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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Ecotourism  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)

Expect: c 350-400 species.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Upon your arrival in Delhi we will transfer to a local hotel. Night at Local Hotel (Dinner,Breakfast included)

Days 2-3: Travel by train overnight to Bhubneswar,and then transfer via private van to Orissa. Lodging at Panthaniwas Ramba or Panthaniwas Barkul. Rambha Panthanivas and Panthaniwas Barkul are located near the railway station at Rambha and have stunning views from balconies overlooking the lake and a relaxed vacation ambiance. Rooms have bath and some are air-conditioned.

Days 4-8: Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary. Lodging at Panthaniwas Ramba or Panthaniwas Barkul. The Chilka Lake in Orissa is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. Studded with small islands - including the picturesquely named Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island - the lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge. The pear-shaped lake spreads across 1,100 sq km, and has a unique ecosystem with a range of aquatic flora and fauna found in and around its brackish waters. An impressive array of bird life, both native and migrant makes Chilka one of the best places in India for a bit of satisfying bird-watching. During our birding tours to the Chilka Lake area, we will visit a number of places of interest such as the Nalbana Bird Sanctuary, as well as Parikud and Malud islands where we will see a large variety of birds. Nalbana bird sanctuary that lies in and around this lake is home to a myriad species of birds.

The Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is an important winter home to a number of migratory birds that fly in from all over the world every year.White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Greylag Geese, Purple Moorhen, Jacana, Bar-headed Goose, Common Pochard, Northern Shoveller, and Lesser and Greater Flamingos are among the many species, which make the lake a bird watcher's delight. Chilka, in fact, is home to one of the world's largest breeding colonies of flamingos. Birds we should find include Pond Heron, Median Egret Little Egret, Common Pariah Kite, Brahmini Kite, Black-winged Stilt, Red-wattled Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, River Tern, Pied, Small Blue, Blue-eared and White-breasted Kingfisher, Small Green Bea-eater, Crimson-breasted Barbet, Pied Myna, Yellow-headed Wagtail, Black-headed Oriole, and Coucal.

Other than the birds, Chilka's shores are home to blackbuck, spotted deer, golden jackals and hyenas, and the lake is rich in aquatic life- its waters harbor around 160 species of fish, crustaceans and other marine creatures, including the famous Chilka dolphin.Prawn, crab and mackerel fishing are an important source of livelihood for the local people, and hundreds of small fishing boats set sail each morning to bring in the day's catch from the lake. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve harbors India’s second largest pachyderm population, and the chances of seeing elephant herds are pretty high, especially during the dry season.

Days 9-10: Transfer via private van back to Bhubneswar then travel by train overnight back to Delhi for overnight at local hotel.

Days 11-14: Transfer via private van to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Lodging at Bharatpur Forest Lodge. Bharatpur Forest Lodge is a government run 3 star hotel in Bharatpur. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge stands within the area of the Bharatpur Sanctuary making you feel heavenly amidst the green forest stretches. The forest lodge offers luxury in real sense making our stay memorable at Bharatpur. Bharatpur Forest Lodge offers 18 rooms that offer all the modern facilities. The rooms at the Bharatpur Forest Lodge include 10 air-conditioned and eight non-air-conditioned rooms. The rooms at the hotel Bharatpur Forest Lodge have attached bathrooms with the option of hot and cold water. All rooms have balconies, from which we may see a variety of birds as well as other wildlife including Spotted Deer. The restaurant at the hotel Bharatpur Forest Lodge serves Indian and Continental cuisine.

A birder’s paradise, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India offers unbelievably beautiful vistas with birds dominating the entire landscape. This wildlife park is situated on the Delhi-Jaipur highway and a perfect place to go bird watching as this wildlife sanctuary is one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world. Bharatpur is popularly known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The major attractions of the park include the numerous migratory birds from Siberia and Central Asia, which spend their winters here. One of the special features of the Bharatpur is the fact that Siberian Cranes fly in and stay at this bird sanctuary during the winter months. We will watch a variety of water birds, resident land species, and migratory birds. Boat rides on the lakes at will prove to be one of the most interesting and exciting bird watching experiences of your life.

More than 377 species of birds have been spotted at the sanctuary. Some of the commonly spotted birds are Purple Sunbird, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Oriental White-eye, Fire-capped Tit, Common Lora, Black-napped Monarch, Short-billed Minivet, and Painted Stork.We will also look for Eurasian Spoonbill, Wooly-necked Stork, Indian Pitta, Montagu's Harrier, Kentish Plover, Pied Avocet, Common Coot, Pintail Snipe, Indian Nightjar, and Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse.Other birds of note, which we may encounter, include Red Vented and White-cheeked Bulbuls. Besides birds, we might also spot Wild Boar, Mongoose, Hyenas, Jungle Cats, Jackals, Otters, Neelgai, Chital, Spotted Deer, Sambhars (the largest Indian Antelope), Rock Pythons and above all the rare Indian Black Buck during our tour.

Day 15: Travel back to Delhi via private van. Lodging at local hotel

Day 16: Travel to airport for return flight home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations
- All meals
- Private transportation
- Bilingual naturalist guide (specialized on birdwatching)
- All entrance fees.

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