Trip cost - Rs 75000/- per head + 5% GST

Cost Inclusions

  • * All meals during trip
  • * 6N & 7 days stay in Chawang Lodge, Kalapokhri ( Twin sharing )
  • * Bagdogra-Manebhanjan-Bagdogra shared road transfers in AC Innova (4 Pax per vehicle)
  • * Naturalist services
  • * 6N /7D Red Panda Expedition with tracker support
  • * Shared Porters & Safari Landrover for entire duration of stay
  • * Wildlife Permit cost for both Indian and Nepal
  • * Still camera permits, 1 per person
  • * Visit to Sandhakphu top
  • * Visit to Tumling and for other sightseeing

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Cost for supplementary services.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
  • Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
  • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

PAYMENT POLICY:

  • - 20% of the tour cost to be paid at the time of booking.
  • - 50% of the tour cost to be paid 45 days before date of departure.
  • - Balance 30% of the tour cost to be paid 30 days prior to the departure.
  • - 100% payment required to book air fare, rail fare & safari bookings.
  • - The trip will be considered as confirmed only if there is no default in the above payment procedure.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

  • - 60 days before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
  • - 30 days before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
  • - 15 Days before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
  • - 0 to 15 days before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show)

Three pioneers of Red Panda Expeditions are joining hands together to bring to you a revamped version of Red Panda tourism in the company of best in class naturalists, trackers and photographers. Jehan Numa Wilderness, Nature Wanderers and Jungle Lore presents Red Panda Expedition - Revamped!!!

Please find below details for our Singalila National Park – Red Panda Expedition

About Singalila

Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests located in the in Darjeeling District in the West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal tri-junction. It is a mystical forest located on the Singalila range at an altitude ranging between 7,000ft to 12,000 ft above sea level. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it and also famously known for its ageless vintage Land Rovers.

Singalila is one of the best places in India to see Red Panda in the wild. Apart from the Red Panda, Singalila is home to a diversity of mammals including Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika among others. Singalila is a birding paradise, with more than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like: Blood pheasant ,Satyr Tragopan ,Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented tit, fire tailed Mayzornis, golden breasted fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bull finchs, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreapers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Patridges and many more. The park is also well known for its stunning and rugged Eastern Himalayan landscape and on clear days both Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga can be seen.

About Red Panda

The Red Panda, Ailurus fulgens, is also known as the ‘firefox’. It is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. It has Reddish brown fur, a long shaggy tail and a wadding gait due to its shorter length of front legs. Measuring not more than 2 feet in length and weighing not more than 10 Kg the Red Panda is truly adorable and especially photogenic animal. It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboos, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active from dusk to dawn and is largely sedentary during the day. The Red Panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and it continues to decline due to its habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding, depression. Although Red Pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries. Singalila is one of its last strong holds and it is also the best place in India to see this elusive and rare mammals.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEY TAKE AWAYS FOR ME FROM AN NW PHOTO TOUR?

A team of highly committed professionals who live their lives out there on the field, the NW team has the hands on knowledge from a wildlife and photography perspective to make the most of your wildlife trip. As an amateur photographer, you come back with a better understanding on camera handling and on-field shooting tips as our team constantly keeps an eye on your shooting techniques and gives you the necessary onfield guidance to mature to the next level. Even if you have been shooting in the field regularly, the group interactions around photography and wildlife are an enriching experience.

I DO NOT POSSES THE ADEQUATE EQUIPMENTS TO SHOOT WILDLIFE. CAN I STILL BE A PART OF AN NW PHOTO TOUR?

Equipments can't restrict you from participating in our photo tour. You can touch base with the NW team for possible equipment rental options and we would try to equip you adequately based on the nature of the program you are enrolling for.

WHAT IS THE ONFIELD VALUE ADD I GET FROM NW?

NW programs are backed by strong field analysis and locations surveys. Our team spends maximum time in the wilderness and is up-to-date with sighting reports because which we are able to plan out the photo tour effectively. In addition to this, you can bug our experienced photography escorts and trainers with your photography queries - be it field tips, basic or advanced photography queries, post processing of images etc.

WHAT ALL IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?

In case of established national parks, NW ensures the best of facilities in the form of comfortable rooms and the best in class safari experience. However whenever infrastructure is an issue, we try to give the best of what is avaialble. Photography is our key focus and we do not compromise on that part. Our endeavor has always been to give our participants the maximum productive field time.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY IN CASE I WANT TO BACK OUT FROM A TRIP?

Cancellation for an event to be conveyed through mail/ sending letter to our registererd address. For cancellations please write to us at [email protected]. For all eligible cases refund would be processed as per below slabs within 2 weeks of receipt of communication through credit note/ credit to bank account.

For more details on refund & cancellations please refer Terms & Conditions section on our website.

Refund policy:

  • 50% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 90 days prior to the event
  • 30% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done days 60 prior to the event
  • No refund if cancellation is done between 0-30 days of the event.

Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra and onward to Singalila

Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport by early morning flight you will be met at the airport by your driver and traveling naturalist. The group will immediately leave for Manebhanjen, which is the entry point of Singalila National Park. At Manebhanjen, guests will change to their vintage landrover and move towards Chawang Lodge, Kalapokhri, your home for 6 nights. Lunch will be served en-route to Kalapokhri, guests will reach their destination in the afternoon. Evening will be at leisure, with some orientation about the activities planned for the next few days. Dinner and overnight at Chawang Lodge. (L & D)

Note: Tourists are allowed entry into Singalila no later than 2:00 PM. Guests MUST ensure that their flight into Bagdogra is the first flight out reaching Bagdogra no later than 9:00 AM. If such a flight is not available, then we would recommend reaching Bagdogra a day before and spending a night at Siliguri, this can be arranged at an extra cost.

Day 2: Wildlife activity at Kalapokhri

Guests will wake up and have breakfast at the lodge. Our team of expert trackers would have gone out searching for Red Panda early in the morning. As the trackers find Red Panda, guests will be taken to the spot. Guests can opt to walk to the sighting spot or choose to go by land rover, if the sighting is close to a motor-able road. Along with our expert naturalist, guests can also participate in tracking using established trails in search for Red Panda. Singalila is home to several species of birds and guests can also engage themselves with bird watching, while the trackers are out looking for Red Panda. Lunch will be served on the field or at the lodge, depending on the wildlife activities that we decide to do. Dinner and overnight at Chawang Lodge. (B, L & D)

Day 3 To Day 7: Wildlife activity at Kalapokhri

Each day the trackers will go out searching for Red Panda both on the Nepal and India side and the group leader will identify suitable trails for searching for Red Panda and other species. For those guests who have difficulty walking, even the Landrovers will be there in support to drive you to various sightings or spots.

Apart from wildlife, Singalila National Park is also quite popular for the scenic vistas that one can see. The Kanchendzonga peak along with other surrounding peaks form the sleeping Buddha, which can be best viewed from Tumling. At the discretion of the tour leader and the sighting situation, the guest can visit Tumling to see this and explore the areas around. The famous Sandakphu is just 6 KM from Kalalpokhri is the highest point in West Bengal and famously a spot where you can see both the Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga. Depending on the sightings, guests can opt to trek up or use the Landrovers to explore the Sandakhu area. Dobate, in Nepal, is also a beautiful village situated at a lower altitude to Kalapokhri, it is a half / full day visit with picnic lunch can be arranged. The forest around Dobate is also a hotspot for Red Panda. There are also some interesting villages to be seen close to your lodge. (B,L & D)

To summarize, there are many options and activities that are possible during your 6 nights visit to Singalila, all these activities listed above are included in your plan. Since this a species specific plan, the focus will be to maximize chances of seeing the Red Panda, and to that effect we will keep the plan flexible and based on the discretion of the tour leader and the consensus of the group.

TREKKING

The Red Panda Expedition promises to be an experience of a life time. We will be trekking as much as possible, which is the best way to enjoy and photograph the beauty of the place. We will have a team of porters to help us with our trekking equipment.

4X4 VEHICLES - Vintage Land Rover

Not sure if you can trek? Don’t worry; there will be safari cars that you can hop on any time you want. The safari cars used here are the historic Land Rovers and the only place in the country where they are operated as safari vehicles.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in pristine locations, relishing magical sunrise / sunsets. The location being remote, accommodation and facilities will be basic, clean and hygienic.

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