NEW TRIP

Singalila, Kaziranga, and Darjeeling

Wildlife of Eastern India: From Red Pandas to Rhinos

India

12 Days

From $7,695

Overview

    Book Online Download Itinerary

    Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

    Overview

    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. To look for red pandas, we'll fly from Kolkata to Bagdogra in West Bengal and make our way by road up into 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 Himalayan panoramas from Singalila's high viewpoints. Afterwards, we'll descend into India and unwind in charming Darjeeling, known as the Queen of the Hill Stations. Our next Indian wildlife adventure begins in Kaziranga National Park in the lowlands of 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.

    Arrive: Kolkata, India

    Depart: Kolkata, India

    Highlights

    • Track endangered red pandas in the misty Himalayan forests of Singalila
    • Look for Asian one-horned rhinos in the UNESCO-listed sanctuary of Kaziranga
    • Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Sandakphu and Darjeeling

    Overview

      Book Online Download Itinerary

      Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

      Itinerary

      Download Itinerary Expand All Days
      After an overnight in Kolkata, a short flight brings us to Bagdogra, where we board 4WD vehicles for a drive up to our remote accommodation in the broadleaf forests of Singalila National Park, habitat of the red panda and other fascinating species.
      We join professional trackers to hike mountain trails in search of these iconic animals each day. While we're here, we'll also head up to the famous Himalayan overlook at Sandakphu (11,929') for classic Kanchenjunga and Everest views. Our ridgetop accommodation is a conservation hub and a Nepali-style homestay with breathtaking Himalayan views into India on one side and Nepal on the other.
      We descend from Singalila and continue to Darjeeling, long the queen of the British hill stations and still exuding Victorian charm. During our days here, we'll ride the narrow-gauge “toy train” and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Himalayan Zoological Park, with the option of a sunrise visit to the famous Kanchenjunga viewpoint at Tiger Hill.
      Descending to the tropical plains of Assam, we check into our wonderful lodge just outside Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Endangered Asian one-horned rhinos are the stars here, but as we explore by 4WD vehicle with our trackers, we'll also be on the lookout for elephant, wild Asiatic water buffalo, and with luck, a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. Depart via Kolkata on Day 12.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      110 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 111 days prior to departure: No charge!
      61-110 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels, lodges, and a homestay
      • All meals included
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Oberoi Grand

      Kolkata, India

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Fondly known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, near the city's central business district, bustling markets, and cultural landmarks. Dating back to the late 1880s, The Oberoi Grand was frequented by the country's leading figures during colonial times and even now...

      Shikhar Tarry Lodge

      Mane Bhanjang, India

      Days 2-5 (4 nights)

      This rustic yet comfortable lodge is more of a homestay than a hotel, but it gives us fantastic access for our panda tracking. The lodge has simple guest rooms and bathrooms, a seating area, dining room and kitchen. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a small fireplace to...

      Mayfair Tea Resort

      Siliguri, India

      Day 6 (1 night)

      Surrounded by thousands of acres of tea gardens on a lush tea estate, the Mayfair is a luxury hotel with state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with classic Tudor architecture in mind, it features comfortable public spaces with vintage furnishings and a collection of centuries-old collectibles on display. The resort has a stylish...

      Mayfair Spa and Resort

      Darjeeling, India

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      The Mayfair is a heritage hotel that was once the summer home of the Maharaja of Nazargunj. With 43 guest rooms, it has a prime location opposite the Governor's House and is within walking distance of all of Darjeeling's attractions. The hotel maintains its Old World...

      Infinity Resort Kaziranga

      Kaziranga, India

      Days 9-11 (3 nights)

      Infinity Resort Kaziranga has 16 simple cottages scattered around its peaceful grounds. Each cottage has a balcony overlooking the gardens and is crafted using local material when possible, including thatched roofs and teak furnishings. There is a swimming pool and a small pond for a nature walk.

      Holiday Inn Kolkata

      Kolkata, India

      Day 12 (1 night)

      This hotel is located near the airport and has nice guest rooms with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, fitness room, and outdoor pool. The staff is friendly and attentive.

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Devendra Basnet

      View Profile

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is a cultural and natural history journey with travel by vehicle with hikes and walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health who has recent hiking experience.
      Review Trip Level Details
      On some of our panda-tracking hikes, there may be some rough off-trail footing, so these hikes are best suited for people who have a good sense of balance. There is also some rough road travel on dirt or gravel tracks.
      Singalila National Park is at altitudes between 7,000 and 10,000 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas. In spring in Singalila, daytime highs will be in the chilly 50s and 60s, even dropping as low as the 30s at night. There is more precipitation in spring and skies can sometimes be hazy but the rhododendrons should be in beautiful bloom and the stunning tea gardens will be operational. In autumn, daytime highs will be in the 60, with nights in the low 50s, and the Himalayan vistas should be mostly clear. As in all mountain areas, there is always the possibility of rain. In Darjeeling in spring, temperatures will be pleasant, ranging from the 60s to the high 70s, with autumn temperatures ranging between 50°F and 75°F. In Kaziranga National Park in the lowlands of Assam, it will be quite warm, with spring temperatures between 70°F and 85°F and autumn temperatures ranging between 65°F and 80°F, dropping to much cooler at dawn.
      We enjoy excellent hotels and a comfortable wildlife lodge on this journey, plus four nights at  Shikhar Tarry Lodge, a very simple “homestay-style” accommodation. A recommended clothing and equipment list is provided in our Pre-Departure Booklet, and more detailed description of each accommodation can be found in the “Lodging” section.

      In Singalila, the only vehicles available are old-fashioned “vintage” land rovers with limited shocks and suspension systems, which make for bumpy rides on the dirt roads. In Kaziranga, we use open-roof safari vehicles that guarantee everyone a “window” seat and great wildlife viewing opportunities. All other road travel will be in modern and comfortable vehicles—typically a Toyota Innova.

      Book your trip today

      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

      Itinerary

      Submit the form below to download itinerary

      Hidden

      Hidden


      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

      {"trip":{"TripID":10548,"Trip_Code":"WILDIND","Trip_Name":"Wildlife of Eastern India: From Red Pandas to Rhinos","TripYear":"2024","BrandName":"Wilderness Travel","BrandID":1,"Trip_Tag_Line":"see custom fields","Start_Location":"Kolkata, India","End_Location":"Kolkata, India","Number_Days":12,"Number_Nights":11,"DisplayOnWeb":true,"Book_On_Web":true,"Featured":false,"SpecialEvent":false,"BestSeller":false,"Short_Description":"<p>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. To look for red pandas,\nwe'll fly from Kolkata to Bagdogra in West Bengal and make our way by road up into 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 Himalayan panoramas from Singalila's high viewpoints. Afterwards, we'll descend into India and unwind in charming Darjeeling, known as the Queen of the Hill Stations. Our next Indian wildlife adventure begins in Kaziranga National Park in the lowlands of 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.<\/p>","Long_Description":"<p><\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"Cultural exploration, wildlife viewing, easy to moderate walks and hikes, some long drives.","TripType":"Small Group Adventure","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-WILDIND-red-panda-ailurus-fulgens-singalila-national-park-012324.jpg","MapImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/wildlife-of-eastern-india-map-101023.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/trip\/india-east-wildlife-panda-rhino-singalila-kaziranga-tour","ThisYear_Year":"Fall 2023- Spring 2024 ","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"$7,695 (7-8 members)<br>\n$8,295 (4-6 members)","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"Single supplement: $1,570<br>\nInternal airfare: $345 (subject to change)<p><\/p>","Price":"7695","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":false,"NextYear_Year":"","NextYear_PriceDetails":"","NextYear_PriceDetails2":"","PriceNextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1NextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2NextYear":"0","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","NextYearAirPriceCaption":"","AirPriceNextYear":"0","NextYearFeePrice1":"0","NextYearFeePrice2":"0","NextYearFeePrice3":"0","NextYearFeeName1":"","NextYearFeeName2":"","NextYearFeeName3":"","TripSavings":false,"TripSavingsDescription":"<p><\/p>","VariablePricing":false,"PricingNoteTitle":"<p><\/p>","PricingNotes":"<p><\/p>","NewTrip":true,"MinAge":0,"TripRatingID":6,"TripRatingName":"2+","TravelFromDate":"2022-01-01","TravelToDate":"2050-12-31","BookFromDate":"2022-01-01","BookToDate":"2050-12-31","EventID":20,"EventName":"","AccountingGroup":"Asia","DepositRule":2,"DepositAmt":"600","FinalDays":110,"AutoConfirm":false,"AutoConfirmAmount":"0","PrivateAvailable":true,"OperationMonths":"","AccmRating":"","TripStatus":"Active"},"itinerary":[{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":1,"Headline":"Kathmandu, Nepal","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Welcome to Nepal! On arrival, you&apos;ll be met outside the Customs area for a transfer to the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu. We&apos;ll gather for a Welcome Dinner tonight. Overnight in hotel.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Biratnagar \/ Singalila National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"&nbsp;A morning transfer brings us to the airport for a 30-minute domestic flight to Biratnagar (Bhadrapur-Chandragadi airport) in eastern Nepal. Here we&#39;ll board rugged 4WD vehicles for a bumpy but fascinating drive on steep gravel roads up to Singalila National Park, one of the most diverse Himalayan forests in India&mdash;a mix of fir, deciduous hardwood, and rhododendron, with a thick bamboo understory. The altitudes of the park range from 7,000 to 12,000 feet. We&#39;ll overnight near the park at Shikhar Tarry Lodge, a simple accommodation that grants us great access to the region.<br>\nApproximate Driving Time: 5.5 hours on gravel roads, with a restaurant lunch en route. There will be beverages and light snacks in the vehicle.<br>\nApproximate Flight Time: 30 minutes","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Tracking Red Pandas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&#39;ll have three full days with our local trackers. Tracking will involve hiking along a jeep trail as well as going off-trail into the forest as needed on challenging hikes involving bushwhacking through trees and scrambling up and down slippery hillsides. There are an estimated 32 red pandas within the limits of the park. Typically, we&#39;ll be up early at 6:00 am to join our trackers, who will have gone out earlier in the morning to find pandas. Once at a panda site, we'll have 30 minutes to 1 hour to get a look at them (they tend to stay high up in the trees so viewing can be difficult). Lunch will be back at&nbsp;\nShikhar Tarry Lodge&nbsp;or served in the field, depending on our location. If sightings are on roads, we will go by vehicle for the sighting. On one of the days we&#39;re here, we&#39;ll journey up to Sandakphu (11,929'), a famous spot for viewing Himalayan sunrises and sunsets over mighty Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.\n\nThe red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also known as the fire fox, is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwest China. Its fur is reddish brown, with a shaggy tail and a waddling gait due to its short front legs. Red pandas are typically a bit over two feet long and are tree dwellers. They mainly feed on bamboo, but also eggs, birds, and insects when the opportunity arises. They are solitary animals, active between dawn and dusk. The original &#8220;panda&#8221; name was given to the red panda before the giant panda of China was known. Once considered to be in bear family, and later in the raccoon family, the red panda is actually now classified in a family of its own: Ailuridae. Other mammals that are known to be in the park are Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, leopard, leopard cat, barking deer, yellow-throated marten, wild boar, pangolin, and pika. Singalila is also known as a birding paradise, with more than 300 species recorded, including exotic species such as blood pheasant and fire-tailed myzornis. Because the region is well watered by the monsoon, over 600 varieties of orchids bloom in Singalila, the largest concentration in any single geographical area in the world. Overnights at&nbsp;Shikhar Tarry Lodge.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Siliguri, India \/ Mayfair Tea Resort","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>This morning we bid farewell to our trackers and the lodge staff and descend by 4WD vehicle on bumpy roads to Siliguri, India, with lunch en route. After going through border formalities in Siliguri, we check into the Mayfair Tea Resort, surrounded by tea gardens. Enjoy a walk in the hotel's tea gardens, if you wish, before dinner (the tea gardens are in operation only in spring).\nApproximate Driving Time: 5.5 hours on gravel roads, with a restaurant lunch en route. There will be beverages and light snacks in the vehicle.<\/body>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Darjeeling \/ Himalayan Mountaineering Institute \/ Himalayan Zoological Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A morning drive of about two hours brings us to Darjeeling, &ldquo;the Place of the Thunderbolt&rdquo; (as its Tibetan name is translated). Often called the Queen of the Hill Stations, Darjeeling straddles a ridge at 7,200 feet with views of Kanchenjunga on the northern horizon. The town and surrounding region share a complex history with Bhutan, Nepal, and Sikkim, having passed from one kingdom to another and finally being annexed by the British empire in 1866. Darjeeling&apos;s cool mountain air attracted the colonial British, who made it a favorite summer retreat to escape the tropical heat of the Indian plains.\r\n\r\nWe&apos;ll check into our hotel, then visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, with its rare collection of photographs and climbing equipment used in historic Himalayan ascents of the 20th century. Because Nepal was closed to foreigners until 1950, all Everest expeditions prior to that started from Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay, who summited Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary, became the first Director of Field Training for the institute when it was set up in 1954. On the same property, we&apos;ll visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, which features mammals and birds of the higher altitudes. The zoo has led successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf, and the red panda. Wilderness Travel is a donor to the zoo&apos;s red panda research and rehabilitation center.\r\n\r\nThe balance of the afternoon is on your own to relax. Those who want can enjoy a short walk from the hotel to the Chowrastra, the central square, to get a feel for the daily buzz of local life in Darjeeling. Dinner is on your own, with an overnight at the Mayfair Spa & Resort.\r\nApproximate Driving Time: 2 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Kanchenjunga Sunrise \/ Toy Train \/ Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"As an option before dawn for very early risers this morning, we offer a 1.5-hour drive (each way) to the famous Himalayan viewpoint called Tiger Hill. Here, as the sun begins to rise, visitors are treated (clear skies permitting!) to a fantastic panorama of the huge massif of Kanchenjunga with Everest and Makalu in view at the far eastern corner of the view. You&apos;ll be back in Darjeeling in time to start our regular day of exploration.\r\n\r\nOur day of exploring the Darjeeling area begins with a 1.5-hour ride on the classic Darjeeling Himalayan Rail, a narrow gauge &ldquo;toy train&rdquo; that brings us in heritage style to Ghum, the highest railway station in India at 7,400 feet, and around the spiraling Batasia Loop track, with wonderful Himalayan views along the way (clear skies permitting). Later we&apos;ll visit Chowrastra, the historic central square at the heart of Victorian Darjeeling, and The Mall, Darjeeling&apos;s busy commercial street lined with hotels and shops.\r\n\r\nWe&apos;ll also take a short walk through wooded hills up to the Mahakal Temple above the Mall. On our visit to the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre, we&apos;ll meet families earning a living by producing Tibetan handicrafts such as rugs, paintings, and garments. Many Tibetan families took refuge in Darjeeling after the Chinese invasion of their home country. Dinner and overnight at the Mayfair Spa & Resort.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Bagdogra \/ Guwahati \/ Kaziranga National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today is a long travel day as we descend from the Himalayan foothills to the broad plains of Assam. A morning drive brings us to Bagdogra airport, where we catch our flight to Guwahati, Assam's capital. From Guwahati, we drive further to Kaziranga National Park on the southern banks of the great Brahmaputra River. Overnight at Infinity Resort Kaziranga, not far from the park headquarters.\r\nApproximate Driving Time: 3 hours to Bagdogra, plus 4.5 hours Guwahati to Kaziranga, including rest stops\r\nApproximate Flight Time: 1 hour","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Kaziranga National Park \/ One-Horned Rhinos and More","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga protects a vast expanse of tall \u2018&rdquo;elephant grass,&rdquo; marshland, and dense tropical broadleaf forests. The park is home to tigers, elephants, and, most famously, the world&apos;s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Asian rhinos have an even more armor-plated look than their African counterparts due to all the folds in their skin. They&apos;re vegetarians, grazing on tall elephant grasses and shrubs. They can be called a conservation success, as there were only 600 left in the 1970s, but after efforts by the Indian and Nepalese governments and the World Wildlife Fund, they now number about 3,500 in India and Nepal. Even so, the species faces the ever-present threat of poaching for its horn and continuing habitat loss.\r\n\r\nWe&apos;ll set out each day for morning and afternoon game drives by 4WD vehicle. As we explore, we&apos;ll look for elephant, herds of wild Asiatic water buffalo, swamp deer, hog deer, gaur, sambar, Indian muntjac (barking deer), and, with a bit of luck, the elusive royal Bengal tiger (because of the park&apos;s tall grasses, it can be hard to spot them). Kaziranga is home to about 15 species of India&apos;s threatened mammals, and Ganges River dolphins swim in the park&apos;s rivers. The rich birdlife includes egrets, herons, storks, fish-eating eagles, and grey pelicans. We&apos;ll enjoy our Farewell Dinner this evening. Overnight at Infinity Resort Kaziranga. each day","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Jorhat \/ Kolkata \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A morning drive brings us to Jorhat, where we connect a flight to Kolkata. Depart Kolkata on homeward-bound flights. Day rooms will be held for us at the Holiday Inn Kolkata until 10:00 pm.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Kolkata \/ Singalila National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After an overnight in Kolkata, a short flight brings us to Bagdogra, where we board 4WD vehicles for a drive up to our remote accommodation in the broadleaf forests of Singalila National Park, habitat of the red panda and other fascinating species.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Singalila National Park \/ Tracking Red Pandas \/ Sandakphu","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We join professional trackers to hike mountain trails in search of these iconic animals each day. While we're here, we'll also head up to the famous Himalayan overlook at Sandakphu (11,929') for classic Kanchenjunga and Everest views. Our ridgetop accommodation is a conservation hub and a Nepali-style homestay with breathtaking Himalayan views into India on one side and Nepal on the other.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Darjeeling \/ Tiger Hill","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We descend from Singalila and continue to Darjeeling, long the queen of the British hill stations and still exuding Victorian charm. During our days here, we'll ride the narrow-gauge &#8220;toy train&#8221; and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Himalayan Zoological Park, with the option of a sunrise visit to the famous Kanchenjunga viewpoint at Tiger Hill.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Kaziranga National Park \/ One-Horned Rhinos and More","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Descending to the tropical plains of Assam, we check into our wonderful lodge just outside Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Endangered Asian one-horned rhinos are the stars here, but as we explore by 4WD vehicle with our trackers, we'll also be on the lookout for elephant, wild Asiatic water buffalo, and with luck, a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. Depart via Kolkata on Day 12.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true}],"itinpdf":[{"ItinYear":"2024","docType":"1","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/wildlife-of-eastern-india-from-red-pandas-to-rhinos-itinerary-2023-24.pdf"},{"ItinYear":"2024","docType":"2","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/wildlife-of-eastern-india-from-red-pandas-to-rhinos-predeparture.pdf"}],"whattoexpect":[{}],"highlights":[{"DisplayOrder":1,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Track endangered red pandas in the misty Himalayan forests of Singalila","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":32813,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":2,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Look for Asian one-horned rhinos in the UNESCO-listed sanctuary of Kaziranga","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":32813,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":3,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Sandakphu and Darjeeling","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":32813,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":10,"HighlightText":"","Description":"10-WILDIND-asian-one-horned-rhino-kaziranga-group-safari.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/10-WILDIND-asian-one-horned-rhino-kaziranga-group-safari.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11766,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":11,"HighlightText":"","Description":"11-WILDIND-red-panda-singalila-national-park-india.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/11-WILDIND-red-panda-singalila-national-park-india.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11769,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":12,"HighlightText":"","Description":"12-WILDIND-india-group-birdwatching-tour.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/12-WILDIND-india-group-birdwatching-tour.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11770,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":13,"HighlightText":"","Description":"13-WILDIND-india-two-hornbill-birds.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/13-WILDIND-india-two-hornbill-birds.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11772,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":14,"HighlightText":"","Description":"14-WILDIND-india-siligiri-tea-plantation-harvesters.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/14-WILDIND-india-siligiri-tea-plantation-harvesters.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11773,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":15,"HighlightText":"","Description":"15-WILDIND-walking-india-himalayan-mountains.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/15-WILDIND-walking-india-himalayan-mountains.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11775,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":16,"HighlightText":"","Description":"16-WILDIND-india-temple-monks-prayer-flags.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/16-WILDIND-india-temple-monks-prayer-flags.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11776,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":17,"HighlightText":"","Description":"17-WILDIND-indian-rhino-mother-baby-brahmaputra-kaziranga.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/17-WILDIND-indian-rhino-mother-baby-brahmaputra-kaziranga.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11777,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":18,"HighlightText":"","Description":"18-WILDIND-tracking-red-pandas-singalila-national-park.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/18-WILDIND-tracking-red-pandas-singalila-national-park.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11778,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":19,"HighlightText":"","Description":"19-WILDIND-yellow-throated-marten-india-wildlife.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/19-WILDIND-yellow-throated-marten-india-wildlife.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11780,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":20,"HighlightText":"","Description":"20-WILDIND-brahmaputra-river-kazianga-elephant-safari.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/20-WILDIND-brahmaputra-river-kazianga-elephant-safari.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":11782,"caption":""}],"weather":[{}],"accommodations":[{"VendorID":71931,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Oberoi Grand","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"oberoi-grand-kolkata","Custom_Location":"Kolkata"}},{"VendorID":72555,"Day_Number":9,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Infinity Resort Kaziranga","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"infinity-resort-kaziranga","Custom_Location":"Kaziranga"}},{"VendorID":73058,"Day_Number":7,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Mayfair Spa and Resort","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"mayfair-spa-and-resort","Custom_Location":"Darjeeling"}},{"VendorID":73126,"Day_Number":6,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Mayfair Tea Resort","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"mayfair-tea-resort","Custom_Location":"Siliguri"}},{"VendorID":73134,"Day_Number":12,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Holiday Inn Kolkata","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"holiday-inn-kolkata","Custom_Location":"Kolkata","Custom_Additional_Emails":"","Custom_Addtional_Address":"","Custom_Accommodation_Types":"","Custom_Capacity":"","Custom_Amenties":""}},{"VendorID":73704,"Day_Number":2,"Sequence":10,"Duration":4,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Shikhar Tarry Lodge ","CustomFields":{"Custom_slug":"shikhar-tarry-lodge","Custom_Location":"Mane Bhanjang","Custom_Additional_Emails":"","Custom_Addtional_Address":"","Custom_Accommodation_Types":"","Custom_Capacity":"","Custom_Amenties":""}}],"inclusions":[{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"E","Description":"Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"E","Description":"Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional travel insurance","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"E","Description":"Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"E","Description":"Visa fees","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"I","Description":"Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"I","Description":"Accommodations in hotels, lodges, and a homestay","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"I","Description":"All meals included","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"I","Description":"All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"I","Description":"All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""}],"destinations":[{"DestinationID":45,"Name":"Asia","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":79,"Name":"India","Type":"Country"}],"activities":[{"ActivityID":220,"Name":"Walking","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":221,"Name":"Wildlife & Natural History","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":223,"Name":"Safaris","Primary":0}],"guides":[{"GuideID":850375,"First_Name":"Devendra","Last_Name":"Basnet","BioShort":"Devendra Basnet was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India, and makes his home in Kathmandu, Nepal. He studied Zoology in college in India and began his guiding career as a naturalist guide in Nepal&apos;s wildlife-rich Royal Chitwan National Park. His zoology background has also qualified him to guide ornithology tours as well as several expeditions into the Himalayas to collect and verify high-altitude butterflies for the British Natural History Museum. For Wilderness Travel, he has guided throughout the Himalayas as well as in Rajasthan, southern India, Central Asia, and China&apos;s Silk Road. Devendra speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, as well as some Tibetan and Bengali and is learning Chinese.","BioLong":"Devendra Basnet was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India, and makes his home in Kathmandu, Nepal, with his wife and two children. A WT Trip Leader since 1987, &ldquo;DB&rdquo; leads our cultural and hiking journeys into the Himalayas, across India, and along the ancient Silk Roads of Central Asia. His university studies in Zoology launched him in an early career as a naturalist guide, tracking tigers and spotting rare birds in Nepal&apos;s renowned Royal Chitwan National Park, and collecting elusive Himalayan butterflies for the British Natural History Museum. &ldquo;I love working with people and working in beautiful surroundings, so guiding is a natural for me. I especially love being in the high Himalayas, from Tibet to Bhutan to India, and in areas rich in nature and wildlife. I want my trip members to appreciate how fast everything is changing, and help them take back wonderful memories of the wild places and rich cultures we visit.&rdquo; Devendra speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, as well as some Tibetan and Bengali and is learning Chinese."}],"guestreviews":[{}],"Extensions":[{}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10548,"SimilarTripID":10523,"Trip_Code":"TIGERIND","Trip_Name":"Central India: In the Realm of the Tiger"},{"TripID":10548,"SimilarTripID":10323,"Trip_Code":"MADAGASC","Trip_Name":"Magical Madagascar"},{"TripID":10548,"SimilarTripID":10448,"Trip_Code":"SNOWTIGE","Trip_Name":"Searching for Snow Leopards in India"},{"TripID":10548,"SimilarTripID":10364,"Trip_Code":"SRILANKA","Trip_Name":"Sri Lanka"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84110,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Kanha National Park Extension","Day":-3,"Sequence":3,"Duration":4,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84111,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: South India Extension: The Malabar Coast","Day":-3,"Sequence":3,"Duration":4,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84112,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension","Day":-2,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":70911,"ProductID":84591,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Hotel Yak and Yeti","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kathmandu","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Hotel Yak and Yeti (DATES, 1 night)","Day":0,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>Perfectly located in the heart of Kathmandu yet on a quiet street, the Yak and Yeti is a combination of old and new. Its restaurants and conference rooms are in a restored century-old Rana palace, a showcase of the era&rsquo;s opulence. The hotel&rsquo;s newer wings blend with the old palace, offering guest rooms with a high degree of comfort and traditional Nepali decor. The hotel&rsquo;s gardens, complete with swimming pool, walking trail, and temple dedicated to the goddess Kumari, make it a relaxing hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-yak-yeti-kathmandu-nepal-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84100,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Vendor Ops Payment","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Wildlife of Eastern India: From Red Pandas to Rhinos","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":11,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84101,"SelectType":"Mandatory","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Internal Flight","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Internal airfare","Day":1,"Sequence":1,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":71931,"ProductID":81759,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Oberoi Grand","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kolkata","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"Fondly known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, near the city's central business district, bustling markets, and cultural landmarks. Dating back to the late 1880s, The Oberoi Grand was frequented by the country&#39;s leading figures during colonial times and even now hosts grand functions for heads of state in the city&#39;s largest pillarless Grand Ballroom. It was the first hotel to be acquired by Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, founder of The Oberoi Group. Under his ownership, it became known for its classic style and modern facilities.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-oberoi-grand-kolkata-pool.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73704,"ProductID":85434,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Shikhar Tarry Lodge ","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Mane Bhanjang","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":2,"Sequence":10,"Duration":4,"PropertyDescription":"This rustic yet comfortable lodge is more of a homestay than a hotel, but it gives us fantastic access for our panda tracking. The lodge has simple guest rooms and bathrooms, a seating area, dining room and kitchen. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a small fireplace to enjoy after your day's adventures.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-shikhar-tarry-bedroom.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73126,"ProductID":82954,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Mayfair Tea Resort","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Siliguri","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":6,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>Surrounded by thousands of acres of tea gardens on a lush tea estate, the Mayfair is a luxury hotel with state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with classic Tudor architecture in mind, it features comfortable public spaces with vintage furnishings and a collection of centuries-old collectibles on display. The resort has a stylish tea lounge, a bar themed around a classic English pub, two excellent multi-cuisine restaurants, and a well-stocked poolside bar.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-india-hotel-mayfair-tea-resort-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73058,"ProductID":82886,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Mayfair Spa and Resort","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Darjeeling","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":7,"Sequence":10,"Duration":2,"PropertyDescription":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>The Mayfair is a heritage hotel that was once the summer home of the Maharaja of Nazargunj. With 43 guest rooms, it has a prime location opposite the Governor&#39;s House and is within walking distance of all of Darjeeling&#39;s attractions. The hotel maintains its Old World charm with classic architecture and warm hospitality. Its modern amenities include a stellar spa, a tea boutique, and fantastic dining options.<\/p><\/body>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-aerial-view-mayfair-darjeeling-india.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":72555,"ProductID":82383,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Infinity Resort Kaziranga","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kaziranga","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":9,"Sequence":10,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"Infinity Resort Kaziranga has 16 simple cottages scattered around its peaceful grounds. Each cottage has a balcony overlooking the gardens and is crafted using local material when possible, including thatched roofs and teak furnishings. There is a swimming pool and a small pond for a nature walk.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/infinity-resort-kaziranga-01.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84110,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Kanha National Park Extension","Day":12,"Sequence":3,"Duration":4,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84111,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: South India Extension: The Malabar Coast","Day":12,"Sequence":3,"Duration":4,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73384,"ProductID":84112,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extension","Vendor":"Exotic Journeys","Address1":"Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shop","Address2":"","City":"New Delhi","State":"","Postal":"110 070","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension","Day":12,"Sequence":3,"Duration":3,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73134,"ProductID":82962,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Holiday Inn Kolkata","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kolkata","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":12,"Sequence":10,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This hotel is located near the airport and has nice guest rooms with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, fitness room, and outdoor pool. The staff is friendly and attentive.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-holiday-inn-kolkata-bedroom.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73134,"ProductID":84838,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Holiday Inn Kolkata","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kolkata","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Holiday Inn Kolkata (DATES, 1 night)","Day":12,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This hotel is located near the airport and has nice guest rooms with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, fitness room, and outdoor pool. The staff is friendly and attentive.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-holiday-inn-kolkata-bedroom.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73134,"ProductID":84839,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Holiday Inn Kolkata","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"Kolkata","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Post-Trip Extra Services: Holiday Inn Kolkata Extend Day Room to Overnight (DATE, 1 night)","Day":12,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>This hotel is located near the airport and has nice guest rooms with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, fitness room, and outdoor pool. The staff is friendly and attentive.<\/p>","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/1-holiday-inn-kolkata-bedroom.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","priceType":"None","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_TC_Detailed_Itin_URL":"","Custom_Trip_Name_Addendum":"Expedition","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Addendum":"","Custom_Trip_Level_5":"","Custom_Welcome_Email_Send_List":"Extra Service Request Form","Custom_FI_Optional_Donation_Text":"","Custom_Final_Docs_Letter_Send_List":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_TP_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In order to confirm your space on this trip, we require a first deposit of $600 per person, which is fully refundable up to 111 days prior to departure.<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>India<\/body>","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Reading_List":"<strong>Reading List:<\/strong> Elevate your travel experience by delving into this <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-wildlife-of-eastern-india\">curated collection of books<\/a> tailored to your upcoming adventure.","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"<strong>LUGGAGE REQUIREMENTS: <\/strong>You can bring three pieces of luggage on the trip: a suitcase (wheels OK) or duffel bag, daypack, and an optional small roll-up bag that can fit inside your duffel for avid shoppers.","Custom_Carry-On":"<strong>CARRY-ON: <\/strong>Valuable or essential items, such as camera equipment, binoculars, and prescription<br>\nmedications, should be hand carried on your flights to avoid loss or damage.","Custom_Hiking_Poles":"","Custom_Daypack":"<strong>DAYPACK:<\/strong> To carry a jacket or rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you may need during the day.","Custom_Vaccination_Card":"","Custom_FB_Packing_Reminders_-_MISC_1":"<strong>WATER BOTTLES: <\/strong>In an effort to reduce our use of plastic, we ask that you bring your own reusable water bottle on the trip. We will provide large bottles of purified, potable water from which to refill your water bottles. You are welcome to put your water bottles in the vehicle's fridge to keep them cold.","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_1":"<strong>EXPEDITIONARY NOTE: <\/strong>We created this journey with veteran guide, Devendra Basnet, and it promises to be a wonderful adventure. But, we do want to note that all newer trips are expeditionary in nature. The planned daily activities, hiking, drive times, and accommodations are subject to adjustment, depending on conditions in the field, cultural opportunities, travel conditions, and the hiking speed of the group. The journey is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit.","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Arrival":"<strong>ARRIVING IN INDIA<\/strong><br>\nWe will provide a complimentary transfer from\nNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to the Oberoi Grand. An orientation meeting will take place on the evening of Day 1. Please note that check-in at the hotel begins at 2:00 pm.","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"<strong>DEPARTING KOLKATA<\/strong><br>\nWe are scheduled to arrive in Kolkata in the afternoon\/evening of Day 12. An airport transfer is provided<br>\nto\/from the hotel. Wilderness Travel will provide your transfer back to the airport, no matter when you<br>\ndepart.","Custom_Extra_Services":"","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"If friends or family wish to contact you during the trip, we encourage them to call, text, or email you directly. Another option is to reach you by calling the hotel (please see the enclosed Hotel List). If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number below in advance of your trip.","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<strong>LOCAL OFFICE: EXOTIC JOURNEYS<\/strong><br>\nAttn: Ambujam<br>\n(+91) 901-346-8855<br>\n(+91) 987-182-2882 ? Mobile<br>\nambujam@exoticheritagegroup.com","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"india-east-wildlife-panda-rhino-singalila-kaziranga-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"Look for red pandas in Singalila, tigers and rhinos in Kaziranga, discover the tea estates of Sikkim and the Himalayan heritage of Darjeeling.","Custom_List_Description":"Look for red pandas in Singalila, tigers and rhinos in Kaziranga, discover the tea estates of Sikkim and the Himalayan heritage of Darjeeling, queen of the hill stations.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Wildlife of East India Tour | From Red Pandas to Rhino Safari","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"","Custom_References":"","Custom_Visit_Our_Website":"","Custom_Helpful_Links":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<p><strong>Suggested Airport<\/strong>:\nNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)<br><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time<\/strong>: Day 1, by 3:00 pm <br><br><strong>Meeting Place<\/strong>: We will provide a complimentary transfer from the airport to the Oberoi Grand. An orientation meeting will take place on the evening of Day 1. Please note that check-in at the hotel begins at 2:00 pm.<\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T15:57:49 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport<\/strong>: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU), Kolkata<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time<\/strong>: Day 12, after 8:00 pm<br \/><br \/>We are scheduled to arrive in Kolkata in the afternoon\/evening of Day 12. Day rooms are held for us at the The Oberoi Grand Kolkata until 10:00 pm. An airport transfer is provided to\/from the hotel. If you would like to remain in your room past 10:00 pm, you can extend your stay to a full overnight (at additional cost). Wilderness Travel will provide your transfer back to the airport, no matter when you depart.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from India. <br><br>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>. <br><br>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US. <br><br><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T15:58:34 --><p>We are happy to arrange additional nights in Kolkata, India. Please refer to our Extra Services Request form included in your Welcome Packet or contact our office.<\/p>","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_About_Private_Journeys":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"wildlife-of-eastern-india-from-red-pandas-to-rhinos","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from India. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"During this trip, you will be visiting Nepal and India. US citizens need a tourist visa for both Nepal and India.<br><strong><br>Nepal<\/strong><br>US citizens need a visa for Nepal. Nepal issues 15-day, 30-day, and 90-day visas, depending on your length of stay. <br><br>A 15-day visa is required for this trip and can be obtained upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. In order to obtain this visa, $30 and one passport photo are currently required, and must be presented to the Nepali Immigration officials upon arrival (visa fees and requirements are subject to change). Typically, you will be able to take the photo at an electronic immigration kiosk at the airport. However, if the machines are not working, you will need to present a photo, so please bring one passport photo with you, just in case it is needed.<br><strong><br>India<\/strong><br><strong>Indian visas cannot be obtained upon arrival; you must obtain your visa prior to departure<\/strong>. E-Tourist visas are issued for India, but are not accepted at land borders, so you must obtain a traditional (paper) visa for this trip.<br><strong><br>Traditional (Paper) Visa:<\/strong> US citizens can obtain a traditional (paper) visa that is stamped into their passport. We recommend you obtain this through <a href=\"https:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> (PVE), which is Wilderness Travel's recommended visa processing company. You can learn more at the PVE website by clicking <a href=\"https:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">here<\/a>. <br><br>When contacting PVE, please let them know that you are on a Wilderness Travel trip. <br><br>The visa application form may ask for a &#8220;Reference Name in India,&#8221; as well as a &#8220;Reference Name in United States of America.&#8221; For these sections, please put the following:<br><strong><br>Reference Name in India<\/strong><br>Name: Exotic Journeys<br>Address: Office No. 7, 2nd Floor<br>Local Shopping Centre<br>B-7 Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj<br>New Delhi, 110 070<br>India Phone: +91-112-612-4069<br><strong><br>Reference Name in United States<\/strong><br>Name: Wilderness Travel<br>Address: 1102 Ninth St<br>Berkeley, CA, 94710<br>USA<br>Phone: +1-510-558-2488<br><strong><br>All visa regulations are subject to change. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, please check with a local consulate for entry requirements.<\/strong>","Custom_Money":"India's currency is the rupee (INR). We suggest you bring your funds in US cash. You can exchange money at the international airport or at our hotel in Kolkata. We suggest that you exchange money at the airport, as this is where you will find the best exchange rate. You will be issued a currency exchange form each time you change money; keep these forms as you will need them to change rupees back into dollars at the airport upon departure. <br><br>Credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels, and restaurants in Kolkata, as well as other large cities during the trip. Visa and MasterCard or more widely accepted than AMEX. It is a good idea to have some small US cash ($1s) on hand for minor expenses. There are ATMs at the international airports, and you can use these upon arrival in India. Please note that there are ATM machines elsewhere in India, but they may not be conveniently located near the properties on our trips. <br><br>To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for any meals not included in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as snacks, phone calls, etc. A great variety of craftworks are available in India. Depending on your taste, you could spend anything from $100 to $1,000 or more.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $150 -$200 per trip member for the main Trip Leader. <br><br>During the trip, the Trip Leader takes care of tips for waiters at restaurants and for porters for luggage handling. <br><br>If you would like to tip your private transfer representatives\/drivers in Kolkata, an amount of $2-$3 per person, per transfer is suggested.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>\nThe international dialing code for India is 91. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>\nEmail &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>\nInternet is available in some of our hotels, but not when we are in very remote areas. Please note: in some hotels, the internet is available in the reception area only.","Custom_Electricity":"India has 230-volt current and either C or D plug types. Bring a converter and plug adapter kit for appliance use. <br><br>While at Habre's Nest, electricity is available in the late afternoon and evening by generator (to warm water for showers, etc.). There is a back-up solar-powered generator as well and a light in each room powered by a back-up battery. But, electricity can be limited at times.","Custom_Laundry":"","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling (however, the card is not required to enter India). This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><br><br><strong>Hepatitis A<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><br><br><strong>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"In hotels or lodges, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent ways to prepare for the trip. Any travelers to India should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-wildlife-of-eastern-india\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"In India, folk beliefs and religion merge until they become almost indistinguishable. It is difficult for travelers in India to comprehend the traditions and rituals involved in everyday life. As in all travel situations, it is important to observe the local people carefully and use common sense. For example, ask permission before taking a photo, entering a temple, washing at a tap, or touching a baby. You'll almost always find the Indians friendly and helpful. A few guidelines are offered below. <br><br><strong>Body Language: <\/strong>When seated, it is not polite to show the bottoms of the feet, and it is especially rude to point them in someone else's direction. Therefore you should not stretch your legs out or cross them with the sole turned up or out. Also, never step over or on any part of a person as this exposes them to the bottom of your feet. The purity of the body is viewed as being the highest at the head, becoming progressively dirtier down to the feet. This also makes patting children or other people on the head ill-mannered. Touching a person of the opposite sex, even on the shoulder or hand, can easily be misinterpreted and it's best to refrain from doing so. <br>\r<br><strong>Clothing: <\/strong>Be modest in the way you dress while visiting India. (See Notes on Clothing in this booklet.) Women should wear skirts falling at least to the knee, or pants. Bathing suits, halter tops, and tank tops are considered an unseemly display in India and will embarrass local people. Especially in and around temples, wear long pants or a skirt, and a top that covers the shoulders and upper arms. Men may wear shorts up to mid-thigh, but no shorter. It is permitted for men to rest and sunbathe without a shirt, but it is considered extremely rude for men to walk about bare-chested. <br><br><strong>Water:<\/strong> Spring water is considered sacred and is protected by ritual. River and stream water is not subject to these taboos. Many villages have only small springs from which to draw their water. Do not casually take water from these springs. It is best to receive permission from a local person. If there is no one nearby, then follow these guidelines: Use only a very clean utensil to draw water. Do not drink directly from this utensil or from the spring. Do not brush your teeth or wash anything near the spring. Carry water 20 feet or more away from the spring before washing. If the water source becomes polluted by careless practice, the consequences for the village are disastrous.<br><strong><br>Shrines: <\/strong>Along almost every street and trail you will find temples and shrines of all sorts. Regardless of their size, they are revered with great devotion. When entering a temple, ask about or observe local practice. In some temples, shoes must be removed. In some, it is forbidden to wear leather of any kind (such as a leather belt) or to eat. <br><br><strong>Begging: <\/strong>Begging is a tradition in India and can be difficult for westerners to confront. There are no easy answers as to whether to give small amounts of money to beggars. It is ultimately up to each of you to decide. Children along popular travel routes often ask for candy, pens, or money. Rewarding this behavior sets up a barrage of requests for more, a dependency on products not locally available, and in the case of sweets, an increasing dental problem. We, therefore, ask that you do not give anything to children: no candy, pens, balloons, or money. If you like, you can bring pens, crayons, large felt-tip pens, paper, maps, or postcards to donate to schools we pass along the way. <br><br><strong>Homes: <\/strong>Indians are very hospitable and it is common for them to invite travelers into their homes. If your hosts take off their shoes before entering a household or room, do likewise. Inside, cooking and eating areas should be treated with special respect. Avoid going into the hearth unless specifically invited there; it is sacred, and home to a guardian spirit. Do not touch the fire area or dry your shoes by it, and do not point your feet at or burn trash in the fire. Do not touch food or eating utensils used by local people. Also, many Hindus cannot eat food that has been touched by a foreigner, so don't offer anything from your plate. <br><br>","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>Passport<\/li><li>One other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>Expense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"<ul><li>Soft-sided suitcase, with a small padlock (must be unlocked for air travel).<\/li><li>Daypack, large enough for a light jacket, rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you want with you during the day.<\/li><li>Small roll-up duffel to carry home purchases if you are an avid shopper, keeping in mind that you may have to pay excess baggage charges if you are over the weight limit.<\/li><\/ul><strong><br>IMPORTANT!<\/strong> Valuable or essential items such as camera equipment, prescription medications, or hiking boots should always be hand-carried on any flight to avoid loss or damage. Once you arrive in India, it may be impossible to replace these items if your luggage is delayed.<br><strong><br>Weight Limits<br><\/strong>On the internal flights for this departure, <strong>each participant can bring 1 piece of checked luggage with a weight limit of approximately 25 kg (55 lbs).<\/strong><br><strong><br>Each participant can also bring 1 piece of carry-on, which cannot exceed 7 kgs (15 lbs).<br><\/strong><br>If your baggage exceeds this weight limit, you may be required to pay excess baggage fees on the spot, which typically range between $3 - $5 per extra kg (although, this extra price cannot be guaranteed by Wilderness Travel).","Custom_Clothing":"<ul><li>Soft-sided suitcase, with a small padlock (must be unlocked for air travel).<\/li><li>Daypack, large enough for a light jacket, rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you want with you during the day.<\/li><li>Small roll-up duffel to carry home purchases if you are an avid shopper, keeping in mind that you may have to pay excess baggage charges if you are over the weight limit.<\/li><\/ul><strong><br>IMPORTANT!<\/strong> Valuable or essential items such as camera equipment, prescription medications, or hiking boots should always be hand-carried on any flight to avoid loss or damage. Once you arrive in India, it may be impossible to replace these items if your luggage is delayed.<br><strong><br>Weight Limits<br><\/strong>On the internal flights for this departure, <strong>each participant can bring 1 piece of checked luggage with a weight limit of approximately 25 kg (55 lbs).<\/strong><br><strong><br>Each participant can also bring 1 piece of carry-on, which cannot exceed 7 kgs (15 lbs).<\/strong> <br><br>If your baggage exceeds this weight limit, you may be required to pay excess baggage fees on the spot, which typically range between $3 - $5 per extra kg (although, this extra price cannot be guaranteed by Wilderness Travel).","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li>Binoculars<\/li><li>Camera, spare batteries, memory cards, etc.<\/li><li>Tripod<\/li><li>Flashlight or lightweight headlamp, spare batteries<\/li><li>Personal toiletries, biodegradable soap<\/li><li>Gloves with touchscreen fingers<\/li><li>Good quality sunglasses<\/li><li>Assorted plastic bags to organize items in your luggage<\/li><li>Converter\/plug adapter kit for appliance use<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member must bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><ul><li>Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, lip balm with sunscreen. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches.<\/li><li>Topical antibiotic (Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores.<\/li><li>Insect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage the plastic. Aerosol repellents are useful for spraying on clothes.<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Antihistamine lotion and pills such as Benadryl<\/li><li>Pepto-Bismol tablets for indigestion and diarrhea<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. If you wish to bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li>Prescription medications properly labeled<\/li><li>Spare contact lenses or spare prescription glasses<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<ul><li>Water bottle (note: bottled water is widely available on the trip)<\/li><li>Reading\/writing material<\/li><li>Travel alarm clock, small mirror<\/li><li>Earplugs<\/li><li>Money belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"<strong>Satellite phones are no longer allowed to be brought into India.<\/strong> If you bring a satellite phone to India, it will be confiscated and you could be subject to serious penalties, including arrest. Please double-check entry requirements on your own before traveling.","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"Singalila, Kaziranga, and Darjeeling","Custom_Lodging":"7 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights homestay","Custom_Meals":"All meals included ","Custom_Difficulty":"Cultural exploration, wildlife viewing, easy to moderate walks and hikes, some long drives.","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Travel_Insurance":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"This trip is rated <strong>Level 2+, Easy to Moderate<\/strong>, according to our trip grading system. It is a cultural and natural history journey with travel by vehicle with hikes and walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health who has recent hiking experience.","Custom_Terrain":"On some of our panda-tracking hikes, there may be some rough off-trail footing, so these hikes are best suited for people who have a good sense of balance. There is also some rough road travel on dirt or gravel tracks.","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"Singalila National Park is at altitudes between 7,000 and 10,000 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas. In spring in Singalila, daytime highs will be in the chilly 50s and 60s, even dropping as low as the 30s at night. There is more precipitation in spring and skies can sometimes be hazy but the rhododendrons should be in beautiful bloom and the stunning tea gardens will be operational. In autumn, daytime highs will be in the 60, with nights in the low 50s, and the Himalayan vistas should be mostly clear. As in all mountain areas, there is always the possibility of rain. In Darjeeling in spring, temperatures will be pleasant, ranging from the 60s to the high 70s, with autumn temperatures ranging between 50\u00b0F and 75\u00b0F. In Kaziranga National Park in the lowlands of Assam, it will be quite warm, with spring temperatures between 70\u00b0F and 85\u00b0F and autumn temperatures ranging between 65\u00b0F and 80\u00b0F, dropping to much cooler at dawn.","Custom_Accommodations":"We enjoy excellent hotels and a comfortable wildlife lodge on this journey, plus four nights at&nbsp;\nShikhar Tarry Lodge, a very simple &#8220;homestay-style&#8221; accommodation. A recommended clothing and equipment list is provided in our Pre-Departure Booklet, and more detailed description of each accommodation can be found in the &#8220;Lodging&#8221; section.","Custom_Cuisine":"","Custom_Transportation":"<p>In Singalila, the only vehicles available are old-fashioned &#8220;vintage&#8221; land rovers with limited shocks and suspension systems, which make for bumpy rides on the dirt roads. In Kaziranga, we use open-roof safari vehicles that guarantee everyone a &#8220;window&#8221; seat and great wildlife viewing opportunities. All other road travel will be in modern and comfortable vehicles&mdash;typically a Toyota Innova.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>110 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 111 days prior to departure: No charge!<br>61-110 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}