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Red Panda Expedition

WILD RED PANDA TOUR IN SINGALIALA
& WILD NEPAL

Expert guided Premium Himalayan Birding tour

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Highlights

JOIN A GROUP OF MAX 8 WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS ON ONE OF FEW LIMITED EDITION FIX-DEPARTURES.

PRIVATELY GUIDED & HOSTED BY AN EXPERT AND SKILLED MENTOR WITH A TEAM OF TRACKERS & Guides.

CHANCES TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ELUSIVE WILD RED PANDA - THE CUTEST ANIMAL ON THE PLANET, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ITS CONSERVATION.

THE SINGALILA IS HOME TO SOME EXOTIC HIMALAYAN BIRDS. HILL PARTRIDGE, SATYR TRAGOPAN, BLOOD PHEASANT, MYZORNIS, FULVETTAS ARE FEW OF THEM.

SINGALILA IS HOME TO RARE & ENDANGERED SPECIES. BLACK PANTHER, CLOUDED LEOPARD, GOLDEN CAT, AND FLYING SQUIRRELS ARE A FEW OF THEM.

This Park is home to over 650 varieties of Orchids, 39 varieties of Rhododendrons, Endemic Cobra Lilies, Magnolias, and numerous more.

Your Journey at a glance

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 park.
  • 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 silent senses, as you dive deep into the wilderness and connect to the roots and uncharted territory.

    Red Panda Tour to Singalila National Park bolsters your silent senses, as you dive deep into the wilderness and connect to the roots and uncharted territory.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Singalila Park in West Bengal – an enchanting once-in-a-lifetime experience where you are welcomed by red pandas aka #cutenessoverload.

What to expect…

Day 1: The journey to Singalila

After Aarrivad at Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Station, the driver will be ready to pick them up.

  • Keeping in mind the convenience of our visitors, while they arrive, the driver and our experienced team leader will be ready to pick them up from the airport so as to avoid any last moment hassle.

    After four hours’ journey Visitors will then be accompanied to the checkpoint of Singalila National Park – Manebhanjeng.

    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, and a 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.

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 expert trackers are already out in the wild tracing for the Wild Red Panda.

    To make this day exciting we give our guests the option to either walk to the Red Panda habitat through the trail, accompanied by the experts.

    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, 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.

Day 3 through 5 – explore more with experts in Singalila & Wild Nepal

As a portion of the Red Panda habitat is in Nepal and the rest in India, our trackers will travel both sides.

  • Our trackers will scan Singalila forest & wild Nepal looking for illusive cute Red Panda.

    Our trackers also search for other wildlife species to make it easier for our visitors to decide on the latter half of their journey of this wildlife photography holiday.

    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 habitat 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 Tumling 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.

    Red Panda Expedition in Nepal is also upon the forest of Dobate or Tinchule, those are famous for red Panda Habitat 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.

Day 6: The Expedition continues, try for something more

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 Nepal side in the dense forest of Tinchule or Dobate..
  • 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 400 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.

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This unforgettable journey is limited to 8 guests with a set date. Talk to us if you interested to join this Expedition.

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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

  • 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 is 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 serious 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.

Precautions for COVID 19

Safety & security is our main motto. Sundarban tour, safe tour.

Still worry about COVID hygienic issue?

  • Regular Thermal Screening test for Guest, Boat Crew, Manager before the tour.
  • Daily Boat Sanitization.
  • To ensure Social distancing, tourist capacity shall be reduced by 50% in Boat.
  • Fully Sanitized Car for pickup & drop service (Chargeable).

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7 Days from INR 42,900 per person

TAKE YOU FIRST STEP TO THE LAND OF WILD RED PANDA

GROUP DEPARTURE PRICE

September : 24 – 30, 18 -23

October : 09 - 15, 24 - 30

November : 22 - 28

December : 07 - 13

March, 2023 : 06 - 12, 20 - 26

April, 2023 : 04 - 10, 19 - 25

PRICE AND 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.

  • Indian Citizen – 42,900/-
  • Foreigner – 46,400/-
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
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Any other food or beverages are other than mentioned above.
  • Laundry service.
  • Liquors or Smoke.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Still & Video Camera permits.
TREMS AND CONDITIONS
  • All cancellation requests must be sent through email to sundarbanwildlifeexpedition@gmail.com The refund policy mentioned below will be applicable to an amount outside of the 25% booking amount.
  • All cancellations before 90 days from the departure date: 100% refund.
  • All cancellations between 60 – 90 days from the departure date: 50% refund.
  • All cancellations between 31 – 59 days from the departure date: 25% refund
  • All cancellations within 30 days from the departure date: No refund can be made. We are sorry!

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    What is so Exceptional about our Safari Boat?

    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.

    Features to look for when on the cruise for the Wildlife Expeditions –

    • 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 ertainly 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.

    • baby red panda expedition singalila national park tour. 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.

    Sundarban Wildlife Photo Safaris highlights & updates

    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.

    Home stay – 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.

    Recommended Equipments

    Telephoto lenses preferably above 400mm.

    Wide – angle lenses for landscapes and habit shots.

    Extra Camera batteries and memory cards.

    Mosquito repellents (If you wish to).

    Forest – friendly clothing & sunscreen lotions.

    Binoculars for better viewing must be mandatory in dense forests like Sundarbans.

    The world needs more stripes

    Did you know that there are less than 4,000 of these strikingly beautiful cats left in the world?

    INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ROYAL BENGAL TIGER

    Frequently asked questions

    How is the boat stay facility in Sundarbans?

    Night stay at boat facilities is basic type, dormitory pattern on lower deck, you will find separate double sharing bed, 1 Common western washroom & 1 Common Indian Washroom. You can expect Camera & mobile Phone charging facilities at Night. But if you need deluxe facilities then go for night stay facilities at Hotel Room.

    Who will our tour Mentor ?

    Samir Sarkar is an Indian-based Nature & Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist & Wildlife enthusiast. His love for wildlife made him quit his IT Job & Business, & took up Wildlife photography as a full-time passion.

    He has served as a Wildlife tour guide, and conservationist in Sundarban National Park form 2012.

    He will conduct the whole Sundarban wildlife tour.

    How many tigers are there in Sundarban?

    In the 2014 national census, 76 tigers were traced in the zone. In 2018, the number of big cats was 88. The 2020-2021 Census conducted by the state forest department had found 96 tigers in the delta.

    Why the tiger is called Dakshin Ray?

    Dakshin Ray (“King of the South”) is a revered deity in the Sundarbans in India and Bangladesh who rules over beasts and demons.

    He is regarded as the overall ruler of the Sundarbans. Through his ascetic power, he took the form of a tiger called Dakshin Rai.

    What type of forest is Sundarban?

    The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal.

    It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987.

    The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats, and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes.

    The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Bengal tiger, and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

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