New Delhi – Corbett – Nainital – Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – New Delhi fly back
The extensive tour of 17 days, beginning Jan 18, 2020 - Saturday, would leave you asking for more. Covering Tehri region extensively for the Birdwatching tour. The areas covered in this itinerary are rich in flora, fauna and delight for ameteur and serious birders. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the Leopard, yellow-throated Himalayan martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar, Red Fox etc. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, bluewinged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, and variety of thrushes etc.
New Delhi – Corbett – Nainital – Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – New Delhi fly back
Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you in check in at the hotel. He will also handover and explain all travel related documents. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
New Delhi – Corbett (by surface - 275 Kms, 5-hour drive)
Early breakfast and then drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 5 hrs drive. At the park gate, change into the safari vehicle with your baggage. Take out your cameras and get ready for a drive of about 2 hours through the forest to reach the Forest Rest House. Check into the Rest House.
These Rest Houses are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas. Post lunch proceed for an afternoon safari in the most scenic national park of India. Only vegetarian food is served here. Alcohol and smokes are not permitted here. Return from the safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.
Corbett National Park
Begin your morning safari at sunrise. Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve.
Dinner and overnight at the Rest House.
Corbett National Park
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris, meals and overnight at Forest Rest House inside the national park. India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.
Corbett – Nainital (by surface – 100 Kms, 2-3-hour drive)
Check out from the Forest Rest House by 8 AM. Then drive out of the park 32 kms through the forest. The Tigers, Leopards, and Elephants are usually sighted around this time on this track, so do not pack your cameras yet. At exit from the park gate, you may pack up your equipment and then drive to Nainital 100 Kms 2 hrs. After lunch relax and in the evening drive to Pangot for Bird watching.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nanital.
Morning bird watching in Pangot and nearby area and later drive to birding at Sattal and close by. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, bluewinged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, and variety of thrushes etc.
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 martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar, Red Fox etc. Evening go for bird watching in Pangoot. Overnight stay at Nanital.
Nainital – Agra (by surface – 380 Kms, 7-8-hour drive)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Then drive to Agra, 380kms, 7-8-hour drive. On arrival check into hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Agra – Bharatpur (by surface 55 Kms, 2-hour drive)
Sunrise proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice.
After relaxed breakfast, check out from the hotel. Proceed to visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. [The Taj is closed on Friday].
Later drive to Bharatpur, 55kms, 1-1.5-hour drive. On arrival check into lodge. After lunch proceed for evening bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. Overnight in Bharatpur.
Morning go for birding to the sanctuary, for every birdwatcher’s paradise. Bharatpur bird sanctuary also known as Keoladeo National Park.
It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. After lunch in afternoon go on a quest in rickshaw for search of some exclusive species of birds not only residents but also some migratory ones. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bharatpur.
Bharatpur (day visit to Dholpur)
After breakfast leave for day visit to Chambal 120 Kms, 3 hrs. drive. Go for birding on Chambal river. National Chambal Sanctuary which is a 400 km protected stretch of the river. A boat safari takes you on a two-three hour ride down the River Chambal, drifting past gharials basking on the sandbanks, marsh crocodiles and turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and a wealth of birds fluttering around. Also visit Sarus Crane Wetland area.
Return back to Bharatpur for overnight stay.
Bharatpur – Ranthambhore (by surface 210 kms, 4-hour drive)
Morning bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and later drive to Ranthambhore 210 kms, 4-hour drive. On arrival check into Lodge.
Evening free for leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Morning & evening jeep safaris in the park. Meals at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.
Ranthambhore with an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambhore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the safaris.
Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge in Ranthambhore.
This is one park which will give you all the angles, lighting, backdrop, and many frames of different kinds. Ranthambhore is also rich in bird life with around 300 species of birds. Infact for a keen bird watcher Ranthambhore and the surrounding area is a paradise. Some interesting resident species of birds are large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Sarus Crane, Bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great horned owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of Himalayas to Ranthambhore and surrounding areas.
Ranthambhore – Jaipur (180kms, 3-hour drive)
After morning jeep safari in Ranthambore NP, return to the hotel for breakfast and then check out. After lunch drive to Jaipur 180 Kms, 3-hour drive. On arrival check into hotel.
This morning you will drive 11 km to the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728.
Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Jaipur – New Delhi (275km, 5-hour drive)
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to New Delhi 275kms / 5hrs drive. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
New Delhi Fly back home
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination.
End of our services
Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.
Trip Note :
Vaccinations. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.
Eating & drinking
Breakfast is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However you’re all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive. We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.
Weather & seasonality
September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing
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