Introduction to India birdwatching – North India

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North India where the Himalayas gently merge and join the fertile Gangetic plains, and the great Thar desert and vast alluvial plains form the centres of some of the oldest civilizations in the world, is home to about 800 species of birds. Let us take you on a journey of exploration to experience some of the best birding sites in the Western Himalayas and offer you the opportunity to photograph some of the most exotic species found in India. This itinerary is a great Introduction to Indian birdwatching for the first timer.

Best Time: November to March

The Journey


A birding trip to North India will begin in the National Capital Region of Delhi. From here you will head to the renowned grasslands of the Corbett Tiger Reserve which lies in the Terai region at the foothills of the Himalayas. The Corbett Tiger Reserve named after the well known hunter and author Jim Corbett is one of the oldest Project Tiger reserves in India. With a bird list of 557 species including 18 globally threatened species, Corbett TR is a bird watchers paradise.

From Corbett TR you will travel to the Middle Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. Pangot is a village in Nainital district, at the foothills of the Kumaon forests made famous by Ruskin Bond's evocative tales. A small village, this boudoir of tranquility is set in a landscape of incredible natural beauty. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in the oak and pine forests of the region.

From Pangot you will travel to Sat Tal, an oasis of seven interconnected lakes that offers an unparalled experience of migratory bird activity. The idyllic environs amidst the beautiful forests are the setting of one of the great birding locales in the Himalayas.

From the Himalayas you will journey to the Chambal Sanctuary. The Chambal is one of India's most pristine rivers. Part of this river was declared a protected area and hosts an amazing riverine faunal assemblage including 2 species of crocodile, 8 species of freshwater turtles, smooth coated otters, the Gangetic river dolphin, skimmers, black-bellied terns and over 250 species of birds.

After an enchanting interlude on the Chambal River you will head to Agra and see the Taj Mahal enroute to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a wetland site of international importance and a designated Ramsar site. This is a manmade and managed wetland area home to 336 species of birds, and every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the area for winter breeding. The sheer number of birds has often led to the region being declared one of the richest bird areas of the world.

The last destination on your journey is the world renowned Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the desert state of Rajasthan. The Reserve is famous for its tiger population and the picturesque Fort that serves as a backdrop to the Reserve. About 272 species of birds are found here many of which you will encounter on safaris in the Reserve.


Outline Itinerary

Day Journey
Day 01 Delhi to Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Day 02 to 04 Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Day 05 Corbett TR – Pangot.
Day 06 Pangot.
Day 07 Pangot to Sat Tal.
Day 08 Sat Tal to Delhi.
Day 09 Delhi to National Chambal Sanctuary.
Day 10 National Chambal Sanctuary to Bharatpur via Agra.
Day 11 and 12 Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur.
Day 13 Bharatpur to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Day 14 and 15 Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Day 16 Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to Delhi.

DETAILED ITINERARY :

Overview

Destinations Covered: Delhi /Pangot/Bharatpur/Ranthambore

Tour Duration: Day 16

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