Thursday, 14 December 2017

OikoEssence Programme shedule 2018

OikoEssence
With Nature in Mind…..
Programme schedule 2018 – for all nature lovers
For details and registrations, contact us on Email ID: oikoessence@gmail.com; Ph: 9969440476 / 9869611810
Please note:

  • Go through the Rules & Regulations, given at the end of this schedule before registering. Once you are registered, it will be considered that you agree to all our rules and regulations which you must follow during our camps & trails.
  • Participants should be 8 yrs and above (no upper age limit).  Child between 8 yrs to 12 yrs should be accompanied by their resp. parents/guardians.


January, 2018
14th – 18th January, 2018 – Narara and Khijediya Bird Sanctuary
At Narara, one has chance to spot amazing sea life including some corals, plus various type of birds are scattered around the reef. Khijediya is a protected area packs in an incredible diversity of ecosystems into the relatively small area of 6 km2
Camp charges: Rs. 13,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 12200/- – Ex. Ahmedabad)

Registration before: 20th December, 2017.
Journey Details: 3AC
14th January (Sunday), 2018: Departure by 12267 ADI Duronto from Bombay Central (BCT) at 23.25hrs. Reach Ahmedabad at 05.55hrs on 15th January, 2018.                                       
17th January (Wednesday), 2018: Departure by 12268 BCT Duronto from Ahmedabad (ADI) at 23.40hrs. Reach BCT at 06.00hrs on 18th January, 2018.

26th – 30th January, 2018 – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
Located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in central India The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is One of India’s 41 “Project Tiger” - Tiger reserves. It is notable as Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park.  
Camp charges: Rs. 21,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes safari, entry fees, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 18,500/- – Ex. Nagpur)
Registration before: 20th December, 2017.
Journey Details: 3AC
26th January (Friday), 2018: Departure by 12289 Nagpur Duronto from Mumbai CST at 20.15hrs. Reach Nagpur at 07.20hrs on 27th January, 2018.                                       
30th January (Monday), 2018: Departure by 12290 Nag-CSTM Duronto from Nagpur at 20.40hrs. Reach Mumbai CST at 08.05hrs on 30th January, 2018.

February, 2018
14th – 19th February, 2018 – Haryana Special
Haryana covers its major parts by the Indo-Gangetic Plains and is bordered by the outer Himalayan ranges i.e. Siwalik Ranges in the Northeast and by the northern tip of the Aravalli Ranges in the Southwestern part. This region including the adjoining area of Panjab is known to have witnessed drastic changes in courses and discharges of the rivers like the Saraswati, Yamuna and Sutlej since Pre-historic times. This is a pretty good place for lesser animals, especially birds. During this camp we will be visiting few protected areas of the State – Sultanpur, Kalesar, Bindhwas, Abubsheher being few of them.
 
Camp charges: Rs. 23,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes individual entry fee, food, stay and transport from Delhi and till Chandigarh in return.
Registration before: 5th January, 2018.
Meeting point: Participants are requested to reach Delhi Airport by 7 am latest on 14th February, 2018 and book return flight from Chandigarh after 12.00pm on 19th February, 2018.

March, 2018
28th March– 2nd April, 2018 – Sawarde, Kallamwadi and Khidrapur temple
 This camp includes visit to Sawarde for sacred grove and Khidrapur for ancient temple.
Camp charges: Rs. 14,500/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 13,000/- – Ex. Kolhapur)
Registration before: 15th December, 2017.
Journey Details: 3AC
28th March (Wednesday), 2018: Departure by 17411 Mahalaxmi exp from Mumbai CST at 20.20hrs. Reach Kolhapur (KOP) at 07.35hrs on 29th March, 2018.                                       
1st April (Sunday), 2018: Departure by 17412 Mahalaxmi Exp from Kolhapur at 20.30hrs. Reach Mumbai CST at 07.25hrs on 2nd April, 2018.

April, 2018
14th April – 26th April, 2018 – Sikkim
Sikkim has always been favourite of nature lovers. During this camp we will be exploring interesting places of South and North Sikkim. However, for convenience of participants three options are given. Hopefully, we will also get to see the flowering of beautiful Rhododendron plants.
Plan A: South and North Sikkim: 14th – 26th April, 2018 (From New Jalpaiguri Railway station to New Jalpaiguri railway station)

Camp charges: 48,500/- Ex New Jalpaiguri
Meeting point: Participants are requested to reach New Jalpaiguri by 12.30 pm latest on 14th April, 2018 and book return journey from New Jalpaiguri after 02.00pm on 26th April, 2018.

Plan B: South Sikkim: 14th April – 22st April, 2018 (From New Jalpaiguri Raillway station to New Jalpaiguri railway station)
Camp charges: 34,500/- Ex New Jalpaiguri
Meeting point: Participants are requested to reach New Jalpiguri by 12.30 pm latest on 14th April, 2018 and book return journey from New Jalpaiguri after 09.00am on 22th April, 2018.

Plan C: North Sikkim: 21st April – 26th April, 2018 (From New Jalpaiguri railway station to New Jalpaiguri railway station)
Camp charges: 26,000/- Ex New Jalpaiguri
Meeting point: Participants are requested to reach New Jalpiguri by 05.00pm latest on 21st April, 2018 and book return journey from New Jalpaiguri after 02.00pm on 26th April, 2018.

Registration before: 14th February, 2018.

May, 2018
10th – 17th May, 2018 – Sundarban-UNESCO heritage site
The Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.  Sundarbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India with estuarine mangrove ecosystem. The main attractions of the Sunderbans are the Tiger, Monitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile and the Olive Ridley Turtle.
Camp charges: Rs. 30,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes safari, entry fees, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 25,000/- – Ex. Kolkata)
Registation before : 5th January, 2018
 
Journey Details: 3AC
10th May (Thursday), 2018: Departure by 12261 Howrah Duranto from Mumbai CST at 17.15hrs. Reach Howarh (HWH) at 19.40hrs on 11th May, 2018.                                       
16th May (Wednesday), 2018: Departure by 12262 HWH CSTM Duranto from Howrah at 08.20hrs. Reach Mumbai CST at 10.30hrs on 17th May, 2018.

26th – 30th May, 2018 – Konkan – Kurne, Pawas, Chiplun, Ratnagiri
Konkan is well known for its natural beauty which consist of coconut trees, beautiful virgin beaches, mountains and lush green valleys. Enjoy homestay in Kurne-a small village and grab on delicious kokani food alongwith Mangoes. Pawas is a sacred place because of Swami Swaroopand's Ashram who was one of the finest exponents of BHAKTI YOGA & RAAJA YOGA.
We will enjoy Naman, a traditional folk art to Ratnagiri region. It consists of dramatization of Mythological stories with ancient folk songs sung by performers. Act consist of Ganapati vandana, Nandi, Gan Gavalan act and ends a dramatized Wag. Female parts are played by Male Artist along with different ‘Mukhavata’(Face mask)are used while performing the act.
Camp charges: Rs. 13,800/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes  stay, food and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. 
Meeting point: Bus will leave from Swaminarayan temple, Dadar at 5 am sharp.
Registration before: 2th May, 2018.

June, 2018
15th – 20th June, 2018 – Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Panna National Park is formally being renowned as the 22nd tiger reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh. The ideal home to Indian tigers, Panna is composed of deciduous forests to include other species like Indian wolf, four-horned antelope, sloth bear pangolin, rusty spotted cat, leopard, carcal.
Camp charges: Rs. 24,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes safari, entry fees, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 20,500/- – Ex. Satna)
Registration before: 2nd February, 2018.
Journey Details: 3AC
15th June (Friday), 2018: Departure by 12322 Kolkata mail from Mumbai CST at 21.30hrs. Reach Satna(STA) at 16.04hrs on 16th June, 2018.                                       
19th June (Tuesday), 2018: Departure by 12294 ALD-LTT Duronto from Satna (STA) at 22.00hrs. Reach LTT at 14.55hrs on 20th June, 2018.


26th June – 1st July, 2018 – Sariska National Park and Pink city-Jaipur
Sariska, once the famous hunting area of Maharajas of Alwar, is now known for the conservation of Tiger species. The dry, deciduous, and tropical thorny forest of the Western Aravali Hills is perfect for wide ranges of wildlife. Also, the 17th century old Kankawari Fort, one of the best illustrations of a jungle fort in India, lies within the centre of the reserve. Visit the famous heritage sites from the well known Pink City-Jaipur.
Camp charges: Rs. 23,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai. (Rs. 21,000/- – Ex. Alwar)
Registration before: 8th February, 2018.
Journey Details: 3AC
26th June (Tuesday), 2018: Departure by 12216 DEE Garibrath from Bandra Terminus(BDTS)at 12.45hrs. Reach Jaipur(JP) at 07.05hrs on 27th June, 2018.                                       
30th June (Saturday), 2018: Departure by 12215 DEE Garibrath from Jaipur(JP) at 14.20hrs. Reach Bandra Terminus (BDTS) at 08.10hrs on 1st July, 2018.

Block your dates for enjoyable July to December, 2018 camps. Further details of these camps are coming soon. 

July, 2018
11th – 15th July, 2018 – Cotigaon – Amphibians, reptiles and monsoon plants
August, 2018
15th – 19th August, 2018 – Singhori WLS and heritage of Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore
September, 2018
20th – 22nd September, 2018 – Bhimashankar & Ahupe
October, 2018
1st – 7th October, 2018 – Sangla, Narkand, Kalpa and Chitkul –  Less known protected areas of Himachal Pradesh
25th – 29th October, 2018 – Chorlaghat
November, 2018
19th – 26th November, 2018 – Thattekad, Erevikullum, Chinnar and Idukki
December, 2018
8th – 12th December, 2018 – Amboli winters
23rd – 30th December, 2018 – Velanad, Kalakadu, Kunthankulan, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Rameshawaram – Tamil Nadu

Rules & Regulations to be followed during OikoEssence Camps and Trails

  1. Oikoessence Nature Camps and trails are educational camps and not luxury camps or picnics.
  2. Basic necessities will be provided like simple and wholesome vegetarian food (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner), clean accommodation and toilets. During visits to remote forest areas participants will have to use open air toilets and rough it out.
  3. During multiple accommodation facilities at the camp site participants must adjust to them and no separate accommodation will be provided. The group leader will decide the room allotments and the participants in the room, no alterations will be done.
  4. Participants must follow strict discipline and no misbehavior will be tolerated any participant found doing so may be requested to leave the camp.
  5. Detailed program/itinerary of the following day will be briefed one day in advance.
  6. Participants have to adhere to the given itinerary and no alterations by the participants will be entertained.
  7. Participants should strictly follow the instructions of the group leader.
  8. Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  9. Participants should take care of their belongings & valuable articles & will be solely responsible for them.
  10. No portage will be provided.
  11. Mineral water will not be provided unless mentioned.
  12. OikoEssence will not be responsible for any mishap or catastrophe.
  13. Wear comfortable walking shoes and never wear any high heels foot wear.
  14. Please carry Water bottle, Cap, Torch, Mosquito repellents, Personal medicines and toiletries.
  15. Do not wear any kind of perfume or deodorant while in the sanctuary.
  16. Do not carry any music system or MP3, etc. in forest area.
  17. Do not carry any inflammables and do not light fire in the forest area.
  18. Do not tease any wild animal or destroy habitat of the Park or Sanctuary.
  19. Carry clothes according to climate and season (do not wear red, white or any bright/fluorescent colours).
  20. If a camp is canceled by OikoEssence for reasons such as lack of enough participation, unless any expense is incurred, a 100 % refund will be given. Participants who cancel their seats prior to cancellation of the camp will not get a complete refund. 50% of the total camp cost will be deducted for cancellation done 15 days prior to the commencement of camp. After that no refund will be given.
  21. Vehicles/transport used for local sightseeing/safaris etc mentioned in the programme are Non-AC private vehicles.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Odisha - Utkala report


Nature and Heritage camp to Odisha

A camp was conducted to observe the biodiversity of Odisha through Mangalajodi WLS, Bhitarkarnika WLS and Chilika lake from 3rd to 13th November. The world famous Konark temple and Jagnnath puri temple were also visited during camp. Sharing few photographs and list of fauna observed.




Going for boat safari in Bhitarkanika. Clicked by Mr Prasad G
1.Insects
a. Butterflies
  1. Blue Mormon
  2. Wonderer
  3. Plain Tiger
  4. White Tiger
  5. Striped Tiger
  6. Common Rose
  7. Common Mormon
  8. Psyche
  9. Palm-fly
  10. Leopard
    Dragaonfly - clicked by Shreya B
  11. Common grass yellow
  12. Lime
  13. Tailed Jay
  14. Common jezebel
  15. Danied eggfly
  16. White Orange tip
  17. Chocolate pansy
  18. Common crow (caterpillar)

b. Other Insects
  1. Jewel beetle
  2. Firefly
  3. Carpenter bee
  4. Damselfly
  5. Dragonfly




2. Arachnids

  1. Giant wood spider



Black winged stilt pic by Rupali G

3. Birds
  1. Cattle Egret
    Black Capped Kingfisher Clicked by Mr Prasad G
  2. Little Egret
  3. Black Drongo
  4. Spangled Drongo
  5. Black winged Stilt
  6. Little Cormorant
  7. Glossy Ibis
  8. Crested Serpent Eagle
  9. Pied Myna
  10. Peregrene Falcon
  11. Black headed Ibis
  12. Greater Coucal
  13. Black capped Kingfisher
  14. White throated Kingfisher
  15. Stork billed Kingfisher
  16. Collared Kingfisher
  17. Small blue Kingfisher
    Brown Kingfisher Clicked by Mr Prasad G
  18. Brown winged Kingfisher
  19. Pied Kingfisher
  20. Spotted Dove
  21. Collared Dove
  22. Rose ringed parakeet
  23. Common hoopoe
  24. Golden Plover
  25. Wood Sandpiper
  26. Godwit
  27. Jungle Crow
  28. Jungle Myna
  29. Indian Cormorant
    Openbill
    Pic by Ms Rupali G
  30. Pond Heron
  31. Purple Heron
  32. Grey Heron
  33. Brahminey Kite
  34. White breasted Waterhen
  35. Whiskered Tern
  36. Eurasian Curlew
  37. Asian OPenbill
  38. Darter
  39. Green bee-eater
  40. Blue tailed Bee-eater
    Purple heron
    Pic by Ms Rupali G
  41. Little Grebe
  42. Bronze winged jacana
  43. Peasant tailed jacana
  44. Purple Moorhen
  45. Common Goldenback Woodpecker
  46. House Crow
  47. Rufous Treepie
  48. Jungle Babbler
  49. Rufous Babbler
  50. Scaly breasted Munia
  51. White cheeked bulbul
  52. Red vented Bulbul
    Clicked by Mr Prasad G
  53. Pariah Kite
  54. House Sparrow
  55. Yellow wagtail
  56. Grey Wagtail
  57. Citrine Wagtail
  58. Crested Lark
  59. Blyth’s Pipit
  60. Reed Warbler
  61. Redshank
  62. Northern Pintail
  63. Lesser whistling duck
  64. Northern Shoveller
  65. Common coot
  66. Spot billed duck
  67. Indian Roller
  68. Painted Stork
  69. Long tailed Shrike
  70. Pink headed Pochard
Marsh Crocodile Clicked by Mr Prasad G

4. Reptiles
  1. Marsh Crocodile
  2. Checkered Killback 
  3. Monitor lizard

5. Mammals
  1. Wild Boar
  2. Spotted Deer
  3. Spotted Deer Clicked by Mr Prasad G
  4. Rhesus Macaque
Wild boars pic by Ms Rupali G
More Photographs...
Pnematophores Clicked by Mr Prasad G
Pic by Ms Rupali G

Northern Shoveller Pic by Ms Rupali G
Red wattled lapwing
Pic by Ms Rupali G
Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Rufous treepie Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Black winged stilts Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Glossy ibis Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Peregrine falcon Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Clicked by Mr Prasad G
Strychnous Spp-clicked by Shreya B

Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Fiddler crab - clicked by Shreya B

Clicked by Mr Prasad G
Clicked by Mr Prasad G
Clicked by Mr Prasad G

Cretavia flowers - clicked by Shreya B

Dioscoria Spp-clicked by Shreya B

Friday, 8 December 2017

Ganeshgudi & Dandeli 23rd to 26th October, 2017. - Photo-report


Enjoy the photographs clicked by our campers.

Kulgi naturer camp Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B
Plants
Maulava spicatta Pic by Ms. Rupali G
Pic by Mr Thiruvengadam E

Entada spp. Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B
Butterflies & Arachnids
Sailor Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Pic by Ms. Rupali G
Signature spider Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Nest of Indian tarantula Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Reptiles
Garden lizard Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B
Flying lizard Pic by Ms. Rupali G
Sharing bird list prepared by camper - Dr. Ashish N.

1. Heart-spotted Woodpecker (Hemicircus canente)
2. Wooly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
3. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
4. Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
5. Vernal Hanging Parrot (Loriculus vernalis)
6. Yellow-footed Green-pigeon (Treron phoenicopterus)
7. Greater Flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus)
8. Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)
9. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus)
10. White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)
11. Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
12. Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)
13. Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela)
14. Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
15. Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
16. Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
17. Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicatus)
18. Indian Crow (Corvus (macrorynchos) culminatus)
19. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
20. Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
21. House Crow (Corvus splendens)
22. Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)
23. Small Sunbird (Leptocoma minima)
24. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
25. White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
26. Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
27. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
28. Malabar White-headed Starling (Sturnia blythii)
29. Little Swift (Apus affinis)
30. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
31. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
32. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
33. Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
34. Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides)
35. Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus)
36. Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)
37. Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus)
38. Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
39. Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
40. Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
41. Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
42. Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)
43. Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense)
44. Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus)
45. Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
46. Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pynconotus jocosus)
47. Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
48. Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
49. Gold-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons)
50. Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)
51. Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)
52. Velvet fronted Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota)
53. Greater Flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus)
54. Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus)
55. Lesser Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus)



Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B



Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B


Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Pic by Ms. Rupali G


Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Pic by Ms. Rupali G
 Hornbill Corner
Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B
Pic by Ms. Rupali G
Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B
Pic by Mr Thiruvengadam E

Pic by Ms. Rupali G

 Mammals
Spotted deer Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Barking deer Pic by Ms. Rupali G

Golden Jackal Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B

Malabar Giant squirrel Pic by Mr. Bhaskar B

Pic by Ms. Rupali G
Pic by Mr Thiruvengadam E