About Red Panda and Tiger Safari Tour
From the mountains of the Himalayas in the North, to the Highlands of Central India- we take you across a small spectrum of Indian Wildlife for the chance to see 02 iconic species of India: The Red Panda and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
The Red Panda is an absolutely adorable animal which inhabits mountainous regions at altitudes varying from 2200m to 4000m above Sea Level. Singalila National Park in West Bengal is the best place in the world to spot these fascinating creatures- a 06 day tour into the Rhododendron and Mixed High Altitude forests of the Singalila Ridge is a sure fire way to see the Fire Fox. The Singalila Ridge is a biodiversity hotspot, and it hosts almost 300 unique and rare birds of East India including the Satyr Tragopan, Fire Tailed Myzornis and several interesting Parrot Bill species.
Along with the Red Panda, on this tour you also get the opportunity to witness the Royal Bengal tiger in one of the most beautiful national parks of Central India, Bandhavgarh National Park.
Day 01 : Arrival in New Delhi
Day 2: New Delhi – Bagdogra – Singalila (Flight + 100 kms/2 hrs drive)
Post early breakfast, transfer to the Domestic Terminal of The New Delhi airport to board a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra. On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will drive you to Singalila National Park Gate (Manebhanjan). This is a 100 km journey which will take you around 04 hours on the road. Then take a Safari land Rover to Habre’s Nest which takes another 02-02.30 hours through the National Park. On arrival, check into the Habre’s Nest. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 3 & 4: In Singalila National Park
You morning will start with wildlife activity post breakfast, around Habre’s Nest. Go for a short birding tour with in house bird studio set up. Later, proceed in search of the cuddly Red Panda for the whole day with necessary breaks. Food will be served at the homestay or on the field, depending on the activity you’re involved in.
The jungles in the east are treasure houses to the most precious and strange flora and fauna. One such treasure in the east is Singalila National Park in West Bengal. Established in 1986, the park is one of the few places on earth where you will come across Red Panda.
The incandescent view of Kanchenjunga Massif adorns the clear blue skies above the park. Each and every turn unfurls a pleasant surprise of wilderness and scenic beauty. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, you get the virgin views of the mountains spanning from Nepal to Bhutan.
You may get tired of clicking photos from your DSLR, but the park won’t stop bombarding you with beautiful vistas and wonders of nature. It is a heaven for wildlife photographers, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. Overnight stay at Habre’s Nest.
Day 4 - 6: In Singalila National Park
Follow the same schedule of the previous day.
Habre’s Nest is an Indo-Nepal joint venture towards sustainable tourism around Red Panda and its conservation. Red Panda & its habitat is hugely threatened in this world and pushing them further towards extinction; we all need to save them for a better world. Habre’s Nest is dedicated to this cause and sharing 20% of its profit for the Red Panda & it’s habitat conservation. Unlike resorts & lodges, at Habre’s Nest, guests are part of a villager’s Home and experience their life.
Tinchule-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, bullfinches, Wran Babblers, Laughingthrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yahunas, Minivets, Partriges 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”.
All meals and overnight stay at Habre’s Nest.
Day 7: Singalila – Bagdogra – New Delhi (100 kms/2 hrs drive + flight)
After breakfast, check out of Habre’s Nest and drive to Bagdogra. Catch a flight to New Delhi. On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel and hand over all travel-related documents for Kanha National Park.
Day 8: New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh (Flight + 200 kms/3-4 hrs drive)
Post early breakfast, check out of the Hotel. Our driver will transfer you to the Domestic Terminal of the New Delhi Airport. Board a flight from New Delhi to Jabalpur.
On arrival at Jabalpur Airport, you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with a smooth transfer in a chauffeur-driven vehicle, to Bandhavgarh National Park. This is a 200 km drive which will take approximately 04 hours on the road.
The last 20 km before entering Bandhavgargh is where your journey truly begins. Adrenaline will be at an all-time high as all you see from the car window is expanse of forest on either side of the road. Try spotting some wildlife if you can!
If this is your first wildlife safari in India, then be rest assured that it won’t be the last. Bandhavgarh tends to be a life-changing experience for people.
On arrival, check into the Resort. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 9 - 10: In Bandhavgarh National Park
All meals and overnight at the Lodge.
Begin your day early with a rejuvenating cup of tea and prepare for an early morning safari to the park. Bandhavgarh is mainly known for it’s Tiger population. While he is the star of your trip, the park is full of other wild attractions as well, like Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison), Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears, Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two primate species – Rhesus Macaque and Hanuman Langur – inhabit Bandhavgarh.
Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (200 kms/3-4 hrs drive + flight)
Post an early morning safari and a hearty lunch, check out of the resort. Drive to Jabalpur Airport. The total distance is 200 km and should take you approximately 04 hours. Board a flight from Jabalpur back to New Delhi. Arrive at the New Delhi Airport and transfer to your hotel or to the International Terminal for an onward flight back home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is hot summer months March – May every year. The heat curtails the predator’s movement in the park to the few water holes in the national park. They spend tireless hours next to such water pools and the chances of tiger sightings increase many fold.
It is best to visit the Singalila National Park during spring and summer months of March to May. Also, the park is closed to tourist from 16 June to 15 September every year because of heavy downpour, so you can visit in post-monsoon months of mid-September to early December.
The maximum number of safaris one can take in a day are 2 – one in the morning and one later in the afternoon. Another option is to take a full day safari where your jeep enters the park 15-20 minutes prior to all other safari vehicles and exists 15-20 minutes after all gypsies have left the park. This way you spend the entire day within the park, including dining atop the jeep bonnet, amidst the forest greens! This, unlike the two safaris where you spend 5 hours inside during the morning safari, go back to the hotel for lunch and then re-enter post lunch for the afternoon safari, is a preferred form of tiger safari for people documenting a particular species or serious photographers.
A tour guide will be accompanying you to get the best and most fulfilling experience while on a tiger safari in Bandhavgarh and Singalila National Park. To ensure maximum safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing norms will be practiced while on the tour, with masks and hand sanitizers also available.
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