Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
The only Tiger reserve of Uttar Pradesh. Witness the last of the remaining forests of gangetic planes…

Tour Dates

14th – 17th March 2018

Price

23,500 INR per head

(Includes accomodation for 4 nights)

Itinerary
Day 1
We meet at Delhi Railway Station around 9 AM and travel to Pilibhit by train (3AC). We would reach Pilibhit by 7 PM. Check-in to our resort and have an introduction and an ice-breaking session.  Have a sumptuous dinner and retire for the day!
Day 2

Wake up call at 6 AM.  Get ready to enter Pilibhit National Park. As soon as you enter the gate of Pilibhit, you would be transferred to a magical land. The landscape of Pilibhit dotted with terai grasslands, the streams, rivers, and ridges crisscrossing the terrain, present us with a remarkable variety of landscapes.

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this national park is an excellent example of exceedingly diverse and productive Terai eco-systems. It is home to a large number of rare and endangered species such as Tigers, Hispid Hare, Bengal Florican, One-Horned Rhino etc.

This would be our first safari. When we enter the forest, we would be making our way through the Terai grasslands all the time keeping a lookout for the large herds of elephants that can be found in this forest. Our guide would be helping us to locate and observe the various mammals and birds that would encounter on our way. Pilibhit has more than 556 species of resident and migratory birds. Our keen eyes will spot many of them, including Black francolins, quails, various doves and flycatchers, hornbills, woodpeckers, and Peafowls, who are now of the year decking themselves up to woo their females. 

After a rewarding morning safari, we would be coming back to our resort and having a sumptuous lunch.

At about 2:30 PM, the excitement for the evening safari would start. This is a brilliant time for photography. At most of the grassland places, you would find inclined lighting, making the photographs stunning. Pilibhit is one place where you get greens in the backdrop irrespective of the season. You would learn to identify the different wildlife that you encounter and their significance in the eco-system. Listen to the call of roosting birds, the call of eagles as they soar the evening skies, learn to identify birds by observing their wing patterns. Try to listen and see for any sign for the king of the jungle, the tiger. 

All the Jungle folks will ensure that not a single moment in the safari would be dull. At about 6.30 p.m. we would be reaching back at our resort. Post-safari, the adrenalin will be pumping and all of us will be excitedly discussing what we saw and what we missed. One need not feel sad about what one misses because;  Pilibhit has so much to offer that it is impossible for everyone to take everything! 

Dinner would be ready by 8 pm and we can turn in early in anticipation of the next morning’s safari! Of course, in the night we can hear calls of the barking deer of chemical or langoor warning the fellow forest dwellers the presence of the Predators! 

Night in the jungle is really a time when everything else in life seems insignificant and you can give forget all your worries. Listen and enjoy to the sounds of the jungle at night and try to identify the bird which just gave a call or the animal that made the sound while making a hasty retreat. Indulge in a bit of storytelling, sharing your own jungle stories or listen to the jungle adventure stories that would be shared by others. Share your photographs that you have clicked in the day and learn whether any improvements are needed. 

Day 3 and 4

We wake up at 5:30 AM. Get ready for the morning safari. After the safari, we come back and have a sumptuous breakfast. Participants can relax, enjoy the surroundings, have lunch and then prepare for the evening safari. We start evening safari around 2:30 p.m. and enjoy the cool evening breeze blowing in the forest, learn to identify bird and mammal calls. The guides will keep on educating you about the ways of the jungle, imparting knowledge about its different denizens all the while trying to locate the big cat for you.

Come back from Safari, have snacks, freshen up and the group would have a lively discussion about the various sighting and happenings in the safari. This would be followed by a review of photographs and exchange of tips with advice if needed for improvements needed. Have a sumptuous dinner and retire for the day. Same itinerary for both the days! 

Day 5
We wake up at 6:30 AM and check out from our accommodation ready to travel back to Delhi. This would be a time when you would recollect all the memories of the past 3 days.  Board the train to Delhi and say goodbye to Pilbhit with a promise to return. The tour would end here but as we head back to our home, we will always remember this beautiful place and the wonderful experience we would here with the new friends we met on this tour.

Perhaps the only remaining forests on Gangetic planes, Pilibhit is a vivid wild landscape.

The landscape of Pilibhit is the most enticing and enriching experience.  The Forest covers some of the most endangered and rare species. 29 species of birds and Mammals found in Pilibhit are classified as critically endangered.

The frequent sightings include birds like Bengal Florican, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Swamp Fracolin, Pallas’s Fish Eagle and many more. The rare and beautiful Sarus Crane is also found here. Pilibhit offers great opportunity to shoot various raptors as well as smaller beauties like Nuthatch, Monarchs and various flycatchers.

Pilibhit is also home to Tigers and Leopards and sightings are frequent even in non-forested areas.

Certain trails can also be done on foot, which adds to the experience. Natural beauty of Pilibhit is second to none, the soft North-Eastern Sunlight make it an ideal place for photography.

  • Accommodation for 4 days in Ramangar, Dhikala/Gairal/Bijrani
  • All transfers to and from Ramnagar Station to Resort in Ramnagar
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner for all the days while on tour
  • 8 Gypsy safari’s in the jungle
  • All park entry fees
  • Gypsy charges
  • Guide charges
  • Camera charges if applicable.
  • Delhi to Ramnagar and Ramnagar to Delhi 3 AC train tickets
  • Guidance during the photography sessions
  • Travel cost from your starting place till Delhi and back.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, water bottles, cold drinks etc.
  • Gratuity/tips to guides/drivers.
  • Any item not mentioned in the inclusions.

      Please Note: Consuming and carrying alcoholic beverages on any of our tours is strictly prohibited.

  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the forest.
  • Approaching wildlife in the field.
  • Identification of different mammals and birds
  • Pugmark study and bird calls study.
  • Exposure control while taking photographs.
  • Framing and composition
  • Living close to nature Amazing memories Desire to explore other places
  • Please Note: During camp strictly follow the instructions of the camp leader,guide and the organizing staff.
  • Clothing related items:-Light colored clothes (preferably t-shirts, pants, track suits, salwar kameez etc),cap, scarf, handkerchiefs, socks, towel, bedhsheet.
  • Medical related items:- Band-Aid strips, washing and bathing soap, personal medicines prescribed by doctors.
  • Personal Hygiene:-Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletories, hair cream, comb, napkins.
  • Others:-Torch (with extra pair of batteries), water bottle, sun glasses, camera.

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