20 Day INDIA - BIRDS AND TIGERS
Set Departure: February 18 – March 9, 2022
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. Our trip will start in the forested southern state of Karala and although our focus will be the Western Ghats endemics like the Indian Pitta we will also look for the Sri Lanka Frogmouth and a variety of Owls. We will make time to try to catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Slender Loris, a nocturnal primate as well as the threatened endemic Nilgiri Tahr, an ibex ungulate. From Kerala we'll fly to Delhi from where we will explore the northern wetlands by boat photographing the elegant Indian Skimmer, waders, waterfowl and the beautiful Sarus Cranes. We will pay a morning visit to the Taj Mahal for an essential photo opportunity en route to the very unique river habitat of Chambal. 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. Birding the cooler Himalayan foothills will provide an abundance of migratory special species and residents like the Cheer Pheasant, Koklas Pheasant and Hill Partridge.
*Inquire about our 4 day extension to Chopta for higher elevation special like among others the Himalayan Monal Pheasant and close encounters with Koklass Pheasant
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