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Location

Matheran

Duration

2D/1N

8,750 10,000

8,750₹ 10,000

Overview

An overnight weekend macro photography and biodiversity boot camp exploration of one of the biodiversity hotspots very close to the city of Mumbai - Mathrean.

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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. With the onset of the monsoon, Matheran becomes a mesmerizing biodiversity hotspot for the wildlife photographer. DCP Expeditions team is organizing a thrilling one night two days Herpetofauna Photography workshop at Matheran.

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

Common Vine snake
Common wolf snake
Checkered Keelback
Bamboo pit viper
Fungoid frog
Wrinkled frog
Deccan banded gecko
Brook’s gecko
Tarantulas

Quick Information

Route:

Mumbai-Matheran-Mumbai

Start Point:

Mumbai

Duration:

1 Night 2 Days

End Point:

Mumbai

Inclusions

  • A macro photographer's paradise
  • Forest extremely rich in biodiversity
  • Accommodation for 1 nights and 2 days.
  • Meals during the stay.
  • All park charges, entry fee etc.
  • DCP Mentor for 2 days.
  • Local Guide charges

Experts

How To Reach

Mumbai / Thane is wel connected via flights with other cities. Meet our team at Matheran. 

Mumbai / Thane is wel connected via trains with other cities. Meet our team at Matheran. 

Meet our team at Matheran. 

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Carrying your macro lens is a primary need.
  • Also carry wide angle lenses for landscape photography.
  • 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
  • Fill your camera bag with silica gel to protect your gadgets from moisture. They are available in chemist shops.
  • You must carry headlights / torches for the night search. Headlights make your both hands free to operate your camera.
  • We also advise you to carry protective footwear - gumboots are best. These boots give enormous confidence while walking through the forest floor or marshy areas. In case you are reluctant to use Gum Boots, do carry tough shoes (preferably covering upto ankle).
  • Carry Leech socks and way to use them will be demonstrated during workshops
  • Do carry protective rain gears for yourself and for your equipment. We find Ponchos very good
  • 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.

 

Equipment available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

This camp is planned within the core internal hotspots of Matheran. Since there is no motorable vehicle allowed in Matheran, we will be walking to reach Springwoods Heritage, our resort. You can hire porters for your luggage to be carried (not included in package cost - can be shared by participants).

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 expert 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 continues as the night trail. We shall come back to the resort by 10.00 pm for dinner. 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.

After having breakfast, we will have a long 3 - 4 hour session of macro photography in the forest near the resort. This will involve hand holding on macro photography and tips and tricks of macro photography in the field. We will come back for late lunch and by 3.00 pm we will check out the hotel. We shall leave Matheran by 4 pm so that we can reach Mumbai well before 7 pm.


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. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
  3. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  4. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
  5. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
  6. How to get sharp images of moving subjects
  7. Framing and composition in the field
  8. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

The participants will be using INaturalist software platform for documentation during the expedition. DCP recommends the usage of INaturalist platform by all, with or without participation in its explorations - it is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favorite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.


Package Cost

Rs. 8750 per head inclusive of all taxes
*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Cost includes

  • Matheran forest entry fee
  • One night two days stay at Springwood Heritage resort
  • One dinner, one breakfast, two lunches and three tea breaks
  • One session of night trail at Matheran and onsite macro photography.
  • All Taxes and service charges.

Cost does not include:

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

Map

Matheran


Policies

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  • All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  • All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible 

FAQ's

Yes. Please send us a mail to info@dcpexpeditions.com as it is subject to availability.

Yes certainly. However, the cost will remain the same



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