NORTH INDIA BIRDING

Birds, Tigers & Taj Mahal

Day 0: Arrive New Delhi

Meals: On Own

You are met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Day 1: New Delhi – Corbett National Park.

Meals: lunch & dinner

Pick-up from Hotel at 0600 hrs and transferred to Corbett (7.5hrs). Afternoon birding at Kosi river. Overnight stay at Wild Crest

Day 2: Corbett National Park (Dhikala)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, drive onward for Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone. Visit the Interpretation Centre. Jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle and the wildlife adventure of Corbett begins. Jeep Safari by the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by an expert guide. A great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit. In the Afternoon visit to the grasslands & forested area for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see long-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling etc.

Day 3: Dhikala

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Spend the day bird watching and tracking Tigers in the Grasslands. Elephant ride subject to availability

Day 4: Corbett National Park

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Morning safari through the grasslands and dense forests. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to Wild Crest Resort. Arrive at Resort for dinner & overnight stay. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, Pallas’s fish eagle etc.

Day 5: Corbett National Park – Pangot

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Morning walk at Kumeria. Return for lunch. One can look for black bulbul, brown-eared bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted forktail, yellow-bellied and white-browed fantail, crested laughing thrush, black-winged cuckoo shrike, little heron, wallcreeper, red-breasted parakeet, short-billed and long-tailed minivet, brown dipper, ashy-crowned sparrow lark etc. Afternoon drive to Corbett Falls stopping en route at Dabka causeway to look for ashy crowned sparrow lark. After birding at Corbett Falls continue to Pangot. Arrive for lunch. Overnight stay in a cottage at Mountain Quail Lodge. Afternoon leisurely birding in and around the lodge. One can see woodpeckers such as greater yellownape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of slaty-headed parakeets, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, grey bushchat, russet sparrow. Cuckoo: indian, oriental, large-hawk and eurasian. Large-billed crow, grey treepie, black-headed jay, maroon oriole, large cuckoo shrike, tits such as rufous-naped, black-throated & yellow-browed and smaller numbers of black-lored and green-backed. White-tailed nuthatches, chestnut bellied nuthatches and bar-tailed treecreeper.

Day 6: Pangot

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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 crested serpent-eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied etc. Thrushes such as dark-throated, mistle etc. Striated prinia can be see in the terraced fields. Warblers such as tickell’s leaf-warbler, greenish, golden-spectacled, grey-hooded. Flycatchers such as Asian brown, rusty-tailed, ultramarine, verditer, tickell’s blue, rufous-bellied Niltava etc., orange-flanked bush robin, blue-capped redstart. Laughingthrushes such as white-throated, striated & streaked, chestnut-crowned etc. Look for accentor, upland pipit, blue-winged minla, whiskered yuhina etc.

Day 7: Pangot-Sat Tal

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Drive to Sat Tal (2 hours) in the morning. Birding along the way. Birding around Sat Tal. Overnight stay in a camp / guest house. 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, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. 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.

Day 8: Sat Tal-Kathgodan

Meals: breakfast

Full day birding with a guide. One can see a variety of Himalayan species such as red-breasted accentor, chestnut-headed tesia, greater & lesser yellow-naped woodpecker, blue-throated barbet, rufous-chinned laughing thrush, black bulbul, dark-throated thrush etc. Transfer to Lal Kuan at 1600 hours. Connect overnight train to Delhi. Overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train.

Day 9: Delhi-National Chambal Sanctuary

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Arrive at Delhi at 5am. You are met and transferred to Chambal early in the morning (5-hour drive). Afternoon boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, black-bellied tern, flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes such as common, demoiselle and sarus; fish-eating crocodile and marsh mugger; Gangetic dolphin; turtles etc. Overnight stay at Chambal Safari Lodge.

Day 10: National Chambal Sanctuary-Agra-Bharatpur

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Morning visit to the Taj Mahal. Transfer from Agra to Bharatpur (1½ hours), arriving Bharatpur by noon. Afternoon birding in the wetlands of Bharatpur. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11 n 12: Dec Bharatpur

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Full days of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws with a birding guide. The birds to expect are Indian Courser, Sarus Crane, Dusky eagle Owl, Large tailed Nightjars, Common Pochard, Great white Pelican, Greylag and Bar headed Goose

Day 13: Bharatpur-Ranthambhor National Park

Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Drive to Ranthambhor National Park (5 hours) in the morning stopping en route at Bund Baretha for birding. Afternoon birding outside Ranthambhor National Park. Overnight in the resort. The birds that one can expect around the resort are grey francolin, sirkeer malkoha, painted sandgrouse, Indian courser, yellow-wattled lapwing, southern grey shrike, Isabelline wheatear, desert wheatear, variable wheatear, ashy-crowned sparrow lark, greater short-toed lark, blue rock thrush, common buzzard etc.

Day 14: Ranthambhor National Park

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning & afternoon tiger-tracking in Ranthambhor National Park in open trucks and jeeps (if available). You can have the option of going to the park for tiger-tracking or visiting the 1000-year old fort. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 15: Ranthambhor National Park

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning & afternoon tiger-tracking in Ranthambhor National Park in open trucks and jeeps (if available). You can have the option of going to the park for tiger-tracking or visiting the 1000-year old fort. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 16: Ranthambhor National Park – Delhi

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Morning birding outside the park. After lunch, transfer to train station to connect day train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to room for wash and change. Later drop to the airport for flight back home.

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Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi

Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi

Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus

Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus

Tiger

Royal Bengal Tiger

Hodgson's Bushchat Saxicola insignis

Hodgson’s Bushchat Saxicola insignis

Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii

Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii

Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis

Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis

Sarus Crane Grus antigone

Sarus Crane Grus antigone

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