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red panda + sunderban + fishing cat tour

Singalil National Park( Red Panda Expedition) + Sundarban National Park + Fishing cat tour

17 Days Tour

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Spiti Valley is one of the remotest places in Himachal Pradesh which at one time was known as the most treacherous place to visit, however has now become the heart of the elusive Snow leopard sighting. Thanks to long term conservation efforts by well-known groups, Snow leopards have been sighted here regularly. The valley is situated between Ladakh to the west and Tibet to the east. The sightings of Snow leopards is generally between 200 to 450 metres and at eye level to few degrees angle as most of the snow leopards are comfortable because of the gorge separating the animal from human. This valley also has a good prey base and that helps the predator move in the same area.
The Snow Leopard tour has helped eco-tourism in the valley and many home stays and locals have benefitted from the tourist influx. The tourist influx has helped with employment during winter months and a fee is collected for the betterment of the village and forest.
Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is the main area of the Snow leopard movement and with help of guides and porters, photographers and wildlife fans are taken to the sighting site. A comfortable set up for the winter months is also arranged for the guests so they can have a wonderful experience!
Our Snow Leopard photo tour has two parts –
3 days of traveling in Himachal Pradesh (India): The drive up to Kibber in Spiti is a 2-day travel. We do this because it helps with the acclimatisation and arrival airport is in the plains and safe to travel during winter months. You will get to enjoy the views of scenic way, the local terrain and the topographical changes from plains to green mountains turning to steep mountains and finally the barren mountains above the treeline. The drive up is definitely once in a lifetime experience! On the way back, we do a day’s midway stop and the you can fly out from Chandigarh to Delhi, for same night international departures. For guests opting for next day flights, we can arrange a day tour to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, which is a 3-hour drive from Delhi.

6 days of Snow Leopard expedition: We reach our homestay in Kibber on the 3rd night and may chance upon seeing a Snow Leopard . Many a times we may be able to spot a Snow Leopard 4-5 kilometres before reaching the destination along with other birds and mammals like the Blue Sheep, Ibex or Red Fox. From Kaza, it is a 45 minute uphill drive, and a good time to keep an eye out for any sightings.

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

No wifi available during most locations, however the facility to call home country via satellite phone is available at a cost.

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Electricity

Non-US style plug – However multi-plug charging strip available in rooms.

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Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Chandigarh International Airport, India. Our representative will be waiting to provide your private transfer to a hotel near the city of Chandigarh.

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All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $4400 per person in sharing accommodations/ $4900 in single supplement (2020)
2. $4800 per person in sharing accommodation/$5300 in single supplement (2021)

Tour Dates


Main Tour – Maximum 6 – 8 people per group.
1. Feb 1st – Feb 10th, 2021
2. Feb 11th – Feb 20th, 2021
3. Feb 21st – March 2nd, 2021
4. March 3rd – March 12th, 2021
5. March 15th – March 24th, 2021

Tour Specifics


  1. Moderate walking at high elevation
  2. All level Photographers
  3. Land Photography
Tour Motive

Our all-inclusive Snow leopard tour is a unique opportunity to spot and photograph the elusive Snow leopard in its high-elevation habitat. Once a dream, with the help of locals and excellent logistical planning, the tour is a good opportunity to fulfil this you’re once in a lifetime opportunity to see this beautiful cat. Through our extensive expert guiding and skipper assistance, we aim to maximize your experience.

Photo Opportunities

⦁ Opportunity to spot and photograph the elusive Snow Leopard in its habitat.
⦁ Try to find different photo opportunities to photograph the beast, if lucky with its cubs/families and against different backdrops and habitats.
⦁ Photograph and see large raptors along with other mammals such as Red Fox, Blue Sheep, and Ibex.
⦁ Opportunity to photograph good potrait shots of these elusive animals.
⦁ Birding opportunities during downtime (no Snow leopard sighting)
⦁ Expert guidance during photography sessions along with assistance at every step.
⦁ Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Tour Pace


Moderate to Tough
The Snow leopard tour is a high-altitude tour, which requires physical fitness and endurance to cold and extreme weather conditions.
Some hiking may be involved to reach the snow leopard sighting location. While assistance is provided at every step with gear, logistics and accommodation, it is important that you are physically and mentally fit to take this tour. Please do check with your physician about high-altitude sickness and issues that may arise due to elevation changes. Also ask your physician if you are ok to take Diamox – medicine to prevent high altitude sickness Register Now

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival at Kolkata airport , Transfer to Hotel in Kolkata. Rest for the day.

Day 2

Early Breakfast and boarding for Kolkata- Bagdogra flight ( 45 mins). After reaching Bagdogra journey starts towards Singalila National Park ( Four hours drive). Transfer to camp. A short break for refreshment and lunch. Second half on field.

Day 3-7

Full days on field. Stay at our camp.

Day 8

Start early for Bagdogra- Kolkata flight. Journey starts for Sundarban after reaching Kolkata airport ( Three hours drive). Lunch on the way. Transfer to the resort at Sundarban.

Day 9-13

Full day boat safari in Sundarban .

Day 14

Morning safari in Sundarban and Leave for our Fishing cat camp ( Five hours drive). Transfer to the resort and night safari.

Day 15-16

Two full day and night at fishing cat camp.

Day 17

Leave for Kolkata airport ( Two hours drive) Return flight from Kolkata airport

Day 1:
Arrival at Kolkata airport , Transfer to Hotel in Kolkata. Rest for the day. Copy of Bengal Tiger in Sunderban copy Day 2:
Early Breakfast and boarding for Kolkata- Bagdogra flight ( 45 mins). After reaching Bagdogra journey starts towards Singalila National Park ( Four hours drive). Transfer to camp. A short break for refreshment and lunch. Second half on field. Copy of Copy of Singalila Autumn colours_ Day 3-7:
Full days on field. Stay at our camp. Copy of field pic_ Day 8:
Start early for Bagdogra- Kolkata flight. Journey starts for Sundarban after reaching Kolkata airport ( Three hours drive). Lunch on the way. Transfer to the resort at Sundarban. Copy of AG4Q0727 (1) Day 9-13:
Full day boat safari in Sundarban. Copy of Boat_1_ Day 14:
Morning safari in Sundarban and Leave for our Fishing cat camp ( Five hours drive). Transfer to the resort and night safari. Copy of _DSC2737 Day 15-16:
Two full day and night at fishing cat camp. fishing-cat Day 17:
Leave for Kolkata airport ( Two hours drive) Return flight from Kolkata airport.

Tour Motive


Our all-inclusive Snow leopard tour is a unique opportunity to spot and photograph the elusive Snow leopard in its high-elevation habitat. Once a dream, with the help of locals and excellent logistical planning, the tour is a good opportunity to fulfil this you’re once in a lifetime opportunity to see this beautiful cat. Through our extensive expert guiding and skipper assistance, we aim to maximize your experience.

Photo Opportunities

⦁ Opportunity to spot and photograph the elusive Snow Leopard in its habitat.
⦁ Try to find different photo opportunities to photograph the beast, if lucky with its cubs/families and against different backdrops and habitats.
⦁ Photograph and see large raptors along with other mammals such as Red Fox, Blue Sheep, and Ibex.
⦁ Opportunity to photograph good potrait shots of these elusive animals.
⦁ Birding opportunities during downtime (no Snow leopard sighting)
⦁ Expert guidance during photography sessions along with assistance at every step.
⦁ Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Cost (In USD)


$4000 per person in sharing accommodations/ $4500 in single supplement

TOUR DATES


Main Tour – Maximum 6 – 8 people per group.
1. Feb 1st – Feb 10th, 2021
2. Feb 11th – Feb 20th, 2021
3. Feb 21st – March 2nd, 2021
4. March 3rd – March 12th, 2021
5. March 15th – March 24th, 2021

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Tour Specifics:

  1. Moderate walking at high elevation
  2. All level Photographers
  3. Land Photography

Tour Pace


Moderate to Tough
The Snow leopard tour is a high-altitude tour, which requires physical fitness and endurance to cold and extreme weather conditions.
Some hiking may be involved to reach the snow leopard sighting location. While assistance is provided at every step with gear, logistics and accommodation, it is important that you are physically and mentally fit to take this tour. Please do check with your physician about high-altitude sickness and issues that may arise due to elevation changes. Also ask your physician if you are ok to take Diamox – medicine to prevent high altitude sickness

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Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:
⦁ A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
⦁ A zoom lens (70-200 or a 100-400)
⦁ A sturdy tripod or monopod
⦁ Pack a ton of memory cards

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Tour Leader

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Sourav Mandal is a naturalist, wildlife tour leader and a nature photographer. With a degree in Zoology, photographing rare animals is his primary area of interest. He has spent more than six years in the Eastern Himalayas in quest of the Red Panda and other Himalayan wildlife. He is associated with Red Panda eco-tourism in Nepal and North Bengal, India which is dedicated to the conservation of Red Pandas in that area. His work has been recognised across various international and national platforms. His photographs have been published in reputed magazines such as Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, The Wildtrail Journal, Indian Birds, Travel & Leisure,National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller to name a few.

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Payment Terms Inclusion Exclusion Payment Terms ⦁ A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount
⦁ The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
⦁ All figures per person
⦁ Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation Inclusion
  • All domestic air fare.
  • All vehicle and safari expense. Two vehicles will be provided all the time both during travel ( Toyota Innova) and Safari ( Gypsy/ Mahindra Bolero).
  • Resort and Hotel accommodation at every point during the tour , AP , Twinsharing basis.
  • All entry permits and camera permits.
  • Experienced Field guides, Drivers , Naturalist.
  • Packaged drinking water and Snacks will be provided on field.
  • WiFi available
Exclusion
  • Any drinks & beverages
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any tips to the guides, drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Any travel, medical, evacuation insurance

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Registration

To register for this trip, fill out and submit the below Registration form. PayPal invoice option is also available.
To contact us you can send an email to info@tropicalphototours.com.
See the TERMS AND CONDITIONS page for cancellation/refund policies and other important information. Mail A Check Online Payment Mail A Check
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Book Your Tour With Us In 6 Easy Steps

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1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel

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4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

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5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

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6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

form

1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

mail

2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

travel

3. Book your international travel.

information

4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

money

5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

FAQs

What are the payment & cancellation terms? Expand Payment:
⦁ A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
• The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
Cancellation:
⦁ Please refer to the Cancellation terms on our page Is the inline permit cost inluded in my tour cost? Expand

⦁ Yes it is included.

Can you arrange my day tour to Taj Mahal, in Agra? Expand

⦁ Yes, upon request, we can work with our partners to plan your day-visit logistics and bring you back to Delhi for your international departures at an additional cost.

What camera lenses do you recommend? Expand ⦁ We suggest a telephoto lens and one 100-400/200-500/200-600 for flight shots of birds while waiting or to help you compose landscape/ habitat shots. If you’d like to try night photography we’d recomment a 24-70 lens, but please bear in mind that the nights are really cold at that elevation.
⦁ If you wish to procure rental camera gear, please email us with your request at ⦁ info@tropicalphototours.com
How is the weather going to be in India during tour dates? Expand
  • Its winter in India during tour dates and average temperature in capital city New Delhi ranges between 68 Farenheit (daytime) – 45 degreen Farenheit (nightime). The nights are chilly and since the tour path is northbound, the temperature will get colder with some snowfall as well.
This is an extensive tour. What are the items provided by you? Expand ⦁ We try to make all our tours as comfortable as possible for you. Below are the things that you will be provided during the tour dates:
⦁ Mineral water.
⦁ Tea/coffee/snacks.
⦁ Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
⦁ Water and hot tea at the site & snacks.
⦁ Veg/Non-vegetarian meal
⦁ Electric blanket in bed for each guest.
⦁ Electric heater or hot stove in each room.
⦁ Fresh clean linen and quilt. Fresh towels.
⦁ Hot water.
⦁ Toilet paper/ Wet wipes.
⦁ Walking pole.
⦁ Foldable stool in the field.
⦁ Collapsible tent to rest while in the field.
⦁ Oxygen in the home stay and on the field.
⦁ Insulated mat to rest on on the field.
⦁ BSNL connection to call home.
⦁ Taxi with escort to and fro pick up and drop off points.
⦁ ** There are hopeful indications that local mobile networks like Jio/Airtel will start by the year end but it is still in process! What clothing gear should I pack for the tour? Expand ⦁ This is a high-elevation tour and it is going to be cold with snowy conditions. Below items are what we recommend bringing with you.
⦁ Down jacket or winter jacket preferably waterproof/water resistant.
⦁ Ski pants or thick pants to withstand walking in snow or sitting in
⦁ strong chilly winds.
⦁ Thermal inners, top and bottom
⦁ Middle layer normal fleece or regular jacket.
⦁ Arctic grade gloves
⦁ Normal winter gloves
⦁ Thermal Balaclava or thick fleece version
⦁ Thermal grade woolen cap or beanie
⦁ Normal cap
⦁ Thick artic grade socks
⦁ Normal woolen socks
⦁ Anti-skid snow boots
⦁ UV protection sunglasses
⦁ Sunscreen SPF 50 plus
⦁ Chap stick
⦁ Vaseline
⦁ Winter night suit
⦁ Snow Gaiters – over pants in case the shoes/bottom of pants opening gets wet! Can you book my domestic ticket to and from Chandigarh? Expand
  • Certainly, our team will arrange your domestic tickets upon advance request.
How much should I tip my helpers and guides? Expand

⦁ USD 10 per day is recommended tip for the hardworking guides, helpers and support staff. You may calculate the total for the tour and hand the amount to the tour leader.

Important Note

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers
  • A Travel risk assessment & medical fitness declarations and Waiver liability form need to be filled and submitted by every guest before travel start date.
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-803-8049/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Tour Leader

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Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet’s work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Our aim is to make bird and wildlife photography accessible to everyone! Come join us on our next adventure in the rainforests.

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Tropical Photo Tours LLC is a US Based photography tour company helping birders from all over the world visit and experience the rainforest birding and photography.

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