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WILD INDIA

WILD INDIA

WILD INDIA
WILD INDIA
WILD INDIA
WILD INDIA

© Ted Kenefick

DEAR ADVENTURER

Our Wild India expedition is an exciting adventure in search of India’s great diversity of birds, reptiles, and mammals as we explore the heartland of this incredibly dynamic subcontinent. From bustling cities, remote villages, exquisite World Heritage Site temples and tombs to spectactular mountains, mighty rivers, and dense jungle habitats, our 19-day expedition reveals the dramatic diversity of India’s landscapes and wildlife, and showcases more than 5,000 years of human history.

We begin with a detailed look at the splendid sights of Old and New Delhi, and a visit to Khajuraho’s exquisite 1,000-year-old Hindu temples. Our foray into the wild heart of India includes prolonged stays in three magnificent national parks where we seek out the very best of India’s wildlife experiences.

In central India, we spend our days in Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks. There we travel by 4 x 4 vehicles, and occasionally elephant-back, as we traverse wildlife-rich habitats— grasslands, woodlands, hill forests, and swamps—as we look for langurs, macaques, and sambar deer, all the while searching for the elusive wild dog (dhole) and the increasingly rare Bengal

tiger. Both parks present fine photographic possibilities as we view herds of chital (spotted) deer; seek out the scarce, local swamp deer; the massive Indian bison or gaur; and tigers are always

a possibility. Our tours to India regularly encounter more than 200 bird species and over

20 species of mammals. The birds here include a colorful array of barbets, orioles, rollers,

waterfowl, and woodpeckers.

Next we travel to the northeast, to spend three full days in beautiful Kaziranga National Park,

a World Heritage Site, with grasslands, swamps, lagoons, and woodlands backing on to the

mighty Brahmaputra River, where herds of wild water buffalo are often seen in the dawn mist, and where we have excellent opportunities to photograph the Asian one-horned rhino. While scanning pools to watch a wide range of waterfowl, which sometimes includes the rare greater adjutant, we keep a watchful eye for elusive otters and the herds of Asian elephant that sometimes come down to bathe and drink.

Wildlife is the vibrant focus of our explorations, but no day goes by without the sensory cornucopia that is the culture of India. Daily doses of ‘incidental’ culture serve to extend our wildlife experience to an in-depth awareness of ancient and modern India. I hope you will join me on this multi-faceted expedition to wonderful, wild India—a country of beguiling surprises, that challenge the imagination.

Kind regards,

wild India—a country of beguiling surprises, that challenge the imagination. Kind regards, Mark Brazil Expedition Leader

Mark Brazil

Expedition Leader

INDIAN PEAFOWL

WILD INDIA 19 DAYS DAY 1 DAY 4
WILD INDIA 19 DAYS
DAY 1
DAY 4

USA / DELHI, INDIA

Depart the USA on your international flight to Delhi, India.

DAY 2

DELHI

Arrive in Delhi late this evening and transfer to our hotel.

DAY 3

DELHI

Our full day exploration of both Old and New Delhi allows us to take in the elegant district where we pass the President’s House and India Gate in New Delhi, enjoy a rick- shaw ride past the imposing Jama Majzid and the Red Fort in Old Delhi before delving into the narrow alleys of the market. Here, in a multitude of brightly bedecked stalls, Indians shop for everything from wedding jewels to spices, and silk brocades to sweets. After the exciting bustle of the market we visit the more contemplative Gandhi memorial and enjoy lunch at one of Delhi’s fine restau- rants. Later we explore another of the city’s major highlights, and one of India’s many World Heritage Sites, the impressive Qutab complex including Qutab Minar. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Delhi.

DELHI / KHAJURAHO

After breakfast we take a morning flight to Khajuraho, the once opulent capital of the Chandela dynasty. This afternoon we visit the World Heritage Site complex of 1,000-year-old Hindu temples famous for their fabulously detailed scenes of daily life including erotic carvings. The sculpted exte- rior of the Temple of Kandariya is considered one of India’s great artistic masterpieces. Dinner and overnight at the Jass Radisson in Khajuraho.

DAY 5

KHAJURAHO / BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

This morning we journey overland through the scenic landscapes of forests, hills, and picturesque villages where women conduct their daily business clad in brightly colored saris. We arrive this afternoon at remote Bandhavgarh National Park. Formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, the area was designated a national park in 1968 and is now famous as one of the very best places to view Indian wildlife and to seek out the rare and endangered Bengal tiger. Dinner and overnight for the next four nights at the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge.

hANumAN LANGuRS

© Jonathan Rossouw DAYS 6 – 8
© Jonathan Rossouw
DAYS 6 – 8

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

We have three full days exploring this scenically diverse park set among the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. We travel by 4 x 4 vehicles and take elephant rides, when possible, to track tigers. Expect excitement and the thrill of the hunt as your mahout, or elephant handler, guides his elephant over forested ridges, through thick bamboo and under- growth, or across shallow rivers.

In the lowlands of the park, we look for wild boars, several deer species including muntjac, or barking deer; the sambar; and the chital, or spotted deer, plus keep and eye out for their predators, the elusive leopard and tiger. In the trees overhead we watch for Rhesus macaques and hanuman langurs, and bird watching in the area is phenomenal. In the lodge’s gardens, the flowers and fruit trees attract the green bee-eater, white-bellied drongo, and plum- headed parakeet.

DAY 9

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK / KANHA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast an overland journey takes us across a hilly terrain, through extensive teak forests, and open agricultural areas to Kanha National Park. This wonderful park, even more remote than Bandhavgarh, is often referred to as the Ngorongoro of India,

PAINtED StORK

© Jonathan Rossouw

the Ngorongoro of India, PAINtED StORK © Jonathan Rossouw chItAL / SPOttED DEER © Ted Kenefick

chItAL / SPOttED DEER

© Ted Kenefick

although Kanha is greener and its surrounding hills are more densely wooded. Dinner and overnight for the next four nights at the Kanha Jungle Lodge.

DAYS 10 – 12

KANHA NATIONAL PARK

We spend three days devoted to wildlife viewing in Kanha’s beautiful wild country of forests and plains—a true wilderness and the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book. The diverse topography provides the ideal habitat for animals, and photographers discover great opportunities to “capture” the wildlife.

Again, we use 4 x 4 vehicles (and elephants

when possible) to explore the riches of Kanha. Expect to encounter herds of chital, the endemic swamp deer or barasingha, sambar, wild boar, and langur monkeys. This area

is also the best place to look for the gaur,

a bison-like animal and the largest of all

bovids. With luck, other possible species include Indian wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, or perhaps even a rare chousingha—the world’s only four-horned antelope.

The rich birdlife of the park includes such specialties as lesser whistling-duck, crested treeswifts and jungle owlets, Alexandrine parakeets, little cormorants, and Indian pond-herons.

NEPAL FLY DRIVE CHINA Delhi Kaziranga National Park BHUTAN Jorhat Guwahati Khajuraho BANGLADESH Bandhavgarh
NEPAL FLY DRIVE CHINA Delhi Kaziranga National Park BHUTAN Jorhat Guwahati Khajuraho BANGLADESH Bandhavgarh
NEPAL
FLY
DRIVE
CHINA
Delhi
Kaziranga
National Park
BHUTAN
Jorhat
Guwahati
Khajuraho
BANGLADESH
Bandhavgarh
National Park
Kolkata
(Calcutta)
Kanha
National Park
Raipur
INDIA
BAY OF BENGAL
THE GUIDES ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD. EXCITING
DESTINATIONS WITH WELL PLANNED LOGISTICS
MAKE TOUGH TRAVEL A PLEASURE. – A. OKERLUND

DAY 13

KANHA NATIONAL PARK / RAIPUR / KOLKATA

After one last morning game drive we depart for Raipur. Driving through rural India is to be constantly exposed to ‘incidental’ culture as we pass through villages and farm- land. We board an evening flight to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Overnight at the ITC Sonar Bangla Hotel.

DAY 14

KOLKATA / JORHAT / KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Jorhat, upon arrival we depart for Kaziranga National Park passing tea estates and lush rural countryside. In the late after- noon we may have time for a short stroll of the area surrounding our lodge on the border of Kaziranga National Park. Here we spend the next four nights at Diphlu Lodge, situated on the Diphlu River in a setting of supreme natural beauty.

DAYS 15 – 17

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

We have three full days to explore this amazing World Heritage Site; a 165-square- mile reserve that borders the Brahmaputra River and Mikir Mountain Range. The country here is mostly flat—a luxuriant tangle of thorny rattan cane, elephant grass, evergreen forest, and shallow marshland.

The various ranges of the reserve offer visitors excellent opportunities to see and photograph the many one-horned Indian rhinoceros and wild Asiatic water buffalo. The rhinos are of special interest and are the main focus of our attention, along with the population of Asian elephant that also occurs here. Other highlights are wild boar, the abundant hog deer, and the locally common swamp deer or soft-ground barasingha. Birds abound at Kaziranga as well: there are flocks of bar-headed geese; hordes of ducks; grey- headed and Pallas’ fish eagles; red-breasted parakeets; oriental darters; herons and egrets of all shapes and sizes; black-necked, lesser adjutant, Asian open-billed storks, and many, many more species to keep our bird enthusiasts busy.

DAY 18

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK / GUWAHATI / DELHI

After breakfast depart Kaziranga for Guwahati where we will connect with our flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi late in the afternoon where we will have day rooms at the Delhi Radisson Hotel before transferring to the airport late this evening.

DAY 19

DELHI / USA

Depart Delhi on independent homeward flights.

MEET OUR LEADER: MARK BRAZIL Mark developed an interest in nature, especially birds, while growing
MEET OUR LEADER: MARK BRAZIL Mark developed an interest in nature, especially birds, while growing

MEET OUR LEADER:

MARK BRAZIL

Mark developed an interest in nature, especially birds, while growing up in Worcestershire, England. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, and earned his Ph.D. from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian ecology and behavior in Iceland. Ornithological research, natural history consultancy for TV and Radio companies, and guiding naturalists and wildlife photographers have taken him to all seven continents. Fascinated by island biology, he is a leading authority on the natural history of Japan, where he was a professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University near Sapporo. In addition to being a field naturalist, he is a columnist, author, and editor. His books include Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent; The Birds of Japan; The Whooper Swan; and, most recently, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia. In addition to his passion for islands, Mark enjoys Asia in all its diversity. He began visiting South Asia more than 20 years ago and has made multiple visits to the regions of India included in our itinerary; he has been leading expeditions to India for Eco-Expeditions since 2006.

© Jonathan Rossouw

to India for Eco-Expeditions since 2006. © Jonathan Rossouw KhAJuRAhO tEmPLE WHAT TO EXPECT Travelers to

KhAJuRAhO tEmPLE

WHAT TO EXPECT

Travelers to India should be aware that, although the accommodations on these programs are en suite, when away from major towns, the standards, although clean and cheerful, are sometimes below three-star Western standards. Prospective participants should also be aware that some days of the program entail traveling for extended periods by air and car, which can be quite strenuous. We will mail a complete list of recommended clothing and a suggested reading list to you approximately five months prior to departure. Despite the occasional delays and sometimes bumpy conditions, our expeditions to India receive rave reviews from those travelers who possess a sense of humor, flexibility, and a true spirit of adventure.

© Ted Kenefick

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The acceptance of your reservation form and deposit by Zegrahm Expeditions, Inc d/b/a Zegrahm Expeditions and Eco-Expeditions, located at 192 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109 (hereinafter with its affiliates, owners, officers, agents and employees collectively referred to as “ZE” or “Company”) creates a contractual relationship between ZE and you, the customer/participant in the travel package by ZE. Please read the following information carefully. After reading the terms and conditions located in this brochure, please visit our Web site at www.zeco.com/terms to review the entire set of terms and conditions for your expedition. In order for your expedition reservation to be completed, you must indicate your acceptance of the terms and conditions found in this brochure and on www.zeco.com/terms by signing your Reservation Form and returning it to the Company.

RESERVATIONS: 25% of the expedition fare, along with a completed and signed Reservation Form, will reserve a place for you on this ZE program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is due at time of issuance. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Credit cards accepted for deposit only. ZE reserves the right to decline to accept any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Notifica- tion of cancellation must be received in writing by ZE. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:

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Some air fare may be nonrefundable. Once an expedition has departed, there will be no refunds from ZE for any unused portions of the trip. The above policy also applies to all extensions and independent travel arrangements made in conjunction with this program.

TRIP CANCELLATION AND INTERRUPTION INSURANCE: We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as coverage against a covered unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. A brochure describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation.

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Cover photos: © Jonathan Rossouw (Tiger & Local People); © Ted Keneflick (Common Kingfisher).

© Alison McClure

THE

TIGER PREDATOR IN DECLINE

To see a tiger requires infinite patience and perseverance, but the sight of your first tiger is one of life’s great moments. They are the essence of power and beauty portrayed in an unhurried, silent walk or a charge towards a herd of chital.

In recent times the tiger has become a symbol of India’s wilderness, a striped ambassador that, sadly, is in serious decline. At the turn of the 19th century, there were thought to be over 40,000 tigers in India alone; by 1972, they numbered just 1,800. According to the latest tiger census report released on February 12, 2008 by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the current tiger population of India has fallen further (as a result of poaching) and is now within the range of 1,165 to 1,657 individuals. Nevertheless India continues to support more than half of the world’s tiger numbers.

Larger and more powerful than lions, tigers are solitary hunters and rely on their exquisite camouflage to approach prey closely before pouncing. Each tiger has a unique paw-print, set of stripes, and facial markings, allowing them to disappear from view in the forest or on the plains, like a phantom. They are hunters of immense and awesome power with the speed and agility to catch a peacock in mid-flight and the strength to bring down a mature gaur (bison). One 330-pound tigress was once seen dragging a one-ton gaur over 50 yards into cover. On average, they kill three times a week.

Fossil evidence suggests that the tiger originated in Siberia and then spread southward. In present times they are equally at home in Himalayan high altitude, cold coniferous forests, and the steaming mangrove swamps of the Sunderbans Delta. Unlike most cats, tigers enjoy water and are good swimmers. Some tigers hunt mostly in the water and feed on fish, sea turtles, and water monitors.

The tigress produces a large litter of up to six blind, helpless kittens, but only two will normally survive. The gestation period is just 110 days and the youngsters can stay with their mother until they are two-and-a-half years of age.

India is to be applauded for its bold initiative in tiger conservation, which began in 1972 with the launch of Project Tiger. Only time will tell if this magnificent predator will once again thrive or sadly, go the way of the dodo.

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DATES & RATES

DATES

MARCH 17 – APRIL 4, 2011

LEADER: MARK BRAZIL

RATES

$10,980 per person, double occupancy

Limited to 20 expedition members.

$3,980 single supplement*

© Jonathan Rossouw

members. $3,980 single supplement* © Jonathan Rossouw INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals; group

INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; $50,000 of emergency sickness/ accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance;** camera fees for one still and one video camera per person; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within India.

NOT INCLUDED: All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; camera fees in excess of one still and one video camera per person; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize your flight plans. As of May 2010, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is $1,150 for New York/Delhi/New York. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed.

All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.

*A limited number of single accommodations are available.

**Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states.

kanha jungle lodge

peacock

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