If Denali is the "Serengeti of North America" and the Pantanal is the "Serengeti of South America," then Kaziranga is the "Serengeti of Asia!" Coupled with Nameri National Park, a tiger reserve since 2000 and very well patrolled, these two gems of wealthy Assam will immerse us in some of Asia's best wild lands. Kaziranga on the south bank of the huge Brahmaputra River and Nameri on the wild side of the Bhorelli River both have special species not seen on the Central India safari that precedes this extension. Kaziranga is the only place where you can photograph the rare and endangered Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros in the wild from an elephant's back! It is also the best park to see a herd of wild Asian Elephants. There will be new species of birds, including possibilities, such as the Ibisbill, White-winged Duck, and Blue-naped Pitta at Nameri. Enjoy watching and photographing the fascinating wildlife behavior that we will encounter.
Optional Extension: This 8-day extension to Assam is immediately following our safari in Central India, March 8 to 24, 2013.
Cost: $2,500 per person, double occupancy, not including airfare. Review cost details.
Leaders: Rajveer Singh, Ansar Kahn, plus drivers.
Group Size: 9 participants, not including leaders.
Number of Days: 8, including estimated travel time.
Conditions: A non-smoking safari for people who are very interested in all wildlife and spending the maximum time in the field.
Itinerary Updated: July 2012.
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Note: See the Central India itinerary for details of previous days.
March 23, Saturday: Fly from Nagpur to Kolkata
March 24 - 26, Sunday - Tuesday: Kaziranga National Park!
March 27 - 28, Wednesday - Thursday: Morning at Kaziranga then to Nameri National Park
March 29, Friday: Return to Guwahati and fly to Delhi; enjoy a dayroom before flights home
March 30, Saturday: Arrive home
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Payments and Cancellations: All reservations require a deposit due at the time of making the reservation. Upon receiving your deposit and reservation form, we will send trip materials with additional information to help you prepare for your safari. Until the final payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person. This fee may go toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip's departure date. There are no refunds given after the final payment due date. If you are a single traveler and desire so, we will find a roommate for you, if we cannot find a roommate we may have to charge you the single supplement fee. We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between now and the date of travel, including changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation.
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To Make a Reservation: Please contact us (there are many methods of contacting us) to assure space availability and to let us answer your questions. Then, print our reservation form, fill out one form per person, and post it to us in the mail with your deposit. Or fill out our handy online information request and we will send you more information.
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Our Leaders: Rajveer Singh grew-up at Bharatpur near Keoladeo National Park. His family members are descendents of Maharajas and have a reverence for wildlife that fostered his very early comprehensive interest in birds and mammals. He graduated from the University of Rajasthan, has studied nature and wildlife extensively, and has led many wildlife and birding groups throughout India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Rajveer is an excellent guide and an expert on mammals and birds of India with a lot of passion for sharing his love of India's natural and cultural history.
Both Babloo Ikrar Khan and Ansar Khan were born at Bharatpur and come from an important family of foresters who have worked in the Keoladeo National Park for two generations. Both have traveled widely, especially in India leading bird and wildlife tours in north, central and east India. Both are experts on the birds and mammals of India. Ansar specializes in wildlife photography. Many of his photographs have appeared in magazines and books and can be seen on his photo gallery website. He is also active with the Life Line for Nature Society, a Bharatpur based nonprofit, working in the field of conservation and wildlife awareness. Babloo is a member of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature India and was recently awarded a grant by the Oriental Bird Club to survey the status of vultures in the eastern district of Rajasthan. Both are highly respected among naturalists in India.
Flights: Details for the international flights to and from Delhi are described in the itinerary for the main Central India part of the safari.
Arrival: Described in the itinerary for the main part of the safari.
Departure: Depart from Delhi (DEL) on a late night flight after 10 pm on March 29 or very early in the morning on March 30 (possibly requiring an extra hotel night, not included).
We will arrange and book these three internal economy class flights and the costs will be added to your final payment (quoted December 2010, subject to change). Note: the cancellation fee is $25 per flight.
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Transportation and Lodging: Enjoy excellent lodges and one tented eco-camp. From Guahati to Kaziranga, Nameri, and return to Guahati, we will use non air-conditioned Tata Sumos, which is the only make of 4W vehicle available in Assam, (three per vehicle, plus a driver and one of our guides). In Kaziranga we'll have two elephant rides each, as well as ride in three national park open jeeps with three rows of seats, and in Nameri a river rafting trip.
Climate: It will be warmer weather in Assam than in Central India. Temperatures vary at this season from cool to very comfortable, depending on the time of day. It will be very cool in the early morning and in the evening. It will be the "dry" season, but rain will likely be encountered, as climates are fairly unpredictable these days. Bring a warm jacket that is rain and wind resistant. Insects are not normally a problem in these areas, but we recommend that you bring insect repellant.
Travel Insurance: Emergency Medical Insurance is optional, but encouraged, for this tour. Read about travel insurance and our recommendations and requirements.
Trip Materials: Detailed information about your specific tour will be sent to you after you make your reservation with us. These trip materials include information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, packing, etc. Please take a moment to read this important informtation upon receipt.
Conditions: We have a strict non-smoking policy - smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours. We try to spend as much time in the field as possible, sometimes resulting in long days but giving you a more in-depth experience. Travel to remote places is exciting, but understanding and accepting the risks, both medical and logistical, are important. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but due to the fact that we often travel to locations far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this trip. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your tour deposit and signed reservation form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants. For all tours that are ship-based, please note that although we cannot guarantee a request for a specific cabin, we do guarantee that you will be in a cabin of equal or greater value specified in your reservation.
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Responsibility: Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, Saratoga, California, act only as agents and shall not be responsible or become liable for any delay incurred by any person in connection with any means of transportation, nor for the loss, damage, or injury to person or property by reason of any event beyond the control of the agency or default of such agency suppliers. We reserve the right to cancel the tour prior to departure in which case full refund will constitute full settlement to the passenger. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour unless arrangements are made at the time of booking. All rates are based on current tariffs, exchange rates and fuel prices and are subject to adjustment in the event of any change therein. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited. Baggage is at the owner's risk.
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris is registered as California Seller of Travel #2063050-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TCRC). In event of a client canceling where a refund is applicable in accordance with the schedule above, or in the event that CES needs to cancel the trip, all payments for transportation or travel service not provided to the client shall be promptly refunded, unless the client instructs us otherwise in writing. All client payments are deposited into a trust account in accordance with California law. If for any reason a valid refund is not forthcoming, the client may request reimbursement from the TCRC within six months of the scheduled end of the tour. Please feel free to ask us for more information.
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