Day 1: Reach New Delhi, drive to Bharatpur bird sanctuary five hours stay overnight at hotel. One full day of bird watching at Keoladeo National Park by foot and on cycle rickshaws. Then take a boat ride and get very close to the birds - waterfowl and heronries. Each birder will have a peddle rickshaw for birding and has the option to return back to the hotel anytime. The 3 day birding at Bharatpur can result in check listing 150 species.
You have a great chance to sight - Pheasant-tailed Jacana and Bronzed-winged Jacana, Brown Crake and Baillon’s, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Siberian Rubythroat and Blue Throat, Long-tailed and Bay- backed Shrikes, Common grey Hornbill, Black Bittern, Orange-headed Thrush, Syke’s, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red Avadavat, Silverbill, Rufous-tailed Lark and Comb Duck. The park has the finest wetlands and scub that constitutes excellent feeing grounds and habitat for birds in India. It has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Day 2: Day birding at Bharatpur. Full day of birding in Bird Sanctuary by foot and cycle rickshaw with a birding guide.
Day 3: Transfer to National Chambal Sanctuary 1 1/2 hour drive. Chambal is a riverine eco-system. Enjoy a river cruise for four hours see Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, Common Sarus and Demoiselle Crane, Pratincole, Great Thick-Knee, Black-winged Stilt and migratory waterfowl. There 8 species of Turtle and Gharial and Marsh Crocodile at Chambl. Gangetic Dolphin can be seen on the river surface. 2 hour transfer to Agra. Visit Taj Mahal after lunch. Five hours drive to New Delhi stay overnight hotel (TajMahal is closed on Fridays).
Day 4: Five hrs drive to Sat Tal spend rest of the day birding. Stay at Hotel Pine Crest. One can sight Lammergeier, White rumped Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Forktails, Blue-winged Minla, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, and many species of thrush. With some effort one can see, Red-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greater yellow-napped Woodpecker, Lesser yellow-naped Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Green tailed Sunbird, Dark Throated Sunbird, Red billed and Yellow billed blue magpies.
Day 5: Full day birding at Sattal. One can see tree creepers, nuthatches, owls, woodpeckers Golden Spectacled warbler, grey hooded warbler, black faced warbler and Speckled Piculet. Encounter Slaty-headed Parakeet, Plum headed Parakeet, Laughing dove, Spotted and Oriental Turtle Doves, Bar winged flycatcher shrike, Little pied flycatcher, Grey Bushchat and Russet Sparrow. One can hear and see Indian, Oriental, Large-hawk and Eurasian Cuckoos. Large-billed Crow, Grey Treepie, Black-headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckoo Shrike, tits such as Great tit, Black-throated & Yellow-browed tit.
Day 6: Morning drive further up hill to Pangot. Pangot is mostly Oak Forest and mix of pine, cedar and rhododendron. Reach Pangot at lunch followed by birding in lodge confines. Check list White-tailed Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch and Tree creepers. Go birding in the terraced fields, Dark-throated Thrush and Striated Prinia can be seen there. Rusty-tailed shrike, Verditer flycatcher, Tickell’s flycatcher and Rufous-bellied Flycatcher can be seen I and aournd the tree canopy.Overnight stay in a cottage at Birding Lodge.
Day 7: Visit Cheena Peak and Kilbury at 6500-7500 feet. The walk yields many Himalayan species as pheasants, Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktails, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltava and Kaleej Pheasant. The perennial and seasonal creeks are habitat of amazing of flora and fauna including Leopard, Himalayan Palm Civet, Yellow-throated Himalayan Martin, Ghoral, Sambhar and Barking Deer.
Next day visit Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. Strenuous walks can extended, depending upon the physical fitness of the participants. Raptors include Crested Serpent Eagle and Mountain Hawk Eagle Other interesting species can be seen. Bluetail, Blue-capped Redstart and White-throated, Striated, Streaked and Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrushes, Black-throated and Altai Accentors, Whiskered Yuhina and Upland Pipit.
Day 8: Drive 3 to 4 hours to Corbett National Park and birding at afternoon around the lodge. Take a morning walk to Kumeria come back via Garjia temple camp. On this excursion check list some rare birds such as Wall creeper and Brown Dippers. Post lunch take a jeep safari to Jhirna Range Forest for four hours. Species seen are Black Bulbuls and Brown-headed Bulbuls, Brown Fish Owl, Little Forktail, Yellow-bellied Fantail and White-browed Fantail, Crested Laughing Thrush, Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike, Little Heron, Red-breasted Parakeet Plum headed Parakeet and small and Long-tailed Minivets. Overnight stay at the Jungle lodge.
Day 9: Drive to the Dhikala tourist complex through dense Sal forest and after check in take an afternoon safari in the grasslands for four hours. With luck see Tiger or Leopard, Indian Elephant, Hog Deer, Sambhar Deer and Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Jackal, Wild Boar, Indian Civet, Common Mongoose, Rhesus Macaque and Langur. The tracks around Ramganga River offer exciting birding one can see Pallas Fishing Eagle, Lesser Fishing Eagle, Osprey and waterfowl - River Lapwings and Stork-billed Kingfisher. Many other bird can be at The Lodge; Collared Falconet, Large-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Spot- bellied Owlet, Grass Owl, White-tailed Stonechat, RedJ unglefowl, Purple Sun bird and Crimson Sunbird, Black headed Stork, Wolly Necked Stork and Changeable Hawk Eagle. Overnight Dhikala stay at Forest Lodge.
Day 10: Corbett NP Dhikala Out. Next day take elephant safari if available to visit the best birding areas such as Sambhar Road and Khinanauli before coming back for breakfast. In the remainder time we can expect to see Great Hornbill, Puff-throated Babbler, Maroon Oriole and Pallas’s Fish Eagle amongst others. We spend rest of the morning at a tower overlooking a water hole and the drive down to the Tiger Camp in the afternoon. Overnight jungle lodge.
Day 11: Corbett NP – birding outside including at River banks. After breakfast visit Riverine Woods in Corbett Tiger Reserve - small stone cottage in the most fantastic setting of forest, mountains and the Ramganga river. The birding is just as good, Red Breatsed Parakeet, Rose ringed Parakeet. The river is famous for Mahseer, and Mahseer angling.
Day 12: Morning birding at Corbett NP, pm drive to Delhi approx. 6hrs overnight Delhi
Morning birding around jungle lodge.
Day 13: Depart Delhi 1100.
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