20 Day INDIA - BIRDS AND TIGERS
Set Departure: January 24 – February 12, 2023
India boasts varied and rich wildlife, and is a veritable paradise for any birdwatcher. Home to well over 1300 bird species, of which about 140 are endemics, making India a treasure-trove of species and encompasses almost all the ecosystems to be found on the planet. Hot and humid evergreen forests and chilly high altitude mountain valleys of the north-east and south-west to the scorching deserts making up most of the west provide habitats for variously adapted species, both resident and migrant.
This trip combines birding, birding and wildlife photography and sweeping landscapes with a walk back into Indian history. Arriving in Delhi our trip will starts with a morning visit to the Taj Mahal for an essential photo opportunity en route to the very unique river habitat of Chambal to explore the northern wetlands by boat photographing the elegant Indian Skimmer, waders, waterfowl and the beautiful Sarus Cranes. The Indian Gharial and critically endangered Gangetic River Dolphin will be an added bonus here. Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary (formly Bharatpur) consist of a variety of landscapes including wetlands, forests, scrub and marshes that provide habitats for a myriad of species. A two day tiger and birding safari in Ranthambhore National Park is an Indian experience not to be missed as is the evening safari in Jhalana Leopard Reserve. Birding the cooler Himalayan foothills around Chopta will provide an abundance of migratory special species and residents like the Himalayan Monal, Cheer Pheasant, Koklaas Pheasant, Snow Partridge and Hill Partridge. The scenic views to Manila is something to behold and at Sattal, the mecca of Himalayan birding, an vast array of species awaits us.
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Set-departure: January 24 – February 12, 2023
$6200 per person sharing, based on six persons
Included: Accommodation, Meals (except: day of arrival, lunch on day 9, airport meals on day 10), Activities and Safaris plus hide-use as mentioned, Land transport and domestic flights, Water in vehicle, Local site guides, Park and Entrance fees, Itinerary booklet, Bird and Mammal checklist
Excluded: International Airfares, India tourist visa, Travel and Medical insurance, Additional accommodation prior and after the scheduled tour, Mobile sim cards, Laundry, Personal expenses, Alcohol and Tobacco, Tips and Gratuities, Excess Baggage on flights
Domestic flights has a 15kg check-in and 7kg hang luggage limit (negotiable at check-in) , access 8$ per kg
Laundry facilities available except in the Himalayan foothills
Transfers in three SUV vehicles, two persons per vehicle
Temperatures in Himalayan foothills 5 - 15 Celcius (dress in layers)
Avoid booking Emirates flights as they are overbooked for seasonal workers
If your departure flight depart early morning we can help you book accommodation in Delhi on the 12th of February for departure on the 13th February.
Travel with USD in cash, your guide will provide local currency.
Government park permits and local flights are non-refundable in India, please make allowance in your travel insurance to cover around 500USD for cancellation fees.