Bird Watchers Heaven
Destination covered : Delhi - Corbett - Pangoot - Chambal - Agra - Bharatpur
Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Corbett, (280 km) 5 hrs
We will take you to Okhala Barrage for bird watching, after that dive to Corbett National Park (5 hours). The last two hours of this drive entails birding and wildlife viewing en route. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala - check in. Overnight stay.
Day 03 : Dhikala Forest Lodge (Corbett National Park)
Morning and afternoon visit to the grasslands & forested area for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see long-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling etc.
Day 04 : Corbett National Park
Morning elephant safari through the grasslands and dense forests. This is the best mode of transport for wildlife viewing. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to Kumeria. On arrival check in at hotel Quality inn & overnight stay. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, Pallas's fish eagle etc.
Day 05 : Corbett National Park
Morning explore the area near resort for bird watching.Afternoon drive towards Jhirna for forest birding. Overnight stay in Quality Inn.
One can look for black bulbul, brown-eared bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted forktail, yellow-bellied and white-browed fantail, crested laughing thrush, black-winged cuckoo shrike, little heron, wallcreeper, red-breasted parakeet, short-billed and long-tailed minivet, brown dipper, ashy-crowned sparrow lark etc.
Day 06 : Corbett National Park - Pangot (100 km) 3 hrs
Drive early morning to Corbett Falls stopping en route at Dabka causeway to look for ashy crowned sparrow lark. After birding at Corbett Falls continue to Pangot. Arrive for lunch. Overnight stay in a cottage at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Afternoon leisurely birding in and around the lodge.
One can see crested woodpeckers such as greater yellownape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of slaty-headed parakeets, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, grey bushchat, russet sparrow. Cuckoo: indian, oriental, large-hawk and eurasian. Large-billed crow, grey treepie, black-headed jay, maroon oriole, large cuckoo shrike, tits such as rufous-naped, black-throated & yellow-browed and smaller numbers of black-lored and green-backed. White-tailed nuthatches, chestnut bellied nuthatches and bar-tailed treecreeper.
Day 07 : Pangot
Full day birding at Cheena Peak, Kilbury & Timla Pani. Overnight at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 08 : Pangot
Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. One can see crested serpent-eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied etc. Thrushes such as dark-throated, mistle etc. Striated prinia can be see in the terraced fields. Warblers such as tickell's leaf-warbler, greenish, golden-spectacled, grey-hooded. Flycatchers such as Asian brown, rusty-tailed, ultramarine, verditer, tickell's blue, rufous-bellied Niltava etc., orange-flanked bush robin, blue-capped redstart. Laughingthrushes such as white-throated, striated & streaked, chestnut-crowned etc. Look for accentor, upland pipit, blue-winged minla, whiskered yuhina etc.
Day 09 : Pangot
Another day at mountains for bird watching, O/N stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Pangot - Lal Kuan
Full day birding, One can see a variety of Himalayan species such as red-breasted accentor, chestnut-headed tesia, greater & lesser yellow-naped woodpecker, blue-throated barbet, rufous-chinned laughing thrush, black bulbul, dark-throated thrush etc. Transfer to Lal Kuan to Connect overnight train to Mathura at 1900 hours. Overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train.
Day 11 : Arrive Mathura - National Chambal Sanctuary - Agra
Arrive at Mathura at 0430 hours. Transfer to Chambal early in the morning (3-hour drive). Morning boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, black-bellied tern, flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes such as common, demoiselle and sarus; fish-eating crocodile and marsh mugger; Gangetic dolphin; turtles etc. Afternoon birding on the banks of the river. In the evening drive to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel. overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 : Agra - Bharatpur, (56 km) 1 ½ hrs
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal. Transfer from Agra to Bharatpur, arriving Bharatpur by noon. Afternoon birding in the wetlands of Bharatpur. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13 : Bharatpur
Full days of birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park on foot or take a cycle rickshaws with a birding guide.
Day 14 : Bharatpur
Day free to explore the sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Bharatpur - Delhi, 145 km
Morning visit the sanctuary for birding, in the afternoon drive back to Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel. rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16 : Delhi - Departure
Morning transfer to the airport time to board the flight for Onward destinations.
Tour and Services Ends.