Explore with Varun
Here are some of my favourite journeys. The reason I enjoy travelling to these destinations is that - firstly they are not as crowded, you get to explore on foot (in my mind that is the right pace at which one should explore for a meaningful wilderness experience, you also leave behind a smaller carbon footprint and lastly the slower pace allows you to take in more than you would otherwise do on fast-moving safaris (mostly chasing a big cat!).
On my journeys, I also get in touch with those who have spent a lifetime in these jungles and have co-existed with wildlife for decades. Interactions with them along with the wonderful stories that they have lived here definitely add to the charm of the experience.
So if you enjoy such travel reach out to me and let us plan a trip together to these wonderful landscapes.
Birding in the Himalayan Foothills
Best time to visit : November - March
This expedition takes you to the Himalayan Foothills around the Ramganga Valley and beyond. What makes this program special is the diversity of birdlife along with wildlife.
Another reason that makes exploring this landscape special is that one is exploring on foot - probably the best way to explore a jungle. In my experience often one sees a lot more in terms of diversity with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
On this trip, our aim is to target species such as Khaleej Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, a variety of flycatchers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, bulbuls, hornbills, owls, and the colourful Himalayan Monal to mention only a fraction of what we aim to see and photograph. Amongst mammals and reptiles, we will seek out otters, crocodiles, ghurals, Himalayan tahr, yellow-throated martens, leopards, and the tiger.
Exploring Eastern Himalayas
Best time to visit: October - November - March - April
India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated, one amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of them all is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world. The Giant Panda is a bear. The eastern Himalayas is the only place where one can find the red pandas.
The Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. It is a wilderness located at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometers. This is a Birding Paradise as well. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. Apart from the Red Panda, other mammals found here are- the Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, and many other Eastern Himalayan exotics.
Searching for the Grey Ghost
Best time to visit : November - April
The snow-clad ranges and hostile slopes of the Himalayas have mesmerized man for centuries. Few have tried to conquer the heights, even fewer have succeeded and most of the areas of these enthralling mountains remain unexplored. Even more mystifying are the treasures of the living world that these mountains house. The strikingly beautiful Snow Leopard is one of the most mysterious cats in the world, seldom glimpsed in the wild. These endangered species are one of the rarest big cats and are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. With their thick coats and furry tails and paws, these tough cliff-dwelling predators have withstood a struggle against the changing environment.
This winter, we set off on a quest to find this elusive creature in its own world. Are you up for a challenge to seek out the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas.
Best time to visit : May - June
This program has been designed for someone inclined toward wildlife photography. These are short getaways from Delhi (people from other parts of the country are also welcome to travel on the same) for those who are just getting into wildlife photography and wildlife travel. On this journey, I shall share some tips and tricks that I use for wildlife photography.
India is home to about 10% of the world’s wildlife, so needless to say it is home to a huge diversity of mammals. India is home to the highest diversity of wildcats in the world including the Royal Bengal Tiger. As per the 2016 WWF report, the global population of tigers in the world has been put at 3890. Most of this population of wild tigers today lies in India with about 2200 tigers. In this adventure, we take you to one of the country’s most popular tiger reserves – Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. I also aim to combine this with another location to get ample opportunity to photograph leopards in the wild.
So if you are getting into wildlife photography and would like to explore with me, do get in touch. Those interested in a wildlife experience and not so much in wildlife photography too are welcome to reach me.
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