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Bird Watching Tour in North India - 16 Days

Bird Watching Tour in North India
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Northern India Birding Tour

This 16-day bird watching in India Tour is a great introduction to birding in India. It takes you from the great northern plains to the heights of the Himalayas and backs down to the edges of the desert state of Rajasthan.

It will provide you with the all-comprehensive experience of the varied habitats and wildlife that India has to offer taking you to some of the best birding sites in the Western Himalayas and offer you the opportunity to photograph some of the most exotic species found in this country. The journey begins with a visit to Corbett National Park.

This is a tiger and elephant country. Besides the tiger, Corbett is home to a sizeable population of the Asiatic elephant. Blue rivers, open grasslands, verdant forests, marshes and the Himalayan foothills, Corbett is the perfect example of how this entire area was once upon a time. With over 50 species of mammals, 580 species of birds and 25 different species of reptiles. Corbett is truly a wildlife haven. From here it is on to the Himalayas for some superlative birding at Pangot and Sattal.

Finally, to continue the bird watching in India tour we circle back to the plains and this time travel to the Chambal landscape of jagged ravines. The National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is on the river Chambal. A perfect mix of natural and historical heritage. The river Chambal is one of the cleanest rivers in India, home to the Gangetic river dolphin and the endemic fish-eating Gharial. When in this area it is impossible to not go and visit the Taj Mahal that unique monument to undying devotional love. This followed by two full days of birding at the wetlands of Keoladeo.

There is something truly magical about this man-made and man managed National park that plays host to hundreds of migratory waterfowl every winter. The final destination on this tour will be the Ranthambore National park. So different in its habitat from what you witness at Corbett, this primarily dry scrub forest with its lakes and ruined remains of ancient palaces, is rich in wildlife and besides the tiger has many mammals, reptiles and birds that can all add up to an overall enthralling experience.

Bird Watching in India Tour Highlight: Koklass, Cheer Pheasants, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Indian Skimmer, Ganges River Dolphin, Gharial and the Tiger. We also visit the Taj Mahal

Alternative Tour Name: Northern India Birdwatching Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - New Delhi

The trip starts in Delhi where we meet and you are transferred to your hotel for the night.

Day 2
Day 2 - New Delhi – Corbett National Park

Pick-up from Hotel at 0600 hrs and transferred to Corbett by road (7.5hrs). Afternoon birding at Kosi river. Overnight stay at Resort.

Day 3
Days 2 to 4 - Corbett National Park (Dhikala)

After breakfast, drive to Dhikala tourism zone and the wildlife adventure of Corbett begins. Visit the Interpretation Centre and continue the safari through the stately dense Sal (Shorea robusta) jungle. You follow the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by an expert guide. The safari offers a great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the Tiger and the Asian Elephant in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, after lunch, you visit the grasslands and forested area for birding. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as River Lapwings, Waders, Mergansers and other Waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see Long-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Owl, Common Stonechat, Black Francolin, Purple and Crimson Sunbirds, Golden-fronted & Orange-bellied Leafbirds, Black-Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Chestnut-tailed Starling etc.

Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Day 3 is also spent bird watching and tracking tigers in the Grasslands. An Elephant ride for game viewing may be possible subject to availability. On Day 4 you take a morning safari through the grasslands and dense forests. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to resort on outskirts of park for an overnight stay. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, White-rumped Shama, Pallas’s Fish Eagle etc.

Day 4
Day 5 - Corbett National Park – Pangot

Morning walk at Kumeria. Return for lunch. One can look for Black Bulbul, Brown-eared Bulbul, Brown Fish Owl, Little & Spotted Forktail, Yellow-bellied and White-browed Fantail, Crested Laughing thrush, Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike, Little Heron, Wallcreeper, Red-breasted Parakeet, Short-billed & Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Dipper, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark etc.

Afternoon drive to Corbett Falls stopping en route at Dabka causeway to look for Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark. After birding at Corbett Falls continue to Pangot to arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon is spent leisurely birding in and around the Lodge looking for species such as Woodpeckers including the Greater Yellownape, Scaly-breasted, Speckled Piculet, Slaty-headed Parakeets, numerous Spotted and Oriental Turtle Doves, Russet Sparrow. Cuckoos including Indian, Oriental, Large-hawk and Eurasian. Large-billed Crow, Grey Treepie, Black-headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Tits such as Rufous-naped, Black-throated & Yellow-browed and smaller numbers of Black-lored and Green-backed. White-tailed Nuthatches, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches and Bar-tailed Treecreeper.

Overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 5
Day 6 - Pangot

Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. Bird species listed in the area include Crested serpent-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied, and Thrushes including dark-throated, mistle. Striated Prinia can be seen in the terraced fields. Warblers found in the region include Tickell’s Leaf-warbler, Greenish, Golden-spectacled, Grey-hooded.

Also notable are a variety of Flycatchers such as Asian Brown, Rusty-tailed, Ultramarine, Verditer, Tickell’s Blue, Rufous-bellied Niltava etc., Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Blue-capped Redstart. Laughingthrushes such as White-throated, Striated & Streaked, Chestnut-crowned etc. Accentors, Upland Pipits, Blue-winged Minla, Whiskered Yuhina are other species seen on walks. Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 6
Day 7 - Pangot - Sat Tal

Drive to Sat Tal (2 hours) in the morning. Birding along the way and around SatTal. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range and Kilbury. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks attract an amazing variety of birds and mammals including the Leopard, Yellow-throated Himalayan Martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Red Fox etc. Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 7
Day 8 - Sat Tal – Kathgodam - Delhi

We continue to birdwatch around Sat Tal looking for more species including the Red-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greater & Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Black Bulbul, Dark-throated Thrush etc. In the afternoon you transfer to Lal Kuan at 1600 hours and take the overnight train to Delhi.

Day 8
Day 9 - Delhi - National Chambal Sanctuary

You arrive at Delhi at 5am. You are met and transferred to Chambal early in the morning (5-hour drive). In the afternoon you embark on an exciting boat cruise to see Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, flocks of migratory Waterfowl, Cranes such as Common, Demoiselle and Sarus. Gharial and Marsh Mugger, Gangetic Dolphin, Turtles etc. Overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 9
Day 10 - National Chambal Sanctuary – Agra - Bharatpur

Morning visit to the Taj Mahal. An hour’s drive from Agra gets you to Bharatpur. Afternoon birding in the wetlands of Bharatpur at Keoladeo. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10
Days 11 & 12 - Bharatpur

Full days of birding in Keoladeo National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws with a birding guide. The birds to expect in the winter months are Indian Courser, Sarus Crane, Dusky eagle Owl, Large tailed Nightjars, Common Pochard, Great white Pelican, Greylag and Bar headed Goose. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 11
Day 13 - Bharatpur - Ranthambhore National Park (5 hours)

Drive to Ranthambhore National Park in the morning stopping enroute at Bund Baretha for birding. In the afternoon you enter the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and continue bird watching there. The birds that one can expect to see include Sirkeer Malkoha, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Isabelline Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Variable Wheatear, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, and Common Buzzard.

Overnight in the resort.

Day 12
Days 14 & 15 - Ranthambhore National Park

Morning & afternoon safaris are planned for this day for tiger-tracking. You also have the option of visiting the 1000-year-old fort.

Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 13
Day 16 - Ranthambhore National Park – Delhi

You spend your last morning on this trip birding outside the Park. After lunch, you transfer to train station to connect the day train to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and transfer to hotel room for wash and change and then head to the airport for your flight back home.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Tiger, Asian Elephant, River Lapwings, Waders, Mergansers, Waterfowl, Long-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Owl, Common Stonechat, Black Francolin, Purple, Crimson Sunbirds, Golden-fronted, Orange-bellied Leafbirds, Black-Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Black Bulbul, Brown-eared Bulbul, Brown Fish Owl, Little & Spotted Forktail, Yellow-bellied, White-browed Fantail, Crested Laughing thrush, Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike, Little Heron, Wallcreeper, Red-breasted Parakeet, Short-billed & Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Dipper, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Woodpeckers, Greater Yellownape, Scaly-breasted, Speckled Piculet, Slaty-headed Parakeets, Oriental Turtle Doves, Russet Sparrow,

Cuckoos including Indian, Oriental, Large-hawk and Eurasian. Large-billed Crow, Grey Treepie, Black-headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckoo Shrike

Tits such as Rufous-naped, Black-throated & Yellow-browed and smaller numbers of Black-lored and Green-backed. White-tailed Nuthatches, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches, Bar-tailed Treecreeper

Crested serpent-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied, and Thrushes including dark-throated, mistle. Striated Prinia, Tickell’s Leaf-warbler, Greenish, Golden-spectacled, Grey-hooded, Asian Brown, Rusty-tailed, Ultramarine, Verditer, Tickell’s Blue, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Blue-capped Redstart. Laughingthrushes, White-throated, Striated & Streaked, Chestnut-crowned etc. Accentors, Upland Pipits, Blue-winged Minla, Whiskered Yuhina,Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, variety of thrushes, Leopard, Yellow-throated Himalayan Martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Red Fox, Red-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greater & Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Black Bulbul, Dark-throated Thrush, Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, flocks of migratory Waterfowl, Cranes such as Common, Demoiselle and Sarus. Gharial and Marsh Mugger, Gangetic Dolphin, Turtles, Indian Courser, Sarus Crane, Dusky eagle Owl, Large tailed Nightjars, Common Pochard, Great white Pelican, Greylag, Bar headed Goose, Sirkeer Malkoha, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Isabelline Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Variable Wheatear, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Common Buzzard

What is included?

  • Reception at the airport on arrival and send off
  • Accommodation on twin share with meals
  • Exclusive transport for all transfers and birding trips
  • Park Entry fees
  • Birding guide
  • Restricted Area Permit

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages, liquor, laundry, telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Medical expenses & Insurance,
  • Camera fees at National Parks – where applicable
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Travel insurance of any sort
  • Anything that is not included in “What is included”.

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Tour Facts

  • North of India
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 16 Days
  • November to March
  • +5 years
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (Dehli)
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (Dehli)
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