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Land Rover Discovery Feb 2018 – Part I

Land Rover – Discovery With A Purpose Expedition to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Jaguar Land Rover India and Conde Nast Traveller India announced an initiative, ‘Discovery With A Purpose’, to spread awareness about India’s endangered wildlife. India has a great diversity of wildlife across several thousand species. However, many of them are under threat of extinction and thus need to be protected. The ‘Discovery With A Purpose’ initiative is aimed at bringing forth the species that face such a threat and thus create information and conversations around areas where our collective help and support may be needed.

31 Jan: Arrive in Dibrugarh
The entire team of Land Rover, the video and still crew and of course Environmental Writer and Photographer, Arati Kumar-Rao and Wildlife Photographer, Sudhir Shivaram arrived at Dibrugar on day 1 of the expedition.
Overnight at: Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow + Hotel Tea County

1 Feb: Flag-off and depart for Miao
We all met at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow for a flag-off ceremony. JLR brand director Ankur flagged off the journey. We then departed for Miao (166km; 8 hrs).
Overnight at: Namdapha Jungle Camp + Tourist Lodge Miao

Late in the evening we reached Miao and spent the rest of the evening flaunting the all new Land Rover Discovery on the banks of the river.

2 Feb: Day-trip to the Namdapha forest reserve – I
Depart at 5.00am and drive to Deban Forest Camp (25km; 2 hrs). After breakfast, head for a guided trek into the forest. We kept our eyes peeled and fingers crossed for the red panda, but no luck. Later we return to Deban Forest Camp by 2pm for lunch. Departed for Miao at 3pm.
Overnight at: Namdapha Jungle Camp

3 Feb: Day-trip to the Namdapha forest reserve – II*
We followed the same schedule as above. Today, we took a different trail into the forest. Along the way, meet staff at the forest reserve + Phupla Sinpho, an elder from the Singpho clan and founder of SEACOW (Society for environmental awareness
and conservation of wildlife). We had a brief talk with him on their efforts and challenges of conservation in that area.
Overnight at: Namdapha Jungle Camp

4 Feb: School activity + Drive to Roing
After breakfast at 7am, we drove for around 10 minutes to a secondary school. Here, we handed over a set of textbooks + some stationery to the students. We spent 2 hrs with the students, engaging with them over wildlife and environment. Activities include a little drawing session, and a show-and-tell around wildlife photography and conservation.
We departed at 10am for Roing (150km; 7 hrs).
Overnight at: Yatri Niwas, Roing

5 Feb: Drive to Pasighat
We left at 8am for Pasighat (96km; ~5 hrs). The plan was to arrive by 1.30pm and spend the rest of the day at leisure. This was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever done. Arunachal Pradesh is absolutely beautiful. We need to be proud of our landscapes and the habitat and do whatever it takes to protect them for our future generations. The river crossing we did on the way was quite adventurous and we took some shots from the drone.
Overnight at: Hotel Serene Abode, Pasighat

6 Feb: Drive to Majuli
Leave at 7am for Majuli (295km; 9 hrs). Arrive before sunset and bed down for the night.
Overnight at: Dekasang Majuli

7 Feb: To Kokilamukh, then Kaziranga
We left at 6am for Kokilamukh (35km; 1 hr). A drive, a car ferry across the gigantic Brahmaputra and a 45-min walk later, we arrived to meet “Forest Man of India” Jadav Payeng, and visit the river island he has afforested. We had a long fruitful discussion with Payeng where he explained the issues of the current schooling system and emphasised about the need for better education on conservation awareness. We later departed for Kaziranga National Park (100km; 3 hrs) and arrived at Iora.
Overnight at: IORA-The Retreat, Kaziranga

8 Feb: Around Kaziranga, then Nameri
At 6am, we headed into the reserve on a jeep safari and explored the Eastern range of Kaziranga. At 11am, we departed for Nameri National Park (100km; 4 hrs). We then visited the pygmy hog conservation centre at the park.
Overnight at: Nameri Eco-Camp

9 Feb: Around Nameri, then Guwahati
We briefly headed into the park for bird sightings—the hornbill and the white-winged wood duck, potentially. Also visited the golden mahseer conservation centre. Later visited the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark set up by Balipara Foundation at Wild Mahseer lodge.
At 2.30pm, departed for Guwahati (175km; 4 hrs).
Overnight at: Radisson Blu, Guwahati

10 Feb: Depart for home
After a good night’s sleep, next morning we headed to the airport to catch the flight home. A trip I will cherish forever.

The lead instructors from Land Rover:

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Land Rover Discovery Feb 2018 – Part II

You can read the Part I of the blog here

Here is the main video shot as a part of the 10 days expedition to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the all new Land Rover Discovery:

Here are all the other videos:
Discovery With A Purpose | Dibrugarh to Miao:

Discovery With A Purpose

Discovery With A Purpose | Majuli to Kaziranga

Discovery With A Purpose | Passighat to Majuli

Discovery with a Purpose | Miao to Roing

Discovery With A Purpose | People of Namdapha

Discovery With A Purpose | Forest Man of India

Discovery With A Purpose | Children of Namdapha

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Condé Nast Traveller FB Live

In a run-up to the #ShareYourDiscovery event in collaboration with Land Rover, Condé Nast Traveller’s Salil Deshpande interviewed Sudhir live on Facebook. This engaging conversation had Sudhir talking about his most intriguing experiences in the wild and the valuable lessons learnt. About how his journeys to discover the wild invariably turn into enriching inward journeys of self-discovery.

A little more about it:

#ShareYourDiscovery is a unique adventure-conservation initiative by Land Rover in association with Condé Nast Traveller. This voyage of discovery aims to bring to the fore the challenges confronting the state of wildlife in India; specifically, the highly endangered red panda and black-necked crane and their habitat in northeast India.

Come January 2018, Sudhir drives through the hinterlands of India’s northeastern regions alongside other influencers in the wildlife/journalism space.

Condé Nast Traveller have set the ball rolling by asking their readers to share the most interesting, memorable, valuable discoveries they have made, out there in the wild. One among these will get the chance to accompany Sudhir on the journey of a lifetime.

The Jaguar Land Rover website carries their interview with Sudhir on his experiences in the wild and the lessons learnt therein. Here, Sudhir talks about his connect with India’s northeastern region, where he has travelled for his wildlife photography. He also talks about what he looks forward to, in this upcoming road trip.

Here’s an excerpt of Sudhir’s interview:

“The wild reminds you that only the fit will survive.

The northeast has always had a special place in my heart due to the rich biodiversity, the bird life, and the culture. It’s been a long time since I visited the region. I hope to meet the locals, talk to them, try to create awareness among the youngsters on the issues concerning our environment and finally to rediscover the beauty of the northeast.”

Here’s what Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), has to say about this initiative:

“India’s rich wildlife is battling extinction and needs our help. We need to care about it, but more than that, we need to act. During the ‘Discovery With A Purpose’ drive we intend to raise awareness on the need to preserve our wildlife. What better way to do this than to go into the wild with a known authority on the subject, Conde Nast Traveller, and tell a story with pictures and videos along with leading experts from this field. And we have a perfect companion for the journey as well, the soon to be launched, All-New Discovery.”

Divia Thani, Editor, Condé Nast Traveller India, is of the opinion that:

“Travel is all about discovering new things, so we are delighted to have the support of Land Rover on this initiative. During our seven years in India, Condé Nast Traveller has been a committed supporter of wildlife conservation and safari tourism. And we’re particularly passionate about travelling in the Indian Northeast, a region of incredible beauty, culture and nuance.”

Watch the video here:
Part 1 of #ShareYourDiscovery:

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Part 2 of #ShareYourDiscovery:

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