See Tigers and Red Pandas in India

tiger at Singalila National Park

Departure Date 18 March 2020 – 13 days

To speak more about this amazing journey, email me at [email protected]

India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated, one amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of them all is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world. The Giant Panda is actually a bear. The eastern Himalayas is the only place where one can find the red pandas. This program here is a great combination of unique along with the more easily seen wildlife in the Indian subcontinent.

Our program take you to two states in India – West Bengal in eastern India to Singalila National Park and to Madhya Pradesh in Central India to Kanha Tiger Reserve. The regions differ vastly in the terrain, birdlife as well as mammalian life forms.

Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. It is a wilderness located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometers. This is a Birding Paradise as well. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. It has a huge list of exotic birds, like- Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, bull finches, Wren Babblers, Laughingthrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and many more.

There are an estimated 32 Red Pandas within the limits of Singalila. Apart from the Red Panda, other mammals found here are- Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika and many other Eastern Himalayan exotics.

Kanha on the other hand is excellent for exploring the deciduous central Indian jungles. Of course the highlight of this region is the Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Wild Dogs along with a huge diversity of birds that are quite different to the ones that you find in Singalila.

To speak more about this amazing journey, email me at [email protected]

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Delhi. No activities are planned for this day as participants of this group arrive from different destinations. Overnight at Holiday Inn, Aerocity

Day 2 – We check out after an early breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Bagdogra (1020/1225). Our team will receive you at the airport. Break for lunch before starting a long journey to Majua, which lies at the edge of Singalila National Park. Today we spend the night in Majua as entry into Singalila after 1300 is not allowed. Majua again is a homestay and is an excellent location for birding as well as for finding Bhutan Flying Squirrel. Overnight in Majua

Day 3 – This morning we make our way into Singalila National Park and to Habre’s Nest – our home for the next few days. After lunch we begin our search for the red panda and the other denizens of Singalila is all on foot exploring various trails through the park. Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 4 – We continue exploring Singalila. The park offers you various opportunities to photograph beautiful landscapes, birds and even the flora. The park is home to over 600 species of orchids and is the largest concentration orchid blooms in a single geographical area. Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 5 – Your search for the red panda along with the diversity of birds and the wildcats in the region continues. Sandakhphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal. Sandakhphu offers the best view of Kangchenjunga also known as Sleeping Buddha or Sleeping Shiva. Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 6 – Your search for the red panda along with the diversity of birds and the wildcats in the region continues. Sandakhphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal. Sandakhphu offers the best view of Kangchenjunga also known as Sleeping Buddha or Sleeping Shiva. Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 7 – Your search for the red panda along with the diversity of birds and the wildcats in the region continues. Sandakhphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal. Sandakhphu offers the best view of Kangchenjunga also known as Sleeping Buddha or Sleeping Shiva. Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 8 – Much of today will be spent traveling back to Delhi. After breakfast take the road transfer to Bagdogra from where you catch your flight to Delhi (1630/1850). Overnight will be at Holiday Inn Aerocity.

Day 9 – This morning we fly from Delhi to Jabalpur (1010/1155). Our team will receive you at the airport and transfer you by road to Kanha Tiger Reserve (4.5hr). We will break for an early lunch in Jabalpur before continuing on to Kanha. You should arrive at the lodge by 5-5.30pm. Should you be interested this evening you can explore the area around the lodge for birding. Overnight will be at Flame of the Forest Lodge.

Day 10 – We begin exploring Kanha Tiger Reserve today. Guests visiting Kanha can explore the jungle by taking 2 safari drives into the core area of the park. These drives are for a 4 hour duration in the morning and about 3 hours in the evening. The starting and end times may vary depending on the season and sunrise & sunset time. You take 2 drives into Kanha today. Overnight will be at Flame of the Forest Lodge

Day 11 – Continue exploring the park in the 2 safari drives. Kanha is divided into 5 tourist zones. Although the wildlife diversity in each zone may be similar the landscape differs quite a bit. Overnight at Flame of the Forest Lodge

Day 12 – Today you continue appreciating the flora & fauna of Kanha Tiger Reserve in your 2 safari drives. Overnight will be at Flame of the Forest Lodge

Day 13 – This morning you take your last drive into Kanha. After and early lunch transfer by road to Jabalpur Airport and catch your flight to Delhi. Connect on to your international flight back home.

To speak more about this amazing journey, email me at [email protected]

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Accommodation & Journey Cost

New Delhi -> Holiday Inn Aerocity -> Superior Room
Majua -> Homestay (basic accommodation) -> Homestay
Singalila -> Habre’s Nest -> Homestay Room
Kanha -> Flame of the Forest Lodge -> Cottage

Price per person (based on twin share) – USD3620
Single room supplement – USD1680
Internal Airfares – USD435

Included

  • Accommodation for twelve (12) nights in India with breakfast included in Delhi. Your stay in Singalila & Kanha Tiger Reserve will be on full board (inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner).
  • Seven (7) exclusive jeep safaris in Kanha Tiger Reserve.
  • One (1) optional nature walk around the lodge with a naturalist.
  • Walking / Trekking in Singalila with a naturalist on all days that you are there.
  • All road transfers will be by air-conditioned Toyota Innova. (3 guests per jeep)
  • All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

  • Does not include any beverages including mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc. unless otherwise specified. It is more cost effective for us to bill you for all beverages based on actual consumption.
  • Any airfare or airport taxes (quoted separately above with the package cost)
  • Any items of a personal nature such as beverages, tips (except for group meals and baggage handling), laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Anything featured as optional.
  • The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees

To speak more about this amazing journey, email me at [email protected]

animals at Singalila National Park
tigers at Singalila National Park

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