[15th – 25th February 2020]
This India tour is designed for photographers. The hides at Kanha and at Bharatpur are purpose built to make the most of areas of wetland.
ABOUT THE AREAS VISTED
This park is famous for tigers and also for its conservation work on the Barasingha which has been saved from near extinction. Stringent conservation programmes for both flora and fauna make this one of the best maintained parks in India. Transport around the park is in jeeps.
One of the most popular parks in India. It is also few parks in India where walking is permitted as there are no potentially dangerous mammals living here. It is famous as a bird sanctuary and is home to more than 300 species of birds. It is also important for migratory birds. Movement around the park is on foot or in rickshaws.
Historically an important city in northern India this was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. It is now one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and a major tourist attraction. It has many Mughal era buildings, some of which including the Fort and Taj Mahal are listed as UNESCO Heritage site.
This is not a difficult tour with no major hikes.
Accommodation throughout is in comfortable western style hotels.
2020 TOUR COST
EUR€3830.00 per person twin share
2020 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
DOMESTIC FLIGHT COST
Domestic flights are currently approximately EUR€240.00 per person and will be charged separately.
- 10 nights accommodation
- Meals as per the itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Airport transfers within India
- Transport including driver and fuel where required
- Bird & Mammal checklist
- Guide services of the tour leader
- Domestic & International flights
- Phone, Fax or Internet charges
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 – [Saturday 15th February] Delhi to Kanha
Meet with group in Delhi and fly to Raipur. Arrive Raipur and drive 4 hours to Kanha.
Day 2 - [Sunday 16th February] Full day Kanha
Full day in the Kanha area. The morning will be spent in the specially designed photographic hides. The afternoon will be spent game viewing in jeeps around the park.
Kanha National Park is one of the largest national parks in India covering 1945 sq. km including a "core zone" of 940 sq. km. It is also the part of Project Tiger, one of the India's most important conservation efforts. Safari through different habitats, including Sal Forest, Bamboo Thicket, Dadar (plateau grasslands), meadows and mixed forests. This beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many rivers and streams supports an excellent variety of wildlife. Some of the species we may encounter include the endangered Hard-ground Barasingha (this being the only place where this sub species of deer persists), Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, the largest of all bovines Gaur, the elusive Chowsingha, Golden-backed Jackal, Jungle Cat, Common Langur, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Dhole or Asian Wild Dog and Tiger.
Kanha National Park also have a rich collection of bird species such as Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo, Racket Tailed Drongo, Tawny Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Francolin, Painted Francolin, Black Naped Flycatcher, Common Iora, Eurasian Blackbird, Gold Mantled Chloropsis, Jerdon's Leaf Bird, Golden Oriole, Black Hooded Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickell's Flowerpecker, Verditor Flycatcher, Twany Fish Owl, Barred Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Scops Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Common Kestrel, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Pariah Kite, White Eyed Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Indian Pitta.
Day 3 - [Monday 17th February] Kanha
Full day spent game viewing in the park by jeep.
Evening photography in the specially designed hides.
Day 4 - [Tuesday 18th February] Kanha
Morning game viewing in the park with jeeps. Afternoon in the specially designed photography hides.
Day 5 - [Wednesday 19th February] Kanha to Bharatpur
Drive to Raipur airport with a packed breakfast and take the flight to Delhi at 1105 arriving at 1305. Have lunch in a local Delhi restaurant before driving to Bharatpur.
Day 6 - [Thursday 20th February] Bharatpur
Full day exploring Keolado Ghana National Park known simply as Bharatpur, was originally a vast wetland developed for duck shooting. Coaches are not allowed inside the park, so we’ll explore the 29 square kilometers on foot, and by bicycle-rickshaw (peddled by someone else!). Those whose over-riding memories of bird watching abroad are dusty and bumpy roads and whistle-stop stake-outs will find this a marvelously relaxing time. Nevertheless, it will be very rewarding, with the possibility of over 150 species ranging from Sarus Crane to Small Minivet and Ruddy-breasted Crake to White-tailed Eagle. Among the numbers of water birds, Black-necked and Painted Storks, Intermediate Egret, Cotton Pygmy-goose and Darter will vie for our attention as we search for less usual species such as Ferruginous and Red-crested Pochards and Greater Painted-snipe. In the trailside trees we’ll look for Marshall’s Iora, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Common Wood-shrike, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, White-bellied Drongo, Coppersmith Barbet, and Ashy Prinia. Beneath the bushes the slightest movement could herald a Blue throat or, with luck, an Orange-headed Thrush or Siberian Ruby throat. In the sky above might be Greater Spotted Eagle, Red-headed Vulture or Crested Serpent Eagle. Dusk may bring us Collared Scops-Owl, Dusky Horned-Owl or a nightjar or two.
It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and Wild Boar. The park is also rich in Otters, Monitor Lizards and during the cool winter months it is also possible to see large Indian Pythons sunning themselves.
Day 7 - [Friday 21st February] Bharatpur
Morning birdwatching and photography from the hides in the lodge grounds.
Afternoon birdwatching and game viewing in the Keoladeo Ghana National Park.
Day 8 - [Saturday 22nd February] Bharatpur
Full day birdwatching and photography in the lodge grounds including use of the special night hides for nocturnal creatures.
Day 9 - [Sunday 23rd February] Bharatpur to Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra. Visit the historic Agra Fort en route. This was built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.Costruction of massive Agra Fort begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan. While in Akbar's time, the fort was principally a military structure, by Shah Jehan's time the fort had become partially a palace.
Check into hotel and take lunch.
Sunset view of The Taj Mahal - One of the wonders of the world, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful musoleum is pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Construction of Taj begun in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Total 20000 people worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is considered as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. While the white domed marble mausoleum is most familiar, Taj Mahal is an integrated complex of structures and were completed around 1648. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri is generally considered as the principal designer of Taj Mahal.
Day 10 - [Monday 24th February] Agra to Delhi
Early morning sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. After breakfast drive to Delhi and check into Hotel.
Late evening transfer to airport for early morning flights a second transfer will be offered.
Day 11 - [Tuesday 25th February] Departure
Transfer to airport for departure.