Red Panda safari in Singalila National Park
10 days from £2350*
Red Panda Facts
The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries. Singalila is the best place in India to see this elusive red panda.
The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called the ‘firefox’ is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It is slightly larger than a big domestic cat. It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.
Singalila National Park
Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forest in India, a national park of India located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal bordering the Mechi zone of Nepal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it. Singalila is one of the best place for the Exotic Red Panda, Apart from this other mammals found here are- Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Black Panther, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika etc. Singalila is a Birding Paradise.
More than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like- Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, bull finches, Wren Babblers, Laughing-thrushes, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and many more. One of the best places to see sunrise and sunsets, Sandakhphu top is the highest peak in West Bengal and offers the best view of Kangchenjunga also known as “Sleeping Buddha” or Sleeping Shiva”.
Consider extending this trip to include safaris at Kaziranga (for one horned rhino and more), unique Sunderbans or an exciting 4 day safari looking for rare fishing cat in an off-beat location 'near' Kolkata.
Feedback from 2018: "Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fantastic trip, thankyou so much.
We were very well looked after. Habres Nest is every bit a lovely as on their web site, what a fantastic team. Sid was brilliant.
We had 5 good Red Panda sittings, and saw many, many more one horned rhinos (in Kaziranga), at least 16 at on one particular trip."
Feedback from 2019: "Habre's Nest and WATER (Wildlife Awareness Trust for Environment and Research) are a great concept and the people there are just the best....The trackers were the best and seemed totally dedicated to conserving both the environment and the wildlife within it. They are especially proud of the red panda and take a great deal of care. They have a protocol of only 30 minutes spent in the immediate vicinity of any red panda. Of course when one is at a distance from them and viewing them through lenses and binoculars that protocol is not observed as one is not disturbing them. We saw seven individuals: a courting pair, three sub-adult cubs and two others. On the second last day we went to 3,600m to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. ...The rooms are lovely and rustic…. The eating and living area are delightful and the fact that they put on entertainment with Nepali and Indian songs accompanied by a guitar creates a good atmosphere.."
This is a Private Tour
meet and greet in Delhi and overnight stay at the ‘Ibis Aerocity’
connect with a flight from Delhi (or Kolkata) to Bagdogra. You will be met on arrival and transferred to ‘Hotel Sinclairs’ in Siliguri
After breakfast you will be driven to Habres Nest Kaiakata
Day 4 to 8
Five full days of wildlife activities focused on seeing Red Pandas. Each day, local trackers will leave early in search for the Red Panda and provide updates on sightings. If Red Pandas are seen then guests will be guided to the location by the lodge guides to attempt to get a rare sighting
Transfer back to Bagdogra to connect with your onward flight to Delhi (or Kolkata). Transfer and overnight stay at the ‘Ibis Aerocity’
departure transfer to connect with your flight home
All meals included at Habres Nest Kaiakata and breakfast only in Siliguri and Delhi
Cost £2350 per person based on two people sharing and not including international flights. (Single supplement of £1120 per person (based on minimum 2 travelling))
This trip is available as a bespoke departure between October 2019 and June 2020 (the 'best' months we feel are Oct/ Nov and Mar to May; December and January tend to be colder for humans but the red pandas remain visible)
Please contact Wildlife Trails for a full itinerary and description.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights