Bird Watching Tour to Bhigwan | World Wetlands Day

Kumbhargaon Birds Sanctuary, Kumbhargaon, Maharashtra, India

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On the occasion of World Wetlands Day which is celebrated on 2 February, Rupa Rahul Bajaj Centre for Environment & Art (RRBCEA) is organizing a Bird Watching Tour to Bhigwan located on the backwaters of the Ujani Dam on the Bhima River about 100 km East of Pune. It is well known for attracting a large number of migratory waterbirds in the winter along with the Greater Flamingos. Almost 300 species of birds have been recorded from Bhigwan. Join us on this Wetland Day let us explore Bhigwan and learn about the importance of large wetlands as important bird habitats. The tour will be led by ecologist Kedar Champhekar and organized by The Western Routes.


- Bird Watching with Experts - Chance to spot flamingos and many other migratory birds - Boat Ride - Rusitc Lunch

Who should attend?

This leisurely day-trip is perfect for people of all ages. If you want to know more about birds and the ecology, this is a perfect trip for you!

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Breakfast, Lunch

- 5:30 AM - Assemble at Fergusson College Main Gate (Parking space available for cars and bikes on the road). Depart at 5:45 AM - 6:00 AM - Assemble at Empress Garden Gate - 6:15 AM - Depart from Empress Garden Depart for Kumbhargaon. Breakfast and tea en-route - 10:00 AM - Reach Kumbhargaon village. Get on to a boat to observe the birds at close quarters. Return to the shore and continue bird-watching in the surrounding areas. - 12:30 PM - Head to Yavat village for lunch. - 2:30 PM - Depart for Pune - 5:00 PM - ETA in Pune

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- All travel in an AC bus - Breakfast & Lunch - Boat Ride Charges at the Ujani Dam backwaters - Expertise Charges - All taxes


- Personal expenses (Cold drinks, mineral water etc.) - Anything not mentioned in the 'includes' list - Travel Insurance


- Carry minimum 2 litres of water per person - Sun cap/scarf for protection from the sun. - A light jacket if it gets chilly in the bus - Comfortable footwear. Floaters or open sandals are preferred as footwear might get wet while getting on and off the boat. Sports/walking shoes are good too. - Personal medicines (We will have a basic first-aid kit with medicines, but if you require any special medicines, please carry them) - Binoculars (If you don't own a pair, you can either borrow or rent binoculars. They are VERY USEFUL when bird-watching). You can rent them from Primes & Zooms on Fergusson College Road - https://primesandzooms.in/ - Camera (Optional) - Bird Guide (Optional) - Snacks for everyone to share


Empress Garden Main Gate

Fergusson College Main Gate

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