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Endangered Charismatic Species Expedition

21 Days Critically Endangered Charismatic Species Tour


In this programme we will endeavor to show you couple of species which are on brink of extinction. The Great Indian Bustard which was commonly seen in the dry plains few decades back, but due to loss of habitat resulting from more agriculture, and urbanisation these birds today are less then 250 in numbers in the wild. Once tipped to be the national bird of India, but was not to be as fear of it being misspelt arose in the minds of decision makers. This Ostrich like bird stands tall at about 4 feet and is amongst the heaviest flying birds in the world. We will try and see this bird in the Dessert National Park in Rajasthan. Similarly Gharials have lost over 90% of their habitat to dams, canals, and barrages, thus reducing the riverine banks their home. Their population is reduced by almost 95%, and the latest figure is just 235 Gharials. Measuring upto 6 metres in length, it has a breeding population in only two rivers of India and one in Nepal. We show case this species to you in Katarnaighat near Dudhwa National Park.

Sketch Itinerary :
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New Delhi | Jodhpur | Jaisalmer | Dudhwa | Leh

Trip Type :
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Leisurely and Nature Explorer
 

Customization :
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All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.

Price on request 

 

What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Dudhwa and Hemis at Leh
  • Dinner included during the stay at Jaisalmer
  • Jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Camping tent stay once during the stay in Jaisalmer
  • Stay at Camping tent in Hamis at Leh
  • Elephant safari during the stay In Dudhwa
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • Many early starts during the game drives
  • All currently applicable taxes
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What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance

Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

 

 

A Journey well started when you meet our company executive at the Capital of India, New Delhi. On your way to the hotel be informed about your next day plan for exploring Delhi for a day. Remaining Day is free for leisure activities.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel.

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board a flight to Jodhpur.

Jodhpur famous for its magnificent forts and palaces, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Barmar, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side. The city dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colourful markets which specializes in antiques. It is still one of the leading centres of wool, cattle, camels and salt.

Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief Rao Jodha in 1459. The city was the erstwhile capital of the Marwar state. A 10-km-long wall made of stone and built about a century after the city was founded, surrounds the old city. There are about 100 towers in the city, most of which are surrounded by defensive battlements. It was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - hero of the epic 'Ramayana'. Rathores controlled a large part of Rajasthan, especially during the reigns of Rao Udai Singh (1581 AD) and his son Raja Sur Singh ((1595), who conquered Gujarat and a good part of Deccan for the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Rathores always had good relationships with the Mughals and Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1678) supported Shahjahan in the Mughal struggle for war of succession. Only problematic relationship they had was with Aurangzeb. After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, Maharaja Ajit Singh became the ruler of Jodhpur. He drove out Mughals from Ajmer and added the Mehrangarh Fort.

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaisalmer 290 kms/5 hrsdirve. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer, also known as The Golden city of India is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is recognised as World Heritage Site. The entire town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Jaisalmer is named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD."Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal.

Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Morning after breakfast visit the Fort, Jain temple and Sam dunes. Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, It is situated on Meru Hill and also called TrikootGarh. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. This is a living fort and about a quarter of city's population still live inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are: Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples and the Laxminath temple. Jaisalmer has been enriched by itsJain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara,Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara,Parshvanath.

Later visit to local administration office for permission to visit dessert national park. Later drive to Sand dunes for overnight camp.

Morning after breakfast visit dessert national park. The Desert National Park is located in western India in the fascinating sand dunes of Rajasthan. One of the largest national parks in India, extending over an area of 3,100 sq. km., the Desert National Park is a unique and fragile ecosystem. More than 60 per cent of it is simply semi-arid desert. The seemingly barren lands gradually dissolve at the horizon touching Pakistan. But the warm sands of the Desert National Park beyond Jaisalmer form a fertile micro broth hiding an astounding variety of animals and birds. Chinkara, blackbuck, nilgai, wolves, desert cats, the Spotted and Tawny Eagle and the endangered Great Indian Bustard are all found here. But even this area has been dissected as branches of a man-made canal cut through the reserve, fragmenting the habitat. Meals and overnight stay at camp.

Full day visit to Dessert national park. Meal and overnight stay at camp.

Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur airport 290/5 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi.

Overnight at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast drive to Dudhwa National Park 440 kms/ 8-9 hrs drive, situated very close to Nepal Border Elephant ride, tiger tracking, animal viewing, bird watching and rhino watching are main highlights of this tour.

Dudhwa National park located on the Indo-Nepal border in the district Lakhimpur-Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park, together with Kishanpur and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries, represent the best natural forests and grasslands left in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. The three Protected Areas, being the last viable home of the Royal Bengal Tiger in the state, have been jointly constituted into Dudhwa Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.Kishanpur (204 sq km), the oldest of the three PAs, was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1972, followed by Katerniaghat (440 sq km) in 1975 and finally Dudhwa National Park (680 sq km) in 1977. Though the 3 PAs are physically separate, each consists of unbroken tracts of dense forests.These terai ecosystems are highly productive habitats of diverse flora and fauna and home to a considerable number of obligate species and species of restricted distribution. The vegetation is of the North Indian Moist Deciduous type, containing some of the finest examples of Sal forests (Shorearobusta) in India, as well the most extensive tracts of moist grasslands that remain in this region.

Overnight will be stay at hotel.

This day you will have an opportunity to explore jungle from elephant back ride for an hour in the jungle for Rhino, Tiger tracking and other animal viewing. The jungle visit lasts for about three hours. Return to the rest house for breakfast & lunch.

Overnight stay in the rest house.

Early morning again visit to Kisanpura sanctuary with packed breakfast. Later drive to Katerniaghat 110kms /2 hrs drive.

Afternoon boat ride at Katerniaghat so see Gangetic Dolphin, Gharial, crocodile and birds.

Overnight at lodge.

Morning jeep safari to the Kishanpura sanctuary and later drive 340 kms 7-8 Hrs drive to New Delhi.

After breakfast drive to Delhi Airport to board a flight to Leh. Leh airport holds a world record as it is build on the highest altitude in the world. A full day rest is recommended once you check in to your hotel.

Leh Airport is named after the respected Late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche whose 19th incarnation was considered as a significant Indian and Ladakhi Statesman. It's a complete domestic airport and has a limited number of flights which are majorly impacted by the weather conditions. Please be informed that due to security reasons no hand baggage is allowed going to and from this Airport.

After breakfast drive for Hemis National Park, check in to your base camp. It is suggested to relax your body and adapt the weather around. A calm mind and healthy body is good to explore Hemis.

Hemis National Park is located in the eastern part of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir in North India. It is the largest national park in entire South Asia. Covering over 4400 sq km, it is also known as the largest contiguous protected region, second only to Nanda Devi Biosphere Reseve. Hemis is home to 16 speicies of mammals and 73 of birds. It is a protected habitat for endangered wildlife life Snow Leopards, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetian Wolf, Red Fox and Eurasian Brown Bear.

There are approx 200 snow leopards in Hemis and it is the only home of Shapu or the LadhakiUrial in India. There are few small mammals like Himalayan Marmot, mountain weasel and Himlayan Mouse.

Visiting Hemis National Park is like a dream come true for Birds Sightings. To name a few, you could sight golden eagle, Lammergeier vulture and the Himalayan griffon vulture, the park is home to Brown Accentor, Robin Accentor, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Streaked Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Chukar, Fork-tailed Swift, Red-billed Chough, Himalayan Snowcock, and the Fire-fronted Serin. Hemis is completely pollution and noice free and hence it makes birding a joyful experience.

There are 6 villages inside the park, Rumbak, Kaya, Sku, Shingo, Urutse and Chilling are home to about 1600 people.All Meals and Stay at Base Camp, Hemis.

There are no hotels in or near Hemis National Park. The six villages in the Hemis National Park are only accommodation available facility. In addition, Hemis Monastery also offers rooms for visitors to stay.

There are very limited options available to eat. It is suggested to carry enough food. Hemis Monastery does provide food to visitors. It also follows the tradition of offering butter tea to the visitors. Locals do also provide meals but we advice not to except dine facilities even of a jungle lodge.

The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall.

Overnight at camp.

There are no hotels in or near Hemis National Park. The six villages in the Hemis National Park are only accommodation available facility. In addition, Hemis Monastery also offers rooms for visitors to stay.

There are very limited options available to eat. It is suggested to carry enough food. Hemis Monastery does provide food to visitors. It also follows the tradition of offering butter tea to the visitors. Locals do also provide meals but we advice not to except dine facilities even of a jungle lodge.

The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall.

Overnight at camp.

There are no hotels in or near Hemis National Park. The six villages in the Hemis National Park are only accommodation available facility. In addition, Hemis Monastery also offers rooms for visitors to stay.

There are very limited options available to eat. It is suggested to carry enough food. Hemis Monastery does provide food to visitors. It also follows the tradition of offering butter tea to the visitors. Locals do also provide meals but we advice not to except dine facilities even of a jungle lodge.

The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall.

Overnight at camp.

There are no hotels in or near Hemis National Park. The six villages in the Hemis National Park are only accommodation available facility. In addition, Hemis Monastery also offers rooms for visitors to stay.

There are very limited options available to eat. It is suggested to carry enough food. Hemis Monastery does provide food to visitors. It also follows the tradition of offering butter tea to the visitors. Locals do also provide meals but we advice not to except dine facilities even of a jungle lodge.

The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall. Overnight at camp

There are no hotels in or near Hemis National Park. The six villages in the Hemis National Park are only accommodation available facility. In addition, Hemis Monastery also offers rooms for visitors to stay.

There are very limited options available to eat. It is suggested to carry enough food. Hemis Monastery does provide food to visitors. It also follows the tradition of offering butter tea to the visitors. Locals do also provide meals but we advice not to except dine facilities even of a jungle lodge.

The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall. Overnight at camp

Drive back to Leh, Meals Stay at hotel, Give yourself a lot of time to relax.

Reach Leh Airport at least 3-4 hours before departure for security reasons and board a flight to Delhi.

Take a day rest at Delhi, Check into your hotel and Overnight Stay in Delhi.

After breakfast, drive to Delhi International Airport. We bid you good bye here and Our Services Ends.

Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Essential info

 

Vaccinations. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

 

Eating & drinking

Breakfast is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However you’re all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive.  We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.

 

Weather & seasonality

September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing

 

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 

 

Eligibility

  1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.

 

 

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