Exploring the wildlife hot-spots of North East India – Kaziranga National Park | Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary | Manas National Park !
About the Tour :
Welcome aboard on the incredible journey to explore the wildlife hotspots and pristine forests of least explored North East India. From the terai grasslands to wet evergreen rain-forest and from tropical hill forests to ravine ecosystems, this journey covers it all. Focused at exploring two of the UNESCO world heritage sites Kaziranga and Manas National parks along with the most crucial forest in India that shelters India’s only primate species – Hoolock Gibbon.
Though major attraction of this tour remains endemic wildlife species of this region, like One horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic water buffalo, Bengal Tiger, Hoolock Gibbon, Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Stump tailed macaque, Eastern swamp deer, Asiatic elephants, Smooth coated otters and if lucky Clouded Leopard and Black Panther, the tour is not only about the mammals. The avifauna of the region is equally rich and diverse and if lucky, one can sight birds like Bengal florican, Silver breasted broad-bill, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Pallas’ fish eagle, Mountain imperial pigeon, Slender billed vulture, Great & lesser adjutant storks, Spot billed pelican, Great pied hornbill, Oriental pied hornbill, Abbot’s babbler, Red headed trogon, Black throated parrot bill, Sultan tit, Barred cuckoo dove, Lesser racket tailed drongo, Blue naped pitta, Streak throated spider hunter, Black baza, Crested goshawk and plenty of water birds.
Apart from the wildlife sightings, the forests of North East India offer a mesmerizing views and tranquil experience to travellers, making it a must explore wildlife terrain in the world. Not to forget the unique culture, food, people and climate of North East India that plays an equally crucial role to make this journey a memorable one. We look forward to meeting you on this lifetime journey…
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Dates :
Batch 1 : 13th-20th March 2020
Category : Wildlife Safari Tour
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Flight Suggestions :
Onward Journey : Mumbai – Guwahati : Any flight landing before 1.30 pm on day 1
Return Journey : Guwahati – Mumbai : Take any flight taking off after 8 am on day 8
Note* : You may get in touch with us for assistance regarding the flight booking, we will be happy to help you.
Day 01 :
Meet up at Guwahati post lunch at 1.30 p.m. After a brief introduction proceed to our 1st wildlife hot-spot of this marathon – Kaziranga National Park which contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are threatened as per the IUCN Red List. It is a 6 Hrs drive but the countryside is very scenic. Late evening arrive at Kaziranga. Check in resort, freshen up and dinner. Overnight stay at Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. (Meals: D).
Day 02 :
Morning safari at Kaziranga (Standard timings 7.00 am to 11 am). Lunch and rest at hotel. Afternoon safari at Kaziranga sanctuary (Standard timings 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm). Late evening discussion about today’s sightings over hot tea / coffee. Dinner & overnight stay at Kaziranga. (Meals: B, L, D).
Day 03 :
Early morning (around 4 am) proceed to our 2nd wildlife hot-spot of this tour – the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary near Jorhat. The travel time is about 3 hours and packed breakfast will be served en route. Experience the morning session walking trail in Gibbon Sanctuary to observe and photography rare primates and birds of North East India. Around 11 am start return journey to Kaziranga. Grab a quick bite for lunch en route and proceed to afternoon safari at Kaziranga. Evening at leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at Kaziranga. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 04 :
Morning Safari at Kaziranga. Post breakfast check out and transfer to Guwahati. En route Lunch. Reach Guwahati town around 8 pm. (Meals: B, L, D)
The next day we proceed to our 3rd wildlife hot-spot from North East India – Manas National Park famous for Asiatic elephants, Water buffalo, North east Himalayan birds and if you are extremely lucky then you can sight one of the most rare cat species India – The Clouded Leopard.
Day 05 :
Start from Guwahati at 6.00 a.m and proceed to Manas National Park. It is a 6 Hrs drive. Packed breakfast will be served on this day and we shall also try some bird watching on the way.
Arrive at Manas forest. Check in resort, freshen up and lunch. Afternoon safari at Manas. Late evening discussion about today’s sightings over hot tea / coffee. Dinner & overnight stay at Manas Tiger Reserve. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 06 :
Morning and Afternoon safaris at Manas National Park. Today we will try to explore a variety of terrain inside the national park and shall explore the northern forest ranges towards Bhutan border. If possible we shall take a full day safari on this day to maximize our wildlife sighting opportunities at Manas. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 07 :
Morning Safari at Manas Tiger Reserve. Post breakfast check out and transfer to Guwahati. En route Lunch. Reach Guwahati town around 8 pm. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 08 :
Post breakfast fly back to your respective town. (Meals: B)
Tour concludes with Happy memories and some wonderful wildlife sightings 🙂
Tour Price : Rs.40,000/-+ Tax as applicable (per person)
For Lifetime Members : Rs.39,000/- + Tax as applicable (per member)
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1. Total 07 Nights/ 08 Days Accommodation at Resort on Twin Sharing Basis in AC Rooms at Guwahati & Kaziranga and Twin/Triple sharing Non AC Rooms at Manas
2. All Meals as per mentioned in the Itinerary (B – breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
3. Total 08 Open Gypsy Safaris in Core Zone
4. A guided wildlife tracking session at Hoolongapar Sanctuary
5. All forest permits and Guide Charges
6. Transportation Ex Guwahati hotel in SUV / Mini bus -AC
7. Services of expert naturalist and tour manager on tour
1. Any Flight / Train ticket charges
2. Meals during the train/flight/ transfer journey
3. Lens/Camera charges
4. Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls
5. Any porter charges, tips and gratuity
6. Anything other than mentioned above
7. Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc
8. Travel insurance
9. Taxes as applicable
– Hoolock Gibbon Sanctuary is leech prone area. We suggest taking proper clothing to save yourselves from Leech bites
– Food served at most of the locations in North East India is homely and basic. Kindly do not expect superior luxury
– Mumbai Travellers and tour leader/s reserves right to alter the itinerary at point if the situation demands
13 March – Spice Jet BOM (05:30) → GAU (08:50) or Indigo BOM(07:10) → GAU (10:10)
20 March – Indigo GAU (08:35) → BOM (12:10)
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
1. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 90 days of Tour/Event/Activity 80% of total price will be refunded.
2. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 60 days of Tour/Event/Activity 60% of total price will be refunded.
3. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity 40% of total price will be refunded.
4. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 15 days of Tour/Event/Activity 20% of total price will be refunded.
5. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 14 days or less of Tour/Event/Activity No refund will be provided.
THINGS TO CARRY
ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
1. Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
2. Sanitary Kit
3. Dry Food (snacks)
4. Torch (Must)
5. Personal First Aid kit
6. Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc.
7. Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
8. Electral powder / Glucon D
9. Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
10. Water Bottle (3 liter must)
11. Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
12. Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
13. Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:
1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
2. Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
5. What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
8. What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
12. I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
Some Do’s :
* Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
* Always carry original identity proof.
* Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
* Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
* Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
* Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
* Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
* Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
* Do follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
* Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
* For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
Some Don’ts :
* Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
* Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
* Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
* Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
* Never feed any animals.
* Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
* No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
* Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.
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