North Indian Birding Tour
India is the home for the Birding enthusiast and the region of Northern India is home to wintering birds species that arrive in large numbers. The sublime topography, extensive wetlands and forest type at varying heights gives rises to impressive bio diversity. Bharatpur also known as an “Ornithologist’s Paradise” is home to over 400 species of birds.
The most prominent birds are the migratory Siberian Cranes, Pelicans, Cranes, Ibis, Spoonbills, Egrets, Darters, Cormorants, Grey Herons, Stork, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Pipits, Warblers, Wheatears, Wagtails, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks, Shanks and Stints to name a few. This area is much dryer than any other region that one visits during our North India trip, offering a whole different selection of species that are restricted to the arid landscape surrounding the river.
Two of the key species here are Indian Skimmer and the delicate Black-bellied Tern and we were thrilled to locate both of these elegant birds. Other highlights at and around the river included flocks of Common Babbler, Rufous-fronted Prinia, Sand Lark, the impressive Bonelli’s Eagle, Dalmation and Great White Pelicans, rafts of Red-crested Pochard and a host of waders.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Drive to Bharatupur via Sursarovar Bird Santuary
Day 03: Full day tour of Bharatpur
Day 04: Full day tour in Nonera Bird Land (70 kms from Bharatpur)
Day 05: Drive to Chambal (125 kms/03 hrs) . P.M. Nature Walk.
Day 06: A.M. River Safari. P.M. Nature Walk.
Day 07: A.M. Sarus Crane tour. P.M. Black buck reserve.
Day 08: Drive to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and then drive back to Delhi.
Day 09: Departure