Download Itinerary

To immediately receive your Trip Notes (itinerary & details) by email, please enter your information below.

If you would prefer to receive a printed version, please call 800-255-8735.

First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address*
Re-Enter Email Address*
 
Yes, please send me the free JOURNEYS email newsletter.
Privacy Policy
Trip Notes Sent

Thank you for your interest in Tigers of Assam and Sunderbans. The requested Trip Notes have been emailed to you and should arrive in your inbox shortly.

Please consider adding info@journeys.travel to your email contacts/address book to prevent your email client from filtering this message into your junk/spam folder. Privacy Policy

You may also be interested in:

adventure travel trip to India
See tigers at three different parks and reserves
Dates Please call for current departure information.
Duration 15 days
Group Size 8-14
Land Cost $5,350 Details
Single Supplement $675
Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
Grade I-II
Best Time

Tigers of Assam and Sunderbans

Search for great cats in remote parks and sanctuaries in India's northeast

Day 1      Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be met by a representative and driven to your hotel (approximately 35 minutes from airport) to settle in and rest up after your long flight.  (Contact us if you would like to add a couple of days to explore Delhi or Taj Mahal beforehand.)

Lodging: Shanti Home (or similar)

India Gate in Mumbai
Day 2      Delhi / Tadoba

Early this morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Nagpur. On arrival, drive about three hours to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.  Check in at your lodge, a relatively new, small, comfortable resort with well-furnished rooms and a good on-site restaurant, located close to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The resort is located on ten acres of private farm land and is run by a couple from the area.  After getting settled and  lunch, embark with Avi for your first safari in the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Tiger Trails (or similar)

Head out on your first game drive of the trip
Day 3-4      Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is situated in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and is a unique habitat for wildlife in central India. The park is the oldest in the state and consists of two distinct regions, Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, merged in 1955 to create the reserve which spans more than 240 square miles. The park is home to a substantial population of predators such as tigers, leopard, sloth bear, and wild dog, as well as a prey base including Gaur, Sambar deer, spotted deer, and wild boar. The park's large lake is home to marsh crocodiles, which you're sure to see, and a large and varied bird population is also here, including the Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested hawk Eagle, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Grey Hornbill, and more. The park is very open, especially compared to other parks of central India, but this also allows for excellent tiger sightings here. While here, you'll go on twice-daily safaris, morning and afternoon, in 4x4 jeeps accompanied by park guides, with a midday break between game drives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Tiger Trails (or similar)

Tiger and twins at Tadoba
Day 5      Tadoba / Nagpur / Kolkata

Following breakfast, head out on your final game drive in this impressive park, after which you'll be driven to Nagpur for your afternoon flight to Kolkata. On arrival, you'll be met and driven to your hotel, a scenic and peaceful site with extensive grounds, about a 40-minute drive from the airport, for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Tollygunge Club (or similar)

Arrive in busy Kolkata (photo by Dwaipayanc)
Day 6      Kolkata / Sunderbans

Early in the morning, you will be driven to the Outram Ghat for views of the Hughli River. After learning about the river and its importance to the city, you'll head to Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, driving to Gadkhali jetty and then boarding your boat for an afternoon cruise to the Sunderbans, looking for birds and admiring the natural scenery on the way to your island camp, a very simple but comfortable jungle lodge with ensuite cottages, your base for the next three nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Sunderban Tiger Camp (or similar)

Learn about the Hughli River and its importance to Kolkata
Day 7      Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

While here, you'll go on morning and afternoon boat safaris with a midday lunch break at the lodge. The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers. Situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal, it is also the world's largest estuarine forest, 70% of which is under saline/brackish water, with hundreds of creeks and tributaries crisscrossing the entire area. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans is a vast series of islands covering more than 1,650 square miles in India alone, with a larger portion in Bangladesh. Almost 1,000 square miles of the Indian Sunderbans form the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. Here, in a landscape dominated by great tidal creeks and waterways, the only way to access and enjoy the area is on motorized boats which come in various sizes and shapes. Sunderbans is the home of man-eating tigers, estuarine crocodiles, sharks, poisonous snakes, and even a few marauding pirates. While here, you'll be birding and searching for other wildlife both from the water and from watch towers around the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Sunderban Tiger Camp (or similar)

Explore Sunderbans by boat
Day 8      Sunderbans / Kolkata

Early this morning, take a final cruise in Sunderbans which will feature breakfast on board.  Afterward,  meet your ride back to Kolkata and check in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, join a public boat for a short river trip to the northern part of the town, where you will go on a guided walk through the potter’s town, Kumortuli. Afterward, return to your hotel, where the evening is yours at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Tollygunge Club (or similar)

Howrah Bridge in Kolkata (photo by Avi Sarkhel)
Day 9      Kolkata/Guwahati/Manas

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Guwahati. On arrival, you will drive to Manas National Park (about 4 hours). Time permitting enjoy an afternoon safari in the park. Manas is one of the few parks that shares its area with Bhutan. The riverine forests of Manas is home to elusive species like the crab eating mongoose, Himalayan Rufous Necked hornbill, Himalayan Eagle owl and Red Headed Trogan are all sighted here. The park is explored mostly from four wheel drive jeeps but elephant safaris are also possible and can be a good way to see the park wading through the tall grass.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: The Bansbari Lodge (or similar)

Day 10      Manas National Park

 Early in the monring, enjoy an elephant ride for an hour. After the ride, enjoy breakfast and then proceed to explore the park in a four wheel drive jeep. Return in time for some rest and lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a second jeep safari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: The Bansbari Lodge (or similar)

Day 11      Manas / Kaziranga

After breakfast at the lodge drive the 7 - 8 hours to Kaziranga National Park. On arrival, you'll check in at your lodging, comfortable local style cottages with en suite facilities, your base for the next three nights. This attractive property is situated within Kaziranga National park, amid a traditional, rural Assamese landscape that includes village houses, bamboo groves, paddy fields, and tea gardens. The grounds are extensive and home to more than 40 species of full-grown trees and over 200 species of tropical climbers, creepers, and shrubs, with the Dirring River flowing through the land. Later this afternoon, take your first of several safaris in open jeeps to the central range of the Kaziranga National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Wild Grass (or similar)

Hoolock Gibbon (photo by Avi Sarkhel)
Day 12-13      Kaziranga National Park

Enjoy two full days exploring Kaziranga National Park in depth, with morning and late afternoon daily game drives in 4x4 open jeeps in the western and central ranges of the park. Kaziranga, in Assam in northeastern India, is on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, occupies about 180 square miles, and is home to the "big five," including 70% of the world’s One-horned Rhinoceros, herds of Asiatic Wild Elephant, tigers, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, and many herbivores such as Wild Boar, Barking Deer, and Hog Deer. You may encounter a number of smaller and infrequently-sighted mammals such as the very rare Hispid Hare, Common and Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Bengal Fox, Jackal, Indian Pangolin, Hog Badger, Jungle Cat and the shy Fishing Cat. Four species of primates are found in the park, including the Assamese Macaque, the beautiful Capped Langur, and India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon.

The Brahmaputra River is home to the endangered Indo-Gangetic Dolphin, while Smooth-Coated Otters are seen often in its tributary, the river Diphlu. A splendor of birds, including the Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, Wreathed Hornbill, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pale-capped Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Jerdon’s Baza, Fairy Bluebird, Black-breasted Parrot bill, and the Goliath Heron, can be seen here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Wild Grass (or similar)

Asiatic rhinos in Kazinranga NP (photo by Avi Sarkhel)
Day 14      Kaziranga/Jorhat

After breakfast, you will drive about 3 hours to Jorhat. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at your tea estate bungalows.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Thengal Manor

Day 15      Jorhat /Onward

Early this morning, drive to Hoolongopar Gibbon Sanctuary. This is located 40 minutes from the tea estate and is a beautiful tropical habitat for several rare and endangered primates of the world. Some of them are Hoolock Gibbon, Pig Tailed Macaque, Stump Tailed Macaque, Capped Langur and Assames Macaque. Apart from that there is very rich bird life and many types of mammals. There are chances of seeing the Asiatic Elephant, Barking Deer, Wild Boar and even a jungle cat. There will be guides with you who will take you for an hour walk. After that, you will be served breakfast and head for the airport in Jorhat for departing flights to Kolkata or Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to the many wonders of northeast India


 
Home   |   About Us   |   New Trips   |   Family Trips   |   Reviews   |   Trip Sign-up   |   Contact JOURNEYS   |   Jobs
Pre-Scheduled Group Trips   |   Custom Trip Planning   |   JOURNEYS Signature Trips   |   eNews Sign-up   |   Catalog Request

Home Like JOURNEYS International on Facebook Follow JOURNEYS International on Twitter © 2014 JOURNEYS International, Inc.
107 Aprill Drive, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 • 800-255-8735 • info@journeys.travel

Looking for the Best Ecotravel Tour Company?
JOURNEYS International has specialized in ecotourism since 1978. We offer you the best nature tours, safaris, treks, adventure travel, family and cultural trips on earth. Whether you call it an eco vacation, adventure travel, ecotravel, ecotour, sustainable travel or responsible travel, for more than 30 years we have been creating ecologically sensitive and culturally responsible travel to exotic destinations around the world. Specialty ecotrips include women's tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, exploration cruises, festival trips, student group trips and cross cultural and wildlife safaris. Read more about JOURNEYS International.