India Bird Watching

Himalayan India Birding Tour

Himalayan Birding Tour includes birding at two superb destinations in the Western Himalayas: Corbett National Park and the attractive Hill Station of Naini Tal.

Birding Tours India, Indian Birding Tour, Bird Tour India There is something indefinable about India that makes westerners who have been there yearn to return. Perhaps it is the vastness of the country and its timeless quality; perhaps it is the strange mixture of a multiplicity of peoples and cultures, so alien and yet so fascinating, which strikes a hidden chord in us; or perhaps it is the way that man and nature are so closely linked, co-existing in a way that seems intrinsically impossible. There are just some places one has to visit in a lifetime, and India is one of them. Our journey begins in the capital, New Delhi, where at any time of the day literally hundreds of birds of prey, storks and vultures (the last declining sharply) can be seen soaring overhead.

These may seem to you as the common birds like the eagles, crow, pegion and the like but bird lovers will never find anything common in them also. They just love every movement of these high flyers.

Wildlife in India is truly exciting and can be termed as 'animal lover's paradise'. India is home to more than 90 National Parks and 490 Wildlife Sanctuaries. The jungle life here is splendid nestling miraculous variety of wild animals; tigers, one-horned rhinos, Asiatic lions, teeming insects, domestic and migratory birds and elephants. India is a center point for the wildlife enthusiasts, researchers and tourists from all over the world.

Visit famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, like Corbett Tiger Reserve.

From Delhi we travel northwards across the densely populated Indo-Gangetic Plain to Corbett National Park. Cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas,Corbett National Park, India's first, is also widely considered one of the finest reserves in the Indian subcontinent. Its vast area encompasses considerable tracts of grassland and forest centered on the Ramganga River. In addition, we will spend three nights at the delightful Quality Inn, superbly located overlooking the pristine Khosi River valley. This is tiger country personified, and although finding this most magnificent of all cats is never easy, our chances here are modest. Corbett is so much more, however, with over 50 species of mammals, 530 birds, and 25 reptiles recorded within the reserve.

Indian Tiger Tours , Wildlife Tours India, Tiger Tour India, Tiger Safari India These include such gems as Asian elephant, leopard, sloth bear, the most peculiar and endangered gharial (a slender-nosed croc), Kalij Pheasant, Pallas's Fish-Eagle, Collared Falconet, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Brown and the very rare Tawny Fish owls, Crested and Stork-billed kingfishers, Himalayan Flame back, the exquisite Wall creeper, and Red-billed Blue Magpie. From Corbett, we will ascend into theHimalayas proper and ensconce ourselves in the charming, albeit somewhat shabby, hill station of Naini Tal. The Western Himalayas differ considerably from the east, being notably drier and colder, and support a distinctly more temperate range of habitats. These forests support a number of species, which occur only west of the Khali-Ghandaki divide (a major bio-geographic boundary in central Nepal dividing the west from the east), as well as a large number of other more wide-ranging species. The avifauna here is dramatically different from that of the plains and foothills.

Black Headed Jay - Himalayas, Bird Tour India, Birding Tour India Such contrasts are one of the pleasuresof Himalayan birding - new species are constantly appearing whenever when one ascends or descends. Here, at nearly 7,000 feet, and surrounded by the high Himalayas, we will explore pine-clad ridges and temperate woodlands for such species as Lammergeier (with luck we mayBlack Headed Jay - Himalayas, Bird Tour India, Birding Tour India be able to actually look down on one of these extraordinary birds as they sail beneath us), Brown-fronted Woodpecker, Altai and Black-throated accentors, Blue-capped Redstart, Chestnut Thrush, Red-fronted Serin, Vinaceous Rosefinch, and Black-headed Jay. En route back to Delhi we will make a special stop at the Ganges River where, with a bit of luck, we may find the globally threatened Indian Skimmer, in addition to such species as Great Thick-knee and Black-bellied Tern.

It also may test your patience when you gape at the sky trying to sight one of those species that you wished to find making those skillful movements and hovering above your head but could not. That's why we suggest that before taking up the birding tours one must be mentally prepared to sight some of these beautiful species of birds after along wait.

Our tour concludes with none other than three full days in the world-renown Bharatpur sanctuary.

Wheatears - Himalayas, Bird Tour India, Birding Tour India to see such species as Indian Peafowl; Indian Courser; perhaps the increasingly rare Sociable Plover; impressive Dusky Horned Owls at the nest; the electrifying Indian Roller; five kingfishers; Indian Grey Hornbill; perhaps the elusive Spotted Creeper; and a good selection of dry country larks, pipits, and wheatears. These are the focal points of our revised Northern India tour. However, any tour to India is so much more than a series of highlights; it is a total experience. Perhaps no other country on earth provides so rich panoply of culture, living history intertwined with nature, literally at our feet. India is a photographer's, a traveler's, a historian's, an anthropologist's, and most emphatically a naturalist's dream. Join VENT and Dion Hobcroft on a visit to the Indian subcontinent--one of the most romantic and magical places on our planet.

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