Fishing Cat near Kolkata: a nocturnal safari
5 days from £650*
(Photo: Subhajit Maity. Howrah 2018)
Rather than a pristine wilderness habitat, the Fishing Cat is more easily sighted in swamps, wetlands and fishing communities. In the Bengal flood plains more than half the land is submerged for half the year, allowing it to support an enormous variety of life. The Baghrol Basa homestay is located in a bustling village, a fishing community that raise fish in ponds close to their homes. The fishing cat has adapted and become the apex predator here and this area has been recognized as having one of the highest fishing cat densities in India.
This five acre habitat with 4 fresh water fish ponds, 3 hides, a historic Jamindar house with origins dating back over three centuries and neighbouring organic farmlands are being protected with the support of W.A.T.E.R. (Wildlife Awareness Trust for Environment and Research), and the project is committed to fishing cat conservation, also working in education, employment and empowerment of local villagers, with schemes including animal vaccination clinics, medical camps, fish catch compensation and snake bite management in the community.
Although these swamps are ruled by the Fishing Cats, the habitiat also attracts jungle cats, jackels (both melanistic & lusistic), boar, monitor lizards (water, Bengal & yellow), Asian Palm Civet and Small Indian Civet, porcupine, Indian pangolin and smooth coated otter. More than 250 species of birds have been recorded in the surrounding area including; Chestnut-capped Babbler, Slaty-legged crake, Rufous woodpecker, Stork-billed kingfisher, Brown Fish owl, Barn Owl, Large-tailed nightjar, Rubythroat, Bluethroat, Black-hooded oriole, Bitterns (Black, Cinnamon & yellow), Asian Paradise flycatcher and many more.
Most of tracking of the 'Tiger who eats Fish' (Mechobagha) is done after dark, leaving the day free for birding, exploring the butterfly and orchid gardens, a spot of fishing or even a cooling dip in one of the ponds, the area is also a proposed cultural biodiversity heritage site with it's own endemic art and musical style.
This is a Small Group Tour
meet and greet on arrival at Kolkata international airport and transfer to overnight at the historic ‘Lalit Great Eastern’
late this morning you will be picked up and driven out of the city to ‘Baghrol Basa’ for lunch and an initial orientation before an evening safari by ‘TOTO’ a near silent battery powered vehicle
Day 3 & 4
mornings focused on guided birding and cultural activities and as darkness approaches the focus switches to hides and silent exploration looking for nocturnal species including the fishing cat
after a late breakfast you wil be transferred back to your departure point in Kolkata
Perfect for a small group or family (maximum 4 guests at the Homestay), AC road travel, personal guide/ naturalist and all meals included at Baghrol Basa, breakfast only in Kolkata.
Cost: from £650 per person in a twin/ double room based on 4 adults travelling (excludes international flights)
Note: there is scope to add this one of our small group departures or to extend to include your own bespoke selection
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights