India is home to many well-known animals, but few know much about the beautiful and enigmatic Red Panda. This mysterious creature lives in some of Northeast India’s most beautiful forest, sharing its home with many other animals and birds that are as secretive and as enigmatic. Explore the
forests that this unique animal calls home, and learn more about it, its habitat, and the other lesser known creatures that share its home. The tour begins in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. A wide variety of species, such as Red Junglefowl, Small Pratincole, Crested Treeswift, Green-billed Malkoha, Red-breasted Parakeet, Oriental Pied and Great Hornbills, Little Pied Flycatcher and Orange-bellied Leafbird, is an excellent way to kick off our species list.
From Mahananda we move to the nearby Neora Valley National Park. Birds here could include Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Himalayan Cutia, Red-headed Trogon, Golden Babbler, Himalayan Shrike- babbler, Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Black-faced Warbler, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Black-throated Parrotbill, Blue-fronted Robin, and Little Bunting.
From Neora Valley we will spend a short time in Darjeeling, including a birding visit to the extensive bamboo forest around Tiger Hill, where we may find Spotted Laughingthrush, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Broad-billed Warbler, Gould’s Shortwing, Black-throated and Brown Parrotbills, and White-tailed Robin.
After Darjeeling we head to Singalila National Park, first to Manebhanjan where we continue the rugged ascent into the National Park. Singalila’s mix of temperate and alpine vegetation, with beautiful flora including rhododendrons, magnolia and many orchids, is home to the elusive Red Panda, and this is by far the best place in India to find them. We will look for them each day, with the help of local trackers, but not exclusively, as this is a wonderful birding location too.
Although Satyr Tragopan also occurs in these forests, is mostly heard in the spring, and rarely seen. However we have a good chance of encountering other birds such as Rufous-throated Partridge, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, Golden-throated Barbet, Brown Wood Owl,
Ashy Wood Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Black-throated Thrush, Rufous-gorgeted and White-gorgeted Flycatchers, Yellow-browed Tit, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-browed Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin, Striated Bulbul,
Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Maroon-backed Accentor, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, and Gold-naped Finch.
- Once in a lifetime experience
- 60+ species of mammals
- 500+ species of birds.
- Tried & tested for 25+ years
- Varied experiences and landscapes
- Open to customisation
- Ideal for solo travellers wanting to join a group, families, small groups.
- Great for mammal watchers, birders & photographers