India bird watching holiday & Taj Mahal
Description of India bird watching holiday & Taj Mahal
This nine day tailor made tour should be on every twitcher’s wish list. Not only will you get your binoculars out in some of Central India’s bird abundant wetlands and forests but you’ll also get to experience morning and evening game drives in Ranthambore National Park.
The lakes of Ranthambore attract an abundance of indigenous and migratory birds as well as providing watering holes for resident big cats, gazelle, hyena, deer, antelope, nilgai and monkeys. The wildlife sanctuaries of Bharatpur and Chambal also provide travellers with endless opportunities to watch birds in their natural environment. National Chambal Sanctuary, alone, has almost 300 bird species alongside gharials, aka: fish eating crocodiles.
From storks, raptors and eagles to parakeets, pelicans, and sand grouse; India is a dream destination for bird watching.
No visit to this region is complete without visiting Agra and the Taj Mahal. A short drive from Chambal Sanctuary allows you to take in the iconic marble white domes prior to boarding an evening train back to the delights of Delhi, and your return flight home.
Please note: throughout this nine day holiday you’ll be accompanied by a specialist tour leader and an expert naturalist. Both guides will have a keen eye for natural photography as well as an extensive knowledge of the birds, mammals and reptiles that you might get to see on your travels.
Planet1. Our environment responsibilities start right from the office. We have a policy of using eco-friendly goods and paper, plus we reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. We print our office documents on both sides of the paper to reduce paper consumption. We try to keep our marketing materials at bare minimum by using modern electronic communication for marketing purpose. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management and energy philosophies.
2. We operate with small group sizes which not only maximises interaction within the group and guides and local community but also minimises the impact on environment.
3. Our vehicles comply with strict Euro IV emissions or Bharat Stage III control regulations set by the European Union and Indian Environment Ministry. We regularly check and maintain vehicles to the highest possible standard in order to limit carbon emissions and ensure the comfort and safety of our passengers.
4. We try to look for home stays, lodges and hotels which are safe, comfortable and operated in a sustainable way. We specifically pay attention to the lodges and camps, located around national parks for their waste disposal and eco-tourism policies.
5. Tiger reserves and national parks are covered in majority of our tours and with the increasing number of tourists in these reserves can put extra pressure on the local flora and fauna. However, we believe wildlife tourism can be an important conservation tool if used responsibly. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas can bring positive economic benefits as entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need and place for conservation. Equally important tourism helps the local communities living around these reserves by providing jobs and helping them realise the importance of the forest.
People1. We know that a local guide can enliven every tour; with local folk-lore, snippets of gossip, names of plants and their medicinal uses. Most importantly, particularly in remote villages, our guide is our host, showing us around his or her area. This helps to make our tours an experience of cultural exchange rather than a brutish trample through someone else’s way of life.
2. Many drivers in India are paid tiny fees in the expectation of large tips that allow the car owners to get away with low wages. We pay all our drivers a decent wage and we do not, as many operators do, expect them to sleep in their cars when doing long journeys involving overnight halts. We either ensure accommodation and good food is available for them at the lodges we use (and we check the accommodation is of an acceptable standard) or we pay for them to stay in a nearby hotel.
3. Many of our tours offer opportunities to visit ancient places such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites where the entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and restoration of these unique places. We ask that travellers respect signage, take only photographs and leave no litter or graffiti behind, even if others have done so. Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs of the location and don’t purchase such items from vendors as this can encourage the on-going destruction of local areas of interest.