India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
Or from £1300 per person for a minimum of 4 people. Best months: October to Late March THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR
Description of India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
This unique birding trip combines exotic Himalayan locations with the contrasting landscapes and wildlife of Bharatpur and Chambal.
Bharatpur is at the heart of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - explored both on foot and cycle rickshaws. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts breathtaking wetlands where a third of around 400 bird species have flown in from as far afield as Siberia and Central Asia. During two days here look out for multiple species of crane and stork, Asian Openbill, Black-headed Ibis, Pheasant-tailed and Bronzed-winged Jacanas and Oriental Darter.
The park's wooded areas, meanwhile, are home to Yellow-footed Green-pigeon, Taiga Flycatcher, Indian Pygmy Woodpeckers, complemented by birds of prey such as Crested Serpent Eagle and, as dusk falls, Collared Scops Owl and nightjars.
Transferring to the Chambal River, you'll cruise in search of Indian Skimmer, River Lapwing, Small Pratincole and Lesser Pied Kingfisher, as well as looking out for fish-eating crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins.
Next, explore the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Kumaon Hills and Saatal, home to an array of rainbow-hued Himalayan species such as Rufous-breasted Accentor, Blue-Throated Barbet, Green-backed Tits, Lemon-rumped Warblers, Siberian Rubythroats and Orange-flanked Robins.
Driving through rich forests to Pangot, there's a full-day birding in and around the Cheena Peak Range. More than 200 species have been recorded in the area, including Himalayan Griffon, Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Niltava and Khalij Pheasant. But in a land of both perennial and seasonal creeks, you may also see a host of other magnificent wildlife including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan Martin, Himalayan palm civet, ghoral, barking deer and sambhar.
A chance to experience the region's non-bird marvels continues with a finale in the wonderful tiger reserve of the Corbett National Park, where you will also have an elephant safari by jeep.