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Location

Sikkim

Duration

5D/4N

32,000 36,000

32,000₹ 36,000

Overview

4 nights and 5 days of a bird photography masterclass expedition specially curated to offer a myriad opportunities to make some unique and classy images of the birds and wildlife of the Himalayas at Sikkim

DCP Experts

DCP Safety

Entry fees

Images Review

Meals

Stay

Transport

About The Tour

Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the pristine forest of Eastren Himalayas. Located in the eastern Sikkim, this park lies in the Pangolakha range along the Silk route. This range extends below the Chola Range and separates Sikkim from Bhutan. It is a unique landform named Hathichirey, a place where elephants can penetrate, that forms the tri-junction between Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal. The park is spread over 124 square kilometers and is linked to the forests of Neora Valley National Park of West Bengal along with forests of Bhutan. The steep terrain of the Sanctuary, starting from an elevation of 1300 meters that goes all the way up to 4000 meters. Pangolakha has typical alpine- temperate-subtropical vegetation with high altitude lakes. The dominant flora in the park is Rhododendron, Silver Fir, Juniper along with Bamboo thickets.

The unique landscape supports a large variety of faunal life. Due to the varied altitudinal zone and habitat types, the Pangolakha wildlife sanctuary is home to some remarkable species. The sanctuary is also home to the State Animal of Sikkim, the Red Panda. Also, there are few wetlands which are breeding grounds for few migratory birds during summer. There are a number of rare birds found in the park like Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Great Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird and many others. This park also hosts a number of elusive mammals. It is also a home to the shy and rare Musk Deer. Himalayan Goral can easily be seen here during your drives.

This park is also a favorite destination for visitors for Landscape Photographers. The twisted road from Zuluk to Thambi is one of the most beautiful photo attractions. Lungthung offers some of the best sunrise and sunset one can witness. It has clouds below you and the view of Mt. Khangchendzonga on the side. This makes Pangolakha one of the most sought after places to visit.

Expected species 

Kalij Pheasant, Black Eagle, Wedge-tailed Green-Pigeon, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Maroon Oriole, Common Green Magpie, Green-backed Tit, Black Bulbul, White- browed Scimitar-Babbler, White-throated Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Blue-winged Siva, White-browed Shrike-babbler, Rufous Sibia, Whiskered Yuhina, Great Parrotbill, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-tailed Nuthatch, Grey-winged Blackbird, Golden Bush Robin, Grey Bushchat, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Green-tailed Sunbird, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Himalayan Monal, Eurasian Hobby, Black Eagle, Himalayan Buzzard, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Bar-throated Siva, White-browed Fulvetta, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Brown Parrotbill, Himalayan Musk Deer, Himalayan Brown Goral, Takin, Moupin Pika, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Snow Partridge, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Northern Raven, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Wren, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, Eurasian Hobby, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, Northern Raven, Fire- tailed Myzornis, Eurasian Wren, Blue-fronted Redstart, Brown Bullfinch.

Assam Macaque, Tarai Gray Langur, Yellow-throated Marten, Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel, Himalayan Striped Squirrel, Asiatic Black Bear, Himalayan Serow, Masked Palm Civet, Himalayan Musk Deer, Himalayan Brown Goral, Siberian Weasel, Large-eared Pika, Royle's Pika.

Gallery images by Sushil Chikane

Quick Information

Route:

Bagdogra – Pangolakha – Bagdogra

Start Point:

Bagdogra

Duration:

4 nights 5 days

End Point:

Bagdogra

Inclusions

  • 4 nights and 5 days of bird photography masterclass tour
  • Myriad opportunities to make some classy images of the birds of Sikkim
  • A bird photographers paradise for making unique images
  • Accommodation for 4 nights and 5 days in Pangolakha WLS
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay
  • Pick and drop from and to Bagdogra
  • Local transport to all locations  
  • DCP Masterclass Expert for all days.

Experts

How To Reach

Recommended airport is Bagdogra Airport.  Distance to the camp is approx. 4 hr (105.2 km). Connect with our customer service team to coordinate and plan your journey.

The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is about 4 hr 32 min (132.7 km). Connect with our customer service team to coordinate and plan your journey.

Not recommended

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
  • Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust
  • Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust
  • Warm clothes, gloves for the chilly early mornings.
  • Sun screens are very important
  • 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

We now have an equipment support division. Equipment are available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

You will be received at the Airport and transferred to our homestay by AC cars (comfort of 4/5 people per car). Lunch will be enroute. Check-In followed by a briefing with your assigned naturalist - Unwind, Relax and Explore the property after a long day of travel. Orientation on Reserve and wildlife stories.

Evening Birding around homestay. Dinner.

Early morning drive with our naturalist through coniferous forest. Here we look for alpine species of birds and mammals. Back to camp for breakfast. Rest or birding in camp. Lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon drive to Zuluk. Zuluk is famous for its magnificent landscape. This session will be for high altitude wildlife spotting and landscape photography.

Back to camp for Dinner.

Today is all about cloud forest. Early morning drive with our naturalist to Zuluk. Here we look for high alpine species of birds and mammals. Back to camp for breakfast. Rest or birding in camp. Lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon drive to Lungthung. Lookout for high altitude wildlife spotting and landscape photography.

Back to camp for Dinner.

Today we explore Nathang Valley, the high-altitude landscape of the park. Early morning birding as we drive to Zuluk. Breakfast at Zuluk. Drive up further to Nathang Valley. Lookout for high altitude wildlife. Packed Lunch in the mountains.

Back to camp for Dinner.

Post breakfast drive to Bagdogra by AC cars (comfort of 4/5 people per car). Tour ends.


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

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

Masterclass inclusions 

  1. Pre event tour briefing and getting ready
  2. Guidance on equipment needed 
  3. Post processing session during the tour
  4. One to one hand holding of participants
  5. Participants images review by mentor
  6. Post event 10 days WhatsApp support on images

Package Cost

Rs 32,000 per head inclusive of all taxes (stay on twin sharing basis)

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

Cost includes

  • Accommodation for 4 nights and 5 days in Pangolakha WLS
  • All meals during your stay at Pangolakha
  • Pick and drop from and to Bagdogra
  • Local transport facilities
  • Inner line permits
  • Local Naturalist for all days
  • Local Tour Guide for all days
  • DCP Masterclass Expert for all days.

Cost does not include:

  1. Transport from your city to Bagdogra
  2. Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
  3. Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  4. Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.

Map

Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary


Policies

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  • All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  • All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible 

FAQ's

There are very limited twin sharing accommodation available. Please mail us to know availability

Yes certainly. However, the cost will remain the same



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