Wild Eye - Red Panda And Rhinos 12

Red Pandas and Rhino’s of India and Nepal

from $12,350.00

Highlights

  • The opportunity of seeing two of India and Nepal’s most endangered species, the Red Panda and Indian Rhino.
  • Three unique destinations, Singalila National Park and Kaziranga in India and the Tinchule Forest of Nepal.
  • 5 nights and 4 full days to track Red Pandas
  • 3 nights in Kaziranga looking for Indian Rhinos
  • Explore Sandakphu Peak to get a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchendjunga
  • 20% of profits go straight to the protection and conservation of the Red Pandas
  • Small intimate group with only 3 guests and a Wild Eye Guide
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  • Activity Level Challenging
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  • Group Size Small Group
    5
All about the Red Pandas and Rhino’s of India and Nepal.

Overview

In the eastern Indo-Nepal region lies one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India, Tinchule Forest of Nepal and Singalila National Park in India.

Singalila National Park is located on the Singalila ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12 000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of west Bengal.  The Park is very well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it.

This Park is known to be one of the best places for the endangered Red Panda, which is one of our main focusses during our 5 nights here.  Apart from Red Pandas, other wildlife found in the area consist of Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar, Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow Throated Marten and Himalayan Pika only to name a few.

Tinchule – Singalila is a birding paradise with more than 300 species found in the forest, including Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Treecreepers, Yuhinas and Fire-tailed Myzornis.

One of the best places to see the sunrise and sunsets, Sandakhphu top is the highest peak in West Bengal and offers an incredible view of Kangchenjunga also known as “Sleeping Buddha”.

The homestay is an Indo-Nepal joint venture towards sustainable tourism around Red Panda and it’s conservation. Red Pandas and their habitat are hugely threatened in this world, pushing them further towards extinction. We all need to save them for a better world which is why 20% of the profits will be dedicated towards Red Pandas and the conservation of their habitat.

Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.

Having fewer than 20 Rhinos in the turn of the twentieth century, the population has bounced back incredibly to more than 1,500 Rhinos that roam around Kaziranga today.

Located on the banks of the Brahmaputra, every corner of the park has unique landscapes ranging from grasslands, marshes, wooden forests, lakes, riverine habitat, mountains and at a distance, snow-capped peaks.

This variety of wildlife is home to a myriad of wildlife including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephants, Asiatic Water Buffalo and of course, the Indian Rhino.

With both of these unique destinations you are assured of a life changing adventure, whilst also being in the privileged situation of being able to view some of the most endangered species in the world.

  1. Day 1 Arrival

    Arrive in Bagdogra  in the late afternoon and settle into your hotel. Your Wild Eye Guide will give you a brief presentation of what the next few days will have in store and photographic opportunities to consider.  Overnight at the Lemon Tree Hotel.

  2. Day 2 Travel day

    The group assembles for an early check-out at 6:30 am with packed breakfast driving towards the Indo-Nepal Border. After Passport and visa checks, we will board a 1957 model Land Rover and head up to the Red Panda Lodge in Kayakatta, Nepal. The drive from hotel to the border would take 3 hours and from there to the lodge would take 1.5-2 hours subject to the number of stops we make. On arrival at around 12 noon, we would need to acclimatise to the 10,500 feet altitude. Lunch will be served followed by a short walk looking for birds. There are 3-6 groups of Panda trackers searching for Pandas in the forest. When a specimen is located, one keeps an eye, while the other returns to the lodge to take the guests up there. So we don’t unnecessarily burn energy trekking in the hills. Walks to a sighting can vary from anywhere between 500 meters to 2 km, rarely exceeding this window.

     

  3. Day 3 Tracking Pandas

    Our first full day of tracking Pandas. We would go on two walks

    a day, once at dawn and once in the afternoon.  We will explore the beauty of the magnificent Tinchule forest and its breathtaking landscapes, photographing the variety of birds also seen in the forest, until a Red Panda has been sighted.  The homestay members are undoubtedly the best trackers around, and once there is a sighting of a Red Panda, we will make our way towards the area where it was seen. We will return to camp for lunch after which there is time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the lodge or work through your images with your Wild Eye Guide.

    We will depart the lodge in the afternoon, following up on any of the sightings we had during the morning. Once we are back in the evening we will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Homestay members and trackers as well as the delicious home cooked meals.  Overnight at Habres Nest.

  4. Day 4 Tracking Pandas

    After a cup of coffee enjoying the spectacular view we will embark on our first walk of the day.  Our main focus will be to find Red Pandas, however there is a wide variety of birdlife and incredible landscapes not to overlook and we will make full use of any photographic opportunities that present themselves.

    We will return to camp for lunch after which there is time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the lodge or work through your images with your Wild Eye Guide.

    We will depart the lodge in the afternoon, following up on any of the sightings we had during the morning. Once we are back in the evening we will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Homestay members and trackers as well as the delicious home cooked meals.  Overnight at Habres Nest.

     

  5. Day 5 Tracking Pandas

    After a cup of coffee enjoying the spectacular view we will embark on a drive up to Sandakphu peak to get a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchendjunga.  The scenery is simply out of this world and is well worth spending a good amount of time at this spectacular location.  We will be in communication with the Panda trackers to find out if there have been any sightings which will determine our plan for the rest of the morning.  Whether we are sitting with a Red Panda or photographing the colourful birdlife and amazing landscapes in the forest, it will be another exciting adventure.

    We will depart the lodge in the afternoon, following up on any of the sightings we had during the morning. Once we are back in the evening we will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Homestay members and trackers as well as the delicious home cooked meals.  Overnight at Habres Nest.

  6. Day 6 Final Full day in Singalila National Park

    Our last full day of tracking through Tinchule Forest and Singalila National Park.

    We will maximise our time once again with Red Pandas when they are found to ensure that everyone has some amazing images and memories to take home.

    There are 3-6 groups of Panda trackers searching for Pandas in the forest. When a specimen is located, one keeps an eye, while the other returns to the lodge to take the guests up there. So we don’t unnecessarily burn energy trekking in the hills. Walks to a sighting can vary from anywhere between 500 meters to 2 km, rarely exceeding this window.

    We will return to camp for lunch after which there is time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the lodge or work through your images with your Wild Eye Guide.

    We will depart the lodge in the afternoon, following up on any of the sightings we had during the morning. Once we are back in the evening we will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Homestay members and trackers as well as the delicious home cooked meals.  Overnight at Habres Nest.

  7. Day 7 Travel day

    We will depart Habres Nest in the morning as we make our way back to Bagdogra by road which will take around 5 hours.  From Bagdogra we will connect on an evening flight to Guwahati were we will overnight at the Radison Hotel.

  8. Day 8 Travel Day to Infinity Resorts

    After breakfast at the Radison Hotel we will transfer by road to Kazirnaga which will take around 4 and a half hours.  Once checked in at Infinity Resorts we will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out on our afternoon safari to explore Kaziranga in an open safari vehicle.

    Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy another delicious meal and the friendly hospitality of the staff at Infinity Resorts

  9. Day 9 Safari

    An early morning start as aim to enter Kaziranga as soon as it opens.  We will explore the incredible diversity, both from a landscape and wildlife point of view.  Our main focus will be to spend time with Indian Rhinos, of which there is a healthy population in Kaziranga.

    We will return to Camp for lunch, after which there is time for you to relax or get some lightroom assistance from your Wild Eye Guide.

    In the afternoon we will depart for our second activity for the day, looking to spend more time with Indian Rhinos.  Depending on what else is happening from a sightings point of view, we will decide on where we will maximise our photographic opportunities.

    Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy another delicious meal and the friendly hospitality of the staff at Infinity Resorts.

  10. Day 10 Safari

    An early morning start as aim to enter Kaziranga as soon as it opens.  We will explore the incredible diversity, both from a landscape and wildlife point of view.  Our main focus will be to spend time with Indian Rhinos, of which there is a healthy population in Kaziranga.

    We will return to Camp for lunch, after which there is time for you to relax or get some lightroom assistance from your Wild Eye Guide.

    In the afternoon we will depart for our second activity for the day, looking to spend more time with Indian Rhinos.  Depending on what else is happening from a sightings point of view, we will decide on where we will maximise our photographic opportunities.

    Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy another delicious meal and the friendly hospitality of the staff at Infinity Resorts.

  11. Day 11 Departure

    After our last morning safari in Kaziranga we will depart on a road transfer to Guwahati (about a 5 hour drive).  From Guwahati we will connect on an evening flight to Delhi Aiport, arriving around 20:00. This will officially mark the end of this Tour.  From Delhi you can connect on your International flights back home.

Dates & Prices

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November 10 - 20, 2021 3 $12,350.00
Guide: Johan