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Location

Matheran

Duration

2D/1N

7,000 9,000

7,000₹ 9,000

Overview

An overnight, weekend photography tour and biodiversity exploration at Matheran, a mesmerizing biodiversity hotspot for the wildlife photographers. Apart from the amazing Herpetofauna, Matheran exhibits a great avian and floral diversity.

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About The Tour

Matheran is probably one of the most frequently visited weekend getaways for the Mumbaikars. Situated at an altitude of 2625 feet above the sea level, it is one of the most approachable hill stations being just 90 km away from the maddening crowd. Matheran is a mesmerizing biodiversity hotspot for the wildlife photographer. Apart from the amazing Herpetofauna, Matheran also exhibits a great avian and floral diversity. DCP Expeditions team is organizing a thrilling one night two days photography and biodiversity camp at Matheran focusing both on birds as well as on the herps.

Matheran was declared an ecosensitive region by the union environment ministry and is called a health sanatorium. The only form of automobile allowed in Matheran is an ambulance operated by the municipality. It is clean, green and vast. Landscapes spreading till the horizon and the vastness of the valleys is just mesmerizing.

Possible biodiversity

  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  • Red Throated Flycatcher
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • Grey headed Canary
  • White bellied Drongo
  • Indian Blue Robin
  • Black naped Blue Monarch

Quick Information

Route:

Mumbai - Neral - Matheran - Neral - Mumbai

Start Point:

Neral

Duration:

1 night 2 days

End Point:

Neral

Inclusions

  1. Explore the abundant biodiversity of Matheran
  2. One session of night trail at Matheran and onsite photography
  3. One night two days stay at Springwoods Heritage resort
  4. Matheran forest entry fee
  5. All meals included 
  6. DCP photography expert

Experts

How To Reach

Matheran is 100 km from Mumbai Airport, 120km from Pune City Airport. From Mumbai or Pune, one can reach Matheran by train or hire private cabs.

Deccan Express stops at Neral Junction. However, we advise to reach Mumbai and take local trains to reach Neral.

Take Mumbai Pune Expressway, get out at Khopoli turnoff and get into the old Bombay Pune road. Turn to the left at place namely Chowk.

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Carrying your Tele lens is a primary need for Birding.
  • There are good opportunities to use wide angle lenses for landscapes. 
  • Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
  • Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
  • Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
  • Carry headlights for the night search. Headlights make your both hands free to operate your camera. 
  • We also advise you to carry protective footwear with a good grip sole.
  • Carry basic first aid along with you.
  • Carry regular medicines if you are on medication.
  • Carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
  • Carry Permite cream to keep you protected from tick bites.

Itinerary

This camp is planned within the core internal hotspots of Matheran. The shuttle mini train from Aman Lodge station (near Dasturi naka) takes you to Matheran station. Walk backwards after getting down at Matheran station to reach Springwoods Heritage, our resort (about 5 - 10 minutes walk). The camp starts at 10 am on Day 1, i.e. Saturday. Participants are requested to reach Matheran on their own. After an initial formal introduction of the team, our skipper will explain about the camp plan and also on the biodiversity of Matheran. Lunch will be arranged at the resort. After lunch, we will go out for exploring the flora and fauna of the region till it is evening, when we come back to the resort for a tea break and an informal discussion on the photographs clicked. The most thrilling experience in the itinerary are the evening and the night trails. We recommend to wear protective footwear (Gumboot or similar) and carry fully charged torches or head lamps. The trail starts at 6 pm and we shall come back to the resort by 8.30 pm for dinner. Post dinner, we shall have another 2 hours of night trail looking for various species. We will mainly look for Common Vine snake, Common wolf snake, Checkered Keelback, Bamboo Pit Viper, Deccan banded gecko, Brook’s gecko and Tarantulas. We make our best efforts to create an environment suitable for wildlife photography in the wild. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of the species in the wild at any given time.

Wake up early morning and walk to the birding spot to reach there before sunrise. Morning tea will be had on the way. After Birding Photography upto about 10.00-10.30 am, outdoor breakfast and walk back to the resort. Rest and check-out after lunch.


Field Learnings

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

  1. How to approach Wildlife in the field
  2. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  3. Framing and composition in the field
  4. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Package Cost

Rs. 6500 per head

Cost includes

  1. Matheran forest entry fee
  2. Shuttle Mini Train fare from Dasturi naka (Aman Lodge station) to Matheran and back.
  3. One dinner, one breakfast, two lunches and three tea breaks (all meals both veg and non-veg with eggetarian breakfast)
  4. One night two days stay at Springwoods Heritage resort
  5. One session of night trail at Matheran and onsite photography
  6. On field photography training charges

Cost does not include:

  1. Mumbai – Matheran – Mumbai travel expense
  2. Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  3. Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
  4. Taxes

Map

Springwood Heritage, Matheran, Maharashtra


Policies

Cancellation policy

  1. All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  2. All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

FAQ's

Yes. Please write to us on info@dcpexpeditions.com as it is subject to availability.



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