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Reptile Expedition of India

Duration: 10 Days
Location: Arunachal Pradesh
Date: 7 to 17, June, 2016

Day 1

Arrival at Guwahati Airport, shift to hotel. After lunch there will be briefing about expedition by our team leader Soham Mukherjee. At 19:30 hrs. we will head to train station. Train will leave at 8.30 to Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh. Dinner will be severed in train.

Day 2

Early morning train will arrive at Naharlagun Station. SUVs will be ready for onward journey. You will have breakfast en route. Continue journey through lush green mountain range of Arunachal Pradesh. Vehicles will stop for lunch. At evening you will reach Ziro Valley. You will stay at our tribal host’s house. Here, dinner will be of tribal cuisine. You can relax here, enjoy your host’s (Apatani) tribal culture. You can interact with them with help of local guide Christopher Tajo. They are fun around the fire at night!

Day 3

After a quick breakfast you will head to Talley Valley forest which is adjacent to Ziro Valley. You will have some local tribal guides taking you in the forest. Tribal trails in its true sense! They will help you set up camp inside the forest. Lunch will be prepared in forest. Soon, you will trek deep into forest to explore the wilderness, both fauna and flora. You will return to camp by evening. You can relax, enjoy some downtime till dinner. Post dinner you will go out herping around the camp. By around 22:00 hrs., we will call it a day.

Day 4

Full day expedition. B/L/D will be served.

Day 5

Full day expedition. B/L/D will be served.

Day 6

 After breakfast, you will head back to Ziro Valley. En route we will continue herping of course. Tonight you will have dinner at host’s house and also enjoy some Apatani tribal folk dance! Also, don’t forget to charge your batteries this night.

Day 7

After breakfast you will head to another location, lower altitude destination called Sango. Long drive though jungle roads. Enjoy the 6 hours of more magical landscapes but keep your eyes on the road for crossing snakes! Tonight you will stay in a small settlement of Nyshi tribe, in Sango. You will stay in a bamboo house, for real. Herping at night is a must here and yes we will do the same. We will call in a day by 22:00 hrs.

Day 8

After breakfast you will trek deep in to the forest beyond Sango. This is where local tribals often see Kaulback’s pit viper (Protobothrops kaulbacki). Locally, it is infamously called the ‘BARTA’. Lunch and dinner will be served at Sango.

Day 9

Early Morning after breakfast, you will follow another trail, deep in to the forest. Tired legs can stay back and rest. We will carry food.

Day 10

After Breakfast you will drive to Naharlagun train station for your return journey. At 19:00 hrs., you will board the train to Guwahati station, Assam. Lunch will be served en route.

Day 11

Morning 07:00 hrs., you will reach Guwahati station, in Assam. From there you will be dropped at the airport and we all depart for our home destinations. You will wish the trip was longer!

Note

This expedition is strictly a photography expedition. In this expedition you are not allowed to handle/harass any wildlife. All native Indian wildlife is protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (amended 2006). You will adhere to all policies and protocols mentioned in the act. You will be given instructions about the same by our team leaders, please follow them. Offenders as per the act, will be prosecuted. Stick to jungle rules, stay alert, stay safe!

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