From the luster of the Taj Mahal to the long bubbling call of the Eurasian Cuckoo, this is a custom tailored adventure that will have you traversing the ancient wonders and national parks of northern India. Witness the panorama of the expansive rolling peaks of the upper Himalayas. Course through the fabulous riverine forests that are flush with black-winged stilt. Whether cruising along the river in search of gavial or watching the sky for crested laughing thrushes, this is a bird lover’s dream...
Bharatpur – To the Birds
Today you arrive in Delhi, the capital of India. You can feel the energy radiant in the streets. Colorful saris drift in the breeze. The scent of cardamom and anise fills the air. Your private transfer meets you at the airport. You venture outside of Delhi and come to Bharatpur, home to Keoladeo National Park. You arrive at the wetlands and find the long stretch of grassland reaching to the distant trees. Step onto a shallow boat that takes you along the waterway. Groups of painted storks graze on the grass. Their long bills dig into the shallow marsh in search of small fish and frogs. Their wingspan reaches up to 63 inches in a mixture of black and white feathers. You watch the graceful birds soar through the tranquil sky as the sun begins to set.
Bharatpur – The Variety of Birding
Agra – The Majesty of Fatepur Sikri and the Taj Mahal
Agra – Marble History and Bird Futures
Sattal – A Day in the Lakes
Sattal – The Continued Beauty of Birding
Snow View – Your Place for Birds and Lodging
Snow View – The Variety of Life
Corbett National Park – Temples, Birds, and Tigers
Corbett National Park – The Diverse Jungle
Day 11 - 12
Corbett National Park – Flush with Avifauna
Delhi – Always Nearby
Delhi – Depart to Home
- Witness the exceptional size and wingspan of the Himalaya griffon
- Explore the depths of Corbett National Park in search of the diverse and seemingly endless birdlife
- Visit the tremendous ancient capital of the Mughal Empire at Fatehpur Sikri
- Experience the treasured artistry of the Taj Mahal
- Enjoy a river cruise on the Chambal River in search of the local wildlife
- Scour the national parks of the lower Himalaya in search of stunning avifauna
- Explore the beautiful biodiversity of Corbett National Park
The beauty of India is wrapped up in its ancient architecture and natural wildlife. You will find them both on this 14-day tour meant for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, family adventurers and anyone who has ever had the desire to explore the vast landscape of northern India. You will spend your time exploring diverse forests and riverbanks, immaculate lakes and mountaintops. Whether in search of exquisite birdlife or incredible wildlife you will find it within the splendor of the lower Himalayas.
Start your vacation with your arrival in Delhi where you will quickly find yourself in the beautiful marshlands of Bharatpur. You will spend three days exploring the stunning landscape in search of the sanctuary’s sensational birdlife beginning with a cruise down the Keoladeo River. The following days will have you scouring the woodlands and marshlands on a mixture of walking and bicycle game drives. You will find black bittern and common greys, along with over 150 more bird species. On your third day you will come to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of the Moghul Empire.
In the evening you will stay overnight in Agra. The next morning you will enjoy a river cruise in the National Chambal Sanctuary, home to demoiselle cranes and river dolphins. In the afternoon you will return to Agra for a tour of the coveted Taj Mahal. In the evening you will board a train to Kathgodam near the foothills of the Himalayas, arriving in the morning. Find yourself in Sattal, a charming town in the lower Himalayas, where you will spend the following two days enjoying nature’s majesty, from the lush trees to the energetic birdlife.
You will transfer from the lakes around Sattal to the splendor of Pangot, situated in the undulating mountains. The birds are active and exceptional, nesting in the canopy and the brush. On your ninth day you will come to Corbett Tiger Reserve by way of the Kumeria and Garjiya Temples. The unique and exotic birds in the Jhirna Range Forest include the brown-headed bulbul and white-browed fantail. The following three days will take you through the remarkable diversity of Corbett National Park. From floodplains to riverine forests you will find tigers and elephants, minivets and sunbirds. On your final full day in India you will enjoy one last game drive before returning to Delhi. The following day you will make your way home.
$2,095 per person (excluding international flights)
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