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Bird Tours of North India

Birding Safari Package - 15 Days

Delhi-Bharatpur-Chambal-Saatal-Pangot-Corbett-Delhi.

(Bharatpur is a bird sanctuary based in Rajasthan 56 km from Agra. It is also known as Keoladeo Ghana. It is one of the top birding destination that is a part of North Indian birding circuits. The area covers 28 sq.km of wetlands, scrub and grasslands. The wetlands improved by the Maharajah of Bharatpur attracts millions of birds to it confines. Beside water birds the one can watch forest and grass birds almost 300 avian species are found here.

Corbett is one of the finest birding destination and is situated in Nainital District in Uttarakhand. It is home to more than five hundred species of birds some of them very rare.

Chambal River Sanctuary flows through three states of India - Rajasthan, UP and MP. The river is home to mugger crocodile, gharial and river dolphin. The shores abound with many species of migratory and resident birds. The target species is the Indian Skimmer. The boat safari at Chambal (Bah - UP State) offers exciting bird watching besides the reptiles. Another boat safari is organized at Dholepur in MP about fifty km from Bharatpur.

Sat & Pangot lies in Nainital District in Uttrakhand State of India. They are at the height of 1400 and 2300 MSL respectively. Due to altitude variation and change in weather one can see many low land and high altitude birds in both the places. Coveted species are the Chir Pheasant and the Koklass Pheasant. Mangol Valley is on the way to Corbett with interesting avian species.)

Day 1 Arrive New Delhi, Meals: breakfast.
Arrive Delhi International airport in the day. You will be met and transferred to the hotel (day room). Day at leisure with other members in the package tour.We stay overnight at a luxury hotel in New Delhi.
Day 2-5 Bharatpur, Meals: breakfast.
We take a four hour drive to Bharatpur in the morning. We have three full days of guided birding in Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary. This is on foot, cycle and rickshaw. Bharatpur has some of the best wetlands and is World heritage site. Over 310 species of birds in Bharatpur find a refuge in the 28 square kilometers of shallow lakes & woodland. A third of them are winter migrants which breed as far as Siberia & Central Asia.
Day 6 National Chambal Sanctuary Tour
We drive to Chambal River Sanctuary in UP early in the morning. Pond reaching we will take a boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, Osprey, black-bellied tern, River tern, raptors, common, demoiselle and sarus cranes among the bird species. We have also come to see the marsh crocodiles, Gavial, Gangetic River Dolphins varied species of turtles and some wild animals on the banks. etc. After an exciting boat ride of the pristine river we drive to Agra. The Agra visit is for the Taj Mahal). In the late evening we will board a train to Lal Kuan from where the Nainital District is a three hours drive. We spend the night in the train.
Day 7 Saatal-Pangot, 15 km from Nainital, Meals: breakfast.
Our train comes to a halt at Lal Kuan eight in the morning. From here we will climb up to to Sat Tal which is a picturesque drive. If the horizon is clear we will have a glimpse of the magnificent Himalayan Range on the way. We will spend the rest of the day bird watching with a local guide.One can see a large number of Himalayan birds on the trek gray tree pie, rufus bellied niltava, red billed lieothrix, alpine accentors, Nepal wren warbler, chestnut headed tesis, yellow naped woodpeckers, coppersmith barbet, blue-throated barbet, striated laughing thrush, streaked laughing thrush, black chinned babblers, rufous-chinned laughing thrush, Himalayan Bulbul, red vented bulbul, black bulbul, mistle thrush, ultramarine flycatcher, dark-throated thrush and many more.We then drive to back to Nainital and continue to Pangot and reach in the the evening. We stay overnight at Jungle Lore which accommodates birders from all over the World.
Day 8, 9 Pangot, Meals: breakfast.
The whole day is scheduled for bird watching at Pangot. The best places for birding are Cheena Peak, Kilbury & Timla Pani. We drive through the dense forest encompassing Cheena Peak through the Snow View Point and Kilbury. Discover number of Himalayan species on the way such as yellow bellied green finch, spotted fork tail, Little fractal, slaty-backed fork tail, peregrine falcon, raven, Bearded Vulture, Himalayan griffon, Yellow browed tit, blue winged minla, mistle thrush, rufus bellied woodpecker, Chir pheasant, niltava, Himalayan Wood pecker, khaleej pheasant and Rufous fronted woodpecker to name a few. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including hare, fox, leopard, serow, barking deer, yellow-throated martin, tree shrew, Himalayan palm civet, goral, sambhar etc.
Day 10 Pangot, Meals: breakfast.
Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. One can see Koklass pheasant, Cheer pheasant, crested serpent-eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers etc. Thrushes such as dark-throated, mistle, striated Prinia, Tickell’s Leaf-Warbler, Greenish, Golden-spectacled, Grey-hooded.warbler. Watch yellow browed tit, ultramarine, green backed tit, rusty-tailed flycatcher, coal tit, verditer, brown throated thrush, niltava; orange-flanked bush robin, Sibia, Eurasian jay, white capped water redstart, black headed jay, blue-capped redstart. Laughing thrushes - chestnut crowned laughing thrush, white-throated laughing, fire tailed sun bird, white headed laughing thrush, streaked laughing thrush, chestnut headed thrush, white throated laughing thrush etc. We search for black throated accentors, Upland pipit, blue-winged minla, yuhina etc. These birds are rarely seen.
Day 11 Mongoli Valley-Corbett NP, Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Drive to Bajun and go for trekking in Mongoli Valley. Move to Corbett National Park from Mongoli stopping en route to look for brown dipper, Ibis bill. Overnight stay in a cottage at Corbett Tiger Camp in the forests.. One can see woodpeckers such as greater yellow nape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of plum headed parakeet, slaty-headed parakeets, red breasted parakeet, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, pied bush chat, blue throat, russet sparrow; Indian cuckoo resident, Oriental cuckoo, Large-hawk cuckoo and Eurasian cuckoos migratory. Watch white tailed ruby throat, rose ringed parakeet, Large-billed crow, rufus tree pie, gray tree pie, Eurasian and Black-headed jay, black headed oriole, velvet fronted nuthatches, maroon oriole, Rufus tit, white tailed nuthatch, woodpeckers, yellow-browed tit, green-backed tit, ashy bulbul,. chestnut bellied nuthatch, niltava, Asian paradise flycatcher and bar-tailed tree creeper.
Day 12 Dhikala Forest accommodation (Corbett National Park)
Early morning and post lunch visit to the grass lands & forest areas for birding. Spend the night a Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding along Ramganga River is rewarding for water birds such as Ducks, teals, river lapwing, Osprey, Pallas Fish Eagle, mergansers and other riverside birds. While at Dhikla lodge one can see many avian species near the Dhikala grasslands and neighboring forests. A good pair of binocs and spotting scope will yield Collared Falconet, Iora, Common Chiff Chaff, Yellow eyed babbler, red whiskered bulbul, White cheeked bulbul and Black Necked Stork to mention few.
Day 13 Corbett National Park, Meals: breakfast & dinner.
Take early morning tamed elephant ride move through extensive and tall grasslands and dense forest canopies. This is the best mode of transport for wildlife watching . After the safari we drive to Tiger Camp for dinner and overnight stay. Some of the popular birding takes place in forests of Dhikala, Sambhar Road and Khinanauli, near the rest house. One expects to see streak throated woodpecker, Himalayan wood pecker, great slaty woodpecker, oriental pied hornbill, Pallas fish eagle, gray headed fish eagle, blue throated barbet, white rumped shama, coppersmith barbet, etc.
Day 14 Corbett National Park-Delhi, Meals: breakfast.
Early morning bird watching at Kumeria keep a look out for wild elephants. Visit Garjia temple on Ramganga for Ibis bill. At noon drive to Delhi for over night stay. One can look for Common green magpie, white rumped shama, black bulbul, tawny owl, white eared bulbul, ashy bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted fork tail, tesia, yellow bellied fantail, Great Himalayan Kingfisher and white browed fantail, long billed thrush, snowy browed flycatcher, black winged cuckoo shrike, purple heron, striated heron, red breasted parakeet, scarlet minivet, verditor flycatcher, long-tailed minivet, brown dipper, black rumped flame back, white naped wood pecker etc.
Day 15 New Delhi-onward journey, Meals: breakfast.
Transfer to the airport to connect flight to the next destination.