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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

14th – 18th January, 2018
Narara and Khijediya Bird Sanctuary

A 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 in to the relatively small area of 6 km2.

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 fromMumbai 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.

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.
29th January (Monday), 2018 : Departure by 12290 Nag-CSTM Duronto from Nagpur at 20.40hrs. Reach Mumbai CST at 08.05hrs on 30th January, 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 Delhi in return.

Registration before : 5th January, 2018

Meeting point : 3AC
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.

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.






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.

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)

Registration 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.

Registration before: 2th May, 2018

Meeting Point: Bus will leave from Swami Narayan temple, Dadar at 6 am sharp on 26th May (Saturday). Return on 30th May (Wednesday) by 7.30pm.

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 21.50hrs. Reach LTT at 14.55hrs on 20th June, 2018.



26th June – 1st July, 2018 – Sariska National Park and Pink city-Jaipur

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. 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 14.10hrs. Reach Bandra Terminus (BDTS) at 08.10hrs on 1st July, 2018.



11th – 15th July, 2018
Cotigaon – Amphibians, reptiles and monsoon plants

The Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1968 to protect the exposed stretch of woodland on the Goa-Karnataka border, which was home to a number of species of animal and bird life, as well as some rare, old trees. Most of the vegetation in this area is of the moist-deciduous type, interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen patches.

Camp Charges: Rs. 14,500/- 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. (Rs. 12,200/- Ex. Karwar)s

Registration before:5th March, 2018

Journey Details: 3AC
11th July (Wednesday), 2018: Departure by 12133 Manglore Exp from Mumbai CST (CSTM) at 22.02 hrs. Reach Karwar at 8.10hrs on 12th July, 2018.
14th July (Saturday), 2018: Departure by 12134 Mumbai Exp from Karwar at 17.45hrs. Reach Mumbai CST (CSTM) at 04.25hrs on 15th July, 2018.

11th – 12th August, 2018
Kuthal, Wada

Camp Charges:Rs. 3,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes stay, food and transport from Mumbai to Mumbai.

Registration before:23rd July, 2018

Meeting Point Bus will leave from Swami Narayan temple, Dadar at 6 am sharp on 11th August (Saturday). Return on 12th August (Sunday) by 7.30pm.

















15th – 20th August, 2018
Singhori WLS and heritage of Ujjain and Indore

The Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1976 spread over a totalarea of 288 sq. km. Ujjain is an ancient city beside the Kshipra River in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore is a city in west-central India. It’s known for the 7-story Rajwada Palace and the Lal Baag Palace, which date back to Indore’s 19th-century Holkar dynasty. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian Subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the Indian Stone Age. The Udayagiri Caves are twenty rock-cut caves near Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh from the early years of the 5th century CE. They contain some of the oldest surviving Hindu temples and iconography in India.

Camp Charges: Rs. 17,500/- 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. (Rs. 15,500/- from Bhopal to Ujjain)

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, 2018
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:1st September, 2018

Meeeting Point: Swaminarayan temple, Opposite Dadar station, East (Central railway) at 6.30am. Reach back by 7pm on 22nd September, 2018.


1st – 7th October, 2018
Sangla, Narkand, Kalpa and Chitkul – Less known protected areas of Himachal Pradesh

Rakcham chitkul is situated between Sangla Valley and Chhitkul and counted among the few popular wildlife reserves of Himachal Pradesh. The vegetation covering the forest are mostly of dry deciduous category. Narkanda is a located on the Hindustan Tibet road. It is also a gateway to the upper parts of Himachal Pradesh. The view from Kalpa is beautiful with an observer getting the feeling that he is sitting in the lap of the mountains with the entire range of peaks being visible.

Camp Charges: Rs. 35,000/- per head. 10% discount for a child below 12 yrs. The cost includes entry fee, food, stay and transport from Shimla to Shimla. Mumbai-Shimla-Mumbai flight tickets can be arranged at extra cost (at actual basis).

Registration before:14th August, 2018

25th – 29th October, 2018
Chorlaghat

Surrounded by three states Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Chorla ghat is a delightful destination for ecologist and biologists. It is an interesting place for flora and fauna of Sahyadri ragnes.

Camp Charges: Rs. 14,000/- 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. 11,800/- Ex. Madgaon).

Registration before:19th June, 2018

Journey Details : 3AC
25th October (Thursday), 2018: Departure by 12133 Mangalore Exp from CSMT, Mumbai at 22.02hrs. Reach Madgaon(MAO) at 07.05 hrs on 26th October, 2018.
28th October (Sunday), 2018: Departure by 12134 Mumbai Exp from Madgaon(MAO) at 18.50 hrs. Reach Mumbai CST (CSMT) at 04.25 hrs on 29ths October, 2018.



18th – 25th November, 2018
Thattekad, Eravikullum, Chinnar and Idukki

The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologists, described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. The Eravikullum National park terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with shola forest. Idukki is popular destination for Kerala’s endemic birding.

Camp Charges: Rs. 27,000/- 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. 23,800/- Ex. Aluwa).

Registration before:13th July, 2018

Journey Details :3AC
18th November (Sunday), 2018: Departure by 16345 Netravati Exp from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus(LTT)at 11.40hrs. Reach Aluwa(AWY) at 12.13hrs on 19th November, 2018.
24th November (Saturday), 2018: Departure by 16346 Netravati Exp from Aluwa(AWY) at 14.42hrs. Reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at 16.40hrs on 25th November, 2018.

8th – 12th December, 2018
Amboli winters

Amboli, one of the wettest places in India is famous for its diverse herpetofauna. During this season the weather becomes very pleasant. Also it’s a good season to observe birds from Western ghat reagion.

Camp Charges: Rs. 12,500/- 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. (Rs. 10,700/- – Ex. Sawntwadi)

Registration before:1st August, 2018

Journey Details :3AC
th December (Saturday), 2018: Departure by 10111 Konkan Kanya from CSMT at 23.05hrs. Reach Sawantwadi (SWV) at 08.20hrs on 9th December, 2018.
11th December (Tuesday), 2018: Departure by 10112 Konkan Kanya Exp from Sawantwadi (SWV) at 19.37hrs. Reach CSMT at 05.50hrs on 12th December, 2018.

23rd – 30th December, 2018
Velanad, Kalakadu, Kunthankulan, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Rameshawaram – Tamil Nadu

Have fun while venturing in various places of Tamil Nadu. This camp is a perfect to enjoy India’s rich heritage and her natural beauty.

Camp Charges: Rs. 36,500/- 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 Trivandrum. (Rs. 35,000/- – Ex. Madurai to Trivandrum.

Registration before:14th August, 2018

Journey Details : 3AC
21st December (Friday), 2018: Departure by 11043 Madurai Express from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at 00.15hrs. Reach Madurai JN (MDU) at 10.00hrs on 22nd December, 2018.
Return 30th December (Sunday), 2018: Flight from Trivandrum to Mumbai can be booked after 8.00pm. OikoEssence can book this flight at additional cost (at actual basis).

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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