Photographing a wild red panda until a few years back was a distant dream. Nature Wanderers pioneered red panda photo expeditions in the India-Nepal border and the first consecutive successful red panda expeditions were done under our supervision with photographers from across the world joining these programs. Do you wish to photograph the elusive Firefox of the Himalayas? Just check out the information below and write to us!
Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests located in the Darjeeling District in the West Bengal, Sikkim and the Nepal tri-junction. It is a mystical forest located on the Singalila range and at an altitude ranging between 7,000 ft to 12,000 ft above sea level. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it and also famously known for its ageless vintage Land Rovers.
Singalila National Park
Singalila is one of the best places in India to see red panda in the wild. Apart from this iconic specie, Singalila is home to a diverse array of mammals including Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, leopard cat, serow, barking deer, yellow throated marten, wild boar, pangolin and pika, among others.
Singalila is a birding paradise as well, with more than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds with many rare species. The park is also well known for its stunning and rugged Eastern Himalayan landscape and on clear days both Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga can be seen.
About Red Panda :
The red panda is also known as the ‘Firefox’. It is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. It has reddish brown fur, a long shaggy tail and a waddling gait due to shorter length of front legs. Measuring not more than 2 feet in length and weighing not more than 10 Kg, the red panda is truly adorable and an extremely photogenic animal. It is arboreal, feeding mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active during dusk and dawn and is largely sedentary during the day.
The red panda has been classified as endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and it continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding. Singalila is one of its last strongholds and it is also the best place in India to see this elusive and rare mammals.
4X4 Vehicles – Vintage Land Rover
Not sure if you can trek? Don’t worry; there will be safari cars that you can hop onto any time you want. The safari cars used here are the historic Land Rovers and the only place in the country where they are operated as safari vehicles.
The accommodation would be in pristine locations amidst magical sunrise and sunsets. The location being remote, accommodation and facilities will be basic, clean and hygienic.
To summarize, there are many options and activities that are possible during your 5 nights visit to Singalila. Since this a species-specific plan, the focus will be to maximize the chances of seeing the red panda, and to that effect we will keep the plan flexible and based on the discretion of the tour leader and the consensus of the group.
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