Key Info

Duration  8 Days, 7 nights

DATES 19th - 26th Aug 2013 (in India)

Price: £725 per person sharing

Suitability: Herpers

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Mizoram:

It is among the youngest states of India and most unexplored! It is very rich in its faunal diversity including the Hoolock Gibbon, King Cobra, Green Cat Snake, and Indo-Chinese Rat Snake. We will visit Tamdil Lake, situated in a small valley between a series of Blue Mountains offering ample opportunity to explore the surrounding forests. We will also meet few local snake rescuers and interact to learn more about the status of Herps and its conservation in Mizoram. Culturally, people in Mizoram are called ‘mizo’ and the local language is ‘mizo’, although there was a lot of foreign interference, the mizos have succeeded by keeping their tradition alive by conducting fairs filled with music, dance.

Meghalaya:

Known as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is a beautiful state well known for its picturesque landscapes. The state capital, Shillong is also known as the Scotland of east. Meghalaya also boasts of being the wettest state in India with Cherrapunji and Mawsynram receiving the highest rainfall in India ; and Mawsynram receiving the second highest in the world. Much of these forests are unexplored and very few have braved the conditions to study life here, hence a comprehensive checklist of wildlife is tough to find. We will visit the Khasi hills range of Meghalaya, covering Shillong and Cherrapunji and places around. A matriarchal society sets it apart from the rest of the states in India and its rich cultural value is unmatched.


Mizoram & Meghalaya Herp Tour with Gowri Shankar

Binoy Roy

North East India Tourist board

Srihari Ananthakrishna

Vinod Krishna

About:
Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology:

Water, air, soil, fire and life we are all linked! The Agumbe rainforests of the Western Ghats is a precious gift of life to South India. A biodiversity hotspot, it holds within its folds a world of new science yet to be explored. As Tiger is for mainland the flagship of the reptilian world in these forests is undoubtedly the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), colloquially known as Kālinga!

Our focus at the Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology is to open doors of opportunity to people from varied backgrounds to learn scientific tools of conservation through workshops and camps. We aim to empower different target groups with right knowledge.

P Gowri Shankar:

What started as curiosity and love for reptiles became the forte of this herpetologist. Gowri Shankar started handling snakes at the age of 13 and now uses this skill to explore the undiscovered grounds of the reptilian world. His stint as an animal inspector, education officer, researcher, and conservation officer has moulded him well to suit the current profile as a Conservationist. He helped the renowned herpetologist Romulus Whitaker set up the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. Based at Agumbe and focusing primarily on studying and conserving king cobras he has become the first in the world to observe and document the nesting, male combat, courtship, mating and cannibalistic behaviours of king cobras in the wild, making him one of the leading authorities on king cobras.

He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, ‘One Million Snake Bites’ and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Discovery Channel respectively. He has also served as a snake wrangler to these channels. He has rescued over hundred and fifty king cobras from distress situations and through various educational programs has reached out far and wide to ensure that the last remaining habitat of this magnificent creature is conserved.


Places we visit:

Mizoram and Meghalaya, both located in the North-eastern part of India offer breathtaking views; flowing ranges of mountains, waterfalls and peaks clothed in dense forests. Terrain is rough and steep, deep forests are not easily accessible and hence perfect for animal and plant life to thrive

Includes:

Food: Vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian food prepared according to local tastes. Continental food as per availability. Bottled drinking water.
Accommodation: On twin sharing basis at both Government as well as private resorts. Most places have electricity but supply may be sporadic. Western toilets maintained very well in most places except in deep forests where conditions may be compromised.

Transportation: Includes economy flight charges from Aizawl to Gawahati. Surface transportation in TATA Sumo SUVs (Non-AC ) seating 4 people. Pickup and drop to Aizawl Airport and all local travel from day 1 to day 8.
Inner line Permits: Entry to North-eastern states requires an inner line permit. This will be obtained at Aizawl Airport. All applicable taxes

Excludes:

International flights and Visa fee [Flight to India (to Aizawl) & back to UK (from Gawahati)] Personal expenses (Alcohol, Cigarettes, Shopping, Medical expenses & other personal expenses) Travel Insurance.

Note: A part of the camp fee goes towards conservation of the world’s top 8th hottest hotspot, the Western Ghats.