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  1. What comes to your mind when you think about India? Lots of people? Chaos? Well that's just one aspect. As a travel destination, India has so much to offer! Obviously all the famous names like the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Kerala are all well known. But India offers much more than that to a traveller. It has some of the richest national parks in the world, teeming with wildlife that gives a safari experience of a lifetime. For example, India is the only country in the world where you can see tigers, lions and leopards on one trip. There are more than 1300 bird species to be watched and ticked off in your list. Habitats are so unique that there is a bit of everything. A journey of few hundred kilometres can take you to a completely new world. There are age old forts, palaces left behind by the rich rulers and their dynasties for ages to come. The food, ahhh... there is never a dull moment in India if you are a foodie. Lip smacking delicacies, sweets, spices and meals fit for a king are all their to be savoured. But all this is nothing if you are not guided well here. Things work here in a slightly different way. There is a little secret code that needs to be cracked to get the real stuff out. Keeping this in mind, we run PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS all throughout India. Our travel initiative is not huge churning out hundreds of trips everywhere. We are a very very small team of professionals who have worked with bigger names in India and abroad and now with all the knowledge and years of expertise do the same job but at a much smaller scale keeping it very personal. We are there to guide you in a lot of different niches, be it safaris, birdwatching, trekking, history, culture, food or just about everything in general! The groups are of maximum 6 people which are guided by at least 2 guides. One of them is a specialist in logistics and the other specialises in guiding and explaining whatever the trip has to offer. And when both the aspects are covered, you can look forward to a great holiday! We also have our own fleet of vehicles that we run and maintain ourselves. This decreases our dependency on others and helps us do everything accurately. Well, why don't you have a look at our detailed WEBSITE! We also have our own YOUTUBE CHANNEL where we post videos regularly!
  2. I came to know about this sanctuary in 2005, when I had gone to Guwahati – the Capitol of State of Assam to attend a marriage. But could not visit the sanctuary as it was closed on account of rainy season. During my visit to Dudhwa National Park in 2010, I gathered that the seed population of one horned Rhinoceros at Dudhwa originated from Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in 1984. It was in March - April 1984 that 5 rhinoceros were trans-located to south Sonaripur Range in Dudhwa from Pobitora. This year I got an opportunity to visit Pobitora wildlife Sanctuary on 18th may 2016. No doubt the park was closed for the tourist from 1st of May, but they allowed me to visit being an avid wildlife enthusiast. I was accompanied by a forest guard. From the road side we could see a number of rhinoceros grazing in the grassland. There were two mothers with their calves. A number of wild buffalos were too grazing as well as standing in deep water. One could only see their large horns above the water surface. Pobitora is famous for great Indian One horned Rhinoceros. There are about 120 rhinos at present, it was recently in news as a number of rhinoceros were trans-located to Manas National Park in Assam. Other animals found in this park are leopard. Wild boar, wild buffalo, barking deer to name a few. It is also a home to more than 200 migratory birds during winters as well as reptiles. It is an important birding area. Although official area is about 38 Sq. Kms, but rhino habitat is just confined to 16 Sq. Kms. On account of rains during the last one month the rhinos had moved away from the road. At a time we could see about 12 of them from the road side in the big area before us. Pobitora is hardly 50 Kms from Guwahati. This is the nearest place where one can see rhinos in its natural habitat. It takes about one hour from the city. The route from Guwahati has scenic beauty and is also full of greenery. During my round in the Inspection bungalow, I could capture black hooded golden oriole in flight. A broad tailed black drongo also showed its colors. A spotted dove was seen in courtship and gave fantastic shots. The trip was hardly for a few hours but it was a memorable one. It is worth visiting, during the winters; when a large number of migratory birds make a transit home for a few months.
  3. During the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference for tiger conservation held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi from 12th to 14th April 2016, I was introduced by my friend Shri Sanjay Pathak, (I F S from National tiger Conservation Authority) under the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change to Shri D P Bakwal working at Guwahati, the Capital of State of Assam. After seeing the photo exhibition held by my team, for the delegates attending the conference at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi road New Delhi in the evening; Shri D P Bakwal invited me to visit any of the tiger parks in the north eastern states of India. I could not resist the offer. I thought why not to visit the Orang Tiger Reserve in Assam, the 49th tiger reserve declared in March 2016. On 15th May I landed up in Guwahati for a personal work by a flight in the afternoon. On 16th morning I proceeded for Orang tiger Reserve after knowing the route to be followed. From Guwahati it was Mangaldoi, Dalgaon, Kopati, Silbari and finally the gate of the Orang tiger reserve. It is about 110 km from Guwahati although information from the internet indicates 140 KMs. Officially the park gets closed for the visitors from 1st May on account of rains. The deputed forest guard was waiting for us. No doubt it was raining but the jungle was fresh as the rains during a period of almost a month had given a new look to the fauna and flora. As we ventured into the forest, we came across a monitor lizard and fishes gliding on the wet surface. This park is known for one horn rhinoceros, tigers, hog deers, wild buffalo’s and various small cats. From the gate to the Satsimula Inspection bungalow, about 5 km we could not observe any rhinoceros. As it was raining we thought of spending sometime at the inspection bungalow as we were hungry. Further as we could see the grassland from the bungalow the chances of seeing the rhinoceros grazing were bright. The idea worked and we were fortunate to see two rhinos from there. The landscape from the bungalow was amazing and we over stayed and left the place after the rain stopped. By now the weather had become clear and there was sun shine which forced the animals to come out in the open to dry their skin. The first to be seen was hog deer. I was told by my guide that this park has plenty of hog deers and the population density is about 50 -60 per square kilometers. We could see then on and off on our route as well as in the thick jungle. It was pleasure to see a lone male on the main route as well as hardly 30 feet from us. It gave us beautiful and life remembering shots. A family of three on the route was the shot of the day. A wild boar in the midst of the under growth showed its presence, It really posed for us. This park is known foe seven different types of tortoise and turtles. I saw one of them for the first time in my life. Without knowing the name I shot it. Later on from the internet I found it to be Tricarinate turtle (Melanocheys tricarinate). It too gave us good shots.A greater crow pheasant was exhibiting various poses as if to please his girl friend in the bushes. I liked the way it was trying to woo the female. This park has 24 tigers in the park area of about 78 Sq. Km, as per 2014 report from the Wildlife Institute of India. One of the casual labor working at the Satsimolu inspection bungalow told that he saw a tiger on the route towards the bungalow. This too confirmed the presence of tiger. We even tried at the grassland where generally the tiger crosses the main route. But we were not lucky enough to see it. May be next time. This park is famous for natural scenic beauty and attracts tourists from different parts of the world. It is also known as Mini Kaziranga as the topography as well as natural habitat is very similar .Apart from rhinoceros one can generally see hog deers at ease. During the main season from October to April, the regular sightings of royal Bengal tigers are reported.
  4. Trip Dates: 1 to 6 May, 2015 Little known to the world, still undiscovered by many. Dudhwa is a hidden gem lying in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh (India), touching Nepal border. A Sal forest combined with grasslands (19% of the forest) and wetlands make it one of finest forest of India. ROAD PASSING THROUGH FOREST CONNECTING INDO-NEPAL BORDER VILLAGES TO HIGHWAY I took a group of four people from Mumbai, who were going first time to explore this forest. We started around 1230 hours from Delhi Airport and reached around 2000 hours at Palia Kalan, nearest town to Dudhwa. Our next two days’ stay was in a Sugar Mill’s guest house at Palia Kalan. My main purpose for this trip was not just going for safaris but also to explore tourism opportunities in Dudhwa, whereas guests were completely geared up for the wildlife adventure. READY FOR FIRST GYPSY SAFARI IN DUDHWA Day 2 morning, we reached Dudhwa National park safari gate at 0545 hours. Everyone left for the safari at 0600 hours, while I decided to visit the nearby villages with a local person, who is also a forest guide, Ramas. He took me to a village, around 20 kms from Dudhwa gate. It’s the last village in India, beyond which Indo-Nepal border starts. The road for this village is a tar road which passes through the forest. On our way, we spotted a Jackal crossing it and spotted more than 10 Asian paradise flycatchers, a summer migrant in Dudhwa. JACKAL MULTIPLE GIANT ANT HILLS SPOTTED ALONG THE WAY ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER As the periphery of the village started, we saw some women going for fishing carrying their nets. I had never seen such a unique design before and was curious to know the fishing technique with it, but the ladies were shy and hesitant to disclose their secret. Then we saw some more women selling fruits and vegetables, Ramas told me that they are from Nepal, they cross Indo-Nepal border daily to sell things, and same way Indians go there to earn. FISHERWOMEN WITH THEIR NETS NEPALI WOMEN SELLING VEGETABLES AT BORDER VILLAGES My main purpose of this visit was to meet Ms. Arti Rana, who runs an NGO there. Through it she has created employment opportunity for many local women to make them self dependent. More than 100 women from nearby villages work with her in making jute bags, caps, purses and other things. Recent thunderstorm destroyed her working premises which was being re-built with the help of the government. It was a high point of my trip to meet such an inspiring lady. After meeting her we returned from the village, I joined my guests at the gate and we went back to the guest house. They had a wonderful time in the safari in which they saw they saw herd of elephants and different species of birds. In the evening, I also decided to go for a safari. Tall Sal trees with undergrowth of fern – it was so good to see this park again! I had some amazing bird sightings. A herd of elephants gave us some memorable photographs. CHESTNUT BELLIED NUTHATCH EGRETS ELEPHANT HERD FROM A WATCH TOWER AT (BANKETAL) GREAT HORNBILL GREAT HORNBILL KINGFISHER SAFARI ROUTE LIST OF COMMON BIRDS – 1 LIST OF COMMON BIRDS – 2 Day 3 morning, our guests went for a safari again while I went to see the “Jaagir Lodge” by Tree of Life. It’s a luxury resort situated around 20 kms from Dudhwa park gate. They have rooms as well as thatched huts. It’s a lovely place to stay, I was taken to visit nearby places for birding and wildlife by their in-house naturalist. There is a wetland nearby as well as a small water stream, where one can see crocodiles especially in winters, as the probability is high in comparison to summers. There is a wooden bridge over the stream that connects the village with the forest. The view is so relaxing that one would want to sit for hours on the bridge itself. After a sumptuous breakfast at the lodge, I joined my guests and we went back to our guest house. WOODEN BRIDGE OVER WATER STREAM BLACK BITTERN SWAMP FRANCOLIN SPOTTED NEAR JAAGIR LODGE A night stay in the forest rest house of Sathiana range was planned for our guests, after dropping them, I decided to visit more villages on Indo-Nepal Border. Day 4 morning, I went to see the Junglelore resort ( situated very close to Dudhwa Park gate. It’s a nice budget property providing tented accommodation. I received guests after their morning safari in Sathiana range and we left for Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, which is around 30 kms from Dudhwa gate towards Delhi via Palia Kalan. We stayed there for two nights at the Barasingha Lodge. It was a beautiful small place with six rooms adjacent to the forest. We were greeted by very warm and homely staff. The food they served was outstanding, can’t forget their mint leaves chutney, made from mint grown in the property. BARASINGHA LODGE AT KISHANPUR STANDARD ROOM AT BARASINGHA LODGE, KISHANPUR SUITE AT BARASINGHA LODGE, KISHANPUR AT BARASINGHA LODGE AT BARASINGHA LODGE We all went for an afternoon safari (which lasts till sunset) in Kishanpur range together one gypsy. Kishanpur has a huge wetland known as Jhaadi taal (taal means lake). One thing is sure that you will always find Barasingha (Western swamp deer) there, few in winters, but in abundance in summers (March onwards). After spending some good time at Jhadi taal watchtower, we moved ahead and saw various birds. FLIES IN THE SKY WESTERN SWAMP DEER AT KISHANPUR (JHAADI TAAL) BLUE TAILED BEE EATER GREY HERON CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE The Sun had already set, and our safari was about to end. Suddenly our driver stopped the vehicle, pointed on his right and exclaimed “Tiger!”. It took us good amount of time to spot it as it was very well camouflaged. It was a cub, no wait, they were in fact two cubs! On seeing us, they stopped where they were. Probably they would have been on the road if we had come five minutes later. We knew that now they won’t come forward in front of us, so we decided to move on as the safari time was also over. It was an amazing experience for all of us. Especially me, as I had been to Dudhwa multiple times, but spotted tiger for the first time. The nights were cool and breezy. The temperature would drop to 20 degrees Celsius during night even in May, when Delhi’s minimum temperature would touch around 34. I had planned to take our guests on a night drive by our car. We went on a road which separates the forest and the village and were blessed to spot a Indian fox also known as Bengal fox. It was also a rare sighting, as this species is nocturnal and their sighting during day is very less. Everybody was excited. Day 5 morning, we went for safari again in Kishanpur range. Everybody was freezing in the safari for first one hour as it was very cold. I took some photographs. While coming back from the safari, someone at the gate told us that one gypsy had spotted a leopard in the forest that morning. INDIAN PEAFOWL BLUE BULL WESTERN SWAMP DEER STREAK THROATED WOODPECKER In the afternoon safari, As we were going through the forest, our guide said “Ruko Ruko Leopard” i.e “Stop…Stop…Leopard!”. Approx 40 meters from us, between two Sal tree there it was sitting on a branch like a spy. What a view! We were not able to see its full body as it was partially hidden behind the tree. So after taking some shots, we decide to take our gypsy a little back, from where it was clearly visible. I pressed shutter, took a single shot and the next moment it was off the tree and ran towards the forest. But after 100 meters it stopped for a split second and looked at us. That moment was magical and then it disappeared leaving us all awestruck. This experience made our day, our series of fortunate sightings continued as we later saw a python crossing the road. ROCK PYTHON CROSSING THE ROAD ROCK PYTHON HOG DEER We came back to our resort in high spirit. It was our last night there. We again went for a night drive, and this time saw a jungle cat. Day 6 morning, we packed our stuff and left for Delhi. On the way back, we saw a beautiful pair of Sarus Cranes making their nest. There couldn’t have been a better ending to this trip. Guests had to catch a flight for Mumbai at around 1900 hours. We reached Delhi around 1700 hours and I dropped them at the airport. They departed with a promise of meeting again soon for their next excursion.
  5. The swamp tiger, the man eaters, world's largest mangrove delta... there are numerous tags which point to just one name, 'the Sunderbans'. A huge protected area spanning more than 10,000 sq. km. of untamed swampy wilderness forming the delta of the River Ganges. It is spread in both Bangladesh and India. The Ganges before it meets the sea, forms numerous channels of murky water ways and islands covered in mangroves, tiger palm and is inhabited by plethora of wildlife. Some islands have human population as well. There are said to be more than 400 tigers living in the jungles here, more than half of which are known man eaters. Sunderbans is one of the most exciting destinations that we covered on the Prayaan India Overland's 61 days Delhi to Gangtok trip. Finishing up with the beaches in southern West Bengal we reached Kolkata. It is one of the busiest and craziest cities in India and reaching late in the afternoon, we were extremely tired and hence retired to our rooms. The next morning Sunderban adventure was to begin. Everyone woke up early. We met our guide who was to be with us the whole time in Sunderbans and left the maddening Kolkata behind. But the traffic madness was not going to end soon. It took us another 2 long hours to reach our jetty at Godkhali, negotiating on the way things like, cars, buses, trucks, rickshaws, tuk-tuks, bicycles, bikes, people, kids, cows, goats, sheep, vegetables(yes), chicken, fish (yes we don't lie), speed bumps... ohh god knows what else!! But we made it to the houseboat. This houseboat named Flotel Banzara was to be our home for the next 3 days. Although not a 5 star luxury, it had pretty much everything that one needs to be comfortable in the middle of Sunderbans. It featured a clean western toilet(with toilet paper), a shower, beds, a top viewing deck, a kitchen with good cooks, 2 skippers and guides. The boat guys had already stocked the boat with all the supplies, and as soon as we settled down, the boat left the jetty. We had to get our permits for the entry in the Sunderbans tiger reserve. This was all sorted out quickly. On the way we saw several boats loaded with people ferrying them from one side to the other. As we were leaving the villages and entering the jungle, we came across our first wildlife, a Bengal monitor and some mud skippers. The very first encounter with this wilderness was very appealing. We began our search for the ever elusive swamp tigers. We all knew that for seeing a tiger here we will need all our luck. Keeping a lookout for the big cat, we enjoyed everything that came our way. Sunderbans has amazing bird life. We had an amazing sunset that evening and then moved towards Bali island where the boat was to be anchored for the night. The skipper told us that we will be anchoring in the middle of a wide water channel so that we stay away from the mosquitoes. The place where we were anchored was just outside of the tiger reserve and was a busy water way. Whole night we were passed by cargo ships from Bangladesh ferrying fly ash. The next morning we all woke up determined to track the big cat. The kitchen guys had to replenish fresh water and some other supplies, after which we set off again to explore the creeks and channels. It was quite a pleasant morning and birds were very active. We recorded several species which were new for us. Some glimpses of the life on the houseboat: We also got to spend some time watching these amazing creatures called mud skippers. On the very last day after we all had thought that tiger sighting is just not going to happen, we were slowly cruising out of Sunderbans. On one of the bends someone spotted a lesser adjutant stork. With some time in our hand we decided to pull the boat to the bank and get some good shots. As we turned the first word that most of us heard was TIGER!! TIGER!! ..Where ?? Where??? There??? where?? Under the tree?? which tree??? That tree... small one... There it was... A swamp tiger .. sitting and watching us in all its glory... First few secs was all a mess... then some of us managed to frame a few shots before it was lost!! This pic was take by our trip leader for sunderbans - Saumyajit Nandy We had an amazing experience at Sunderbans! We loved it so much that we are already looking forward to visit again as part of the trip in the coming Nov.
  6. If you are looking for small group overland trips/adventure safaris in India.......... Welcome to Prayaan India Overland. We are the first overland travel company to be based in India and operated by Indians. Your passion may be big cats, birds, jungle safaris, photography, travelling, camping, angling, adventure sports, meeting people.. ( off course the list goes on), or simply relaxing in the serenity of a remote wilderness..................... An overland trip though India allows you to experience all of that and much more. With 412 different types of mammals, more than 1300 bird species, 8% of all the world's reptilians it is one of the naturally most diverse countries. Boasting almost 500 wildlife sanctuaries, 100 national parks and 14 biosphere reserves, this country will never let you run out of options. Overlanding with Prayaan, we assure that the destinations you will reach are a perfect amalgam of the most famous names like Corbett, Ranthambore and lots of offbeat places like the salty vastness of Rann of kutch, dunes of the Desert national park.

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