12 Night Red Pandas and Tigers – Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves & Singalila National Park

India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated, one amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of them all is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world. The Giant Panda is a bear. The eastern Himalayas is the only place where one can find the red pandas in India. This program here is a great combination of unique along with the more easily seen wildlife in the Indian subcontinent.

Our itinerary takes you to two states in India – West Bengal in eastern India to Singalila National Park and to Madhya Pradesh in Central India to Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves. The regions differ vastly in the terrain, birdlife as well as mammalian life forms.

Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. It is a wilderness located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometers. This is a Birding Paradise as well. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. It has a huge list of exotic birds, like- Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, bull finches, Wren Babblers, Laughingthrushes, Nuthatches, Tree creepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and many more. There are an estimated 32 Red Pandas within the limits of Singalila. Apart from the Red Panda, other mammals found here are- Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika and many other Eastern Himalayan exotics.

Pench and Kanha on the other hand are excellent for exploring the deciduous central Indian jungles. Of course, the highlight of this region is the Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Wild Dogs along with a huge diversity of birds that are quite different to the ones that you find in Singalila.

Best time to travel: February – April

Weather: Singalila is at a high altitude (9000ft.) so it does get very cold – you will get snow in December and January and the first half of February so an ideal time to visit will be the end of February or March. April is when Rhododendrons bloom. Magnolias will bloom in March. The park is also home to over 600 species of orchids so can be an interesting destination for those inclined towards flora. March – April should also be ideal for Central India, as the forest starts to dry-up and animals head towards waterbodies making it easier for us to find them.


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