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    Black-headed Jay around Nainital @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
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    Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
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    Dusky Eagle Owl at Bharatpur @ Aditya Singh
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    Ibisbill on the Ramganga river @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
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    Koklass Pheasant can be seen well on clear opening during early mornings @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
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    Long-tailed Broadbill @ Aditya Singh
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    Orange-headed Thrush at Bharatpur @ Aditya Singh
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    Painted Sandgrouse at Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
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    Painted Spurfowl is one of the avian highlights of Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
    Male painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata) in Ranthambhore tiger reserve, India
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    The Chambal river is one of the last strong holds of the Indian Skimmer @ Aditya Singh
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    White-crested Laughing Thrush at Corbett @ Aditya Singh
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Northern India Birds and Mammal Tour

India’s top tiger reserves Corbett and Ranthambhore, UNESCO World Heritage Site Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary in Bharatpur, Gangetic dolphins, crocs and Indian skimmers at Chambal, birding in the Himalayas at Nainital and Taj Mahal at Agra

This classic Northern India tour takes you from the arid landscapes of Rajasthan to the fertile plains of the Ganges and onwards to the stunning Himalayas, offering some of the finest birds and mammals found in the subcontinent. We visit two of the country’s premier Tiger reserves. Some of the birds on offer are the Painted Sandgrouse, Painted Spurfowl, Dusky Eagle Owl, Indian Skimmer, Cheer and Koklass Pheasant, Tawny Fish Owl and Ibisbill. The list of mammals is equally impressive and includes the Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Asian Elephant and the Gangetic Dolphin.

We start our birding adventure at the outskirts of Delhi with a full day visit to Sultanpur, which teems with thousands of migratory and resident wildfowl during winter. The avian highlights here are the wintering Brooke’s Leaf Warbler and the Sind Sparrow. The surrounding semi desert and dry woodland habitat is probed for the Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing and Indian Bush Lark.

From Delhi we take a day train to Rajasthan, home to the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the largest tract of dry deciduous forest in the country. While we are on the lookout for tigers, some of the avian highlights we hope to see are the Painted Spurfowl, Jungle and Rock Bush Quail, Painted Sandgrouse, Greater and Indian Thick-knee, White-naped and Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Collared Scops Owl, Small Minivet and the White-bellied Drongo. Besides tigers, Ranthambhore is also a good park to sight the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Chinkara or Indian Gazelle.

A short train ride from Ranthambhore takes us to Bharatpur, where we spend 2 nights to explore the world famous Keoladeo Bird sanctuary – an unrivalled breeding site for the Painted Stork, Asian Openbills and Eurasian Spoonbills. Other notable species here are the Ferruginous and Comb ducks, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Sarus and Common cranes, Great White and Dalmatian Pelicans. Woodland species include Yellow-crowned and Indian Pygmy Woodpecker, Indian Scops Owl, Dusky Eagle Owl, Marshall’s Iora, Verditer and Ultra marine Flycatcher and Orange-headed Thrush.

From Bharatpur we drive to the little known Chambal Sanctuary. This pristine stretch of the river is meant for the conservation of the critically endangered Gharial, Marsh Crocodile and also supports the highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphin. The Indian Skimmer is the star bird here and other highlights include the Red-naped Ibis, Great Thick-knee, Small Pratincole, Black-bellied Terns and Laggar Falcon.

After Chambal, we drive across the plains to arrive at Corbett Tiger Reserve – India’s oldest national park. The park teems with mammals and birds like the Collared Falconet, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagle, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Tawny Fish Owl, Nepal Wren-Babbler, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Golden-fronted and Orange-bellied Leafbirds, Long-tailed Broadbill and Black-chinned Babbler. Corbett is also the northern most extent of the Asian Elephant and boasts a high density of Tigers and other mammals like the Yellow throated Martins, Hog Deer, Golden Jackal, Jungle and Leopard Cat, the solitary Muntjac and Smooth-coated Otters.

Our final destination is the pleasant hill station of Nainital in the mid altitude Himalayas where we hope to add species such as Cheer & Koklass Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Rufous-bellied & Himalayan Woodpeckers, White-tailed & Siberian Rubythroat, Spot-winged Tit, Black-headed Jay and Pink- browed Rosefinch in stunning Himalayan scenery, a perfect end to this adventure.

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Fact Sheet
  • Areas covered:Northern India Birds and Mammal Tour
  • Duration: 16 Days/ 15 Nights tour by road & rail

Travel Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel near the airport
Day 02: : Sultanpur Conveniently located near the capital Delhi, Sultanpur is a good introduction to the birds of North India. The principal target species here are the Indian Courser, the wintering Brooks’s Leaf Warbler and the Sind Sparrow which breeds here, all of which are endemic to the Indian subcontinent.
Day 03: Delhi to Ranthambhore Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the day train for Sawai Madhopur. Arrive Sawai Madhopur and transfer to the lodge at Ranthambjore. Afternoon game-drive in the park in open 4 WD vehicle
Day 04 & 05: Ranthambhore Over the next two days we explore Ranthambhore, covering diverse habitats in open 4 WD with experienced local guides to track tigers and 300 species of birds, notably Jungle & Rock Bush Quails, Painted Sandgrouse, Painted Spurfowl, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Scops Owl, Savanna Nightjar, Indian Thicknee and White-bellied Drongo.
Day 06: Ranthambhore to Bharatpur After a morning game drive we transfer to the railway station to board the train for Bharatpur. Arrive Bharatpur and transfer to the lodge adjacent to the Bird Sanctuary. Later afternoon explore the park on cycle rickshaws and on foot
Day 07: : Bharatpur Bharatpur or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest heronries in the world. Besides a wide range of aquatic species, we look for Dusky Eagle-Owl, Yellow-crowned and Indian Pygmy Woodpecker and Yellow and Black bitterns. It’s an excellent place for eagles, including the Greater and Indian Spotted Eagle, Steppe, Imperial, Bolleni’s and Short toed Eagle.
Day 08: Bharatpur to Chambal After a final morning visit to the bird sanctuary we drive to the nearby National Chambal Sanctuary and check in to our lodge. Later we drive to the river for a boat trip to see the Gangetic River Dolphin, Marsh Crocodile and the endemic fish-eating Gharial up close. Chambal also boasts an impressive bird list, notably the Indian Skimmer which breeds here.
Day 09: Chambal to Corbett via Agra (Taj Mahal) We leave early morning for the long drive to Corbett, en-route visiting the fabled Taj Mahal. Arrive Corbett and check in to our lodge
Day 09 & 11: Corbett We probe the riverine areas of the Kosi river for the Brown Dipper, Little & Spotted Forktail, Crested Kingfisher, Wallcreeper & the Ibisbill. The broad-leafed forested hills may reveal the Great Slaty Woodpecker, Long-Billed Thrush, Rufous-Bellied Niltava and Long-tailed Broadbill.
Day 12 & 13: Dhikala, Corbett Early morning we enter through Dhangari gate for Dhikala zone en route stopping at strategic points for wildlife viewing. Located in the heart of the park, Dhikala overlooks the Ramganga Valley and boasts many raptors, including the Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagle and the Brown and Tawny Fish Owl. The adjoining forests support specialties such as Nepal Wren Babbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Grey breasted Prinia, Pin tailed Green Pigeon and Rusty cheeked Scimitar Babbler.
Day 14: Dhikala to Nainital The pleasant hill station and its adjoining temperate forest of oak, deodar, conifers and rhododendron against a backdrop of the Himalayas & open valleys, makes this region excellent for altitudinal migrants and residents. Huge flocks of Slaty-headed Parakeets are seen, besides mixed flocks of Alpine & Himalayan Swiftlet, White-rumped Needletail, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Plain-backed and Mistle Thrush, Mountain Bulbul and White Browed Shortwing.
Day 15 & 16: Kilbury and Sattal The next two days we bird in the moist Oak forest of Kilbury and Sattal. Chukar, Koklass & Khaleej Pheasant could be spotted on the road while openings in the forest are foraging ground for Hill Partridge & Cheer Pheasant.
Day 17: Delhi Early morning birding for species we might have missed and then drive to Delhi.