Our TripsWildcats of India

11 Days | 20 Oct 2018

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India is home to the highest diversity of wildcats in the world, surpassing even the number of wildcat species found in the continent of Africa. There are 37 species of wildcats found in the world and of these India is home to 15 species (approximately 40% of the total wildcat species). That’s a very big number considering not many around the world look upon India as a wildlife destination. A large number of you would know of all the iconic species such as the tiger, lion, leopard and the snow leopard, however, a few of us give importance to the lesser cats even though searching for them is just as exciting.

This experience has been designed to optimize the search for the following wildcats:

  • Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Leopard
  • Melanistic Leopard (although it’s the same as the Indian leopard seeing a melanistic leopard somehow seems more exciting and unique)
  • Jungle Cat
  • Rusty Spotted Cat – world’s smallest wildcat

Apart from the wildcats, other wildlife that you will find in the region are:

Mammals: Asiatic Elephant, Sloth Bear, Dhole (Asiatic wild dog), Gaur (Indian bison), Indian Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Golden Jackal, Indian Fox and if lucky you might see the Indian Pangolin and the Honey Badger

Birds: Indian Peafowl, Paradise Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Indian Pitta, 4-5 species of Woodpeckers, 3-4 species of Kingfishers, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle along with 300 other species of birds.

Reptiles: Marsh Crocodile, Indian Rock Monitor, Rock Agama, Chameleon, Fan-throated Lizard, Russell’s Viper, Indian Rock Python, Spectacled Cobra and many more.

 

Photo Credits : David Raju

Day 1

: Arrive in Delhi. No activities are planned for this day as participants of this group arrive from different destinations. Overnight in Delhi.

NOTE: Optional activities within the city can be organized for those who arrive early on additional payment.

Day 2

: Today you take an early morning flight to Bhopal. On arrival you be transferred to Satpura Tiger Reserve. Lunch will be at the lodge. You safari experience begins with a jeep safari in Satpura. Overnight stay will be at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 3

: This morning we embark on a full day safari into Satpura and explore Churna Zone. Overnight stay will be at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 4

: You start your day this morning with a walking safari in Satpura. Lunch will be at the lodge. In the evening explore nocturnal animals in a dusk drive. Overnight will be at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 5

: You take your last safari in Satpura this morning. After a heavy brunch at the lodge you transfer by road to Pench Tiger Reserve. You will have the evening at leisure. One can choose to explore the area around the lodge for birds and other fauna. Overnight will be at Pench Tree Lodge.

Day 6

: This day you explore Pench Tiger Reserve in morning and afternoon jeep safaris into the tiger reserve. Overnight will be at Pench Tree Lodge.

Day 7

: You take your last jeep safari in Pench this morning. After an early lunch you will be transferred by road to Nagpur airport. Catch a flight this evening to Bangalore. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Overnight will be in a hotel in Bangalore.

Day 8

: After an early breakfast transfer by road to Kabini. You should arrive at the lodge by Lunch. This afternoon you start your exploration of Kabini with a boat safari ideal for exploring riverine birds, reptiles and animals. Overnight stay will be at Kaav Jungle Lodge.

Day 9

: Today you explore Nagarhole National Park in search for the elusive Black Panther or the Melanistic Leopard. This is going to be the key focus of our exploration of this region, although it is also home to the other wildcats such as the Bengal Tiger, Leopard and the Jungle Cat. Overnight will be at Kaav Jungle Lodge.

Day 10

: The day again is spent exploring Nagarhole in search of the various wildcats along with species such as the Dhole, Gaur, Asiatic Elephant, Wild Boar and a variety of deer species. Overnight will be at Kaav Jungle Lodge.

Day 11

: Today you take your last jeep safari into the Indian jungles. Following this you check-out and transfer back to Bangalore from where you catch 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.

Pench Tiger Reserve: Pench Tree Lodge

Pench Tree Lodge is the refuge of the au courant, adventurous and eco sensitive ‘Mowgli’. Their six well appointed tree houses are perched in the undisturbed 16 hectares of forested area in the small ‘Sarrahiri’ village of Pench in the Karmajhiri area. This is the first lodge to be set up in this underdeveloped zone and supports are conservation policy of not overcrowding areas and making them unsustainable with over exposure to tourism.

This luxurious abode in the jungle is perched on top of the Mahua trees and supported by stilts. Large French windows allow for an uninterrupted view of the deciduous forest and grassland and lets you observe the multitude of birds, butterflies and the wild animals at the lodge. Our guests have so far seen wild boars, civets, jungle cats, jackals and spotted deer as they sat sipping their morning tea or the evening sundowner on the private deck. Breaking away from the monotony of oft repeated safari lodgings, they have been designed with an eclectic mix of vintage and natural aesthetics.

Kabini: Kaav Jungle Lodge

An eco-friendly resort that practices sustainable hospitality, at Kaav they go beyond low-impact tourism. Working in tandem with local communities, they strive to achieve true sustainability with annual plantings of endemic flora to maintain the crucial biodiversity of our home.

The luxury resort uses renewable energy sources wherever possible. Their kitchen waste is digested in a bio gas plant and the naturally-obtained methane is used for all their cooking. They take every care to put in more than they take out by recharging their groundwater tables and engaging a reverse osmosis system that provides potable water at low-energy expenditure.

The locale that has come to be termed as Kabini sits on the banks of its eponymous reservoir whose river winds its way from Wayanad in Kerala to join the Kaveri in Karnataka. These shores, flanked by the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks, are widely regarded as one of the best, most accessible places in the country to sight wildlife.

A boat safari to its periphery turns into a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 250 species resting on the branches that emerge from within the reservoir’s waters – lending this landscape a magical aura.

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