Enjoy some of participants David & Judy Smith's images from our 2011 Northern India tour guided by Terry Stevenson. Also see Terry's post on our blog about the Northern India tour experience.
For those with a passion for wildlife, few spots are richer than northern India -- home of world-famous Corbett National Park, the Himalayan foothills, the wetlands of Bharatpur, and Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the best places in the whole of India to see Tiger! In Corbett, India's oldest park, more that 500 species have been recorded -- from Kalij Pheasant, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, and Brown Fish-Owl, to Plumbeous and White-capped redstarts, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch. And in the mountains around Nainital, the bird life is no less impressive, with Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Great Barbet, Blue Magpie, Black-headed Jay, and Striated Laughingthrush heading the list.
Famed Bharatpur embraces eleven square miles of wetland, woodland, and thorny scrub -- all full of birds. The bugling of Sarus Cranes and chaotic honking of Bar-headed and Greylag geese are among the marvels of a Bharatpur dawn. As the morning warms up five species of Aquila eagles may by seen, and such sought after species as Indian Courser and Siberian Rubythroat; throughout the day the activity is constant. We'll also make an excursion to a place more sublime than Bharatpur itself, that most ethereal of India's monuments, the majestic Taj Mahal.
The final leg of our journey takes us to the wonderful Bandhavgarh National Park. Traveling in both open vehicles and perhaps on elephant back, we'll see a variety of birds from Lesser Adjutant to Alexandrine Parakeet and Malabar Pied-Hornbill to Jerdon's Leafbird, but Tiger remains our principal quarry here, and we'll make every effort to search out this most magnificent of the big cats.
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