Exciting birding in the lower Himalayas, jungles and wetlands, with the opportunity to find Tigers and view the Taj Mahal. This is an Anytime trip for two or more people at a time of your choosing.
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Anytime Tours can be tailored to your own interests, and the durations below are just sample recommendations, with associated prices, based on 2 people sharing.
14 Birding Days with Local Guide
Ground Price: from £2300 (US$3175, €2700)
Our tour takes in the best of northern India; including the famed Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur reserve) as well as the lower slopes of the Himalayas - where we have excellent chances of Tiger and, to cap a memorable experience off, we will visit the iconic Taj Mahal World Heritage Site.
After arrival in Delhi, we head to Corbett National Park. This is one of the best sites in India for seeing Tiger and Asian Elephant is here too. There is a mixture of waterbirds, forest and grassland species, including: Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Black Francolin, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Great Slaty Woodpecker, several Barbet species including Blue-throated, Great Hornbill, Purple and Crimson Sunbirds, Puff-throated Babbler, Golden-fronted and Orange-bellied Leafbirds. The poorly known and vulnerable White-throated (Hodgson's) Bush Chat is possible in the grasslands.
We head upwards to Pangot and the ornithologically diverse Himalayan forest. A myriad of species are possible here. Groups like woodpeckers, warblers, redstarts, laughingthrushes and flycatchers are well represented. Other species include; Slaty-headed Parakeet, Indian, Oriental and Large Hawk-Cuckoos, Grey Treepie, Black-headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Rufous-naped, Black-throated bushtit & Yellow-browed Tits with smaller numbers of Himalayan Black-lored and Green-backed Tit as well as White-tailed and Indian Nuthatches. Higher up, we can look for; Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Himalayan Rubythroat, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Kalij Pheasant, Red-breasted Accentor and Chestnut-headed Tesia. The sensational Golden Bush Robin is frequently seen here as is the elusive Long-billed Thrush.
Returning to Delhi by air-conditioned sleeper train, we transfer to Chambal. Here, an afternoon boat cruise can bring us; Indian Skimmer, the endangered Black-bellied Tern, flocks of migratory Ducks, and Cranes such as Common, Demoiselle and Sarus. We can also look for Gharial (Fish-eating Crocodile), Marsh Mugger and Gangetic Dolphin.
After an optional visit to the famous Taj Mahal, we arrive at Bharatpur. These wetlands have many species, with famed stork colonies, Oriental Darter, Black-headed Ibis, Black Bittern, Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Yellow-wattled and Red-wattled Lapwings, Indian Courser, Indian and Greater-Spotted Eagles. The surrounding grass and woodlands have Siberian Rubythroat, several leaf warbler and thrush species and we may find Dusky Eagle-owl at dusk.