Wildlife of Eastern India: From Red Pandas to Rhinos

Singalila, Kaziranga, and Darjeeling Tea Country with Devendra Basnet

April 2023

Some of the rarest species in the world are found in the fascinating wildlife reserves of eastern India, including the furry, tree-dwelling red panda and the prehistoric-looking one-horned rhino. With Trip Leader Devendra Basnet, an inveterate naturalist who has been leading for WT for 35 years, we’ll be immersed in the richness of India’s natural habitats each day as we explore from the Himalayan foothills to the grassy savannas of Assam. After a relaxing stay on a pristine tea estate in the Darjeeling Hills, we’ll make our way up to the rugged Himalayan landscape of Singalila National Park, which straddles a dramatic ridge on the India-Nepal border. A population of endangered red pandas resides in the forests here, and with our local trackers, we’ll look for these beautiful creatures as we hike peaceful trails. We’ll also witness amazing Himalayan panoramas from Singalila’s high viewpoints. Afterwards, we’ll unwind in charming Darjeeling, known as the Queen of the Hill Stations, then descend to the lowlands of Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the great Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga is home to some of the world’s last one-horned rhinos, along with a host of other wildlife including tigers and large breeding populations of elephant. This unique journey is limited to just eight people, so early signup is advised.

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