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NORTHERN INDIA: Birds, Tiger & the Taj Mahal

Ibisbill, by participant Ken Havard
Fantastic adventure from the Ganges plains to the Himalayan foothills, with the Bharatpur wetlands, a good chance of Tiger, and the wondrous Taj Mahal.

Only two spaces remain open on our Jan 26, 2019 departure.

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 Ranthambhore National Park, one of the best places in the whole of India to see Tiger!

Ranthambhore is a 400-square-kilometer park situated in an area of rocky hill country, clothed in dry, deciduous forest, grassland and scrub, dotted with several small lakes that can be alive with birds. Seeing Tiger will be a priority, of course. But Ranthambhore also boasts an exciting array of birds, and on our travels around the sanctuary and in surrounding areas we will be looking for such species as Jungle Bush-Quail, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Great Thick-knee, Alexandrine and Plum-headed (gorgeous!) parakeets, Rufous Treepie, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher, and Tickell's Blue Flycatcher.

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.

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.

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2019 Departures
Jan 26 - Feb 15 ($9475)

2020 Departures
Jan 11-31



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Guides for our tours
Terry Stevenson
Tom Johnson

What to Expect
Good accommodations (one basic), easy to moderate terrain, mostly cool climate.

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