BIRDING WESTERN INDIA
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 02: New Delhi
Birding at the Sultanpur National Park a guide in the morning. Afternoon guided tour of New Delhi visiting India Gate, drive past President House, Qutab Minar & Humayun’s tomb. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi-Jodhpur
Morning guided tour of Old Delhi. Connect overnight train from Delhi to Udaipur in the evening. Overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train.
Day 04: Jodhpur
Morning arrival at 0700 hours. Transfer to the hotel. Visit the sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates. Sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.
Day 05: Jodhpur-Kheechan-Jaisalmer
Morning Village Safari(By Jeep)- A memorable outing in Jeeps visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc. Drive to Jaisalmer stopping en route at Kheechan to see large congregation of demoiselle cranes and other species. Arrive Jaisalmer in the evening. The drive is through the dry desert scrub and very productive for raptors. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
Morning guided tour of Jaisalmer. Permit application to visit Desert National Park requires appearance in person at the office of District Magistrate. This morning till lunch will be a non-productive one. Rest of the day birding in and around Jaisalmer. One can find Isabelline, variable and desert wheaters, common kestrel, shikra, chestnut-bellied sandgrouse etc. Overnight stay.
Day 07: Desert National Park
Full day excursion to Desert National Park to look for Great Indian Bustard, Stoliczka’s bushchat, cream-colored courser, greater hoopoe lark, eagles such as lesser spotted, bonelli’s, short toed, Imperial etc. are found here, plain leaf warbler and trumpeter finch can be found here etc. Overnight stay.
Day 08: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur, stopping enroute for cultural sites and birding. Overnight stay.
Day 09: Jodhpur-Ranthambhor NP
Connect train to Ranthambhor at 0555 hours, arriving at 1335 hours. Afternoon drive into the park for tiger tracking. Overnight stay.
Day 10: Ranthambhor NP
Morning and afternoon game drives into the park for tiger tracking. Overnight stay.
Day 11: Ranthambhor NP-Jaipur
Morning game drive. Drive to Jaipur. Overnight stay.
Day 12: Jaipur
After breakfast journey back in time at the deserted 17th Century fortress of Amber. Ascend to the fort on Caparisoned Elephant to various Palaces with rooms of stunning beauty including the World’s finest Chamber of mirrors and the temple of Kali. Evening is free for shopping of Rajasthan handi-crafts & Arts. Evening at Chokhidhani an ethnic village resort are very special. A village fair is recreated on the sprawling ground. While Folk dancers and Musicians entertain, tangy the mouth watering snacks whet the appetite for a very sumptuous and traditional Rajasthani Meal. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 13: Jaipur-Bharatpur
Transfer to Bharatpur (3 hours), arriving Bharatpur by noon. Afternoon birding in the wetlands of Bharatpur. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14: Bharatpur
Full days of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws with a birding guide.
Day 15: Bharatpur-Agra-National Chambal Sanctuary
Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Lunch and Taj Mahal visit. Drive to Chambal. Overnight in Chambal Safari Lodge.
Day 16: Morning 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. Afternoon birding on the banks of the river. Overnight stay at Chambal Safari Lodge.
Day 17: Drive to Delhi. Hotel near the airport for wash and change. Transfer to the International terminal for flight back home