Birds, Tigers & the Himalayas Tour
Duration : 20 nights 21 days
Destination : Visit Delhi, Kanha National Park, Agra, National Chambal Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Nainital and Corbett National Park
Best Season : November-March
Day 01 Arrive New Delhi
Meals: on own Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met and transferred to a hotel.
Day 02 New Delhi
Meals: on own Birding at city forest with a guide in the morning. Afternoon guided tour of New Delhi visiting India Gate, drive past President House, Qutab Minar & Humayun’s tomb. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Kanha National Park
Meals: lunch & dinner Connect morning flight to Jabalpur at 0555 hours. Arrive at Jabalpur at 0755 hours and drive to Kanha National Park (3½ hours). Afternoon drive in the park. Overnight in a wildlife lodge.
Day 04-07 Kanha National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Morning and afternoon drives in the park for wildlife viewing, birding & tiger-tracking. Wildlife Lodge.
Day 08 Kanha National Park-Agra
Meals: breakfast Morning tiger-tracking in the park. Drive to Jabalpur (3½ hours). Connect overnight air-conditioned sleeper class train to Agra at 1540 hours.
Day 09 Agra-National Chambal Sanctuary
Meals: lunch & dinner Arrive in Agra in the morning. Transfer to a small hotel for wash and change. Visit to the Taj Mahal (Friday closed). Transfer to National Chambal Sanctuary at noon (1½ hours). Afternoon boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, black-bellied tern, large flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes such as common, demoiselle and sarus; fish-eating crocodile and marsh mugger; Gangetic dolphin; turtles etc. Overnight in Chambal Safari Lodge.
Day 10 National Chambal Sanctuary-Bharatpur
Meals: breakfast You will be transferred to Bharatpur in the morning (3 hours). Arrive at Bharatpur at noon. Afternoon birding in the wetlands of Bharatpur. Overnight in Hotel Sunbird. Keoladeo National Park has some of the finest wetlands in the world and is the world heritage site. Over 400 species of birds find a refuge in the 29 square kilometers of shallow lakes & woodland of the park. A third of them are winter migrants which breed as far as Siberia & Central Asia.
Day 11 & 12 Bharatpur
Meals: on own Two full days of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws with a birding guide. Note: boat ride will be arranged subject to availability. Hotel Sunbird
Day 13 Bharatpur-Bund Baretha-Mathura-Lal Kuan
Meals: on own Morning visit the wetlands of Bund Baretha for more species. Drive to Mathura in the late evening (2 hours) to connect train to Lal Kuan (railhead for Nainital) at 2315 hours. Overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train.
Day 14 Lal Kuan-Sat Tal-Pangot (Nainital)
Meals: lunch, dinner Arrival at 0845 hours and transfer to a lodge at Sat Tal. Full day birding in and around Sat Tal. Look for rufous-chinned thrush, rufous-breasted accentor, greater yellow-naped flameback, speckled piculet etc. You will be transferred to Pangot (2-hr.), a journey that takes you on one of the world’s more spectacular mountain roads as we climb up into the Kumaon Hills on our way to this ‘lake city’. One can stop along the way to look for birds which may include blue whistling thrush, red-billed blue magpie, blue-capped redstart, white capped water redstart etc. Overnight stay at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 15 Pangot
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Birding at Pangot, Baggar, Timla Pani, Cheena Peak & Nainital. One can see slaty-headed & red-breasted parakeet, grey bushchat, long-tailed & grey-backed shrike, common kestrel, besra, chestnut-bellied rock thrush etc. Streaked laughing thrush is a common garden bird here. Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 16 Pangot
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner A trail leads up to Cheena Peak, which at 2610 meters offers views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi. Also a very good birding area is the quiet old road through oak & rhododendron forests. The viewpoint is alive with grey-headed canary flycatcher, white-throated laughing thrush, grey-winged blackbird, green-backed tit. We also look for hill barbet, grey-headed woodpecker, black-chinned babbler, black-headed and maroon oriole. Nearby mountains could include Himalayan griffon vulture, lammergeyer, khalij, koklas & cheer pheasant, crimson sunbird, fire-breasted flowerpecker etc. Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 17 Pangot- Corbett National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Early start for a 4-hour drive to Corbett National Park in the morning stopping en route for birding at Mongoli Valley, Corbett Falls and Dabka causeway. Corbett Tiger reserve has spectacular avifauna diversity. Great hornbill, Pallas’s fish eagle, grey-headed & lesser fish eagle, red-collared falconet etc. are some of the rare birds that are found in Corbett. More birds include tawny fish owl, scaly-bellied woodpecker, red-breasted parakeet, Himalayan swiftlet, stork-billed & crested kingfisher and white-tailed & Siberian rubythroat. One can see green-tailed sunbird, scaly-breasted wren-babbler, black bulbul, rufous sibia, black eagle, red-headed & Egyptian vulture, black-throated sunbird, blue-throated barbet, common kestrel etc. Drive to Dhikala tourism zone. Arrive at the main tourist complex in the evening. Overnight stay.
Day 18 Dhikala Forest Lodge (Corbett National Park)
Meals: breakfast & dinner Morning and afternoon visit to the grasslands for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see long-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling etc.
Day 19 Corbett National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Morning elephant safari through the grasslands and dense forests. This is the best mode of transport for tiger-tracking. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to Tiger Camp stopping en route for birding. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, pallas’s fish eagle etc. Arrive at Tiger Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 20 Corbett National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Full day at Corbett with a morning or evening elephant / jeep ride into the park. You may search the boulder-strewn river for the rare and elusive Ibisbill as well as brown dipper. The best birding areas are in the buffer zone along the Kosi River near Tiger Camp. You can also bird-watch across the river from the resort that can be crossed by a bridge a short distance upriver from the hotel or by wading across the Kosi. It can be fairly rewarding as one can see mergansers, crested kingfisher, green heron, egrets and cormorants etc.
Day 21 Corbett National Park-Delhi
Meals: breakfast, packed lunch You will explore the river edge at Kumeria for tawny & brown fish owl, Asian barred owlet, plumbeous redstart, brown dipper and the three species of forktails. Other species that are possible in the forest are crested tree swift, spangled drongo, blue bearded bee-eater etc. Drive back to Delhi at noon. Arrive Delhi in the evening (6-hour drive). You may connect flight to another / return destination.
• Bird sightings depend greatly on season, timing, and patience.
• Sightings mentioned in the itinerary are only a guide and cannot be guaranteed.
• available to Shaheen Bagh
• Services and accommodation can be provided in Delhi as well.
• We can customise this tour.
• Extensions to Harike, Gujarat and Rajasthan can be added to this tour.
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