Primates, Rhinos and Hornbills India wildlife holiday
16 days from £3490*
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 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 a final morning safari in Kaziranga, we drive to Nameri National Park, where we will stay at the Eco-camp.
Morning walk inside the spectacular Nameri Forest; then in the afternoon drive up to the Kameng River for a gentle raft ride down the river inside Nameri national park for 1-2 hour. Chances to see Wild Elephant.
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 Option to stop at Orang national park for a morning safari - great birding!
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 £3490 per person based on sharing a double/twin room throughout and not including international flights.
Single person supplement £750
This is a small group tour scheduled for February 2020, with a maximum of 8 clients, led by an exceptional wildlife guide; who has travelled extensively in West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal 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