On The Fishing Cat's Trail

3 Nights 4 Days | Open Dates - October 1 to August 31 | Fishing Cat | Black Jackal | Excellent for birders | Bengal Floodplains | Heritage and Cultural Experience | 01 - 06 Explorers per Excursion |

Don't let the photograph mislead you. This is not your average housecat. This is a wild predator. A creature of the night, probably. Well, at least in the parts where there's a lot of human activity. Can you blame it for wanting to avoid people? Despite the encroachment by humans on its habitat, this cat has adapted beautifully to continue thriving in these wetlands. However, it's limited spread and loss of habitat do mean that it is actually endangered. These floodplains in West Bengal are a rare place where we can observe how creatures of the wild adapt to the presence of humans. This ecosystem is a biodiversity hotspot. In addition to the fishing cat, these swamps are home to jackals (regular and melanistic/ black jackals), jungle cats (also rare and elusive), water monitor lizards (distant cousins of the Komodo dragons), Asian palm civets, snakes and several species of small furry animals (we don't know whether these gather in a cave or groove with a pict). But it's not all about the wild. It's also about staying in an old jamindar's house from the 17th century which was meticulously restored to retain its heritage and culture and appropriately modernised to keep guests comfortable. On this 4-day excursion, guests also get to experience a taste of the local culture, cuisine and understand the efforts made to conserve this magnificent habitat. We're very sure that this trip isn't something you can find anywhere else in the world.    

Highlights:

 

  • Watch the rare, elusive and unique fishing cat in its watery habitat - yes, this cat loves water

  • Explore the Bengal floodplains ecosystem, a biodiversity hotspot supporting a wide variety of life 

  • Spot elusive jungle cats, rare black jackals, water monitor lizards, Asian palm civets and several species of small furry animals

  • With over 300 species of birds to spot, including some very rare avians, this is a birders delight

  • Night Safaris in a silent, electric toto

  • Stay in a 17th-century heritage home meticulously restored and equipped for a comfortable stay

  • Feast on delicious, local Bengali food

  • Experience the rich heritage and culture of the region

  • 20% of the profit from each booking directly contributes to local wildlife conservation

  • We pledge 10% of all profits made at Jokotta Discoveries towards nature and wildlife conservation

Your Wetland Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Arrive

  • Arrive at Kolkata Airport excited about the next few days. Our services start here and will conclude once we drop you off at the airport at the end of this journey.

  • Drive for a couple of hours to the floodplains. Arrive at Baghrol Basa, your heritage homestay and check-in. Savour a local lunch at the homestay.

  • Settle in an prepare for night safaris in the soundless, battery operated toto (like a rickshaw)

  • On safari, search for the fishing cat, jackals, jungle cats, monitor lizards, owls and other creatures of the night.   

  • Return to your homestay for dinner. 

Day 2 and 3: Birding & Night Safaris

  • Late night safaris mean you get to start your day a bit later than usual too. After breakfast at about 10 am (depending on the activities),  you can relax a bit at the homestay.

  • The homestay is also beautifully located for some lazy birding. Just keep a pair of binoculars and your zoom lenses ready. How many will you spot? 

  • Lunch will be served at the homestay.

  • We'll set out for night safaris again with a break for tea and snacks. Snacks, after all, are important. 

  • Take the time to understand as much as you can about how alive this place is in the day and after dark.

  • Return to your dinner and turn in for the night.

Day 4: Head home

  • Wake up comfortably for a late breakfast.

  • Spend a little time fishing or swimming in the in-house ponds if you feel like it. 

  • Check out by noon and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

The Firefox Adventure Gallery

An owl stares into the night
This trip is a real hoot!
A splash of red
One from a full spectrum of colourful birds
Wildlife Sighting Board
How many will you see?
At the homestay
A place to unwind
The jamindar's old room
Culture and comfort rolled into one
Delicious Bengali Cuisine
Forget your strict food plans in these floodplains
A water monitor lizard
Breakfast
The ToTo
Your silent safari steed
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Standard Inclusions:

  • Direct contribution (20% profit) towards Fishing Cat conservation.

  • Your stay & food as mentioned above.

  • Naturalist service.

  • Guides, Porters & Toto Safari Cost.

  • Photography support.

  • Purified RO water.

  • Fishing Cat Tracking.

  • In-house Hideouts.

  • Fishing & swimming in in-house ponds.

  • Transfers from and to Kolkata airport

Exclusions:

  • Flights

  • Laundry

  • Extra food & beverages

  • Liquor

  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Features of the homestay:

  • An interactive area cum dining hall - we encourage active interaction amongst people in the homestay.

  • A living museum: The whole property is like a living natural history museum with real wildlife and cultural facets.

  • Fresh Water ponds: The 4 in-house freshwater ponds are open for fishing cats and other wildlife. Additionally, fish is caught for personal consumption, angling is allowed and the adventurous can also swim in the warm waters.

  • Organic Farming: We promote organic farming and the home garden provides vegetables and fruits throughout the year for consumption. Local medicinal plants and herbs are also grown here.

  • An open butterfly garden.

  • Local Bengali Cuisine: The food we serve, though local in nature, is in many ways different from the popular Bengali cuisine. We promise an authentic taste of flood plains of Bengal.

  • Local Art, Crafts and Culture: Local arts, crafts, music are part of this homestay.

Prices start at US$ 299/- for International Travellers and ₹21,200/- for Indian Nationals per person*

Photo Credits: Shantanu Prasad

*GST Extra. Prices vary with number of people travelling. Enquire today for your group! Costs in USD may vary in accordance with the exchange rate at the time of booking.

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