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India & Nepal - A Red Panda Quest

Tour Code: IND55

A 12-day holiday to Singalila National park, a protected area of Himalayan forest straddling India and eastern Nepal, in search of the elusive Red Panda, as well as an exciting variety of other mammals and birds.

12 days from £4995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £4495 SRS: £1995


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Food

All included in the price, except for main meals in Delhi.

Accommodation

A comfortable 5 star tourist hotel in Delhi and a simple but comfortable four bedroom Habre's Nest homestay with private facilities.

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Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Delhi

Day 3 Fly Bagdogra; transfer toSiliguri.

Day 4/10 Singalila National Park (TheHabre's Nest Homestay,Kaiakata).

Day 11 Delhi

Day 12 Fly London

A small population of one of the world’s most endearing and endangered mammals, the Red Panda, lives in the high remote forests of Singalila National Park. The reserve lies in the foothills of the Himalaya, mainly within the Indian state of West Bengal close to the town of Darjeeling, with Sikkim and the towering peak of Kanchenjunga — the world’s third highest mountain — to the north. To the south and east, Singalila crosses the border into Nepal’s Ilam district and also protects a small area of the remote Tinchule Forest. There are less than 10,000 Red Pandas left worldwide and seeing one can never be guaranteed. However, by teaming up with a dedicated group of ‘Red Panda Guardians’ (employed by the Red Panda Network, a US-based conservation NGO), along with other experienced guides and trackers, we believe we have a very high chance of success!

Singalila National Park is part of the eastern Himalaya and encompasses the Singalila Ridge, which is covered by dense bamboo, rhododendron, oak and magnolia forest at an altitude of between 2,000 and 3,600 metres. The park’s mixed deciduous and conifer forest, old trees and dense understorey of bamboo provides an ideal habitat for Red Pandas as well as other mammals such as Yellow-throated Marten and Barking Deer. The park is also home to over 300 species of bird including Blood and Kalij Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, Fire-tailed Myzornis and Golden-breasted Fulvetta, plus an exciting variety of other rosefinchs, bullfinches, wren-babblers, laughingthrushes, nuthatches and minivets!

Our base for seven nights is Habre’s Nest Homestay, a rustic, but clean and comfortable guesthouse situated on the park’s border with India and Nepal, at an altitude of 2,900 metres. Set amongst stunning views (its four twinbedded rooms feature en suite facilities and balconies), the homestay makes an ideal base for our daily excursions into the park. Singalila’s small resident population of Red Pandas is protected by a team of Red Panda Guardians. Tashi, co-owner of our homestay, is one such guardian, and he generously donates 20% of Habre’s Nest’s income to Red Panda conservation. We will set out each day on foot with our dedicated team of trackers (three of whom are also Red Panda Guardians) in search of this endearing mammal, entering the park through the Indian side, but covering key sites in both the Indian and Nepalese sections.

Whether or not we come across one of these secretive and delightful mammals — which are largely arboreal and crepuscular in their habits — Singalila National Park has so much more to offer. The beauty of our surroundings, the lack of other visitors and the reserve’s varied birds, mammals and other wildlife will all ensure a memorable stay.

 

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