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Red Panda Expedition – Escape the crowd, Red Panda voyage in the wild trails of Singalila National Park.

Quoting popular John Muir, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” A caged soul needs to escape from the trapped boundaries and feel the fresh vibe. National parks are the most perfect thing that has happened to every living being on our planet.

Red Panda Tour to Singalila National Park bolsters your silence senses, as you dive deep into the wilderness and connect to the roots and uncharted territory. Singalila Park in West Bengal – an enchanting once-in-a-lifetime experience where you are welcomed by red pandas aka #cutenessoverload.

Humans are born to live not to exist. Shed the hustle-bustle of city lives and spare some moments of tranquility and inner enjoyment. The only place that fulfills your every wish is nature, in the lap of nature, you grow exponentially. Sangalila National Park welcomes you with open arms as you catch glimpse of enchanting flora and fauna. Uncover the lid of your camera lens and capture the charismatic beauty of the national park.

It is always recommended to plan for the 7-day Red Panda Tour including 6 days of the major Red Panda Safari with Himalayan birding tour,  and 1 day in hand to travel to the destination to and fro.

6 nights 7 days Red Panda Expedition fits all the possible ventures one wants to pursue while in the Wildlife photo safaris in Singalila National Park.

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Singalila National Park

Not to exaggerate or brag, but the exuberant charm of Singalila and Singalila range is capable enough to make one feel next to heaven. It is one of the most exotic locations characterized by the presence of Red pandas. This next vacation of yours serves as a natural home for mammals by keeping them secured under their tender heath. Apart from Red Panda, the inclusion of Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, and various others are an added watch, when visiting Singalila for your wildlife tour.

This place also records the world’s highest point Sandakhphu to experience the 4 out 5 highest peaks including Everest- 8848m, Kanchanjungha- 8586m, Lhotse- 8516m, and Makalu- 8481m, giving you the single panoramic view of the highest peaks together.

If one is greatly fascinated by bird watching and birding photography, then this is the ideal place to experience 300 different species of birds with distinct habitats. Our visitors are invited to come for a Singalila trek to relish the birdwatching holidays, including Blood pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented tit, fire tailed Mayzornis, golden breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bullfinches, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and more will make this holiday a thrilling one.

Also, the forest is the habitat of the Red Pandas as this is densely covered with Oak, Maple, Magnolia, Rhododendron with Bamboo undergrowth and Pandas love sustaining on bamboo.

Not to forget the beautiful landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. The breathtaking aura of Kanchendzonga and Mount Everest can be visualized on crystal clear days making it ideal for photographers to grab their cameras and click those timeless shots.

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Red Panda

Commonly known by the name ‘firefox,’ Red pandas can be spotted in Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. Though Red pandas are endangered and on the verge of extinction as considered by IUCN, it certainly cannot be denied that they have some eye-catching elegance. Their body covered with reddish-brown fur and long shaggy tail. Their go-to nutrition being bamboo, they are found mostly around areas covered with dense forest, full of natural Red Panda habitat. Red pandas also show minimal dependence on eggs, birds, and insects.

Red Pandas are more active during the afternoon and early evening as compared to the daytime. They are considered one of the most silent species only making some sort of whistling sound to communicate amongst themselves. Red Pandas can only sustain at a habitat which has a moderate climate ranging from 10 to 25 degree Celsius with little annual rain. Since it mostly depends on bamboo eating, they love dense forests and mountains.

The Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund is working to help save the extinction of the Red Pandas by reducing the risk of forest fires, sustainable harvesting, and many other unsustainable activities.

Even after careful surveillance, the numbers of Red Pandas are decreasing with time due to multiple threatening issues including deforestation, poaching, and depression leading from inbreeding.

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Choose the months of March, April, and May as they are the most pleasant and suitable time to visit this particular region associated with the tantalizing blush of rhododendrons and orchids. Do not miss out on a chance to experience this wondrous place. You can choose to go solo or accompany your photographer friends to experience the magnificent sight of a lifetime.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 – The journey to Singalila

Keeping in mind the convenience of our visitors, while they arrive, the driver and our experienced team leader will be ready to pick them from the airport so as to avoid any last moment hassle. Visitors will then be accompanied to the checkpoint of Singalila National Park – Manebhanjen. Our guests will leave the landrover and move towards their new home for the next 6 nights in Tumling/Kalapokhri by afternoon.

To keep our visitors full, we have also arranged for a Lunch throughout the course of Tumling/ Kalipokhri. The first night is the mark of feet on the pedestal for a captivating ride. The travelers will hone their arsenal which includes power-charged batteries, camera kit ready to capture beautiful shots in the upcoming photographic safaris. The night before the big day is meant for strategizing how to go about the game. Once everything is set for launch, we go back to sleep with beautiful dreams.

Please keep in mind: Since Singalila will be closed for entry post 2 pm onwards, it’s requested to our wildlife tours visitor book the first flight to Bagdogra no later than 9 am. In any situation, if our visitors fail to book the first flight, we have also arranged for a stay at Manebhanjang/ Siliguri for a night at an extra cost the night before the main event.

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Day 2 – Red Panda wildlife expeditions & Bird watching tours

We have placed our guide and experts in such a way that by the time our guests are up for their Red Pand wildlife safari, our trackers are already out in the wild tracing for the Red Panda.

To make this day exciting we give our guests the option to either walk to the Red Panda spot through the trail, accompanied by the experts, or can choose to take our ride the land rover to the spot.

While looking for the Red Panda spot, our visitors can also choose to do short bird watching tours on the way to the trail, while our trackers are out looking for the Red Pandas.

Depending on the situation, we can either have our lunch on the field or back at the lodge. Besides, the dinner will be served in the homestay followed by an overnight relaxing stay.

Note: In Singalila National Park Red Panda Safari, the Landrover can only travel to a motorable road near to the sighting.

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Day 3 through 5 – Our Regular Activity

As a portion of Singalila is in Nepal and the rest in India, our trackers will travel both sides looking for the Red Pandas and other species to make it easier for our visitors to decide on the latter half of their journey of this wildlife photography holidays. Don’t forget this tour is also one of the best bird photography tours India and our team also help you to capture rare Himalayan Birds,  our Red Panda Expedition safari India team will choose the best bird photography location where one can fulfill their birdlife photography passion.

Our wildlife photography Tour is not just about Red Pandas. In addition, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Kanchendzonga peak and sleeping Buddha by visiting Tumbling for exploring it alongside our guide and tracker.

One can also experience the highest point of West Bengal called the Sandakphu, making it easier to gaze at the mesmerizing sight of Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga, one of the best parts of the jungle safari in India.

To make this trip even more memorable our guests can also choose to visit the Nepal side of the trip also.

Our guests can choose to trek up through the trails for a wild photography experience or can ride through the Landrover to explore different sights of the Sandakphu. Arrangements in Nepal are also upon the mountains of Dobate, a well-preserved village. Here you can enjoy a day full of different photographic experiences. Besides, this place is a major hotspot for Red Pandas and of few aesthetic villages to look around.

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Day 6 –

Keeping in mind that we might miss Red Panda Spotting through the other days. We have specially planned this day so that we can try and spot Red Panda in Dobate or Choyotar on the Nepal side in the dense forest of Tinchula Singalila National Park.

In the dense forest of Singalila National Park, we work to look for the Red Pandas at a steering height of 5000 to 12000 feet above sea level. This spot is considered one of the most amazing trek routes running through the tea plantation and High Mountain trails marking this as one of the best safaris in India.

On the way to the mountain trail, we happen to spend some time on birdlife photography. Over 40 different species of birds including Satyr Tragopan, Gould’s Shortwing, Golden Bush-robin, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Spotted Laughingthrush, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Chestnut Headed Tesia, Scaly-breasted wren Babbler, Hoary-throated Barwing, 4 types of Parrotbills and many more, making your day watching and clicking in this bird watching tours.

Day 7 – On the way to Bagdogra

Followed by a thorough breakfast, our visitors will be moved to the airport on the way to Bagdogra airport.

Dates

October 2021 1st & 21st   ||   *9 Seats
November 2021 05 – 11   ||  *9 Seats
February 2022 26 – 04    ||   *9 Seats
March 2022 26 – 01   ||  *9 Seats
April 2022 02 – 08   ||  *9 Seats

Safari Activities

Activities to look forward to in our wildlife trips

Trekking –

We have made it more adventurous with our trekking experience that our visitors can choose to opt for while moving through the trails of Singalila National Park looking for Red Panda, accompanied by our trackers. There will be a team of porters helping our visitors through the trails while looking for the Red Panda.

Bird Watching –

One can get involved in bird watching while the trackers look for the traces of the Red Panda through the wild. Our visitors have both by foot and by our Land Rover/ Bolero/ Innova safari to experience the different species of birds across Singalila National Park.

Transportation –

Looking at the current situation we have made sure that we keep our vehicles sanitized and hygienic. In the mountain, the best car to travel through is either a Bolero or a Land Rover. We provide both for our guests keeping in mind the comfort of our travelers.

Homestay –

As we are planning for a wildlife safari in India, we happen to expect a clean and hygienic place with basic amenities and aesthetic food to relish our times while traveling in the wild.

Essentials

  • Telephoto lenses preferably above 400mm.
  • Wide-angle lenses for landscapes and habit shots.
  • Extra Camera batteries and memory cards.
  • Binoculars.
  • Tripod or Monopod.
  • Shoulder Sling starp for Camera.
  • Forest – friendly clothing.
  • Track Pants & Trekking Shoes.
  • Personal Medical Kit.

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Species to Photograph

If you are into the wild, then Singalila is one of the best placed in India to experience the rare Red Panda, apart from the Red Panda alongside Singalila is home to a different species of mammals including Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika among others.

If one is greatly fascinated by bird watching and birding photography, then this is the ideal place to experience 300 different species of birds with distinct habitats. Our visitors are invited to come for a Singalila trek to relish the birdwatching holidays, including Blood pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented tit, fire tailed Mayzornis, golden breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bullfinches, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and more will make this holiday a thrilling one.

Not to forget the beautiful landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. The breathtaking aura of Kanchendzonga and Mount Everest can be visualized on crystal clear days making it ideal for photographers to grab their cameras and click those timeless shots.

Best time to visit

Planning to Visit? Find out the best time to experience the scenic beauty

Visit during September through November – Autumn is the time for wild fruits and Red Panda loves to taste these wild fruits including kiwi, Strawberries, and Sarbus. In addition, you can also experience the clear sky making it a good time for birding.

December through January – Our visitors might experience snowfall. This the best time as this is the season for mating and our wildlife photographers can take advantage of this time. This is a time when one might be able to experience good birding because of the clear sky.

If you are planning for February through March – Since the fall happens to be the mating season, right after the same our visitors might be able to experience mother Red Pandas with their baby red panda during this late fall season. This could be a great emotional capture for many wildlife photographers. This season is also a great time to experience heavy birding.

April through Mid May – This time of the year happens to be a complete bridal look accompanied with the Rhododendron as the color of the flower is showering bright, making the valley blossom. Besides this, you can also see flowers like Orchid, Magnolia and many more. This is the best time for excellent birding.

Mid May through Mid June – This is the time in the rain when you can experience beautiful wildflowers like Orchids, Cobra Lily, Wild strawberries and an excellent time for birding.

Price & inclusion

Price: INR 42,900/- per participant inclusive of all taxes. 25% of the amount needs to be paid as a booking fee (non-refundable). Balance 75% to be paid 90 days prior to the departure date.
Cost Includes – 
  • Your stay & food as mentioned above.
  • Guides, Porters & Safari Land Rover/ Bolero Cost.
  • Restricted Area Permits for India and Nepal.
  • Pure Himalayan water.
  • Pick up & Drop from Manebhanjan to Tumling.
  • Pick up & Drop from Bagdogra Airport/ NJP
Cost Excludes –
  • Any other food or beverages are other than mentioned above.
  • Laundry service.
  • Liquors or Smoke.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Still & Video Camera permits.
Cancellation Policy –
  • All cancellation requests must be sent through email to sundarbanwildlifeexpedition@gmail.com The refund policy mentioned below will be applicable to amount outside of the 25% booking amount.
  • All cancellations before 90 days from departure date : 100% refund.
  • All cancellations between 60 – 90 days from departure date : 50% refund.
  • All cancellations between 31 – 59 days from departure date : 25% refund
  • All cancellations within 30 days from departure date : No refund can be made. We are sorry!

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