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The Tigers and Birds of Rajasthan tour

18 Days The Tigers and Birds of Rajasthan Tour


There is untamed life on the land and then there are the Birds who rule the skies. This itinerary brings you to the best of both from the land of Royals, Rajasthan.  Bharatpur, Sultanpur, Ranthambore, Tal Chappar and more… This itinerary will let you sight “The Big 4 of India” and various species of Migratory and Native Birds. The safari will be a sheer photographic opportunity for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. We recommend good camera lenses on this itinerary for your experience.

Sketch Itinerary :
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New Delhi | Sultanpur | Mandawa | Tal Chappar | Jaipur | Ranthambhore National Park | Bharatpur National Park | New Delhi | Jim Corbett National Park | New Delhi

Trip Type :
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Leisurely and Nature Explorer
 

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 Tal Chappar, Corbett 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 Corbett
  • 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
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • Many early starts during the game drives

All currently applicable taxes


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
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  • 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 

At the arrival please feel comfortable when Nature Safari executive welcomes you to a whole new experience you are about to live and escort you to your hotel. "Namaste" Welcome to India. Overnight Stay at New Delhi. Receive all travel related documents and vouchers from our Executive.

Early Morning visit Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary at the Okhla barrage over Yamuna River. It is situated in Noida, GautamBuddh Nagar district, on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border and known as a haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.

Return to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast full day city tour of Old and New Delhi.

Morning: A Visit to old Delhi and Cycle Rickshaw ride are synonymous and must do things when visiting Delhi. The heart of Delhi which beats with hustle and bustle of people at work. You would realize that work is worship in this part of the world. So many people engrossed and unmindful of your presence. However you would get their glimpses of churning butter, chopping fresh vegetables and hand grounding of Indian Spices. If you are lucky you can see the rotis – Indian Bread, expertly being made on Chulha.

Enjoy the pleasure of getting lost and confused in the narrow lanes of old Delhi. You would Visit the Old City of Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid (from outside) India's largest mosque. Walk through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating. Return to the hotel for lunch or eat at an interesting restaurant in town.

Afternoon: Visit New Delhi, seeing the QutabMinar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate - the war memorial. Enjoy the Lutyen's Delhi and Drive past the RashtrapathiBhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.

Overnight at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Sultanpur National Park is a bird paradise for bird watchers. Park is famous for its migratory as well as resident birds. Migratory species reach here after covering incredible distance, since there home land in Europe, Siberia and Central Asia becomes inhabitable due to cold temperature, snow covered ground and frozen lakes. Migratory birds start arriving in the park in September. Birds use park as a resting place till the following March-April. During summer and monsoon months the park is inhabited by many local bird species. A total of around 250 bird species have been reported in the park.

Basai wetland near Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is probably one of the most frequently visited wetland of Delhi - NCR birders. Unknown to the weekend picnic tourists who usually head for Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Basai provides a great opportunity to watch various species of birds from a very close distance. You would always meet unannounced visitor like short eared owl here which you never expected to see one here. A large flock of flamingos last year brought excitement to many birders and photographers around.

Evening back to hotel Overnight at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast drive to Mandawa 260 kms/5-6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. The guided tour will take you to the beautiful village of Shekhawati,town Mandawa.Walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshmi narayanLadia Haveli, MohahanlalSaraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes.

Overnight stay in Mandawa.

Morning after breakfast drive to Tal Chhapar Sanctuary 80Kms/1-2 hrs drive. Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a sanctuary located in the Churu district of Northwestern Rajasthan in the Shekhawati region of India. It is merely 80 kilometres away from Mandawa It is known for blackbucks and is also home to a variety of birds. Covering an area of 1,334 square kilometres, the sanctuary is popular because of itsblack-bucks. Black busk feeds on Motiya Grass which is found in abundance here. Aunique ecosystemexists in this exotic park. Open grasslands covered with trees of Acacia ansProsipis dot the landscape of the Tal Chappar Sanctuary. These trees lend atypical Savanna lookto the sanctuary.

Tal Chappar has a remarkable history. It was with the Bikaneri Royals and was the hunting ground mainly Black bucks. But soon they were converted into national parks and since then the population has multiplied for the black bucks. So much so most of the photography frames would contain Black Buck. Around the area this one looks like oasis – true but not natural. In the middle of desserts lot of effort has gone in to maintain this forest. The trees of Acacia were uprooted to make way for the better fauna. Constructed waterholes and maintained other waterbodies.

Full day bird watching at Tal Chhapar and nearby area. The sanctuary acts as a home to several migratory birds as well. Theharriersare the most spectacular of all the migratory birds that come here in September. The most common birds include montagur's and marsh harrier. Other birds that can be observed chirping and flying around in the Tal Chappar Sanctuary include Ben Harrier, Imperial Eagle, Blue Jay, Tawny Eagle, Ring Drove, Sparrow Hawk, Skylark, Green Bee Eaters, Crested Lark, Brown Dove And Demoiselle Cranes.

If some 300+ species of birds are not enough then you would also see very rare raptors and harriers, this does not include mammals like Black buck, blue buck, Indian fox, desert rat, hedge hog, reptiles like Monitor lizard, spiny tailed lizard and my first snake in wild sand boa.

Morning after breakfast to Jaipur, 220kms, about 4-5 hours drive. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur.

Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' PinkCity ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputanaflavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking HawaMahal to the graphic forms of the JantarMantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the BadiChaupar lined with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber, from the colorful fountains of life to the sublime Birla Temple, from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the serene Jal Mahal.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambore National Park 180 kms/3 hrs drive. Lunch and afternoon game drive to The National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Resort.

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 drive to Bharatpur 210 kms /5 hrs drive. On arrival Check into Hotel.

Evening visit to the sanctuary.

Morning full day birding by Rickshaw at 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 sarus 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 through 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 back to New Delhi via Agra to see Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal After lunch drive back to New Delhi 200 kms/4 hrs drive Overnight at New Delhi.

Stay at New Delhi.

Morning after breakfast drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 6-7 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel. Evening bird watching close to resort nearby river.

Overnight at Corbett.

Gear up for an enthralling tour of the wilds at Corbett where you will proceed towards Dhikala by Canter also visiting Corbett Museum on the way. After this safari guests will be safely transferred to their hotel for overnight stay.

Morning and afternoon game drives including a Elephant ride, meals and overnight at Dikala Forest Lodge inside the National Park.

A park which has been christened more than once before it was called as Jim Corbett National Park in 1955. It was also called Ramganga and Hailey National park before. To capture the beauty of this reserve reading Man eaters of Kumaon is must. 520 square Km of area is beautifully occupied by Sal, ber, bel dhak, semal, kharpat and few bamboo trees. You can sight Leopard, Tiger, Elephant Spotted Deer, sloth bear langur and monkeys. You would find Marsh crocodile, Species of Cobras, Python and Monitor lizard.

This park is famous for adventure activities too and thus attracts all age groups alike. Unlike many parks you can go for fishing here but to release it later. This forest is feast for Nature and bird lovers. Besides hornbill, barbet, lark, myna, magpie, minivet, partridge you can spot various migratory birds. These include Greylag geese, Black Storks, Great Black headed gull and few species of Pelicans. This forest captures the imagination of both amateurs and professional photographers. A visit to the Corbett National Park would surely be a rewarding experience for you.

Morning visit to the national park and later drive to New 275 kms /6-7 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel.

Overnight at New Delhi.

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

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.
 

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 is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However you’re 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

 

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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.

 

 

 

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