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Corbett National park- Teeming with Wildlife

 

North India Birding Tour
Duration: 13 Nights & 14 Days
Destinations: Delhi, Sultanpur, Bharatpur, Chambal, Agra, Corbett, Pangot and Sat Tal
Best Time: mid-October to April
Tour Code: CPS-NIB

This guided birding tour of North India takes you to the best birding sites of North India, such as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park (more popularly known as Bharatpur), the National Chambal Sanctuary, the Himalayan Foothills near Nainital, and the Corbett National Park, regarded as the best
Tiger Reserve of Uttarakhand. Along with this, visits to the iconic Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri are included.

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi to Bharatpur
Day 02-03: Bharatpur
Day 04: Bharatpur to Chambal
Day 05: Chambal to Delhi via Agra
Day 06: Delhi to Corbett National Park
Day 07 & 08: Corbett National Park
Day 09: Corbett to Pangot
Day 10 & 11: Pangot
Day 12: Pangot to Sat Tal
Day 13: Sat Tal
Day 14: Sat Tal to Delhi

Highlights

  • A large list of bird species of the Himalayan region
  • Himalayan views
  • Farm fresh Indian meals
  • Quaint lodges
  • Easy birding
  • Tiger Tracking
  • A large variety of other mammals

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi – Sultanpur – Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur)
Morning check-out and transfer to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary for half-day birding. Continue to Keoladeo Ghana National Park (6 hours). Arrive in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast in Delhi and dinner in Bharatpur

Day 02 & 03: Bharatpur
Two full days birding in Keoladeo Ghana National Park with Asian Adventures Birding guide. Your driver will get your lunch from the hotel to the sanctuary to maximize your birding time in the sanctuary. One can also opt for one afternoon birding in the field outside the park for other species.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04: Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – National Chambal Sanctuary
Morning birding outside the park. Afternoon drive to National Chambal Sanctuary. Arrive at Chambal in the afternoon. Evening birding around the lodge. Overnight stay at Chambal Safari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch from Bharatpur, dinner in Chambal

Day 05: National Chambal Sanctuary – Agra – Delhi Morning cruise with a guide to see Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, flocks of migratory waterfowl, Common, Demoiselle and Sarus Cranes, Gharial and Marsh Crocodile, Gangetic Dolphin, turtles etc. Return to the lodge for early lunch. Check-out from Chambal at 1230 hrs and proceed to Agra (1 hour) to visit to the Taj Mahal. After visiting Taj Mahal, continue drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the evening. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch in Chambal

Day 06: Delhi – Corbett National Park
After early breakfast, drive to Corbett (7 hours) stopping en-route at various fields for birding as per your choice. Arrive at Corbett in the afternoon. Evening birding at the Kosi River. Overnight stay at Tiger Camp.
Meals: Breakfast in Delhi and dinner in Corbett

Day 07: Corbett National Park
After breakfast, drive onward for Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone. Visit the Interpretation Centre. The wildlife adventure of Corbett begins with a jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle. A jeep safari by the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by
an expert guide is a great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene
atmosphere. Afternoon visit to the grasslands and 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 Lapwing, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see Long-tailed Nightjar, Jungle Owlet, Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Siberian Stonechat, Black Francolin, Purple and Crimson Sunbirds, Golden-fronted & Orange-bellied Leafbird, Black-winged Kite, Hen Harrier, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-tailed Starling etc. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Please note that you can leave your extra luggage at Tiger Camp and carry the stuff for 2 days only. The driver will assist you with that and we will instruct our reception team at Tiger Camp.

Meals: Breakfast in Tiger Camp, lunch and dinner in Dhikala

Day 08: 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. 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. After lunch, drive back to Tiger Camp in the slow pace. This drive up to the park exit gate will be a safari in itself. Arrive Tiger Camp in the evening. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch in Dhikala, Dinner in Tiger Camp

Day 09: Corbett National Park – Pangot
Morning birding outside the park to look for Tawny & Brown Fish Owls, Asian Barred Owlet, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Brown Dipper and the three species of forktails. Other species that are possible in the forest are Crested Treeswift, Hair-crested Drongo, Blue Bearded Bee-eater, etc. Also visit the Kosi River to look for Ibisbill and other species. After an early lunch, drive to Pangot stopping en-route at Kaladhungi and Corbett Falls for birding. Arrive Pangot in the late afternoon/evening. Overnight stay in Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch in Tiger Camp and dinner in Pangot

Day 10 & 11: Pangot
Two full days of birding in Pangot with your guide. Following the nature trails of Pangot one can see Crested Serpent Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Brown-fronted, Stripe-breasted and Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, Dark-throated and Mistle Thrushes, Striated Prinia, Tickell’s Leaf, Greenish, Golden- spectacled and Grey-hooded Warblers, Asian Brown, Rusty-tailed, Ultramarine, Verditer, Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Himalayan Bluetail, Blue-capped Redstart, White-throated, Striated, Streaked and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes. Look for accentors, Upland Pipit, Blue- winged Minla, Whiskered Yuhina etc. Overnight stay in Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Pangot – Kilbury – Sat Tal
Morning birding in Pangot. Drive to Sat Tal with packed lunch stopping enroute at various birding locations. Arrive Sat Tal in the afternoon. Rest of the day birding. Dinner and overnight stay at
Mapple Hermitage Resort. The drive through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury is very rewarding. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Bearded Vulture,
Himalayan Vulture, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktails, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Kalij Pheasant, and a variety of thrushes. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the Leopard, Yellow-throated Himalayan Marten, Himalayan Palm Civet, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Red Fox etc.

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch from Pangot.

Day 13: Sat Tal
Full day birding in Sat Tal/Bhimtal with your guide. The habitat offers species such as White-crested Laughingthrush, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Red-billed Leothrix, Siberian Rubythroat, Rock Bunting, etc. This scattered and deliberately undeveloped area is one of the most pleasant destinations. Look for Rufous-chinned & White-crested Laughingthrushes, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Greater Yellownape, Speckled Piculet, Golden Bush Robin etc. Overnight stay at Mapple Hermitage Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14: Sat Tal – Delhi
Morning birding in Sat Tal. After an early lunch, drive back to Delhi (you can also opt for packed lunch if you wish to leave earlier for Delhi). Arrive Delhi in the evening. Transfer to Delhi airport to connect flight back to home. Tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch in Sat Tal

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