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Birding and Tiger Tour in North India - 15 Days

Birding and Tiger Tour in North India
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Tiger Watching  Tour in North India

A 15-day tiger tour north India and in the Western state of Rajasthan, Northern state of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Areas covered: Delhi, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Agra, Chambal, Corbett and Pangot, Bird Species, Painted Spurfowl, Green Munia, Indian Skimmers, Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles, Tawny Fish Owl, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Nepal Wren-Babbler, Collared Falconet, Ibisbill, Gangetic Dolphins, Royal Bengal Tiger and many more Birds and Mammals.

Alternative Tour Name: Birds and Tigers North India Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - arrive Delhi – Ranthambhore (day train)

Arrive New Delhi International Airport at 0045 hrs

- Complete customs, immigrations formalities and exit to arrival hall meeting lounge

- START OF SERVICE

- Met by our representative and transfer to hotel for some rest after the long International Flight

- Later transfer to the railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur

- Delhi/Sawai Madhopur – Golden Temple Mail/12904 at 0740/1300 hrs

- Arrive at Sawai Madhopur Station and transfer to Ranthambhore (15 min drive)

- Arrive Ranthambhore and check in to the lodge

- Post lunch game drive at Ranthambhore National Park accompanied by a local guide

- Overnight at The Ranthambhore Bagh

- B, L, D

Day 2
Days 2 & 3 - ranthambhore national park

Morning and evening game drives at Ranthambhore National Park accompanied by a local guide. Overnight at The Ranthambhore Bagh.B, L, D

Day 3
Day 4 - ranthambhore to bharatpur (day train)

Morning final game drive at Ranthambhore National Park accompanied by a local guide:

- Afternoon transfer to the Sawai Madhopur railway station to board the train for Bharatpur

- Sawai Madhopur/Bharatpur – Golden Temple Mail/12903 at 1230/1502 hrs

- Arrive Bharatpur and transfer to the hotel

- Late afternoon birding in the sanctuary. This superb wetland also attracts many birds of prey like the Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle and the Steepe Eagle, which is perhaps the most common. Warbler fans will find Smoky, Booted & Brook’s Leaf Warbler. Adjoining fields, scrub vegetation and irrigation tanks will reveal oriental Skylark and Variable Wheatear

- Overnight at the hotel

- The Birders Inn

- B, L, D

Day 4
Days 5 & 6 - bharatpur

Two Full days birding in Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary considered the finest Heronry in the world as well as an unrivalled breeding site for the Painted Stork, Purple Heron, White Ibis, and the Eurasian Spoonbill. It is one of those few places in the world where it is possible to see 100 species in a single morning of birding

- The Birders Inn

- B, L, D

Day 5
Day 7 - bharatpur – chambal

- Early morning depart by surface for Chambal via Agra (140 kms / 3 hrs)

- En route visit the deserted capital of Fatehpur Sikri which is in a remarkable state of preservation, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that this place was abandoned due to lack of potable water

- Arrive Agra and visit the fabled Taj Mahal

- Later drive to Chambal (2 hr drive)

- Arrive Chambal and check in to the lodge

- Afternoon boat safari on Chambal River, this is one of the finest places to see the Indian Skimmer. The river also hosts the Gangetic Dolphin, the endemic fish eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles

- Overnight at the lodge

- Chambal Safari Lodge

- B, L, D

Day 6
Day 8 - chambal – corbett

- After an early breakfast, we have a long drive to Corbett National Park (500 km/ 9 hrs drive)

- Arrive Corbett and check in at the lodge

- Late afternoon we have the opportunity to bird on the banks of the river Kosi

- Overnight at Corbett Hideaway

- B, L, D

Day 7
Day 9 - corbett (kumaria & mohan)

- Full day birding at Kumaria & Mohan with packed lunch

- Overnight at the lodge

- Corbett Hideaway

- B, L, D

Day 8
Day 10 - corbett (dhikala zone)

Early morning we will enter through Dhangari gate for Dhikala zone en route stopping at advantage points for our main tiger tour and wildlife viewing. Arrive Dhikala and check in. Later we go into the vast Dhikala savanna along the forest edge, a good place to sight Asian elephants and look for Tigers on jeeps and elephant back. While we are on the lookout for Tigers, we may encounter birds like Black & Grey Francolin, Rain & Jungle Bush Quail, Small & Barred Buttonquail, Red Spurfowl, Emerald Dove to name a few

- Overnight at Forest Rest House in Dhikala zone

- B, L, D

Please note that the accommodation at Dhikala is basic, but the quality of wildlife viewing it offers is unmatched

Day 9
Day 11 : corbett (dhikala zone)

Morning game drive into the surrounding forest or elephant ride (subject to availability) into the surrounding forest. After breakfast we leave for the Ramganga reservoir. Completed in 1974 the present area of this lake is about 80 sq Kms. Packed with fish, Muggar & the fish eating Gharial Crocodile thrive here as do Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle and the Osprey

- Overnight at Forest Rest House in Dhikala zone

- B, L, D

Day 10
Day 12 - corbett – pangot

Early morning after breakfast depart by surface for Nainital (120 km/ 3 hr drive) en route stopping at Kosi barrage for Fork Tail Swift, Red Rumped Swallow, the reeds in the barrage are good for Water Rail, Ballion Crake, Wood Snipe, Common Moorhen, Little Grebe, a few Ruddy Shellducks are here till early summers. Further upstream we scan the bouldered riverbed for Spotted Redshank, Pintail Snipe, Little Stint and the much sought after Ibisbill, which is often sighted here. Mudcliffs on the Kosi bank are home to Blue-tailed Beeater and the Wallcreeper

- Arrive Nainital an check in at the lodge

Post lunch free to explore the surrounding area, birding in parks and scrub forest in & around the town, likely to see Mistle Thrush, White Tailed Nuthatch, Bar-Tailed Tree creeper, Black Throated Tit, Western Crowned, Yellow Vented & Grey Hooded Warbler, Rufous Sebia, Rufous- Breasted & Black Throated Accentor, House & Chestnut-Eared Bunting, Spot Winged, Red Mantled & Common Rosefinch. Easy to spot are Black Headed Jay, Black Bulbul, White Throat Laughing Thrush, Red Billed Blue Magpie, White Crested Laughing Thrush, Russet Sparrow, Hill Pigeon. Raptors are Mountain Hawk Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eurasian Sparrow Hawk & Common Kestrel. We may be lucky to see a Flying Squirrel late evening.

- Overnight at the resort

- Jungle Lore Birding Lodge

- B, L, D

Day 11
Day 13 - pangot & kilbury

After very early breakfast we leave with packed lunch for the moist Oak forest of Kilbury with a view of the higher Himalayas on the north and a vast expanse of Corbett & adjoining reserve forests on the south. Cheer, Koklass & Khalij Pheasant could be spotted on the road early morning. Mature oak forests are good for Speckled Wood Pigeon, Rufous, Himalayan, Brown Fronted & Fulvous Breasted Woodpeckers, Eurasian & Black Headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Scarlet Minivet, Chestnut-Bellied, Plain Back & Long Billed Thrush, Asian Brown, Snowy Browed, Slaty Blue & Little Pied Flycatcher, Daurian & Blue Fronted Redstart, about 9 species of Tits including the not so common Fire Capped Tit, White Tailed & White Cheeked Nuthatch, undergrowth & low branches are to be scrutinized for Grey Breasted & Plain Prinia, Lemon Rumped & Greenish Warbler, White Throated, Grey Sided & Chestnut-Crowned laughing Thrush, White Browed Shrike Babbler, Chestnut Tailed Minla, Fire Breasted Flowerpecker & Mrs Gould’s Sunbird. Call of Great Barbet echoes continuously across the valley.

Open hillsides with some conifers are fine habitat for Red Crossbill, Dark Breasted & Pink Browed Rosefinch, Brown Bull Finch, Spot Winged, Black & Yellow Grosbeak, White Capped, Chestnut-Eared & little Bunting. While returning to hotel by dusk we may come across Spotted Owlet & Mountain Scops Owl

- Overnight at the resort

- Jungle Lore Birding Lodge

- B, L, D

Day 12
Day 14 - pangot – sattal – pangot

Today morning we proceed for birding at Sattal lake, some of the birds seen during the day were Mountain Hawk Eagle, Slender-billed Vulture, Kaleej Pheasant, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Himalayan Swiftlet, Alpine Swift, Black-crested Bulbul, Black-chinned Babbler, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltava, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, Buff-barred, Lemon-rumped and Grey-hooded Warbler, Common Stonechat, Grey Bushchat, Dark-throated Thrush, Great, Green-backed, Black-lored and Black-throated Tit, White-tailed and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Olive-backed Pipit, Green-tailed Sunbird and Russet Sparrow.

- Return to lodge by evening

- Overnight at the lodge

- Jungle Lore Birding Lodge

- B, L, D

Day 13
Day 15 - pangot – delhi

Today’s morning free to explore the surrounding forest. After breakfast depart by surface for Delhi (330 km/ 8 hr drive)

- Arrive Delhi by late evening

- Farewell Dinner

- In time transfer to the airport to board the international flight for onward destination

- (AT 2300 hrs)

- B, L, D

Tour Ends

Painted Spurfowl, Green Munia, Indian Skimmers, Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles, , Tawny Fish Owl, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Nepal Wren-Babbler, Collared Falconet, Ibisbill, Gangetic Dolphins, Royal Bengal Tiger and many more Birds and Mammals

What is included?

  • Accommodation for 14 nights on twin share room basis with private facilities: Meals as indicated in the itinerary as B, L, D (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All surface transfers by air-conditioned private car (Toyota MUV)
  • 06 game drives by exclusive jeep at Ranthambhore National Park
  • 02 full & 01 half day birding in Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary by cycle rickshaws
  • 01 Boat Safari on Chambal River for 02 hrs
  • 01 game drive by exclusive jeep at Corbett National Park (Bijrani Zone)
  • 04 game drives by exclusive jeep at Corbett National Park (Dhikala Zone)
  • Train Tickets in AC first class
  • Service of an English speaking local guides/ naturalist: inclusive of guiding and park entry fees payable
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination

What is not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines etc
  • Meals are not included in the cost unless specified in the inclusions
  • Elephant rides at Corbett to be paid directly as per the safari availed (Approx. USD 18 per person per ride)
  • Tips/ gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers, bellboys, waiters etc.
  • Cost incurred in obtaining visa, insurance etc.
  • Cost incurred incase of hospitalization, evacuation etc.
  • International departure tax
  • Any cost that is not described in the itinerary

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Why book with All India Birding Tours?

All India Birding Tours, offer carefully researched and tested birding trips to chosen hot spots in India dedicated to arranging hassle – free birding holidays. Twenty years of experience in operating adventures in remote parts of India and over a decade of ground research has gone into the creation of our birding tours. We have explored well-known birding destinations and discovered lesser known hot spots. We are the pioneers of North East India Birdwatching with top-notch birding guides.

Suggested List of clothing and equipment

Trekking or running shoes (trainers). Good walking boots. (Sometimes there could be snow and water and slush). Camp shoes or flip-flops. Cotton, woollen or polypropylene socks. Sweater and heavy jacket. As temperature may go down to zero degrees centigrade if it snonws. Hiking shorts - 2 prs. Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella. Hiking trousers - 2 prs. T-shirts - 2 Underwear – 3 prs. Sunhat (wide brim preferably). Swimwear (optional)

Equipment

Rucksack Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures. Optional Air pillow (if desired). Optional Water bottle (hard cover with unbreakable mug-cap). Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb (head light type preferred). Swiss knife. Sun block (SPF 15 plus). Towel. Laundry soap. Personal medical kit Pre-moistened towelettes. Sewing kit Sun glasses Duffel bag/rucksack/suitcase with padlock. You do not have to carry anything except your day pack. If you need to carry additional heavy equipment like tripod, telescope etc, we will arrange a personal porter at extra cost @ USD 20 per day This will not apply as we will have the vehicles following us everywhere.

Daypack

Spare pair of socks, hankie and hand towel. Camera. Water bottle. Bandana / scarf, and sun hat. Flash light / head light with spare cells. Sun block lotion. Chocolates, candy, dry fruit as per choice. Personal medication. Sweater or light jacket. Personal documents. Pack items into smaller plastic bags, sealed with velcro or zip lock. Separate waterproof bag for money and passport.

Rucksack, holdall or duffel bag

Carried in the jeep. What you need for overnight and subsequent days goes into it. Items you are likely to need are: Set of spare clothing, Trainers and camp slippers Spare underwear. Personal toilet bag. Wet-bag for carrying wet clothing. Sleeping bag. Air-pillow if considered necessary. Pack items in smaller plastic bags as per need, and seal with Velcro

Logistics staff

The logistics staff for the camps will comprise of camp boss, logistics assistant, cook, assistant cook, camp attendant.

Vehicle

Travel will be in 10 seater hard top jeep, shared by 4 persons, guide and driver. Baggage will be carried in the rear compartment and on the roof rack. At parks where there are jeep safaris open jeeps will be provided within the park.

Accommodation

Each tent will be provided with camp cots and sleeping mats and blankets however you can Bring your own sleeping bags (Optional). We will provide field toilet tent with western style and wash tent. Bathing will be by bucket and mug. Toilet paper, soap and towels will be provided. Double hotel rooms with attached toilet and bath are catered for at all other lodges or hotels.

Meals, drinking water and beverages

We will provide all meals. There will be a separate dining tent for dining and multipurpose use. We can have requested vegetarian meals throughout as confirmed by you. Typical meals served in a day are given below:- • Hot water for a wash • Breakfast in camp. Juice, cereal (corn flakes, dalia, oats or muesli), eggs, bread (till it remains fresh, then substitutes like puri, paratha, chapatti), butter, honey, assorted jams and marmalade, cheese spread, fruit and tea/coffee. • Lunch on the trek. Hot soup and a single dish hot meal is served. Main dish could be one of mixed khicheri and pickle (Indian stew made of rice and pulses with potatoes, vegetables and meat), noodles with eggs or chicken, macaroni with tomato puree and cheese, alu dam (Indian style whole potatoes with spices) or kabuli chana/ raj manh (Indian style beans in spices) with paratha or puri, veg pulao (rice with vegetables) with rajmanh (beans cooked with spices). Followed by chocolate, fruit, dates or chikki (jagery with nuts). • Afternoon tea on arrival in camp. Tea/coffee served immediately on arrival with hot pakoras (Indian style stuffed dumplings in flour), biscuits, sandwiches or cake. • Hot water for a wash. • Dinner in camp. Soup, rice, macaroni or noodles with chicken,pork, mutton or fish (live, fried or canned), vegetables, cottage cheese with peas, mushrooms, dhal ( pulses), soya, rajmanh (beans), kabuli chana (chick peas) roti, puris or bathuras (baked or fried Indian bread substitutes served hot) or bread, mixed salad (potato, egg, tuna, cucumber, tomatoes, onions), pickles. Desert (sevian (vermicelli), kheer (rice pudding) custard, caramel custard, suji halwa (flour pudding), fruit salad, sone papri (Indian sweetmeat) with cream. AT EAGLESNEST CAMPS ALL MEALS ARE VEGETARIAN • Rest at all hotels and lodges both vegetarian and Non-vegetarian meals are served. • Bottled drinking water on TOUR will be additional charged. Alcohol Is not permitted within NP. We provide tea, coffee, and juices as part of the service. At all other places bars will be open.

Weather

India is located in south-central Asia. Its climate is mostly tropical or sub-tropical and subject to seasonal monsoon winds, especially the southwest rain during summer. As Northeast India starts down from the plains to an altitude of 13700 feet the temperature varies from 35 Degrees Centigrade in the plains to -5 degrees centigrade in the higher altitude. Snow and rain can be anytime as is mostly depends on the depression in the Bay of Bengal

Health

India is an economically developing democratic republic and has worked very hard to control diseases. Adequate medical care is available in the major population centres, but is usually limited in the rural areas of the country. Many developed countries like Britain are utilizing the state-of-the-art medical services available in India. The cost of treatment is much cheaper in comparison to the same facilities available in advanced countries. The most important cause of illness of travellers in India is food and waterborne diseases. Viruses, bacteria, or parasites can cause diarrhoea. Infections may cause simple diarrhoea and vomiting, fever, or, in extreme cases, liver damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a preventable infection that can create trouble if left untreated. One can prevent infection by taking prescribed anti-malarial drugs and protecting against mosquito bites. Malaria risk in this region exists in some urban and rural areas, depending on the elevation. Peter Lobo is trained by the Wilderness medicine Institute of USA, and will be carrying a first aid kit, and medicines for common problems. • Carry all the important prescriptions and OTC medicines. Do not forget to have the brand names as well as the generic names of the medicines one needs to have. • Wear a sun hat when exposed. • Drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink tap water. Use only canned water, or boiled water. • During the month of Jan, there is no malaria risk, but do consult your doctor to start malaria prophylactic, if advised. Carry your personal medical kit and insect repellent. • To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot. • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors. • Do not drink beverages with ice. • Do not eat dairy products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized. • Avoid handling animals (especially monkeys, dogs, and cats) to avoid bites and serious diseases. Although yellow fever does not occur in India, proof of appropriate vaccination may be required depending on countries visited before coming to India. Any person (except infants up to the age of six months) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in isolation for a period up to six days if the person arrives within six days of departure from an infected area, or has been in such an area in transit, or has come on a ship which has started from or touched at any port in a yellow fever infected area within 30 days of its arrival in India provided such ship has not been disinfected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO, or has come by an aircraft that has been in an infected area and has not been disinfected in accordance with Indian or WHO regulations. The following countries and areas are regarded by India as infected - Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia. For inoculation against communicable diseases, one can contact the Vaccinations and Inoculation Centre for Yellow Fever, Domestic Arrivals, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (Ph. 011-5665348) or International Inoculation Centre, Mandir Marg (behind St. Thomas School), New Delhi (Ph. 011-3361675).

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Tour Facts

  • North East India
  • On Request
  • Private Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 15 days
  • Leisurely
  • Any Age Groups
  • English
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport