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Benog Sanctuary Camp: The Ultimate Forest Camping Experience! Trip the Himalaya invites you to Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie's 1st wildlife and nature reserve. You'll never look at a wildlife reserve the same way again!

 

Avail special discounted rates (valid for bookings till Sept, 15th 2019) to spend a tranquil earthy retreat, be our guest and we will be delighted to add on to your experience  with our 24*7 hospitality. Ideally suited for a short family gateway, students to connect with nature, corporate groups looking for relaxing hideouts, or a motley group of old friends looking for reconnection.

 

 

Your Ultimate Benog Sanctuary Trip:

 

This monsoon head for Benog Sanctuary, enjoy 5-Day and 4 Nights, nestled under the dripping forest foliage. It is god's own season when the heavens open up to pour down on  earth, the mountains soaks in and forest regenerates for the coming year. 

 

Leave monotony behind and take day out in to the primeval universe. Camping at the sanctuary is situated right at the edge of this vast Benog Forest. Our mantra is delivering a unique involvement suited to various age groups.  Your accommodation is just a few steps from the heart of this brilliant Mountain Quail Sanctuary.

 

The forest is forever alive as you wake up to the delights of early morning birds and or sleep to lullaby sung by never ceasing Cicadas. The forest is the experience and we would help you to sense  it much better.. 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip: 

 

- Spending the mornings/sunsets amid salubrious and a tranquil environment

- Hiking through nature reserve 

- Butterflying & Birding in Benog forest

- Lush green valleys and sitting next to the fresh water stream.

- Chir-pine trees, rhododendron and the whispering Oak forest

  • This was an amazing experience! And overcoming my fear of heights was the best part of it! From rocky walks to slippery ones, everything was perfect! Connecting with nature and knowing the real importance of it, makes me realise how careful we have to be at our every step. And I am very thankful that we had perfect people /teachers to guide us and making us believe in ourselves. Also segregating the waste sought me to help my surroundings clean. - Puallu Sharma (Student, Grade 10)

Benog Sanctuary Camp:The Ultimate Forest Camping Experience!

 

About Benog Mountain Quail Sanctuary (aka. Benog Forest) 

 

Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary, also known as Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1993, and a part of the Rajaji National Park. This beautiful sanctuary, spreading across an expanse of about 339 hectares, is a haven for birdwatchers. It is home to Pahari Bater or Mountain Quail (on-the-verge-of-extinction bird), which was last seen in the year 1876. 

 

Nature & Wildlife  

 

A scientific profiling of the biodiversity at the Benog Mountain Quail Wildlife Sanctuary in Mussoorie is underway. Under the exercise, around 90 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary, including the Himalayan Shrike-Babbler, Goldcrest and Peregrine falcon. Species of butterflies and reptiles will be among others that will be recorded.

 

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of orchids and the Mountain Quail, an extremely elusive species that was thought to be extinct by 1876, until it was sighted in Mussoorie.

 

Stimulate a sense of wonder and cultivate an appreciation for the natural world: The programme aims to support children in developing imagination through fun and engaging Conservation & Community service based activities in the outdoors. 

 

Brentwood Sanctuary

 

Just 14 kms. away from the hustle and bustle of The Queen of Hills, Mussoorie on the Kempty Road, tucked away at the base of the Benog Wildlife Reserve is the Brentwood Sanctuary. Surrounded by mighty Deodar trees, with a gentle mountain stream flowing through, the Brentwood Sanctuary camp and resort is set upon terrace farms.The property is an ideal getaway for tired souls who wish to rejuvenate in the lap of Nature.

 

At Brentwood Sanctuary there is something for everybody. Guests who wish to unwind and relax can put their feet up, lie back on a hammock with their favourite read and soak in the sun or maybe dip their tired feet into the sparkling mountain stream amidst the whispering breeze to revitalize their soul.

 

Guests bitten by the adventure bug put on comfortable shoes and pack a pair of binoculars taking off in any direction to explore Nature’s hidden secrets. Around every bend, the guest will walk upon the most amazing display of flora and fauna, avian delights, intriguing insects and bugs, flitting butterflies around sparkling streams while taking in the scent of pine and the crisp mountain air.

 

Evenings at the Brentwood Sanctuary could not get any better, as you sit under the canopy of stars warming yourselves around the campfire, you know you have tasted a bit of heaven and will come back for more.

Brentwood Sanctuary, Mussoorie Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Benog Sanctuary Camp:The Ultimate Forest Camping Experience!

Breathe in- Breathe out:

You are ready to start on your adventure

 

We have it all planned for you, get into your tents and settle down. Back  together, enjoy the lunch and after a quick round of greetings we head for the jungles. The short hike takes you into the wild  and here we settle down for our briefing session on camp rules and etiquettes. This will be followed by an introduction to local history, spiced up with the colour of native stories and folklore. 

 

Now that you are ready, test your skills with first a starter session on rock climbing equipment, knot tying and team formation, then applying them with activities like tree climbing and ropes course. Back to the camp, its time to relax with tea and snacks. The evening are to let your hair down with dance, music and multi cuisine dinner.

Put your battle fatigues on

It’s time to test yourself

 

The day begins early for there is lots to do. After breakfast you go for a hike of 1.5kms. for a first-hand  demonstration on rappelling and free hand climbing, and then comes your chance to brace yourself up and join the fun by trying it out with the help of our instructors. Return to the camp and enjoy in the freshwater pool. After lunch we have hordes of fun activities like: Flying Fox activity and low rope obstacles like Dancing pole, Crosswire, etc. 

 

As the sun sets in, we go out hunting for wood (in the old fashioned way) for campfire. Evening is meant for games like Cricket, Badminton, Volleyball and board games like Chess, Ludo etc and/or some fun team games like blind hit, perfect square, etc. Later in the evening, after tea and refreshments, we build the campfire and settle down for a round of relaxation with music and singing and all those interesting anecdotes waiting to be shared. This is followed by the delicious camp dinner and the stay in the camps.

Hike : Discover : Connect

Exploring the forest and local communities in the area

 

After breakfast, you start your day with a half- day trek (4+4 Kms.) to Happy Valley to visit the Tibetan Monastery and Jhanda Top or Jwala Devi Temple inside Benog Wildlife Reserve (5+5kms). Spread out your limbs in the green surroundings and open up your picnic lunch in the jungle (veg / egg biryani with raita, salad, pickles and fruits). 

 

On your return to the camp, you witness  a session on, tent pitching and corresponding  survival techniques in the wild like Knot tying, shelter making, water purification in the outdoors, snake bite remedy etc. Then it’s time for tea and refreshments.  This evening is all different and with weather permitting, you go for a unique involvement with a short Night Walk in the jungle with flashlights. Then you head back for  dinner and stay at the campsite.

Follow the stream

Open up to its escapades

 

Rise early and join for an  early morning walk when you head  for a short 1 km hike to view the Snow Clad Himalayas. After breakfast, it’s time to do the Stream Run, to burn your steam. An upstream walk of about half a kilometre along  the naughty and boisterous mountain stream. Here you encounter it’s many shapes like when you will cross the shallow pools, climb huge smooth, round boulders and negotiate miniature  waterfalls, catch tiny fishes and tadpoles in your palms before you reach a pre-set point. After lunch and brief rest get engaged in the Superman activity (an amazing team coordination activity). 

 

Later, test your culinary skills with team- wise participation  in our outdoor cooking competition (done on Chulha with natural resources). Tea will be provided by the camp. Its you last evening so its time to gather around the campfire enjoy, music, dance and play games. Students will share their experiences with  a presentation on their last 4 days. Followed by dinner and Stay at the campsite.

Conclusion & Reflection

It’s time to look back

 

It is time to say goodbye but not before you have sat and reflected on the last four days. Reflections are a key to  cementing our memories. On the final day of your trip, post breakfast, you prepare and assemble for the day. The conclusive session would be on  the de-issue of the gear, with a session on maintenance and care of outdoor gear and equipment.

 

This is followed by refreshments and a heart to heart  talk on the past four days, all wrapped up and neatly tucked in forever. We discuss things we learned, we saw, we ate and things to be mindful of when in wilderness or backcountry. Our takeaways, highs and lows, of the trip. The  checkout is by noon.

 

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Please Note: The Himalayan Existence: Nature & Sustainability (5D/4N) programme can be customised to 4-day and 3-day programmes on request. The pricing will also change accordingly.

 

To join our trail talks and village walks Signup Here

 

Talk to our outdoor trip advisor about mountain-life experiences customised for your student/corporate group - Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In | +91-7300-686-293 | TripTheHimalaya.In

 

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Rs. 7,125/- Per Student for a 5D/4N Forest Camping Experience

Benog Sanctuary Camp

Fee: Rs. 7,125/- Per Student for 5-Day & 4 Nights Camping Package

Duration: The walks usually take 3-4 hours (Half-Day Hike/Walks)

Includes: Entry in to Benog Wildlife Reserve (Only Entry for 5 days. Camping inside is Not allowed) 

 

This cost does Not Include any local transport (cabs/coaches/etc), any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned in the programme.

 

Note: Groups range from min 9 to max 30 students per batch. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the wilderness experience more effective.

ACTIVITY: Hiking & Instructions on trail walking, Knowledge on wildlife, local flora-fauna and Basic Principles of LNT© Ethics 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Boarding and lodging in 3/5 sharing accommodation in Tents and Camps with provision of clean toilet tents

 

MEALS: A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Non-Veg menu can be provided on request. Refreshments will be served throughout. Provision of kitchen tents at both campsites

 

EXPERT INSTRUCTORS and Certified outdoors faculty, trained in wilderness first-aid.

 

SAFE-SECURE Environment during the trip, walks, hiking and stay

 

FOREST permits for hikes/walks, destination/park fees and Gratuities 

 

OUTDOOR/ CAMPING/TREKKING GEAR: Backpack: Sturdy 60 ltrs (with a plastic or waterproof lining), Sleeping bag and a Sleeping pad, Trekking stick, Gaiters. If required, liners bags for sleeping bags & backpacks, cup, bowl & spoon, will be provided

 

CAMPING GEAR: High quality trekking equipments like Tents, stoves, fuel & fuel bottles, cooking utensils, rations, trail food, trowels, water purification, first aid kits, etc will be provided, depending on type of trip.

 

INFORMATION: Nature/Outdoor based knowledge and trail talks

 

BACKCOUNTRY EMERGENCY: Our instructors are certified by Aerie Backcountry in Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid. We also have Medical Support from Landour Community Hospital (LCH). 

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

a) Personal Trekking Gear can also be provided on hire from our partner outfitting store in Mussoorie

b) You are welcome to bring and use Your Own Gear as well

c) All gear is Washed and Properly Checked before issue

d) In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the students/ explorers shall be liable to pay for the cost

e) Some of the above mentioned gear may not be required for your chosen itinerary, therefore those items will not be issued to the students/ explorers.

 

 

Benog Sanctuary Camp :

 

Ideal Pack List to Trip the Himalaya:  Mentioned below is a broad list of basic items we recommend all students/ explorers should carry. You can always create your own pack-list based on your personal needs and medical requirements. 

 

IDEALLY BRING: 

Sun hat: Cotton/Nylon

Sunglasses: Preferably with an Anchor

Sun protection Lotion 

Water bottle: 2 Bottles of 1 litre capacity. Please insure that they do not leak. Hydration pack (optional)

Headlamp/ flashlight: Preferably a headlamp as it leaves your hands free to work. Please bring extra batteries

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

Rain wear: Rain Poncho, Rain Pants & Rain Jackets (During Monsoon)

Toilet articles: Toothbrush, toothpaste, items of personal hygiene, etc

Pocket knife: Optional, fixed blade or locking preferred

Personal medications: If any, please also carry your doctor’s prescription and fill out our Medical History form. 

Lip balm/ chapstick or Moisturiser             

Camera/ Phone: Optional

Any other personal gear: Please note you will be carrying all your gear by yourself

Stationary: Notebook and pen/pencils 

 

IDEALLY WEAR: 

Comfortable and Athletic clothing (rain proof/ wind-proof)

Wool gloves: 1 Pair

Warm Jacket: 1 Jacket (woollen/ fleece)

Warm shirts & pants: 1 Pair (synthetic or waterproof track pants)

Thermal Inner-wear: Bottom & Top

Hiking pants: 1 Pair

Hiking shirt preferably with a Long sleeve

Underwear: 3/4 Changes

Woollen/ Nylon socks: 2/3 Pairs

Hiking shoes: 1 Pair (High-ankle waterproof trekking shoes with good grip)

Slippers/ Sandals: For wearing in camp. Footwear should be closed toed. (No flip-flops)

 

Group Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of students visiting, we do not generally accept last minute bookings. Please call/email in advance to book the trip and reach Dehradun/Mussoorie on the dates agreed with your school.

 

Trash Policy: We have a Litter-Free Walk Policy. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatisation. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

 

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

Benog Sanctuary Camp:The Ultimate Forest Camping Experience!

Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

TTH organises expert guided half/full-day walks in the Benog forest from time to time, usually on weekends for individuals and groups. These walks will be posted on our website in advance for signing up and are also announced through a mailer that we send out to people on our mailing list. Please drop us a line at Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In if you would like to be on our mailing list and learn more about the special hikes and walks. The hike usually take 3-4 or 4-5 hours and are priced at Rs. 900-1800 per person. At these walks, expert naturalists, photographers, botanists, birders, writers, artists, and more will enhance your experience and knowledge about the flora, fauna, history, geography and culture of the Himalayas.

 

If you would like to organise a tailored walk focusing on a special aspect of nature including birdwatching, flower or mushroom identification, butterfly trails, photography or any related topic. Or would like to bring a group for other compatible activities such as meditation, art or nature writing, etc. please contact us and we can help to organise this. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-15 individuals for most activities.

At the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary area, TTH can also organise specialised activity packages for school children ranging from 8-14 years. These can be day activities or 1 to 5 day programmes where camping or village homestay and stays in a dormitory can be arranged in collaboration with our local campsites, which is located within walking distance of waterfalls and villages.

 

We organise a full-day experience with a picnic at the stream for students who wish to spend their day in the forest and learn more about wilderness.

 

The learning-cum-activity experience for school children can be tailor-made to the requirements of each school. It would include a combination of classroom talks as well as hands-on activities in the forest including learning how to set up a campsite, backpacking, monitoring and documenting flora and fauna, trekking, community interactions, and more. Please contact us to learn about what is on offer. At the campsite, we also offer adventure sports related activities apart from hiking and trekking.

 

We can also organise teacher training workshops for nature and environmental studies in collaboration with our partner organisations.

 

Mussoorie offers an exceptional field laboratory for institutions interested in ecological or wildlife research, including on topics such as ecological restoration, animal behaviour, watershed management and others. Please contact us to explore opportunities in this field.

Camping & Tents at Brentwood Sanctuary

 

Brentwood Sanctuary over a dozen tents dot the terrace farms just below our luxury cottages. The tents have spacious sleeping area with twin cots and comfortable mattresses, warm polyfill quilts, attached washroom with running water, printed interiors, charging points and waterproof outers. Staying in a tent gives you that perfect outdoor feeling with the basic necessities taken care of. Your wish to be in a dense forest and still have luxuries of life is answered here at the Brentwood Sanctuary Resort. The staff ensures that the guests are well looked after while the chefs rustle up delicious meals to tantalize the taste buds to nourish your body and soul.

 

Are we going hiking even though it’s raining and windy? 

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

 

Will we still be going snowshoeing if there’s no snow in the forecast? 

If we schedule a snowshoeing trip, we make every effort to select a trail that has adequate snow for a great trip. If this is not possible we will change the trip to a winter hike.

 

 

 

Morning Tea for Teachers/Faculty members and Chocolate milk for the students. 

 

Breakfast Menu: 

1. Stuffed Paranthas with Curd / Poori Bhaji / Choley Bhaturey 

2. Bread with Jam & Butter 

3. Vermicelli / Poha / Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Chutney

4. Porridge / Cornflakes Milk 

5. Tea / Coffee 

 

Mid Morning Replenishment like Lemonade / Jalzeera etc 

 

Lunch Menu:

1. Gravy Veg 

2. Dry Veg

3. Dal / Rajmah / Kadhi / Lobiya, etc  

4. Steamed Rice / Pulao 

5.  Tandoori Roti / Naan 

6. Curd Preparation 

7. Salad, Papad and Pickles 

8. Fruits 

 

Evening Tea Refreshments like Lemonade / Jalzeera etc 

 

Dinner Menu: 

1. Soup 

2. Chicken Dish (in n.veg groups)

3. Paneer Dish

4. Dry Seasonal Vegetables 

5. Dal / Rajmah / Lobiya, etc  

6. Steamed Rice / Pulao 

7. Salad, Papad and Pickles

8. Dessert

 

Optionally a full Chinese dinner can be offered on one of the nights. Menu of the same would be - Soup, Chilly Chicken (in n.veg groups), Chowmein, Fried Rice, Chilly Paneer, Manchurian and Dessert

 

This region does not have well-demarcated walking trails that you can explore alone. We recommend taking a guided walk with one of our local guides who are trained in birdwatching, wildlife identification, natural history and know a great deal about the uses of the various plants and herbs in the forest. This will greatly enrich your experience. Walking with the guides also enables you to experience the thrill of checking one or more of the hidden villages in the valley, where life is still sustainable.

 

Most circuits will take min 3-4 hours to cover, accounting for time to rest, indulge in photography and explore the many facets of nature and culture in the region. Please carry your own drinking water as there aren't many dependable drinking water sources and, which will require additional walking to get to.

 

Depending on the weather and time available, your guide can arrange refreshments in the forest or at the end of the walk but there are not other food or catering facilities in the forest/hiking areas. 

 

Where do I go to the bathroom? 

The majority of the trails we hike on do not have established bathrooms. In short, nature is your bathroom.

 

Bathroom Facilities: 

There is a restroom available at the beginning and the end of your hike. 

 

Should I tip my guide? 

Our guides are the best you’ll find anywhere. If you had a great day with us, a tip is always appreciated.

 

 

Hiking Boots:  A mid or high boot will protect you ankle from unnatural twists and sprain on uneven terrain. Tough, chiseled Vibram soles made for trail hiking will grab onto rock and slippery surfaces and will hold up against lots of abuse over time much better than regular running shoes or sneakers

 

Quick-dry or soft-shell outdoor pants: Jeans, which are made out of cotton, absorb humidity and water and stay very wet which, if the water or air is cold,  can lead to hypothermia. They also do not insulate as well as synthetic fiber pants do.

 

Waterproof outer layer of pants and jacket: A breathable but completely waterproof pants and jacket combo will ensure that your under layers stay dry from rain and release moisture from sweat.

 

Wool socks: Like jeans, cotton socks retain moisture and adjust to the temperature of the atmosphere while wool socks keep you warm and dry even in heavy rain or after stepping in a puddle.

 

You said that I have to wear hiking boots. What if I have sneakers that I love to hike in?

In the winter, we recommend wearing hiking boots because they will keep your feet warm and dry. In the summer, many of our trails can be hiked in sneakers if you’re confident in your ability. Be aware that sneakers do not have the same tread or ankle support as a hiking boot. Simply put, boots are safer.

 

 

4 Seater cab rental option including tolls, insurance and fuel: Rs. 3500/- per vehicle, per day Or Rs. 1500/- per vehicle, One way. 

 

Transfers cost between Dehra Dun railway station to Mussoorie, one-way ranges between Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 6000/- for a 4 seater,  8-9 seater & 13 seater vehicle respectively. 

 

The passenger vans/mini-coaches we use, hold between to 13-18 pax. Mini bus holds 27 pax, SUV/MUV hold up to 7 pax and all smaller cabs up to 4 pax. We do not over load vehicles with even one extra passenger.  

 

We use Maruti Dzire, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, or similar vehicles. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

 

No local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except for TTH staff where we require short transfers from between camps to the trek points. 

 

Please Read our:

Group Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of students visiting, we do not generally accept last minute bookings. Please call/email in advance to book the trip and reach Dehradun/Mussoorie on the dates agreed with your school.

 

Trash Policy: We have a Litter-Free Walk Policy. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatisation. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

 

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

The client receives a confirmation via email within 24 hours of successful booking. The customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed. 

 

If Cancellations are made - 

 

30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as Cancellation fees. 

 

15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

 

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.