Durrell - India Wildlife with Lee Durrell
02 April 2017 00:00
India Wildlife with Lee Durrell
Sunday 2nd April 2017
- Travel in the company of wildlife conservationist, Lee Durrell
- Learn about the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme from the Project Director
- Explore the stunning Kaziranga National Park in search of the one-horned rhino
- Take to the rivers to watch the endangered Gangetic Dolphins
Travelling as a small like minded group, spend one full day in Delhi, exploring the sights and sounds of this colonial city. Take in a rickshaw ride and enjoy the chaotic charms of Old Delhi. On reaching Guwahati meet with the research team at Ecosystems India and learn about their work at the Pygmy Hog Basistha Centre, on the outskirts of the city. Get up close to these small brown critically endangered animals in the captive breeding centre. There is plenty of opportunity to visit the pre-release enclosures at Nameri, and the release site at Orang National Park. Watch from observation hides, although standing only 30cm high it can be difficult to spot them.
The tour finishes in the metropolitan city of Kolkata - the former capital of the Raj, Kolkata still retains much of its dramatic colonial architecture. It would be a sin not to sample the Bengali cuisine whilst in the city accessed by a well organised walking tour. An iconic Bengali dinner has been arranged with Lee Durrell on the final evening before bidding farewell to your group.
What does this tour include?
Travelling with Lee Durrell offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about a diverse range of wildlife and gain insight about the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. She has a phenomenal knowledge, based on years of experience. A great leader, it is her presence that makes the trip exceptional.
The trip is also a great chance to visit lesser known national parks in Assam. These include the parks of Orang and Kaziranga, which are home to some of Indiaâs most threatened mammals.