Red Pandas & Sloth Bears

Highlights

  Red Panda opportunities
  Stunning scenery
  Sloth bears
  Home-stays, meet the locals 
  Glorious birds

Date: 4th to 15th April 2020

Price: please get in touch

Max Group Size: 8 guests

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.

This itinerary takes you to two states in India – West Bengal in eastern India to Singalila National Park and to Madhya Pradesh in Central India to Satpura 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 kilometres. Satpura on the other hand is excellent for exploring the central Indian jungles in canoes, on foot and even allows dusk drives.

At a Glance

  • Price is £4,350.00 pp.
  • Group size is maximum of 8.
  • Duration is 12 nights in India.
  • Accommodation is in either home-stays or cottages.
  • Price includes international and internal flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities stated in the itinerary. 

Itinerary

Day 0 (4 April 2020): Fly to Delhi

Day 1 (5 April 2020) : Arrive in Delhi

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi (breakfast included).

Day 2: Majua
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.

Accommodation: Homestay in Majua

Days 3 – 6 : Singalila National Park
After an early breakfast we transfer to the airport and catch our flight to Bagdogra. After lunch at Bagdogra continue onwards to Singalila National Park. Arrive at your homestay in Singalila in the late afternoon.

Singalila is part of the Eastern Himalayan range and exploring this park means taking short walks / treks through its forests searching for Red Pandas and other wildlife mentioned in the description above. The park is spread over India and Nepal and is about 78 sq. km at an altitude ranging from 7000-12000 ft above sea level.

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. A wildlife paradise for all!

Accommodation: Habre’s Nest is a homestay that is located in the quaint hamlet of Kaiakata on the India and Nepal border. The home is built in Nepali design typical of this region and houses all basic amenities that you will require. All meals included.

Day 7: Delhi transfer
After breakfast make your way back to Bagdogra to catch your afternoon flight back to Delhi.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi (breakfast included).

Days 8 – 11: Satpura Tiger Reserve
To begin with you can explore the reserve with a walking safari, a great way to tune your senses to the sights, sounds and smell of the forest – there has been a lot of travelling by vehicle. There is also a lot of focus on birding and lesser fauna on these walks.

The following days are spent exploring the park; in the Churna region there are morning and afternoon safaris, other areas there are canoe safaris which are excellent for watching and photographing riverine birds, crocodiles as well as land mammals coming down for a drink.  There is time for afternoon leisure with an evening dusk drive into the buffer forest search for nocturnal animals. And finally take jeep drives in search of the tiger, leopard, Asiatic wild dogs and the sloth bear. There is so much to explore.

Accommodation: Forsyth Lodge is your gateway into verdant surroundings coupled with the allure of natural living. Forsyth’s makes every effort to tread as lightly as possible on the ecosystem while making an exciting encounter with Nature possible for the visitor.

Through constant partnership with the park administration and the local community, they have crafted a bespoke wilderness experience that suits every need.

All meals included.

Day 12 (15 April 2020): Return to Delhi and flight home
After a leisurely lunch transfer by road to Bhopal. Take a evening flight to Delhi.