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Outline itinerary

Day 1Delhi
Day 2Delhi - Corbett
Day 3Corbett (Dhikala Forest Lodge)
Day 4Corbett
Day 5Corbett - Pangot
Day 6Pangot
Day 7Pangot
Day 8Pangot - Sat Tal
Day 9Sat Tal- Mathura
Day 10Mathura - Chambal - Bharatpur
Day 11Bharatpur
Day 12Bharatpur - Ranthambhore
Day 13Ranthambhore
Day 14Ranthambhore
Day 15Delhi (Okhla River)
Day 16Delhi

Included

All accommodations, all meals, local transport (including train), local guides. Tour price is Delhi / Delhi

Not included

International flight, airport tax, visa, drinks, gratuities, entrance fee to Taj Mahal (c EUR 15.- per person), entrance fees to the national parks (c EUR 75.- per person), camera fee in some parks, personal expenses

Extra

Single room supplement EUR 495.-

Price

EUR 3495,-

Tour leader

Nederlandstalige reisleider

Number of participants

Minimum 6, Maximum 12

Accommodation

Hotels, usually with private facilities

Difficulty level of the tour

Easy hikes

Climate

Generally dry and sunny. Temperature during the day in general between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. Evenings and nights can be cool. In the mountains much cooler with possible frost during the night

India - birds and tigers

Itinerary India Birds and Tigers
Duration:16 days
Departure:23-11-2018
Price: EUR 3495,-
Tour leader:Nederlandstalige reisleider
Code: G18158

India is a country with an unprecedented amount of cultures, landscapes and birds. It is also an overpopulated country (more than a billion people!). Despite this India has a beautiful and impressive nature with over 1200 bird species. During this trip we take you to the fertile lands of the Ganges the most typical (and densely populated!) part of the Indian landscape but also to the foot of the Himalayas with its beautiful river landscapes and forests. The diversity of species is huge here. The last part of trip will be spent in the desert landscapes of Rajasthan with a completely different set of birds. In addition, a visit to the Taj Mahal should of course not be missed and we make a serious effort to see Tiger in Corbett National Park and Ranthambhore National Park.

The first day we drive to the beautiful Corbett National Park, at the foot of the Himalayas. In this park, located at 400-1200 m altitude, are the hunting grounds of Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Lesser Fish Eagle but also of Tawny and Brown Fish Owls. From our accommodation at Dhikala (within the limits of the national park) we are using jeeps to look for Tiger and the rare Hodgon’s Bush Chat. The next day we will visit areas around Corbett and at Kumeria we will search for Little Forktail, Brown Dipper but also Ibisbill, although the latter is less regular in recent years.
Leaving Corbett, we drive via Corbett Falls (Slaty-backed Forktail) to the cooler Pangot were we will explore the higher parts of the Himalayas. Around our accommodation at 2000 m altitude we will see Black-headed Jay and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, just from our balcony! But we can also expect several species of laughingthrush, being so typical for mountainous areas in Asia. Other species present here are Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Kalij Pheasant and Pink-browed Rosefinch. We will also look for Long-billed Thrush, Koklass Pheasant, Scarlet Finch, Altai Accentor and the rare Cheer Pheasant and Grey-crowned Prinia.
Then we travel to the lower Sat Tal with stops along the way for Chestnut-headed Tesia and Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler. The magnificent Golden Bush Robin winters in dense vegetation in the area and Black-throated and Rufous-breasted Accentors are within walking distance of the lodge. From Sat Tal we take the overnight train to Mathura and in the morning we travel to Chambal River Sanctuary. Here we take a relaxing boat trip on the river while looking for Indian Skimmers, Black-bellied Tern, River Tern, Great Stone-curlew and River Lapwing. The surroundings of the property also hold many birds.
Subsequently we drive via the Taj Mahal in Agra to Bharatpur (the park is actually called Keoladeo Ghana National Park), one of the ornithological wonders of the world! Although the water level can vary somewhat from year to year (depending on the amount of rain that falls during the monsoon) the diversity of species is enormous. We will be looking for Dusky Eagle Owl, the rare Marshall’s Iora, but also Sarus Crane, many birds of prey including Indian Spotted Eagle and waterfowl such as Oriental Darter and Black Bittern. In the dry areas of the park we have a chance to find Indian Courser and Sociable Lapwing. Days with more than 100 species are the rule rather than the exception!
Next day we will drive to Ranthambhore National Park (5 hours) in the morning, with a stop at Bund Baretha. The following days we use so-called canters (open trucks) in the park looking for Tiger and birds. The area surrounding the park is also very rich in birds including Painted Spurfowl, Painted Sandgrouse and Jungle Bush Quail but also many songbirds in the wooded area of the fort.
From Ranthambhor we take the train back to Delhi where we arrive in the evening. The next day we will visit Okhla River, located on the outskirts of Delhi. This place is typical of northern India: despite the pressure from the town and surrounding area it is fantastic birding here! Birds are tame and common, and some expected species here are Painted Stork, Greater Painted-snipe, White-tailed Stonechat and Rosy Pipit. Here the tour to India ends.

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