Join your expert trained trackers as you search for the elusive red panda in Singalila and see the the one-horned Rhino in large numbers at Kaziranga National Park. See the backdrop of the mighty snow glad Himalayan peaks and explore the local markets from the most important hill station in Eastern India, Darjeeling.
Spend your days exploring Singalila National Park and the surrounding communities with a team of researchers and expert trackers. Most of your time will be spent hiking through the national park in search of the endangered red pandas who live in these remote forests, heading out on a different forest trail each day.
You will also have the opportunity to join the researchers in the setting of camera traps, hoping to capture the parks elusive predators on camera. The exact itinerary will depend on the conservation programmes being carried out in the area at the time of your visit, but your work will have a real positive impact on the local wildlife and communities. Camera traps are used to see which animals have passed by recently; rare species including black leopards, leopard cats and Indian civets have all been recorded here. The data collected is used to educate the local forest-dwelling populations on how to coexist sustainably with the animals.
Drive through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan foothills to Habre's Nest Homestay. Settle in to your homestay with a warm cup of tea, enjoying the breathtaking views across to Nepal over the valley. Habre's Nest is a wildlife tourism centre cum research hub, located in the quaint hamlet of Kaiakata on the India and Nepal border. 4 double rooms with mountain views and en-suite bathrooms, a sitting area and library, bar and restaurant offering local food with a western touch.
Kaziranga is a recognised world heritage site and was declared as a tiger reserve in 2006 due to having the highest density of tigers among protected areas. Kaziranga is famous for hosting two thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros however; it is also home to breeding populations of water buffalo, swamp deer and elephant. We would recommend staying at River Diphlu Lodge which is adjacent to the Kaziranga National Park. Read more about where to go in India.
Harriet was a great source of advice throughout the planning and the trip. We had many changex and she was patient and flexible in adjusting the itinerary. It was the second trip with her as the Specialist and it won’t be the last. Guides were great!! Loved the vibe and the excellent expertise. Thanks again for creating this memorable experience. Hotels were superb, luxurious but in time and with a local touch. Would have loved to stay longer in each of them.
Harriet was fantastic to work with in putting together our dream trip. She turned around an incredibly quick and extraordinarily competitive itinerary for us when we had been let down elsewhere and managed all of our queries quickly and calmly. She was a pleasure to deal with and extremely helpful. This trip was a ten out of ten. We felt incredibly well looked after and utterly immersed in everything we saw. Fabulous local guides and naturalists at every turn ensured we took so much knowledge and appreciation home with us along with brilliant memories. The perfect introduction to this beautiful country. Did I mention we saw a tiger? We'd love to travel again with such brilliant destination information and on-the-ground teams combined with a competitively and sensibly priced approach.