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Few Words About Us

Oikoessence is a joint venture started by two naturalists based in Mumbai. We believe that our every action counts. We also believe is using our resources wisely and spreading the word regarding it can play a major role in saving our very own nature.

All our programmes are based on environment / nature. We have varieties of programmes for all age groups and provide consultancy / expertise on environment especially in creating awareness about it. We conduct interactive programmes like slideshows, workshops, quiz, nature trails, nature games and nature camps for all. Come and join us in one of programmes.

 

One Day Nature Camp

  • Participants should bear their own expenses for travel and food and entry tickets (wherever required).
  • Oikoessence will not bear any expenses for participants, unless mentioned.
  • Carry cap, sunglasses, and rainwear according to the season.
  • Prior registration is compulsory.
  • Duration of the trail will vary depending upon the sightings.
  • However tentative duration is mentioned in the schedule.
  • Group size - 5-20 participants.
  • Registrations will be on first come first serve basis.
For details and registrations get in touch with us on

Email id: oikoessence@gmail.com
Cell No: +91 99694 40476 / +91 9869611810

Please go through the Rules & Regulations, given at the end of this schedule, to be followed during Oikoessence Camps & Trails before registering.

4th March, 2018 - Shivdi Wader-Watch - Trail


Group Size : 25 Only

Duration : 2 hrs

Charges : Rs. 200/- (includes expertise only)

Meeting point : Shivdi Station. Kurla end of Platform no 2.

Timing : Will be informed later as it depends upon tide timings. Please mention your interest by calling us on above mentioned numbers.

1st May, 2018 - Maharashtra Day Walk in Parel

A walk exploring avenue trees, interesting culture, buildings and temples of the area.


Group Size : 15 Only

Duration : 3hrs walk minimum

Charges : Free

Meeting point : Ticket window, Parel Station (Central line)

Timing: 7:30 am.

22nd July, 2018 - Avachitgad

A walk will focus flora and fauna of the area. We may reach the top.


Group Size : 20 Only

Duration : 3hrs walk minimum

Charges : 1500/- (Includes travel, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and expertise)

Meeting point : Swami Narayan temple, Dadar

Timing: Bus will leave at 6.30 am sharp and will be back by 6.30pm approximately, depending upon the traffic conditions.

14th October, 2018 - Ulhas valley, Kondhana Caves

A walk will focus flora and fauna of the area.


Group Size : 20 Only

Duration : 3hrs walk minimum

Charges : 1500/- (Includes travel, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and expertise)

Meeting point : Swami Narayan temple, Dadar

Timing : Bus will leave at 6.30 am sharp and will be back by 6.30pm approximately, depending upon the traffic conditions.

6th December, 2018 - Navghar, Pali-Khopoli Road

Good time to observe birds.


Group Size : 20 Only

Duration : 3hrs walk minimum

Charges : 1500/- (Includes travel, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and expertise)

Meeting point : Swami Narayan temple, Dadar

Timing : Bus will leave at 6.30 am sharp and will be back by 6.30pm approximately, depending upon the traffic conditions.

Residential Nature Camp

15th – 20th January, 2019
Mighty Mewar – Chittorgarh with Valleys & Plateaus of Bhaisrorgarh.

Chittorgarh , famous for its Rajput chivalry and pride, was home to Chhatari Rajputs. The fort was built by Maurya rulers in 7th Centuary.
Bhainsrogarh Wildlife Sanctuary, an exquisite habitat for wildlife animals, was declared as a Sanctuary in 1983..

Charges : Rs. 22,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs.The cost includes food, stay and transport Udaipur-Udaipur. Flight tickets to Udaipur abd back can be arranged at extra cost by us.

Registration before : 15th November, 2018.

8th - 17th February, 2019
Lakshadweep

India’s smallest Union Territory Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is kaleidoscopic and breathtaking.

Charges : Rs. 68,000/- per head. The cost includes individual entry fee, food, stay and transport from Agatti to Agatti. Water sports or any other adventure activity cost is not included here. Mumbai- Agatti-Mumbai flight tickets can be arranged by us at extra cost.

Registration before : 21st December, 2018


24th – 27th February, 2019
Anerdam & Yawal

Yawal and Anerdam sanctuaries have dry deciduous forest and are part of Western Satpuda hills.

Camp Charges : Rs. 13,500/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before : 10th February, 2019

Meeting point : Bus will leave from swami narayan temple, opposite to Dadar railway station (east, central line) at 6.30 am sharp.








12th March – 17th March, 2019
Madhai and Bori Wildlife Sanctuaries

Madhai delights you with its rich wildlife, sprawling meadows, unending backwaters and spell-binding views that leave you awestruck and get you to be completely in sync with the magic of nature. Bori Reserve forest is India’s oldest forest preserve established in 1865.

Camp Charges: Rs. 27,500/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 2nd November, 2018.

Journey details: 3AC
12th March (Tuesday), 2019: Departure by 12137 Punjab Mail from Mumbai CST at 19.35hrs. Reach Hoshangabad at 08.00hrs on 13th March, 2019.
16th March (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 12138 Punjab Mail from Hoshangabad at 18.15hrs. Reach Mumbai CST at 07.35hrs on 17th March, 2019.

27th March – 31st March, 2019
Diu-Fudam Bird Sanctuary

Diu, perhaps, is India’s best kept secret. A former Portuguese colony that is still as idyllic as it once was. Fudam Bird Sanctuary is home to flamingoes, western reef egrets, spoonbills and a host of migratory birds.

Camp Charges: 13,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 10th November, 2018.

Journey details: 3AC
27th March (Wednesday), 2019:Departure by 22945 Saurashtra Mail from Mumbai BCT at 21.35hrs. Reach Veraval at 15.35hrs on 28th March, 2019.
30th March (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 19570 VRL MMCT Exp from Veraval at 13.20hrs. Reach BCT at 07.10hrs on 31st March, 2019.

16th – 21th April, 2019
Betla National park, Land of Jhumri-Talaiyya: Jharkhand

Located in Chhota Nagpur Plateau, Betla is one the firsts National Park in India to become Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. Palamau fort is attributed to the Vanavasi Kings of Chero Dynasty. It is also a time to explore the state’s artifacts. Jharkhand originally a tribal state is known for its wood work, bamboo works, pitkar paintings, tribal ornaments and stone carving.

Camp Charges: Rs. 28,000/- per head. Includes food, stay and transport from Ranchi to Patna. Flight tickets can be booked by us at extra cost.

Registration before: 2ndnd March, 2019





27th – 28th April, 2019
Bhigwan

Birding Paradise - Ujani, A man made dam on Bhima River. It is located near Bhigwan attracts lots of migratory birds.

Camp Charges: Rs. 5,850/- per head. Includes food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 2nd March, 2019

Meeting Point: Bus will leave from swami narayan temple, opposite to Dadar railway station (east, central line) at 6.30 am sharp.









5th – 12th May, 2019
Askote, Munsiyari, Pithorgarh

Munsiyari is situated in Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district of Uttarakhand, bordering Tibet, which is known as the 'Little Kashmir'. The region is a paradise for the nature lovers. Askote is enveloped in Rhododendron in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and is primarily known for its diverse heritage and rich flora and fauna.

Camp Charges: Rs. 37,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes forest entry fees, food, stay and transport from Delhi to Delhi (Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai Train/Flight tickets can be arranged by us at extra cost)

Registration before: 2nd January, 2019.

Journey Details: 3AC
5th May (Sunday), 2019: Departure by 15035 UTR Sampark Kranti Exp from Delhi at 16.00hrs. Reach Kathgodam at 22.45hrs on 5th May, 2019.
11th May (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 15014 Ranikhet Exp from Kathgodam at 20.40hrs. Reach Delhi at 03.55hrs on 12th May, 2019.

21th May – 26th May, 2019 – Sariska National Park and Pink city-Jaipur

Known for its large population of Royal Bengal Tigers, this reserve provides spectacular landscapes.

Camp Charges: Rs. 29,000/- per head. 0% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes five safaris, stay, food and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before:20th January, 2019

Journey Details: 3AC
21st March (Tuesday), 2019: Departure by 12322 Kolkata Exp from CSTM at 21.30hrs. Reach Katni at 14.30hrs on 22nd May, 2019.
25th May (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 12321 HWR Mumbai from Katni at 16.20hrs. Reach CSMT at 11.25hrs on 26th May, 2019.

5th – 9th June, 2019
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR)

Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park.

Camp Charges: Rs.25,500/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes four safaris, entry fees, food (except train journey), stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before:2th February, 2019

Journey Details: 3AC
5th June (Wednesday), 2019: Departure by 12289 CST Nagpur Duronto from Mumbai CST at 20.50hrs. Reach Nagput at 07.20hrs on 6th June, 2019.
8th June (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 12290 NGP CSMT Duronto from Nagpur at 20.40hrs. Reach CSMT at 08.05hrs on 9th June, 2019.


22nd – 23rd June, 2019
Durshet Forest Lodge

Experience the Sahyadri’s natural forest located not very far from the mega city.

Camp Charges: Rs. 7,500/- 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.

Registration before: 1 st June, 2019

Meeting Point Bus will leave from swami narayan temple, opposite to Dadar railway station (east, central line) at 6.30 am sharp.
















7th – 21th July, 2019
(Plan A)
Srinagar – Apati, Suru valley, Kargil – Dah, Alchi, Hemis, Thikse, Nyoma, Tso kar, Tso Moriri, Pangong, Nubra, Leh-Ladakh

12th – 21th July, 2019
(Plan B)
Hemis, Thikse, Nyoma, Tso kar, Tso Moriri, Pangong, Nubra, Leh-Ladakh

Let your body and mind get the freshness of mother-nature and absorb the energy from highest mountain ranges of Great Himalayas & Karakoram.

Camp Charges: (Plan A) Rs. 60,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Srinagar to Leh

Camp Charges: (Plan B) Rs. 47,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Leh to Leh

Registration before:10th April, 2018

Journey Details: 3AC
15th August (Wednesday), 2018: Departure by 12107 Lucknow Super Exp from LTT, Mumbai at 16.25hrs. Reach Bhopal (BPL) at 04.55 hrs on 16th August, 2018.
19th August (Sunday), 2018: Departure by 12962 Avantika Exp from Indore Jn (INDB) at 16.20 hrs. Reach Mumbai Central (MMCT) at 06.10 hrs on 20th August, 2018.

20th – 22nd September, 2019
Bhimashankar & Ahupe

Bhimashankar is an ideal destination to visit for people having great interest in nature. Lush greenery and calm surrounding wins the hearts of the visitors. Bhimashankar wears a fairy-tale look in monsoons. The spread of greens are enchanting, the mist rolls over the hills high and low, abundant waterfalls plummet sporadically. Ahupe is a small and very picturesque village based on a height, it remains covered in thick fog most of the year.

Camp Charges: Rs. 9,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 5th May, 2019

Flight tickets can be arranged at extra cost by us.




29st JUly – 10th August, 2019
Machu picchu, Amazon and Galàpagos

Peep into the heritage of Machu picchu and amazing natural beauty of Galàpagos and Amazon.
Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most bio-diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. The Galápagos Islands, in Ecuador, offer wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth.

Camp Charges: Rs. 4,90,000/- All Flight tickets will be extra. (Minimum participation required 8 people). For further details please call us on numbers mentioned above. Dates mentioned, are excluding travel time from India to India

Registration before: 4th February, 2019

14th – 20th September, 2019
Melghat Monsoon

Experience the Melghat in Monsoon. Although the chances of Wildlife sightings become less but, the forest is lush green and always beautiful.

Camp Charges: Rs. 19,250/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 10th May , 2019

Journey Details : 3AC
14th September (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 12111 CST AMI Exp from Mumbai CST at 19.55hrs. Reach Akola at 04.45hrs on 15th September, 2019.
29th September (Thursday), 2010: Departure by 12112 AMI CSMT Exp from Akola at 20.30hrs. Reach CSMT at 06.25hrs on 20th September, 2019.

27th – 29th September, 2019
Jawli, Raireshwar

Good chances of sighting monsoon flora.

Camp Charges: Rs. 10,000/- per head. Includes food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai

Registration before: 10th September, 2019

Meeting Point Bus will leave from swami narayan temple, opposite to Dadar railway station (east, central line) at 6.30 am sharp.






15th – 20th October, 2019
Lacknow & Varanasi

The journey From Nawabi Thhat to Ganga Ghaat will give you the chance to experience the real essence of these places.

Camp Charges: Rs. 23,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Luknow to Varanasi. Mumbai-Lucknow & Varanasi-Mumbai flight tickets can be arranged at extra cost.

Registration before: 10th August, 2019

2nd – 9th November, 2019
Indo-Malayan Special, Manipur

Located in a lush green corner of North East India, Manipur is a mosaic of ancient traditions and rich cultural patterns. There is a chance to observe the place where First India’s Tricolour Flag was hoisted.

Camp Charges: Rs. 36,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Imphal to Imphal. Mumbai-Imphal-Mumbai Flight tickets can be arranged at extra cost.

Registration before: 13th September, 2019

24th November – 1st December, 2019
Araku Valley

Araku valley popular hill station of Andhra Prdesh. It's surrounded by the thick forests of the Eastern Ghats mountain range.

Camp Charges: Rs. 37,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before: 13th July, 2019

Journey Details : 3AC
24th November (Sunday), 2019: Departure by 11019 Konark Exp from CSMT at 15.10hrs. Reach Visakhapatnam JN at 20.50hrs on 25th November, 2019.
30th November (Saturday), 2019: Departure by 11020 Konark Exp from Visakhapatnam JN at 22.15hrs. Reach CSMT at 3.55hrs on 1st December, 2019.

11th – 16st December, 2019
Sarangkheda, Toranmal

Experience the Sarangkheda Festival commenced every year on the Occasion of Dattatreya Jayanti. Toranmal is a hill town nestled in the lap of nature in Maharashtra and is adorned with nature's best elements.

Camp Charges: Rs. 16,000/- 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.

Registration before: 6th August, 2019

Journey Details : 3AC
11th December (Wednesday), 2019: Departure by 11057 CSMT ASR Exp from CSMT at 23.30hrs. Reach Dhule at 07.15hrs on 12th December, 2019.
15th December (Sunday), 2019: Departure by 51118 DHI-CSN Passenger from Dhule at 19.20hrs. Reach CSMT at 04.05hrs on 16th December, 2019.

23rd – 31st December, 2019
Jodhpur-Jorbeer, Gajner, Bikaner, Desert National Park, Jaisalmer - Rajasthan

The best place to admire colours is Rajasthan. The Desert National Park is considered not only the largest in the state of Rajasthan but among the largest in India. Desert National Park is home to a number of exotic animal and bird species in a vast variety including chinkara, black buck, sand grouse etc.

Camp Charges: Rs.32,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Jodhpur to Jodhpur. Flight tickets from Mumbai-Jodhpur-Mumbai can be arranged by us at additional cost. Registration

Registration before: 10th September, 2019

Rules & Regulations to be followed during OikoEssence Camps & Trails

  • Oikoessence Nature Camps and trails are educational camps and not luxury camps or picnics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participants must follow strict discipline and no misbehavior will be tolerated any participant found doing so may be requested to leave the camp.
  • Detailed program of the following day will be briefed one day in advance.
  • Participants have to adhere to the given itinerary and no alterations by the participants will be entertained.
  • Participants should strictly follow the instructions of the group leader.
  • Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  • Participants should take care of their belongings & valuable articles & will be solely responsible for them.
  • No portage will be provided.
  • Mineral water will not be provided unless mentioned.
  • OikoEssence will not be responsible for any mishap or catastrophe.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and never wear any high heels foot wear.
  • Please carry Water bottle, Cap, Torch, Mosquito repellents, Personal medicines and toiletries.
  • Do not wear any kind of perfume or deodorant while in the sanctuary.
  • Do not carry any music system or walkman, etc. in forest area.
  • Do not carry any inflammables and do not light fire in the forest area.
  • Do not tease any wild animal or destroy habitat of the Park or Sanctuary.
  • Carry clothes according to climate and season (do not wear red, white or any bright/fluorescent colours).
  • 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.

Team


Dr. Shreya Bhanap

botanist,doctorate in the Ethnobotany

Dr. Shreya is a botanist and done her doctorate in the field of Ethnobotany. She likes to interact with the locals, tribals and understand the biodiversity of the respective area and giving helping hand in conserving nature. This hobby has taken her to start conducting nature trails and camps and educating people about importance of nature and sustainable development.




Miss. Gauri Gurav

Gauri is a botany Post Graduate, a naturalist and PG Diploma Holder in Sustainable management of natural resources. She has an extensive field experience of more than 12yrs in organizing nature camps, trails and workshops. Thoroughly believes in environment education and its proper application in day to day life will certainly bring the change in mindset of people and make them more environmentally friendly. She is also an environment blogger.



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