Primates, Rhinos and Hornbills India wildlife holiday
15 days from £4150*
After spending 30 days in West Bengal and Assam during April 2018, Allan Blanchard and his friend and expert wildlife guide, Avijit Dutta, wanted to bring together the very best wildlife experiences these two beautiful states have to offer and put together two dates for a completely unique and unmatched Wildlife Trails small group wildlife tour of North East India. The result is a beautiful overland trip, visiting some of the regions most iconic wildlife sanctuaries; including Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga, Manas, Pakke and Nameri. Far fewer international and domestic visitors make it across to these beautiful national parks and as a result we have the chance to enjoy the amazing wildlife without the crowds that can affect your enjoyment in north and central India.
This is a Small Group Tour
Arrive in Kolkata and overnight at the iconic luxury hotel called ‘The Lalit’ - second oldest hotel in the city, which has been beautifully restored. Afternoon free to explore Kolkata with your expert guide who is also a local!
Morning flight from Kolkata to Jorhat. Followed by transfer to a simple family resort 30 minutes from the Gibbon Sanctuary.
Early morning transfer to the entrance of the Gibbon sanctuary, where we will spend 3-4 hours looking for Hoolock Gibbons, stump tailed macaque and pig tailed macaque.
Another chance in the morning for primates at Gibbon, followed by 3 hour transfer to Kaziranga. The eastern range of Kaziranga is en route; so we will enjoy a safari here, before driving on another hour to ‘Infinity Resort’ for our overnight accommodation.
Early morning elephant safari in central zone followed by jeep safari. Afternoon jeep safari in central zone.
Morning jeep safari in western zone, followed by afternoon jeep safari in the central zone.
Morning jeep safari in the central zone, followed by afternoon safari in western or far western zone - depending on latest info on sightings!
After breakfast we will have a 4 hour drive to Balipara where we will check into the ‘Wild Masheer resort’. In the afternoon we will go for a walk/birding in the area near the lodge
After an early breakfast, we drive to Nameri National Park. While on the gentle walking safari inside the, park there is a great chance to see capped langurs and great hornbills, as well as multiple species of birds, elephants and barking deer. After an early lunch, drive up to the Kameng River for a gentle raft ride down the fresh water inside nameri national park for 1-2 hours.
Whole day safari at Pakke tiger reserve inside the state of Arunachal. Highlights at Pakke are the chance to see three different species of Hornbills. including Great, Pied and Wreathed; in addition to endemic eastern Himalayan birds, barking deer, Malayan giant squirrels and wild elephants.
After breakfast we have a 6 hour drive to the world heritage site and rarely visited, Manas national park, where we check into Musa Lodge. Afternoon birding around the lodge and/or visit to a traditional Bora village
Morning safari in one of the most beautiful tiger sanctuaries in India. Incredible real jungle habitat, huge grasslands and the awesome backdrop of the hills of Bhutan. We choose to stay 1 night in the Forest Bungalow to maximise our wildlife viewing.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Manas national park. Overnight at Musa Resort
Whole day safari inside Manas national Park. Apart from some great birding and a wide variety of flora, sightings of Elephants, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Assamese Macaques, Great hornbills and Capped Langurs are the other probable highlights
Packed breakfast and early check out from Musa Jungle Retreat and drive onward to Kakaijana Reserve Forest. Trek here for about three hours to sight different troops of Golden Langurs. We then drive onto the airport at Guwahati to connect with a flight to Kolkata. Overnight at a mid-range airport hotel.
When appropriate you will be transferred to Kolkata airport to connect with your onward international flight.
Cost £4150 per person based on sharing a double/twin room throughout and not including international flights.
Single person supplement £850
This is a small group tour scheduled for the fixed dates shown above in November/December 2018, with a maximum of 8 clients, led my an expert local guide from Kolkata; who has travelled extensively in West Bengal, Assam, Arunchal Pradesh and Nagaland.
We are also offering an exclusive and utterly unique pre-extension tour to the Sunderbans.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights