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    Wild India

    Ultimi paradisi naturali d’Asia

    • Periodo Ottimale: 3 Marzo - 14 Marzo 2020; 26 Dicembre 2020 - 6 Gennaio 2021
    • Giorni: 12 (16 con l'estensione opzionale in Gujarat)
    • Zona di interesse: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam
    • Costo: € 2690,00 (€ 950 in più per l'estensione opzionale in Gujarat)
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    Ethnographic and wildlife viewing trip in the most unspoilt and utterly captivating areas of the Indian subcontinent, from the world’s last refuge for the Asiatic Lion in Gujarat to the vast alluvial plains of the Brahmaputra River deep in the remote north-eastern region of Assam, through the striking forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra where the majestic Bengal Tiger reigns.

    • Kaziranga – where Indian Rinoceros rules, the vast alluvial plains of the Brahmaputra River
    • Deer, Buffalos, Elephants and…Tigers – the incredible wildlife of Indian savannas
    • Asiatic Primates – macaques, langurs and the elusive Hoolock Gibbon
    • The largest land mammal in India – the Asian Elephant. The colourful and stunning India’s endemic birds
    • Cultural Richness – the incredibly ornate Jain temples and palaces of Palitana and the secret Vaishnavite temples
    • Kanha – where the jungle of Kipling still lives. The Barasingha, the protagonist of the India’s conservation story and the massive Gaur
    • Tadoba– watching the Bengal Tiger in the wild
    • Optional trip extension: Sasan Gir and Velavadar – the Asiatic Lion, the Blackbuck and the Wolf

    The trip will be led and accompanied by one Biosfera Itinerari expert biologist guide who will be responsible of logistics, activities and tour guidance.

    ClimateGeographic LocationBiodiversity and Cultural Heritage

    Dominated by a monsoonal regime. The only favourable period for this itinerary is from November to March; the region is not advisable to visit out of winter season because of the extremely hot temperatures and the magnitude of severe weather phenomena, and the parks are generally closed to the public. 

    Located in the north-eastern border between Bhutan, Tibet (China) and Myanmar, the land once called Assam (actually divided into seven states) is connected to the rest of India via a strip of land in West Bengal called the Siliguri Corridor, which results in real isolation from the rest of India. Until the half of the 90’s foreign tourists were not allowed without special (and rarely released) permits, and national aspirations of tribal populations led to communal tensions and violence among separatist groups; the Restricted (Prohibited) Area Permit is required for the few accessible areas of Arunachal Pradesh still today. That makes Assam a still unknown land for western tourists.
    Kanha and Tadoba National Parks are located in the Indian subcontinent, in the Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra states respectively.
    Sasan Gir and Velavadar, together with the cluster of Jain temples of Palitana are situated on the western Gujarat peninsula, home of Mahatma Gandhi.

    Biodiversity: Kaziranga is one of the last strongholds for the charismatic Indian mega–fauna. Kanha and Tadoba are widely recognized as the best places offering guaranteed memorable encounters in the wild with undoubtedly the most fascinating predator, the Bengal Tiger, in addition to extremely interesting species of other mammals (Barasingha, Gaur, Nilgai…) and an incredible array of birds. The Gujarat peninsula is a world apart, and offers the visitor exceptional encounters with the Blackbuck and the majestic Asiatic Lion.

    Ethnographic and Cultural Interest: From an ethnographic point of view, Northeast India is the most complex region of India, with over 220 ethnic groups and equal number of dialects. Assamese culture traces its roots to the assimilation of ancient religious practices based on the worship of the Hindu goddess Shakti (the feminine generative power) with the contribution of mystic and erotic rituals of Tantric Cult (with set of doctrines and practices still in use in the temples of Guwahati); at the end of the 16th century the rise of Vaishanvite Hinduism (with beliefs contrasting with the caste system and the Tantric pratices) was documented by the mushrooming of Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries for religious practices still active today). Due to the geographic proximity with Tibet and historical events, many ethnic groups of Tibetan stock are present around the ancient Gompas (Tibetan Monastery). The Tawang Monastery (situated at 3400m above sea level) is an iconic centre of Tibetan culture and religion (today with 500 monks belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism), where the sixth Dalai Lama was born in 1683. The site of Palitana temples of Jainism on Shatrunjaya hill is considered the holiest of all pilgrimage places by the Jain community; still today the site is strictly regulated and the code for the visitors is stringent, in keeping with the rigours of the Jain faith. In contrast to the archaeological site of Khajuraho, the huge temple–city of Palitana (with hundreds of temples built over a period of 600 years starting in the 11th century) is still an active pilgrimage site today for the most non–violent religion in India.

    Detailed Program

    WITH THE OPTIONAL EXTENSION IN GUJARAT:

    • Day 1: Upon arrival at Mumbai international airport meet with our representative and transfer to Sasan Gir National Park (fly/drive transfer). On arrival check into the wildlife resort. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 2: Morning and afternoon game drives through the park, in search of the Asiatic lion and the typical fauna of the arid forests of Gujarat.
      Sasan Gir national Park, the Asiatic Lion, the wildlife of Gujarat
      This 1400 km² large forest and wildlife sanctuary in the Gujarat peninsula is the last refuge of the Asiatic Lion worldwide, with about 411 individuals recorded in the last census. It’s one of the best park in India in terms of ecosystem value and richness, with the dry deciduous scrub and savannah forests that host species difficult to spot anywhere else, such as the Striped Hyena, the Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, the Four–Horned Antelope, the Marsh Crocodile and more than 300 species of birds. Among Indian National Parks, the Gir Forest is also the place at which Asiatic Leopards are best seen.
    • Day 3: Morning jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Later after breakfast drive to Palitana. Upon arrival check into the hotel. In the afternoon visit to the spectacular hilltop temple complex of Palitana, among the most sacred places for Jains.. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 4: After breakfast drive to Velavadar. Upon arrival check into the wildlife resort. In the evening enjoy the nature walk around the resort, here you will able to spot blackbuck very easily. Overnight stay at resort.
      Velavadar National Park. The Bluckbuck, the Wolf
      Velavadar National Park owes its reputation to the stunning large herds of Bluckbuks and the frequent sightings of wolves.
    • Day 5: Morning game drive through the Velavadar National Park. In the evening transfer to Ahmedabad and flight to Delhi.

    END OF THE OPTIONAL EXTENSION IN GUJARAT

    • Day 1: On arrival at Delhi airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
    • Day 2: Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for Nagpur. Upon arrival at Nagpur airport meet with our representative and drive to Tadoba. Upon arrival check into the wildlife resort. After lunch jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.
      Tadoba National Park: the kingdom of the Tiger
      Tadoba Andhari Reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra. Total area of the reserve is 625.4 square kilometres (241.5 sq mi). This includes Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 square kilometres (45.00 sq mi) and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1986 with an area of 508.85 square kilometres (196.47 sq mi). The reserve also includes 32.51 square kilometres (12.55 sq mi) of protected forest and 14.93 square kilometres (5.76 sq mi) of other areas.Tadoba reserve is a predominantly southern tropical dry deciduous forest with dense woodlands comprising about 87 per cent of the protected area. Teak is the predominant tree species. Aside from the keystone species, the Bengal tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, including: Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, small Indian civet, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, chausingha and honey badger.
    • Day 3: Morning & afternoon jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 4: Morning & afternoon jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 5: Morning jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. After breakfast drive to Kanha National Park. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
    • Day 6: Full-day safari insearch for the tiger and th indian wildlife in the Sal Forest.
      Kanha National Park, the Gaur, the Nilgai and the Barasingha deer. The wildlife of Central India
      Kanha National Park, located in Madhya Pradesh, is the largest protected area in Central India, stretching over an area of 940 km2 and with more than 1100 km2 of buffer zones. It’s a mixture of different forest ecosystem types (mainly Sal–Shorea robusta or bamboo as dominant species) interspersed with meadows and lakes, and teems with a large community of deer (2000 Chital, 3600 Sambar and more than 1000 Barasingha –Cervus duvauceli branderi, very rare subspecies whose numbers fell to around 60 in the past–), bovines (Gaur), antelopes (Nilgai) and a very complex community of terrestrial carnivores that encompasses the most charismatic predators: the Tiger, the Indian Wolf, the Dhole (Cuon alpinus), the Leopard etc.
    • Day 7: Morning jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Later leave for Jabalpur airport to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
    • Day 8: After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Guwahati. Upon arrival meet with our representative & drive to Kaziranga. If want to visit Guwahati, the after Guwahati tour drive to Kaziranga. Upon arrival check into the wildlife resort. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
      Kaziranga National Park. The vast alluvial plain of the Brahmaputra River. The Greater One–Horned Rhinoceros, the Asiatic Wild Buffalo
      Kaziranga National Park lies on the alluvial plain of the Brahmaputra River and is celebrated as one of the richest among Indian Parks. It boasts the highest density of tigers worldwide. Around three–fourths of the world’s Great One-Horned Rhinoceroses are hosted here, as are the majority of the Asiatic Wild Buffalo and 1300 Asian Elephants. Prominent among other mammals are the massive Gaur (or Indian Bison), Leopard, Sloth Bear, different species of Deer, Capped and Golden Langur, the Hoolock Gibbon and the stunning and rare Ganges River Dolphin. This makes Kaziranga comparable to African great parks in terms of mammal diversity and abundance. The bird checklist is impressive, with more than 450 species that have been recorded (Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International) and can be easily observed.
    • Day 9: Morning jungle safari to Central Zone. After lunch jeep safari to Eastern Zone for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 10: Morning jungle safari to Central Zone. After lunch jeep safari to Western Zone for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
    • Day 11: Dawn game drive through the vast alluvial plain of the Brahmaputra River for close encounters with the Greater OneHorned Rhinoceros and the Asiatic Wild Buffalo. Game drive in the central sector of the park. Transfer to Guwahati, visit to the Vaishnavite temples (depending on flight schedules) and flight to Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel.
    • Day 12: Flight for onward destination.
    The price includes:
    • Double bedroom lodge accommodation full board (all meals from day 7 to 14)
    • All excursions as in the Detailed Itinerary and Program
    • Driver/Local Guide and guidance from a Biosfera Itinerari Biologist
    • All land transfers with private vehicle
    • Permit/insurance for the Driver
    • Custom duties
    • All taxes imposed by government authorities except camera fees for National Parks
    • A comprehensive travel insurance package
    Not included:
    • International and domestic flights and airport taxes. Domestic flight totals about € 350
    • Cost of Procedure Management (30 euro)
    • Camera fees for National Parks*
    • Cancelling insurance (facultative)
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Voluntary activities and service tips, and in general everything not mentioned in section “The price includes

    *CAMERA FEES
    The policy about camera fees in indian national parks is everthing but clear to understand, as it differs among parks and often changes. Park websites are rarely updated and infos on there not reliable. Actually (2018) the amount is 200 indian rupee (about 2,5 euro) per visit at Kaziranga. Always 200 rupee at Tadoba but only for fixed-focus optics beyond 250 mm (we were asked no fees for 75-300 mm). News from this year, in Gujarat (Sasan Gir and Velavadar) the fee is on a daily base, but greater (1200-1300 rupee, about 15 euro).

    Price
    starting from € 2690 based for 8 pax (€ 950 more in case of the trip extension in Gujarat. The travel package price can vary in case of change of the currency exchange rate.

    Disclaimer 1: Please note this is an indicative and standard itinerary. Dates, activities and the succession and length of each part of the itinerary may change each year, and can be rearranged with the participants. Upon request by the participants, we will send the definitive and detailed programme to be evaluated at least some weeks prior to the confirmation deadline.

    Disclaimer 2: We will generally honor the posted prices, but these are subject to change at any time due to action or decisions made by local authorities. In such situations, and in the hope that will not happen, we will send all the ministries official communications to all participants, free from ambiguity and in total transparency. We reserve the right to correct the final price to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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