- Travel in the company of wildlife conservationist, Lee Durrell
- Learn about the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme from the Project Director
- Go on safari in Kaziranga National Park, home to one horned rhinoceros
- Take to the rivers to find the endangered Gangetic Dolphins
Travelling as a small like minded group, spend one full day in Delhi, exploring the sights and sounds of this colonial city. Take in a rickshaw ride and enjoy the chaotic charms of Old Delhi. On reaching Guwahati meet with the research team at Ecosystems India and learn about their work at the Pygmy Hog Basistha Centre, on the outskirts of the city. Get up close to these small brown critically endangered animals in the captive breeding centre. There is plenty of opportunity to visit the pre-release enclosures at Nameri, and the release site at Orang National Park. Watch from observation hides, although standing only 30cm high it can be difficult to spot.
Continue to travel east to Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site. Diphlu River Lodge is a comfortable home for the next three nights. During your stay there will be ample opportunity to take game drives, and spend time with naturalists to explore this beautiful park, home to two thirds of the world's rhinoceros.
The tour finishes in the metropolitan city of Kolkata - the former capital of the Raj, Kolkata still retains much of its dramatic colonial architecture. It would be a sin not to sample the Bengali cuisine whilst in the city accessed by a well organised walking tour. An iconic Bengali dinner has been arranged with Lee Durrell on the final evening before bidding farewell to your group.
what does this tour include?
Travelling with Lee Durrell offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about a diverse range of wildlife and gain insight about the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. She has a phenomenal knowledge, based on years of experience. A great leader, it is her presence that makes the trip exceptional.
The trip is also a great chance to visit lesser known national parks in Assam. These include the parks of Orang and Kaziranga, which are home to some of India’s most threatened mammals.
who are Durrell WILDLIFE CONSERVATION?
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a conservation organisation with a mission to save species from extinction. Gerald Durrell founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust as a charitable institution in 1963 with the dodo as its symbol. Today Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme is a collaborative project of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group,Forest Department, Govt. of Assam and the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. It is implemented in Assam by the Rare & Endangered Species Conservation Unit (RESCU) of EcoSystems-India.
what wildlife will I see in Assam?
Witness spectacular wildlife from the great one horned rhino, Asian elephants, Gangetic dolphins and endangered greater adjutant storks. .There is a high chance of spotting the endangered Gangetic Dolphin on the Kukurmara River. The greater adjutant storks can be found in interesting surroundings around Guwahati, often favouring the local refuge tip!
Visit two national parks during this tour, including Kaziranga, a World Heritage Site and a paradise for the Indian one horned rhinoceros as well as a birdwatchers paradise.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Host.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
what is the accomodation like in india?
Ranging from luxury and sublime in Kolkata, tradiional tea planters homestay in Balipura, the best available city hotels in Delhi and Guwahati, and a TOFT Pug Eco rated wildlife lodge in Kaziranga. The accomodation has been carefully selected for comfort and proximity to the wildlife and interests of the tour.
Do I need to be fit to enjoy this tour?
Not particularly. Walking is generally over flat terrain. Walks will last about 20 minutes. Game drives are by jeep or elephant back and require a certain amount of mobility to manoevure in and out.
What type of roads and vehicles will be used?
Within Delhi and Assam you will travel together in an air conditioned mini bus.
How many people will I be travelling with?
This group will travel on a minimum number of six guests, and a maximum size of 12.
By travelling on this tour you are directly supporting the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. A contribution will be made on your behalf to the specific projects that are visited whilst in India.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.