This 15 Days North Indian bird watching trip offers you an incredible opportunity for both serious bird watchers and wildlife enthusiastic to view the fascinating world of the avian species of birds and the mythical Bengal Tiger in the Northern Part of Indian sub-continent. Home to some rare exotic and native birds the tour program opens up the gates to some of the remotely tucked spots of wilderness and the natural habitat of Indian birds & the majestic King of the Jungle in North India.
Our Birding tour of north India and wildlife starts at the national capital of India, New Delhi, with its brief introduction to Birding exploration. This also sets the tone of the entire tour program. Initially we travel to renowned Ranthambore National park, looking for elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and the picturesque Fort that serves as a backdrop to the Reserve. About 272 species of birds are founded here, many of which you will encounter on safaris in the Reserve. Next we take the express train to Keoladeo Ghana National park (also known as Bharatpur), one of best site on Indian bird watching tour, This is a manmade and managed wetland area home to 336 species of birds, and every year thousands of migratory birds visit the area for winter breeding. From here we are transferred to Agra to admire the beauty of world famous Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. A very short drive then takes us to Chambal Sanctuary.
The Chambal is one of India’s most pristine river and was declared a protected area. We’ll explore the River Chambal and its adjacent woodlands by boat, hoping to see Smooth-coated Otters, Gangetic River Dolphin, Indian Skimmer, 02 species of crocodile, 4 species of fresh water turtles and many varieties of birds. We then head further north towards the grassland of Corbett Tiger Reserve named after the well known hunter and author Jim Corbett. Its one of the oldest Project Tiger reserves in India with a bird list of 557 species including 18 globally threatened species, Corbett is a bird watchers paradise. Finally a short drive towards the foothills of Himalayas to reach Pangoot, a small village closes to popular hill station of Nainital in the state of uttarakhand. The spot is set in a beautiful landscape amazing landscape and boudoir of tranquility. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in the oak and pine forests of the region. At the end we drive back to Delhi before catching flight back home with wonderful memories of this trip Birding tours India.
From October till April
Parks remain closed from 1st July till 30th of September
Special Guidelines to Book Game drives / Safaris
As per the latest guidelines issued by India wildlife authorities some changes have been made to book any game drive in the park. To reduce the pressure from the park, forest department have reduced the number of jeeps for these game drives, therefore, these drives needs to be booked & paid well in advance. These game drives once booked & paid are non refundable. In order to book these game drives names of all the clients are required along with their latest Passport details. No name change is permitted at later stage once its booked. The park official checks each client’s passport at the park gate while getting in for safari. If you apply for a new passport after booking your game drives, please carry your old passport as well.
Due to these changes in our booking system we strongly suggest you to book these Tiger trips at least 3 – 4 months in advance. We book tickets for all passengers as soon as permits become available, usually 3 months prior to the date of actual game drive.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi & transfer to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary (2 hrs drive)
Arrive Delhi airport in the morning & transfer to Sultanpur Bird sanctuary. Tonight we stay at Haryana Tourism Tourist lodge as there is no other option around. Sultanpur, located close to the national capital city of New Delhi and situated in the state of Haryana, is a land of bliss for natural lovers. It plays host to some of the rare migratory birds like the Siberian Cranes which travel thousands of miles from their original homes in Siberia, Europe & Afghanistan. It’s home to some 250 species of wonderful resident and exotic bird family. In the afternoon we make our first visit to the world of birds of Northern India. Our Indian bird watching tour amazes us with the sightings of Migratory Birds like the Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveller, Rosy Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Gadwall, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Blue-throat and Long-billed Pipit apart from the legendary Siberian Crane. Later we return to our resort to enjoy the dinner, served hot and retire to our rooms for an overnight stay at the hotel. (Dinner) Govt. Lodge.
Day – 02 – Sultanpur – Delhi & Train to Ranthambhore National Park
Today, after breakfast we set out again for the bird sanctuary, which is very close by. The place was first noted by the ornithologist Peter Jackson who was also the secretary of Delhi Bird Watching Society. Declared as Bird Reserve in 1972, Sultanpur was established as sanctuary since 1989.
we get transferred to Delhi Railway Station to catch our train to Sawai Madhopur. Alighting at the station we take our transport to our hotel at Ranthambhore for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 03 – Ranthambhore National Park – Morning & Evening Game Drives
Ranthambhore National park is well-known for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. This National Park houses wild animals that mainly include boars, leopards and tigers. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
Very early in the morning, with tea and cookies served, we straight drive to the Jungle gates. Though chillier in the winters, yet it is the best time to visit these forests, when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Once the hunting grounds for royalties this park has large number of Sambhar, Chital Nilgai, Chinkara, Langur, Wild Boar and Peafowl. The two drives are spaced with 3 -4 hrs of time in between to offer the best viewing experiences. Demarcated into 8 zones, our game drive would be dedicated one of these. We will have our another game drive / safari in the afternoon. Filled with the day’s activities which will become our stories back at the hotel during dinner, (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day – 04– Ranthambhore National Park – Morning & Evening Game Drives
Today we will have our last 02 drives here. We leave once again early in the morning in search of elusive Tiger and continue bird watching there on this birding tour of north India. The birds that one can expect to see include Grey francolin, Sirkeer Malkoha, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Southern Grey Shrike, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, and Common Buzzard. In the evening we will have our last drives in this park to witness more species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day – 05 – Morning train to Bharatpur, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary
We catch early morning train to Bharatpur, also known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Arrive late morning and transfer to our hotel. After an early lunch we are transferred to the entrance gate of the park, from where we will be taking cycle rickshaws for the visit to this place.
Once the royal hunting ground of the princes of Bharatpur, the Keoladeo National Park, now is one of the finest habitats of birds in the world. Abuzz with over 400 species of resident water birds, the park is furthermore populated by the annual influx of birds from colder countries (during winter season). Any birding tours India is incomplete with a visit to this place. Exotic migratory birds from Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet as well as Siberia, the Arctics and China come here to spend the winters. Here silence is of paramount importance and hence drives are on manual rickshaws. These apart from silently driven offer the ease of maneuverability on the narrow strips of jungle trail. With exclusive time invested at bird watching we return to our hotel in Bharatpur for Dinner and overnight Stay. (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 06 – Full day of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws
Today it’s would be one of most rewarding day on our Indian bird watching tour. In the morning after breakfast we hit out to the Bharatpur bird sanctuary for our morning visit with the avian fauna.
The Park is of strategic importance as it is the staging ground for migratory Water Fowl before these fly off to their breeding grounds. It is the most prominent wintering area in India for the endangered Siberian Crane. The sanctuary is the shelter for many exotic species of birds that flock here every year. The Sarus Crane is one of the highlight of this park famed for its courtship dance. The other birds which we could see are Indian Common Pochard, Great white Pelican, Greylag, Courser, Sarus Crane, Dusky eagle Owl, Large tailed Nightjars and Bar headed Goose In the evening we return to our hotel for Dinner and overnight Stay. (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 07 – Bharatpur, Drive to Agra – visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort (60 kms / 1.30 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we leave for Agra – the city which rose to prominence under the Great Mughals. After a couple of hour of journey we reach our hotel in Agra. After checking we take a guided tour of the Red Fort of Agra followed by our awaited visit to the monument of love ‘Taj Mahal’. This white marble memorial now declared UNESCO World Heritage, was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. By the evening we return to the hotel at. (Breakfast)
Day – 08 – Agra, drive to National Chambal Sanctuary (120 kms / 02 hrs)
After breakfast we head further to our lodge in the region of Chambal River. After having lunch at the lodge we proceed towards Chambal river and embark on an exciting Boat trip on Chambal river to witness Indian Skimmer, Gangetic Dolphin, Turtles, Black-bellied Tern, Long-legged Buzzard, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and Fish-eating crocodile (Gharial) and Marsh Mugger etc. In the evening we drive back to our lodge for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 09 – Chambal, Drive to Corbett National Park (360 kms / 7 – 8 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Corbett National park, today the drive is long and will take about 7 – 8 hrs. We enjoy the scenery and the rural part of India. Arrive Corbett late in the afternoon and the evening is free to relax / recover or else can walk along the river bed to see some birdlife. Corbett plays a very important role to fulfill the all the desires on our birding tour of north India. Corbett National Park situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the newly created state of Uttarakhand is haven for wildlife lovers to explore amazing wildlife of India. The present area of the Corbett national park is 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area of and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. Corbett was named in honour of the late Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter-turned-conservationist who played an important role in helping to create the reserve. (B/fast, dinner)
Day – 10 – Corbett National Park (Dhikala) (Basic Lodge)
We enter the park from Dhangarhi gate-visit the Interpretation center and then the adventure and wildlife safari to Corbett begins. This journey from Dhangadi gate to Dhikala itself is full of adventures, you have to cross dense sal forest and Ramganga River with several seasonal rivers, the animals you are most likely to spot while going to Dhikala are herds of spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambhar, Barasinga, Elephants, Hyena, Fox, Monitor Lizard and of course Tigers as well. While completing our morning safari we reach Dhikala forest lodge, situated in the heart of forest. We check inn the lodge and have lunch there. After lunch we will have afternoon Jeep safari to the grasslands called “Chaurs”, for a chance sighting of the elusive Tiger- now the cynosure of every tourists questing eye. Dhikala Lodge is encircled by a solar fence for your safety – it is an unforgettable experience to sit out on your verandah and enjoy the wild sounds of the night. Overnight at Dhikala forest Lodge. (B/fast, Lunch & dinner)
Day 11: Corbett, morning & afternoon game drives at Dhikala zone (Basic Lodge)
We will have another early morning Jeep Safari in Dhikala zone with its varied topography and diverse Flora & Fauna. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the heart of the park bringing a continuous supply of water. This varied topography results in an abundance of flora and fauna;110 tree species, 50 mammals, 25 reptiles and nearly 600 bird species. Rarities include high altitude Lammergeirs and Steppe Eagles, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan palm civet and the Ghoral – but they are rarely seen. Two of the most interesting reptiles are the Gharial (fish eating crocodile) and the mugger crocodile, found in the Ramganga river and reservoir, After having lunch at the lodge we will go for afternoon game drive in the afternoon. Birding along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as Mergansers, River Lapwings, Waders and other Waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see Spot-bellied Owl, Common Stonechat, Long-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Black Francolin, Purple and Crimson Sunbirds, Golden-fronted & Orange-bellied Leafbirds, Black-Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Chestnut-tailed Starling etc in the evening return to our jungle lodge. Overnight in at Dhikala forest lodge. (B/fast, Lunch & dinner)
Day – 12 – Corbett, morning safari, afternoon drive out of the park and drive to Pangoot. (03 hrs)
This morning we will have our last game drive After breakfast move out of jungle via Dhangari gate. We leave our safari jeep at the gate & board our vehicle & drive to Pangoot. Once we are near Pangoot we may see a number of good birds such as Kalij Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Steppe Eagle, Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle, Hair-crested Drongo, the beautiful Long-tailed Broadbill, the fabulous Red-billed Blue Magpie and the diurnal Jungle Owlet, among many others. Set at an altitude of over 2,200m Pangoot is chilly at any time of year and serves as the perfect base for exploring the surrounding with pine-clad slopes, scrubby gullies and bird-rich terraced fields of the Himalayan foothills. Stay overnight at the lodge. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day – 13 – Full day Birding at Pangoot
Tucked into the foothills of the lower Himalayan range, Pangot lies in the state of Uttarakhand 15 km away from the famous hill station of Nainital. Pangot is also known as the birdwatchers’ paradise and one of the major highlight on our birding tours India. It has more than 580 species of birds. Some of the famous avian species found here include Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant and Thrushes. During the day we drive to some of the enriching birding spots of the region through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range traversing through the View Point and wondrous Kilbury. We drive back to our resort for an engaging evening by the fireside until dinner is served. We retire to our rooms for an overnight stay at the resort. . (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 14 – Full day Birding at Pangoot
We resume our exploration for the complete day at Pangoot for excellent birding experiences and amazing at the sight of other wild animals and birdlife. By sundown hit back to our resort for dinner and an overnight stay. . (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
Day – 15 – Drive to Delhi (340 kms / 7 hrs)
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel we checkout the resort and hit the roads for our onward journey to Delhi. Arriving at the hotel in Delhi, we settle down and unwind on this final night of our marvelous 16 days India Bird watching tour with Taj. (Breakfast)
Day – 16 –Delhi Depart
Morning after breakfast transfer to New Delhi International airport to board flight back home. (Breakfast)
Internal Flights/Trains can be booked on request