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Location

Darjiling

Duration

4D/3N

21,000 24,000

21,000₹ 24,000

Overview

3 nights 4 days of Bird Photography Masterclass Tour to Latpanchar.

DCP Experts

Meals

Post Event

Stay

About The Tour

Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, located in foothills of Eastern Himalayas between Teesta and Mahananda Rivers. It comes under Darjeeling Wildlife Division. The Sanctuary is spread over 159 sq. km. Home to large herds of elephants and the royal Bengal tiger, it is bird-watching destination par excellence. The altitude of the sanctuary varies from 500 feet to 4500 feet. The forests of Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary vary from riverine forests to mixed-wet forest. Variation of altitude and forest types makes the sanctuary extremely rich in wildlife and abundant birdlife.

Some Target Species

Some critically endangered bird species can be photographed here with relative ease. Our target species will include Rufous necked hornbill, rufous bellied eagle, Long Tailed Broadbill, collared falconet, red headed trogon, Sultan Tit, Common Green Magpie, Maroon Oriole, Streaked Spiderhunter, Collared Owlet, Asian Barred Owlet, Emarald Cuckoo, Chestnut winged cuckoo, Blue naped pitta, Hodgson's frogmouth, 7 to 8 varieties of woodpecker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Black Eagle, Jerdon's Baza, 8-10 different flycatchers, different minivets, different bulbuls, Rufous necked laughingthrush, Great Indian Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black baza, hill myna, Dollarbird, Crested Kingfisher, different forktails, Peregrine Falcon, Necklaced Laughingthrush, Green billed Malkoha

Quick Information

Route:

Bagdogra-Latpanchar-Bagdogra

Start Point:

Bagdogra

Duration:

3 Nights 4 Days

End Point:

Bagdogra

Inclusions

Accommodation for 3 nights and 4 days.
Veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay.
Vehicle transport in Non-AC vehicle for birding in and around Mahananda WLS.
All park charges, entry fee etc.
DCP photography expert for 4 days.
Local Guide charges
All Taxes and service charges.

Experts

How To Reach

Bagdogra airport is the closest airport to Latpanchar. We will pick you up from Bagdogra airport.

Reach Bagdogra railway station. We will pick you up from Bagdogra.

We will pick you up from Bagdogra airport.

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm
  • Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
  • Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
  • Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
  • Carrying a Tripod is a must for all bird photography workshops
  • Body Warmer for the chilly early mornings.
  • It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
  • Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
  • Carry a pair of good binoculars

Equipment available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

Tour starts with pickup from Bagdogra airport. Since most flights reach around afternoon, we will start by 12 noon. Its around 3 hours of drive and we will reach Latpanchar by evening. If time permits, we will be doing birding around the homestay. Spend the evening with the group, discussing the basics of photography over a cup of tea/coffee, followed by dinner. There will also be briefing about the tour and the terrain.

Wake up call at 5 am. Have your tea/coffee by 5.30 am. We will spend full day around Latpanchar and inside Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Breakfast will be served at 9 am and lunch around 1 pm (packed or at homestay). We come back at the homestay by evening, have tea and refreshments. Spend the evening by joining the group for the discussing your experience and you can consult our skipper for any guidance in photography.

Wake up call at 5 a.m. Have your tea/coffee by 5.30 am and then we will start for Ahaldara. Ahaldara is a viewpoint for Mount Kangchenjunga. On a clear day, entire Kangchenjunga range can be seen from here. Main target species for morning will be Rufous Necked Laughingthrush. We will return for late breakfast. After breakfast, we will be going back for birding till evening. Spend the evening by joining the group for the discussing your experience and you can consult our skipper for any guidance in photography.

Wake up call at 4.30 a.m. Have your tea/coffee by 5 am and then we will start on our return journey. We will pass through Shivakhola and Rongtong areas of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Great Indian Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black baza, hill myna, Dollarbird, Crested Kingfisher, different forktails, Peregrine Falcon, Necklaced Laughingthrush, Green billed Malkoha etc. We will be dropped to Bagdogra airport/NJP at around 1 pm. Please plan to book a flight post 5 pm


Field Learnings

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

  1. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
  2. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  3. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
  4. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
  5. How to get sharp images of moving subjects
  6. Framing and composition in the field

Package Cost

Rs 21,000 per head inclusive of all taxes.

*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Cost includes

Accommodation for 3 nights and 4 days.
Veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay.
Vehicle transport in Non-AC vehicle for birding in and around Mahananda WLS.
All park charges, entry fee etc.
DCP photography expert for 4 days.
Local Guide charges
All Taxes and service charges.


Cost does not include:

Travel from Mumbai - Bagdogra – Mumbai.
Camera-fee at sanctuaries. (if any)
Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.


Map

Latpanchar


Policies

Cancellation policy

  1. All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  2. All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

FAQ's

Yes. Please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com as it is subject to availability.



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