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BIG 5 OF INDIA

A 12 day expedition across India to gather insights about the Big 5 in their natural habitat, while understanding the challenges they face and the measures to conserve the exotic species.

Tour Cost: On Request
Single Supplement: On Request
Date: TBA

Program Overview
India is considered to house a large number of rare and endangered animal species
in addition to housing some of the more common species found the world over. The species in India are considered as rare all over the world, some of them are also considered as endangered species. To name a few- Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhino, Indian Elephant, Lion, Cobra, Peacock, White Tiger, Snow Leopard, Black Buck, Cheetah etc. Among these, Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Indian Elephant, Indian Bison and the one-horned Rhino are collectively referred to as the ‘Indian Big Five’.

To conserve these exotic and endangered species, there are various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
With about 100 national parks and more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries it is spread from all the way up north in Ladakh  (Himalayas)  to  the  southern  tip  of  India.  They  provide  outstanding  scenic  beauty  to  tourists  and wildlife lovers alike.

However, there still exist a number of endangered and close-to-extinct species. This may largely be due to changing weather patterns and even more so due to human encroachment. This has led the Government to undertake several conservation measures and subsequently numerous national parks and sanctuaries have been  established  for  the  protection  of  these  species.  In  the  year  1972,  the  Wildlife  Protection  Act  was enacted and Project Tiger was initiated by the Government of India. The richness and diversity Indian wildlife has had a deep impact on the popular culture of the region.

Program highlights
• Learn in detail about the Asiatic Big 5 in their own habitat
• Understand the survival challenges of these species
• Interact with local communities and participate in community building projects

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Day 02 : Mumbai / Diu/ Gir National Park.
Day 03 : Gir National Park.
Day 04: Gir National Park / Diu / Jaipur
Day 05 : Jaipur / Ranathambhor
Day 06 : Ranathambhor
Day 07 : Ranathambhor / Keoladeo Birds Park / Agra
Day 08 : Agra / Delhi
Day 09 : Delhi / Jorhat / Kaziranga National Park
Day 10 : Kaziranga National Park
Day 11 : Kaziranga National Park
Day 12 : Kaziranga National Park / Mumbai / Dep

Activity Particulars
• Play traditional sports against local community members.
• Participate in engaging culinary sessions demonstrated by local women groups to learn to cook Indian dishes.
• Prepare a picnic lunch or dinner alongside local men and later enjoy the same in the company of their family in a scenic fishing spot by the river.
• Go along on a bicycling ride exploring villages and surroundings leading by the local youth.
• Observe and learn the art of folk story telling by campfire as told by community elders.
• Document a duet singing session by a Konyak Naga Tribe couple appointed by the community.
• Dress  in  local  costume  and  learn  few  steps  of  a  traditional  folk  dance  taught  by  community teenagers.

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