3 week wildlife trip

#1 Nov 4th, 2013, 04:05
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Hi All,

I am planning a 3 week wildlife trip across a number of parks in India, starting around 10th December. I am thinking of the following:
- Rajaji National Park for a day
- Corbett
- Pangkot for birding (maybe)
- Ranthambore (maybe)
- Satpura
- Nagzira
- Periyar (2 day walking safari- we did this a few years ago)

I have just figured out the beginning and I am quite flexible with the last 2 weeks. Looking to spend time in less touristy / less mainstream parks looking for smaller mammals and birds.

I would really appreciate if you could suggest:
- guides and lodges (not expensive and ideally inside buffer zone) in these parks. I am sorted for Corbett, I think, but desperately looking for a guide for Satpura and Nagzira.
- Other parks I should add to list
- Is there any lodge which is right inside a national park where you can watch lots of birds and mammals from the lodge itself?
- Any out of the ordinary wildlife experiences other than a jeep / elephant-back safari?
- At Rajaji I have always been disappointed by my experience (except once when I drove my Maruti through the Mohand gate, got chased by an elephant and spent time in watchtower overlooking a waterhole. It was great and all for Rs. 100 or so). Any suggestions for Rajaji other than the standard jeep safari from Chilla?

There will be two of us so also keen to share jeep with other people who might be planning something similar around that time.

Thanks a lot
Sumit
#2 Nov 7th, 2013, 03:22
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Kaziranga is a long ways from everywhere, but that has its advantages. It is chock full of Rhinos, buffalo, elephant and 4 varieties of deer, though you have expressed an interest in smaller creatures. The birding is quite good and the scenery is wonderful. We were able to see several Gangetic dolphins and I didn't get the impression that this was an unusual occurrence. We stayed at the Wildgrass lodge, which was well suited to our needs and centrally located for the various gates. Our guide was Budeswar and he was a gem. A few years back National Geographic magazine did a feature on Kaziranga and he was selected as the guide for their photographer for 7 weeks. In addition to Kaziranga he took us to a gibbon reserve a bit to the east of the Park. We spent only one morning there but were treated to wonderful gibbon sitings, complete with infants and much howling. There are several monkey species there and it is a place you can walk around. I believe there are also boat rides on the Brahmaputra though we did not take one. Assam is very different from northwest India climatically and culturally, making it all the more interesting. The flight from Delhi to Guwahati is fairly painless. Wildgrass does a great job of handling the logistics

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