Thursday, August 29, 2013

Odisha Sea Beach Expedition-2013

BREIF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
The long coastal belt of Odisha offers some of the finest white sand beaches in the world. Virgin & unspoilt, it is not surprising that they are becoming a regular haunt for avid beach combers & worshippers. Trekkers can enjoy the beauty of the coastal region in a trekking program devised for the area between Puri & Satapada that covers interesting terrain, sand dunes, aqeous swamps & dense casuarinas forests add variety & a piquant novelty to the trek. The surrounding countryside is rich with flora & fauna & the sighting of black- buck or the giant sea turtles or the playful Irrawaddy Dolphinscavorting in the Chilika Lake give the entire experience a delightful fillip.
 
CHILIKA
It is the largest brackishwater lagoon in Asia with estuarine characyer & a welcoming wintering ground for millions of migratory avifauna. About 52 number of rivers & rivulets drain into the Lake. It has a mouth linked with the sea on the eastern side. The area of the lagoon varies between 1165 & 906 sq. km., during monsoon & summer respectively. Based on its highly productive ecosystem, rich biodiversity & socio- economic importance, Chilika was designated a Ramsar site in 1981, under the Convention of Wetland of International Impoortance. It has a rare, threatened & endangered species, including the limbless skink & Irrawaddy Dolphin.
 
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The purpose of the program is o create in the minds of the youth, a sense of love for the countryside by way of offering them an outsoor recreational activity with the aim of promoting National Integrtaion by bringing them together from all parts of the country.
 
PROGRAM FEE
Rs 3,500/ (for Non-members Rs 3,600), including accomodation, food, guidance, equipment, insurance group, transportation & boating charges.
 
REPORTING PLACE
Youth Hostel, Puri.
 
REPORTING DATES
Any day between 20th December 2013 to 31st December 2013.
The batch size is 40 people on each reporting date.
Booking will be done on first come first serve basis.
 
HOW TO REACH THE BASE CAMP
The base camp will be at Youth Hostel, Puri.It is within 1 km from Puri railway station. It is well connected with train and road from every point of India. Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, 60 km from Puri.
 
PROGRAM SCHEDULE
DAY1: Report at the Base Camp PURI, acclimatization & orientation.
DAY 2: Trek to Bali Harachandi, 12km, 4hr.
DAY 3: Trek to Arkhakuda, 14km, 5hr.
DAY 4: Boating to Rambhartia & Trek to Rajhansa- 7km, 2hr. Again boating to Satapada (Chilika Lake)
DAY 5: Satapada to base camp by Bus, 50km.
DAY 6: Visit to Konark Sun Temple, Dhauli- Busha Stup, Khandagiri, Udayagiri Caves, Nandan Kanaka Zoo & Bhubaneshwar.
DAY 7: Check Out after Breakfast.
 
NOTE: Program route & schedule are subject to change with or without prior notice.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Participant above 12 years of age and having sound health can only participate. 
 
HOW TO JOIN
Members desirous to join this program may apply on a prescribed registration form duly supported by a Medical Certificate, along with DD of requisite amount in favor of SECRETARY, YOUTHH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA, ODISHA STATE BRANCH, payable at ANGUL. This can also be downloaded from the website. The forms are to be sent on the address below:
 
Youth Hostels Association of India,
Odisha State Branch, Gandhi Nagar,
Amalapada, Angul. Odisha-759122
 
ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Base Camp:- Youth Hostel- Puri
Higher Camp No 1 :- Tented accommodation
Camp No 2:- Tented accommodation
Camp No 3 :- Building with rooms.
 
FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES
Simple nutritious vegetarian food available at all places.
 
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG
Ruck Sack(if you have own)cotton shirt,pants/jeans, hunter shoes, light jacket/sweater, two pair of cotton socks, sun caps, sun glasses, mugs, plates, spoon, torch, Cold cream/vaselline, adhesive plaster, lunch box, water bottle, soap, toilet paper, towel, medicines.

CANCELLATION RULES
In case you are unable to join the trek after apying the participation fee, you will get a refund of 50% of the program fee, provided your request is received directly in the State Office at least 15 days in advance from the date of your reporting.
No refund will, however, be admissible if such request falls short of 15 days. It will be adhered strictly even in case of Natural Calamity or unavoidable circumstances.
 
SAFETY & SECURITY
YHAI, Odisha State Branch Or YHAI cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventuality.
However every participant will be covered by insurance.
 
For Offline booking & further details, please contact the below:
Mr P. C. Pattnaik
Secretary YHAI Odisha State Branch
 
Youth Hostels Association of India, 
Odisha State Branch,
Gandhi Nagar, 
Amalapada, Angul,
Odisha-759122
 
CONTACT NUMBER: 9937890166
EMAIL ADDRESS: yha.odisha@gmail.com

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