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 East Himalaya from Mangroves to the Mountains

20 Days East Himalaya from Mangroves to the Mountains


You would start the trip from Culturally Rich Kolkata to Mighty Delta basin of Sunderbans. Watch Bagurumba in Manas and meet Mighty 5 of Kaziranga. Perhaps no mode of transport from Ancient Bullock Cart to modern Airplane all would be used in this Itinerary. Finally you would finish the itinerary in the most awesome and scenic hills of Mishmi. Very well balanced itinerary in terms of Animal and Bird sightings. Just apt amount of Nature makes the experience rather wholesome. What’s more you can customize the itinerary as desired and send in your special requests. Abundance of Locals interaction would be perfect icing on the cake.  

Sketch Itinerary :
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Kolkata | Sundarbans National Park | Kolkata | Guwahati | Manas Wildlife Sanctuary | Nameri National Park | kaziranga National Park | Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary | Dibru-Saikhowa | Mishmi Hills | Dibrugarh | Kolkata | New Delhi | Mumbai

Trip Type :
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Expeditions
 

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.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included I Sundarban, Manas, Nameri, Kaziranga, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Dibru-Saikhowa, Mishmi Hills
  • jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Rafting/Boat ride at Nameri
  • Walking safari Mishmi hills
  • Boat safari at Sundarban
  • Travel from Kolkata to Sundarban by River cruise
  • 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


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
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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

Upon arrival at the airport you are met and transferred to your city hotel. Check-in and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Your trip begins with a FULL day city tour exploring Kolkata-culturally rich city of India. We discover this exciting city on a 'Heritage Walk' of the distinct architectural heritage of Calcutta. It highlights the evolution of this city from where it all began, Dalhousie Square. The first walk takes us on a two hour journey around some 15 buildings in the area, including the imposing Writers Building, the newly renovated Town Hall, the St John's Churchyard and the historic Metcalfe Hall. We also visit the House of Rabindranath Tagore and the Marble Palace. Our tour includes visits to a number of the city's museums and monuments along with a taste of an era gone by with a city tram ride. Overnight at the hotel.

If you love travelling through dense forests with wild animals and even wilder nature surrounding you - you are at the right place. What would happen if we leave you at a place where two mighty rivers meet - Ganges and Brahmaputra - The Delta is called Bengal Delta, Ganges Brahamputra Delta and we choose to call it the Sunderban Delta. River Padma andJamuna flow into the the river. This delta is home to most fertile lands in the world. It also known for the largest Mangrove Habitat. This is the only mangrove habitat for the Bengal Tiger. The site supports exceptional biodiversity in its terrestrial, aquatic and marine habitats; ranging from micro to macro flora and fauna. The Sundarbans is of universal importance for globally endangered species which include Royal Bengal Tiger, Ganges and Irawadi dolphins, estuarine crocodiles and the critically endangered endemic river terrapin (Batagurbaska).

In the morning you are met and transferred to Sonakhali jetty through the beautiful countryside and rural bazaar's with stopovers at a local tea shop and fishermen's villages. You will arrive at Sonakhalimid morning and will be greeted with morning tea and a briefing by a local guide. You will then board your motorized boat for a two hour cruise through rivers Hogol, Gomor, Durgaduani and Gumdi. An optional stopover is available at Gosaba - one of the earliest human settlements in the Sunderbans - to visit the house of Sir Danniel Hamilton –who bought these islands from the government in 1902.Once you are here do not forget to ask for the most natural honey you get in Sunderban. Around 20000 kgs of honey is collected every year.

Arrive Bali Island around lunch time and check-in into Sunderbans Jungle Camp. Your afternoon will be packed with a three hour Birding and Game cruise to Sudhanyakhali watch tower through creeks and canals, searching for the elusive tiger, as well as monkeys, dolphins, otters and an array of other fauna.

You may ascend the watch tower Sudhanyakhali overlooking an untamed forestscape& enjoy sights & sounds of nature resplendent in her pristine virginal beauty.Return to your camp by the evening.

Overnight at Sunderbans Jungle Camp.

After breakfast commence full day Game Cruising and Bird Tour to Netidhopani watchtower (Subject to weather permitting) from fragile country boats. Activities to include crab catching and fishing expeditions. Lunch will be served on board your boat.

Return to the camp in the evening and you would be invited for an evening experience at the local rural theatre (BonobibiYatra) performed by the villagers. The theatre tells the interesting story of the Tiger Lord, Forest God and Goddesses, fishermen and honey collectors with lots of local songs and dances.

Overnight at Sunderbans Jungle Camp.(B,L,D).

After breakfast you will enjoy a guided Village Walk where you will have the opportunity to interact further with the local villagers. You will experience wonderful encounters learning about their lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines and even the indigenous farming and household equipment used by the villagers. You will finish your tour with a guided adventure cruise in a manually-oared country boat. Dinner and overnight at Sunderbans Jungle Camp.

At dusk the forest goes through complete transformation. The sight of birds retiring to their nests and the sky filled with amber empty rays of sun makes you relaxed and one with nature. It is nice to watch the forest silhouette forming against the evening sky and absorbing a very different character. The constant singing of the river would stay with you till the time you retire for the night. The constant zig zags and number of turns in the river.

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kolkata airport in time for your flight to Guwahati. Upon arrival you are met and transferred Manas Tiger Reserve through typical rural Assam. The drive is of approx. 4 hours. Upon arrival check in at Manas Jungle Camp, run by the ManasMaozigendri Ecotourism Society formed by the local Bodo conservators who are the messiahs of conservation in Manastoday. After check in you will be greeted by your hosts with a small traditional reception ceremony. Your local trip guide will de-brief you about the project and the tour.

Overnight at the camp.

On a gentle slope in the foothills of Himalyas, where wooded hills give way to alluvial grasslands and tropical forests - is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant. Towards the north it has boundless forests of Bhutan and is cut through by river Manas which is joined by river Brahmaputra towards the south. Manas is home to 60 mammal species, 42 reptile species, 7 amphibians and 500 species of birds, of which 26 are globally threatened. The vegetation accounts for diversity - 90 tree species, around similar amount of shrubs and undershrub and 150 herbs.

In the morning you will set out for a daylong wildlife and patrolling expedition with our conservation team in the park. You will explore the Eastern core of the National Park and visit patrolling camps, species conservation and monitoring centres.

You will return to camp by evening greeted with tea and snacks and 'infotainment' by one of the coordinators of the project. A hearty meal of local cooking from the village's organic farm will end your day at Manas Jungle Camp.

Overnight at the camp.

After breakfast you will commence your full day of Game and Bird tour in the park. A local conservator and naturalist will lead the trip. Picnic lunch will be served. On a decent day you can add 5-7 birds in your list. The diverse habitat of Manas is ideal home for a specialized birds. Manas boasts the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world and is also a great place to see the Great Hornbill. The National Park lists around 380 species of birds. Notable amongst are Greater Adjutant, Black-tailed Crake, Red-headed Trogo, Swamp Francolin, Wreathed and Rufous-necked Hornbill, Marsh and Jerdon's Babbler, Rufous-rumped and Bristled Grassbirds, Hodgson's Bush-chat, Rufous-ventecLaughingthrush, Finn's Weaver, Ibis bill and variety of foothills species.

Return to the camp in the evening where you would be witnessing local cultural programme (Bagurumba) performed by the villagers. The dance and the songs tell the story of the local Bodos and their long association with Manas and its wilderness.

Dinner and overnight at Manas Jungle Camp.

After breakfast, we drive to Nameri National Park (approx 3 hours drive). On reaching the Eco Camp, you are free to relax or explore your surroundings for the rest of the day.


Nameri is regarded as one of the most scenic national parks of Assam. In addition to the Elephant, it is home to a number of endangered animals like the White winged Wood Duck, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Sambar, Indian Wild Dog, a few varieties of Hornbill and many more.

We have one full day birding at Nameri on foot and by rubber Dinghy You will have the opportunity to go on a jungle walk, take a boat ride, or even go rafting on the JiaBhoroli river which bifurcates the Park. (Please note that these activities are subject to availability and weather conditions).

This forest has pockets which are richest areas in the world in terms of plant functional type and Plant functional complexity. Add the tropical monsoon and you get is the breeding ground for the rare species of birds. What this learning will teach you is lot of patience.

Today we leave Nameri and drive for 3 hours to Kaziranga National Park. We will begin our exploration of Kaziranga after lunch.

Kaziranga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 900 sq. km. national park has tall elephant grass and lush green flood plains, and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Here you might spot birds like Greater Adjutants, Bengal Floricans, Pallas's Fish Eagles and black-necked Storks. Kaziranga's larger inhabitants include the Greater Asian one-horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Water Buffalo and the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The tenth and eleventh days will be spent in Kaziranga. They will begin with an early morning Elephant safari, which will then be followed by a jeep drive that will cover one of Kaziranga's ranges.

The park is divided into four ranges. The Agoratoli range covers the eastern part. The Kohora range covers the central region. It is easily accessible from the range office at Kohora.

The Baguri range covers the western part of the park and has the highest density of rhinoceroses. The fourth range, Burhapar, covers the first additional area attached to Kaziranga.

We will return to the lodge for breakfast. You can relax until after lunch, when we will set out once again to explore Kaziranga until dusk.

Today we head for Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary after breakfast (approx 2 hours drive). Our accommodation for the night is at Jorhat. You are free to relax until after lunch, when we set out to explore the park about 15 km away. Look out for the Hoolock Gibbon, the only species of ape that is found in India. We will return to our accommodation in the evening to rest.

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is home to seven species of primates. This includes the Western Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Bengal Slow Loris, Stump-tailed Macaque, Northern Pig-Tailed Macaque, Rhesus Macaque and Assamese macaque.

After breakfast, we drive for 3 hours to reach Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. You are free to spend the day relaxing or exploring your surroundings.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a combination of swamp, semi-evergreen and deciduous forests. It is home to several rare and endangered wildlife species. The park was primarily established for the conservation of the Whitewinged Wood Duck. It is now also famous for its brightly colored wild horses, known as Feral Horses. One might also spot the Tiger, Capped Langur and Water Buffalo.

The whole of day fourteen will be spent birdwatching. We will go on a boat ride followed by a grassland trekking excursion until dusk.

Today we drive for 2 hours to Saikhowaghat to board a ferry cruise (1 hour) on the headwaters of the Brahamputrariver to reach SadiyaGhat. From SadiyaGhat, we drive for 2 hours through the rural areas of Assam and Arunachal to reach Dibang Valley Jungle Camp. It is located at the 12th mile marker, inside a lush farm house that commands a breathtaking view of the Dibang river basin, the contiguous forests and the enigmatic Mishmi hills. It is a southern extension of the Great Himalayan Mountain Range that is famous for birding.

Here Quality and Quantity both will find place in your birding list. The setting early morning is very calm with the hint of mysticism added by the morning mist. Early morning birds would put their best show - some taking dip in the river and some from the tree top. Somehow you would agree that to see the coveted species of birds you need the backdrops of mighty Himalayas.

During our stay in the Mishmi Hills area, we will visit the Mishmi villages and get a glimpse of the region's local culture- traditions, farming, weaving, house-building and more. You might want to try your hand at trout-fishing, rafting on the nearby river or go on a birdwatching hike in the mountain. In the evening, we may be able to conduct a cooking session where you will get a taste of authentic Mishmi cuisine.

Depending on the weather conditions, we might go on a bird walk, a short hike and a jeep expedition to Mayodia Pass - a snow point.

Full day birding at Mishmi hills. Meals and overnight at camp.

Full day birding at Mishmi hills. Meals and overnight at camp.

Today we leave for Dibrugarh Town, a journey that includes a 5 hour drive and a 1 hour ferry ride. To board a flight back home via Kolkata or Delhi/Mumbai.

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

 

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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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