Batch- 2 Desert National Park, Rajasthan – The Bustard’s Last Stand (22nd to 25th Dec, 2021)

Date: 22nd Dec’21 to 25th Dec’21 (travel days excluded). The bookings for Desert National Park / Kheechan bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the details at the end)…..Birdwatch in one and only one Desert of the South-east Asia with Nature India…where Living is truly on the Edge…… Please See complete details (Itinerary, Charges etc) at the end of this Blog.

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DESERT NATIONAL PARK , Jaisalmer  

Last Abode of the Great Indian Bustard

The Thar Desert, often called an ‘ocean of sand’, covers a large area of western Rajasthan. The fragile ecosystem of the Thar supports a unique and varied wildlife. In this vast ocean of sands lies the famous Desert National Park. More than 60 per cent of it is simply semi-arid desert. The seemingly barren lands gradually dissolve at the horizon touching Pakistan. But the warm sands of the Desert National Park beyond Jaisalmer form a fertile micro broth hiding an astounding variety of animals and birds. DNP, a World Heritage Site, falls in the extreme hot and arid region of very low rainfall zone (<100mm).

To relieve the magical experience of our Feb.2015 trip, wonderfully narrated by Mr. Jitendra Bhatia, please visit below link

http://envirotekindia-travel.blogspot.in/2015/05/days-and-nights-of-desert-jaisalmer.html

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Though one of the smallest deserts in the world, it harbors a wide array of unique flora and fauna species. It is only place where Rajasthan State Bird (Great Indian Bustard), State animal (Chinkara) and State tree (Khejri) and State flower (Rohida) are found naturally. Thar desert has representatives of Palaearctic, Oriental and Saharan elements and is an outstanding example of geological history representing the different stages of evolution. It also has fossil evidences dating back to the Jurassic Period (180 mya) indicating hot and humid climate characterized by dense forests.

DNP Landscape

We always think that wildlife is in good nos. only when, there are lot of trees… Come to Desert National Park (DNP) & you will be amazed to see the eco system here and bio-diversity. A National Park with huge area of 3162 sq. km is second largest National Park of India after Hemis National Park (4400 sq. km) in Ladakh. The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, inters medial areas and fixed dunes. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park.

Despite a fragile ecosystem there exists birdlife in good nos. The region is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. The greatest attraction of the park is Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species. Desert National Park (DNP) is now the Last Abode of the Majestic Great Indian Bustard and this region probably is the last reliable site where there is a good chance to see them, though sadly not with any guarantee.

Apart from GIB, the park host a large variety of migratory & resident birds, including Macqueen’s (houbara) Bustard, Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Short-eared Owl, Chestnut-bellied; Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Desert; Variable & Isabelline Wheatears, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Imperial; Steppe; Tawny; Short-toed Snake Eagles, Laggar; Red-necked & Peregrine Falcons, Cream-colored & Indian Coursers, Red-headed, Cinereous & Egyptian Vultures, Bimaculated; Greater Short-toed & Desert Larks, Desert Warbler, Merlin, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Plain Leaf Warbler, Desert Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Bay-backed & Southern Grey Shrike, Long-billed Pipit, Crested Lark, Grey Francolin, Montagu’s & Pallid Harriers and many moré…

The area is also well represented by various species of mammals, rodents & reptiles like Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), Blue bull (Neelgai), Desert & Indian Fox, Wolf, Desert & Jungle Cat, Spiny-tailed lizard, Hedgehog, Spectacled Cobra  etc…

KHICHAN – Rendezvous with Demoiselle Cranes

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Khichan is a small, simple village in the Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, with extraordinary people. The entire village is known for establishing a tradition of feeding wild birds. Up to 5000 kg of bird seed (Jowar) is consumed by birds every day! The small village is known to bird-watchers all over the world, mainly because of large nos. of Demoiselle Cranes, which come here every winter.

Some years ago, a section of local people of Khichan (Mainly: Late Prithvirajji Malu, Late Kishan Lalji Malu, Late Ganeshmalji Malu and Late Ratan Lalji Malu) started offering grains to birds every morning. This attracted a large number of Demoiselle Cranes, locally called as ‘kurjas’. What started initially as a few dozen visiting birds has now become a major migration with over 15000 cranes visiting the village every winter. Khichan today is a World Heritage Site, attracting tourists from around the world who come to see the Demoiselle cranes feeding right in the middle of a human settlement. Every morning Cranes gather in specially created rectangular enclosure, called as “chugga ghars”, where the grains are poured by Jain community. There is a simple ecological significance of this act. Because the cranes get the food they need, in the Chugga Ghar, they don’t ravage the farmlands of Khichan and surrounding villages, thereby averting a potential conflict with humans.

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COMPLETE TRIP DETAILS

Date: 22nd Dec, 2021 09:00 hrs to 25th Dec, 2021  18.00 hrs (travel days excluded)

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 just a couple of trains available for Jodhpur from Mumbai….Nature India can ASSIST in train bookings only if required.

Suggested Train Booking:

Mumbai to Jodhpur

21st Dec,2021 – Train no. 02480 BDTS JU SPL starting from Bandra at 13:15 reaching Jodhpur at 05.15 hours on 22nd Dec,2021

Jaisalmer to Mumbai

25th Dec,2021 – Train no. 02930 BDTS FESTIVAL SPL starting from Jaisalmer at 19.00 hours reaching Bandra Terminus on 26th Dec,2021 at 15.00 hours OR a train from Jaisalmer if it is available later (kindly consult us before booking train tickets)

Tour Itinerary:  

1) Wednesday 22nd Dec, 2021: Arrive Jodhpur Station @ 05:15 hrs – Proceed to Khichan / Phalodi (136 kms) to witness the magnificent congregation of Demoiselle Cranes – Breakfast with Cranes – Continue birding around Khichan – Lunch @ Pokharan – Reach Barna, Jaisalmer (total 330 kms from Jodhpur) – Check-in Pal Rajah Resort – Dinner and Stay

2) Thursday 23rd Dec, 2021: Early morning leave for Sudasari Forest Checkpost with packed breakfast and there-on to explore the vast Desert National Park – Lunch @ Khuri Village – Continue Bird-watching in DNP – Return to Jaisalmer – Dinner – Night stay in Pal Rajah Resort.

3) Friday 24th Dec, 2021: Early morning leave for Ramnagar (Near Longewala @ Boarder)  Checkpost with packed breakfast and there-on to explore the vast Desert National Park – Lunch @ Ramnagar – Continue Bird-watching in the Desert – Return – Dinner – Night stay in Pal Rajah Resort

4) Saturday 25th Dec, 2021: Early morning bird-watching in Desert National Park – Lunch – Bird watching around resort – Check out – reach Jaisalmer Railway Station by 18.30 hours to catch 02930 BDTS FESTIVAL SPL Superfast Express

5) Sunday 26th Dec, 2021: Reach Mumbai by 15:00 hrs.

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

Trip chargesRs. 26500/- (Jodhpur to Jodhpur only)….

 

Includes: Stay in Pal Rajah Resort, Khuri on a twin sharing basis in non-A/C tents, Travel in Tempo traveller from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer & back, Local transport by non-AC Jeeps, Park entry charges, Local guide charges, Delicious Vegetarian food, Articles on Desert National Park / Khichan, Bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks……

This does not include train travel from Mumbai to Jodhpur & Jodhpur to Mumbai or 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.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmatory mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.15000/- …..

(The seats will only be confirmed after receiving the advance amount & our registration confirmation by email) …..the remaining amount can be forwarded 1 month before the trip…….Please Register soon to get the confirmed train bookings and the desired class of travel. We can assist you for train bookings.

Resource Persons: Local expert & Mr. Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer non-refundable advance amount of Rs. 15000/- directly to our 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.15000/- as advance amount to the following address

Name and Address Will be provided along with Registration mail

Please Note:

  • Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 15000/- is strictly non-refundable
  • Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
  • Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited
  • 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 contact us, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9820455713 / 8779599356 (Adesh) or 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar) or natureindiatours@gmail.com

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip !!

  Thanks for your patience.

  Warm Regards,

  Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

 

Birding in the Emerald Island – Andaman (16th to 21st Jan. 2022)

You can’t miss this… Nature India announces, looong awaited birding trip to the Green Emerald Islands of India, Andaman.

Please click on below links to Read some fantastic trip accounts with us…

https://birding.travel.blog/2019/01/02/birding-in-andamans-the-emerald-green-islands-of-india/

https://niveditakothare.blogspot.com/2018/12/birding-in-emerald-isles-of-india_28.html

Dates: 16th Jan 2022 to 21st Jan 2022 (Port Blair to Port Blair)… Book your seat now, as this trip is expected to get full quickly… A very meticulously planned trip including a chance to explore the amazing and photogenic landscapes and some remote birding locations …..

Andaman Island

The Andaman and Nicobar are a cluster of 324 large and small islands covering an area of 8,300 sq km which runs from north to south off the southeast of the Indian sub-continent in the Bay of Bengal. The islands are located 950km from the mouth of the Hugli river in West Bengal and 193 km from Cape Negrais in Myanmar. Great Andaman lying to the north is the largest contiguous block of islands and is administratively divided into the North, Middle and South Andaman. Little Andaman is squeezed in between Great Andaman and the Nicobar cluster of islands. Port Blair, located in South Andaman is the capital city of the group. 

More than 90% of the islands in the area are uninhabited and are covered in pristine tropical rainforest. The centuries of isolation of the islands and the tendency for speciation of island populations has resulted in the development of several endemics species and many sub-specific variants. The close proximity to the Myanmar coast has also resulted in the presence of many species with Southeast Asian affinities with the fauna resembling Malayan and Myanmar species.

Andaman has been explored by many tourists for sight seeing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling etc… but not much for Bird-watching… In fact Andaman geographically lies at such a location that it becomes an extremely important bird-watching destination. Apart from the endemic birds that you get here, many migratory birds visit these islands in winter. Also being an island you get to see several endemic bird species here.

Some of the areas we will be visiting during the trip are…

Chidiya Tapu: Literary means Island of birds. Though famous of its majestic Sunset, this place, about 30kms from Port Blair, is very popular among bird watchers. And not just during the day, but also for night birding, this place is amazing. We will be visiting this place 2/3 times.

Bird species to look for are, Andaman Drongo, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Hawk Owl, Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Nightjar, Andaman Woodpecker, Green Imperial Pigeon, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Black Baza, Andaman Green Pigeon, White-headed Starling, Andaman Shama, Brown-throated Needletail, Andaman Bulbul, Daurian Starling, Dollarbirds, Ruddy & Collared Kingfisher etc…

Shoal Bay / Mount Harriet : Shoal Bay is about 57kms from Port Blair and located in Ferrargunj tehsil of South Andaman district, but less than 20 kms if you use the ferry from Chatham Jetty (Bamboo Flat)….. The ferry service starts at 5 AM and that is the ferry you want to be on to make the most of the morning bird activity. While birds are everywhere, it is easier to see the birds around the cemetery area and along the access road to a village next to the bus stop

Mount Harriet National Park is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India. The park, established in 1969, covers about 4.62 km2 area. Mount Harriet (383 metres), which is part of the park, is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

The picture on the back side of ₹ 20 note is taken form Mount Harriet National Park The park is named in commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the second wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British army officer, an administrator, naturalist and photographer, who were appointed Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair in the Andamans from April 1862 to February 1864. Harriet is remembered for her work in documenting the monuments of Delhi and for her notes at the time of the Revolt of 1857 in India. 

Birds to look for here are, Violet Cuckoo, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Olive-backed Sunbird, Freckle-breasted Woodpecker, Andaman Coucal, Ashy & Scarlet Minivets, Andaman Flowerpecker, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Woodcock, Ruddy Kingfisher, Glossy Swiftlet, Long-tailed Parakeet, Violet Cuckoo, Andaman Crake, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Mangrove Whistler, Pacific Reef Egret, Oriental Reed & Black-browed Reed Warbler, Andaman (Bar-bellied) Cuckooshrike, Black-naped Monarch, Asian fairy Bluebird, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Yellow Bittern, White-headed Starlings etc…

SippyGhat / Ograbrang:

Located south of the main Andaman Island, it is primarily a These are mostly tsunami created wetlands north-west of Port Blair. Here you can see several species of Waders and is one of the prime spots for Andaman Teals & Chinese Egrets. The wetlands is also home to may water birds including Yellow Bitterns, Purple Swamphens, Indian Moorhens and host of waders including Red-necked and Long-toed Stints, Pacific Golden Plovers, Black-naped & Whiskered Terns, Purple Herons, White-bellied Sea Eagle etc.

The surrounding Marsh and wet grasslands can harbour Red-throated Pipits, Common Redshanks, Chinese Pond Herons, Whimbrel, Pintail Snipe, Red-collard Dove, Thick-billed Warbler etc. The ideal time to watch birds is an early morning but after sunset shots are also worth taking in this area.

Apart from Birds…..Andaman Islands abound in several species of endemic butterflies that are easy to photograph during this season…. some of the beautiful species include Andaman Lacewing, Andaman Nymph, Andaman Common Snow Flat, Andaman Mormon, Andaman Cruiser, Andaman Jezebel, Andaman Clipper,Andaman Crow, Andaman Common Birdwing, Andaman Lesser Gull etc.

Being an island and less explored, the location often attracts vagrants / stragglers of which Nature India is fortunate to record few 1st for the island species (especially Little Andamans) including the magnificent Mandarin Duck, White-tailed Tropicbird & Chestnut-cheeked Starlings …… also Fork-tailed Swift, Eye-browed Thrush, Greater Short-toed Lark etc. The Island is also home to a variety of lesser fauna, including tree Snakes, Hermit Crabs, Skinks, Lizards, Orchids etc. 

Nature India is proud to organize, a Special birding trip to this Emerald Green Island from 16th January to 21st January 2022 (travel days excluded)….. Come and soak yourself in this mystifying land of Bliss……..

Have a look at some of the birding trip reports from Andaman…

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Travel Details: (To & Fro Port Blair, Andaman to be arranged by participants)

16-Jan-2022
Mumbai to Port Blair

  • Book any flight that reaches Port Blair by 13:00 Hrs ……..our hotel is just 15 mins from the airport and pick up will be arranged accordingly

21-Jan-2022
Port Blair to Mumbai

  • Book any flight from Port Blair uptill 13:30 Hrs ……..our hotel is just 15 mins from the airport and pick up will be arranged accordingly

There are several other flights available, please check with us, before booking the flight, after registration.

Planned Itinerary: (Port Blair to Port Blair)

Day 1 (16.1.2022 ): Arrival at Port Blair pick up from Airport for Hotel ..,. Lunch … Post lunch start for Birding at Chidiya Tapu, continue birding till late evening… Dinner… Stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 2 (17.1.2022): Start early morning at 4.30 am for birding around Shoal Bay… back to hotel for Lunch… Post lunch afternoon & late evening birding around Sippyghat… Stay at Hotel in Port Blair

Day 3 (18.1.2022): Early morning start (4:30 am) for Chidiyatapu for birding… Lunch… Afternoon & night birding around Ograbrang… overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 4 (19.1.2022): Early morning start (4:30 am) for Jirkatang for birding… Lunch… Afternoon & night birding around Shoal Bay or Ross Island… overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 5 (20.1.2022): Early Morning (4:30 am) birding around Mount Harriet national Park… Lunch… Afternoon & night birding around Chidiyatapu … overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 6 (21.1.2022): Morning Tea/coffee & Early breakfast… check-out & departure for the Airport…

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Trip Charges (Port Blair to Port Blair): Rs. 45700/- only

(Includes AC rooms on Twin Sharing Basis in Port Blair, Veg./Non-Veg meals, Breakfast, Permissions/Permits, travel in comfortable Innova/Tavera vehicles, entry fees, Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….

This does not include Travel charges from any destination to  Port Blair & back, Camera Fees, Tips 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.20,000/- 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 travel bookings……….

Group Size: Max 8 Pax only.

Resource Persons: Mr. Vikram Shil (Local Expert) & Mr.Adesh Shivkar 

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the non-refundable advance money directly to our HDFC A/c (Please send a mail for details).. please mention your name, date and other details…. OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.20,000/- as advance amount to the following name/address

Name: (Provided in our registration mail)

Address: (Provided in our registration mail)

Please Note:

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

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

3) Nesting photography is prohibited.

4) Expect Leeches (only if it rains) in Andaman‘s where we will be birding, so please carry Leech Guard if you have or you would like to procure a new one (search on net)

5) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with Nature India‘s rules and policies and policies and Covid related guidelines

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

http://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) or 8369427283 / 9930318665 (Mandar)….

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip. Thanks for your patience.

Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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Birding in the Emerald Islands – Andaman & Little Andaman (22nd to 30th Jan. 2022)

You can’t miss this… Nature India announces, looong awaited birding trip to the Green Emerald Islands of India, Andaman and Little Andaman.

Please click on below links to Read some fantastic trip accounts with us…

https://birding.travel.blog/2019/01/02/birding-in-andamans-the-emerald-green-islands-of-india/

https://niveditakothare.blogspot.com/2018/12/birding-in-emerald-isles-of-india_28.html

Dates: 22nd Jan 2022 to 30th Jan 2022 (Port Blair to Port Blair)… Book your seat now, as this trip is expected to get full quickly… A very meticulously planned trip including a chance to explore the amazing and photogenic landscapes and some remote birding locations …..

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Andaman – group of Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar are a cluster of 324 large and small islands covering an area of 8,300 sq km which runs from north to south off the southeast of the Indian sub-continent in the Bay of Bengal. The islands are located 950km from the mouth of the Hugli river in West Bengal and 193 km from Cape Negrais in Myanmar. Great Andaman lying to the north is the largest contiguous block of islands and is administratively divided into the North, Middle and South Andaman. Little Andaman is squeezed in between Great Andaman and the Nicobar cluster of islands. Port Blair, located in South Andaman is the capital city of the group.

More than 90% of the islands in the area are uninhabited and are covered in pristine tropical rainforest. The centuries of isolation of the islands and the tendency for speciation of island populations has resulted in the development of several endemics species and many sub-specific variants. The close proximity to the Myanmar coast has also resulted in the presence of many species with Southeast Asian affinities with the fauna resembling Malayan and Myanmar species.

Andaman has been explored by many tourists for sight seeing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling etc… but not much for Bird-watching… In fact Andaman geographically lies at such a location that it becomes an extremely important bird-watching destination. Apart from the endemic birds that you get here, many migratory birds visit these islands in winter. Also being an island you get to see several endemic bird species here. 

Some of the areas we will be visiting during the trip are…

Chidiya Tapu: Literary means Island of birds. Though famous of its majestic Sunset, this place, about 30kms from Port Blair, is very popular among bird watchers. And not just during the day, but also for night birding, this place is amazing. We will be visiting this place 2/3 times.

Bird species to look for are, Andaman Drongo, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Hawk Owl, Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Nightjar, Andaman Woodpecker, Green Imperial Pigeon, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Black Baza, Andaman Green Pigeon, White-headed Starling, Andaman Shama, Brown-throated Needletail, Andaman Bulbul, Daurian Starling, Dollarbirds, Ruddy & Collared Kingfisher etc…

Shoal Bay / Mount Harriet : Shoal Bay is about 57kms from Port Blair and located in Ferrargunj tehsil of South Andaman district, but less than 20 kms if you use the ferry from Chatham Jetty (Bamboo Flat)….. The ferry service starts at 5 AM and that is the ferry you want to be on to make the most of the morning bird activity. While birds are everywhere, it is easier to see the birds around the cemetery area and along the access road to a village next to the bus stop

Mount Harriet National Park is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India. The park, established in 1969, covers about 4.62 km2 area. Mount Harriet (383 metres), which is part of the park, is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

The picture on the back side of ₹ 20 note is taken form Mount Harriet National Park The park is named in commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the second wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British army officer, an administrator, naturalist and photographer, who were appointed Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair in the Andamans from April 1862 to February 1864. Harriet is remembered for her work in documenting the monuments of Delhi and for her notes at the time of the Revolt of 1857 in India.

Birds to look for here are, Violet Cuckoo, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Olive-backed Sunbird, Freckle-breasted Woodpecker, Andaman Coucal, Ashy & Scarlet Minivets, Andaman Flowerpecker, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Woodcock, Ruddy Kingfisher, Glossy Swiftlet, Long-tailed Parakeet, Violet Cuckoo, Andaman Crake, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Mangrove Whistler, Pacific Reef Egret, Oriental Reed & Black-browed Reed Warbler, Andaman (Bar-bellied) Cuckooshrike, Black-naped Monarch, Asian fairy Bluebird, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Yellow Bittern, White-headed Starlings etc…

SippyGhat / Ograbrang:

Located south of the main Andaman Island, it is primarily a These are mostly tsunami created wetlands north-west of Port Blair. Here you can see several species of Waders and is one of the prime spots for Andaman Teals & Chinese Egrets. The wetlands is also home to may water birds including Yellow Bitterns, Purple Swamphens, Indian Moorhens and host of waders including Red-necked and Long-toed Stints, Pacific Golden Plovers, Black-naped & Whiskered Terns, Purple Herons, White-bellied Sea Eagle etc.

The surrounding Marsh and wet grasslands can harbour Red-throated Pipits, Common Redshanks, Chinese Pond Herons, Whimbrel, Pintail Snipe, Red-collard Dove, Thick-billed Warbler etc. The ideal time to watch birds is an early morning but after sunset shots are also worth taking in this area.

Apart from Birds…..Andaman Islands abound in several species of endemic butterflies that are easy to photograph during this season…. some of the beautiful species include Andaman Lacewing, Andaman Nymph, Andaman Common Snow Flat, Andaman Mormon, Andaman Cruiser, Andaman Jezebel, Andaman Clipper,Andaman Crow, Andaman Common Birdwing, Andaman Lesser Gull etc.

Little Andaman (Island)

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Travel by Ship: Little Andaman Island, located south of the South Andaman Island, is at a distance of 120 km. by sea from Port Blair. Hut Bay in Little Andaman is the entry and exit point and also the island headquarter. The island is home to the Onge aboriginal tribe, who call the island Egu Belong, and has been a tribal reserve since 1957. This picturesque island has one of the most pristine beaches and the birding here is quite and interesting with chances to stumble upon vagrants. The single road that runs across Hut bay and uptill the Dam area is the only inhabitable stretch, rest all is dense forest.

Bird species to look for are Nicobar Pigeon, Crested & Andaman Serpent Eagle, Andaman Barn Owl, Beach Thick-knee, Andaman Scops Owl, Oriental White Eye, Andaman Green Pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo Dove, Andaman Bulbul, White-breasted Woodswallow, Asian Fairy Bluebird, several waders, including Common Red & Green Shank, Lesser & Greater Sand Plovers, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Great Knot, Sanderling, Long-toed & Red-necked Stint, Oriental Pratincole, Red-throated Pipit, Pacific Swallow, Grey, Little, Kentish & Crab Plovers  etc…

Being an island and less explored (especially Little Andamans), the location often attracts vagrants / stragglers of which Nature India is fortunate to record few 1st for the island species (Dec’18), including the magnificent Mandarin Duck, White-tailed Tropicbird & Chestnut-cheeked Starling …… also Fork-tailed Swift, Eye-browed Thrush, Greater Short-toed Lark etc. The Island is also home to a variety of lesser fauna, including tree Snakes, Hermit Crabs, Skinks, Lizards, Orchids etc.

Nature India is proud to organize, the much awaited and Special birding trip to this Emerald Green Island from 22nd January to 30th January 2022 (travel days excluded)….. Come and soak yourself in this mystifying land of Bliss……..

Have a look at some of the birding trip reports from Andaman…

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Travel Details: (To & Fro Port Blair, Andaman to be arranged by participants)

22nd-Jan-2022
Mumbai to Port Blair

  • Book any flight that reaches Port Blair by 13:00 Hrs ……..our hotel is just 15 mins from the airport and pick up will be arranged accordingly

30-Jan-2022
Port Blair to Mumbai

  • Book any flight from Port Blair uptill 13:30 Hrs ……..our hotel is just 15 mins from the airport and pick up will be arranged accordingly

There are several flights available, please check with us, before booking the flight, after registration.

Planned Itinerary: (Port Blair to Port Blair)

Day 1 (22.1.2022 ): Arrival at Port Blair pick up from Airport for Hotel ..,. Lunch … Post lunch start for Birding at Chidiya Tapu, continue birding till late evening/night… Dinner… Stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 2 (23.1.2022): Start early morning at 4.30 am for birding around Shoal Bay… back to hotel for Lunch… Post lunch afternoon & late evening birding around Shoal Bay… Stay at Hotel in Port Blair

Day 3 (24.1.2022 ): Start early morning at 6.00 am by Ship for Little Andaman (Depending on when we get the tickets…..either overnight or daytime boat)… Lunch … Check-in… Afternoon birding around dam area… continue birding in late evening… overnight stay in hotel at Little Andaman

Day 4 (25.1.2022): Early morning birding (4:30 am) around Light house forest (a walking trail of 15 kms)… back to hotel for lunch… Post lunch &  night birding around dam area… overnight stay in hotel at Little Andaman

Day 5 (26.1.2022): Early morning birding (4:30 am) around the island forest on the road… back to hotel for lunch… Post lunch &  night birding around dam area… overnight stay in hotel at Little Andaman

Day 6 (27.1.2022 ): Morning check-out… Trip to water falls area for birding… departure for Port Blair in ship… overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 7 (28.1.2022): Early morning start (4:30 am) for Chidiyatapu for birding… Lunch… Afternoon & night birding around Shoal Bay or Ross Island… overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 8 (29.1.2022): Early Morning (4:30 am) birding around Sippyghat/Ograbrange… Lunch… Afternoon & night birding around Mount Harriet… overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair

Day 9 (30.1.2022): Morning Tea/coffee & Early breakfast… check-out & departure for the Airport…

Trip Charges (Port Blair to Port Blair): Rs. 62800/- only

(Includes AC rooms on Twin Sharing Basis in Port Blair & Little Andaman, Travel to Little Andaman in Ship, Veg. meals, Breakfast, Permissions/Permits, travel in comfortable Innova/Tavera, entry fees, Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….

This does not include Travel charges from any destination to  Port Blair & back, Camera Fees, Tips 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.25,000/- 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 travel bookings……….

Group Size: Max 7 to 8 Pax only.

Resource Persons: Mr. Vikram Shil (Local Expert) and Mr.Adesh Shivkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer the non-refundable advance money directly to our HDFC A/c (Please send a mail for details).. please mention your name, date and other details…. OR

2) Courier a cheque of Rs.25,000/- as advance amount to the following name/address

Name: (Provided in our registration mail)

Address: (Provided in our registration mail)

Please Note:

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

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

3) Nesting photography is prohibited.

4) Expect Leeches (only if it rains) in Andaman‘s where we will be birding, so please carry Leech Guard if you have or you would like to procure a new one (search on net).

5) 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

http://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) or 8369427283 / 9930318665 (Mandar)….

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip. Thanks for your patience.

Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

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Thattekkad & Munnar – The Richest bird habitat in Western Ghats (09th Dec to 12th Dec, 2021)

It is said that if you want to get almost all of Western Ghats bird species then its here, where Dr.Salim Ali once said “Thattekkad is the richest bird habitat in Peninsular India, perhaps only comparable to the Eastern Himalayas” …. if you want this and more to experience, then embark for a Birdwatching trip to one of the India’s richest birding hot-spots within the place revered as “God’s Own Country” with Nature India

Date: 09th December, 2021 to 12th December, 2021 (travels days excluded). The bookings for Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary / Munnar bird-watching trip are open…..book your seats now (for complete details about charges, itinerary etc. see at the end)…..

See one of the previous report…..

http://natureindia-tours.blogspot.com/2009/07/final-trip-reports.html#thatte

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad

“Thattekkad is the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the eastern Himalayas” this is how Dr.Salim Ali described the place when he visited Thattekkad in 1930’s.

If you desire to see Western Ghat endemic bird species at one place, then Thattekkad & Munnar “Is” the place. This lesser known place untill now is fast becoming a favorite destination of birders not just across India but also the world as it offers the variety, quality and ambience that can be rivaled by few places.

Thattekkad bird sanctuary located at an approximate distance of 20 kilometers from Kothamangalam on the Kochi Munnar route situated in Idukki district. The serene sanctuary came into being in the year 1983 and was discovered by Dr. Salim Ali the famous ornithologist. This 25 sq.kms sanctuary is home to 250 plus species of birds and other birds that migrate to this place during the migratory seasons. This sanctuary has since being named as “Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary” in honour of the great man.

Nestled among evergreen forests this sanctuary is home to endemic birds like the Malabar grey & Pied Hornbill, Malabar black woodpecker, Blue winged parakeet, Flame-throated Bulbul, Dark-fronted & Rufous Babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Malabar Trogon, Crimson-throated Barbet, Jerdon’s Nightjar, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, White-bellied Treepie,……………..

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Grey Jungle Fowl, Grey-headed and Yellow-browed Bulbul, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Black throated Munia, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Southern Hill Myna etc…… But the most celebrated species here would be the Sri Lanka Frogmouth,  perhaps due to the ease at which it is seen here and most of the photographs taken in India of this species are from this place.

The other uncommon species that can also be encountered regular here are Black Baza, Black Eagle, Great-eared Nightjar, Dollar Bird, Red Spurfowl, Lesser Yellow-nape Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Mottled Wood Owl, Sri Lanka Bay-Owl, Green Imperial Pigeon, Crested Goshawk, Malayan Night Heron, Indian Blue Robin…… This list will lure any birder to come running here 🙂

Apart from the birdlife there are various mammals that are recorded from here including leopard, porcupine, bear, deer and various other animals and the majestic elephants. Cobras and pythons are common among the reptiles. The place is also noted for the majestic king cobra which is revered through out India.

The sanctuary also is abounding in plant life with mahogany, teak and rosewood vying for places. There are also a variety of plants which are endogenous to the region .These huge trees provide the lush canopy. The thick forest coverer apart from being a safe haven for birds is also a treat for wildlife lovers and bird enthusiasts alike.

Munnar & Eravikulam National Park

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Not very far, Munnar compliments the Thattekkad Sanctuary well due to its altitude. It is a hill station 125 kms from Kochi to the West. The altitude above 1600 m above MSL means an agreeable climate throughout the year, though in December-January the temperatures can fall to the single digits. The rain fall of over 300 cm is recorded mainly during June to September. The shola-grassland eco- system so typical of Munnar is home to large numbers of birds, many of them endemic. Sightings of endemics like the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Pipit, Greyheaded Bulbul, Black & Orange Flycatcher, Broadtailed Grassbird, Crimsonbacked Sunbird, Greybreasted Laughing Thrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Indian Rufous Babbler, Whitebellied Blue Flycatcher, Whitebellied Shortwing, Whitebellied Treepie & the Wyanad Laughing Thrush can be the highlights of a birding trip to Munnar & surroundings.

Eravikulam National Park is 97 sq. km. in extent, situated along the crest of the Western Ghats in the High Ranges of Idukki district of Kerala state, India. The Park holds the largest viable population of the endangered (IUCN) Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius).

About 120 species of birds have been recorded which include endemics like black and ornage flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pegeon, white bellied shortwing, Nilgiri verditer flycatcher and Kerala laughing thrush. Endemics confined to the shola-grass land ecosystem like the red disk bushbrown and Palni fourwing are among the 100 odd butterflies listed inside the park.

Have a look at some of these wonderful trip experiences…

http://dreamsandimaginations.blogspot.com/2009/01/thattekkad-diaries-part-1.html

(click for part 1 to 6)

Click below to get the Bird Checklist of Thattekkad
http://www.birdskerala.com/uploadedfiles/bird_list/bird_list_1.pdf

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Complete Trip Details

Travel upto Cochin and Back to be done by participants, however we can provide assistance for train travel if required

Tour Itinerary: Ex. Cochin

Day 1: Thursday, 09th December, 2021: Pick-up at Cochin Airport at 09:00 hours ….. Breakfast…. Departure towards Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary…… Check in at Jungle Bird Homestay….. Afternoon trail near homestay …. Diner and Early bed.

Day 2: Friday, 10th December, 2021: (Strenuous day) Start early morning (@05:00 hours) for Munnar and Eravikulam National Park to watch Nilgiri Pipit, Black & Orange Flycatchers, White-bellied Shortwings, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Painted Bush Quail and other endemics of the shola forests…… Lunch at Munnar —- continue watching birds and return back to Thattekkad for night stay.

Note: Munnar trip is purposely kept on a weekday to avoid weekend rush at Eravikulam National Park, Munnar

Day 3: Saturday, 11th December, 2021: Early morning birding at Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary……Lunch – Quick eve. birding trail (a walk of about 20 mins from our stay) – Light Snacks and Birdwatching for Nightjars and Owls – Dinner and Early Bed.

Day 4: Sunday, 12th December, 2021: Early morning birding in Thattekkad – Lunch – Continue birding in Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and adjoining areas to see the elusive Ceylon frogmouth, Malbar Trogon, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher & other endemics- drop at Cochin Airport by 17.00 hours

Travel Options: (to be done by participants, however we can provide assistance for train travel if required)….

Air Travel: Regular flights from Mumbai – Cochin & Bangalore – Cochin (most preferred option)

Mumbai to Cochin (Ernakulam) 09th December 2021:

GoFirst flight no. G8-347, departing from Mumbai at 05.10 hours, reaching Cochin at 07.05 hours

OR

any other flight reaching Cochin before 08.00 hours 

Cochin to Mumbai – 12th December 2021

Air India flight AI-699, departing from Cochin at 20.10 hours, reaching Mumbai at 22.25 hours 

OR

GoFirst flight G8-345, departing 19:50 from Cochin, reaching Mumbai at 22.00 Hrs …… OR any flight departing from Cochin after 18.30 hours

Trip charges: (Ernakulam to Ernakulam only)…. Rs. 19800/-

Includes: Twin sharing in Gireesh’s Jungle Bird Home-stay (non AC on twin sharing), Pick-up & drop to Cochin by tavera or Tempo traveller, Travel to Munnar by Tempo traveller, Local public transport, all Park entry charges, local guide charges, All meals (veg/non-veg food), Entry permits , Articles on Thattekkad & Munnar and bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks………

This does not include Mumbai – Cochin – Mumbai travel charges or 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.

Group Size: 7 + 1 Only

Stay Arrangement:

Jungle Bird Homestay, Near Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary: Simple Non AC rooms with english toilets, twin sharing rooms & Veg/Non-veg Meals



Registration: You can register by sending a formal mail with details of Name, Age, Contact no. etc. to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.12,000/- only after getting registration mail by us (The seats will only be confirmed after receiving the advance amount) …..the remaining amount will be collected during the trip…….

Please Register at the earliest as only limited seats are available.

Resource Persons: Mr.Gireesh Chandran and his Mother Sudha (Both are excellent guides) & Mr. Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1. Transfer non-refundable advance amount of Rs. 12,000/- directly to our HDFC A/c : (will be provided in the registration mail) …. please mention your name, date and other details….OR

2. Courier a cheque of Rs.12,000/- to the following address
Address & Name will be provided in the 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 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 queries we are also available on 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar) or 9820455713 (Adesh) …..

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Desert National Park, Rajasthan – The Bustard’s Last Stand (15th to 18th Dec, 2021)

Date: 15th Dec’21 to 18th Dec’21 (travel days excluded). The bookings for Desert National Park / Kheechan bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the details at the end)…..Birdwatch in one and only one Desert of the South-east Asia with Nature India…where Living is truly on the Edge…… Please See complete details (Itinerary, Charges etc) at the end of this Blog.

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DESERT NATIONAL PARK , Jaisalmer  

Last Abode of the Great Indian Bustard

The Thar Desert, often called an ‘ocean of sand’, covers a large area of western Rajasthan. The fragile ecosystem of the Thar supports a unique and varied wildlife. In this vast ocean of sands lies the famous Desert National Park. More than 60 per cent of it is simply semi-arid desert. The seemingly barren lands gradually dissolve at the horizon touching Pakistan. But the warm sands of the Desert National Park beyond Jaisalmer form a fertile micro broth hiding an astounding variety of animals and birds. DNP, a World Heritage Site, falls in the extreme hot and arid region of very low rainfall zone (<100mm).

To relieve the magical experience of our Feb.2015 trip, wonderfully narrated by Mr. Jitendra Bhatia, please visit below link 

http://envirotekindia-travel.blogspot.in/2015/05/days-and-nights-of-desert-jaisalmer.html

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Though one of the smallest deserts in the world, it harbors a wide array of unique flora and fauna species. It is only place where Rajasthan State Bird (Great Indian Bustard), State animal (Chinkara) and State tree (Khejri) and State flower (Rohida) are found naturally. Thar desert has representatives of Palaearctic, Oriental and Saharan elements and is an outstanding example of geological history representing the different stages of evolution. It also has fossil evidences dating back to the Jurassic Period (180 mya) indicating hot and humid climate characterized by dense forests. 

DNP Landscape

We always think that wildlife is in good nos. only when, there are lot of trees… Come to Desert National Park (DNP) & you will be amazed to see the eco system here and bio-diversity. A National Park with huge area of 3162 sq. km is second largest National Park of India after Hemis National Park (4400 sq. km) in Ladakh. The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, inters medial areas and fixed dunes. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park.

Despite a fragile ecosystem there exists birdlife in good nos. The region is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. The greatest attraction of the park is Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species. Desert National Park (DNP) is now the Last Abode of the Majestic Great Indian Bustard and this region probably is the last reliable site where there is a good chance to see them, though sadly not with any guarantee.   

Apart from GIB, the park host a large variety of migratory & resident birds, including Macqueen’s (houbara) Bustard, Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Short-eared Owl, Chestnut-bellied; Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Desert; Variable & Isabelline Wheatears, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Imperial; Steppe; Tawny; Short-toed Snake Eagles, Laggar; Red-necked & Peregrine Falcons, Cream-colored & Indian Coursers, Red-headed, Cinereous & Egyptian Vultures, Bimaculated; Greater Short-toed & Desert Larks, Desert Warbler, Merlin, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Plain Leaf Warbler, Desert Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Bay-backed & Southern Grey Shrike, Long-billed Pipit, Crested Lark, Grey Francolin, Montagu’s & Pallid Harriers and many moré…

The area is also well represented by various species of mammals, rodents & reptiles like Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), Blue bull (Neelgai), Desert & Indian Fox, Wolf, Desert & Jungle Cat, Spiny-tailed lizard, Hedgehog, Spectacled Cobra  etc…

KHICHAN – Rendezvous with Demoiselle Cranes

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Khichan is a small, simple village in the Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, with extraordinary people. The entire village is known for establishing a tradition of feeding wild birds. Up to 5000 kg of bird seed (Jowar) is consumed by birds every day! The small village is known to bird-watchers all over the world, mainly because of large nos. of Demoiselle Cranes, which come here every winter.

Some years ago, a section of local people of Khichan (Mainly: Late Prithvirajji Malu, Late Kishan Lalji Malu, Late Ganeshmalji Malu and Late Ratan Lalji Malu) started offering grains to birds every morning. This attracted a large number of Demoiselle Cranes, locally called as ‘kurjas’. What started initially as a few dozen visiting birds has now become a major migration with over 15000 cranes visiting the village every winter. Khichan today is a World Heritage Site, attracting tourists from around the world who come to see the Demoiselle cranes feeding right in the middle of a human settlement. Every morning Cranes gather in specially created rectangular enclosure, called as “chugga ghars”, where the grains are poured by Jain community. There is a simple ecological significance of this act. Because the cranes get the food they need, in the Chugga Ghar, they don’t ravage the farmlands of Khichan and surrounding villages, thereby averting a potential conflict with humans.

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COMPLETE TRIP DETAILS

Date: 15th Dec, 2021 09:00 hrs to 18th Dec, 2021  18.00 hrs (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel: Tempo traveller from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer & local non A/C jeeps (For 1 day).

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 just a couple of trains available for Jodhpur from Mumbai….Nature India can ASSIST in train bookings only if required.

Suggested Train Booking:

Mumbai to Jodhpur

14th Dec,2021 – Train no. 02480 BDTS JU SPL starting from Bandra at 13:15 reaching Jodhpur at 05.15 hours on 15th Dec,2021 

Jaisalmer to Mumbai

18th Dec,2021 – Train no. 02930 BDTS FESTIVAL SPL starting from Jaisalmer at 19.00 hours reaching Bandra Terminus on 19th Dec,2021 at 15.00 hours OR a train from Jaisalmer if it is available later (kindly consult us before booking train tickets)

Tour Itinerary:  

1) Wednesday 15th Dec, 2021: Arrive Jodhpur Station @ 05:15 hrs – Proceed to Khichan / Phalodi (136 kms) to witness the magnificent congregation of Demoiselle Cranes – Breakfast with Cranes – Continue birding around Khichan – Lunch @ Pokharan – Reach Barna, Jaisalmer (total 330 kms from Jodhpur) – Check-in Pal Rajah Resort – Dinner and Stay  

2) Thursday 16th Dec, 2021: Early morning leave for Sudasari Forest Checkpost with packed breakfast and there-on to explore the vast Desert National Park – Lunch @ Khuri Village – Continue Bird-watching in DNP – Return to Jaisalmer – Dinner – Night stay in Pal Rajah Resort.

3) Friday 17th Dec, 2021: Early morning leave for Ramnagar (Near Longewala @ Boarder)  Checkpost with packed breakfast and there-on to explore the vast Desert National Park – Lunch @ Ramnagar – Continue Bird-watching in the Desert – Return – Dinner – Night stay in Pal Rajah Resort

4) Saturday 18th Dec, 2021: Early morning bird-watching in Desert National Park – Lunch – Bird watching around resort – Check out – reach Jaisalmer Railway Station by 18.30 hours to catch 02930 BDTS FESTIVAL SPL Superfast Express

5) Sunday 19th Dec, 2021: Reach Mumbai by 15:00 hrs.

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

Trip charges

Rs. 26500/- (Jodhpur to Jodhpur only)….

Includes: Stay in Pal Rajah Resort, Khuri on a twin sharing basis in non-A/C tents, Travel in Tempo traveller from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer & back, Local transport by non-AC Jeeps, Park entry charges, Local guide charges, Delicious Vegetarian food, Articles on Desert National Park / Khichan, Bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks……

This does not include train travel from Mumbai to Jodhpur & Jodhpur to Mumbai or 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.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmatory mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.15000/- ….. 

(The seats will only be confirmed after receiving the advance amount & our registration confirmation by email) …..the remaining amount can be forwarded 1 month before the trip…….Please Register soon to get the confirmed train bookings and the desired class of travel. We can assist you for train bookings.

Resource Persons: Local expert & Mr.Adesh Shivkar

Mode of Payment: You can either

1) Transfer non-refundable advance amount of Rs. 15000/- directly to our 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.15000/- as advance amount to the following address

Name and Address Will be provided along with Registration mail

Please Note:

  • Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 15000/- is strictly non-refundable
  • Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
  • Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited
  • 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 contact us, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9820455713 / 8779599356 (Adesh) or 9930318665 / 8369427283 (Mandar) or natureindiatours@gmail.com

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip !!

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) & Nalsarovar – Birding in both the worlds (02nd Dec. to 05th Dec, 2021)

Date: 02nd Dec,2021, 06.00 am to 05th Dec,2021, 7.00 pm (travel days excluded). The bookings for Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) – Wild Ass Sanctuary along with Nalsarovar bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (see the details at the end)…..Get the birds from both worlds… Dryland as well as Wetland. Bird-watch in one of the highly recommended birding hot-spots in India with Nature India.

Check this link to see a wonderful article on LRK by one of our participants
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0V2Z_Q5oD-rSnQzd0piTUIzS2c/view?usp=sharing

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LRK – Birding Unlimited in the Little Rann of Kutch

Ask someone who has been here……and you wont have to think twice to decide where you want to head next. This Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch of the Gujarat State in India. It covers an area of 4954 km². The Sanctuary is named after a sub species of wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), the last population of which it harbours. The Rann is one of the most remarkable and unique landscape of its kind in the entire world. It is a vast expanse of desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. And in these wetlands occur one of the most breathtaking variety of avi-fauna that is rivaled by few other spots in India.

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A geographically unique landform, the Little Rann of Kutch is a saline desert wilderness offering exciting cross-desert safaris, superb wildlife viewing opportunities and colourful villages along the edge of the desert. The Little Rann of Kutch or LRK, as it is often called, is a charismatic birding paradise and has been declared a Ramsar Site. The marshes in the Rann, and nearby lakes like Nawa Talao and Savada Wetlands, attract huge flocks of water birds. Flamingos, pelicans, cranes, storks, ducks, waders etc can be seen in large numbers. LRK is home to some very unique dry habitat species like Variable, Isabelline & Desert Wheatears, Isabelline Shrike, Macqueen’s Bustard, Lesser White-throat, Greater Short-toed Lark, Long-billed Pipit, Graceful Prinia , Merlin, Short-eared Owl etc…

The Little Rann of Kutch is also a Wild-life photographers paradise as it offers innumerable opportunities to capture birds and wildlife at close quarters. The photographers have a feast photographing the falcons, buzzards, eagles, Owls, Larks, Wild Ass etc.

Kutch (also spelled as Kachchh) is a district of Gujarat state in western India. Covering an area of 45,612 km², it is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and the second largest district of India after Ladakh. Kutch literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; large part of this district known as Rann of Kutch is shallow wet-land which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. The same word “Kutch” is also used in Sanskrit for a tortoise and garments to be worn while having a bath.

Kutch District is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea in south and west, while northern and eastern parts are surrounded by the Great and Little Rann (seasonal wetlands) of Kutch. When there were not many dams built on its rivers, the Rann of Kutch remained wetlands for a large part of the year. Even today, the region remains wet for a significant part of year.

Nature India has organized an exclusive Birdwatching trip to this paradise from 02nd Dec. to 05th Dec. 2021 (travel days excluded). We shall cover Nalsarovar, The Little Rann of Kutch including the Asiatic wild Ass sanctuary, Savada wetland, Bajana wetland, Nava talav .…virtually almost all the hotspots.

Some of the places that we will cover during our trip are as follows:

Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch

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Little Rann of Kutch of which most of the part constitutes Asiatic Wild Ass Sanctuary. It is the only place in the world, to see Asiatic Wild Ass in wild. Other mammals to look out for are Blue Bull, Desert Fox, Desert Cat, Hedge Hog, Chinkara etc.

The sanctuary known for not only Wild Ass but also for numerous wetlands it has around and no. of Waterfowls. Also the dry unending desert is known for species like Macqueen’s Bustard, Short-eared Owl, Greater Short-toed Larks, Desert Wheatear, Variable Wheatear, Aquilla Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Merlin, Bimaculated Lark, Laggar Falcon, Imeprial Eagle, Pallied Scops Owl, Grey-lag Goose, White-tailed Lapwing, Great White Pelicans etc…

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

The Nal Sarovar Lake is in a lowest-lying area between the Central Gujarat and East Saurashtra. It represents a sea link that once existed between the Little Rann and the Gulf of Khambat. Thousands of migratory waterfowl flock to this sanctuary just after the Indian monsoon season. The shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake attract the wading birds that feed in the shallow waters.

This bird sanctuary is located at about 64 km to the west of Ahmedabad near Sanand village,Gujarat and  consisting primarily of a 120.82-square-kilometre (46.65 sq mi) lake and ambient marshes. Nalsarovar was declared a sanctuary in 1969, and a Ramsar site since 2012. Numerous birds visit the bird sanctuary in winter and spring. It harbors over 250 species of wetland birds. Apart from waterfowls several other scrubland & grassland species can be seen at the Nalsarovar outskirts.

However, while the lake has several bird species, we shall be covering only the outskirts of sanctuary area for a full day, especially the scrublands and open fields that are now well-known for several rarities including Sociable Lapwings, Stolizcka’s Bushachat, Laggar Falcon & Red-naped Shaheen, the mighty Saras Cranes, Greater Spotted & Steppe Eagles, Vultures, Several species of buntings including Stiolated, Red-headed & Black-headed Buntings, Streaked Weaver etc.

Have a look at some of the Trip reports & photoblogs on LRK

http://natureindia-tours.blogspot.com/2009/07/final-trip-reports.html#lrk

http://picasaweb.google.com/shaileshkar/TholeSanctuaryAndLittleRannOfKutch#
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/lraleigh/youarehere./1173972660/tpod.html

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Tour Itinerary & Other Details:

Date: 02nd Dec’21 morning 6.00 am to 05th Dec’21 eve 8.00 pm (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel :

Ahmedabad to Nalsarovar to Royal Safari Camp (LRK) by Non AC Jeeps (Mahindra Trax/Cruiser)

Rann Safari in open Jeeps

Overnight train travel can be booked from Mumbai….. 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 and flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad (please check the pick-up & drop time in itinerary) and anyone requires help to book the train tickets from Mum-Ahmbd then Nature India can ASSIST in bookings if required.

Rough Tour Itinerary:( Ex.Ahmedabad)

02nd Dec’21 (Thursday): Pick up from Ahmedabad Railway Station (5.50am) – Proceed to Nalsarovar – Breakfast on the way – Full day birding around Nalsarovar – Late afternoon proceed for Royal Safari Camp, Bajana – check in – dinner and night stay at Royal Safari Camp

03rd Dec’21 (Friday): Early morning bird watching with packed breakfast@ Savada Wetland and the Wild-Ass Sanctuary Safari – return to hotel for lunch – Rest – Birdwatching at Wetlands – Return – Revision & discussion on birds seen during the day – Dinner and night stay at Royal Safari Camp

04th Dec’21 (Saturday): Early morning Birding with packed breakfast at “Nava Talav” and Safari in Rann – return to hotel for lunch – Rest – Birdwatching at Wetlands – Return – Revision & discussion on birds seen during the day – Dinner and night stay at Royal Safari Camp

05th Dec’21 (Saturday): Early morning Birding with packed breakfast for Safari in Rann – return to hotel for lunch – Checkout – evening Proceed to Ahmedabad Railway Station – reach Ahmedabad Station @ 8 pm for onward journeys

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Trip charges: Rs. 23500/- Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad only (Includes AC stay in Royal Safari Camp on twin sharing basis, Local travel by Safari Jeeps, Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad travel by Trax, 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 Ahmedabad and Back, Photography fees or any charges other than the above.

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.14000/- 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 Gujarat.

Stay Arrangement:
At Royal Safari Camp, Bajana in AC rooms on a twin sharing basis. Beautifully constructed by the skillful local artisans, with local red stone, each cottage at the thoughtfully landscaped camp exhibits the magnificent craftsmanship, while offering you all the amenities, including air-conditioners and luxury bathrooms to make your stay comfortable. A specially created lake along the camp simply adds to the serenity of the whole area.

Have a look at their website www.theroyalsafaricamp.com

Resource Person: Mr.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. 14000/- as advance amount to the following address

Name: Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Address: will be mentioned in registration mail

Please Note: 

1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 14000/- 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 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 / 8779599356 (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

Birding In Western Ghats (Dandeli WLS, Karnataka) – 19th Nov to 21st Nov, 2021

very Dandeli trip has always been special, be it mix-hunting parties or dust bath of Malabar Pied Hornbills or Black Panther sighting or exciting night trails… Dandeli is always thrilling…. take a glimpse of how the birding here is from an excellent article published in jetwings magazine
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0V2Z_Q5oD-rYmRYYklUQzFIOHc/edit?usp=sharing

Nature India announces the eagerly awaited, ever green Dandeli trip. Date: 19th November, 2021 morning 8.00 am to 21st November, 2021 eve 8.00 pm (travel dates excluded). The bookings for Dandeli WLS bird-watching trip are on…..book your seats now (to know complete details of the trip please read till the end)….. Bird-watch in one of bird-rich Western Ghat hot spot with Nature India.

“BIRDING IN WESTERN GHATS” – Dandeli WLS

 

Early in the morning, if you are awaken by the “Weet Weiu” calls of the Indian Pitta just a few feet away and you come out to stretch your legs, you see Puff-throated Babblers creating a raucous, a racquet tailed drongo whizzing past as if followed by a pair of bumble bees, an Indian lorikeet saluting you in its typical upside down “Bat” like posture, a  shy Malabar Whistling Thrush greeting you with its melodious call or a party of Plum-headed Parakeets passing over your head…..then, in reality you are in one of the Nature Camps situated in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka…..

Dandeli has always been hot favorite with Nature India, simply because, an in-veritable paradise for forest birds, this sanctuary is respected for its variety and abundance of birdlife especially the Hornbills and woodpeckers. The Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary is spread over 866.41 sq.km and is the second largest in Karnataka, contiguous with the Anshi National Park (Karnataka) & Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary in Goa. This Sanctuary abounds with a richness of Flora and Fauna. Its richness and diversity offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape. The sanctuary is generally undulating with steep slopes, picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. The breathtaking valleys, regal looking meandering rivers and the splendid scenic beauty of the syntheri rock make it an awe inspiring experience. The forest in Dandeli is typical moist deciduous and semi evergreen types, with pockets of evergreen trees.

The myriad streams that flow through this sanctuary empty in the mighty Kali river and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagazhari that offers one of the most breathtaking white water rapids in south India. The forest is home to numerous plants, mammals, reptiles, insects, butterflies and is especially rich in birds with plenty of western ghat endemics……It is here that the “Mixed-hunting-party” is best seen.

The town has got a curious history behind its name. There is a strong belief that the city is named as “Dandeli” after Dandelappa, a loyal servant of the Mirashi landlords who lost his life because of his loyalty. Even today we can find people worshiping him in the temples, which memories his existence.

Some of the bird star attractions to be found in Dandeli sanctuary include Indian Lorikeet & Malabar Parakeets; Malabar Pied, Malabar grey and Indian Pied Hornbills; Hill Myna; Blue-bearded & Chestnut headed bee-eaters; Ruby-throated & Yellow-browed Bulbul; Fairy Blue Bird; Velvet-fronted & Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches; Little Spiderhunter; Black-throated and White-rumped Munias; Crested Tree Swifts; Dark-fronted Babblers; Heartspotted, White-bellied and Brown-capped Pygmy woodpeckers; Malabar Trogon; Ceylon Frogmouth; Brown Fish, Jungle, Spot-bellied and Brown Wood Owl; Crested Goshawk; Speckled Piculet; Gold-fronted & Blue-winged Leafbirds etc etc…..

Nature India announces an exclusive Bird-watching trip to this birding paradise – Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary from 19th Nov to 21st Nov’21 ……

Some of the areas that will be covered during this trip are as follows:

1) Kaadumane Homestay Environs: “Kaadumane” in Karnataka literally means a Home in a Forest (Kadu=Jungle/Forest; Mane=Home). It is a 3 Acre Wilderness hideaway located in Bapali in unspoilt and pristine environs, of the Potoli Village with fresh air and the musical sounds of nature. The home stay is known for its cordial hospitality. Kaadumane was conceived and developed by Mr. Narsimha Bhat, a Passionate naturalist, who has immense knowledge of the local flora, fauna and culture.

The cottages are built with an eco-friendly and modern concept of laterite stone and locally available materials. Laterite stones are the symbol of local tradition and also have positive effects on health. The rooms are spacious, well-lit and very clean with good furnished and equipped with all amenities and facilities that one might need during their stay. There is a separate living space and dining area which are equally furnished and well equipped. The food here is lip smacking and promises you quality, healthy and homely food. The huge premises, also has an epiculture and herbal garden and its herbal and kokum digestive tea are worth trying. The place is surrounded by thick forest. Its a paradise for birds, butterflies and is a great place for photography. The Kaadumane homestay owns a Eco friendly shop where you get pure honey, spices, and organic stuff.

The large campus boasts of a myriad species of birds including Crimson-backed & Loten’s Sunbird, Little Spiderhunder, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Southern Hill Myna, White-browed Bulbuls, White-cheeked Barbet, Black-hooded Oriole, Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Oriental Scops Owl, Crested Tree Swift, Jundle Owlet, Orange Minivet, Malabar Grey & Pied Hornbills, Racket-tailed Drongo, Malabar Starling, Orange-headed Thrush, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Indian White-eye, Heart-spotted & Rufous Woodpecker and a host of other species. A Night trail inside the campus is equally productive.

2) Ganeshgudi: This small village on the outskirts of Supa Dam about 24 kms from Kulgi boosts of huge congregations of Malabar Pied Hornbills and it is an experience to watch these magnificent birds when they come here to roost in the evening on the huge trees along the banks of Kali river.

This area also has an abundant birdlife and offers sure sightings of Malabar Pied and Malabar grey hornbills, Fairy Blue Birds, White-bellied Blue-flycatcher, Malabar White-bellied woodpeckers, Chestnut-headed bee-eaters etc, sometimes if the ficus trees are fruiting, then we might be lucky to see the rare Great Pied Hornbill. ….. However, please note, that we shall not be visiting the JLR Campus during our trip. It is a private resort/property.

3) Dandeli Timber Depot: If you want to see the Malabar Giant Squirrels and Hornbills, then this is the place. The depot is situated close to the Dandeli forest office near the town and easily accessible by road. The birds come here for evening roost and is particularly favorite amongst the bird photographers for the opportunity it gives. The Kali river that passes by also adds Grey headed fishing eagle or a White-bellied Sea Eagle if you are lucky. This is also a great place to look out for the Pompadour Green Pigeons and various species of Woodpeckers. If you get lucky and come across a mixed-hunting party of birds, then it is a great treat to see several species at the same spot.

4) Kulgi Nature Camp environs: This is where we used to stay in previous years. The area surrounding this beautiful camp abounds in bird activity early in the morning. The campus itself provide Brown-cheeked fulvetta, Malabar Parakeets, Grey Nightjar, Black-rumped Flameback, Greater Coucal, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Little Spiderhunter, Vernal hanging parakeets, Racquet-tailed Drongos, White-cheeked and coppersmith barbets, leaf warblers, White-rumped Shama and many more……

A newly constructed Nature information center has added value to this wonderful place, which gives a wonderful glimpse into the wildlife diversity of Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. We will spend some time visiting the surrounding woodlands that is also a very good place to get Malabar Trogon, Malabar Barbet, Indian Pitta, Malabar Giant Squirell, Spotted Deers and Langoors.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in butterflies, and the star attractions here are the Southern Bird-wing (largest butterfly of India) and Malabar tree Nymph butterflies that flutter and glide effortlessly over the canopy. One may also come across the Malabar-banded Peacock, Crimson Rose, Cruiser, Laskar, Blue Oak-leaf, Nawab, Commander, Sailor, Monkey Puzzle, Grey Count, Great Orange-tip, Common Imperial and several such beautiful Butterfly species. The flying lizards (Draco) are in good numbers even inside the campus and you should not be shocked to expect a lizard or two gliding over your head or crossing your path, while taking a stroll. The reptiles are plentiful too and you should not be surprised if an occasional King Cobra cuts your path.

Have a look at these links to see some trip reports and trip experiences by participants

http://nikhil-bbc.blogspot.com/2009/11/phantastic-dandeli.html

http://addithebirdie.blogspot.com/2005/11/great-birding-party-dandeli-karnataka.html

http://natureindia-tours.blogspot.com/2009/07/final-trip-reports.html#dandeli

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Complete Trip Details &  Itinerary

Date: 19th November, 2021 morning 8.00 am to 21st November, 2021 eve 8.00 pm (Friday to Sunday)

Travel Options:

18th Nov.21 – Mumbai to Londa Jn. :
UBL FESTIVAL SPL (07318) departing from Dadar @ 20.25 hours, reaching Londa Jn. on 19th Nov.21 at 09.14 hours

21st Nov. 21 – Londa Jn. to Mumbai:
MYS DR Exp (01036) departing Londa Jn @ 16:40 Hrs and reaching Dadar Station on 22nd Nov.21 @ 5:30 Hrs OR UBL DR FESTSPL (07317) departing Londa Jn @ 17:12 Hrs and reaching Dadar Station on 22nd Nov.21 @ 7:00 Hrs

Participants have to do their own bookings upto Londa…..  Nature India can only assist in train bookings if required.

Local Travel: Non AC Trax open Bolero Jeep (The best travel option to move around the places quickly)

Rough Tour Itinerary: (Londa Jn. to Londa Jn.)
Day 1 – Friday 19th Nov, 2021: Pick-up from Londa at 8:40 hours – Breakfast on the way – Proceed to Kaadu Mane Nature Camp, Dandeli – Lunch -Proceed to Ganeshgudi to see the Malabar Pied Hornbills and other birds  (However, we will not be visiting JLR Campus)– dinner – Overnight stay at Kaadu Mane Nature Camp.

Day 2 – Saturday 20th Nov, 2021: Early birding in Kaadu Mane Nature Camp – Breakfast – Visit Syntheri Rocks in open jeeps – return for Lunch at our camp – Proceed for evening birding to Dandeli timber depot – Return to Kaadu Mane Nature Camp

Day 3 – Sunday 21st Nov, 2021: – Early morning birding around Kulgi village environs – breakfast at local restaurant – Return for lunch in our camp – Birding on the way – Checkout – Lunch – pack up and proceed to Londa Station (Birding on the way) to Board MYS DR Exp (01036) departing Londa Jn @ 16:40 Hrs OR (07317) UBL DR FESTSPL at 17.12 hours that reaches Dadar @ 7:00 am on 22nd Nov’21

Trip charges (Londa to Londa Jn.) : Rs.17,900/- (Includes Stay in Kadu Mane Homestay on twin sharing basis in Non AC Cottages, Local travel by Open Convertible Trax cruiser, Park entry charges, food , Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….

These charges are Londa to Londa and participants has to make their own travel arrangement to & fro Londa Junction. This does not include any charges other than the above. Regular Volvo buses ply from Mumbai & Pune to Dandeli.

Group Size : 7 persons only

Registration: You can register by sending a detailed mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying non-refundable advance of Rs.10000/- (and only after our registration confirmation by return mail …..) as per the payment guidelines given below……

Stay Arrangement: Kaadu Mane Homestay, Near Potoli village. The cottages are built with an eco-friendly and modern concept of laterite stone and locally available materials. The rooms are spacious, well-lit and very clean with good furnished and equipped with all amenities and facilities that one might need during their stay. ……The home stay is known for its cordial hospitality.

Resource Person: Adesh Shivkar or Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either
1) Courier a cheque in favour of “………”of Rs.10000/- to the following address:
(Will be provided along with registration mail)

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

Please Note:

1) Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 10000/- is strictly non-refundable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
3) There is weak (Mtnl) mobile coverage in Kaadu Mane Homestay, but you can get a good network coverage about a km from the campsite
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 / 8779599356 (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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