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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, and 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'll be looking for such species as Jungle Bush-Quail, Painted Spurfowl, Painted Sandgrouse, Great Thick-knee, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Spotted Owlet, Plum-headed Parakeets, Rufous Treepie, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher, and White-capped Bunting.
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.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"A great tour experience, saw more birds than I thought I would, saw Tiger and Sloth Bears, and was impressed with the visit to the Taj Mahal... I had enjoyed traveling with Terry Stevenson and chose this tour because he was the guide. I'll absolutely travel with Terry again, and I was very impressed with Tom Johnson's detailed knowledge about the birds' taxonomy, and I look forward to traveling with Tom another day as well." D.M., NORTHERN INDIA 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Jun 2022)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Jan 28 - Feb 17, 2023
Guided by: Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 9
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: $10200
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Jan 27 - Feb 16, 2024
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 9
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2023=$10200
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Enjoy looking through the 5 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!