Latpanchar, a small hamlet nestled on the northern boundary of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in North Bengal. The Sanctuary is located at the eastern Himalayan foothills, bounded by the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. The varying altitudes of the region, from the terai in the south to the mountains in the north is the prime reason for its rich diversity within a small region, and the overwhelming abundance and variety or birdlife as well as other wildlife. This is also the breeding site for the Vulnerable to Near Threatened Rufous-necked Hornbill which starts in April when the female seals herself inside their hollow-chamber nests and sheds her feathers.
Pickup from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra and transport to Latpanchar. Day long birding in and around Latpanchar. Overnight stay in Hotel/Guest house.
Birding in and around Latpanchar and other trails of Mahananda WLS: 2 to 4 days.
With our main focus on the various rare residents, we will explore the region with professional guides/spotters and have a flexible plan of exploration with respect to the needs of the team. The other spots that can be visited are Bagora,Rong Tong and within buffer area of Mahananda WLS (all within an hour away from Latpanchar) which have been identified as rich trails for birding.
A short ride to Ahal Dara, a vantage point with stunning 360 degree view with the white massif of Mt. Kanchendzonga standing out in the greenery.
Stay in Latpanchar on all nights.
Departure Day: Drop off at NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra depending on mode of transport.
Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary
Area and Topography:
Latpanchar, a small hamlet nestled on the northern boudary of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in North Bengal. The Sanctuary is located at the eastern Himalayan foothills, bounded by the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. The varying altitudes of the region, from the terai in the south to the mountains in the north is the prime reason for its rich diversity within a small region, and the overwhelming abundance and variety or birdlife as well as other wildlife.
The forest type in Mahananda WLS varies from riverain forests to dense mixed-wet forest in the higher elevation in Latpanchar area.
The primary biomes corresponding to the ecozone are:
Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests – characterized by oaks, various species of rhodendrons, magnolia, maple etc. at higher altitudes within the Sanctuary.
Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests – characterized by dononaea shrubs, Siwalik sal, moist mixed deciduous forests, subtropical broadleaf wet hill forests, northern tropical semi-evergreen forests, and northern tropical wet evergreen forests etc in lower altitudes.
Himalayan subtropical pine forests – They are large coniferous forests characterized by thin woodland of drought-resistant Chir pine (Pinus roxburghii) trees with a ground cover of thick grass, as regular fires do not allow a shrubby undergrowth to establish itself. Over here they cover mostly south facing slopes of the hills.
This is home to 36 mammals and more than 240 species of birds, the most sought after being the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill. Though only a handful of these birds live in the wild, this magnificent creature can be easily seen flying around in the Sanctuary, especially from the Latpanchar area which has openings for sighting and clear vantage points.
Apart from the Hornbill, this area boasts of birds belonging to various orders, some rarities being the Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Black Baza, Collared Scops Owl, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Red-headed Trogon, Green Cochoa, Grey-headed Parrotbill and many more. Some commonly seen mammals are the Malayan Giant Squirrel and Barking Deer.
Namthing Pokhari, a seasonal Lake situated a few kilometres away from Latpanchar is one of the final refuges of the extremely rare Himalayan Salamander, that breeds there during monsoon. This species is slowly getting extinct due to habitat loss as well as its place in illegal trade.
Flights are there from all the major International Airports like Delhi,Kolkata and Mumbai To Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri. Flight tickets can be cheap if booked well in advance.
Latpanchar is at a distance of 41 Kms from Siliguri City.There are no direct bus services to Latpanchar. One needs to avail a car from Siliguri or NJP which takes about 1 and half hours along the Sevoke Road.
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest Railway Station if you are planning to catch a flight till Kolkata. The trains to NJP leave from Sealdah Station in Kolkata. Siliguri is just 9 Kms from the NJP Railway Station.
Stay at Latpanchar on 2-3 sharing basis in Guest House or Home stay.
All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) after we welcome you on arrival day and before we bid goodbye on departure day. Veg/Non-Veg as per preference.
Wildlife and Forest Fees based on your Nationality
Services of experienced field guide with due knowledge of terrain and movement of wildlife. Birder is to Guide ratio would be equal to or less than 5:1.
All transportation from pickup on arrival till drop for departure.
All Service Taxes
Any personal equipment or gear.
Any charges for a camera, if required.
Anything is not mentioned in above inclusions.
Cancellation prior to 30 days from the start of the event– full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event– 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of the event– No refund, but if you want to do the same or any other itinerary sometime later within a year, you can avail 50% of the cost paid as a discount on new Itinerary Fee.
There will be a deduction of 3.09% as bank processing charges on all refunds.
To cancel the registration, an email intimation needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
T Shirts | Socks | Undergarments | Thin Nylon Ropes for multi-purpose use | Toilet Paper Roll | Towel | Soap Papers | Head lamp / Torch | Batteries & charger | Water Bottles | Light weight Pants | Personal Medical & First Aid Kit | Tickets & bookings | Photo Identity Card
Ruck Sack/ Day Pack | Sleeping Bag (Provided) | Trekking Shoes | Snow Gaiters | Trekking Stick/pole | Camera | Binocular/ Spotting scope. |
A fitter person can enjoy the nature better. To get prepared, involve into brisk jogging, cycling, walking or any other sort of cardiac exercise routine at least 45 days prior to the event.
Enrolled participants need to submit a duly filled medical report of basic wellness authorized by certified physician.
Safety & Medical
Acclimatization Guidance; mandatory medical health check-ups of all participants prior to activity start day.
Duly prepared First aid box including oxygen cylinder.
All major safety gears related each category of sports are mandatory to use.
Contingent to be accompanied by certified & capable trainers and guides
Availability of Doctor facilities by a registered medical practitioner.
Emergency evacuation services available (*at own cost)
‘Responsible Traveller & outdoor ethics’ – session for the participants on acclimatization day.
Bio & Non-Biodegradable waste segregation at Campsite.360 degree waste management at the event.
Cleaning & collection team at the end of the event, in case required for big team size.
Leave no trace, bring only memories.
As a part of ‘An Earth Day Resolution’ project, We will plant 2 trees for each traveler traveled with us.