Black-headed Jay around Nainital @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
Dusky Eagle Owl at Bharatpur @ Aditya Singh
Ibisbill on the Ramganga river @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Koklass Pheasant can be seen well on clear opening during early mornings @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Long-tailed Broadbill @ Aditya Singh
Orange-headed Thrush at Bharatpur @ Aditya Singh
Painted Sandgrouse at Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
Painted Spurfowl is one of the avian highlights of Ranthambhore @ Aditya Singh
Male painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata) in Ranthambhore tiger reserve, India
The Chambal river is one of the last strong holds of the Indian Skimmer @ Aditya Singh
White-crested Laughing Thrush at Corbett @ Aditya Singh
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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- Areas covered:Northern India Birds and Mammal Tour
- Duration: 16 Days/ 15 Nights tour by road & rail