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DAY 1: PUNE - NAGPUR TRAIN TRAVEL

 27. 01. 2020
 Pune - Nagpur 
 18°31'45.1"N 73°52'25.5"E

The camp was off to a great start with everybody assembled at Pune Junction by [time]. After the first awkward silences were broken, the students started milling around, getting to know each other. Soon enough, the announcement for the [Name of Train] Express was heard and we were all waiting in anticipation. For a change, the train was right on time and no sooner had it arrived than everybody scrambled to get onboard. After a spate of final goodbyes and hugs (no tears though! :P) we were all ready. The train's final horn blew and then we were setting off, on an adventure to the land of Mowgli! 

  

DAY 2: NAGPUR - PENCH

28. 01. 2020
Pench National Park 
21°45'36.9"N 79°32'51.8"E
 Sessions Conducted - (Click on the session to know more about the same)

Park information | Ice Breaking Activities | Guided Documentary | What to and how to see any forest

After a night of fun and games, we reached Nagpur. There onwards it was a journey by road to Pench. The road was quite good so we made an excellent time and soon reached our camp quarters, which would be our home for the next 3 days. All this traveling had given us quite an appetite, so we hungrily sat down for a lunch of (dishes). After a short nap, the students were then all ready to get to know the mysteries of the jungle, so we began right away. First was an ice-breaking session, where the students got to know each other, as well as their instructors. We also became acquainted with Mr./Ms. [Name] who was going to be our guide and wildlife expert on all our gypsyings into the forest. Then it was time for a short wildlife documentary that readied the students for the morrow, where they would see the flora and fauna in real-time. They were all entranced and later had some really good questions for us, which was very heartening! Now, we wait for the first safari, early tomorrow!

  

DAY 3: MORNING SAFARI & NIGHT SAFARI

29. 01. 2020
 Pench National Park 
21°45'36.9"N 79°32'51.8"E
 Sessions Conducted - (Click on the session to know more about the same)

Morning Safari | Night Safari | Group Discussion Session based on safari Sightings | Session on Tiger and it's role in the jungle 

We went on the first of our safaris today, early morning, at the crack of dawn. The jungle was full of early morning calls and sounds, most particularly, the distinctive cry of the [name of bird/animal]. The students were divided into groups of [number], with one of our volunteers with every group. There were some magnificent sightings of [names of birds, animals], all at ease in their natural habitat. By a stroke of luck, one of our groups had an excellent glimpse of the Big Cat! The alarm calls of the birds led them on the trail of the tiger [name], and they were able to view it for nearly [minutes]! Post lunch, we spent some interacting with the local guides, learning about the local plants from them. Now, we are heading out into the heart of the jungle on a night safari. :)

The night safari was an experience beyond words! The entire forest was still, with an occasional call of [name of the bird] breaking through the silence. The brilliant constellations [name and name] stood out against the inky black sky and added new colors to the forest. Shadows came alive in the streaky moonlight and gave us vivid glimpses of [name of animal/bird]. The entire place was surreal. Suddenly we heard a tiger roar in the distance, which nearly doubled our heart rate! After observing the majestic Pench by night for about [number] hours, we returned to our camp, with a host of stories to share!

   

DAY 4: MORNING SAFARI & EVENING SAFARI

 30. 01. 2020
 Pench National Park 
 21°45'36.9"N 79°32'51.8"E
 Sessions Conducted - (Click on the session to know more about the same)

Morning Safari | Evening Safari | Group Discussion Session based on Safari Sightings | Conservation Session

Today was another adventure with morning and evening safaris to study the forest in greater detail. We had the students make a list of the birds and animals they had to try and spot so everybody was craning their necks and watching every tree and bush with an eagle eye! In the afternoon, after lunch, it was time to set out on the evening safari. Pench at eventide is a really mesmerizing place, as the sky is streaked with vivid colors of the dusk. We paused several times for some magnificent views of hills and valleys and returned with our hearts full of the unbridled joy one can experience only when in nature. Later, there was an exciting interactive session to discuss everything the groups had seen in these four safaris, where students compared notes and observations. Our environment expert Mr./Ms. [Name] had a stimulating conversation with the kids about the state of the jungles in India and the need for taking proper steps for conservation. We are glad to say that the students took it all to heart and listened to everything he/she had to say. We could almost see future conservationists shaping up tonight!

  

DAY 5: MORNING SAFARI & TRAVEL TO NAGPUR

 31. 01. 2020
 Pench National Park - Nagpur
 21°45'36.9"N 79°32'51.8"E
 Sessions Conducted - (Click on the session to know more about the same)

Morning Safari |  Group Discussion Session based on Safari Sightings | Groups to present their ideas they have gathered from the observations for Biomimicry

Today morning, we went on the fifth and last safari into Pench. Of course, studying the forest in its entirety is hardly possible in 5 trips, but nevertheless, we made one last attempt to try and spot anything we might have missed in the previous forays. We were rewarded with some beautiful sightings of [names of birds and animals] that made the safari worth it! 

Saying goodbye to Pench was hard for the students, with no few insisting that we spend more time there! So, with heavy hearts, we packed our bags and set out home. The Pench-Nagpur journey was a lot of fun, with the students discussing and debating everything they had seen and experienced in the forest.

At Nagpur, we boarded the [Name of train] Express to Pune and then, we were homeward bound! 

See you soon family :)

  

DAY 6: RETURN TO PUNE

 01. 02. 2020
 Pune
18°31'45.1"N 73°52'25.5"E

We arrived at Pune Junction today morning at around [time]. There were hugs and exclamations all around, as students met their families, exchanged numbers, and took photographs with the group and instructors.

Then, it was time for a final goodbye, and we returned home, with a trunkful of memories and resolutions to go on more such expeditions soon!

SIGHTING REPORT FROM THE CAMP FOR WILDLIFE CAMPS:

Sr. No. Safari 1 Safari 2 Safari 3 Safari 4 Nature Trail
1 Alexandrine Parakeet Baya Weaver Alexandrine Parakeet Alexandrine Parakeet Asian Brown Flycatcher
2 Ashy Drongo Besra Ashy Drongo Ashy Drongo Asian Openbill
3 Ashy Prinia Black Drongo Ashy Prinia Ashy Prinia Asian Palm Swift
4 Ashy Woodswallow Black Kite Ashy Woodswallow Ashy Woodswallow Asian Pied Starling
5 Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Black Redstart Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Asian Pygmy Goose
6 Asian Brown Flycatcher Black Stork Asian Brown Flycatcher Asian Brown Flycatcher Asian Verditer Flycatcher
7 Asian Openbill Black-crowned Night Heron Asian Openbill Asian Openbill Barn Swallow
8 Asian Palm Swift Black-headed Bunting Asian Palm Swift Asian Palm Swift Barred Buttonquail
9 Asian Pied Starling Black-headed Cuckooshrike Asian Pied Starling Asian Pied Starling Bay-backed Shrike
10 Asian Pygmy Goose Black-headed Ibis Asian Pygmy Goose Asian Pygmy Goose Baya Weaver
11 Asian Verditer Flycatcher Black-headed Munia Asian Verditer Flycatcher Asian Verditer Flycatcher Besra
12 Barn Swallow Black-hooded Oriole Barn Swallow Barn Swallow Black Drongo
13 Barred Buttonquail Black-lored Tit Barred Buttonquail Barred Buttonquail Black Kite
14 Bay-backed Shrike Black-naped Monarch Bay-backed Shrike Bay-backed Shrike Black Redstart
15 Baya Weaver Black-necked Stork Baya Weaver Baya Weaver Black Stork
16 Besra Black-rumped Woodpecker Besra Besra Black-crowned Night Heron
17 Black Drongo Black-winged Kite Black Drongo Black Drongo Black-headed Bunting
18 Black Kite Black-winged Stilt   Black Kite Black-headed Cuckooshrike
19 Black Redstart Blue Rock Thrush   Black Redstart Black-headed Ibis
20 Black Stork Blue-tailed Bee-eater   Black Stork Black-headed Munia
21 Black-crowned Night Heron Blyth's Reed Warbler   Black-crowned Night Heron Black-hooded Oriole
22 Black-headed Bunting Bonelli's Eagle   Black-headed Bunting  
23 Black-headed Cuckooshrike     Black-headed Cuckooshrike  
24 Black-headed Ibis     Black-headed Ibis  
25 Black-headed Munia     Black-headed Munia  
26 Black-hooded Oriole     Black-hooded Oriole  
27 Black-lored Tit     Black-lored Tit  
28 Black-naped Monarch     Black-naped Monarch  
29 Black-necked Stork     Black-necked Stork  
30 Black-rumped Woodpecker     Black-rumped Woodpecker  
31 Black-winged Kite     Black-winged Kite  
32 Black-winged Stilt     Black-winged Stilt  
33 Blue Rock Thrush     Blue Rock Thrush  
34 Blue-tailed Bee-eater     Blue-tailed Bee-eater  
35 Blyth's Reed Warbler     Blyth's Reed Warbler  
36 Bonelli's Eagle     Bonelli's Eagle  
37 Booted Eagle        
38 Booted Warbler        
39 Brahminy Kite        

Our Instructors

Aniket Sayam

Aniket Sayam

  • Aniket Sayam
  • Wildlife Expert

Aniket got his early exposure to wildlife in Melghat Tiger Reserve as a participant on a Nature Camp. Since then being in the wild outdoors has become his only passion. Starting with just birding around the city lakes, he went on to become an instructor himself on nature camps for kids’ just to inspire more young minds to work in the field of Wildlife Conservation. He has also worked with the forest department and various NGOs on many projects in Melghat such as using line transect techniques to study the herbivore population of the area. While working with the Wildlife Conservation Trust of India, he spent more than two years in the Central Indian Landscapes on camera trapping projects to estimate the tiger and other large predator populations in that region. In his free time, Aniket likes to read adventure and exploration books. Currently, Aniket is a part of the Operations Team at Foliage Outdoors.

Varun Mokasdar

Varun Mokasdar

  • Varun Mokasdar

One of the most eccentric members of team Foliage, Varun Mokasdar has been a part of the Foliage family since the inception of its volunteers' training programs back in 2011. An avid follower of the Indian classical music scene, Varun has been practicing classical music since the last 15 years. Apart from this, an interest in travel, photography and wildlife made him enter the tourism industry at a very early age. He has roamed around some of the most prestigious and wildlife-rich patches around the country which include the Ladakh plateau, Bharatpur, Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba & Kenya to mention a few. Apart from this, his confidence, jolly attitude an ever-welcoming smile have made him a favorite amongst a lot of travelers and storytellers alike. Currently Varun handles operations at Foliage Outdoors.


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