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India is a country rich in vibrant and colourful culture, history, beautiful scenery and indeed fascinating fauna and flora. Our tour has been carefully planned to give you an introduction to all these alluring aspects of the country. It is impossible to embrace the staggering geographical diversity of India on a 13-day tour, so we will take you to the most fascinating part: Northern India. This region offers some of the finest birding and mammal-watching in the world reinforcing your experience with superb scenery. 

The local avifauna is extremely rich and numerous, but most importantly, birds are tame and approachable, providing rewarding viewing and great photographic opportunities. What’s more, during the winter months when we are there, resident avifauna is hugely reinforced by the influx of over 300 species of migrant birds from as far as Siberia! You should expect to see on this tour around 350 bird species, including specialties such as Kalij, Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Indian Skimmer, Indian Courser, Ibisbill, Painted Spurfowl, Painted Sandgrouse, Mottled Wood Owl, Brown Hawk-Owl, Tawny Fish Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker (the largest species of woodpecker), Indian Pitta, Golden Bush Robin, Spotted Forktail, and Brown Dipper, to name just a few.

Mammals are an integral part of this tour and our priority will be the majestic Bengal Tiger, the largest of all the big cats, sighting of which surely rank as one of the world’s best wildlife experiences. This region is also home to other mammals, and encounters with a Sloth Bear, Leopard, Caracal, Asian Elephant, Jungle Cat, Nilgai (the largest Asian antelope), Sambar (the largest Indian Deer), and a rare and endangered Ganges River Dolphin, are all likely. Reptiles, such as the long-snouted Gharial, one of the most localized and critically endangered crocodilians on the planet, as well the Mugger Crocodile and Indian Monitor, will also be seen.

The tour samples all the major habitats of this regions, from the fertile plains of the Ganges, through the arid woodlands and acacia scrubland, of the central Rajasthan to beautiful foothills of the Himalayas.   We will explore some of the most famous birding and wildlife national parks of this amazing country, starting from the Ranthambhore National Park, in Rajasthan.  This scenic reserve contains high concentrations of herbivores such as Spotted Deer, Sambar and Wild Boar, and it is this abundance of prey that supports one of the healthiest populations of Bengal Tiger anywhere on Earth.  Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a spectacular complex of lakes and arguably one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, supporting more than 300 species of birds, including countless thousands of geese, ducks, storks, herons and waders.  Amongst those are the most sought-after species, including the world's tallest flying bird, the Sarus Crane, the Bar-headed Goose with its incredible ability to fly over the Himalayas on their annual migration, the beautiful Indian Courser and the precious Siberian Rubythroat, to name just a few.  The neighboring National Chambal Sanctuary is a birdwatcher's paradise, boasting over 316 species of resident and migratory birds, including species such as Indian Skimmer, Greater Thick-knee and Small Pratincole. From here, we will travel north, to the beautiful Himalayan foothills at Pangot and the Corbett National Park. Both areas combined, are the richest place for birds and mammals in northern India, hosting over 500 species of birds, 60 mammals and 30 reptiles. 

No visit to India will be complete without seeing the truly breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal, the jewels of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

As on all our tours, the group size is limited to a maximum of seven to ensure a great wildlife experience. In the national parks, we will use an open-safari jeep, which is ideal for wildlife viewing. Outside the parks, we will travel in our personal coach, which clearly differs us from the majority of other tour operators who use a train to cut the cost. An experienced birdwatching guide will accompany us throughout the tour, but we will also have additional local guides at all national parks. We are visiting India in winter, which offers the most comfortable condition to travel. Temperatures will vary between moderately cold in the Himalayas to 15-30°C elsewhere. All in all, a combination of superb localities, the abundance of wildlife, beautiful scenery, plenty of cultural highlights, good standards at carefully chosen accommodation and genuine local cuisine will make this tour a rewarding Indian adventure.

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info



Tour Details

Date
26 February-11 March 2019

Price
3360

Single Supplement

Group Size
max 7


Day 1
Arival to New Delhi

Days 2-4
Ranthambhore National Park      

Days 5-6
Transfer to Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Day 7
Chambal Sanctuary

Day 8
Chambal Sanctuary–Delhi

Days 9-10
Corbett National Park, Himalayas

Days 11-12
Pangot, Himalayas

Day 13
Transfer to Deli and departure home

Please note that you can skip the Himalayan part of the tour, or vice versa, because we will break the tour in Delhi where you could end/start the tour.  Please look at the itinerary for details. 


 The Price Includes

  • All accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for all transfers
  • Service of a professional guides
  • All excursions including by boat
  • All entrances to national parks, nature reserves and cultural attractions

The price does not include

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Camera/video fee whenever required 
  • Scheduled return flight to Delhi.  A group booking, however, is made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements 

Please note

  • All passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip
  • A deposit of £300 is requested with a booking form.  The final payment is required by 31 November