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Bird Watching in North India - Package Detail

Bird Watching in North India

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Route : Delhi Ranthambore Bharatpur Chambal Delhi Corbett Pangot Delhi

14 Days / 13 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive Delhi

Tonight, arrive Delhi, the capital city of India. After a traditional Indian welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 2

Delhi - Ranthambore by Day Train

Today morning, you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur
at 0740 Hrs. Met upon arrival at Sawai Madhopur railway Station and transfer to Ranthambhore (15 min drive). Check-in at hotel for 3 nights stay.


Day 3

Day in Ranthambore 

Today, enjoy an early morning and afternoon shared Canter safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park.

The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of India’s conservation program, Project Tiger. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600m high hill range, and is covered with thorn trees, scrub and grasslands. Dotted with beautiful ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins, it is home to a large number of tigers, often spotted and photographed by visitors to the park. 

Day 4

Drive Ranthambore to Bharatpur (Approx. 240 Kms / 5 Hrs) 

Today morning, embark on a drive to Bharatpur. The Bharatpur National Park, better known as Keoladeo National Park, is a beautiful bird sanctuary. Named after the Keoladeo temple located in its enclosure. It is a wetland, made and managed to protect the Bharatpur region from frequent floods. Declared a World Heritage Site of UNESCO, this national park is home to over 230 different species of birds, over 200 different species of various amphibians and reptiles like fish, turtles, snakes, lizards, etcetera and over 350 floral species can be found here. This National Park, locally known as Ghana, has been a winter home for the Siberian Crane; a species on the verge of extinction (considered an endangered bird today).

Check-in at hotel upon arrival for freshen up.

Late afternoon, proceed for bird watching in the sanctuary. This superb wetland also attracts many birds of prey like the Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle and the Steepe Eagle, which is perhaps the most common. Warbler fans will find Smoky, Booted & Brook’s Leaf Warbler. Adjoining fields, scrub vegetation and irrigation tanks will r eveal oriental Skylark and Variable Wheatear.


Day 5

Day in Bharatpur 

Full day bird watching in Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, considered the finest Heronry in the world as well as an unrivalled breeding site for the Painted Stork, Purple Heron, White Ibis and the Eurasian Spoonbill. It is one of those few places in the world where it is possible to see 100 species in a single morning of birding.


Day 6

Drive Bharatpur to Chambal (Approx. 140 Kms / 3 Hrs) 

Today morning, embark on a drive to Chambal via Fatehpur Sikri & Agra.

En-route to Ranthambhore, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.

Continue drive and reach Agra to witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

Post visit, continue drive to Chambal which houses more than 320 resident an d migratory birds.

Check-in at hotel upon arrival for freshen up.

Afternoon boat safari on Cha mbal River, this is one of the finest places to see the Indian Skimmer. The river also hosts the Gangetic Dolphin, the endemic fish eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles.


Day 7

Drive Chambal-Delhi (Approx. 275 Kms / 5-6 Hrs) 

Today morning, embark on a drive to Delhi. Check-in at hotel upon arrival for overnight stay.


Day 8

Drive Delhi – Corbett National Park (Approx. 245 Kms / 6 Hrs) 

This morning, embark on a drive to Corbett National Park

Upon arrival check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936. This is the first national park in the Asian continent. The park has got its name from a hunter turned conservationist Edward James Corbett. He was the one who contributed a lot towards the establishment of the park. Further, this park was set up to save the critically endangered feline species – the Royal Bengal Tiger. It was the very place where Project Tiger was launched in 1973. Presently Corbett is a home to various species of fauna and flora.


Day 9

Day in Corbett National Park 

Enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives at Corbett National Park by Jeep (accompanied by naturalist).

Rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax in the sounds and senses of the neighboring wildlife.

Day 10

Day in Corbett National Park 

Full day bird watching in different zones of Corbett National Park where You may encounter birds like Black & G rey Francolin, Rain  & Jungle Bush Quail, Small & Barred Buttonquail, Red Spurfowl, Emerald Dove.


Day 11

Drive Corbett National Park to Pangot (Approx. 170 Kms / 5 Hrs) 

Today morning, embark on a drive to Pangot - located about 13 km from Nainital in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The pleasant climate, scenic landscape and laidback charm of Pangot make it a must-visit place in Nainital. The hamlet of Pangot is a popular place for bird watching too. Over 150 bird species, including lammergeyer, blue winged minla, spotted and slaty backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, yellow throated Himalayan martens and khalij pheasant can be spotted in the region.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel for freshen up.

 

Afternoon free to explore the surrounding area, birding in parks and scrub forest in & around the town, likely to see Mistle Thrush, White Tailed Nuthatch, Bar-Tailed Tree creeper, Black Throated Tit, Western Crowned, Yellow Vented & Grey Hooded Warbler, Rufous Sebia, Rufous- Breasted & Black Throated Accentor, House & Chestnut-Eared Bunting, Spot Winged, Red Mantled & Common Rosefinch. Easy to spot are Black Headed Jay, Black Bulbul, White Throat Laughing Thrush, Red Billed Blue Magpie, White Crested Laughing Thrush, Russet Sparrow, Hill Pigeon. Raptors are Mountain Hawk Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eurasian Sparrow Hawk & Common Kestrel. We may be lucky to see a Flying Squirrel late evening.


Day 12

Day in Pangot 

After an early breakfast, leave with packed lunch for the moist Oak forest of Kilbury with a view of the higher Himalayas on the north and a vast expanse of Corbett & adjoining reserve forests on the south. Cheer, Koklass & Khalij Pheasant could be spotted on the road early morning. Mature oak forests are good for Speckled Wood Pigeon, Rufous, Himalayan, Brown Fronted & Fulvous Breasted Woodpeckers, Eurasian & Black Headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Scarlet Minivet, Chestnut-Bellied, Plain Back & Long Billed Thrush, Asian Brown, Snowy Browed, Slaty Blue & Little Pied Flycatcher, Daurian & Blue Fronted Redstart, about 9 species of Tits including the not so common Fire Capped Tit, White Tailed & White Cheeked Nuthatch, undergrowth & low branches are to be scrutinized for Grey Breasted & Plain Prinia, Lemon Rumped & Greenish Warbler, White Throated, Grey Sided & Chestnut-Crowned laughing Thrush, White Browed Shrike Babbler, Chestnut Tailed Minla, Fire Breasted Flowerpecker & Mrs Gould’s Sunbird. Call of Great Barbet echoes continuously across the valley.

Open hillsides with some conifers are fine habitat for Red Crossbill, Dark Breasted & Pink Browed Rosefinch, Brown Bull Finch, Spot Winged, Black & Yellow Grosbeak, White Capped, Chestnut-Eared & little Bunting. While returning to hotel by dusk we may come across Spotted Owlet & Mountain Scops Owl

Day 13

Day in Pangot 

Today morning, proceed for bird watching at Sattal lake, some of the birds seen during the day were Mountain Hawk Eagle, Slender-billed Vulture, Kaleej Pheasant, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Himalayan Swiftlet, Alpine Swift, Black-crested Bulbul, Black-chinned Babbler, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltava, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, Buff-barred, Lemon-rumped and Grey-hooded Warbler, Common Stonechat, Grey Bushchat, Dark-throated Thrush, Great, Green-backed, Black-lored and Black-throated Tit, White-tailed and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Olive-backed Pipit, Green-tailed Sunbird and Russet Sparrow.


Day 14

Drive Pangot – Delhi (Approx. 310 Kms / 6 Hrs) 

Today morning, embark on a drive to Delhi and directly transfer to airport to board onward / return flight. 


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