BIRDING IN RANTHAMBORE, BHARATPUR & CHAMBAL

OVERVIEW

The tour will take you to the best birding sites of Central India. The tour covers three major wildlife destinations: Ranthambore famous for its tigers; Bharatpur, a world renowned wetland for birding; and National Chambal Sanctuary which is famed for its gharials (fish eating crocodiles), Gangetic dolphin and more than 280 species of birds. The tour ends with a visit to the Taj Mahal.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Encounter more than 150 bird species including Gangetic specialities such as the white-tailed stonechat & striated babbler, along with the chance to see up to 9 species of eagle, plus a superb variety of forest species, passerines & migrants.
  • Chance to see wild tiger at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
  • Visit the legendary Taj Mahal.
  • Private tour that can be tailor made to your preferences.


‚ÄčITINERARY OUTLINE

 Day 1   New Delhi
 Day 2 & 3  Ranthambore
 Day 4 - 6  Bharatpur
 Day 7 & 8  Chambal Sanctuary
 Day 9  Agra  & New Delhi

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: New Delhi

On arrival at Delhi's new airport you will be met by a member of our team and taken by car to a smart Delhi guesthouse, where a warm family welcome and great home cooked food awaits you. Have a restful afternoon and evening.


Day 2-3: Ranthambore National Park

After breakfast we take you to Delhi Railway station where you will be escorted through the hustle and bustle of travellers and hawkers and settled into a comfortable ac carriage for the six hour journey to Ranthambore. Experience Indian Railways in an AC sleeper carriage. A six hours train journey will take you to Sawai Madhopur, gateway to Ranthambore.

Reach Ranthambore National Park in time for lunch and after a short rest head out on your first jungle safari.

Ranthambore, known for its tourist friendly tigers, is nestled in the rugged Aravalli Mountains. It was a hunting ground for the local maharajas until 1970 and the park has since become a refuge for numerous species of birds, mammals and reptiles. The ruins of the 10th century Ranthambore Fort lie in the centre of the park overlooking the leafy forests from its perch atop a dramatic rocky outcrop.

Ranthambore attracts large numbers of birds in to its lakes in both winter and summer. The park’s bird list includes well over 250 species including parakeets, hornbills, shrikes and sand grouse. The park is also home to chinkara  or the Indian gazelle, leopard, sloth bear, chital, sambhar, nilgai and sambhar.

Spend two nights in a comfortable resort located on the edge of the park. Explore the rich wildlife of Ranthambore on morning and evening game drives.


Day 4-6: Bharatpur

After breakfast leave Ranthambore for the 3 hour drive to Bharatpur. You will reach Bharatpur in time for lunch and after settling into your comfortable hotel, set out in search of birds at Keoladeo Ghana National Park (the official name of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary).

More than 400 bird species have been recorded at the flooded wetlands of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The common species here include: pintail, Asian openbill, and painted stork. You can see the endangered black-necked stork and the rare sarus crane along with several species of passerines and galliformes. Migrant birds include gadwal, wigeon, shoveller, garganey, teal, bar-headed goose and pochard along with rosy and dalmatian pelicans. Bharatpur also provides opportunities for observing a large range of raptors, including spotted, imperial, steppe and tawny eagles, as well as a host of vultures. It is also known for sighting of rare bird species such as the orange-headed ground thrush, dusky warbler, Marshall's iora and the large-tailed nightjar. Other wildlife inhabiting the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary includes the beautiful blackbuck, Indian smooth otter, spotted deer, sambhar, nilgai, feral ox and the rare fishing cat.

Bharatpur’s rich avifauna can reveal up to 150 species in single morning’s birding. Spend three nights here in a comfortable lodge.


Day 7-8: Chambal Sanctuary

After exploring the colourful denizens of the Bharatpur wetlands, a short drive will take you to National Chambal Sanctuary. The Chambal River is considered to be the least polluted river eco system in India, with a rich bio-diversity from aquatic life to avifauna.

The pure waters of the Chambal are home to the endangered Indian gharial, marsh crocodiles and river dolphins, along with otters and eight species of turtle. Chambal boasts nearly 280 bird species. Several species of tern, gull, cormorant, owl and stork can be seen including river tern, black-bellied tern and the uncommon Indian skimmer.

Spend two nights in the environs of Chambal and explore the area on boat, foot and bicycle. You can also visit surrounding villages and experience local rural life.


Day 9: Agra – Delhi

After breakfast, bid goodbye to Chambal Sanctuary. A short drive through the Chambal ravines will take you to the romantic city of Agra. Visit the legendry Taj Mahal along with Red Fort before catching an evening train to Delhi. You will be transferred from New Delhi railway station to airport for your onward journey.

COSTS & TERMS

PER PERSON ON TWIN-SHARING Rs. 99,000


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full board from Ranthambore to Agra.
  • All surface trasnportation cost.
  • Road transportation in air-conditioned Toyota Innova or equivalent.
  • National Park & monument entry fee.
  • Safari/activity charges.
  • Services of a local guides.
  • Airport transfers.
  • All current taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal expenses.
  • Airfares and airport taxes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Anything else not specified as mentioned under inclusion.

‚ÄčPrice valid upto June 2016

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