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The Bird Safari of India

15 Days The Taj, Tiger, and Bird Safari of India


This itinerary is best done from November till March. In this programme you will get to drive through India, on highways, and stateways.  The idea behind this road journey is that you see lot of birds in the farming lands, while the farmers are busy ploughing and sowing the wheat crop, the birds follow the farmers to feed on the insects coming out form the fields. Seeing the tall Sarus cranes while driving on a highway might not surprise you, but what will surprise surely is the comfort level of these birds. Our driver would stop the vehicle should you so desire to observe these Cranes, or egrets from close quarters. As the breeding would have just happenned and the chicks would be small hence the need for frequesnt feeding gets them to farms. You might be surprised that you get to see lot of birds outside the bird sanctuaries. Visit to Bharatpur, Ranthambhore, and Dudhwa will further expose you to another 600 different species. Visit to India is not complete if you have not taken a selfie with the Taj Mahal and feel numb when you sight your first Tiger in the wild in Ranthambhore. 

Sketch Itinerary :
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New Delhi | Dudhwa | Lucknow | Nawabganj Bird sanctuary | Agra | Bharatpur National Park | Ranthambhore National Park | Jaipur | New Delhi


Trip Type :
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Professional Photography
 

Customization :
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All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.

Price on request 

 

What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Dudhwa, Nawabganj and Ranthambhore national park
  • Jeep safari and wildlife activities along with naturalist
  • jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Elephant safari once during the stay at Dudhwa
  • Boat ride at Katerniaghat  
  • Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur
  • Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transport and listed activities
  • 01st / 02nd Air-conditioned day train travel
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • Many early starts during the game drives
  • All currently applicable taxes
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What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance

 

Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

When you arrive at the airport in New Delhi you will be received by the representatives of Nature Safari who will then take you to the Hotel. Overnight at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast drive to Dudhwa National Park 340 kms/7 -8 hrs drive, situated very close to Nepal Border. Elephant ride, tiger tracking, animal viewing, bird watching and rhino watching are main highlights of this tour.

Dudhwa National park located on theIndo-Nepal border in the district Lakhimpur-Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park, together with Kishanpur and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries, represent the best natural forests and grasslands left in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. The three Protected Areas, being the last viable home of the Royal Bengal Tiger in the state, have been jointly constituted into Dudhwa Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.Kishanpur (204 sq km), the oldest of the three Protected Areas, was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1972, followed by Katerniaghat (440 sq km) in 1975 and finally Dudhwa National Park (680 sq km) in 1977. Though the 3 Protected Areas are physically separate, each consists of unbroken tracts of dense forests.These terai ecosystems are highly productive habitats of diverse flora and fauna and home to a considerable number of obligate species and species of restricted distribution. The vegetation is of the North Indian Moist Deciduous type, containing some of the finest examples ofSal forests (Shorearobusta) in India, as well the most extensive tracts of moist grasslands that remain in this region.

Overnight will be stay at hotel.

This day you will have an opportunity to explore jungle from elephant back ride in the jungle for tiger tracking and animal viewing. The jungle visits lasts for about two hours. Return to the rest house for breakfast & lunch. One can walk around the surroundings or bird-watch or drive to the jungle for watching rhinos from a watch tower.

Overnight stay in the rest house.

Early morning again visit to Kisanpura sanctuary with packed breakfast. Later drive to Katerniaghat 110kms /2 hrs drive.

Afternoon boat ride at Katerniaghat so see Gangetic Dolphin, Gharial, crocodile and birds.

Overnight at lodge.

Morning after breakfast Proceed to Lucknow 230 kms kms/5 hrs drive on arrival check into a hotel. After a brief leisure move out for the sightseeing tour of Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs and Begums built in Islamic architecture. The places to visit are BeraImambara, ChotaImambara and the Amina Bazaar.

Overnight stay will be at hotel.

Morning after breakfast drive to Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary which is a bird sanctuary located in Unnao District the Kanpur - Lucknow highway in Uttar Pradesh, India consisting of a Lake and the surrounding environs. It is one of the many wetlandsof Northern India. The sanctuary provides protection for 250 species of migratory birdsmostly from Russia Siberia and Ukrine, but the numbers have been dwindling since the 1990s, most having relocated to newer areas in Himachal and Rajasthan. The birds migrate across Himalayas from Tibet, China, Europe and Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly over 5000km and above 8500 meters high to reach here. Some of the major migratory birds during the season are Greylag goose, pintail, cotton teal, red-crested pochard, Gadwall, shoveler, coot and mallard. Some major local migratory and residential birds are spotwill, Sarus crane, painted stork, peacock, white ibis, dabchick, whistling teal, open-bill stork, white-necked stork, pheasant-tailed jacana, bronze winged jacana, purple moorhen, lapwing, tern vulture, pigeon, king crow, Indian roller and bee eater.

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra 330 kms/5 -6 hrs drive. On arrival check in to hotel.

Quintessential Mughal city that was the capital of their empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Apart from Taj Mahal, theirs is the magnificent Agra Fort to visit.

Evening at leisure in your hotel.

Morning Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and after breakfast drive to Bharatpur 55kms. The morning drive leads you t via Emperor Akbar's deserted city of FatehpurSikri.

Continue drive to Bharatpur, On arrival check into hotel. After Lunch rickshaw ride the Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, in which over 400 species of water birds. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swampy, lightly wooded terrain that was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Today it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, especially of the Siberian Crane, that spends its winter here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park, besides a fairly rich habitation of deer and snakes. [The best time to visit the park is from October though March] The park can be explored either by cycle rickshaws (the drivers are all very capable naturalists) or by boats on the lake.

Overnight in Bharatpur.

Morning : Visit the Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary by cycle rickshaws (the rickshaw drivers are all very capable naturalists and later drive to Ranthambhore 210 kms/4-5 hrs dirve. On arrival check in to hotel Dinner and overnight at Ranthambhore.

Morning & Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort.

With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.

Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.

Overnight in Ranthambore.

Morning & Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort.

During the day visit the famous Ranthambhore Fort. (12 kms. from the Resort)Perhaps the only one fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high.Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to SawaiMadho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It's a unique Rajput Fort.

Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from the sea level and 750ft from ground. Total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no drive way up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort.

Overnight in Ranthambore.

Morning Game drive to the National Park later and later drive to Jaipur 180 kms/3 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort with an Elephant ride up to the top of the Fort. Drive past HawaMahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.

Return to the town in the afternoon enroute visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the JantarMantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Morning drive back to New Delhi, 260 kms/5 hrs drive. Afternoon free for leisure activities overnight at Hotel in Delhi.

Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.

Essential info

 

Vaccinations.. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

 

Eating & drinking

Breakfast are included in all hotel as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However your all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive.  We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.

 

Weather & seasonality

September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing

 

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 

 

Eligibility

 

  1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.

 

Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Luxury Experience :

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Convert this tour into  luxurious private journey by accommodating yourself in the cosseting embrance of a collection

of  luxury wildlife resorts. Add luxury heritage hotels at other cities also.

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