Option 1 : Dec 1st to 4th

Post-Conference Excursion to Kaziranga National Park, Assam and an INVITATION TO WALK WITH ASIATIC BLACK BEARS in Arunachal Pradesh (open only to first ten who opt for this extension)
Day Meals Tour Plan

Day 1 : Dec 1st

Saturday

BLD

Fly Delhi-Guwahati. Drive 05 hours to a resort near Kohora. Evening at leisure, but there will be opportunities to birdwatch or see a tea plantation for those interested.

Kaziranga National Park (KNP), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the only one in India with the feel of an African savannah. Home to 70 per cent of the app 2000 surviving Greater one-horned rhinoceros in the world, herds of Wild buffalo, Asian elephant, and a variety of ungulates like the Swamp, Hog, Sambar and barking deer, and over 500 species of birds, this is a dream destination for wildlifers. With a history of protection starting from 1926, this is one of best preserved stretches of the vast flood plains of the Brahamputra River with thick elephant grass punctuated by woodlands, marshes and ox bow lakes.  KNP also supports the highest density of tigers though only a lucky few see it! This is also on the edge of the north-eastern boundary of the Sloth bear’s range which interfaces with the Asiatic black bear’s.

This area is also known for the famous Assam tea and it is worth visiting a nearby plantation to see tea being processed.

Day 2 : Dec 2nd

Sunday

BLD

Elephant safari in the park + Morning and evening jeep safaris.

Day 3 : Dec 3rd

Monday

BLD

Optional elephant safari (at extra charge) and jeep safaris. The IFAW-WTI’s  Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at the edge of Kaziranga, the only one of its kind in India, that rehabilitates bears, tigers, rhinos, elephants and various other species, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a workshop on Bear Rehabilitation in the Wild. Participants are welcome to opt to attend this (charges for jeep safaris and lunch will be deducted)

Day 4 : Dec 4th

Tuesday

BLD

End of excursion. Fly Jorhat-Delhi for onward travel.

 

Tour cost

INR 18250/- per person on a twin sharing basis for a minimum of 08 persons for the tour to operate. Should numbers not suffice, the operator may offer a revised price or refund the full amount. For those who wish, single supplements can also be provided at an extra cost.

The above costs do not include Delhi-Guwahati-Delhi airfare. Participants are free to book this themselves or ask the tour operator to do so at a nominal service charge. Please note this is busy season.  Those who register earlier stand a better chance of getting a cheaper ticket, and do please confirm with us before you book.

We are likely to use the following flights:
01 Dec 2012        IndiGo 6E221        Del-Gau                  0535-0800 (2h25)
04 Dec 2012         IndiGo 6E128        Gau-Del                  1320-1545 (2h25)

Includes:

  1. All accommodations in a standard room as per as the itinerary on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation would be provided  at Wild Grass Resorts/ Emerald Resorts or similar hotels
  2. Breakfast and lunch & dinner.
  3. All transfers by Innova, Xylo or similar cars appropriate to group size.
  4. 01 Elephant safari and 02 full day jeep safaris.

Excludes:

  1. Expenses of personal nature like tips, alcohol, table drinks or anything not in the above inclusions.
  2. Air travel to the destination and return.

Option 1 : Extended Tour :
An INVITATION TO WALK WITH ASIATIC BLACK BEARS in Arunachal Pradesh as an extension to the Kaziranga tour

Day Meals Tour Plans

Day 4 : Dec 4th

Tuesday

BLD

 

This extension is open only to those opting for the Kaziranga tour. It can take only ten persons on a first come first served basis. Those registering are cautioned that the accommodation will be in  elementary  village lodges sans electricity with jungle toilets. Food and travel arrangements will also tend to be very basic due to lack of options.

The participants for this leg will drive 03 hours to Tinsukia, board a ferry here to cross the river Brahmaputra (04 hours) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Then drive another 02 hours to reach IFAW-WTI’s Asiatic Black Bear Rehabilitation Field Station at Mehao. This is the extreme north-eastern end of India bordering China and Burma and is an inaccessible tribal area amidst evergreen monsoon forests. Even Indian citizens, who don’t live in these parts, need inner line permits, which we will arrange.

Day 5 : Dec 5th

Wednesday

BLD

Opportunities to walk with bears at the field station and the forest.

Day 6 : Dec 6th

Thursday

BLD

Spend time in the forest and visit interior tribal villages.

Day 7 : Dec 7th

Friday

 

Return to catch a flight from Dibrugarh or overnight in Jorhat to return following day to Delhi.

 

Tour cost

INR 13500/- per person includes food travel and stay as advised in the itinerary. Excludes personal expenses.

Option 2: Dec 1st to 4th

Post-Conference Excursion to Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Day Meals Tour Plans

Day 1 : Dec 1st

Saturday

BLD

Fly Delhi-Khajuraho. Drive 04 hours to Bandhavgarh.
       
Bandhavgarh is an iconic central Indian national parks that have a long history with the landscape leaving a lasting impression on its visitors. It is also at the heart of Sloth bear’s distribution range on the sub-continent where it can sometimes be seen snuffling around for termites and roots in the grasslands and rocky outcrops. This mixture of moist and dry deciduous forests is home to the Sambar, Spotted and Barking deer apart from Nilgai and Four-horned antelopes. There are 300 plus bird species in this area as well. Of course the Tiger, the Leopard, a few smaller cats have made this landscape famous, which is a mix of stands of lush Sal, Bamboo and broad leafed deciduous species, interspersed with meadows and lakes.

Day 2 : Dec 2nd

Sunday

BLD

Morning and evening jeep safaris.

Day 3 : Dec 3rd

Monday

BLD

Morning and evening jeep safaris.

Day 4 : Dec 4th

Tuesday

B

End of excursion. Fly Khajuraho-Delhi for onward travel.

               

Tour cost
INR 18400/- per person on a twin sharing basis for a minimum of 08 persons for the tour to operate. Should numbers not suffice, the operator may offer a revised price or refund the full amount. For those who wish, single supplements can also be provided at an extra cost.

The above costs do not include Delhi-Khajuraho-Delhi airfare. Participants are free to book this themselves or ask the tour operator to do so at a nominal service charge. Please note this is busy season.  Those who register earlier stand a better chance of getting a cheaper ticket, and do please confirm with us before you book.

We are likely to use the following flights:
01 Dec 2012        JetLite S2 3423     Del-Khajuraho                      1040-1315 (2h05 one stop)
04 Dec 2012        JetLite S2 3424     Khajuraho-Del                      1320-1545 (2h05 one stop)

Includes:

  1. All accommodations in a standard room as per as the itinerary on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation would be provided  at Tiger Den Resort or similar hotels.
  2. Transfers from Khajuraho airport.
  3. Breakfast and lunch & dinner.
  4. All transfers by Innova, Xylo or similar cars appropriate to group size.
  5. 04 jeep safaris.

 

Excludes:

  1. Elephant rides, should these happen.
  2. Expenses of personal nature like tips, alcohol, table drinks or anything not in the above inclusions.
Option 3: Nov21st to 23rd
Srinagar Trip ( 3 Nights/04 Days Trip):

Day Tour Plans

Day 1 : Nov 21st

Wednesday

AM: Arrival and check in into hotel/houseboat.

PM: Local sightseeing (Old city, lake etc.)

Afternoon: visit the famous Mughal Gardens, Cheshma Shahi (Royal Spring), Nishat Bagh(Garden of Pleasure), Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love) the Mughals laid out in the 16th century. These fall along the banks of the Dal Lake in the heart of Srinagar city & Shankaracharya Temple located on a hillock, thus providing a panoramic view of entire City.

Overnight stay at hotel/houseboat

Day 2 : Nov 22nd

Thursday

AM: Workshop on Conflict at Srinagar

Workshop dinner & Overnight stay at hotel/houseboat

Day 3 : Nov 23nd

Friday

AM: Trip to Dachigam National Park Located very close to Srinagar (22-km), Dachigam National Park with its splendid forests and magnificent scenery is easily accessible. Of all the many sanctuaries in the state, the one at Dachigam is the best known. At one time the exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kashmir, it was declared a national park in 1951, and owing to a strictly enforced conservation programme, the Hangul population, once 150, now stands at over 400 animals.

PM: Trip to Hokersar wetland

Hokersar is 14 km north of Srinagar, and is a world class wetland spread over 13.75 km2 including lake and. It is the most accessible and well-known of Kashmir's which include Hygam, Shalibug and Mirgund. A record number of migratory birds have visited Hokersar in recent years season.

Tour cost 

Cost per person for the preconference tour= Rs 14,000/- (US $ 280) per person excluding flights inclusive of all meals.