Bird’s Paradise of Maharashtra !!

About Bhigwan Bird watching & Photography Tour :
Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district in Central Maharashtra, in India. Bhigwan is located on the Pune-Solapur Highway. South of Bhigwan town, exists a widespread backwater formed due to a man made dam built on the Bhima river. The dam is called as Ujni dam. The backwaters is spread over a wide region and is mainly a shallow waste water reserve.

There are two areas where one can see the migratory water birds. 1) Diksal-Parewadi area and 2) Dalaj – Kumbharwadi area. The semi-waste water in this Ujni dam backwater area has built very good wetland based ecosystem and helped agriculture also. The rainfall in Pune region decides the water level in Ujani dam. March is the best season to visit Bhigwan as by that time most of the migratory birds arrive and settle down.

One can expect various types of Ducks, Herons, Egrets, Raptors and Waders along with flocks of hundreds of flamingos. The huge quantity of birds at Bhigwan increases the chance of sighting almost all the prime bird species there and also creates great photographic opportunities for wildlife photographers. Any nature lover would surely enjoy this bird paradise of Maharashtra.

Photo Credit : Jogi Prajapati

Photo Credit : Jogi Prajapati

  1. OUTING DATES


    Outing Date : 26th January 2017

  2. SHORT INFORMATION

    Category: Wildlife
    Type : Bird watching & Photography Special
    Duration : 1 Nights / 2 Days

  3. ITINERARY

    Day 0 :
    Overnight journey to Bhigwan. Bus starts from Dadar at 11:00 pm.

    Day 1 :
    Early morning reach Bhigwan. Freshen up & have breakfast. Start exploring the location by boat. We will be exploring major part of Diksal by private boat in order to cover maximum species and also to reach as close to birds as possible. Have lunch and rest for a while. Evening again explore the wetland habitat by private boat. This time we will try to compose some unique shots. Total of three bidring sessions in three boat rides will be conducted. Leave Bhigwan post Lunch session. Arrival at Mumbai late night with some great captures from Bhigwan.

    Tour Concludes with Happy Memories :)

  4. COST

    Tour Cost : Rs.3,300/- per person 
    For Lifetime Member : Rs.3,000/- per member
    For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only), click here

    Inclusions :

    1. Transportation from Mumbai to Mumbai by Non Ac bus.
    2. Meals i.e 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and refreshments
    3. All entries, permissions and all tolls
    4. Expertise charges
    5. All applicable taxes

    Exclusions:

    1. Meals during overnight journey
    2. Any Other Expenses other than mentioned above.

    IMPORTANT :

    1. Local Cuisine will be provided, please don’t expect luxury amenities. Food over here is delicious but homely.

  5. PAYMENT DETAILS

    For booking you need to deposit the advance amount of Rs.3,300/- per person.

    NAME : GO TRAVELLISM PVT LTD
    BANK : ICICI BANK
    ACCOUNT : CURRENT AC
    AC NO. 623805030086
    BRANCH : MULUND (W)
    IFSC CODE : ICIC0006238

    Cancellation and Refund applicable on the whole tour cost : 
    1. If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
    2. If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded
    3. After that no refund will be provided.

  6. FAQS

    FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:

    1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour..?
    – All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy.

    2. Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis..?
    – Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

    3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
    – A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.

    4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
    – Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from any wildlife. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.

    5. What are the safari timings?
    – Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
    Approximately the timings are:
    Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
    Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm

    6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
    – A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.

    7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
    – The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wild lifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.

    8. What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
    – Tiger sightings are dependent on pure luck and chance.Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings.But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! So we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!

    9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
    – The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that can enter each gate every safari.Hence safari booking is very crucial and needs to be done at earliest.

    10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
    – Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely All resorts are equipped with all amenities like hot/cold water, toiletries, A/C facilities, Laundry on call etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style.

    11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
    – Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers which carry a high-end cameras with telelenses or video cameras for photography and shooting. For eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 200 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.

    12. I am not a professional photographer or wild lifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
    – Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at-least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in

    13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
    – All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty.

    14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
    – The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.

    Some Do’s :

    * Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
    * Always carry Original Identity Proof.
    * Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
    * Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
    * Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
    * Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for cameras and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
    * Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place.
    * Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do cooperate with them.
    * Do follow strict timing as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
    * Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
    * For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your camera/binoculars etc.

    Some Donts:

    * Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas
    * Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
    * Don’t yell,scream or wave at the animals.
    * Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deos
    * Never feed any animals
    * Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
    * No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
    * Do not argue with any person like forest guards,guides,locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.

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