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NORTHERN INDIA: Birds, Tiger & the Taj Mahal
Fantastic adventure from the Ganges plains to the Himalayan foothills, with the Bharatpur wetlands, Tiger at Ranthambhore, and the wondrous Taj Mahal.

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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 Spurfowl, Great Thick-knee, Plum-headed Parakeets, Rufous Treepie, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher, and Spotted Owlet.

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 Graylag geese are among the marvels of a Bharatpur dawn. As the morning warms up, many raptors may be found, and such sought-after species as Black Bittern and Pheasant-tailed Jacana stalk the wetlands; throughout the day the activity is constant. We'll also make an excursion to that most ethereal of India's monuments, the majestic Taj Mahal.

In Corbett, India's oldest park, more than 500 species of birds 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 Himalayas around Nainital, the bird life is no less impressive, with Himalayan Griffon, Great Barbet, Red-billed Blue-Magpie, Black-headed Jay, Scaly-breasted Cupwing, and several species of laughingthrushes heading the list.

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2021 Departures
Jan 23 - Feb 12

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Jan 22 - Feb 11



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Terry Stevenson

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

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