TIGER SAFARI + SNOW LEOPARD EXPEDITION

India is the home to 70 percent Tiger population of the world. Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve has one of the highest density of Bengal Tigers and also home to some famous named individual tigers known as Sita and Charger. This park has a large biodiversity for tiger population and also has a large breeding population of leopards, Indian Gaur, Sloth Bear and different species of deer. We will spend 4 nights in Bandhavgarh looking for these beautiful cats along with other mammals and birds.
Snow Leopards are some of the most difficult animals to spot in the wild. They usually live at altitudes over 15,000-16,000ft in summers and prey mostly on Bharals or Mountain goats, Ibex, Himalayan Thar and Markhors. During the winters, all their prey come down to lower altitudes in search of grass and with them the snow leopards too start coming down. That is the best chance for us to sight them. India has approximately 500-600 snow leopards. Along with the Snow leopards you also get to witness the Buddhist civilizations of Key Monastery and the winters of Spiti Valley. In recent times, Kibber Wildlife sanctuary has been a great spot to find Snow Leopards, the Himalayan Red Fox, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Ibex and other mammals. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and many migratory birds.
This tour is an unique experience for a chance to spots the Tigers and Snow leopards in the wild..

Itinerary

Land in New Delhi from your destination anytime before 7 am. Check in time for Hotel will start after 1pm (25th Feb). You can coordinate with us before booking your international flights. Flight to Jabalpur at @10. am. Reach Jabalpur by 12 noon from where you will travel towards Bandhavgarh @ 3.5 hours drive. Reach Bandhav Vilas Safari Lodge @ 4 pm. Rest and relax your evening at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Early morning drive at Bandhavgarh @6.30 – 11.30am. Here you will have great chances of seeing Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Indian Gaur along with a variety of other mammals and birds. Enjoy your packed breakfast inside the park. Back to the lodge after safari for some rest and lunch. Evening drive from @ 3 – 6.30 pm. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Early morning short drive at Bandhavgarh and back to the lodge by 10 am. Check out Bandhavgarh lodge by 11 am from where you will travel towards Jabalpur. Flight from Jabalpur to New Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival in New Delhi you will be transferred to Hotel Lemon Tree. Overnight at hotel. Exact timing of the flight will be informed closer to the dates.

Early morning 1 hour flight to Chandigarh. Upon arrival at Chandigarh we will travel towards Rampur. Breakfast and lunch on the way. Reach Rampur Hotel Nav Nabh Heritage by 4 pm. Rest and relax your evening at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Today we will leave for Tabo after breakfast. We will halt at Rekong Peo for the inner line permits since Spiti Valley is a restricted area. The journey is a bit long and adventurous. We will take regular stops to avoid making the journey hectic. Reach Tabo Home Stay by 6 pm. Dinner and overnight at Home Stay in Tabo.

Proceed towards Kibber after breakfast. Reach Norling Home Stay Kibber for lunch. Rest at relax your day in Kibber to get acclimatized to the height.

We will be meeting for breakfast @ 8am. Our scanners will be on the lookout for the Snow Leopards from early morning. As we get any news we will proceed towards the location to see the Mountain Ghosts. We would travel in a vehicle as close to the location as possible and then walk / hike to get the best view. We will be assisted by guides and porters who will carry all camera equipments. Sometimes you may have to walk just over 10 minutes or other times you may have to walk 3 hours to reach the destination. It really depends on where the cats are spotted. On days when the snow leopards are not seen, we will concentrate on other animals and birds like the Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, Blue Sheep, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle etc. We will also visit the Key Monastery and do a village walk on one of the days.

Today we will leave for Rampur at 5 am. This will be the longest journey of our tour (@12 hours). Reach Rampur Hotel Nav Nabh Heritage by 5 pm. Rest, Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

We will proceed towards Chandigarh after breakfast. Lunch on the way. Reach Chandigarh airport late afternoon from where you will take a flight to New Delhi. Reach New Delhi by @7pm. Check into Hotel Lemon Tree Premier.

You will be transferred to the Airport according to your International Flight timing.

Tour Ends

Cost of the Tour

4000 USD Per Person (Double / Twin Sharing Basis)

Package Inclusions

1) Accommodation on Double / Twin sharing basis in all above mentioned Hotels/ Lodges/ Home Stay.
2) Breakfast in New Delhi. All meals at all other destinations.
3) All airport transfers, Internal Transfers.
4) Economy / Premium Economy class airfare from New Delhi to Jabalpur and back. New Delhi to Chandigarh and back. Excess luggage (Total weight 25kg check in + 7kg cabin luggage per person) 9 Safari drives to the best zones of the park with maximum 3 photographers per vehicle.
5) Bottle Drinking water during Transfers and Safari.
6) All Applicable taxes.
7) All gypsy charges, Entry charges, Guide fees for Safaris. Village fees, Inner line permits, Wildlife fees and camera charges for Snow leopard expedition.
8) 1 porter per person on the Snow Leopard expedition at Kibber to carry luggage. Hiking Sticks and Gaiters for Snow Leopard expedition.
9) Portable Oxygen cylinder and basic first aid kit in Kibber.

Package Exclusions

1) Any personal expenses, extra meals, beverages, alcohol.
2) Tips and gratitude.
3) Travel Insurance, International Airfare and Visa charges.
4) Anything not mentioned in “Inclusions”
5) Any extra charges due to cancellations, Heavy Snow Fall/ roadblocks or unavoidable circumstances.

Please Note

  • The average day temperature on the snow leopard expedition will be @ -5 degree C and it can drop down to -20 degrees C in the night. The rooms of the home stay in Kibber are wood heated making it warm and comfortable.
  • All guests must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation.
  • Guests with medical history of breathing or Heart related diseases are advised to consult their doctor and will need to present a Doctor’s certificate.
  • The Itinerary of the Snow Leopard expedition will be flexible and might change due to heavy snowfall or unavoidable circumstances.
  • The Home Stay in Tabo and Kibber are basic but comfortable and hygienic. They are one of the best available options in both destinations considering the remoteness of the area. We will provide maximum possible luxury and comfort on the snow leopard expedition.
  • For Photographers a minimum of 600 mm lens is recommended for the Snow Leopard Expedition.