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Pre-Congress Field Trips

1.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

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 1500AD) etc. are few of the things that would be showcased.

Geo-tourism spots:Nayachar, Ghoramara, Sagar Island, Bakkhali, Henry Island, G-Plot, Kalash Beach, Bonnie Camp, Dobankee, Sudhanyakhali, Sajnekhali, Satjelia, Jharkhali etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 760 USD Per Person

Price : 49000 INR Per Person

2.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, S.K. Dutta and M. Ahmad

Other Contributors: Asad Ahsan Raza, Debjani Raychaudhuri, Nischal Wanjari, Abdul Qayoom Paul, Ringphami Awungshi and Sri Shanker Sharma

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: Venuvan, Japanese Temple, Bodhi Temple, Monasteries of various countries etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 820 USD Per Person

Price : 53200 INR Per Person

3.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 – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 02 March 2020

Pickup at 1550 Hrs & Drop Off at 1515 Hrs

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

Trip coordinators: Mriganka Ghatak, Sreemati Gupta and Sanjeeb Bhattacharya

Other Contributors: Snigdha Ghatak

Trip overview: The foothills of Sikkim Himalayas are known for active tectonism. The proposed traverses in the Teesta megafan, at the Eastern Himalayan foothills provides an insight into the tectonism, sedimentation processes and influence of engineering interventions on the fluvial regime of Teesta and its environs. The excursion plans visit to observe sedimentation processes and signatures of neotectonic activity along the transverse and regional faults. The effect of engineering interventions on Teesta River and its environs shall also be showcased.

Geo-tourism spots:Tea estates of Dooars, wild life sanctuary/ reserve forest and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) ride etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 65100 INR Per Person

4.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: 4 Nights & 5 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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 880 USD Per Person

Price : 57050 INR Per Person

5.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: Biplab Bhattacharya, Partha Pratim Banerjee, Bipin Kumar, Praveen Khattri, Rajeeva Roy, Debashree Pratap Singh, Omnath Saha, Abhirup Saha, Harshit Varshaney 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 Per Person

Price : 63000 INR Per Person

6.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

Other Contributors: Anindya Bhattacharya, Biswajit Ghosh, Debaditya Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Koley, Sachin Tripathi, P.C. Bandyopadhyay, Sanjeev Raghav and Mansi Jain

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 Vocano 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 DELGATES:PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING THIS PARTICUALR FIELD TRIP WE REQUEST YOU TO FIRST PROCURE RISTRICTED AREA / PROCTECTED AREA PERMIT IN YOUR LOCAL CONSULATE OR EMBASSY

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Price : 1210 USD Per Person

Price : 78400 INR Per Person

7.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 to showcase the making and breaking of a supercontinent, runs parallel to the Eastern Khondalite- the complexly evolved Eastern Ghat Belt (EGB) where two geologically distinct crustal domains, namely the Chilka Lake and the Visakhapatnam domains will be visited. Key rock occurrences including the different varieties of granulites and anorthosite will be shown. While the UHT metamorphosed and isobarically cooled lower crustal rocks of the Visakhapatnam domain preserved history of the Rodinia assembly, the enigmatic isothermally decompressed UHT metamorphosed rocks of the Chilka Lake domain preserved the history of Rodinia breakup.

Geo-tourism spots: Chilka lake, Borra Caves etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 970 USD Per Person

Price : 63000 INR Per Person

8.SR006: Diamond Fields of South India – WajarakarurKimberlite Field, Eastern DharwarCraton, 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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 810 USD Per Person

Price : 52500 INR Per Person

9.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 and B. Gowtham

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 and Bhadrachalam temple etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 710 USD Per Person

Price : 46200 INR Per Person

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

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Hubli Airport & ends at Hubli 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 Per Person

Price : 59500 INR Per Person

11.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 – 26 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0730 Hrs & Drop Off at 1000 Hrs

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

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

Other Contributors: H. Gangadhara Bhat, V. S. Hegde, A.C. Dinesh and Mamtha P. K

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 65100 INR Per Person

12.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1130 USD Per Person

Price : 73500 INR Per Person

13.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 – 27 Feb 2020 End Date – 02 March 2020

Pickup at 0630 Hrs & Drop Off at 1415 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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 865 USD Per Person

Price : 56000 INR Per Person

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

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Udaipur Airport & ends at India Expo Mart, Noida

Start Date – 27 March 2020 End Date – 01 March 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 Per Person

Price : 49000 INR Per Person

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

This Post-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

Other Contributors: S. K. Bhushan, V. Chandrasekharan, Naresh Kochhar, Rajiv Rahi, Tanmay Mukherjee and S. Mukhopadhyay

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 Per Person

Price : 66500 INR Per Person

 

16.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’, Jaisalmer- ‘Golden City’ within Thar Desert etc.

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL FOREIGN DELGATES:PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING THIS PARTICUALR FIELD TRIP WE REQUEST YOU TO FIRST PROCURE RISTRICTED AREA / PROCTECTED AREA PERMIT IN YOUR LOCAL CONSULATE OR EMBASSY

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Price : 1150 USD Per Person

Price : 74900 INR Per Person

 

17.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 0800 Hrs

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

Trip coordinators: K. S. Misra and Nilesh Bhatt

Other Contributors: Snigdha Ghatak

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 Per Person

Price : 67900 INR Per Person

18.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 – 23 Feb 2020 End Date – 01 March 2020

Pickup at 0800 Hrs & Drop Off at 0800 Hrs

Participants: 15 Min. & 30 max. Duration: 7 Nights & 8 days

Trip coordinators: Satadru Bhattacharya and Saibal Gupta

Other Contributors: 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 Per Person

Price : 56000 INR Per Person

19.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 in proximity to the Malagasy Gulf and was a part of the Indo-East African province. The basin preserves a Jurassic stratigraphical heritage revealing environments and the biodiversity of the southern margin of the Tethys sea during the Jurassic Period. The stratigraphic succession and the preserved fossils are fascinating and crucial. Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary and several fossiliferous lithostratigraphic units make this trip interesting.

Geo-tourism spots:The Great Rann of Kachchh, India bridge and Pachchhmaipir Temple etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 1055 USD Per Person

Price : 68600 INR Per Person

20.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 980 USD Per Person

Price : 63700 INR Per Person

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

This Pre-IGC trip starts at Jaipur Airport & ends atJaipur 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: Pradeep Agarwal, Sanjay Saxena

Other Contributors: : 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 : 26040 INR Per Person

22.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 Per Person

Price : 40600 INR Per Person

23.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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 990 USD Per Person

Price : 64400 INR Per Person

24.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 Bouder 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 Per Person

Price : 35000 INR Per Person

25.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 Per Person

Price : 107660 INR Per Person

26.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, Rajeeb Lochan Mishra, Priyanka Singh Rao, Atul Kumar, M.S. Gadhavi, Santiswarup Sahoo, Pankaj Baghel, Ishwar Singh and Arjun Pandey

Trip overview: : The selected sites showcase excellent examples of active faults and associated landforms marked by lateral-propagation of fault-and-related folding, lateral shifting of rivers – revealed by remnants of paleo-wind gaps. Excavated trenches across active faults will demonstrate the signatures of paleoseismic events along HFT and MBT. Visit to abandon Geo-archaeological site along HFT.

Geo-tourism spots: Geo-Archaeological site etc

Additional Info: Gate No.1 @ India Expo Mart

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Price : 1040 USD Per Person

Price : 67200 INR Per Person

27.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.

Geo-tourism spots: Bhimbetka world heritage site, Bhojpur heritage site and Sanchi Buddhist Stupa etc.

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

Suggested Airlines: • Air India • Vistara

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Price : 830 USD Per Person

Price : 53900 INR Per Person

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

This Post-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 Per Person

Price : 60200 INR Per Person