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Northern India Birding Safari
Day 1 Arrive New Delhi, Meals: breakfast & Dinner Arrive Delhi International airport in the day. You will be met and transferred to the hotel (day room). Day at leisure. Overnight in the hotel on full meal basis. Day 02, 03, Bharatpur, Meals: breakfast, lunch & Dinner Drive to Bharatpur in the morning (4 hours). Two full days of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot and cycle rickshaws with a birding guide. Note: boat ride will be arranged subject to availability. Keoladeo National Park has some of the finest wetlands in the world and is the world heritage site. Over 400 species of birds find a refuge in the 29 square kilometres of shallow lakes & woodland of the

park. A third of them are winter migrants which breed as far as Siberia & Central Asia. Day 04 National Chambal Sanctuary, Meals: breakfast, lunch & Dinner Transfer to Chambal early in the morning. Morning boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, black-bellied tern, large flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes such as common, demoiselle and sarus; fisheating crocodile and marsh mugger; Gangetic dolphin; turtles etc. overnight Chambal Safari lodge. Day 05 Day 05 Transfer to Agra visit Taj Mahal & Redfort. Rooms for wash and change. Dinner and transfer to Mathura Jn (1 hour) to connect train to Lal Kuan at 2300 hours. Meals: breakfast, lunch & Dinner

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Page 2 of 3 Day 06 Saatal-Pangot, 15 km from Nainital, Meals: breakfast. Lunch & Dinner Arrive Lal Kuan at 0830 hours. You will be met and transferred to Saatal (2 hours). Full day birding with a guide. The drive is through the forested area of Saatal. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as red-breasted accentor, chestnut-headed tesia, greater & lesser yellownaped woodpecker, blue-throated barbet, rufous-chinned laughing thrush, black bulbul, dark-throated thrush etc. Drive to Pangot (2 hours) in the evening. Overnight at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Day 7/8 Pangot, Meals: breakfast. Lunch & Dinner Full day birding at Cheena Peak, Kilbury & Timla Pani. Overnight at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the leopard, yellow-throated Himalayan martin, Himalayan palm civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar, red fox etc. Day 09 Pangot, Meals: breakfast Lunch & Dinner Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. One can see crested serpent-eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied etc. Thrushes such as dark-throated, mistle etc. Striated Prinia can be see in the terraced fields. Warblers such as Tickell s Leaf-Warbler, Greenish, Golden-spectacled, Grey-hooded. Flycatchers such as asian brown, rusty-tailed, ultramarine, verditer, tickell s blue, rufous-bellied niltava etc., orangeflanked bush robin, blue-capped redstart. Laughingthrushes such as white-throated, striated & streaked, chestnut-crowned etc. Look for accentor, upland pipit, blue-winged minla, whiskered yuhina etc. Day 10 Mongoli Valley-Corbett NP, Meals: breakfast Lunch & dinner. Drive early morning to Bajun (45 minutes) and trek into Mongoli Valley. The trek will last about 4-5 hours. Packed lunch will be served. Drive to Corbett National Park from Mongoli (3 hours) stopping en route to look for Ibisbill. Overnight stay in a cottage at Tiger Camp. One can see crested woodpeckers such as greater yellownape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of slaty-headed parakeets, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, grey bushchat, russet sparrow. Cuckoo: indian, oriental, large-hawk and eurasian. Large-billed crow, grey treepie, black-headed jay, maroon oriole, large cuckoo shrike, tits such as rufous-naped, blackthroated & yellow-browed and smaller numbers of black-lored and green-backed. White-tailed nuthatches, chestnut bellied nuthatches and bartailed tree creeper. Day 11 Dhikala Forest Lodge (Corbett National Park), Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. Drive early morning to Dhikala tourism zone. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala - check in. Afternoon visit to the grasslands for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see large-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spotbellied owlet, grass owl, common and white-tailed stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle etc. Day 12 Corbett National Park, Meals: breakfast & dinner. Morning elephant safari through the grasslands and dense forests. This is the best mode of transport for wildlife viewing. Return at 0900 hours for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to Tiger Camp. Arrive Tiger Camp for dinner. Overnight stay. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, pallas s fish eagle etc. Day 13 Corbett National Park-Delhi, Meals: breakfast. Lunch Morning bird walk at Kumeria and a walk from Garjia temple to Tiger Camp. Return for lunch. Afternoon drive to Delhi (6 hr.). Overnight in a hotel in Delhi. One can look for black bulbul, brown-eared bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted fork tail, yellow-bellied and white-browed fantail, crested laughing thrush, black-winged cuckoo shrike, little heron, wall creeper, red-breasted parakeet, short-billed and long-tailed minivet, brown dipper, ashy-crowned sparrow lark etc. Day 14 New Delhi-onward journey, Meals: breakfast. Transfer to the airport to connect flight to the next destination.

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Page 3 of 3 Above cost includes: Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary Hotels: Sunstar (Delhi), Laxmi Vilas Palace (Bharatpur), Chambal Safari Lodge (Chambal), Pushp Villa (Agra), Jungle Lore Birding Lodge (Pangot), Tiger Camp and Dhikala Forest Lodge in Corbett. Transport: 2-4 pax: Qualis / Tavera 5-9 pax: Tempo Travellers Meals: As per the itinerary. (Packed Hot Lunch where ever required) Park entrance fee of Bharatpur (once a day), Chambal Sanctuary and Corbett Monument entrance fee in Agra (Taj and red fort only) Monument guide in Agra Dedicated birding guide through out Local lodge guide in Chambal, Pangot, and Corbett Jungle activities in Corbett as per the itinerary Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Boat cruise in Chambal Train ticket of Mathura - lal Kuan (2nd a/c is the best class of this train) Airport pick up & drop All itineraries are subject to change without notice Important: Before you travel please check your Tour Voucher and Arrival Information for the latest joining instructions. This will be sent to you upon receipt of final payment.


				
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