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Northern India - Birds & Tigers

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4975 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5000 US Dollar (USD)

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!

Tour Dates: 1st to 18th December (18 days)

Tour Price: US$4,975 * £3,200 * €4,000 * ZAR40,600 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size:This tour is limited to 12 participants with 1 M17026 leader & 1 local leader

THE ITINERARY

1st December-Arrival in Delhi
2nd December-Delhi to Ranthambore National Park via train
3rd & 4th December- Ranthambore National Park
5th December- Ranthambore to Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur)
6th December- Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur)
7th December- Bund Baretha
8th December- Bharatpur to Chambal River via Fatehpur Sikri and Agra (Taj Mahal)
9th December- Chambal to Delhi and overnight train to Ramnagar
10th December- Arrival in Ramnagar and transfer to Quality Inn
11th December- Quality Inn to Dhikala (Corbett National Park)
12th December- Dhikala area (Corbett National Park)
13th December- Dhikala to Nainital
14th & 15th December- Nainital
16th December- Day visit to Sattal
17th December- Nainital to Kathgodam and overnight train to Delhi.
18th December- Arrival in Delhi, transfer to Okhla and Yamuna River, and final departure

Financial Arrangements:
The fee for the Northern India – Birds and Tigers tour is US$4,975 * £3,200 * €4,000 * ZAR40,600 per person sharing.
A single supplement of US$1,100 will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will, however, make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

This tour price includes:
•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).

This tour price excludes:
•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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 8 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Please note:
•The train rides are always something to consider when travelling in India. Although we use the highest class, air-conditioned sleeper cabins, these journeys can be taxing especially if you are a light sleeper. Each cabin is enclosed by a curtain only and has 4 or 6 bunk beds with clean bedding. Although noisy at first, things settle down and people generally get a reasonable sleep. These trains are by far the best way to reach many of the sites we visit, as the distances they cover would take infinitely longer if done by vehicle on the congested roads. In addition, we choose to journey at night as this allows us to fit in more birdwatching hours by day.
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.
•This Northern India tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health and reasonably fit as most of the birding will be done on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time. Guests will be notified when longer walks may be undertaken. If you have any physical or medical limitations or conditions, please notify us in advance of departure. Please note that for much of this tour we will be far away from modern medical facilities.
•Accommodation throughout the trip is of a good standard and the hotels and resorts that we make use of range from comfortable to rather luxurious. There is no camping on this trip.
•The open jeep tours can be very cold, please bring sufficient warm clothing, including gloves and beanie (woolly hat).

Arrival and Departure Details:
This tour does not include any airfares. The tour will begin in Delhi on day 1, which is scheduled as an arrival day; you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude with our evening farewell dinner in New Delhi on day 18. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

Flights:
New Delhi is the main port of entry for international flights into India for those travelling on this Northern India tour and is well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price:US$4,975 * £3,200 * €4,000 * ZAR40,600 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

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At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be...

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