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On this exciting tour we will visitAssam, Arunachal Pradesh andNagaland, three of India's least-known, most remote and beautiful states.Famous for their lush and breathtakingscenery as well as their isolated andfascinating tribes, these regions also boastIndia's richest fauna and flora, about whichmuch awaits discovery! We begin our holiday by crossing themighty Brahmaputra River in Assam, beforeheading to the beautiful Mishmi Hills ofArunachal Pradesh, a southward extensionof the great Himalaya, thrown up by asharp twist of this famous range as it turnssouth and descends rapidly to the forestsof China and Myanmar. One of the world'sbiodiversity hotspots, the region's verdant,well-watered hills and evergreensubtropical forests are home to myriadplant and animal forms. About 680 birdspecies are found here, yet this is one ofthe least-explored birding areas in Asia;indeed it is likely that some new speciesstill await discovery in these hills. Amongthe avian specialties here are Sclater'sMonal, Blyth's and Temminck's Tragopan,Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Pale-capped Pigeon andWard's Trogon, and when you consider thatthe region also supports over 100 speciesof mammal and 6,000 plant species,including a mouth-watering variety oforchids, it becomes apparent why we areso excited about offering this new tour! Our focus in the Mishmi Hills will be on thesuperb birding areas both at Roing and onthe Mayodia Pass. At Roing we will explorethe floodplains and foothills lying ataltitudes of between 250 and 600 metres.Here such Himalayan foothill species asPin-tailed Green Pigeon, Red-headedTrogon and Long-tailed Broadbill arefound, as well as numerous scimitar-babblers, laughing-thrushes, shrike-babblers, fulvettas and yuhinas! Bycontrast, the Mayodia Pass (at 2,666metres) is the highest point on the roadfrom Roing to Anini. Here we will exploremagnificent temperate forests, extensivebamboo brakes and the rocky hillsidesabove them, in search of such sought-afterpheasants as Sclater's Monal and Blyth'sTragopan, as well as a plethora of othergems including Gould's and Rusty-belliedShortwing, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler,Ward's Trogon, Grey-sided Laughing-thrushand the exquisite Fire-tailed Myzornis.Our next destination is Dibru SaikhowaNational Park, a biosphere reserveprotecting 340 square kilometres ofwetlands, grasslands and semi-evergreenswamp forest that lie on the alluvialfloodplain bordered by the BrahmaputraRiver to the north and the Dibru River to thesouth. Here such grassland specialities asBengal Florican, Black-breasted Parrotbill,Jerdon's Bushchat, Swamp Prinia and bothJerdon's and Marsh Babblers occur, aswell as the endangered White-wingedWood Duck, plus a wide variety of largemammals. A stay in Jorhat will then allowus to visit the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, anarea of excellent forest where suchprimates as Hoolock Gibbon and CappedLangur may be seen. Finally we head to the remote north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland, hometo 16 major tribes who, until relativelyrecently, had a reputation for head-hunting! Each tribe has its own distinctcharacter, customs and intricately designeddress, and a village homestay is anunforgettable highlight of this trip. We'll bebased in the village of Khonoma for threenights - an opportunity to combine ourbirding activities with time spent meetingthe local tribe and sampling a little of theirculture. The village sits among terracedfields sculpted from the lush green hills,and birdlife is everywhere, in no small partthanks to the conservation efforts of thevillagers who have banned all hunting -an extraordinary move, considering howfundamental hunting had traditionally beento their culture. Further, in the 1990s, thevillagers physically prevented timbermerchants from carrying out loggingactivities, and over the last decade theKhonoma Village Council has establishedsystems of natural resource management,village administration and appropriatedevelopment, all coupled with a resolutionto conserve biodiversity and wildlife. In1998 they even set aside 70 squarekilometres to establish the KhonomaNature Conservation and TragopanSanctuary - a special place to end aspecial tour!India - Nagaland & Mishmi Hills A pioneering 18-day tour into the little-known rainforests and mountains of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, three remote and breathtakingly beautiful Indian states, in search of their rich birdlife, mammals and tribal cultures.Thursday 8th November - Sunday 25th November 2012 Cost: £3,395Thursday 14th February - Sunday 3rd March 2013 Cost: £3,395Thursday 7th November - Sunday 24th November 2013 Cost: £3,395Kaziranga extension available on all tours Cost: £595 Book direct on 01962 733051or see page 284 for Booking InformationBURMATIBETBANGLADESHKOLKATABHUTANASSAMDIBRUGARHJORHATDIBRU SAIKHOWA WILDLIFE SANCTUARYNAGALANDKAZIRANGANATIONALPARKARUN ACHALPRADESHKOHIMAMISHMI HILLSOutline itineraryDay 1Depart London.Day 2Kolkata.Day 3/8Mishmi Hills.Day 9Dibru Saikhowa NationalPark.Day 10/11Jorhat and GibbonWildlife Sanctuary.Day 12/14Nagaland.Day 15Jorhat.Day 16Kolkata.Day 17Depart Kolkata.Day 18Arrive London.Kaziranga extensionDay 15/17Kaziranga National Park.Day 18Kolkata.Day 19Depart Kolkata.Day 20Arrive London.AccommodationSimple hotels and lodges, plus atribal homestay. All rooms haveprivate facilities, except thehomestay.FoodAll included in the price, except formain meals required in Kolkata.Allow £40.Grading A/B. Mostly gentle birdwatchingwalks but a couple of longer walksare included.Focus Birds, mammals and the culture oflocal tribes.LeaderSujan Chatterjee or Manoj Sharma,plus local guides.Single room supplement£595 (extension: £195).Web quick search: IND39235Myodia PassBlack EagleCoelogyne corymbosaAngami Villagechildren, Khonoma

The Indian subcontinent boasts nearly500 species of mammal protected inover 250 wildlife reserves, and is theonly place in the world that can still claimboth Tiger and Lion among its native fauna.Indeed, India has always been a Naturetrekfavourite and we are proud that a greatmany clients have been able to enjoy thespine-tingling thrill of seeing Tigers in thewild or observing One-horned Rhinoceroscrashing through the undergrowth. Now weare pleased to add yet another wildlifeexperience to our unmatched programmeof Indian tours, the opportunity to see a trioof rare Indian mammals - Blackbuck,Asiatic Wild Ass and Asiatic Lion. Therange of the latter once extended as far asGreece, but habitat destruction and huntinggradually diminished its population untiltoday, when a mere few hundred remain inthe relict Gir Forest on the SaurashtraPeninsula in Gujarat, India's westernmoststate. It is here that we will spend two fulldays, travelling from our base at acomfortable tourist lodge into the grasslandand forest domain of this magnificentpredator, encountering a stunning variety ofwildlife as we search for our quarry. During our stay in Gujarat we will also visittwo other wildlife reserves, each protectingimportant populations of endangeredspecies: Velavadar Reserve, 240 kilometresnorth-east of the Gir Forest, contains thehighest concentration of Blackbuck in India,while Dhrangadhra Sanctuary in the LittleRann of Kutch is renowned as the home ofthe Asiatic Wild Ass. We will also visitIndia's first Marine National Park andKhijadia Bird Sanctuary, near Jamnagar, toenjoy the excellent birding in this area. Our starting point in India is the city ofMumbai, but we quickly travel north tobegin our exploration of the VelavadarReserve. The graceful Blackbuck is one ofthe most attractive of all Indian mammalsand at Velavadar we should find large herdsgrazing in the scrubby grasslands set asidefor their protection. Our visit in February willcoincide with the rutting season and, if weare lucky, we may witness the black andwhite bucks contesting with each other toestablish dominance. We spend two nightshere at the Blackbuck Lodge which sits insplendid seclusion adjacent to VelavadarWildlife Reserve.Our next destination is the Gir ForestNational Park. With a rugged terrain of lowhills and tracts of deciduous forestinterspersed with areas of grassland, thenational park supports a great diversity ofmammals including Sambar, Chital, Nilgai,Chinkara, Four-horned Antelope and WildBoar. With such an abundance of prey it islittle surprise that Leopards maintain goodnumbers in the forests, and Striped Hyenasseek to scavenge any leftovers from the bigcats' meals. The Gir Forest is, however,most famed for its Lions and our focus willbe to find as many as possible duringtwice-daily excursions into their habitat.These Asiatic Lions share the languiddisposition of their African cousins,enjoying long periods of inactivity duringthe heat of the day, but such indolence isdeceptive and the spectacle of a pridesetting out on a purposeful search for preywould be an unforgettable dawn highlightof our time in this unique reserve.Elsewhere in India, the Tiger may be a rivalfor the epithet 'king of the beasts', but herein the Gir Forest, the majesty of the Lion isunchallenged. We spend three nights hereat a comfortable forest lodge. Next we travel to Jamnagar, the 'jewel ofKathiawar', which lies on the coast of theGulf of Kutch. From here we will head tothe Marine National Park at Narara Island,on the Gulf's southern shore, where we'lllook amongst the beautiful coral reefs forendangered sea turtles such as Green,Olive Ridley and Leatherback, as well asenjoy the excellent birding of this area.Finally, we travel to the DhrangadhraSanctuary. Established in 1973, this reserve embraces a huge area of flat, saline wilderness and was created topreserve a small population of theendangered Asiatic Wild Ass. Finding theseshy, sandy-coloured creatures is no easytask in this arid landscape. However, withluck, we should discover a small herdfeeding on their favourite 'bets' (islands ofcoarse grasses), which provide theirprincipal nourishment in this harsh terrain.Fleet of foot and wary of man, this is theonly wild horse in the Indian subcontinentand a herd galloping beside our vehiclewould give a wonderful experience to ourGujarat wildlife adventure. After two idyllicdays in the peaceful haven of the Little Rannof Kutch, we will head to Ahmedabad for ourflight to London, via Mumbai.Having focused on three of the country'srarest mammals, you may wish to extendyour holiday to see more of India'sremarkable fauna. An excellent transportinfrastructure makes it feasible to reach anypart of India from Mumbai, and we will behappy to arrange visits to any of thecountry's other reserves for you, eitherbefore or after the main tour.India - Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses A 13-day wildlife tour to Gujarat in search of three of India's rarest mammals - Asiatic Lion, Blackbuck and Asiatic Wild Ass - plus the other wildlife of this little-explored region. Sunday 18th November - Friday 30th November 2012 Cost: £2,795Sunday 17th February - Friday 1st March 2013 Cost: £2,795Sunday 17th November - Friday 29th November 2013 Cost: £2,795Outline itineraryDay 1Depart London.Day 2Arrive Bhavnagar, viaMumbai.Day 3Velavadar WildlifeReserve.Day 4/6 Gir Forest.Day 7/8 Jamnagar.Day 9/11 Dhrangadhra Sanctuary,Little Rann of Kutch.Day 12 Fly Ahmedabad toMumbai, then London.Day 13 Arrive London.AccommodationSimple, but comfortable, touristcabins at Dasada, comfortablelodges at Gir Forest and Velavadar,and a tourist heritage hotel atJamnagar; all have private facilities.FoodAll included in the price, exceptmeals taken in transit in Mumbai.Allow £10.GradingA. This wildlife tour involves littlewalking.FocusMammals and birds.LeaderManisha Rajput, Dilan Mandana,Chiku Solanki or Arpit Deomurari.Single room supplement£495.ExtensionsA wide range of extensions isavailable on request.Web quick search: IND04236Call now or visit your free Trip ItineraryINDIAARABIAN SEAGULF OF KUTCHGULFOF CAMBAYPAKISTANRAJASTHANMAHARASHTRAMADHYAPRADESHAHMEDABADGIR FORESTLITTLE RANNOF KUTCHDASADAJAMNAGARBHAVNAGARVELAVADARNATIONAL PARKMUMBAIAsiatic LionsAsiatic Wild AssesBlackbuck