North India Birding and Wildlife Tour
This 18-day, small-group bird and wildlife tour of North India is a moderately paced trip available as a set departure (or available on request) focusing on birds, tigers, and the Central Himalayas of Northern India. Expect to see around 380 species of bird, including 10 Indian or Himalayan endemics and approximately 20 mammals/other wildlife species during this North India bird and wildlife tour.
This birding and wildlife tour of India takes us to some of the best areas for birds and mammals across the North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. As well as providing the perfect introduction to birding in India, it offers superb encounters with several iconic Indian mammals and a fascinating journey through a region rich in history and culture.
Our comprehensive Northern India wildlife holiday begins in the outskirts of Delhi, where we will explore the shallow wetlands of Sultanpur National Park, an excellent area for waterfowl and home to regional specialties including Sind Sparrow and Brooks’s Leaf-warbler in surrounding acacia scrub.
Moving southwest into the semi-desert of Rajasthan, we’ll visit Jhalana Leopard Reserve. As its name would suggest, Jhalana is one of the prime sites in India for a sighting of the somewhat elusive Leopard, which we will look for here alongside a selection of woodland birds. Staying in Rajasthan, our next destination on this bird and wildlife tour of northern India is the former hunting preserve of Ranthambore National Park. Dry scrub jungle dotted with lakes and atmospheric palace ruins host an enticing combination of desert and water birds, including Indian Courser, Painted Spurfowl, Great Thick-knee, and up to six species of vulture. This excellent big cat country is one of the finest tiger reserves in India, and we have a very real chance of seeing Tiger and Leopard, among an impressive diversity and density of other mammals.
Before we leave the plains, we will spend a few days enjoying the rich birdlife of India’s agricultural heartland. In the world-renowned managed wetlands of Bharatpur, we will encounter an incredible selection of waterbirds and a fine assortment of raptors. From a boat trip on the nearby Chambal River, we will look for flocks of Indian Skimmer and hope to find a pod of Ganges River Dolphins. We will also find time to visit India’s most iconic national monument, the Taj Mahal.
From here we make our way north, ascending into the bird-rich mid-altitudes of the Himalayas. Spending our nights here at two elevations we will bird among superb deciduous and coniferous woodland in search of Himalayan specialties such as Himalayan Rubythroat, Nepal Cupwing, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Cheer Pheasant, and many more species associating in fast-moving feeding flocks.
Our final destination on this north Indian birdwatching and wildlife holiday is Corbett National Park, among the richest birding areas in Asia. In a dense forest, snow-fed rivers, and vast floodplain grasslands at the base of the Himalayas, we will look for Great Slaty Woodpecker, Collared Falconet, and Ibisbill, with a further chance of Tiger and Asian Elephant.
North India Birding and Wildlife Tour Highlights include:
- Experience superb birding in North India in a wide variety of habitats, from the semi-desert of Rajasthan to the wooded hills of the mid-altitude Himalayas.
- Drive-in open jeeps through some truly superb areas of wilderness, including the dense forest and picturesque floodplains of Corbett National Park.
- Encounter an incredible diversity of birds, with highlights that include vast congregations of waterfowl in the wetlands of Bharatpur, and mixed-species feeding flocks that sweep through the forests of the Himalayan foothills.
- Big cats and more - the chance of Bengal Tiger at two reserves, Leopard, Asian Elephant, and a fine selection of other mammals throughout the tour.
- Spectacular views in clear weather of the snow-capped peaks of the high Himalayas.
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry for your preferred dates, route, and tour refinements.
Alternative Tour Name: North India: Birds, Tigers and the Central Himalayas