Northern India 2017: Birds & Tigers

Bengal Tiger by Jonathan Rossouw
February 05 - 22, 2017
Tour Length: 18 days Est. Spaces Left: 4 spaces avail

Our India birding and wildlife tour commences in Ranthambore National Park, where we search for the mythical Bengal Tiger, undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth! Then to the world-famous waterbird sanctuary of Bharatpur; the Taj Majal; Chambal River; Himalayan Hills; & Delhi. (in association with Rockjumper Tours)

PHOTO:  Bengal Tiger   by Jonathan Rossouw

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
12 (+2 leaders)
Focus:
Birds; Mammals; Photography;
Pace:
Easy ;
Double Accommodation:
$ 5600
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 1260
Deposit:
$600 [per person]

Home to over a billion people in arguably the world’s richest cultural landscape, India is a country with no equal. This great nation boasts a staggering geographical diversity ranging from deserts and forests to tropical, palm-lined shores and snow-capped peaks. India is of course also famous for its rich avifauna and iconic mammalian megafauna, foremost of which is the regal Bengal Tiger. Our tour visits all the famous birding sites in the northern parts of this amazing country and includes a visit to the fabled Ranthambore National Park, the tiger reserve widely considered to be one of the best places to see this most magnificent of the world’s big cats. Join us in this unforgettable celebration of India’s incredible birds, iconic mammals, dramatic scenery and kaleidoscope of cultures!

 

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

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  • Meeting Location

    Delhi

    Accomodations

    Comfortable to luxurious hotels & lodges.

    Included

    • All meals from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 18;
    • Bottled drinking water;
    • All lodgings during the tour (including day room in New Delhi on day 18);
    • All ground transportation (including train journeys);
    • All national park and other reserve entrance fees; and
    • All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

    Excluded

    • ANY flights;
    • Visa fees;
    • Any drinks;
    • An optional elephant ride in Corbett NP;
    • Special gratuities; and
    • Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

  • Top Birds

    Sarus Crane, Koklass Pheasant, Nepal Wren-Babbler, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Long-billed Thrush, Little Forktail, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Bittern, Dalmation Pelican, Indian Skimmer, Chesnut-headed Tesia, White-throated Bushchat

    Top Mammals

    Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Hog Deer, Gangetic Dolphin, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat

    Habitats Covered

    Wetlands, teak woodlands, rivers, sal (oak & rhododendron) forests, dry acacia woodlands

    Expected Climate

    Cool to mild in lowlands, cold in Himalayan foothills with a chance of snowfall

  • Other Attractions

    Taj Mahal, Kosi, Chambal and Yamuna Rivers, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Himalayan scenery. Exceptional photographic opportunities.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Rain hat
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • Foot powder for drying
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TOUR GALLERY

  • Young Rhesus Macaques by Glen Valentine
  • Sarus Crane by Rich Lindle
  • Sambar by Glen Valentine
  • Red Avadavat by Rich Lindle
  • Plum-headed Parakeet by Rich Lindle
  • Painted Storks by Glen Valentine
  • Orange-headed Thrush by Markus Lilje
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle by Rich Lindle
  • Mottled Wood-Owl by Glen Valentine
  • Long-billed Thrush by Rich Lindle
  • Land Monitor and Indian Palm Squirrel by Glen Valentine
  • Indian Rock Python by Keih Valentine
  • Greater Yellownape by Markus Lilje
  • Delhi ruins by David Shackelford
  • Brown Fish-Owl by Glen Valentine
  • Agra Fort by Adma Riley

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