar village, Lantana camara predominates. Parthenium is found in submergence areas along the Pench river. Heteropogon contortus, Digitaria cilliaris and Eulaliopsis binata are common grasses.

Nature India has organized an exclusive trip to Pench National Park, from 30th April to 2nd May, 2021 the details are given below.

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details: (Nagpur to Nagpur)

Date: 30th Apr, 2021 morning 7.30 am to 2nd May, 2021, 7:00 pm (travel days excluded)

Travel to Pench: (To be done by the Participants)

By Train (29th Apr.2021): Train no. 02189 Mumbai-Nagpur Duranto Express starting from Mumbai at 20.15 hrs, reaching Nagpur at 7.20 hours

By flight (30th Apr 2021): GoAir flight no. G8-2601 starting from Mumbai at 6.15 Hrs, reaching Nagpur at 7.50hrs OR Air India flight AI-627 starting from Mumbai at 5.35 Hrs, reaching Nagpur at 7.20hrs

Train / Flight travel can be booked from Mumbai to Nagpur & Nagpur to Mumbai (by participants)…..however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class (as per the suggestions in itinerary)…..

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Thursday 29th Apr 2021) : Departure from Mumbai by 12289 Nagpur Duranto Express from CST @ 20:15 Hrs

Day 2 (Friday 30th Apr 2021) : Arrival at 07:20 hours to Nagpur – Breakfast – Proceed to Pench – Check-in the Mahua Vann Resort at the edge of the Park – Relax – Lunch – Evening Park Safari in Touria range in Open Gypsies – return to Hotel – Discussion of Days sightings – Dinner and Night stay at Mahua Vann Resort

Day 3 (Saturday 1st May 2021) : Early Morning Park Safari @ 5.30 am in Touria Range – Return to the resort – Lunch – Proceed for the Evening Park Safari in Khursapar range – Return back – Dinner – Night stay at Mahua Vann Resort

Day 4 (Sunday 2nd May 2021): Early Morning Park Safari in Touria range @ 5.30 am – Return to the resort – Packup – Proceed to Nagpur – Bird-watching on the way – Lunch – Concluding discussion – to Board 02190 Mumbai Duranto Express @ 20:40 hrs. or catch any flight from Nagpur, departing after 19:00 hrs.

Day 5 (Monday 3rd May 2021) : Arrive at Mumbai by 08:05 Hrs

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Trip charges (Nagpur to Nagpur) : Rs. 23,500/- only

(Includes A/C room stay in the wonderful, palatial & comfortable Mahua Vann Resort, on twin sharing basis, Travel charges from Nagpur to Pench to Nagpur , four safari by 4×4 Gypsies, Only 4 participants in a Gypsy to maintain social distancing, Park entry charges, veg/non-veg food, Still photography charges, Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Nagpur to Mumbai station or any charges other than the above.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.12,000/-after our registration confirmation by email…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel.

Kindly register soon as the safari and train tickets need to be booked well in advance ….

Stay Arrangement: Stay arrangement is on twin sharing basis in AC rooms in the famous Mahua Vann Resort, Tauria which is renowned for its ambiance and service. visit their web site
http://www.mahuaresorts.com/mahua_jungle_van_wildlife_safari.htm

Resource Person: Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the advance money directly to HDFC Bank A/c (Provided in our registration mail).. please mention your name, date and other details….OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.12,000/- as advance amount to the following address
Address: Will be provided in our registration mail

Please Note:
1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 12,000/- is strictly non-refundable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
3) Nesting photography is prohibited.
4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with Nature India‘s rules and policies and Covid-19 related Guidelines
http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9930318665 or 8369427283 (Mandar) and 7304000825 or 9820455713 (Adesh)

Thanks for your patience….. we value your time and faith on us.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,
Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
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TADOBA – ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE, Maharashtra (2nd to 4th June, 2021)

The summer holidays are a perfect excuse to visit this most popular Tiger destinations with Family and friends……. It is one of the fastest filling trip of Nature India ….A World renowned Tiger reserve that has a legacy of legendary Tigers. 

Dates : 2nd June, 2021 to 4th June, 2021 (excluding travel days)…..The bookings for one of the best known bio-diverse Tiger park in Maharashtra, The Tadoba – Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) trip is on…..book your seats fast, because this trip is going to get housefull very fast (For all the detail including charges, itinerary etc see at the end)…..
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The ABODE OF TIGER – TADOBA

There was this small waterhole called “Katezhari”, where our jeep was stationed one early morning, when we suddenly heard the alarm calls of atleast 2 Barking deers coming from the north-west valley…..as minutes passed, the calls seemed closer and were with more intensity, surely the Big cat was coming towards the waterhole….Meanwhile another contrasting drama was unfolding in front of us …..a Brown fish-Owl was coolly hunting the myriad frogs from the pool; a superb male Paradise flycatcher was bathing leisurely wetting his dangling long ribbon-like tail streamers. An Indian Pitta was rummaging amongst the forest litter near-by, unmindful of the approaching alarm calls …..The atmosphere was both thrilling, chilling and happening…..our anticipation was at its peak……. We were experiencing this right inside the heart of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR)……..

Among the 25 Project Tiger Forest areas protect the Tiger and the complete variety of unique Indian wildlife.8 of these are in forests surrounding the city of Nagpur, famous for its Oranges and the geographic center of India. Along with around 50 tigers, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a home for rare Indian wildlife like, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Civet and Jungle cats, and many species of Indian deer like Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai, and Barking Deer. The Tadoba lake sustains the Marsh Crocodile, which were once common all over Maharashtra. Tadoba is also an ornithologist’s paradise with a varied diversity of aquatic birdlife, and Raptors.

Tadoba National Park is situated in the district of Chandrapur in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra, often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidarbha”. It is the oldest national park of the State of Maharahtra and since 1995, a Project Tiger Reserve. It derives its name from the local God, “Taru”. The legend goes that the village chief “Taru” was killed in an epic fight with the tiger. He is worshipped by all the local villagers as the deity of “Tadoba”.

Tadoba-andhari Tiger reserve was established in 1995. The area of the Reserve is 625.40 sq. km. This includes Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 sq. km. and andhari Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1986 with an area of 508.85 sq. km. Thickly clad hills form the northern and western boundary of the Tiger Reserve. To the southwest is a huge lake which acts as a buffer between the park’s forest and the extensive farmland which extends up toIrai Lake. A marvelous site for the wild life enthusiasts, Tadoba has rich collections of flora and fauna. Tiger, Panther and Wild dogs are the major carnivores in this area which feed on the herbivores. Sambar is the most preferred food of the Tiger and Chital comes second in preference. Wild boars and Gaurs are also hunted by the Tiger. Panther hunts common langur, female chital, Sambar fawns, Wild boar etc. Wild dogs hunt in packs feed on Wild boar, Chital, Sambar. Sloth bear is an omnivorous animal that feeds on fruits of mango, jamun, bel, tendu, mahuwa flowers, honey and termites. The common herbivores like Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Chausinga feed on Grasses, young shoots and leaves of Bamboo and other species like Ghoti, Apta, Ber, Khair and fruits of many species. There are 29 natural saltlicks in the Tiger Reserve………………….The mesmerizing trails of Tadoba could be a treasured experience of a lifetime

Flora : The land vegetation according to Champion and Seth’s classification belongs to the sub group Southern tropical Dry Deciduous Forest with teak as dominant species. The main associates of teak are Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Haldu, Salai, Semal, Tendu and Bamboo. Almost 40% area is covered with bamboo. Trees of Jamun, Mango, Arjun are found in the moist area.

Fauna : Mammals – Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur or Indian Bison, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Dog , Langoor, Nilgai, Marsh Crocodile are commonly sighted in the Tiger Reserve by the tourists.Ratel, Flying Squirrel, Palm Civet, Indian Civet, Leopard Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Pangolin and Jackal are also reported.

Fauna : Birds Oriental Honey & White-eyed Buzzard, Indian Pitta, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Roller, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Changeable Hawk eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Savana Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Black-hooded Oriole, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Monarch Flycatcher, racket-tailed and White-bellied Drongo, Large Cuckooshrike, Oriental White eye, grey Hornbill, Grey Jungle-fowl, Golden Oriole, Large green barbet.

Conservation History

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve was created in 1995. The area of the Reserve is 625.40 sq. km. This includes Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 sq. km. and  Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1986 with an area of  508.85 sq. km. The Reserve is constituted with 577.96 sq. km. Reserve Forest, 32.51 sq. km. Protected Forest and 14.93 sq. km. other areas.

Archeological Richness

Chandrapur district Gazetteer reveals that the tall stone pillars seen adjoining the Moharli-Khatoda road were erected for communication by the Gond rulers. Tadoba Deo and Hanuman temples situated on the bund of Tadoba lake are also ancient. Forest Types : Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest

Click here to see some old reports & a photo blog of Vivek Kale (our previous participant)
http://dattakiranjoshi.blogspot.com/2015/04/three-birders-in-tadoba.html

http://addithebirde.blogspot.com/2004_05_01_archive.html

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details: (Nagpur to Nagpur)

Date: 2nd June, 2021 morning 7.30 am to 4th June, 2021 7:00 pm (travel days excluded)
Travel Suggestions: (To be done by participants)
Travel to Nagpur: 
Train / Flight travel can be booked from Mumbai to Nagpur & Nagpur to Mumbai (by participants)…..however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class (as per the suggestions in itinerary)…..Nature India can ASSIST only in train bookings if required (and only if possible) with separate train charges on actuals.

Mumbai to Nagpur
(Train on 1st Jun’21) Train No. 02189 Ngp Duronto Spl from CSTM @ 20:15 Hrs and reaching Nagpur @ 7:20 Hrs on 2nd Jun’21 OR
(Flight on 2nd Jun’21) Air India Flight AI-627 departing from Mumbai at 5:35 Hrs , reaching Nagpur @ 7:20 Hrs OR Go aIr flight G8-2601 departing from Mumbai at 6:15 Hrs , reaching Nagpur @ 7:50 Hrs.

Nagpur to Mumbai
(Train on 4th Jun’21) Train no. 02190, CSMT Duronto Spl from Nagpur @ 20.40, reaching Mumbai on 5th Jun’21 at 8:05 Hrs OR
(Flight on 4th Jun’21) Indigo Flight 6E-404 departing from Nagpur at 19:40 Hrs , reaching Mumbai @ 21:10 Hrs OR Any other flight after 19:00 Hrs

Rough Itinerary: 

Day 1 (Tuesday 1st June’21) : Board the 02189 Nagpur Duranto Exp at 20:15 Hrs from Mumbai CST to Nagpur

Day 2 (Wednesday 2nd June’21) :
 Reach Nagpur at 07:20 Hrs….Breakfast….. Proceed to resort, Moharli gate, Tadoba at 11:00 hrs – Lunch – Evening Safari No. 1 in Buffer Zone (3 pm to 7 pm) – dinner – Discussion about day’s sightings – Night halt in resort 

Day 3 (Thursday 3rd June’21) :
 Morning Safari No.2 (6am to 10 am) – Return for Lunch – Rest / Birdwatching at the lake – Evening Safari No.3 (3 pm to 7 pm) – Before dinner, discussion and revision of the day’s sightings -Dinner – Night Stay in Resort

Day 4 (Friday 4th June’21) : Morning Safari No.4 in the Buffer Zone (6 am to 10 am) – Return for Lunch –  Proceed to Nagpur station to board the 02190 Nagpur-CSTM Duranto Express to Mumbai at 20:40

Day 5 (Saturday 5th June’21): Reach Mumbai CSTM by 08:05 am 

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Trip Charges:
(Nagpur to Nagpur) Rs.24800/–only 

(Includes AC rooms on Twin Sharing Basis in MTDC Resort, 1 kms from Moharli Gate, Pick-up & drop at Nagpur in A/C vehicle, Local travel by 4×4 open jeeps, Total 4 Safaris inside the park (3 in Main Zone & 1 in Buffer Zone), Veg. meals, Breakfast, Park Permits, Park entry charges, Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water….(excluding your Camera & Lens surcharge as per the latest guidelines)…….

This does not include Travel charges from Mumbai-Nagpur-Mumbai, Individual Lens surcharge or any charges other than the above…..
Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com with contact details and by paying a non refundable Advance of  Rs.15000/- after our confirmation mail…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel in cash only.

Kindly register soon to avoid the rush for train bookings……….

Group Size: Max 13 Pax only

Stay Arrangement: MTDC Resort, 1 kms from Moharli Gate, Tadoba on a twin sharing basis in A/C rooms. .

Resource Persons: Mr.Adesh Shivkar, Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the advance money directly to our HDFC A/c (Will be provided in our registration mail).. please mention your name, date and other details…. OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.15000/- as advance amount to the following address (Will be provided in our registration mail)

Please Note:
1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 15000/- is strictly non-refundable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India tours
3) Nesting photography is prohibited.
4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India‘s rules and policies and Covid related guidelines
http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html 

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification. For any other queries we are available on  9820455713 / 7304000825 (Adesh) or 9930318665 (Mandar)….
Thanks for your patience….. we value your time and faith on us.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Chopta : A Birding Haven in Western Himalayas (06th April to 11th April 2021)

There are few birding destinations in India which are on MUST VISIT list for every birder. Chopta is one such fantastic birding place, apart from the splendid natural beauty.

Nature India proudly announces a new Birding destination, Chopta, in western Himalayas. Only 7 participants per batch, Please go through the dates & details 🙂

Date: 06th April, 2021, 7.00 am to 11th April, 2021 eve 5.00 pm (Travel days excluded). The bookings for the Meticulously planned bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the complete details at the end of this blog)…..Birdwatch in one of the India’s greatest birding hot-spots with Nature India.

We will be visiting Chopta, Mandal and Makkumath areas during the trip.

Chopta (Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary)

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Situated in the Western Himalayan mountain ranges in the State of Uttarakhand, Chopta is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and with its lush green meadows interspersed with Pine & Fir forest, it is popularly known as mini Switzerland. Chopta came to prominence recently not just because of its abundant birdlife, but also because of the diversity and ease of birding.. Situated at an altitude of 2600 meters msl this small hamlet provides some mesmerizing views of the imposing Himalayan ranges & grassy slopes dotted with Pine, Deodar & Rhododendron trees, surrounded with lush green meadows.

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Chopta is around 225 kms from Dehradun with a comfortable roads that travels along the rivers of Ganga, Alaknanda & Mandakini. The Best season for birding in Chopta valley is between November to May.

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A birding hotspot, Chopta became famous because of its amazing bird diversity, which include a long list of Western Himalayan birds, especially the Himalayan Monal which is supposedly a relatively easy bird to see along with several good birds including, Koklass Pheasant, Various species of Tits like, Rufous-vented, Grey-crested, Fire-capped, Black-throated, Spot-winged, Green-backed etc…, several species of Warblers like,  Grey-hooded; Black-faced; Ashy-throated; Buff-barred; Western-crowned etc…, Bar-throated Minla, Mrs. Gould and Green-tailed Sunbird; Collard,  Black & Yellow and Spot-winged Grosbeak; White-throated, Striated, Streaked & Variegated Laughingthrush, Rufous-gorgeted, Blue-throated, Ultramarine & Verditer Flycatcher; Himalayan, Rufous-bellied & Grey-headed Woodpecker; Great Barbet; White-tailed and Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch; Bar-tailed Treecreeper; Mistle Thrush etc…..

Along with the bird-life, the scenic natural beauty is what also catches your fascination, no wonder it is called a mini Switzerland of India 🙂

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Makkumath & Mandal

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In Himalayas altitude changes rapidly within short distances, so bird life also varies. That is the reason why it is very important to cover both, high as well as low altitudes places to see diversity in bird life. Along with Chopta which is high altitude areas, we will be visiting Makkumath & Mandal areas which are at approx.2000 mts to get some low altitude species. These regions are clothed with the lush green forests where several species can be encountered including Golden Bush Robin, White-tailed Rubythroat, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Tickell’s Thrush, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Aberrant Bush Warbler, Oriental Turtle Dove, Eurasian & Black-headed Jay, Grey-winged Blackbird, Great Barbet, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Long-tailed Minivets, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Green-backed Tit, Russet Sparrow,  etc…

Check out some trip report from the area

http://birdingdiary.blogspot.in/2016/05/birding-in-western-himalayas-dhanolti.html

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Nature India is conducting a well planned  trip to Chopta that will cover most of the birding sites in the Chopta valley…… see below for complete details.

TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY

Date: 06th April, 2021, 7.00 am to 11th April, 2021 eve 5.00 pm

Mode of Local Travel :  Comfortable SUV’s (Innova / Tavera)

Suggested Travel Options:

Flight Options (To be done by the participants): Since there is no direct flight reaching early morning to Dehradun, you can break your journey, Mumbai to Delhi and Delhi to Dehradun

Delhi to Dehradun (06th Apr.21):
Indigo flight no. 6E-2042, leaving Delhi at 6.30 hours, reaching Dehradun at 7.15 hours.

Dehradun to Mumbai (11th Apr.21):  Indigo flight no. 6E-226 leaving Dehradun at 18.20 hours, reaching Mumbai at 00.05 hours on 12th April 2021 via Delhi

Train Options (To be done by the participants):

  1. New Delhi to Dehradun by 02401  Kota DDN Special, Staring from Hajrat Nizamuddin at 23:45 Hrs on 05th Apr.21, reaching Dehradun at 5.40 Hrs on 06th Apr.21

Planned Tour Itinerary: (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Day 1: 06th Apr 2021 (Tuesday): Pick-up from Dehradun railway station at 06:00 hours – Proceed to Mandal (approx. 270 kms or 8 Hrs) – Breakfast & Lunch on the way –   Check-in and Diner – Overnight stay at hotel in Mandal

Day 2: 07th Apr 2021 (Wednesday): Full day birding around Mandal – Overnight stay @ Hotel hotel in Mandal

Day 3: 08th Apr 2021 (Thursday): Early morning check-out and proceed towards Chopta – Full day birding around Chopta, Monal Point etc.- Overnight stay @ Hotel Green View in Chopta

Day 4: 09th Apr 2021 (Friday): Full day birding around Chopta – Overnight stay @ Hotel Green View in Chopta

Day 5: 10th Apr 2021 (Saturday): Start early morning for Makkumath with packed breakfast – Lunch at chopta – start from chopta for Mandal – night stay @ Hotel Gurukrupa, Mandal
Day 6: 11th Apr 2021 (Sunday): Start early morning for Dehradun – Lunch on the way – reach Dehradun Airport by 16.00 hrs or earlier

Trip charges : Rs.28400/- (Dehradun to Dehradun only)

(Includes Stay in Hotel in Mandal & Hotel Green View in Chopta  on twin sharing basis, Local travel by Innova / Tavera, All Park entry charges, All meals including lunch, dinner and breakfast , Expert charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….

These charges are Dehradun to Dehradun only……. participant has to make their own travel arrangement upto Dehradun and Back . This does not include any charges other than the above.

Group Size: 8 persons

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying non-refundable advance of Rs.20000/- (and only after our confirmation mail) as per the payment guidelines given below……

Stay Arrangement: Hotel  Gurukrupa in Mandal….. an absolutely basic but neat & clean hotel.

Hotel Green View in Chopta (refer below image), a basic but neat clean hotel with amazing view on lush green valley.

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Resource Person:Local Expert and Mr. Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the money directly to our A/c. please mention your name, date and other details….

2) Courier a cheque

Bank Account details and address to send courier, will be given to those who will register.

Please Note:

1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 20,000/- is strictly non-refunadable

2) The seats will be confirmed only against the advance amount on first come basis

3) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours

4) Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited

5) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India’s rules and policies

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html 

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 8779599356 / 9820455713 (Adesh) or 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar)

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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Bandhavgarh National Park – The Tiger Heaven (14th to 17th April, 2021)

The summer holidays are a perfect excuse to visit this most popular Tiger destinations with Family and friends……. It is one of the fastest filling trip of Nature India ….A World renowned Tiger reserve that has a legacy of legendary Tigers. 

Dates: 14th to 17th April, 2021 (Mumbai to Jabalpur & Back travel days excluded) The bookings for Bandhavgarh National Park Wildlife trip is on…..book your seats NOW to get the desired train bookings (see the details at the end) ….. If you want the thrill of exploring the Tiger country, it is here…….100%

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BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK – The TIGER Heaven

col1.jpgAbout Bandhavgarh they say, that you have got be really unlucky not to see a Tiger in Bandhavgarh.One park which is on top of the charts as far as Tiger sightings are concerned is Bandhavgarh. One park which is a hot favorite today with Wildlife Photographers is Bandhavgarh.Me-&-My-Empire-2.jpg

Bandhavgarh National Park manages to satiate both the wildlife and general tourists. It is not only the Tiger sightings here, but the natural and archaeological splendor that awaits a visitor which is totally unexpected, and beyond imagination. Bandhavgarh National Park lies in the heart of Madhya Pradesh and once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Rewa. BNP in over a period of 10 years has become the real hot spot of seeing wild tigers in close quarters.This is probably a place where tiger sighting is slightly easier than other national parks in India.

At the centre of the park is Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 mt above sea level. There are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys surrounding the hill. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as ‘Bohera’. The lowest point in the park is at Tala (440 mt above MSL).

Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968 with an area of 105 km². The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 km². The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh(Sanskrit: Brother’s Fort).

The vegetation is chiefly of Sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the south and west. Bamboo is found throughout. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely- forested valley bottoms. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, sided with great cliffs and eroded rocks, and on its highest point.

Wildlife: The mammals frequently sighted are Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Barking Deer and Sloth Bear. Mammals such as Leopards, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally.

There are various species of birds in BNP, which makes it a bird watchers’ paradise. The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird life. The common ones are Little Grebe, Egret, lesser Adjutant,Indian Pitta, Paradise Flycatcher, Brown-fish Owl, Leafbirds, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Black Ibis, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed Buzzard, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Long-billed, Egyptian & Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Indian Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Doves, Parakeets, Yellow-footed Green Pigeons, Rufous Treepie, Malabar Pied Hornbills, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers.

Reptilian Fauna include Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat-snake, Python, Turtle and a number of lizard varieties, including Varanus. Within the bounds of the Bandhavgarh National Park, vehicles may be hired at the entrance to drive around, however private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. Also, in the middle of Tala range, stands the majestic Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2,000 years old.

Please check some video clips from Bandhavgadh, during Nature India trips.

Nature India has organized an exclusive trip to this Tiger heaven – Bandhavgarh, from 14th to 17th April, 2021 the details are given below.

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details: 

Date: 14th April, 2021 Afternoon 04.00pm to 17th April, 2021 evening 6:30 pm (travel days excluded)

Travel Details:

Mumbai to Jabalpur (14th April 2021)
Spicejet flight no. SG-2548, departing from Mumbai at 13.55 hours, reaching Jabalpur at 15.55 hours.

Jabalpur to Mumbai (17th April 2021)
Train no. 02187, Mumbai Garibrath, starting from Jabalpur at 19.50, reaching Mumbai on 18th April 2021 at 12.20 hours

Nature India can ASSIST only in train bookings if required (and only if possible) with separate train charges on actuals.

Itinerary: (Jabalpur to Jabalpur)

Day 1: Wednesday 14th April, 2021 : Departure from Mumbai by Spicejet flight no. SG-2548, departing from Mumbai at 13.55 hours…. Arrival at Jabalpur at 15.55 hours…. proceed by AC vehicle to Mogli Resort at the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park… Overnight stay @ Mogli Resort

Day 2: Thursday 15th April, 2021 : Morning safari no.1 @ Magdhi zone – Return to the resort for lunch – Afternoon safari no. 2 @ Magdhi zone – return to resort – Discussion of Days sightings – Dinner & Night stay at Mogli Resorts

Day 3: Friday 16th April, 2021 : Morning safari no. 3 @ Khitauli zone – Return to the resort for lunch – Afternoon safari no.4 @ Khitauli zone – return to resort – Discussion of Days sightings – Dinner & Night stay at Mogli Resorts

Day 4: Saturday 17th April, 2021: Early morning Park Safari No.5 at Tala zone – Return to the resort – Lunch – Checkout and Conclude the trip – Proceed to Jabalpur Station (4 Hrs journey) by AC vehicle to Board 12187 Mumbai Garib Rath Exp @ 19:30 Hrs OR Flight (Ideally after 20:00 Hrs).

Day 5: Sunday 18th April, 2021 – Arrive at Mumbai by 12:15 Hrs

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Trip charges (Jabalpur to Jabalpur): Rs. 24700/- only

(Includes A/C room stay in the wonderful, palatial & comfortable Mogli Resort, on twin sharing basis, Travel charges from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur in AC Vehicle, Total 5 Safaris by 4×4 gypsies, Park entry charges, veg/non-veg food , Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Jabalpur and Back, Camera fees (has to be paid near the entrance before every safari) or any charges other than the above.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.13,000/-after our email confirmation …..The remaining amount can be given later or on the day of travel. The seats shall be confirmed only after the advance payment.

Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available.

Stay Arrangement: Stay arrangement is on twin sharing basis in the famous Mogli resort which is renowned for its ambiance and service. visit their web site. http://mogliresorts.com/bandhavgarh-national-park/

Resource Person: Mr. Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the advance money directly to our HDFC A/c (Will be provided in our registration mail).. please mention your name, date and other details….

OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.13,000/- as advance amount to the following address

Address: Will be provided in our registration mail

Please Note:

  1. Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 13,000/- is strictly non-refundable
  2. Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited during all Nature India Tours
  3. This is primarily a Wildlife watching trip
  4. Nature India will not be responsible for any days lost due to bad weather.
  5. Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with Nature India‘s rules and policies

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification ….

For any other queries we are available on 9820455713 / 8779599356 (Adesh) and 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar)

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Tal Chappar and Bikaner, Rajasthan – Raptors Galore (24th Feb’21 to 27th Feb’21)

The bookings for our Super-Hot Destination Tal Chappar Wild Life Sanctuary & Bikaner – Bird- watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the details at the end)….. Tal Chappar is an exciting Destination with a unique Grassland habitat surrounded by Desert that has recently come to limelight because of its Rarities….while Bikaner is wellknown for hundreds of Vultures and Eagles ….

Date: 24th Feb’21 09.30 am to 27th Feb,2021 4:00 pm (travel days excluded). An offbeat destination that surprises any birder with its amazing quality and quantity of birdlife…..

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TAL CHAAPAR – A Grassland Oasis, Rajasthan

“Kesariya Baalam Aavo Ni, Padharo Mhare Des” this sign can be seen throughout the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, to signify that THIS is the gateway to India. Perhaps this sign is best applied for the Migratory birds that enter the mainland India through this corridor…………..

There are several incredible Bird-watching destinations in India…. some are frequently visited for their abundance and variety, while some are visited for the endemic species that they offer. However, there are very few destinations which can be termed as “Hidden treasures” and which have been seldom visited due to either ignorance or poor logistics….. Amongst them Tal Chappar WLS is on Top of the list …. It is truely an Oasis for Birds surrounded by Desert.

It is only in recent times that Tal Chappar has come to limelight, due to some credible work by Rajasthan’s forest Dept…… they have transformed this place from a dry featureless scrubland to a bird rich habitat where amazing varieties and Rare species of birds can now be encountered.

The Tal Chappar sanctuary is located on the fringe of the Great Indian Desert and is Located at a distance of 220 km from Jaipur. It is a small but rich wildlife sanctuary in Churu district of Rajasthan between Ratangarh & Sujjangarh. The word “Tal” means plane land which is actually a flat saline depression with open grassland scattered with acacia and prosopis trees which give it an appearance of a typical Savanna. Tal Chappar Sanctuary is known for its enchanting natural beauty and a unique fragile ecosystem spread across 719 Ha. And is more famous for the amazing population of Black Bucks, having highest density in India harboring more than 2000 of these elegant antelopes.

The location of the sanctuary makes it suitable as a passage stop for many migratory birds travelling to India. Thousands of birds of various species either stop-over here on their passage to mainland India or spend most of the winter months in this bio-diversity rich grassland habitat.

Rarities Galore: Tal Chappar WLS has especially shot up in prominence due to some of the rare birds recorded here that include Yellow-eyed Pigeons, Stolickza’s Bushchat, Spotted Creeper, Laggar Falcon, Spanish Sparrow, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Flocks of Demoiselle Cranes, Lesser Kestrel, Red-tailed Wheatear, White-tailed Eagle, Merlin, Common Raven, Singing Bushlark, Eurasian Skylark, Water Pipit, Sociable Lapwings, Black-crowned Sparrow Lark etc.

The bounty of bird, spiny-tailed Lizards and rodent population also ensures incredible variety of Raptors including Greater & Indian Spotted Eagles, Tawny, Imperial & Steppe Eagles, Short-toed, Booted and Bonelli’s Eagle, Harriers, Falcons, Sparrowhawks, White-eyed Buzzard , Indian Eagle-owl and several species of Vultures.

 The park & the surrounding area also harbours several other migratory and resident birds in good numbers including collard Doves, Greater Short-toed, Rufous-tailed, Crested, Indian Bush, Bimaculated and Oriental Sky Larks, Peafowls, Wheatears, Pipits, Francolins, Quails, Wyrnecks, woodpeckers, Bee-eaters, coursers, Cuckoos, Warblers, Wagtails, Shrikes, Rollers and owls.

The Saltpans near the North-western corner of the Park attracts a number of waders and other waterbirds including Sandpipers, Godwits, Avocets, Ibis, Storks, Stints, Egrets, Herons etc. which adds significantly to the list of this unique landscape.

Apart from the rich avifauna, Tal Chappar also hosts several other fauna that can be encountered easily including huge nos. of Blackbucks, Neelgai, Desert Jerbils, Desert Fox and Desert Cat, Indian Fox, Hedgehogs, Mongoose, Spiny-tailed Lizard.

It is just amazing to see the plethora of fauna in a land otherwise known as impoverished desert….. The best time to visit the Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary in Churu is from September to March.

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JORBEED, Bikaner –  Where Eagles & Vultures Rule the Sky 

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Do you know the only place in India, where the critically endangered species of Vultures are still found in thousands or Aquila Eagles cover the skies in huge flocks ????….. there is only one place, the newly established – Jorbeed Vulture Sanctuary, Bikaner.

Bikaner is a city in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. It is located 330 kms northwest of the state capital, Jaipur. The city was founded by rajput Rao Bika in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fifth largest city in Rajasthan…. it is more famous for sweets and snacks (or namkeens in Hindi).

One of the reasons why such huge congregations of Vultures and Eagles are still found in Bikaner is because of the Bisnoi community that dominate this place and their large no. of livestock. The people here do not send their cattle to abattoirs and instead dump the dead animals in the carcass dumping yard called “Jorbeed” situated in a place close to Bikaner. Hundreds of dead animals are brought in here from the nearby places as a result the Vultures and scavenger Eagles are lured to this spot. One should see it to believe it. Literally hundreds of Steppe Eagles and Egyptian Vultures pour over the area like crows in our dumpyards. The trees are full with these raptors.

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Apart from hundreds of Steppe Eagles and thousands of Egyptian vultures, there is a fair sprinkling of Tawny, Eastern Imperial and Greater Spotted Eagles….. along with Eurasian Griffons, Cinereous Vultures, Long-legged Buzzards, Laggar, Red-necked & Peregrine Falcons and sometimes Saker Falcon  etc.

This lesser known place is also home to one of the globally threatened species – Yellow-eyed Pigeons. The nos. Of this species here is amazing and they too come here in hundreds….. a significant world-wide population.

The surrounding region also holds good bird species like Common Starlings, Desert & Indian Coursers, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Spanish Sparrows, Variable, Isabelline & Desert Wheatears, the rare Stolickza’s Bushchat,  Black Redstart, Crested Larks, Bimaculated Larks, Black-crowned Sparrowlarks, Punjab Raven, Demoiselle Cranes, Indian Peafowl, Tawny Pipit, Long-billed Pipit and numerous other species.IMG_4073.jpg

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Nature India has organized an exclusive Birdwatching trip to this paradise from 24th February, 2021 to 27th February, 2021 (travel days excluded). We shall cover The Grasslands of Tal Chappar, The surrounding Scrubland and Carcass dumping ground in Bikaner.

Read our previous years experience…

http://natureindia-tours.blogspot.in/2009/07/final-trip-reports.html#tal

Have a look at some of the Trip reports & photoblogs on Tal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan

http://wildventures.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=9187

http://birdingindia.blogspot.com/2006/09/tal-chhapar-wildlife-sanctuary-2nd-3rd.html

http://birdsofchandigarh.blogspot.com/2009/08/trip-report-of-tal-chhapar-rajasthan-8.html

http://www.gits4u.com/wldlife/wlfraj2.htm

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details:

Date: 24th Feb’21 morning 08.00 am to 27th Feb’21 eve 4.00 pm (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel: Tavera Jeeps (From Jaipur to Tal Chappar to Bikaner)

Overnight train travel can be booked from Mumbai….. however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class …. there are several trains available for Jaipur from Mumbai….Nature India can ASSIST in bookings if required.

Suggested Travel:

Date: 24th Feb’21 (Wednesday)
Mumbai to Jaipur by GO Air flight G8-2607 (Starting from Mumbai @ 6:15 Hrs and reaching Jaipur @ 8:15 Hrs)

OR

Spicejet flight SG-279 ((Starting from Mumbai @ 6:30 Hrs and reaching Jaipur @ 8:30 Hrs)

OR Any Flight that reaches Jaipur by 09:00 am on 24th Feb’21

Date: on 27th Feb’21 (Saturday)
Bikaner to Delhi S Rohilla by 04740 Rajasthan S KR Spl Express, starting from Bikaner @ 17:05 hours, reaching Delhi @ 5.40 hours on 28th Feb’21.
You can then take a convenient flight from Delhi to your respective destinations

Rough Tour Itinerary:( Ex.Jaipur)

24th Feb’21 (Wednesday): Arrival in Jaipur (7.15 am) by flight / Train – Breakfast – Proceed to Tal Chappar Sanctuary – Birdwatching in the park in evening – check-in hotel -Night stay at Hotel in Tal Chappar 

25th Feb’21 (Thursday): Early morning bird watching @ Tal Chappar for Grassland species – Lunch – Proceed to the Scrubland and Saltpans towards North of Park and Cow shed area (Gaushala)-  Return to Hotel in Tal Chappar – Dinner and Night Stay.

26th Feb’21 (Friday): Early morning check-out and proceed to Bikaner city (160 kms) – Breakfast on the way – Visit the Bikaner carcass dumpyard for Eagles and Vultures – Lunch – Continue birding till evening – Checkin Hotel in Bikaner for night stay.

27th Feb’21 (Saturday): Early morning Checkout from Hotel and visit other birding sites in Bikaner (Vallabh Gardens and Jorbeer) to see Griffon Vultures, Yellow-eyed Pigeons, Desert Coursers, Eagles, Wheatears etc – Lunch – proceed to board 04740 Rajasthan S KR Spl Express @ 17:05 from Bikaner to Delhi S Rohilla.

28th Feb’21 (Sunday): Arrive in Delhi @ 5:40 Hrs on 28th Feb’21.

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Trip charges (Jaipur to Bikaner only) …………. Rs.22400/-

Includes Non-A/C stay in a Hotel Raptor Inn in Tal Chappar on twin sharing basis with attached toilet (24 Hrs Hot water) and in a Homestay in Bikaner in Non-AC rooms on twin sharing, Travel by AC Tavera Jeeps – Jaipur to Tal Chappar to Bikaner travel, Park entry charges, vegetarian food , Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water…….

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Jaipur and Bikaner to Mumbai, Photography fees or any charges other than the above.

Group Size: Max. 4 to 7 persons only

How to Register: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.11000/- after our registration confirmation on e-mail…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel.

Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available in this sector.

Stay Arrangement:

(In Tal Chappar) At Raptor Inn Homestay, Near Tal Chappar Main Gate in Non-AC rooms on twin sharing basis. (In Bikaner) Non-AC Homestay, Bikaner

Note: This is a remote place in Rajasthan, where the facilities are extremely basic…. and this hotel is the only option for staying near the sanctuary…..however, the Hotel is clean and food is fantastic. 

Resource Person: Mr.Adesh Shivkar, Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the advance money directly to the HDFC A/c (Will be provided in the registration mail).. please mention your name, date and other details….

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.11000/- as advance amount to the following address

Name & Address: (Will be provided in the registration mail)

Please Note:

1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 11000/- is strictly non-refunadable and non-replaceable 

2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours

3) Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited

4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India’s rules and policies

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9820455713 (Adesh) or 9930318665 / 8369427283  (Mandar).

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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Bharatpur & Chambal – The Birdwatchers Mecca – 18th to 21st Feb,2021

Date: 18th February, 2021 afternoon 4.00 pm to 21st February, 2021 eve 5.00 pm (Travel days excluded). The bookings for the Meticulously planned Bharatpur / Chambal WLS bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the complete details at the end of this blog)…..Birdwatch in one of the India’s greatest birding hot-spots with Nature India…… 

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Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur 

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A non-birder may often ask you “Are you are a bird-watcher? Then you must visit the Bharatpur bird Sanctuary, there are many birds including those that come from Siberia”…..even a lay person knowing this place is not surprising, since, Bharatpur was the only known / recognized Bird-watching site before 1990’s, the most famous and talked about. No wonder Sir Peter Scott, founder of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and famous ornithologist from UK once said that “Bharatpur is World’s best bird area”. Indeed, this was one of the favourite places of late Dr.Salim Ali too, who carried ou extensive studies on migratory birds here.6059094214d1b4f7f0c453.jpg

Nature India announces Bird-watching trip to “best birding area in the world”, Bharatpur, from 18th to 21st February 2021…. Bookings are open….only limited seats, so book fassstttt…

UNESCO included this Ramsar site as a World Heritage Site, in 2002, and the description by UNESCO says,  “Habitat of rare and endangered species. The park is a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl. It is the wintering ground and habitat for large numbers of resident nesting birds.”

(Thanks to Ansar Khan, Nayan Khanolkar & Chotu Khan for allowing us to use some of their excellent images of Bharatpur)

Initially this land was just a natural depression, where Maharaja Suraj Mal, then ruler Bharatpur constructed Ajan Bund (the bund was created at the confluence of Gambhir & Banganga river). It became famous hunting ground for Maharajas & the British viceroys. There are records of killing 4000+ birds in one shoot!! Later on some common sense prevailed and park was established as National Park on 10th March 1982. In 1982, grazing was banned in the park, leading to violent clashes between local farmers and the government.

The name Keoladeo is derived from the Lord Shiva temple present inside sanctuary, the area is locally called as Ghana (simply means dense or thicket) & hence the name, Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The park is 2 kilometers (km) south-east of Bharatpur town and 50 km west of Agra. The Park is spread over approx 29 sq. km. area.

One third of the Keoladeo National Park habitat is wetland systems with varying types of microhabitats having trees, mounds, dykes and open water with or without submerged or emergent plants. The habitats include Grassland, Woodland & Arid land in varying density.

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Half of the bird-watching population that visit Bharatpur are foreigners, not just because of the strategic position (close to Agra), but also for the amazing diversity of more than 400 species that have been recorded in such a small area. Ornithologically, the park assumes significance in two respects: One because of its strategic location as a staging ground for migratory waterfowl arriving in the Indian subcontinent before dispersing to various regions and secondly, the wetland is a wintering area for massive congregations of waterfowl. Till 2002, the critically endangered Siberian Cranes also used to come here. Bharatpur is also known for some breeding residents like Sarus Crane. It is also home to a healthy population of mammal species…..However, since 2002 the water crises (because it is an artificial wetland that received water from “Ajan Bund” and for which the farmers around the region declined to give water) lead to the deterioration of the park. However, after the completion of the ambitious “Govardhan Canal” project, the Park is receiving water since last year, and the glorious days are back 🙂

The Birding can be done along the various paths that criss-cross the park and in various habitats – Nursery, Sapan Mori, Keoladeo Temple, Koladhar (arid zone), Forest tract…. each of these spots can give you a different experience and we have meticulously planned the trip accordingly.

Birds to look out for: Herons, Storks, Cormorants, Waders, Migratory ducks (including Gadwall, Shoveller, Common Teal, Cotton Pygmy goose, Tufted Ducks, Comb Duck, Mallard, Ferruginous, Common Pochard, Indian Spotbilled Duck, Grey-lag & Bar-headed Goose), Darters, Ibises, Pelicans etc. Also, Warblers, Babblers, Bee-eaters, Buntings, Chats, Francolins, Hornbills, Quails and a very good variety of Raptors (Including Pallas’s, Spotted, Imperial, Tawny, Bonell’s, Booted, Steppe, Serpent Eagles). The Olws are easy to see and are in good nos. (including Dusky & Eurasian Eagle Owl, Collard & Oriental Scops Owls). The Park also has Marshall’s Iora, Thrushes, Rubythroat and various Nightjars (roosting).

Mammals & Other Fauna: Nilgai, Jackal, Spotted & Sambar Deer, Blackbuck, Fishing & Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Smooth Indian Otter, Civets, Wild Boar, Monitor Lizard, Indian Python, Reshus Macaques, Langurs etc.

National Chambal Sanctuary, Dholpur

National Chambal Sanctuary is a 5400sq. km park, protected by three staes, namely, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh. We will be covering the Dholpur, Rajasthan are of the sanctuary for the boat safari. The river sanctuary not only provides beautiful landscapes but also a wonderful place for bird/wildlife-watchers & photographers.

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The National Chambal Sanctuary was formed to protect this pristine river ecosystem (425 kms in length), complete with its varied flora and avifauna. The Chambal river which is mainstay for the entire wildlife of the sanctuary harbours a variety of aquatic life like the elusive Ganges River Dolphin, Crocodile (Mugger), Gharial ( Gavelia Gangeticus ), Freshwater Turtles, River Otters and a various species of fishes. All of which can be seen by tourists within the sanctuary area, especially in the middle reaches in the downside of Rajghat Bridge on National Highway No. 3.  This river-which is one of the cleanest rivers in the country, boasts of a population of over 200 Crocodiles and 1600 Gharials. Active efforts are now to protect the Ganges River Dolphins, which can sometimes be seen here if one is lucky.

The surrounding environs of the river are a true bird watchers delight. During the season November-March) one can see hundreds of migratory and resident birds flock at the shores of river. Species such as the Bar-headed Geese, Brahminy Duck, Great Thick-knee, Black-billed Terns, Laggar & Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Lesser Whistling Ducks, River Lapwing, Comb Ducks, Large Cormorants, Small Pratincoles can be easily seen here. This place is particularly famous to sight the Indian Skimmer- the highest population of which in the world is found in Chambal.

Tourists to the sanctuary can enjoy its many sights by motor boats specially provided by the Forest Department. And one can freely enjoy the natural wonders of the sanctuary which during the 50’s and 60’s was largely hidden due to the presence of dacoits.

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Complete Tour Details:

Date: 18th Feb, 2021 afternoon 4.00 pm to 21st Feb, 2021 eve 05.00 pm (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel : Cycle Rickshaw (2 person per rickshaw) and on foot (The only best travel option to move around the places quickly)

Overnight train travel can be booked from Mumbai to Bharatpur / Mathura (by participants)…..however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class …..Nature India can ASSIST in bookings if required (and only if possible).

Rough Tour Itinerary – Ex. Bharatpur: (Participants to book their own travel to Bharatpur & from Mathura Jn)

Day 1 (Wednesday 17th Feb, 2021): Departure from Mumbai to Bharatpur by 02903 MMCT ASR SPL, leaving Mumbai Central @ 21:25 hrs & Borivali @ 22:00 hrs.

Day 2 (Thursday 18th Feb, 2021): Arrival in Bharatpur @ 15:00 Hrs…. (Pick-up by local auto) Check-in Hotel in Bharatpur – Evening Snacks @ 18:00 Hrs and discussion on Birds of Bharatpur and its History – Dinner – Early Bed – Overnight Stay @ Hotel Park Regency in Bharatpur.

Day 3 (Friday 19th Feb, 2021): Early morning Breakfast – Proceed to Keoladeo Park in Cycle Rickshaw – Explore the Park till the nursery for scrubland birds – Packed Lunch – Continue birding in the park near Sapan Mori and near Keoladeo Temple – return for dinner and Overnight Stay at Hotel Park Regency in Bharatpur

Day 4 (Saturday 20th Feb, 2021): Early breakfast – Proceed to Keoladeo Park in Cycle Rickshaw – Explore the Park till the nursery for scrubland birds – Packed Lunch – Continue birding in the park near E Block and near Keoladeo Temple – return for dinner and Overnight Stay at Hotel in Bharatpur – Return to Bharatpur – Birding on the way –   Dinner – Discussion – Overnight stay at Hotel Park Regency in Bharatpur

Day 5 (Sunday 21st Feb,2021):  Very early breakfast – Check-out – Start (with luggage) early morning for Chambal sanctuary near Dholpur, Rajasthan…. Boat ride in Chambal river for Indian Skimmers, Ghariyal, Black-bellied Tern etc – Lunch in Dholpur town – Proceed to Mathura to Board 02954 AUG Kranti Rajdhani Express @ 18:30 hours from Mathura Junction.

Day 6 (Monday 22nd Feb, 2021):  Arrival in Mumbai at 09:45 hours

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Trip charges (Bharatpur to Bharatpur only)…………. Rs.19,400/- per person

Includes Deluxe A/C room stay in Hotel Park Regency in Bharatpur on twin sharing basis, Local travel by Cycle Rickshaw (2 person in each), To & Fro travel to Chambal WLS, Boat Safari in Chambal, Park entry charges, veg / non-veg food , Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water…….

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Bharatpur and Back or any charges other than the above.

Group Size: Max.10 persons only…..

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non-refundable Advance of Rs.11,500/- after our email confirmation…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel. Please note that the seats will be confirmed only after the advance payment.

Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available in the North Sector.

Stay Arrangement: Hotel Park Dhanraj Palace in Bharatpur, very close to the Park……a good and clean hotel…… The Stay arrangement is on a twin sharing basis and A/c deluxe accommodation. The food is fantastic.

Resource Person: Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the advance money directly to our HDFC A/c (Will be mentioned in the registration email).. please mention your name, date and other details….

OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.11,500/- as advance amount to the following address

Name & Address: Shall be given in the registration email

Please Note:

1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 11,500/- is strictly non-refundable

2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on all Nature India Tours

3) Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited

4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with Nature India‘s policies and Covid related Rules / Guidelines respectively.

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

https://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.com/2020/11/covid-related-precautionsrules-during_16.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 8779599356 or 9820455713 (Adesh) or 9930318665 or 8369427283 (Mandar)….

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
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Manas National Park – Pride of Assam (24th to 27th March 2021)

The name of the park is originated from the Manas River, which is named after the serpent goddess Manasa. The Manas river is a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, which passes through the heart of the national park.

Nature India has meticulously planned and organized its first ever bird watching & wildlife trip to Manas National Park in Assam from 24th March to 27th March 2021. Only few seats are available, hence please register very fast. (See details at the end)…..
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Manas National Park

The Manas National Park was declared a sanctuary on 1 October 1928 with an area of 360 km2. Manas bio reserve was created in 1973. Prior to the declaration of the sanctuary, it was a reserved forest called Manas R.F. and North Kamrup R.F. It was used by the Cooch Behar royal family and Raja of Gauripur as a hunting reserve. In 1951 and 1955 the area was increased to 391 km2. It was declared a World Heritage site in December 1985 by UNESCO. Kahitama R.F. the Kokilabari R.F. and the Panbari R.F. were added in the year 1990 to form the Manas National Park. In 1992, UNESCO declared it as a world heritage site in danger due to heavy poaching and terrorist activities. On 25 February 2008, the area was increased to 950 km2. On 21 June 2011, it was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger and was commended for its efforts in preservation.

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The park is divided into three ranges. The western range is based at Panbari, the central at Bansbari near Barpeta Road, and the eastern at Bhuiyapara near Pathsala. The ranges are not well connected; while two major rivers need to be forded in going from the centre to the Panbari, there is a rough trail (the daimAri road) connecting the centre to the eastern range. Most visitors come to Bansbari and then spend some time inside the forest at Mathanguri on the Manas river at the Bhutan border.

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The Manas river also serves as an international border dividing India and Bhutan. The bedrock of the savanna area in the north of the park is made up of limestone and sandstone, whereas the grasslands in the south of the park stand on deep deposits of fine alluvium. The combination of Sub-Himalayan Bhabar Terai formation along with the riverine succession continuing up to Sub-Himalayan mountain forest makes it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.

Manas National Park is divided in two parts, Grassland & Forest. Central zone by and large represents Forest part, while Eastern zone is more of Grassland.

The sanctuary has recorded 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. Out of these wildlife, 21 mammals are India’s Schedule I mammals and 31 of them are threatened.This Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forest Terrestrial Eco-region is also the richest in species of all Indian wildlife areas and the only known home for the rare and endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. 

The fauna of the sanctuary include Asiatic Elephants, Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Indian Gaurs, Asiatic Water Buffaloes, Swamp Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Clouded leopard, Golden Cat, Indian Wild Dogs, Capped Langurs, Golden Langurs, Assamese macaques, Slow Loris, Western Hoolock Gibbons, Smooth-coated Otters, Sloth Bears, Barking Deers, Hog Deers, Sambar deer and Spotted Deer.

Manas National Park hosts more than 450 species of birds. It has the largest population of the endangered Bengal florican to be found anywhere. Other major bird species include Great & Oriental Pied, Rufous-necked & Wreathed Hornbills, Black & Swamp Francolin, Black-tailed Crake, Chestnut-capped, Jerson’s, Marsh, Slender-billed & Striated Babbler, Several species of migratory ducks, including Mallard, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard etc…, Kalij Pheasant, Rufous, Fulvous-breasted, Streak-throated, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Himalyan & Black-rumped Flameback, Speckled Piculet, Ruby-cheeked, Mrs. Gould, Black-throated & Purple Sunbird, Great, Lineated, Blue-throated & Blue-eared Barbet, Stork-billed, Ruddy, Common & White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-bearded, Blue-tailed, Chestnut-headed Bee Eaters,Finn’s & Baya Weaver, Spot-bellied & Indian Eagle Owl, Brown & Tawny Fish Owl, Large-tailed, Savanna & Grey Nightjar, Pallas’s & Lesser Fish Eagle, Rufous-belled & Black Eagle, Collared & Pied Falconet etc…

Click here to see the impressive list of Birdlife in Gibbon Sanctuary….
https://www.kolkatabirds.com/sites/east/manas.html

Come, explore the amazing wildlife in Assam…

“Bogakoi Bogoli Boholai Bohise Bolukat Biyoli Bela”
…. a famous tongue twister in Assamese meaning,
“The white cranes are spreading their wings wide, sitting on the sand in the evening.”
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COMPLETE TRIP DETAILS:

Date: 24th March 2021 (Wednesday) 09.00 hours to 27th March 2021 (Saturday) 18.00 hours (travel days included)

Mode of Travel :
Mumbai – Guwahati – Mumbai (by Air/Rail on personal expenses)
Local travel in Innova from Guwahati – Manas – Guwahati (By Nature India)

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Suggested Travel Options:

From Mumbai to Guwahati & back (To be done by participants themselves)

By Air: We suggest you to book tickets for following flight:

Mumbai – Guwahati – 24th March 2021
Spicejet Flight No. SG – 783, Mumbai (6.00 hours) to Guwahati (09.10 hors) – Direct flight
OR any other flight which reaches Guwahati by 10.00 hours

Guwahati – Mumbai – 27th March 2021

Air Asia Flight no. I5-679, Guwahati (19.00hours) to Mumbai (22.10 hours) – Direct flight

OR

Spicejet Flight no. SG-3724, Guwahati (19.40 hours) to Mumbai (00.55 hours on 28th March 2021) – via Kolkata

There are other flights also available (after 19:00 Hrs)….

Please check the arrival timing at Guwahati & departure timing from Guwahati for to & fro flights.

By Rail:
One can reach Guwahati by Guwahati express, but it runs only on Fridays and takes about 53 hours 😦
*Nature India cannot not assist in booking for air/train tickets*

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Planned Itinerary: (Guwahati to Guwahati)

Day 1. Wednesday, 24th March, 2021: Pick-up at Guwahati Airport at 10.00 hours….. Departure for Manas NP. ….. Check-in….  Lunch…. Afternoon safari in Central zone…. Overnight stay in Smiling Tuskers Resort, Manas

Day 2. Thursday, 25th March, 2021: Full day safari in Eastern zone – Overnight stay in Smiling Tuskers Resort, Manas

Day 3. Friday, 26th March 2021: Morning safari in Central zone…return to resort for lunch …..  Evening safari in Central zone….Overnight stay in Smiling Tuskers Resort, Manas

Day 4. Saturday, 27th March 2021: Morning safari in Eastern zone… return to resort for lunch… Proceed for Guwahati and reach by 16.00 hours

More details on the itinerary will be given to those who register….

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Trip charges : (Guwahati to Guwahati)

Rs. 31400/-

Includes Stay in Twin sharing basis in Smiling Tusker Resort, Manas, Pick-up & Drop from Guwahati Airport to Manas & back, Park entry charges, Safari by 4×4 open gypsies, local guide charges, All meals (Veg. / Non-Veg food), Articles on Manas NP and bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks………

This does not include any other charges and also any individual camera charges ….Individuals will have to pay additional charges if any to the forest dept. as per the rules.

Stay Arrangement: Smiling Tusker Resort, Manas (Twin Sharing stay)

Smiling Tusker

PS: Unfortunately, if the flight from Guwahati to Mumbai is cancelled due to bad weather or for any other reasons, Nature India will not to be responsible for making stay arrangements. Although, Nature India will assist for hotel bookings.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmatory mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.18,000/- after getting a registration mail from us. (The seats will only be confirmed after receiving the advance amount) ….. lease Register at the earliest as only 10 seats are available.

Payment terms:
Phase 1 – Rs. 18,000/- as non-refundable Advance to be paid immediately. We need to forward this as an advance for logistics & to block the seats.

Phase 2 – Remaining amount by 30th Jan2021.

Resource Persons: Local expert, Mr. Adesh Shivkar & Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the advance money directly to HDFC A/c : (Will be provided along with registration mail) …. please mention your name, date and other details….

OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.18,000/- to the address given in the registration mail

Please Note:

  1. Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 18,000/- is strictly non-refundable
  2. Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on all Nature India Tours
  3. This is primarily a Wild-life watching trip
  4. Weather conditions: Weather in North-East is unpredictable and Nature India will not be responsible for any days lost due to bad weather.
  5. Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with Nature India‘s rules and policies
    http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification.

For any other queries we are available on 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar) or 9820455713 / 9869071091 (Adesh)………

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
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Batch-2 Lava – Neora Valley, Latpanchar & Rongtong – Birding in the Pristine Forests of North Bengal (16th to 21st Mar, 2021)

Date: 16th Mar,2021 morning 11.00 am to 21st Mar,2021 eve 05.00 pm (travel days excluded). The bookings for Lava / Neora Valley / Latpanchar / Rongtong bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the details at the end)…..Explore the birds in the Pristine Forests of North west Bengal. Bird-watch in one of the highly recommended birding hot-spots in India with Nature India.

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Lava-Neora Valley National Park – the Virgin Forests

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Last tract of virgin wilderness and a unique ecosystem, Neora Valley is Situated in the northeastern corner of Darjeeling in Kalimpong district of North West Bengal and spread over an area of about 159.89 Sq. Km. It is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast. The Park with its dense forests is located on the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West-Bengal, and its boundary extends from 30 m of altitude up to 3200 m.Due to wide range of altitude variation, the climatic condition of the park varies from tropical, sub-tropical to temperate or even Sub-alpine in Rachilla Danda area, the highest point of Neora Valley National Park, which borders Sikkim and Bhutan.

Its floral diversity is noteworthy with mixed species of rhododendrons, bamboo, ferns, oak, sal etc. along with several species of orchids. The entire forest is crisscrossed by mountain streams, making it a distinct place for its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity. The name Neora Valley is given after the river Neora flowing through it.

Established in 1986 as National Park it is the land of the elegant Red Panda, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Serow etc in the pristine undisturbed natural habitat with rugged inaccessible hilly terrain. Neora Valley is considered as one of best birding hotspot and birder’s paradise. Altitudinal variation from foothills of Terai to hills of Lava area within a distance of 40 Km makes this place very high in species diversity.

Birds belonging to varied genus can be found in the park…… some of India’s most sought-after birds are found here all throughout the year. The semi-evergreen forests between 1600 m and 2700 m is the home of several rarities like Rufous-throated Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Crimson-breasted woodpecker, Darjeeling woodpecker, Bay woodpecker, Golden-throated barbet, Hodgson’s hawk cuckoo, Lesser cuckoo, Ashy wood pigeon, Mountain imperial pigeon, Black eagle, Mountain hawk eagle, Dark-throated thrush, Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, White-gorgeted flycatcher, White-browed bush robin, White-tailed robin, Yellow-browed tit, Striated bulbul, Chestnut-headed tesia, Chestnut-crowned warbler, Black-faced warbler, Black-faced laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned laughingthrush, Streak-breasted scimitar babbler, Scaly-breasted wren-babbler, Pygmy wren-babbler, Rufous-fronted babbler, Black-headed shrike babbler, White-browed shrike babbler, Rusty-fronted barwing, Rufous-winged fulvetta, Brown parrotbill, Fire-breasted flowerpecker, Fire-tailed sunbird, Maroon-backed accentor, Dark-breasted rosefinch, Red-headed bullfinch, Gold-naped finch and many other rarities.

Mammals reported from this area include Indian leopard, four species of civet, black bear, sloth bear, golden cat, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, barking deer, sambar, Himalayan flying squirrel etc. The most exotic of all is Red Panda. Among other endangered mammalian fauna, clouded leopards are seldom seen and likely to be present in the park.

Here’s an excellent read on Birding in Lava / Neora Valley
http://www.kolkatabirds.com/trip_reports/roadtolava.html

Lava

This prime birding destination in this region, located 35Km from Kalimpong (1¼hrs) is located quite close to Neora Valley National Park. It is 85Km from Darjeeling via Kalimpong. (4hrs) Alternativly it is 115Km from Bagdogra Airport via Kalimpong (4hrs). It is a small bazaar, once a halting place for caravans on the trade routes to Bhutan and Sikkim. It is now a tiny forest Village with a Buddhist Monastery amidst a sea of evergreen forests at an elevation of 2100m. Surrounded by very large tracts of protected forests ranging in elevation between 1600m and 2400m, it includes the remote and uninhabited Neora National Park. The Lava-Algarah road is well-known for its incredible bird diversity. The forests have rough roads and walking trails. Birding is feasible from the main roads. However for deeper entry, forest department permission and a guide is required. Some of the sought after birds that have been recorded are: Satyr Tragopan, Ashy Wood-pigeon, Rufous-throated and Spotted Wren Babblers, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Red-faced Liocichla, Himalayan Cutia, Rusty-belied Shortwing, Blue-fronted robin & Long-billed Thrush.

Latpanchar (Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary)

Latpanchar (also called Latpanchor) is a small beautiful village in the lap of Himalayan foothill mountains. It is the highest point in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of approximately 4500 feet above the sea level with fantastic views of Teesta River. This off-beat birding destination is ideal for those who love peace and tranquillity. Its lush green forests with varied species of flora & fauna and birds make Latpanchar a peaceful abode and perfect destination for the bird watchers & nature lovers. During clear weather the Plains of Siliguri can be viewed from Latpanchar. This place came into prominence quite recently due to the reliable sightings of the most elegant, colourful and endangered species of Rufous Necked Hornbill.

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Rufous-necked Hornbill

From New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Latpanchar is at a distance of about 44kms and takes about one and half hours by car. You will need to take the Sevoke road. Once you reach the place Kalijhora (after about an hour’s drive), there is a narrow winding road that goes uphill on the left. From this point Latpanchar is another 13kms, the last stretch is quite steep. There is hardly any traffic on this narrow road, but often the road is not well maintained and gets full with potholes particularly during monsoon. 

Being situated in the Mahananada Wild Life Sanctuary, Latpanchar is home to an amazing diversity of birds and animals.  It is also one of the few places in the region where you can see the Himalayan Newt (Salamander) in the wild.

This place has a bountiful of bird species that are found echoing all over the mountains…… more than 250 species of birds are reported from this place…..some of them include the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill, Scarlet & Grey-chinned Minivet, Black-crested Bulbul, Scaly Thrush, Ashy Bulbul, Black-chinned Yuhina, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Drongos, Black-throated & Crimson Sunbird, Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush, Lesser & Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Grey Treepie, Speckled Piculet, Sultan Tit, Lesser & Greater Yellownape, Collared Falconent, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher, Blue-throated & Lineated Barbet, Streaked Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Canary & Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher etc. Birding in Latpanchar is a great experience.

The Latpanchar is famous for Cinchona plantation which is used for manufacturing medicines for malaria. Several Cinchona extraction factories were located in the locality. The main occupation of the villagers is Cinchona plantation & other farming activities. The narrow hilly route passing through Latpanchar is covered by sal, teak, pine and cinchona trees.

Rongtong

Rongtong is a small hamlet, about 17 kms from Siliguri on the way to Darjeeling Hills. The road to Rongtong goes through the Sukna Reserve forest and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary along a wonderful low altitude tropical forest dominated with broad-leaved trees and Bamboo. This place is well-known for an amazing diversity of birds, especially if one spends time early morning. A leisure walk along the road can fetch bird species like Blue-throated Barbet, Emerald Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Blue-winged Leafbird, Jerdon’s & Black Baza, Crimson Sunbird, Black-crested & Himalayan Black Bulbul, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Plaintive Cuckoo, Long-tailed Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Hill Myna, Greater & Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Spangled & Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Yellownape & Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker etc.

Nature India has organized an exclusive Birdwatching trip to the pristine hill forests of West Bengal from 16th March to 21st March 2021 (travel days included). We shall cover Lava, Neora Valley, Latpanchar, Rongtong area.

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details:

Date: 16th Mar’21 morning 11.00 am to 21st Mar’21 eve 3.00 pm (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel :

Siliguri to Lava / Neora Valley/ Latpanchar / Rongtong by Non AC Jeeps (Scorpio/Innova / Xylo)

Separate 4×4 vehicle inside Neora Valley for 1 day, which are required since the road conditions have become worse in the last couple of years.

By Air:
Mumbai to Bagdogra (Siliguri) on 16th March 2021

Indigo flight no. 6E-254, starting from Mumbai at 08.25 hours, reaching Bagdogra at 11.10 hours (Direct flight)

Bagdogra to Mumbai on 21st March 2021
Spicejet flight no. SG-782, starting from Bagdogra at 17.30 hours, reaching Mumbai at 20.55 hours (direct flight)

Overnight train travel can be booked from Kolkata….. however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done as soon as the booking opens to get the desired train and class …. there are however, several trains from Kolkata to New-Jalpaiguri (please check the pick-up & drop time in itinerary)

We recommend following train option for Sealdah (Kolkata) to New Jalpaigudi (Siliguri)

Sealdah to New Jalpaigudi – 15th March 2021
SDAH NOQ Spl Train no.02377 starting from Sealdah at 23.20 hrs reaching New Jalpaiguri at 09.10 hrs on 16th March 2021.

New Jalpaiguri to Sealdah – 21st March 2021
NOQ SDAH Spl train no. 02378 starting from New Jalpaiguri at 20.55 hrs reaching Sealdah at 06.45 hrs oon 22nd March 2021

Rough Tour Itinerary: Ex. Bagdogra (Siliguri)

16th Mar’21 (Tuesday): Arrive at Bagdogra (pick-up at 11:00 am) and travel to Lava, birding along the way that goes through Jhandi village. Overnight at Pinewood Resort, Kolakham

17th Mar’21 (Wednesday): Full day birding in Neora Valley National Park (Ziro point/Chaudapheri) and beyond. In 4×4 Jeeps till Chaudapheri and short walk (~2 km) thereafter.  Night at Pinewood resort Kolakham.

18th Mar’21 (Thursday): Birding around Pipeline trail , Lava- Kolakham road and the road towards Changey Falls. Night at Pinewood resort Kolakham.

19th Mar’21 (Friday): Morning birding in Lava – Kolakham area. Afternoon drive to Latpanchar. Night at Aadarsh Homestay in Latpanchar.

20th Mar’21 (Saturday): Full day birding in and around Latpanchar. Stay at Hotel Greenwood, Rongtong road, Siliguri

21st Mar’21 (Sunday): Morning birding in the outskirts of Mahananda WLS – along the road from Sukhna to Rontong. Lunch ……  transfer to Bagdogra or Siliguri.

Trip charges: Rs. 39,500/- Siliguri to Siliguri only (Includes stay in Pinewood Resort, Kolakham (Lava) on twin sharing basis, stay in Adarsh Homestay in Latpanchar on Triple sharing basis,  Stay in Hotel Greenwood in Rongtong on twin sharing basis, Local travel by Scorpio/Xylo Vehicles, Park entry charges, veg / non-veg food, Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Siliguri and Back, Photography fees or any charges other than the above.

Group Size: Max.10 participants only

Registration: You can register by sending a registration mail (with your request) to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.21000/- only after our registration confirmation on e-mail…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel.

Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available in the peak season.

Stay Arrangement:
Non A/C stay in Pinewood Resort in Lava & Hotel Greenwood in Rongtong on twin sharing basis, Non-AC stay in Adarsh Homestay in Latpanchar on Triple sharing basis

Resource Person: Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the advance money directly to our A/c (will be mentioned in registration mail).. please mention your name, date and other details….

2) Courier a cheque of Rs. 21000/- as advance amount to the following address

Address: will be mentioned in registration mail

Please Note: 

1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 21000/- is strictly non-refunadable

2) Alcohol & Smoking is  strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours

3) Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited

4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India‘s rules and policies

http://natureindiapolicies.blogspot.in/2012/08/nature-india-policies.html

Please revert on natureindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9820455713 (Adesh) or 8369427283 / 9930318665  (Mandar).

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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