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The Indian subcontinent, by virtue of being a constituent of several older supercontinents, has common geological ancestry with many parts of the globe. Subsequent to the breakup of the Gondwanaland, the Indian landmass moved northward for over 5000 km to collide and get stitched with the Asian landmass, resulting in the present landforms, typified by the Himalayan mountain chain. The subcontinent is also host to a wide range of geological marvels - from the Archaean crustal nuclei to the present day volcanism.

We welcome you to participate in the pre, post and in-Congress field trips to witness the unparalleled geological antiquity of the Indian subcontinent.

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1. NER001: Geodynamic evolution of Northeastern Himalayas: Traverse along Tezpur-Bomdila-Tawang section Assam and Arunachal Pradesh (CANCELLED)

2. NER002: Nagaland Ophiolite Complex: Type locality for Intra-Oceanic Subduction within the Neo-Tethys (CANCELLED)

3.NER003: A Glimpse of the Enigmatic Himalayan Inverted Metamorphic Sequence: A Classic Section across the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Bagdogra Airport & ends at Bagdogra Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 0830 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: Ravikant Vadlamani, Sudipto Neogi and Kathakali Bhattacharyya

Other Contributors: Om Prakash Kaptan and Asit Kumar Swain

Trip overview: Himalayan tectonics and metamorphism has been largely considered within the framework of the collision and subduction of the Greater Indian plate with the Eurasian plate during the Eocene (~ 50 Ma), resulting in intense crustal shortening and deformation, accommodated by intracontinental thrusts and internal deformation of Greater Indian plate. Causes for the metamorphism in abnormally thickened crust has been addressed involving thermal modelling, field studies, quantitative P-T estimation, geochronological and isotopic studies. An enigmatic feature of Himalayan metamorphism is the presence of a sequence of progressively higher grade rocks occurring at shallower structural levels, reported from the Darjeeling- Sikkim region, and later described with remarkable similarity from all along the nearly 2000 km length of the Himalaya referred to as "inverted" metamorphism.

Geo-tourism spots: Lachung, Yumthang valley, Lachen etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bagdogra Airport

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 1300 USD 900 USD Per Person

Price : 84000 INR  63000 INR Per Person

 

4.NER004: Tectonic Evolution of NE Indian Craton, Meghalaya Plateau: Journey from Pre-Grenvillian - Grenvillian Orogeny to Pan-African Orogeny and Gondwana break-up (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Guwahati Airport & ends at Guwahati Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 12 March 2020

Pickup at 1555 Hrs & Drop Off at 1700 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Tapan Pal and D.V. Whuorie

Other Contributors: M.A. Khonglah, K. Thenunuo, Debahuti Mukherjee, B.N. Mahanta, N. Surdas Singh and Pulak Sengupta

Trip overview: Meghalaya Plateau is a part of the Eastern Indian shield since the Mesoproterozoic time. It preserves signatures of major global events ranging from Rodinia assembly to Gondwana assembly, Gondwana break-up, K-T boundary. Tertiary limestone of Meghalaya Plateau also records Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maxima (PTEM) event. Relatively less known North East Indian craton is an area to explore Pan Gondwana reconstruction.

Geo-tourism spots: Meghalaya- "The Abode of Clouds", Mawsynram (heaviest rainfall receiving area), caves and magnificent waterfalls, Mumluh cave, Cherrapunjee- GSSP for Meghalayan age etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Guwahati Airport

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Price : 865 USD 650 USD Per Person

Price : 56000 INR  45500 INR Per Person

5.NER005: Unfolding of Quaternary History and Associated Geoarchaeological Remains of Tripura, Northeastern India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Agartala Airport & ends at Agartala Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1500 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: N. R. Ramesh and Manjil Hazarika, B. C. Poddar

Other Contributors: Biswajit Dev Barma & Salim Javed

Trip overview: Intermontane Khowai and Haora valleys in Tripura have extensive outcrops of older Quaternary fluvial deposits, developed as terraces. They contain buried, multi-layered, prolific Stone Age sites with abundant exquisite artefacts of fossil wood, discovered in a unique stratigraphic framework. Pleistocene valley sediments laid over deformed Neogene sedimentary sequences are also deeply incised. Integrated study on environmental setting of cluster/pattern of sites and their radiometric dating have led to prove habitation of late Pleistocene early man in a region stretching from Bengal basin to Irrawaddy valley. Evolution of human culture in sync with evolution of river valleys is well demonstrated here. The traverse aims at examining the geo-archaeological context of the sites based on morpho-stratigraphy, litho-stratigraphy and chrono-cultural stratigraphy and unique nature of prehistoric tool assemblages.

Geo-tourism spots: Geo-archaeological sites in Khowai Valley, Unakoti rock-cut sculptures etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Agartala Airport

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Price : 1050 USD 490 USD Per Person

Price : 68250 INR  34300 INR Per Person

6.ER001: Sundarban Delta System (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Kolkata Airport & ends at Kolkata Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1300 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators:Debasis Sengupta and Tuhin Ghosh

Other Contributors: Subhasis Roychaudhuri, Subhankar Dutta, Resmi S., Sachin Kumar Tripathi, Bhaskar Majumder, Sugata Hazra and Abhra Chanda

Trip overview: Sundarban Delta, the largest mangrove forest in the world is recognized as Ramsar Site of International Importance since 1992 and was declared as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1997 (UNESCO). It has earned global attention of conservationists, researchers and nature lovers. It has also been recognized as a wetland of international importance. Processes of delta building, erosional and accretional landforms, endanger flora and fauna including variety of mangroves, archaeological evidences (500 to 1500 AD) etc. are few of the things that would be showcased.

Geo-tourism spots:Kapil Muni Ashram,Bakkhali sea beach, Jharkhali forest park, Tiger Rehabilitation Centre, canopy walk at Dobanki, Mangrove Interpretation Centre at Sajnekhali

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Kolkata Airport

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Price : 760 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 53200 INR  49000 INR Per Person

7.ER002: Proterozoic Gold Mineralizing System in North Singhbhum Mobile Belt (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Ranchi Airport & ends at Ranchi Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 12 March 2020

Pickup at 1100 Hrs & Drop Off at 1900 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Pankaj Kumar and Sahendra Singh

Other Contributors: Arun Kumar Kujur, Sushanta Layek, Abhishek Das and Rajarshi Chakravarti

Trip overview: The Paleo- to Mesoproterozoic North Singhbhum Mobile Belt (NSMB) in eastern India has a long and significant history of gold exploration activities with recent finding of many small gold deposits. The NSMB has two prominent crustal scale shear zones in its northern and southern parts. The region is well known for the numerous ancient gold working and abandoned gold mines apart from a long history of the gold panning activities in the Subarnarekha River and its tributaries.

Geo-tourism spots: Jonha, Hundru, Dasam fall, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ranchi Airport

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Price : 810 USD 650 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR  45500 INR Per Person

8.ER004: Rajgir-Bodh Gaya-Barabar Geotourism: A Unique Geological and Historical Heritage of Bihar (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Gaya Airport & ends at Patna Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 1700 Hrs & Drop Off at 2000 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators:A. Bishwapriya, Ringphami Awungshi and Asad Ahsan Raza

Other Contributors: Sri Shankar Sharma, S.K. Dutta, M. Ahmad, Debjani Raychaudhuri, Nischal Wanjari, Abdul Qayoom Paul

Trip overview: Roughly falling between Jehanabad, Gaya, Bodh Gaya Rajgir and Nalanda, the region offers an excellent geotourism opportunity wherein geology and archaeology are juxtaposed and complement each other. The area gains its importance worldwide due to historical and cultural aspects related to Buddhism & Jainism, all set within the Gaya-Rajgir volcano-sedimentary belt and associated magmatic complex situated on the northern fringe of Chotanagpur Gneissic Complex (CGC) in eastern India.

Geo-tourism spots:Nalanda Ancient University Ruins, The cyclopean wall, Chariot Mark, Gehlaur : Manhji the Mountain Man, Ghorakatora Lake , Chariot Mark, Barabar caves and other geoarchaeological site, Kuadol :Ancient town site, Buddhist ruins, Rock - cut sculptures; 80 feet Statue of Buddha, Mahabodhi temple and Bodh Gaya Archaeological Museum etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Gaya Airport

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Price : 820 USD 500 USD Per Person

Price : 53200 INR  35000 INR Per Person

9.ER005: The Teesta Chronicle: Tectonics – Climate and Human-Landscape Dynamics (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Bagdogra Airport & ends at Bagdogra Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1550 Hrs & Drop Off at 1515 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Mriganka Ghatak, Sreemati Gupta and Sanjeeb Bhattacharya

Other Contributors: Snigdha Ghatak

Trip overview: Teesta River, the lifeline of eastern Himalayas, has been a popular subject of research from various angles- sedimentation, tectonics, paleoclimate. The Teesta River however, has much more to offer. This excursion will showcase Teesta basin in its entirety- signatures of active tectonics, sedimentation and paleoclimatic history, community practices in developing Disaster Risk Resilience (DRR) and, signatures of influence of engineering structures on planform of rivers. Traverses from the proximal to distal part of Teesta megafan will demonstrate sedimentary processes, evidences of tectonics and paleoclimatic signatures in the study area. The delegates will be also shown evidences of active tectonism on landforms and engineered structures. The traditional best practices and DRR initiatives of the region will provide valuable information for the disaster management professionals. One of the major geotourism attractions of the excursion will be a ride in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visit to one of the leading tea estates will provide a flavor of the world famous Darjeeling tea.

Geo-tourism spots:Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), a UNESCO World Heritage site/ jungle safari;Tea estates of Dooars; reserve forest .

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bagdogra Airport

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Price : 1000 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 65100 INR  56000 INR Per Person

10.ER007: Geological Field Excursion to the Jharia Coal field: A Tribute to Sir Cyril Sidney Fox (A legacy of 125 years of Indian Mining and Mineral Industry) (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Ranchi Airport & ends at Ranchi Airport

Start Date – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Sahendra Singh and P. R. Sahoo

Other Contributors: B. C. Sarkar, Atul Kumar Varma and A. S. Venkatesh

Trip overview: :The Jharia Coal Field was mapped by Sir Cyril Sidney Fox, fellow of Indian National Science Academy. The coal field contain one of the best exposed sections of the lower Gondwana Formation i.e. Talchir & Barakar within a distance of 0.5 km. Boulder bed overlying the basement, dolerite dykes and lamprophyres are the other interesting features to examine.

Geo-tourism spots: Maithon Dam, Hydel Tunnel on Barakar River, Parasnath Hill/Jain Temple, Longwall Mining at Munidih etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ranchi Airport

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Price : 880 USD 450 USD Per Person

Price : 57050 INR  31500 INR Per Person

11.ER008: Landslide failure mechanisms, hazard and risk scenarios in Darjeeling Himalayas (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Bagdogra Airport & ends at Bagdogra Airport

Start Date –09 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 1600 Hrs & Drop Off at 0930 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Saibal Ghosh and Timir Baran Ghoshal

Other Contributors: Tamoghno Ghosh and Rabisankar Karmakar

Trip overview: : The proposed fieldtrip area is part of the active Himalayan Fold-Thrust-Belt (FTB) where interplay of varied geological factors vis-a- vis rapid urbanization and growth are responsible for initiating different types of landslides for over a century. The varied landslide failure mechanisms and their intimate relationships with a series of varied Himalayan lithology and regional tectonic structures and the interactions of landslide hazards with thick settlement and built-up areas in the Darjeeling Himalayas would be showcased with added measures for evaluating risk.

Geo-tourism spots: : UNESCO World Heritage Site- Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway; Tea Gardens etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bagdogra Airport

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Price : 920 USD 720 USD Per Person

Price : 59500 INR  50400 INR Per Person

12.ER009: Glacial to post-glacial fluvio-marine sedimentation system: Evidences from West Bokaro Coal Field (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Ranchi Airport & ends at Ranchi Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1100 Hrs & Drop Off at 1900 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Hareshwar N Sinha

Other Contributors: Rajeeva Roy, Omnath, D P Singh, Biplab Bhattacharya, Partha Pratim Banerjee, Bipin Kumar, S. K. Sinha and B. A. Kumar

Trip overview: The Lower Gondwana sequence of West Bokaro Coal basin is attributed to the transitional nature of the glacial-fluvial-marine interactive systems in the frame of post-glacial transgressive-regressive (T-R) setup. Such T-R cycles during the Late Paleozoic- Lower Gondwana sedimentation reveals prograding and retrograding successions, sediment-organism interaction pattern, sea level fluctuations, sediment supply and basinal tectonism. The Dudhi River section exposes one of the most well preserved Gondwana successions.

Geo-tourism spots: Surya Kunda, Bodh Gaya, Jhumri-Telaiya Dam etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ranchi Airport

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Price : 970 USD 500 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR  35000 INR Per Person

13.ER010: Andaman Islands: An anatomy of the Accretionary Prism in an Active Burma-Andaman – Java subduction zone (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Port Blair Airport & ends at Port Blair Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1130 Hrs & Drop Off at 0830 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Tapan Pal and Anindya Bhattacharya

Other Contributors: Sachin Kumar Tripathi, Tarun Koley, Kaberi Banerjee, Biswajit Ghosh, and Debaditya Bandyopadhyay

Trip overview: The Andaman ophiolite belonging to the western belt of Indo Burma Ridge (IBR) preserves a complete ophiolite sequence (mantle–cumulates–lavas) in the outer arc of the active Burma- Andaman–Java subduction zone. Its unique polygenetic setting, MORB mantle and supra-subduction zone mantle reveal the intricacies of physicochemical processes of the subduction system.

Geo-tourism spots: Cellular Jail (Light & Sound), Corbyn’s Cove beach, Chidiatapu / Mundapahar beach, Ross Island, Wandoor Beach, Mud Volcano and limestone Cave in Baratang, Natural bridge at Neil Island etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Port Blair Airport

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 1210 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 78400 INR  56000 INR Per Person

14.ER012: Eastern Ghats Belt, India: A type locality of ultrahigh Temperature Proterozoic Orogenic System (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Vishakhapatnam Airport & ends at Vishakhapatnam Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0900 Hrs & Drop Off at 0700 Hrs

Participants: 7 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Sankar Bose and Jayanta Kumar Nanda

Trip overview: : This transect showcases the occurrences of ultrahigh temperature (UHT) metamorphic rocks along the Eastern Khondalite Zone of the Eastern Ghats Belt (EGB). These rocks preserve complex textural, mineralogical, deformation and chronological history that could be linked to evolution of the supercontinent Rodinia. Key rock occurrences including the different varieties of granulites involving charnockite, khondalite and aluminous granulite will be shown to the geoscientists. These rocks have extensively been studied in the last three decades and unraveled a spectacular history of the lower crust under extreme thermal conditions. This will be a fascinating journey to understand the processes that occurred at the deep underbelly of the superhot orogenic belts during the Meso-Neoproterozoic time.

Geo-tourism spots: Rishikonda Beach, Borra Caves etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Vishakhapatnam Airport

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Price : 970 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR  49000 INR Per Person

15.SR003: The Deep Crust of the Archaean Dharwar Craton (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Bengaluru Airport & ends at Coimbatore Airport

Start Date – 10 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1630 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 18 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days;

Trip coordinators: C. Srikantappa, K.G. Ashamanjari and K. N. Prakash Narasimha

Trip overview: Granite-greenstone belts and granulite-gneiss terrain are well exposed in the Archaean Dharwar Craton (3.5- 2.5 Ga, DC). The rocks show regional metamorphism with pressures of 6 to 11 k bars and temperatures of 650 to 820oC. The Dharwar Craton (DC) is bounded to the South by the E-W trending Moyar-Bhavani shear zone, where the lower continental crust is extensively reactivated during the Pan-African event (~ 0.5 Ga). Archean metasedimentary units, chromitite bearing layered igneous complexes, two different types of granulites, incipient charnockite formation, it’s structures, and geochemical signatures shall be examined.

Geo-tourism spots: Waterfalls, Mysore Maharaja Palace, Ancient Hindu temple architecture, Tiger reserve forest, Nilgiri mountains etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bengaluru Airport

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Price : 1080 USD 900 USD Per Person

Price : 70000 INR  63000 INR Per Person

16.SR005: Neoproterozoic -Early Cambrian Crustal Evolution in south India: Implications of east Gondwana Assembly (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Tiruchirappalli Airport & ends at Trivandrum Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 14 March 2020

Pickup at 0900 Hrs & Drop Off at 1230 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: N.P. Nathan, S. Raju and T.R.K. Chetty

Other Contributors: Mathew Joseph, R. Vijay Kumar, S. Balakrishnan, V. Kumaravel, H. Naik, R. Ram Prasad and others

Trip overview: The Granulite Terrain of Southern India is selected to showcase the Neoproterozoic-Early Cambrian crustal evolution events encompassing the accretionary tectonics, metamorphic, magmatic episodes (Ophiolites) and the kinematics of the major shear zones for understanding the East Gondwana assembly. Palghat-Cauvery Shear Zone (PCSZ) and Neoproterozoic mobile belt extending up to the southern tip of Indian Peninsula will be covered during this excursion.

Geo-tourism spots: Meenakshi Temple, Kodaikanal hill station, Rock memorial at Kanyakumari, Kovalam beach etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Tiruchirappalli Airportt

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Price : 1300 USD 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 91000 INR  84000 INR Per Person

17.SR006: Diamond Fields of South India – Wajrakarur Kimberlite Field, Eastern Dharwar Craton, Southern India (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Bengaluru Airport & ends at Hyderabad Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1900 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: S.Ravi and E.V.S.S.K.Babu

Other Contributors: J. N. Das

Trip overview: Southern India, the land of first diamond finds in the world, consists of both primary and secondary deposits for diamond in Archaean granite-greenstone terrains of Dharwar Craton. It is known to have produced the most celebrated diamonds viz. Koh-i-Noor, Great Mogul, Orloff, etc. The mining activity dates back to 13-18 centuries AD. The trip envisages visiting the some of the kimberlites in the Wajrakarur and Raichur-Tungabhadra Kimberlite Fields, as well as Cuddapah Basin lamproites. Visit to Kimberlite Park and Museum, Geological Survey of India at Wajrakarur (to showcase drill cores and large size samples of kimberlites, mantle xenoliths) and visit to historic diamond mines in the paleo-placers of the Neoproterozoic sediments and the alluvial placers are included in the trip.

Geo-tourism spots: Vijayanagara temple (14th-16th Century AD), Belum Caves etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bengaluru Airport

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Price : 810 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR  49000 INR Per Person

18.SR007: A journey from Paleo to Neoproterozoic; Sedimentation, Magmatism and Mineralization in the Cuddapah Basin, India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Tirupati Airport & ends at Hyderabad Airport

Start Date –09 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 1430 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: V.V. Sesha Sai and S. Bhattacharjee

Other Contributors: Dr. Vikash Tripathy

Trip overview: The Proterozoic Cuddapah basin in the eastern Dharwar Craton is a prominent Precambrian sedimentary basin in India that has well-preserved clastic and non-clastic sedimentary sequences. It witnessed significant magmatic activity during sedimentation. Evidences for the Palaeoproterozoic life in the form of stromatolites; organo-sedimentary structures are well preserved in the Vempalle Formation of the Cuddapah Supergroup. The Neoproterozoic Kurnool basin consists of a sequence of rudaceous-arenaceous-argillaceous-carbonate rocks. The well-known Banaganapalle conglomerate horizon; the lower Formation in the Kurnool Group is known for ancient diamond activity in India. The proposed field traverses include best exposed type sections in the basin.

Geo-tourism spots: Natural Arch of Tirumala, Belum caves etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Tirupati Airport

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Price : 930 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 60200 INR  49000 INR Per Person

19.SR009: Jurassic Park in P-G Valley (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Hyderabad Airport & ends at Hyderabad Airport

Start Date – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1445 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: K. Ayyasami , B. Gowtham and P.B. Sarolkar

Trip overview: The Pranhita-Godavari Basin, India, is a pericratonic basin that came into existence following rifting along eastern Indian Craton in early Mesozoic. The basal Proterozoic rocks of about 6 km thickness are termed as the Godavari Supergroup. Their distribution is widespread on both sides of the Gondwanas with small inliers. The coal-bearing Gondwana sediments includes Talchir, Barakar, Barren Measures, Kamthi (Lower Gondwana Group), Maleri, Kota, Gangapur and Chikiala formations (Upper Gondwana Group). The Maleri and Kota Formations provide the bulk of fossil remains. The Gangapur Formation is a storehouse of plant fossils. The succession terminates with the eruption of volcanic rocks noted in the neighbourhood of Rajahmundry. The infra- and inter-trappean beds offer some of best molluscan remains in this part of the region.

Geo-tourism spots: Kakatiya architecture in Warangal

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Hyderabad Airport

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Price : 710 USD 600 USD Per Person

Price : 46200 INR  42000 INR Per Person

20.SR010: Cretaceous Stage Boundaries (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Chennai Airport & ends at Chennai Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: K. Ayyasami and B. Gowtham

Trip overview: The Talchir Formation of Lower Gondwana comprising boulder bed, conglomerates, splintery shale is limited to outcrops in Guduvanchery near Chennai. It exposes a near complete sequence of the Cretaceous from the Aptian through Maastrichtian. The oldest sedimentary unit is the fluviatile, plant fossil bearing Upper Gondwana clay of Aptian age. The overlying marine rocks begin with basal coral-algal reefoidal limestone. The overlying gypsiferous clay and sandstone yield many fossils. A younger shell bank facies is exposed in 3 sub-basins, viz. Ariyalur, Vriddachalam and Puducherry. The overlying coarse sandstone contains dinosaur fossils. Rocks of Danian age top the succession. An integrated bio-stratigraphic study on invertebrates reveal the remarkable coincidence of biozonal boundaries with many lithostratigraphic levels.

Geo-tourism spots: Mahabalipuram- ancient rock cut temples etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Chennai Airport

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Price : 970 USD 900 USD Per Person

Price : 67900 INR  63000 INR Per Person

21.SR015: Coral Reef ecosystem around Lakshadweep, Arabian Sea, Western India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Agatti Airport & ends at Agatti Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 14 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 0900 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Dhirendra Kumar Pandey

Other Contributors: Mohideen Wafar, P. Pookoya, Franz. T. Fürsich, Matthias Alberti and Idrees Babu K.K.

Trip overview: : Located approximately 200 to 450 km west of the coastline of Kerala, the Lakshadweep Archipelago in the Arabian Sea consists of ~36 coral islands. The chain of atolls is part of the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge and formed due to the volcanic activity of the Réunion Hotspot. The coral reefs growing on the submerged seamounts form highly diverse ecosystems. Different marine habitats with an abundant fauna and flora will be visited during the trip (mainly via snorkeling). In addition, Holocene beach rocks and storm deposits as well as recent sediments can be studied on the islands.

Geo-tourism spots: Marine Aquarium and Museum on Kavaratti Island, desalination plant on Agatti Island, etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @ Agatti Airport

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 940 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 65800 INR  52500 INR Per Person

22.SR016: Gravity gliding of Mesoproterozoic Sedimentary Cover of Kaladgi Basin (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Hubballi Airport & ends at Hubballi Airport

Start Date – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 2 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1500 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Mrinal Kanti Mukherjee, Sohini Das and Sudipto Ghosh

Trip overview: The deformation pattern in the Kaladgi basin during Mesoproterozoic, is unique of its kind in an intracratonic setup. The deformation of the Mesoproterozoic sedimentary cover originated by a southerly-directed gravity gliding of the cover over the basement along the basement–cover contact (unconformity) that served as a surface for detachment shall be demonstrated along a N-S transect across the basin. A continuous passage from extensional domain in the north and contractional domain in the south with a contrast in structural geometry between the unaffected basement and deformed cover shall be showcased.

Geo-tourism spots: Badami cave temple- renowned UNESCO heritage site etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bengaluru Airport

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Price : 915 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 59500 INR  49000 INR Per Person

23.SR017: Neoproterozoic alkaline carbonatite complexes, Southern India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Bengaluru Airport & ends at Bengaluru Airport

Start Date –09 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 2000 Hrs

Participants: 20 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: M.Srinivas and N.V.Chalapathi Rao

Other Contributors: K. Sreenu, V. Madhavan and T.R.K. Chetty

Trip overview: Neoproterozoic alkaline carbonatite complexes in southern India, (within a 200km long NNE – SSW trending belt extending from Gudiyattam in the north to Bhavani in the south) help to examine the Precambrian plate tectonics and crustal evolution processes. Three major carbonatite bodies are reported within this zone, viz. Sevattur carbonatite, Samalpatti carbonatite and Pakkanadu-Mulakkadu carbonatite. These alkaline and carbonatite rocks occur rarely, and carry enormous significance in terms of their economic potentiality, their genesis and petrological association.

Geo-tourism spots: Hogenakal waterfalls, Elagiri Hill etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bengaluru Airport t

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Price : 880 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 57050 INR  56000 INR Per Person

24.SR018: Quaternary Evolution of Western Continental Margin of Karnataka-Goa Coasts with emphasis on resources and environment (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Mangalore Airport & ends at Goa Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0730 Hrs & Drop Off at 1000 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: N. R. Ramesh, K.S. Jayappa and K. R. Subrahmanya

Other Contributors: H. Gangadhara Bhat, V. S. Hegde

Trip overview: A variety of spectacular coastal landforms along the dynamic coastal tract, its’ natural resources and scenic beauty shall be visited. St. Mary Group of Islands (National Geological Monuments) exposing remarkable columnar joints, picturesque table top lateritic uplands, lateritic profiles juxtaposed over the Precambrians and Neogene rocks, misfit rivers, nick points, sea caves, tombolo, abrasion platforms, spectacular spits, pocket beaches are all to be experienced. Quaternary formations of marine, fluvial and aeolian origin and coastal hazards (efficacy of coastal engineering protection) can be readily examined.

Geo-tourism spots: St. Mary’s Islands, Yana karst topography and Kudle Beach, Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, wild life & cultural heritage etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Mangalore Airport

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Price : 1000 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 65100 INR  52500 INR Per Person

25.SR019: Resource Survey for Dimension Stone Granite Deposits in granulitic terrain of Tamil Nadu, Southern India (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Chennai Airport & ends at Chennai Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 02 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 0900 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: K. Jayabalan and K. Aravind

Other Contributors: S. B. Vijayakumar, S.N. Mariappan and Hijas Basheer

Trip overview: The state of Tamil Nadu is known for extensive occurrences of granite, charnockite, and bronzite gabbros that are quarried for dimensional stones. The granulitic terrain of Tamil Nadu is studded with several quarries which produce commercially important dimensional stones like Jet/Kunnam Black (equivalent to Ebony black of Sweden), a unique variety like Paradiso, Thippu/ Melur/Kashmir white, Star Galaxy, Tiger skin, Pink/blue Multi, Blue pearl, Colombo/Tropical Juparana, Lady dream, Viyarah, Rosa Verde, Raw silk etc. During the proposed field transacts, different litho units and their equivalent commercial grade, granite landforms will be visited and various aspects of commercial valuation will be discussed.

Geo-tourism spots: : Lady of Lourdes Church, Tiruchirappalli; Rock fort and Srirangam Temple (Chola Architect) Meenakshi Amman Temple (Pandiya Architect) etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Chennai Airport

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Price : 1130 USD 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 73500 INR  70000 INR Per Person

26.SR020: Geological study of Neyveli lignite deposit, Ariyalur fossiliferous beds and nearby geoheritage sites, Tamil Nadu (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Puducherry Airport & ends at Puducherry Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 11 March 2020

Pickup at 0630 Hrs & Drop Off at 1700 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: T. Ramkumar, T. Kannadasan and S Vasudevan

Trip overview: Neyveli lignite deposit is found in Mio-Pliocene Cuddalore Sandstone deposited in the Ariyalur-Pondicherry depression. The delegates would experience the mining practices adopted at Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Ltd. The transect also covers visit to Tiruvakkarai fossil wood park, the fossiliferous Ariyalur area representing strong evidences of the great Cenomanian (98 Ma) transgression, 26 December 2004 Tsunami (caused by the great Sumatra earthquake) affected Cuddalore coast and Pichavaram, the second largest Mangrove forest in the world.

Geo-tourism spots:Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram, Pondicherry – French colonial settlement etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Puducherry Airport

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Price : 615 USD 550 USD Per Person

Price : 43050 INR  38500 INR Per Person

27.SR021: Gold and copper mineralization in Kolar and Chitradurga Schist Belts, Dharwar Craton  (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Bengaluru Airport & ends at Bengaluru Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0630 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: N. Rajendran, V. N. Vasudev and R. H. Sawkar

Other Contributors: H. M. Ramachandra

Trip overview: Neoarchaean metallogenic provinces of polymetallic and gold mineralization of Chitradurga and Kolar Greenstone belts of west and east Dharwar Cratons will provide an opportunity to study the geological and structural set up of the mineralisation and exploration methodologies.

Geo-tourism spots: Geological monument of pillow lava; heritage sites of pre-historic Chandravalli caves near Chitradurga, Chitradurga fort etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bengaluru Airport

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Price : 865 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 60550 INR  56000 INR Per Person

28.SR022: Gold, Iron and Manganese mineralization in Dharwar-Shimoga, Gadag, Sandur, Hutti-Maski and Jonnagiri Schist Belts, Dharwar Craton (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Hubballi Airport & ends at Bengaluru Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 0630 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: V.N. Vasudev and R. H. Sawkar

Other Contributors: N. Rajendran and H.M. Ramachandra

Trip overview: The excursion covers Neoarchaean metallogenic provinces of gold mineralisation across the east and west Dharwar Cratons in different geological setups. The trip also covers the iron and manganese mineralisation in Sandur Greenstone Belt.

Geo-tourism spots: World Heritage site at Hampi, Yerragundi Rock Edicts of Ashoka and Chalukya, architecture at Lakkundi etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Hubballi Airport

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Price : 1080 USD 950 USD Per Person

Price : 70000 INR  66500 INR Per Person

29.WR001: Palaeoproterozoic Lead-Zinc-Copper Sulphide Metallogenesis in Aravalli-Delhi Orogenic Belt, South Central Rajasthan (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Udaipur Airport & ends at Jaipur Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 2210 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Shubhabrata Mukhopadhyay and Sunil Vashisht

Other Contributors: S.K. Rajput, Abhisek Anand, Rajuram Saraswat, Amit Srivastava, Manideepa Roy Choudhury, Akanksha Joshi, Reenika, R.P. Dashora, Ranjan Gupta, K. C. Meena, Gaurav Mathur and Rajesh Kundu

Trip overview: This trip will focus on medium to large lead, zinc and silver ore deposits that occur in diverse tectonic settings such as in the Palaeoproterozoic Aravalli Supergroup (Zawar) and intra-cratonic metasedimentary belts at Rajpura-Dariba and Agucha. The three main deposits at Zawar in the south of Udaipur, Rajpura-Dariba-Sindesar in the north of Udaipur and Agucha in Rajasthan, cumulatively constitute over 400 million tonnes of stratiform Pb-Zn ores of economic significance.

Geo-tourism spots: Udaipur lake city, 2500 years old ancient zinc smelting sites at Zawar etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Udaipur Airport

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Price : 760 USD 600 USD Per Person

Price : 49000 INR  42000 INR Per Person

30.WR002: Copper Mineralisation of Khetri, Rajasthan (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at India Expo Mart & ends at Jaipur Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 11 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 2000 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: Shubhabrata Mukhopadhyay and Nagesh Kumar Rajpurohit

Other Contributors: Rohan Das, Vineet Kumar, Gargi Sharma and V. N. Mishra

Trip overview: Copper mining in Khetri area of Rajasthan dates back to over 2000 years in the Mauryan period. The Khetri Copper Belt is studded with several copper deposits and prospects, spread over 80 km. Extensive Cu mineralization with subordinate iron sulphide, Au, Ag, REE and uranium is hosted by rocks of the Mesoproterozoic Delhi Supergroup. There is growing evidences and opinions that the mineralization is of IOCG type. Zones of albitisation host low grade uranium deposits.

Geo-tourism spots: Copper mines at Khetri, forts, palaces, museum and solar observatory of Jaipur etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point –Gate No.1 @India Expo Mart

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Price : 530 USD 400 USD Per Person

Price : 34300 INR  28000 INR Per Person

31.WR003: Neoproterozoic Magmatism and Tectonics of NW Indian Block: Tracing the Rodinia Break-up (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Jodhpur Airport & ends at Udaipur Airport

Start Date –24 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1900 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: M. K. Pandit and K. K. Sharma

Trip overview: : The Neoproterozoic Malani Igneous Province (MIP) and Erinpura Granites in western India constitute a major igneous terrain that occurs to the immediate west of the Aravalli Mountain Range. The MIP is dominated by ~750 Ma old rhyolitic flows and tuffs that occupy about 50,000 sq. km. expanse in the desertic terrain of western India. This magmatic terrain has implications for Rodinia fragmentation, Neoproterozoic geodynamics and paleoposition of NW India.

Geo-tourism spots: : Mahendragarh Fort and Mount Abu etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Jodhpur Airport

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Price : 1030 USD 950 USD Per Person

Price : 72100 INR  66500 INR Per Person

 

32.WR004: Thar Desert: its Evolution and Geoheritage (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Jodhpur Airport & ends at Jodhpur Airport

Start Date – 24 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1600 Hrs & Drop Off at 1030 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: S. K. Wadhawan, S.C.Mathur and P. C. Mohrana

Other Contributors: V. S. Parihar, S. L. Nama and Shiv Singh Rathore

Trip overview: The Thar Desert, located at West Rajasthan Shelf [WRS], occupies a unique tectonic-sedimentary domain in north-western India. The desert represents one of the most thickly populated dry land environments of the world. Thar Desert has several unique features and distinctive Neogene continental geological basin configurations. A large variety of characteristic golden sand dune fields ranging from clustered parabolic to transverse, linear, reticulate, star and barchanoid have been mapped across the vast span of the Thar Desert. The Malani Igneous Province and sediments of Marwar, Jaisalmer and Barmer Basins are endowed with many remarkable geoheritage sites. The Jodhpur and Jaisalmer cities are famous tourist destinations of India.

Geo-tourism spots:: Jodhpur-‘Sun City’ (Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Palace, National Geological Monuments, Rao Jodha Rock park, Umed Palace and Kayalana Lake), Jaisalmer- ‘Golden City’ ( Desert national park, Sam Desert, Golden Fort, Gadhisar lake, Bada Bagh and palaces) within Thar Desert etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Jodhpur Airport

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Price : 1150 USD 980 USD Per Person

Price : 74900 INR  68600 INR Per Person

 

33.WR008: Quaternary Miliolitic Limestone of Saurashtra (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Ahmedabad Airport & ends at Ahmedabad Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1600 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 35 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: K. S. Misra and Nilesh Bhatt

Trip overview: The biogenic carbonate deposits of Late Quaternary age are widespread along the tropical and the sub-tropical coast around the globe, and are used to define the history of Quaternary sea level change in Bahamas and Bermuda. In Indian context these rocks occur along the Gujarat coastline, particularly along Saurashtra. These deposits are well studied for its clues to the sea level changes and local tectonics during 120 to 40 ka.

Geo-tourism spots: Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar, Buddhist caves, Portuguese fort, coastal geomorphosites at Diu and Asiatic lion sanctuary etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ahmedabad Airport

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Price : 1045 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 67900 INR  56000 INR Per Person

34.WR009: A walk on Mars : Jarosite localities of Kachchh, India (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Ahmedabad Airport & ends at Ahmedabad Airport

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 0800 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Satadru Bhattacharya and Souvik Mitra

Other Contributors: Saibal Gupta, Santanu Banerjee and Ramananda Chakrabarti

Trip overview: This trip to Kachchh, western India, showcases the occurrence of the hydrous sulphate mineral, jarosite, widely reported from the surface of Mars but rare in natural terrestrial localities, in various horizons of a Cenozoic succession.

Geo-tourism spots: White desert (Rann of Kachch); Dholavira (world’s oldest civilisations -Harappan locality) etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ahmedabad Airport

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Price : 865 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 56000 INR  52500 INR Per Person

35.WR010: Stratigraphic Architecture and Palaeo-environments in the Kachchh Rift Basin during the Jurassic (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Ahmedabad Airport & ends at Ahmedabad Airport

Start Date – 24 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 0800 Hrs

Participants: 20 Min. & 35 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators:Dhirendra Kumar Pandey

Other Contributors: Debahuti Mukherjee, Franz. T. Fürsich, Matthias Alberti and Gaurav Chauhan

Trip overview: Kachchh is a pericratonic rift basin at the western margin of the Indian Craton. It was situated in the northern Malagasy Gulf and was part of the Indo-East African faunal province. The basin is characterized by a Jurassic succession representing environments and the biodiversity of the southern margin of the Tethyan Ocean. This succession with its very diverse and well-preserved fossil record made Kachchh one of the key localities for studying the Jurassic stratigraphy and biota of Gondwana. The trip will include visits to the most important outcrops and stratigraphic units for understanding the evolution of palaeoenvironments and biota of the basin during the Jurassic time interval.

Geo-tourism spots:Great Rann of Kachchh, Pachchhmaipir Temple and viewpoint, temples and palaces in Bhuj, etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ahmedabad Airport

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Price : 1055 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 68600 INR  56000 INR Per Person

36.WR011: Late Quaternary Palaeoenvironments of Thar Desert Margin and Geo-archaeology (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at India Expo Mart & ends at India Expo Mart

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 12 March 2020

Pickup at 0900 Hrs & Drop Off at 2100 Hrs

Participants: 20 Min. & 40 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Hema Achyuthan and S.K. Wadhawan

Other Contributors: Surender Atal, Saumya Brahma and Pawan Kumar

Trip overview: The eastern margin of the Thar Desert is rich in Palaeolithic sites and would have been a corridor for human migration ‘Out of Africa’. Kuchaman, Didwana and Talchappar salt lakes occur in the desertic set up. Paleolithic sites such as Singi Talav, a Lower Palaeolithic site, Amarpura a Middle Palaeolithic site, the stabilized sand dune (16 R) nearly 350-ka exhibiting cambisols and associated calciorthids with Palaeoltihic tools have been dated by several radiometric dating techniques. Most of these sites occur bordering the present day Didwana Lake. Kataoti, a middle Palaeolithic site associated with ostrich egg shells is an undulating gravel ridge. The boulder and gravel bed, lie disconformable over the ferricrete bed at Jayal. Talchappar is a salt lake bordered by an historical mound that dates back to the Mughal period.

Geo-tourism spots: : UNESCO Heritage City of Jaipur , Kuchaman Fort, Kuchaman and Didwana and Talchappar Salt Lake with the Mughal period site and black buck sanctuary etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Gate No.1 @India Expo Mart, Noida

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Price : 650 USD Per Person

Price : 45500 INR Per Person

37.WR012: Late Quaternary Continental Sequences of Gujarat, Western India: an Appraisal of Climatic, Tectonic and Eustatic Processes (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Vadodara Airport & ends at Vadodara Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 0900 Hrs & Drop Off at 1600 Hrs

Participants: 7 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators:D. M. Maurya, L. S. Chamyal and Alpa Sridhar

Trip overview: :The field trip covers semi-arid belt of Gujarat state in western India. Near complete continental records dating back to ~125 ka B.P. are exposed in 30-50 m high river cliffs of Mahi, Narmada and Sabarmati rivers. The distinct sedimentary facies, aggradation and incision phases show complex interaction between fluvial, marine, aeolian and tectonic processes.

Geo-tourism spots:Pavagarh, Champaner (UNESCO heritage site), Lothal, Rani ki Vaav- step well etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Vadodara Airport

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Price : 980 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 63700 INR  52500 INR Per Person

38.WR013: Field Excursion to Dinosaur Fossil Park, Rahioli, Balanisor, Gujarat (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Ahmedabad Airport & ends at Ahmedabad Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 10 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1700 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 1 Night & 2 days

Trip coordinators: Harish Mistry and D.S. Chudasama

Other Contributors: Dhananjai Verma, N.V. Nitnaware, Alok Chitranshi, Monalisha Chakra and Manjari Pathak

Trip overview: This site of global significance hosts both the hatcheries and graveyards of titanosaurid sauropods and abilisaurid theropods. Reported species include Rajasaurus narmadensis, Rahiolisaurus gujaratensis and titanosaurus. The dinosaur eggs are taxonomically assigned as Megaloolithus rahioliensis (Sauropod eggs). The Late cretaceous fossil sites are well preserved by the state of Gujarat. This site provides evidence to show that dinosaur burried their eggs in the soft sand of paleo-rivers. Rahioli locality shows nesting sites with sauropod eggs- Megaloolithus rahioliensis (Megaloolithidae) and theropod eggs- Ellpisoolithus khedaenis (Elongatoolithidae). Both the nest-sites in the calcretised sandstone occur at same stratigraphic level but geographically separated over a distance of less than 400m. It is a unique site in the world, as it hosts prolific and associated skeletal remains of both titanosaurs and abelisaurs.

Geo-tourism spots: Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi Museum and Sabarmati River Front, laser Show at Akshardham Temple etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Ahmedabad Airport

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Price : 445 USD 400 USD Per Person

Price : 31150 INR  28000 INR Per Person

39.WR014: Visit to the state-of-the-art Marble and Natural Stones Processing Unit near Udaipur, Rajasthan (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Udaipur Airport & ends at Udaipur Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 11 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1930 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: Pradeep Agarwal, Sanjay Saxena

Trip overview: The Rajasthan State has a tradition and history of marble mining and processing and the stone has been used in several buildings of archeological significance and contemporary civil structures of prominence. This field trip would cover all the aspects of marble mining, processing and finishing. Visit to the state of the art mechanical open-cast mines around Rajnagar and Udaipur in southern Rajasthan will provide an opportunity to the delegates to observe marble deposits belonging to the Aravalli/ Delhi Supergroup of Precambrian age. Processing of mined blocks at automated units will provide a glimpse into the next stages for multi-purpose usage.

Geo-tourism spots: Haldighati, Shilpgram

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Udaipur Airport

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Price : 600 USD 500 USD Per Person

Price : 39060 INR  35000 INR Per Person

40.WR015: Visit to the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery’s Training and Educational Institute at Jaipur, Rajasthan (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Jaipur Airport & ends at Jaipur Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 11 March 2020

Pickup at 1130 Hrs & Drop Off at 2020 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: P.C. Bakliwal, A.K. Grover, Yogendra Singh Bhamboo

Trip overview: Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan state is a world class business centre for colored gemstones, especially for emerald. The Gem Promotion Council of India has a technologically advanced well-equipped training and gem testing centre that specializes in processing of colored stones. The visit to institute provides an opportunity to understand processing of stones and jewellery designing. The institute awards degrees/diploma related to skill development and jewellery designing.

Geo-tourism spots: Jaipur-the Pink City has Amber Fort, City Palace Museum and Hawa Mahal that are places of great tourist attraction.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Jaipur Airport

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Price : 400 USD Per Person

Price : 28000 INR Per Person

41.NR001: Dhala Structure, India- a Palaeoproterozoic Complex Impact Crater (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Khajuraho Airprot & ends at Jhansi Railway Station

Start Date – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1225 Hrs & Drop Off at 1730 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: Jayanta Kumar Pati and Kuldeep Prakash

Trip overview: The Dhala impact structure covers nearly 64 sq. km in parts of Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh in north-central India. It is the seventh oldest impact structure with possibly the oldest known suevite deposit in the world. Despite the deep level of erosion and post-impact tectono-thermal events, the impactites are exceedingly well preserved, with nearly all shock metamorphic features. The impact melt breccia is exposed on surface over a strike length of about 6 km but suevite has only been identified in drill core. Granitoids with high- and low strain zones of Archean age (2,500-3,600 Ma) are the prevalent country rocks.

Geo-tourism spots: Khajuraho Temple-a UNESCO World heritage site etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Khajuraho Airport

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Price : 625 USD 580 USD Per Person

Price : 43750 INR  40600 INR Per Person

42.NR003: Archives of Late Quaternary Climate Fluctuations in Satluj valley, Himachal Pradesh (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Chandigarh Airport & ends at Chandigarh Airport

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1100 Hrs & Drop Off at 1300 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators:Md. Atif Raza and Sharat Dutta

Other Contributors: Dr. R.V.Chunchekar, Ms. R. Bhavani, Dr. H.S. Saini and Shri S.A.I. Mujtaba

Trip overview: Satluj River valley lies in the northwestern limits of Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) tract and is in climatically sensitive zone with humid (along Himalayan front), sub-humid (middle reaches of the valley), to high altitude arid conditions (upper reaches) depending on structurally controlled topographic fronts posing orographic barriers to moisture laden monsoon winds. The Satluj valley is important to address and study Late Quaternary climatic fluctuations. The higher reaches of Himalayas with special reference to late Quaternary climatic archives in selected segments of Satluj and Baspa valleys shall be showacased.

Geo-tourism spots: Monasteries, temples, Sangla valley etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Chandigarh Airport

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Price : 990 USD 700 USD Per Person

Price : 64400 INR  49000 INR Per Person

43.NR004: Holocene Climate Change and its impact on the dispersal of Indus valley/Saraswati Civilization (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at India Expo Mart & ends at India Expo Mart

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 10 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 1 Night & 2 days

Trip coordinators: Atif Raza and Sharat Dutta

Other Contributors: R.V. Chunchekar, R. Bhavani, H.S. Saini, S.A.I. Mujtaba and S. J. Hasan

Trip overview: This excursion is intended to show landscape of the ancient Harappan/Saraswati civilization along with geological archives of Holocene climate change. It will include study of carbonate and sulphate bearing lacustrine deposits signifying monsoon and it’s weakening during Holocene, palaeochannel of ancient Saraswati River near Fatehabad and modern Ghagghar River, archeological mounds spanning Hakaraware to post-Harappan urban phases, two phases of sand dunes deposition and the fluvio-aeolian transitions.

Geo-tourism spots: Archeological mounds of Pre to post Indus/ Harrapan civilization at Rakhigarhi, Kunal, Birrana and Bannawali etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – India Expo Mart Gate No.1

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Price : 430 USD 400 USD Per Person

Price : 30100 INR  28000 INR Per Person

44.NR005: Pre-Himalayan metamorphism – magmatism in the Kumaun Lesser Himalaya (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Pantnagar Airport & ends at Pantnagar Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 14 March 2020

Pickup at 1130 Hrs & Drop Off at 1130 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Mallickarjun Joshi, Pankaj Saini and D.S. Chauhan

Trip overview: : The Kumaun region shall be examined in terms of tectono- litho-stratigraphy, metamorphic complexities and nature and extent of different tectonic contacts, viz. Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT), Main Boundary Thrust (MBT), Ramgarh Thrust (RT), South Almora Thrust (SAT), North Almora Thrust (NAT), Baijnath Thrust (BT), smaller klippes of Dharamghar and Askot and the Main Central Thrust (MCT). The route along the Kathgodam – Garbadhar road would offer a comprehensive synoptic study of Himalayan orogen for making observations relevant to the Himalayan geological framework and its role in the Cenozoic Himalayan exhumation, metamorphism and fore land sedimentation.

Geo-tourism spots: Himalayan geomorphology and Nainital etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Pantnagar Airport

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Price : 1315 USD 1100 USD Per Person

Price : 85400 INR  77000 INR Per Person

45.NR006: Tectonics of the Higher Himalayan Crystallines along Alaknanda-Dhauli Ganga Valleys, Uttarakhand Himalaya (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Dehradun Airport & ends at Dehradun Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 0730 Hrs & Drop Off at 2000 Hrs

Participants: 7 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators:A.K. Jain and D.C. Srivastava

Other Contributors: Saurabh Singhal, Aliba Ao, P.K. Mukharjee, Rahul Dixit, Sandeep Singh and Gargi Deshmukh

Trip overview: : The main objectives of this field excursion are to study typical characters of the Cenozoic India-Asia convergence in the Uttarakhand Himalaya along a cross-section in Alaknanda-Dhauli Ganga Valleys. It includes position and definition of the MCT vis-a-vis the Munsiari and Vaikrita Thrusts, position and characters of the South Tibetan Detachment System (STDS), deformation of the HHC and its detailed shear sense analysis, structural control on melt accumulation of the Himalayan migmatites, Himalayan inverted metamorphism, evolution of high grade metamorphic rocks and the processes involved in their exhumation.

Geo-tourism spots: Tapovan Hotspring, Badrinath Temple, Devprayag, Rishikesh and Haridwar etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Dehradun Airport

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Price : 1430 USD 950 USD Per Person

Price : 92750 INR  66500 INR Per Person

46.NR008: Evolution of the Lesser Himalaya – A Columbia-Rodinia-Gondwana Connect (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Chandigarh Airport & ends at Dehradun Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 16 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1800 Hrs

Participants: 7 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 7 Nights & 8 days

Trip coordinators:Shailendra Singh, O.N. Bhargava, Vibhuti Rai, B.P. Singh

Other Contributors: Manoj K. Pandit, Amit Dharwadkar, Bhrigu Shankar, Bishakha, Pawan Kumar Gautam and D.M. Banerjee

Trip overview: : The Proterozoic Lesser Himalaya sedimentary successions represent a unique record of sedimentation and volcanism during Columbian assembly through Meso-Neoproterozoic passing into Gondwana. The proposed sectors in the excursion represent a unique stratigraphy with sedimentary record of over a period of nearly 1000 Ma. The Lesser Himalaya represent a sedimentation and magmatic history comparable with that of Peninsular basins and a time period wherein no sedimentation occurred in this part of Himalaya after Cambrian except for some patches of Permian sedimentation representing the Gondwana connect. The record of the sedimentary rocks which are interstratified with volcanic rocks with 1800±13 Ma ages suggests the connection of the Indian plate with the Columbia Supercontinent.

Geo-tourism spots:Rudraprayag, Rishikesh and Haridwar and Valley of Flowers- a world heritage site etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Chandigarh Airport

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Price : 1410 USD 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 91700 INR  70000 INR Per Person

47.NR009: Trans-Himalayan Ladakh Batholith: A key to Magma Chamber Processes and Dynamics (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Leh Airport & ends at Leh Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 0800 Hrs

Participants: 25 Min. & 50 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Santosh Kumar and Rajneesh Bhutani

Other Contributors: Bhrigu Shankar Singh and Brajesh Singh

Trip overview: : The Ladakh Batholith represents an integral part of calc-alkaline, Trans-Himalaya magmatic belt extending from east of Nanga Parbat to Lhasa, and is bounded by the Shyok Suture Zone (SSZ) in the north and Indus Suture Zone (ISZ) in the south. The batholith is partly covered by north dipping fore-arc and molasse sedimentary rocks. The beginning of northern subduction of Neo-Tethys at ca 110 Ma below the Asian plate produced vast amount of Andean-type calc-alkaline magmatism forming the Ladakh Batholith and Dras arc. The spectacular field features of Ladakh Batholith demonstrate tectono-magmatic processes as modern analogue of the older Neoarchaean and Proterozoic orogens.

Geo-tourism spots: The captivating landscape of Trans-Himalayas and monasteries etc.

Additional Info: • Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Leh Airport • Carry Sunscreen lotion • Get a complete physical check up to make sure you have no serious health issues. • If you have a blood pressure problem, do consult your doctor before planning the trip. • People more than 60 years are not advisable to travel. • Please apply for Restricted area permit at your respective India Embassy before travelling to Leh.

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 990 USD Per Person

Price : 69300 INR Per Person

 

48.NR010: Ladakh- an archive for Quaternary landscape, climate and neotectonics (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Leh Airport & ends at Leh Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 1100 Hrs & Drop Off at 0830 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: Binita Phartiyal and Pradeep Srivastava

Other Contributors: Anupam Sharma

Trip overview: This excursion is designed to showcase the landscape of Trans Himalayas (Ladakh) that formed in response of the suture zone tectonics and cold and arid Tran Himalayan climate. Ladakh, offers a rich platform for Quaternary palaeoclimatic studies and is a tectonically active zone between the Indus Suture Zone and the Karakoram Thrust having voluminous Quaternary deposits of glacial, lacustrine, fluvial and aeolian origin. The excursion will present a platform to discuss arid zone geomorphology, processes, riverine landscape, archive of paleoclimate in form of modern and paleolakes, sand ramps and glacial moraines that have been attempted for various dating techniques.

Geo-tourism spots: Entire stretch offers geotourism with its lunar/martian topography, barren mountains, highest passes, highest motorable roads, suture zone, batholiths exposures, lakes and palaeolakes and rock art. Several monasteries and gompas are a major attraction and treat to the eyes etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Leh Airport

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 1450 USD 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 94150 INR  84000 INR Per Person

49.NR011: Siwalik vertebrates and Siwalik Fossil Park, Saketi (Himachal Pradesh) (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Chandigarh Airport & ends at Chandigarh Airport

Start Date – 28 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 0930 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: Rajeev Patnaik , Hemant Kumar and R. S. Chandel

Trip overview: The Siwalik rocks embody in the form of fossils, the varied flora and fauna that thrived during the middle Miocene to Early Pleistocene. The vertebrate fossil rich Markanda valley can be examined for the whole package of rocks from Lower Siwalik subgroup (Nahan Formation) to Upper Siwalik subgroup (Kalar Formation = Lower Boulder Conglomerate). Siwalik Fossil park at Saketi displays around 300 fossil vertebrate specimens in the museum (a catalogue has been published by Geological Survey of India in 2013).

Geo-tourism spots: Siwalik Fossil Park, Saketi, dist. Sirmaur H.P; Dinosaur museum & Rock Garden, Chandigarh; Pinjore Gardens, Pinjor (Haryana) etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Chandigarh Airport

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Price : 540 USD 400 USD Per Person

Price : 35000 INR  28000 INR Per Person

50.NR012:Field Workshop on Vindhyan Supergroup (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Varanasi Airport & ends at Khajuraho Airport

Start Date –20 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1300 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 10 Nights & 11 days

Trip coordinators: Mukund Sharma

Other Contributors: Santosh Kumar Pandey and Prof. Surendra Kumar

Trip overview: : The Vindhyans of the Son Valley are the most interesting geological succession for discussing the global stratigraphic and palaeobiological riddles. The field workshop would cover the entire succession of the Vindhyan Supergroup from the base to the top. In depth studies are published and it is also logistically easily accessible. Important aspects of geological interest include Palaeoproterozoic phosphatic stromatolites of Chitrakoot area, thick porcellanite Formation, spirally coiled algal fossils Grypania, and advanced carbonaceous remains of Bhander Group.

Geo-tourism spots: : Chitrakoot, Khajuraho etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Varanasi Airport

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Price : 1660 USD 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 107660 INR  70000 INR Per Person

51.NR013: Paleoseismology along the Foothill Zone of Central Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at India Expo Mart & ends at India Expo Mart

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 0900 Hrs & Drop Off at 0030 Hrs

Participants: 7 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: R. Jayangonda Perumal and Javed N. Malik

Other Contributors: V.C. Thakur, Priyanka Singh Rao, Ishwar Singh, Arjun Pandey, M.S. Gadhavi, Santiswarup Sahoo, Pankaj Baghel

Trip overview: : The excursion showcase a geological setting across Sub Himalayan frontal fold thrust belt and overthrust Lesser Himalayan sequence.The main focus will be on study of active faults and associated geomorphic landforms marked by lateral-propagation of fault related folding, and deflection - migration of rivers. Excavated trenches across the surface rupture (late Medieval time) associated with great paleo-earthquake along the Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT) or Main Frontal Thrust (MFT) will be demonstrated.Geo-tourism spots: Geo-Archaeological site etc.

Geo-tourism spots: Geo-Archaeological site etc

Additional Info: Gate No.1 @ India Expo Mart

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Price : 1040 USD 960 USD Per Person

Price : 72800 INR  67200 INR Per Person

52. NR015: Unravelling the Quaternary mystic of Great Ganga Canvas-A myopic overview along Dehradun-Gangotri-Chamoli transect, India (CANCELLED)

53.NR016: Outer to Central Himachal Himalaya Transact – Sedimentary and Tectonic Story Unfolded (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Chandigarh Airport & ends at Chandigarh Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 14 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1200 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: O.N. Bhargava, Manoj Kumar and S.K. Tangri

Other Contributors: Hemant Kumar, Dipayan Guha, Parminder Singh Sethi and Ravi Shankar Chaubey

Trip overview: The Himachal Himalaya is one of the best worked out stretches encompassing sequences ranging in age from Palaeoproterozoic to Quaternary that include (i) Type Sections of several formations exposed in the Outer and Lesser Himalaya, (ii) Full succession of the Himalayan Foreland Basin covering the Thanetian to Pleistocene interval, (iii) excellent exposures of fossiliferous horizons of the Siwalik Supergroup and the Sirmur Group, and (iv) autochthonous, parautochthonous and allochthonous tectonic belts and klippe and windows in the Lesser Himalaya. The proposed transact unfolds comprehensive geodynamic evolution of the Outer and the Lesser Himalaya catering to stratigraphers, sedimentologists, palaeontologists, geomorphologist, structural and metamorphic geologists and also to those interested in Neotectonics.

Geo-tourism spots: Scandal Point at Shimla Ridge (a water divide between Ganga and Indus Rivers, Satluj Gorge and Bhimakali heritage Temple etc

Additional Info: Arrival Gate No.1 @Chandigarh Airport

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Price : 890 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 62300 INR  52500 INR Per Person

 

54.NR017: Cryospheric (Glaciological) and Cultural Field Trip to Ladakh (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Leh Airport & ends at Leh Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 0600 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 6 Nights & 7 days

Trip coordinators: Dr. A. L. Ramanathan

Other Contributors: C. Chatterjee and Md. Soheb

Trip overview:Stok village in northern part of Zanskar Range, in the downstream of Stok Glacier will be visited. The Stok village catchment (52km2) has 7 smaller glaciers ranging between 0.2-1.2 sq km. The Stok catchment under Hemis National Park is attractive place for the researchers and climbers for understanding cryospheric processes and is a hub for Snow Leopards, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Mormot and several bird species. The elevation at the trekking point is roughly around 3700m asl and the highest point (Stok glacier) lies at about 5400m asl.

Geo-tourism spots:Glaciological and geological landscapes, Stok Summit and Paleo-glaciation etc.

Additional Info: • Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Leh Airport • Carry Sunscreen lotion • Get a complete physical check up to make sure you have no serious health issues. • If you have a blood pressure problem, do consult your doctor before planning the trip. • People more than 60 years are not advisable to travel. • Please apply for Restricted area permit at your respective India Embassy before travelling to Leh.

Important information for all foreign delegates: Please note before booking this particular field trip, we request you to first procure Restricted Area / Protected Area Permit in your local consulate or embassy.

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Price : 1395 USD 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 97650 INR  84000 INR Per Person

55. NR018: The Chenab Arch Bridge: Engineering Marvel (CANCELLED)

56.NR019: Natural Stones and UNESCO architectonic Heritage Sites of Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, North India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at India Expo Mart & ends at India Expo Mart

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 11 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 2000 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 2 Nights & 3 days

Trip coordinators: Fareeduddin, Gurmeet Kaur and Kireet Acharya

Other Contributors: V.K. Sharma

Trip overview: The trip is aimed towards visiting two major architectural heritage site viz. Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ivory-white marble mausoleummade up of marble [from Ras Formation of Kumbhalgarh Group of the Delhi Supergroup (1700 - 1000 Ma)] from Makrana in Rajasthan which is now Asia’s first Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR). The other heritage site to be visited is Fatehpur Sikri. The natural stones of Fatehpur Sikri is made up from the Bhander Group sandstone of the Proterozoic Upper Vindhyan which has commonly been used as dimension stone. Visit to the quarries of red Vindhyan sandstones will also be undertaken. The field trip would adopt the professed aims of Heritage Stone Sub-commission (HSS) of the IUGS to study the above architectural splendours from heritage angle.

Geo-tourism spots:Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), Agra Fort, Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, Vindhyan sandstones in Dholpur etc.

Additional Info:Meeting Point –Gate No.1 @India Expo Mart

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Price : 640 USD 300 USD Per Person

Price : 41370 INR  21000 INR Per Person

57.CR001: A Magnificent Trail to Gondwana Geology, Nature and Heritage: Satpura Basin of Central India (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Nagpur Airport & ends at Bhopal Airport

Start Date – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 02 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1430 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Vijay V. Mugal and R.G. Khangar

Other Contributors: Tapan Chakraborty, Srikantamurthy, Md. Merajuddin Khan and Savita N. Chaurpagar

Trip overview: The Satpura Basin in Central India is unique among all the Indian Gondwana basins by having the longest range of stratigraphic record spanning from Upper Carboniferous to Cretaceous. It is the westernmost Gondwana basin that is located over the Central Indian Tectonic Zone (CITZ) and forms an ENE–WSW trending linear tract between Son–Narmada North Fault in the north and Central Indian Shear Zone in the south. The basin is approximately 200km long and 60km wide and is believed to be originated as pull-apart basin due to extension related to strike-slip movement along Son-Narmada Lineament.The Field trip proposes a journey of nearly 200 Ma across Satpura basin to show stunning sedimentological features of entire Gondwana sequence of nearly 5km thickness, from early Permian Talchir Formation to Lower cretaceous Jabalpur Formation.

Geo-tourism spots: Patalkot valley, Pachmarhi hill station, Satpura National Park, Bhimbetka caves and Sanchi Buddhist Stupa etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Nagpur Airport

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Price : 830 USD 525 USD Per Person

Price : 53900 INR  36750 INR Per Person

58.CR003: Monogenic Alkaline Lava Flow Fields in Deccan Traps- Kachchh & Saurashtra(BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Bhuj Airport & ends at Ahmedabad Airport

Start Date –24 Feb 2020 End Date – 29 Feb 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1745 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 25 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Raymond A Duraiswami and Nitin R. Karmalkar

Other Contributors: Purva Gadapallu

Trip overview: : The Kachchh-Saurashtra in western India is an important and distinctive sub-province of the Deccan Volcanic Province. It exposes monogenetic volcanic cones that host mantle xenoliths, acidic igneous complexes and tholeiitic dykes, sills and lava flows. The area is of interest to Earth scientists working in diverse fields like mantle petrology, physical volcanology, geochemical evolution of CFBs, K-Pg mass-extinctions, etc.

Geo-tourism spots: : Great Rann of Kutch, Lothal – Indus Valley Civilization port, Aaina Mahal and Bhujia Fort etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Bhuj Airport

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Price : 930 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 60200 INR  56000 INR Per Person

59.CR004: Sculptures in Deccan Basalt: Impact Crater to Rock-Cut Caves (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Aurangabad Airport & ends at Aurangabad Airport

Start Date - 09 March 2020 End Date - 12 March 2020

Pickup at 1800 Hrs & Drop Off at 1430 Hrs

Participants: 20 min. & 30 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 Days

Trip coordinators: Bibhas Sen and D. S Jeere

Trip overview: Lonar Crater is the best preserved terrestrial impact crater in basalt. It provides unique opportunities for comparison with craters in lunar maria and Mars. Rock cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora are the world heritage sites carved in the pahoehoe lava flows of the Deccan Volcanic Province.

Geo-tourism spots: Rock cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora, Daulatabad, Temple Ruins in Lonar and Bibi ka maqbara (tomb) etc.

Additional Info: Meeting point - Arrival Gate no 1 @Aurangabad Airport

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Price : 715 USD 637 USD Per Person

Price : 50050 INR  44590 INR Per Person

60.CR005: Deccan Volcanic Province | Characters and Landscapes (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Pune Airport & ends at Mumbai Airport

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 16 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1300 Hrs

Participants: 15 min & 30 max. Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days 

Trip coordinators: Makarand S. Bodas

Other Contributors: Poushali Chatterjee, M. I. Treesa, Tulika Pal, Yogendra Singh and Suravi Banerjee,

Trip overview:The field traverse is in western part of the Deccan Volcanic Province (DVP). It transects the Main Deccan Plateau, Western Ghat Escarpment zone and the Konkan tract. It provides a chance to observe all the essential components of DVP viz. lava flows, lava channel/ tube, dykes and spectacular landscapes carved out of this stunning lava pile.

Geo-tourism spots: Hill as well as island forts of Maratha kingdom and an ancient temple etc.

Additional Info: Meeting point - Arrival Gate no 1 @Pune Airport, 

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Price : 1100 USD 800 USD Per Person

Price : 71400 INR  56000 INR Per Person

61.CR006: Crustal Evolution and VMS Metallogeny in the Proterozoic Betul Belt, Central India (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Nagpur Airport & ends at Bhopal Airport

Start Date – 9 March 2020 End Date – 12 March 2020

Pickup at 1500 Hrs & Drop Off at 1930 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: M. L. Dora

Other Contributors: Mohd. Shareef, Mohd. Atif Raza, Srinivasa Rao Baswani, S. A. Chore and Hemraj Suryavanshi

Trip overview: The Betul Belt (BB) is an important component of the Central Indian Tectonic Zone and forms a conspicuous litho-tectonic unit that is interpreted as island arc set up. The maximum and minimum age limits for the Betul supracrustal rocks are 1550±50 and 850±15 Ma (Rb-Sr) respectively. The felsic volcanic rocks within the bimodal volcanic sequence in BB host strata bound Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide deposits (VMS) of Zn-Cu type and Zn-Pb-Cu type.

Geo-tourism spots: Bhimbetka Caves and Sanchi Stupa - world heritage sites etc.

Additional Info: Meeting Point – Arrival Gate No.1 @Nagpur Airport

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Price : 755 USD 500 USD Per Person

Price : 49000 INR  35000 INR Per Person

Nepal (BOOKINGS OPEN)

62.INTNP003: The Kathmandu Transect across the Middle of the Himalaya: Ancient to Active Tectonics (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts & ends at Kathmandu

Start Date – 23 Feb 2020 End Date – 28 Feb 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1400 Hrs

Participants: 10 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: B.N. Upreti

Other Contributors: A. Webb

Trip overview: The excursion will cover the classic Himalayan geology of the Kathmandu region - Main Frontal Thrust; Intra Siwalik thrusts and Foreland Basin sediments (Siwaliks); the Main Boundary Thrust and Lesser Himalayan sediments; the Ulleri augen gneiss; multiple exposures of the Main Central Thrust system from south to north including the Mahabharat Thrust and permutations of the MCT ‘zone;’ the Greater Himalayan Crystalline rocks; and the Kathmandu Nappe. Further, the epicentral region of the devastating 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, and the progress and challenges of geological / civil engineering in this area will be showcased.

Geo-tourism spots: Nawakot and Langtang Earthquake Damage Zones, View of High Himalaya in Langtang and Kakani, cultural sites of Kathmandu etc.

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Price : 835 USD Per Person

Price : 58450 INR Per Person

63.INTNP004: Greater Himalayan Cross-section: The Everest Area, Eastern Nepal (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts & ends at Kathmandu

Start Date – 08 March 2020 End Date – 22 March 2020

Pickup at 1800 Hrs & Drop Off at 0500 Hrs

Participants: 05 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 14 Nights & 15 days

Trip coordinators: Ananta Prasad Gajurel, Mary Hubbard

Trip overview: The Everest Region of eastern Nepal includes a complete section of the Greater Himalaya, the metamorphic core of the range, and it includes examples of classic Himalayan leucogranites plus a suite of Quaternary to modern features including glacial valleys, moraines, lake deposits, and recent landslides.

Geo-tourism spots: Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Gompa, Phortse, Gompa, Gokyo Tsho Mt. Everest etc.

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Price : 3000 USD Per Person

Price : 210000 INR Per Person

64.INTNP005: A Full Cross section of the Dynamic Himalaya in Central Nepal (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts at Lumbini & ends at Pokhara

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 18 March 2020

Pickup at 1800 Hrs & Drop Off at 0800 Hrs

Participants: 20 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 09 Nights & 10 days

Trip coordinators: Lalu Paudel

Other contributors: Khum Paudayal, Jorn Kruhl, Ranjan K Dahal

Trip overview: The Lumbini-Pokhara-Muktinath transect is ideal for studying and understanding the structure and evolution of the Himalaya. Complete exposures of the Paleozoic-Mesozoic succession of Tethys sediments are present in the Kali Gandaki River section for examining deformation, magmatism, metamorphism and exhumation caused before and after India-Asia collision.

Geo-tourism spots: Kali Gandaki Valley, Caves at Pokhara, Lumbini (Birth place of Lord Buddha), Siddhab Baba temple at Butwal, Tal Barahi Temple at Pokhara, World Peace Pagoda at Pokhara, Muktinath Temple, Ancient Monastries at Kagbeni, Muktinath etc.

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Price : 1135 USD Per Person

Price : 79450 INR Per Person

65. INTNP006: Transboundary Geotraverse from Nainital-Almora- Dharchula in India to Darchula-Dadeldhura- Dhangadhi in Nepal(BOOKING OPEN SOON)

This post-IGC trip begins from Kathgodam in India and ends at Dhangadhi, Nepal;

Participants: 20 max.; Duration: 6 days;

Trip coordinators: Megh Raj Dhital and Chandra Sekhar Dubey

Trip overview: The field excursion will be an opportunity to compare geology from both parts of India and Nepal. The excursion will feature the Siwalik, Lesser Himalayan and Higher Himalayan sequences in Nepal and India, including the Miocene strata in the inner belt, active faults, backthrusts, and overturned strata containing columnar stromatolites. Paleozoic granites, augen gneisses, and amphibolites, radioactive mineralization, talc, dolomite and other economic mineralization sites will also be visited.

Geo-tourism spots: Nainital, Almora, Khalanga, Dharchula, Mahakali River, Baitadi Dadeldhura etc.

66. INTNP008: Neotectonics of the Himalayan Active Mega Thrust: Main Frontal Thrust (MFT) from Butwal to Koshi River (BOOKING OPEN SOON)

This post-IGC trip starts at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and ends at Butwal;

Participants: 20 max.; Duration: 05 days;

Trip coordinators: Soma Nath Sapkota and Paul Tapponnier

Trip overview: The geologic evidence of devastating earthquakes (i.e. rupture of the great 1934 earthquake) will be shown. Spectacular and self-explanatory natural exposures with clear evidence of recent movement of the MFT are available. Key paleoseismological sites that have helped define the Holocene earthquake history of the Nepal Himalaya over the past 30 years will be visited.

Geo-tourism spots: Chitwan National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and Lumbini (birth place of Gautam Buddha), Kathmandu etc.

67.INTNP014: Hyderogeological transect from Indo-Gangetic Plain to Lesser Himalaya in Nepal Himalaya (BOOK NOW)

This Post-IGC trip starts & ends at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 15 March 2020

Pickup time To be confirmed & Drop Off time To be confirmed

Participants: 20 Min. & 20 max. Duration: 06 Nights & 07 days

Trip coordinators: Dinesh Pathak / G. K. Rao

Other contributors: Surendra Raj Shrestha

Trip overview: The diversity of groundwater occurrence, utilization condition, and problems related to different geological and physiographic set up, hydrogeology from plain to mountainous area etc. shall be showcased. The journey shall be across the major geological structure like MFT and MBT.

Geo-tourism spots: Chitwan National Park, Lumbini- Birth Place of Gautam Buddha, Ramapithecus Park at Dobhan, Palpa, Tansen- the ancient town, Pokhara etc.

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Price : 935 USD Per Person

Price : 65450 INR Per Person

BANGLADESH (BOOKINGS OPEN)

68.INTBG001: Environmental Geology and Delta-Building Processes at the Mangrove Forest (Sundarbans) (PLEASE NOTE - BOOKING OF THIS FIELD TRIP IS ONLY OPEN TILL 30th NOVEMBER 2019 ) (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts & ends at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport (Dhaka)

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1600 Hrs & Drop Off at 1155 Hrs

Participants: 32 Min. & 35 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Sultanta Nasrin Nury

Other Contributors: Hossain Khasru, Md. Rashedul Hasan

Trip overview: The Sundarbans is a vast mangrove forest in the coastal region in and around the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers at the Bay of Bengal. It was recognised in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located at the south western part of Bangladesh, it is a cluster of islands with an approximate area of 3600 sq. km. forming the largest block of littoral forests with diversified assemblage of flora and fauna. Geoscientists will get the opportunity to experience active delta building processes, its complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests that presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes.

Geo-tourism spots: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger

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Price : 790 USD Per Person

Price : 55300 INR Per Person

69.INTBG002: Environmental & Quarternary Geology with Coral Island (St. Martin's Island) Cox's Bazar - St. Martin's Island (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts & ends at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport (Dhaka)

Start Date – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1600 Hrs & Drop Off at 1100 Hrs

Participants: 40 Min. & 80 max. Duration: 4 Nights & 5 days

Trip coordinators: Md. Bazlar Rashid

Other Contributors: Syeda Jesmin Haque, A.J.M. Imdadul Haque

Trip overview: Cox’s Bazar is sandy beach with an unbroken length of 155 km making it the longest natural sea beach in the world. The sand at Cox’s Bazar beach and surrounding areas is rich in heavy-metal mineral content. St. Martin’s Island is a small island in the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Peninsula. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.

Geo-tourism spots: Himchari, Inanai, Maheshkhali etc.

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Price : 750 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR Per Person

70.INTBG003: Geological Exposure of Bangladesh (Sylhet) (BOOK NOW)

This Pre-IGC trip starts & ends at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport (Dhaka)

Start Date – 25 Feb 2020 End Date – 1 March 2020

Pickup at 1600 Hrs & Drop Off at 1115 Hrs

Participants: 30 Min. & 36 max. Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days

Trip coordinators: Akratul Ahsan

Other Contributors: Rubel Sheikh, Minhazul Abedin Shakik

Trip overview: Sylhet, located in the northeastern region of Bangladesh has a complex having diverse sacrificial geomorphology; high topography of Plio-Miocene age such as Khasi and Jaintia hills and small hillocks along the border. At the centre there is a vast low lying flood plain of recent origin with saucer shaped depressions, locally called Haors. Sari River section presents an excellent geological section for the Neogene (Mio-Pliocene) sequence in northeastern Bangladesh.

Geo-tourism spots: Jaflong, Sari River, Madhabkunda etc.

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Price : 940 USD Per Person

Price : 65800 INR Per Person

SRI LANKA (BOOKINGS OPEN)

71. INTSL001: Geology of the High-Grade Proterozoic Terrains of Sri Lanka

This post-IGC trip starts and ends at Colombo

Start Date – 09 March 2020 End Date – 12 March 2020

Pickup at 1000 Hrs & Drop Off at 1300 Hrs

Participants: 08 Min. & 15 max. Duration: 3 Nights & 4 days

Trip coordinators: L.R.K. Perera, Sanjeewa Malaviarachchi and Prasanna Dharmapriya

Trip overview: Sri Lanka, the ‘pendant’ of Gondwana, is a collage of distinct crustal blocks that preserve important records of major Neoproterozoic tectonothermal events. The geology of Sri Lanka provides important insights into continental growth in the Neoproterozoic Earth. Tectonics of Sri Lanka has also been in focus in relation to the history of the assembly of supercontinents, particularly because of its central position within the India-Madagascar-Africa-East Antarctica collage of the late Neoproterozoic Gondwana supercontinent. Due to similarities of lithologies, geochronology of the rock in the Lützow- Holm Complex (LHC) of East Antarctica and the Highland Complex (HC) of Sri Lanka, several workers have considered that LHC as an extension of the HC of Sri Lanka. Hence speculation on the East Antarctic Geology may be done standing on Sri Lankan basement.

Geo-tourism spots: Dambulla Cave Temple, Wahawa Hotwater Spring and Dolerite dykes, Arrested charnockite around Kurunegala, Temple of Tooth etc.

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Price : 835 USD Per Person

Price : 58450 INR Per Person