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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 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

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, 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

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 – 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

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: 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

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: 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

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 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

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 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

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

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, 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

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 700 USD Per Person

Price : 59500 INR  49000 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 – 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

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

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Price : 1130 USD 1000 USD Per Person

Price : 73500 INR  70000 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 – 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

14.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

15.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

 

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’ (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

 

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 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

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 – 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

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 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

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

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Price : 980 USD 750 USD Per Person

Price : 63700 INR  52500 INR Per Person

21.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

22.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

23.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

24.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

25.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

26.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

27.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

Nepal (BOOKINGS OPEN)

28.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

BANGLADESH (BOOKINGS OPEN)

29.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

30.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

31.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