Our Trips Pandas and Sloth bear

13 Days | 4 Apr 2020

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India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated. One amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of the wild is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world, since the Giant Panda is actually a bear! And the eastern Himalayas are the only place where one can find these furry mammals.

This journey traverses through hills and plains to find some well-known and some oft-missed wildlife of India. Our program takes you to two states in India – West Bengal in Eastern India, home to the Singalila National Park and Madhya Pradesh in Central India, for the Satpura Tiger Reserve. The regions differ vastly in terrain, birdlife as well as mammalian life forms.

Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India, located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000-12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometres. A birding paradise, with more than 300 species of birds recorded here, you can look out for 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.

Satpura on the other hand is excellent for exploring the central Indian jungles in canoes, on foot and even on dusk drives through the wilderness. Known for a high density of sloth bears, leopards and bison, it is also home to interesting lesser-known species such as the Indian Giant Squirrel, rusty spotted cat and the small Indian civet. Satpura is home to about 350 species including the much sought-after Indian Skimmer.

 

 

Day 1

: Arrive in Delhi. There are no special activities today, as we wait for all guests to arrive. Spend the day at your own pace. Overnight at Holiday Inn, Aerocity.

Day 2

: Check out after an early breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Bagdogra (1020/1225), where our team will receive you. After lunch, leave for Majua, which lies at the edge of Singalila National Park. Since entry is not allowed into Singalila after 1300, we will spend the night in Majua – a homestay and an excellent location to spot birds and the Bhutan Flying Squirrel. Overnight in Majua.

Day 3

: In the morning, we will make our way into Singalila National Park and 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 on foot, exploring various trails through the park. Overnight at Habre’s Nest.

Day 4

: Continue exploring Singalila, which offers various opportunities to photograph beautiful landscapes, birds and even flora. The park is home to over 600 species of orchids and the largest concentration of orchid blooms in a single geographical area. Overnight at Habre’s Nest.

Day 5

: Our search for the red panda as well as the diverse birds and wildcats of the region continues. Sandakphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal, offering the best views of the Kangchenjunga range, and is also known as the Sleeping Buddha. Overnight at Habre’s Nest.

Day 6

: Our search for the red panda as well as the diverse birds and wildcats of the region continues. Sandakphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal, offering the best views of the Kangchenjunga range, and is also known as the Sleeping Buddha. Overnight at Habre’s Nest.

Day 7

: Our search for the red panda as well as the diverse birds and wildcats of the region continues. Sandakphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal, offering the best views of the Kangchenjunga range, and is also known as the Sleeping Buddha. Overnight at Habre’s Nest.

Day 8

: Much of today will be spent traveling back to Delhi. After breakfast, transfer to Bagdogra from where you will catch your flight to Delhi (1630/1850). Overnight at Holiday Inn Aerocity.

Day 9

: Start early from Delhi to Bhopal (0555/0720). Our team will receive you at the airport and transfer you by road to Satpura Tiger Reserve (4 hours away). You should arrive at the lodge by 1200/1230. After lunch and some rest, begin exploring Satpura on a walking safari – a great way to tune your senses to the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. We will focus on birding and the lesser-known fauna on these walks. Overnight at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 10

: Today is an exciting day with a full day in the forest. Visit the Churna region on a morning safari to the area and return in the afternoon safari. You can spend the time in between at Churna Forest Rest House, but many of our guests prefer the small creek that runs past the camp and is home to a diversity of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. For those interested in rock art, there is an option to hike up to some caves not too far away. Overnight at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 11

: We change pace again early this morning and embark on a canoe safari to explore the river and streams of Satpura. If we start early, we can catch the spectacular sunrise over the river. Canoe safaris are excellent for watching and photographing riverine birds, crocodiles as well as land mammals coming down for a drink. Spend the afternoon at leisure and drive into the buffer forest at dusk, in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 12

: Take two jeep drives in search of the tiger, leopard, Asiatic wild dogs and the sloth bear. Overnight at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 13

: Today, we take our last safari – a walking safari through the tiger reserve. Return to the lodge to freshen-up and rest for a bit. After a leisurely lunch, transfer by road to Bhopal and take the evening flight to Delhi (2040/2205), from where you connect on to your international flight back home.

Satpura Tiger Reserve: Forsyth Lodge

Nestled in the midst of 44 acres of jungle at the end of the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Forsyth Lodge is your gateway into verdant surroundings coupled with the allure of natural living. Their focus lies in being able to deliver to you, a wholesome and sustainable wildlife experience. Through constant partnership with the park administration and the local community, they have crafted a bespoke wilderness experience that suits every need.

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. This is reflected in the care with which their buildings are constructed, and in the ways in which they manage and recycle water, and in the manner in which they cast about for better alternatives to existing technology —be it quieter engines or solar-powered motors—when it comes to everyday access to the Satpura Park

At Forsyth, they are a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate individuals helping their guests explore the best of the wilderness at Satpura. It is because of their team’s immense love for nature that they relentlessly strive to deliver an immaculate experience of the woodlands. Each of their team members is a distinctive nemophilist, who not only knows the ways of the wild but also knows how to make your experience memorable.

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