On the trails of elusive Red Panda | 5N 6D

 

 

 

One of the most rewarding species for a wildlife photographer is the elusive Red Panda. And probably the best place to see this species is where Singalila National Park meets the Tinchuley forest in Nepal. With a declining global population, it is always challenging and a dream come true moment for a wildlife photographer to find one in wild. It is estimated that most of world's Red Panda population lives in the Eastern Himalayas ranging from Nepal to Arunachal Pradesh. Singalila National Park has to offer one such pristine habitat, with probably the highest density of this species. Red Panda is closely associated to montane forests (oak mixed; mixed broad-leaf conifer; and conifer) with dense bamboo-thicket understorey. It spends most of its time on mossy branches of big trees. Red Panda is largely vegetarian, eating chiefly young leaves and shoots of bamboo. It also takes fruit, roots, succulent grasses, acorns, lichens, birds' eggs and insects.
  • This area is also famous for its avifaunal diversity which encompasses around 300 species including rarities like Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Eurasian Wren, Scaly breasted Wren Babbler, Fire tailed Myzornis and many more. Apart from this Singalila is home to numerous varities of Orchids, Rhododendrons and Primulas.
  • Other than wildlife, one can fill the memory cards with breathtaking landscapes, highlighted by the mighty Khanchendzonga range. The trail that connects Manebhanjan  with Sandakphu (highest point in West Bengal) and Phalut is more popular among trekkers and hikers. In short this area offers a great package for every kind of nature and adventure lover.
   
  • Best Season: March - May & October - early December
  • Tour Duration: 5 Nights 6 days
  • Tour Starts from:  NJP Rly. Stn./Bagdogra airport
  • Tour Starts on: Dec 06, 2020
  • Tour Ends at: NJP Rly. Stn./Bagdogra airport
  • Tour Ends on:  Dec 11, 2020
  • Major Places of Attraction: Tumling, Gairibas, Kali Pokhri, Sandakphu, Phalut 
Day 1: NJP Rly. stn./Bagdogra - Manebhanjan - Tumling  Meet and greet at Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway Station and drive up hills to reach Manebhanjang via Mirik and Jorpokhri and through some of the famous tea gardens, which takes around 3 hrs (82 km). Shift to a 4X4 vehicle at Manebhanjan and drive further up hills through a steep path to Tumling (a village in Nepal), one of the highest points on the route, where the journey ends for the day. A magnificent view of Mt. Kangchendzonga might be waiting for you, though in the second half of the day it’s usually covered with cloud. Stay overnight at a homestay at Tumling.
   
  • Day 2-5: Tumling and surroundings
Our well informed and experienced trackers will be out everyday on different trails in search of the elusive firefox and take us to the spot whenever one is sighted. This will involve car drive as well as easy to moderate trekking depending upon the circumstances. Meanwhile we can engage ourselves in birding and landscape photography as Singlalila provides a great opportunity for both.
   
  • Day 6: Tumling - Manebhanjan - NJP Rly. Stn./Bagdogra airport
After a short morning outdoor activity and having breakfast we will start our return journey. We will reach NJP Rly. Stn./Bagdogra airport according to the schedule of train/air. Upon reaching there, the tour ends.

Tour cost: 44, 500 + 5% GST

Tour cost includes:

·         Transfers from NJP/ Bagdogra to  Manebhanjan  and return, by Bolero or similar

·         Transfers inside the park, (4 X 4 vehicle), (Bolero or similar)

·         All accommodation in Tumling in 2/3 sharing basis 

·         All food (B/L/D) starting from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 6

·         Team of Red Panda Trackers and Local guides

·         Tour skipper and birding guide

·         National park entry fees   Bottled drinking water

 

 

Tour cost excludes:

·         Train/Airfare

·         Camera charges and forest entry fees

·         Food/Beverage other than mentioned above

·         Camera entry fees (if any)

·         Tips and gratuities and any kind of expense of personal nature

·         Any extra cost involved in change in itinerary or cancellation of tour due to natural calamity or medical emergency or political unrest or government announced lockdown or any other unforeseen and unintentional situations

·         Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions

 
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