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1.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 – 13 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 : 900 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR Per Person

 

2.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 : 650 USD Per Person

Price : 45500 INR Per Person

3.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 490 USD Per Person

Price : 34300 INR Per Person

4.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 : 650 USD Per Person

Price : 45500 INR Per Person

5.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 720 USD Per Person

Price : 50400 INR Per Person

6.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 : 900 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR Per Person

7.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 : 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 84000 INR Per Person

8.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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Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

Price : 700 USD Per Person

Price : 49000 INR Per Person

9.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 : 900 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR Per Person

10.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: Karavatti natural museum 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 : 750 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR Per Person

11.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: Marine Aquarium and Museum on Kavaratti Island, desalination plant on Agatti Island, etc.

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

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Price : 800 USD Per Person

Price : 56000 INR Per Person

12.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 550 USD Per Person

Price : 38500 INR Per Person

13.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 950 USD Per Person

Price : 66500 INR Per Person

14.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 400 USD Per Person

Price : 28000 INR Per Person

15.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

16.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 : 400 USD Per Person

Price : 28000 INR Per Person

17.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 : 500 USD Per Person

Price : 35000 INR Per Person

18.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

19.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 : 400 USD Per Person

Price : 28000 INR Per Person

20.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1100 USD Per Person

Price : 77000 INR Per Person

21.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 950 USD Per Person

Price : 66500 INR Per Person

22.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 70000 INR Per Person

23.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

 

24.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 : 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 84000 INR Per Person

25.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 – 13 March 2020

Pickup at 0700 Hrs & Drop Off at 1200 Hrs

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 750 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR Per Person

 

26.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 : 1200 USD Per Person

Price : 84000 INR Per Person

27.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 : 300 USD Per Person

Price : 21000 INR Per Person

28.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 : 637 USD Per Person

Price : 44590 INR Per Person

29.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 : 800 USD Per Person

Price : 56000 INR Per Person

30.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 500 USD Per Person

Price : 35000 INR Per Person