India Bird Watching

Birds, Tiger and Taj Tour

Duration: 16 Nights & 17 Days (Fixed Departure - 18th Jan To 03rd Feb, 2020)

New Delhi – Corbett – Nainital – Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – New Delhi fly back

This extensive tour of 17 days, beginning Jan 18, 2020 - Saturday, would leave you asking for more. The heart of the tour is birdwatching, but what comes along subtly in this tour is what India is quintessentially known for, the Taj, the Tigers, and the Temples. Interesting part is you will see all this while looking for over 500 species of birds in the areas listed. The Himalayan foothills and terai region is one of the richest birding areas in India. Be it the Great Slaty Woodpecker, Collared Falconet, Ibisbill, Lammergier, Spot Bellied Eagle Owl, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, Kaleej Pheasant, Kestrel, and the list in this area crosses over 600 birds. Surprisingly the Tigers, and Elephants will be crossing your tracks while you will be exploring the birds in Corbett national park.

The program also takes you to Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur which is a Ramsar and a World heritage site. This is an unrovalled breeding site for Herons, Storks, and Cormorants. Many winter migrant ducks stop her for close to 3 months and this is the time that makes this place a paradise. The most common waterfowl are gadwall, shoveler, common teal, cotton teal, tufted duck, knob-billed duck, painted stork. The sarus crane, with its spectacular courtship dance, is also found here. Closeby is Chambal river which is home to Gangetic Dolphins, Crocodiles, and the endangered Gharials. Some of the birds that can be seen on this river cruise are; Indian Skimmers, Ruddy Shelduck, Pochards, Terns, Storks, Herons, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, and a lot more is seen here too.

Ranthambhore national park named after the Fort located here, is actually the Fort of the Tigers. Close to 60 Tigers roam this park freely, some beautiful natural lakes in the park is home to few hundred crocodiles, and several species of birds. The vibrant pink city of Jaipur will expose you to the colours and history of India. Your birding will continue even in New Delhi on your return. A brief visit to Sultanpur national park, might surprise you with the little haven around the huge metro city of New Delhi.

18th Jan/Sat: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you in check in at the hotel. He will also handover and explain all travel related documents. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

19th Jan/Sun: New Delhi – Corbett (by surface - 275 Kms, 5-hour drive)
Early breakfast and then drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 5 hrs drive. At the park gate, change into the safari vehicle with your baggage. Take out your cameras and get ready for a drive of about 2 hours through the forest to reach the Forest Rest House. Check into the Rest House.

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These Rest Houses are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas. Post lunch proceed for an afternoon safari in the most scenic national park of India. Only vegetarian food is served here. Alcohol and smokes are not permitted here. Return from the safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.

20th Jan/Mon: Corbett National Park
Begin your morning safari at sunrise. Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve.

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Dinner and overnight at the Rest House.

21st Jan/Tues: Corbett National Park
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris, meals and overnight at Forest Rest House inside the national park. India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.

22nd Jan/Wed: Corbett – Nainital (by surface – 100 Kms, 2-3-hour drive)
Check out from the Forest Rest House by 8 AM. Then drive out of the park 32 kms through the forest. The Tigers, Leopards, and Elephants are usually sighted around this time on this track, so do not pack your cameras yet. At exit from the park gate, you may pack up your equipment and then drive to Nainital 100 Kms 2 hrs.

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After lunch relax and in the evening drive to Pangot for Bird watching. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nanital.

23rd Jan/Thurs: Nainital
Morning bird watching in Pangot and nearby area and later drive to birding at Sattal and close by. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, bluewinged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, and variety of thrushes etc.

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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 the Leopard, yellow-throated Himalayan martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar, Red Fox etc. Evening go for bird watching in Pangoot. Overnight stay at Nanital.

24th Jan/Fri: Nainital – Agra (by surface – 380 Kms, 7-8-hour drive)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Then drive to Agra, 380kms, 7-8-hour drive. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

25th Jan/Sat: Agra – Bharatpur (by surface 55 Kms, 2-hour drive)
Sunrise proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice.

After relaxed breakfast, check out from the hotel. Proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday].

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Later drive to Bharatpur, 55kms, 1-1.5-hour drive. On arrival check into lodge. After lunch proceed for evening bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. Overnight in Bharatpur.

26th Jan/Sun: Bharatpur
Morning go for birding to the sanctuary, for every birdwatcher’s paradise. Bharatpur bird sanctuary also known as Keoladeo National Park.

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It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. After lunch in afternoon go on a quest in rickshaw for search of some exclusive species of birds not only residents but also some migratory ones. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bharatpur.

27th Jan/Mon: Bharatpur (day visit to Dholpur)
After breakfast leave for day visit to Chambal 120 Kms, 3 hrs. drive. Go for birding on Chambal river. National Chambal Sanctuary which is a 400 km protected stretch of the river. A boat safari takes you on a two-three hour ride down the River Chambal, drifting past gharials basking on the sandbanks, marsh crocodiles and turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and a wealth of birds fluttering around. Also visit Sarus Crane Wetland area.

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Return back to Bharatpur for overnight stay.

28th Jan/Tues: Bharatpur – Ranthambhore (by surface 210 kms, 4-hour drive)
Morning bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and later drive to Ranthambhore 210 kms, 4-hour drive. On arrival check into Lodge.

Evening free for leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

29th Jan/Wed: Ranthambhore
Morning & evening jeep safaris in the park. Meals at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.

Ranthambhore with an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambhore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the safaris.

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30th Jan/Thurs: Ranthambhore
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.

This is one park which will give you all the angles, lighting, backdrop, and many frames of different kinds. Ranthambhore is also rich in bird life with around 300 species of birds. Infact for a keen bird watcher Ranthambhore and the surrounding area is a paradise. Some interesting resident species of birds are large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Sarus Crane, Bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great horned owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of Himalayas to Ranthambhore and surrounding areas.

31st Jan/Fri: Ranthambhore – Jaipur (180kms, 3-hour drive)
After morning jeep safari in Ranthambore NP, return to the hotel for breakfast and then check out. After lunch drive to Jaipur 180 Kms, 3-hour drive. On arrival check into hotel.

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Overnight at Jaipur hotel.

01st Feb/Sat: Jaipur
This morning you will drive 11 km to the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728.

Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.

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02nd Feb/Sun: Jaipur – New Delhi (275km, 5-hour drive)
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to New Delhi 275kms / 5hrs drive. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

03rd Feb/Mon: New Delhi Fly back home
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination.

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Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.

Land cost for the above itinerary based on single paying persons

Details 3-Star Hotels 4-5-Star Hotels
Single Traveler $4283 $5031
02 pax (on Twin Sharing Basis) $2290 $2657
04 pax (on Twin Sharing Basis) $1783 $2149
06 pax (on Twin Sharing Basis) $1628 $2008
08 pax (on Twin Sharing Basis) $1543 $1910

Hotels suggested

City Nights 3-Star Hotels 4-5-Star Hotels
New Delhi 01 IBIS Aerocity Pride Plaza
Corbett 03 Forest Rest house Forest Rest house
Nainital 02 Vintage Inn Abbotsford House
Agra 01 Coral Tree Homestay Taj View Agra
Bharatpur 03 Birder’s Inn The Bagh
Ranthambhore 03 Tiger Den Ranthambhore Kothi
Jaipur 02 Traditional Haveli Trident Jaipur
New Delhi 01 IBIS Aerocity Pride Plaza

The above cost includes:

1. Accommodation in New Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur on bed and breakfast basis
2. Accommodation in Nainital on room, breakfast and one major meals basis
3. Accommodation in Corbett, Ranthambhore on room all meals and jeep safari basis
4. Your entrance fee and guide charges in Corbett, Nainital, Bharatpur, Chambal, and Ranthambhore
5. 6 Exclusive jeep safaris will be provided in Corbett
6. 6 sharing jeep safaris in Ranthambhore with 2 or more guests
7. Guide charges for exclusive sightseeing in Agra and Jaipur
8. Monument entrance fee in Agra and Jaipur
9. All land transfers in air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
10. All currently applicable taxes

However, the above cost does not include:

1. Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
2. Expenses of personal nature like Tips, Mineral water, soft drink, smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
3. International airfare and domestic
4. Travel insurance
5. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
6. Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

Kindly Note:

1. In case the hotel envisaged or normal category of rooms are waitlisted / sold out, alternate hotels/category will be provided & we will keep you informed on the supplement / reduction involved.
2. Please note hotel check-in and check-out time is 1200 hrs.
3. Safari zone is subject to forest permissions.

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