Priceless: In Search for the Red Panda
India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated, one amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of them all is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world. The Giant Panda is a bear. The eastern Himalayas is the only place in the world where one can find the red pandas.
Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. It is a wilderness located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometers. This is a Birding Paradise as well. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. Apart from the Red Panda, other mammals found here are- the Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, and many other Eastern Himalayan exotics.
This experience is also very responsible towards sustainability as our stay is in a community-run homestay which is managed by the local community, it is constructed using local materials, the team here works on habitat restoration, operates medical camps for villages in the vicinity, creates awareness, skill development and creating women empowerment. All essential to a sustainable journey/experience. At the same time, most of the exploration is done by hiking in the eastern Himalayas rather than taking jeeps thus reducing the use of fossil fuel.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi | Evening sightseeing | Overnight in Delhi
Day 2: Early this morning fly to Bagdogra | Transfer by road to Singalila |
Evening exploration for birding and searching for wildlife in the eastern
Himalayas | Overnight will be in Singalila.
Day 3- 5: Exploration of Singalila National Park - every morning the scouts shall
leave before sunrise to seek out the red panda movement. You can either
enjoy a lovely cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the sunrise, alternately you
could sit in the bird hide and watch some truly remarkable species. Once
the movement has been spotted, you will hike to the destination to see
look for the red panda. If you need to travel far breakfast will be carried by
the lodge team. If you do not have to go far you could return to the lodge
for breakfast. Your exploration continues till lunchtime when you will
return to the lodge. Evenings are usually cloudy, and it sometimes rains
but depending on the weather further exploration can be done of
different trails. Overnight will be in Singalila.
Day 6: Early this morning (before sunrise) travel to Sandakphu peak (10,000ft.) to
watch the sunrise over the tallest peaks in the world. After breakfast (at
Sandakphu) seek out higher altitude birds.
Day 7: Check-out and transfer to Bagdogra | Fly to Delhi
Terms & Conditions
Please note all programs are personalized further thus it is imperative that you reach out to us to book the same.
50% advance confirms your trip with us. The balance payment needs to be made 60 days before your trip.
All payment needs to be made through the MasterCard that you hold.
We would need to check availability at the lodge in order to confirm the program.
Safaris are booked 120 days in advance and are booked on a first come first serve basis. We would need an identity card at the time of booking which will be used to procure the permits. For Indian nationals identity cards acceptable are Aadhar Card, Voter's Identity Card, Passport, or Driver's License. For international travellers we will need a copy of your passport.
Safaris permits once procured are not refundable.
Less than 25 days before the arrival date: No Refund
Less than 35 days before the arrival date: 60% Refund
Less than 45 days before the arrival date: 75% Refund
No refund in case of no show, road blocks, accidents etc.
No refund for safaris once booked.
We are not responsible for the termination of the tour or revision of itinerary in case of Force Majure factors where things are beyond our control, such as natural calamities, riots, political strikes, and flight/train delays.
We are not liable to pay any compensation for any unutilized services in termination of the tour due to Force Majure factors.
In any kind of Force Majure factors, we will look for the most suitable/possible alternative services with the consent of the guest or travel partner. Any extra cost incurred for organizing alternate services would be debited to the guest or travel partner.
In case of termination of tour mid-way due to any of the factors mentioned above the retention or penalties charged for unutilized services will be borne by the guest.
The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credits will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking the tour.
It is mandatory for the guest to present a valid photo identity at the time of check-in.
The inclusion of an extra bed with a booking is facilitated with a folding cot or a mattress as an extra bed.
Early check-in or late check-out is subject to availability and may be chargeable by the hotel/lodge. The standard check-in time is 1 pm and the standard check-out time is 11 am.
The room tariff includes all taxes. The amount paid for the room does not include charges for optional services and facilities such as room service, mini bar, snacks, or telephone calls.
The hotel reserves the right of admission. Accommodation can be denied to guests posing as a couple if suitable proof of identification is not presented at check-in. Rural Traveller will not be responsible for any check-in denied by the hotel/lodge for the aforesaid reason.