India

Birds & Tigers

GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days14
Ground Price£2000
$2599
€2400
Flight ex UK£450
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
Our tour takes in the best of northern India, including the famed Bharatpur reserve, as well as the lower slopes of the Himalayas. We also have excellent chances of Tiger, and we will visit the famous Taj Mahal, to cap a memorable experience.
After arrival in Delhi, we head to Corbett National Park. This is one of the best sites for seeing Tiger. There is a mixture of waterbirds and forest birds, including: Long-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Owl, Black Francolin, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Pallas' Fish Eagle, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Purple and Crimson Sunbirds, Puff-throated Babbler, White-rumped Shama, Golden-fronted and Orange-bellied Leafbirds and Chestnut-tailed Starling.
After Corbett, we head for Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, surrounded by forest. Here we can look for several Woodpeckers, including; Greater Yellownape, Scaly-breasted and Speckled Piculet. Others species include; Slaty-headed Parakeet, Spotted and Oriental Turtle Doves, Grey Bushchat, Indian, Oriental and Large Hawk Cuckoos, Grey Treepie, Black-headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous-naped, Black-throated & Yellow-browed Tits with smaller numbers of Black-lored and Green-backed, White-tailed and Chestnut bellied Nuthatches and Bar-tailed Treecreeper. Walks in the vicinity can bring us; Crested Serpent-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as Brown-fronted, Stripe-breasted and Rufous-bellied. Dark-throated Thrush. Tickell's Leaf-warbler, Greenish, Golden-spectacled and Grey-hooded Warblers, Asian Brown, Rusty-tailed, Ultramarine, Verditer and Tickell's Blue Flycatchers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Orange-flanked Bush-robin, Blue-capped Redstart, White-throated, Striated and Streaked Laughingthrushes, Upland Pipit, Blue-winged Minla and Whiskered Yuhina.
Higher up, we can seek out a variety of Himalayan species, such as; Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Kalij Pheasant, Red-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greater and Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpeckers, Blue-throated Barbet, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush and Black Bulbul.
Returning to Delhi by air-conditioned sleeper train, we transfer to Chambal. Here, an afternoon boat cruise can bring us; Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, flocks of migratory Ducks, and Cranes such as Common, Demoiselle and Sarus. We can also look for; Fish-eating Crocodile and Marsh Mugger and Gangetic Dolphin.
Our final destination is the famed Bharatpur. However, en route, a must-visit is the Taj Mahal, where we will spend some time in the surroundings so familiar from countless images. These wetlands have many species, including; Black-necked, Painted and Woolly-necked Storks, Asian Openbill, Oriental Darter, Little Cormorant, Black-headed Ibis, Black Bittern, Comb and Spot-billed Ducks and Cotton Pygmy-goose, Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Yellow-wattled and Red-wattled Lapwings, Indian Courser and White-breasted Waterhen. There are also many birds in the surrounding grass and woodlands, with several possible Leaf Warblers, as well as the possibility of Siberian Rubythroat, and we may find Large-tailed Nightjar and Dusky Eagle-owl at night.