Classic North India Birding Tour
1st Tour : Jan 15-29, 2017
2nd Tour : Feb 26 - Mar 19, 2017
The dominant geographical features of northern India are the fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain and the great Himalayas. Our tour led by an experienced local naturalist starts at the historic city of Delhi and takes you to Ranthambhore which was once the private hunting reserve of the Royal families and is now among the finest places to see a tiger in the wild. Next is the World Heritage Site of Bharatpur, which boasts of having the best heronries in the world and then on to Chambal River to see the Indian Skimmer and the Gharial.
A visit to India is incomplete without seeing Taj Mahal.
From the city of Taj we head for the Himalayas, with birding in Sattal and Pangot for the Himalayan specialties. We then take you to Corbett Tiger Reserve, named after the hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett - it is the oldest national park in India and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. The park offers some spectacular bird watching opportunities both within and outside the park. We finally come to Delhi and explore the wetlands of Delhi at Sultanpur and Okhla barrage.
Some interesting species that can be seen:
Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Owl, Black Francolin, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Changeable & Mountain Hawk-eagle, Great slaty & Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Great & Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-rumped Shama, Pallas's fish Eagle, Brown & Tawny Fish Owl, Little Forktail, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, White-crested & Striated Laughingthrush, Wallcreeper, Brown dipper, Ibisbill, Speckled Piculet, Maroon Oriole, White-tailed & Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Striated Prinia, Orange-flanked bush robin, Upland Pipit, Khalij Pheasant, Koklass & Cheer Pheasant, Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, Sarus Crane, Brook's Leaf Warbler etc.
26th Feb 2017: Departure from your country
27th Feb: Arrive Delhi
28th Feb: Travel from Delhi to Ranthambhore
1st & 2nd March: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
3rd March: Travel from Ranthambhore to Bharatpur Wetlands
4th March: Bharatpur
5th March: Travel from Bharatpur to Chambal via Agra
6th March: Return to Delhi
7th March: Travel from Delhi to Corbett Park
8th, 9th & 10th March: Corbett National Park
11th March: Travel from Corbett to Pangot
12th, 13th & 14th March: Pangot
15th March: Travel from Sat Tal to Pangot
16th March: Sat Tal
17th March: Return to Delhi
18th March: Departure for Delhi
19th March: Arrival in your own country
* A large list of bird species of the Himalayan region
* Himalayan views
* Easy birding
* A large variety of other mammals
* One of the most popular Tiger tours
* Great birding in scrubland, wetlands, and Riverine Ecosystem
* Farm fresh North Indian meals
* Quaint lodges and camps
* Comfortable accommodation
* Good north Indian food
* Get a taste of local Rajasthani and Himalayan towns and villages
* Glimpses of the beautiful landscape, architecture, and lifestyle of North India
* Option of visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, Historical and architectural marvels like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, of capital city Delhi.
* Experience Indian art, music, dance and other cultural delights
Note: 13th March 2017 is one of the famous festivals in India called “Holi” (Festival of colors). We’ll arrange small celebration in Pangot on 13th March for our group.
To know more, please email us with the subject line CNIB317
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Situated 48 km from Delhi, Sultanpur National Park in Haryana is a haven for birds, both resident and migratory. During the winter months, it attracts more than 100 varieties of migratory bird species from Siberia, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey and East European countries. Although the migratory birds are the prime attraction of the park, the sight of over 150 resident bird species also promise to enthrall nature lovers and bird watchers. The resident population of birds includes black-necked stork, cattle egret, Indian roller, white-throated kingfisher, red collared dove, rock pigeon, little egret, great egret, laughing dove, red wattled lapwing, rose-ringed parakeet, common mynah, etc.
Ranthambhore National Park
The next three days are dedicated to exploring Ranthambhore more. We will take you for an afternoon drive in a Canter to the park for tiger-tracking and animal viewing. Regardless of animal sightings, there is something magically peaceful and tranquil about a safari journey, the opportunity to be at one with nature, surrounded by beautiful scenery is hard to beat. Along with the scheduled morning and afternoon safaris, you can explore the ancient Ranthambhore Fort on whose name the National Park has been named; Ganesh Temple. A visit to the local village may also be a good option for those interested. Art lovers must also visit the Ranthambhore school of Art for the wildlife paintings created by local artists. The school contributes towards tiger conservation.
Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Rajasthan was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. It is one of the most outstanding wetland reserves in Asia. Created by Maharaja of Bharatpur for hunting by diverting canals and building small dams, conservation was a lucky by-product. Especially during the winters, as monsoons refill the shallow marshes, it attracts thousands of waterfowl, herons, storks, cranes and waders. Seen flying across the clear skies they make an incredible sight. Spotting scores of them together dotting the marshes is also an unforgettable visual treat. The compactness of the area makes it possible to see over a hundred species in a stay of just a few days. At Bharatpur, we will arrange a private cycle rickshaw guide for you to explore the park in a unique way.
A trip to India seems incomplete without a visit to the most iconic manmade structure in the world, the Taj Mahal, where we shall take you next. Built by Shah Jahan as the symbol for undying love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the sight of the white marble structure does take your breath away.
National Chambal Sanctuary
After Bharatpur, we whisk you away to River Chambal, one of the country’s most beautiful and least polluted river systems. The National Chambal Sanctuary was formed to protect this pristine river ecosystem. The river currently boasts of more than 290 species of resident and migratory bird species, including large nesting colonies of the rare Indian Skimmer, as well as Marsh Crocodiles (Muggers), Gharial (Gavials), eight species Turtles, and highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphin. Best explored on boats, you will be impressed by the calm and serene beauty and the numerous sightings this river has to offer.
Corbett National Park
It was named in the honor of Jim Corbett, legendary hunter-turned- conservationist, best known for hunting man-eating tigers and leopards in the Kumaon and lower Garhwal in the 1920s. Away from the urban concrete jungles, within easy driving distance of Delhi (7 hrs), Corbett is a popular retreat for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. It provides a great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. The main wildlife animals found in the Corbett National Park include the Tiger, Elephant, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Hedgehog, Common Musk Shrew, Flying Fox, Indian Pangolin and nearly 600 species of birds.
Aboard the 4WD, accompanied by an expert guide, the Jeep takes us through the stately dense Sal jungle of Corbett along the Ramganga River.
Pangot and Sat Tal Region
Pangot is one such beautiful hamlet in the state of Uttarakhand which lies just 15 km from the city of lakes, Nainital. Walking into Pangot is like stepping into a remote Himalayan village. This birdwatchers' paradise has more than 250 species of birds in and around as recorded by Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, the first birding lodge of India. This Lodge has been key to birding success in the region. The entire drive is through the forested area of China Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. The forests of Pangot and surrounding areas are dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. The streams passing by the area makes it even more attractive place. The district of Nainital covers the tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, Sub-alpine and alpine zones. The terai & bhabar belt presents the climate of the plains while the deep valleys with elevation up to 1000 Mts. play host to varied types of animal, birds, trees typical of hills as well as plains.
To know more, please email us with the subject line CNIB317