Though elephant ride is a very common tourism activity in India, especially in the wildlife tourism destinations, elephant safari is not only a rare activity in India but also throughout the world. Discovering the world of the tamed elephants, the largest land animal and discovering the culture around them in itself is a major activity. Bringing back the old Shikar (Hunting expedition on elephant back was one of the most popular sports among the Maharajahs and British rulers in India) days by shooting with a camera is a lifetime experience for any tourist. Packaging this experience for the domestic & international market and bringing sustainable economic support to the region can be the fresh blood for the community movement and conservation of the great Indian elephants.
The safari will concentrate mostly in and around the forests, rivers and villages of Lohit valley with a base camp in Chongkham, ideally set for the International wildlife tourists with a Pilkhana, which consists 5 to 8 riding elephants to be engaged in the safari on turn basis. The tourist would be taken on the safari, two hours in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. The tourists would move on to the next temporary forest village/ community campsite/elephant camps, where the trained local villagers will provide services to the tourists and interpret their traditional knowledge & folk culture to them. There would be at least four such campsites in four villages before they return to the base camp.
This would be a 11 nights/12 days all inclusive package starting from point of arrival (Dibrugarh) till departure with overnight halt at Dibrugarh/Digboi, Chongkham and its adjoining villages, Wakro and Namdapha Tiger Reserve. The trip package will include elephant safaris for 04 days, boat expedition on river Lohit, bird watching, nature trails, village tours, Buddhist cultural experience and local tribal cultural programme. Trained local guides will move with the groups and every group will have a dedicated specialist naturalist. A rescue & medical team will be attached to every group. In order not to encourage any form of mishandling or cruelty to the elephants the safari will be restricted to maximum 3 hours a day so that the elephants get enough rest and remain in good health. Under no circumstances the elephants will be forced to move on a safari unless our Mahouts are satisfied with their physical and mental health. Every morning and afternoon the Mahouts will check their health and mood, and report to the safari manager before the safari starts.
For detailed day-to-day itinerary and full description of the safari please contact Help Tourism.