I have just reached home after my first outing with GoingWild, escorted by Dibyendu Ash.
The whole trip was very well coordinated, and conducted by Dibyendu, even at the cost of his personal discomfort. He is gifted with an excellent disposition, and friendliness. Armed with good knowledge of Birds and the terrain, he guided us to a really helpful sojourn. He spared no effort in making us comfortable. A good company, he maintained a friendly atmosphere over the whole period.
I have been on several tours prior to this, but none was better conducted.
And nothing can come near this on a value-for-money basis.
- Anupam Gupta
I did two trips with Goingwild,in Sikkim and Sunderban. Both trips were extremely successful.Everything was perfectly planned,from transports to stay.Moreover, the hospitality of the mentors and locals were amazing. Mentors are extremely knowledgeable, helping(And I mean it) and friendly.I've learnt a lot of things about wildlife, photograhy and conservation from them.Tours were planned in such a way that it ensured the guests will return home with a bag full of images and a heart full of sweet, thrilling memories.I must add one thing more,the meals!They were excellent to say the least.In both Sikkim and Sunderban. Just imagine a good dinner on a boat in Sunderban or a sumptuous lunch after a brilliant birding session in Sikkim!Looking forward to more trips with Goingwild.
- Riddhi Mukherjee
I just had my first trip with Goingwild and it was undoubtedly one of the best wildlife trips I've had till now! From Hospitality, to food and of course the wildlife safari, everything was absolutely awesome. It was a very successful trip, came back with a bag full of images and got to learn a lot about wildlife and birding!
Thanks a lot GoingWild. Looking forward to join your next trips as well. :)
- Swaroop Singha Roy
My wife and me did a Birding Trip with GoingWild in the month of June 2015 to East Sikkim (Zuluk & Nathang Valley). I found Dibyendu Ash who was leading the trip to be extremely knowledgeable both of the terrain and the birds that we got to see at close quarters. What amazed me time and again was his ability to identify birds from listening to their calls and his ability to get us close without alarming the birds which resulted in us taking some stunning pictures. We were fortunate to get over a 100 spices which Dibyendu managed to identify with ease.
The trip was well organized and the accommodation adequate. I would highly recommend him to those who are serious birders and are looking to get the most bang for their buck.
- Sudhir Nambiar
Ranthambore Tour (13th-17th of June 2015) was the best wildlife tour attended by me so far. I did my due diligence and found out that Team Going Wild was having a fabulous year and a half as far as sightings are concerned. Made up my mind that my next tour would be with them only. I was in US and contacted them as soon as I as sure of my return date. Though they has a tour planned already, I requested them to accommodate me a few days earlier as I wanted to go straight to Ranthambore after landing in Delhi. It was a tough ask because of how crowded RTR is in peak season but Tamanud managed the bookings. i also thank Tamanud for bearing with my frequent changes in plans and coordinating with me was difficult due to different in time zones. Overall booking experience was very smooth and clear. He also managed to book the services of the no.1 naturalist in RTR for all 5 days.
Now straight to the safaris:
Day 1 - Sighting of 3 tigers (2 males and 1 female). 1 male was walking with a deer kill. the other male was lying under a tree. Highlight of Day 1 was Laila/T41 who walked right opposite of vehicle and drank water in the rain. We got some magical frames of her drinking water.
Day 2,3 - Krishna Cubs . Multiple sightings and 100s of images of them sitting, stalking a mongoose and then I also made a video of one of the female cubs stalking the deer.
Day 4 - By far it was the longest sighting of almost 2 hours. T25 / the bold Dollar male first resting under a tree, then walking to the water for a drink, then cooling off in the water and then territory marking and then head on walk ... basic every possible angle we got of him.
Day 5 - We got a beautiful habitat shot of Krishna.. the mother of the cubs.
Other animals on the trip : Chittals, sambar deer, indian gazelle, Wild boar, jackals, Fish owl, Scops owl, Pita, Paradise flycatcher, fantail, painted storks, marsh crocodile etc.
The accommodation arranged by them was very comfortable (Ac room where the Ac actually worked), clean toilets and very nice home style food.
I couldn't have been compensated in a better way for traveling straight from Washington to Ranthambore. It was such an exciting trip that I forgot about my jet lag with so much adrenaline flowing in each safari and I am very thankful to Tamanud and the Going Wild team for making it happen. Will highly recommend them.
"Zuluk-Nathang Valley Bird Photography Tour" was my first trip with Going Wild and this is for sure the beginning for many future tours. The trip was well organized including accommodation, food and transport. Thanks to Dibyendu for the great experience.
I leave it to the readers of my comment to guess how must have been the trip when we have sighted and photographed more than 6 male and 4 female Monals, all the species of Parrotbills, Satyr Tragopan,....etc etc more than 78 species of birds and 4 species of mammals.
In short...our trip was like a box office hit :) :)