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Tiger & Bird Photographic Safari

11 Nights / 12 Days

Over several lifetimes, the peaks of the colossal Himalayan range have nestled the Indian Subcontinent to give rise to a splendid ensemle of diversity. A tiger safari along with birding tours through the montane forests of Corbett National Park, Nainital and Pangot will leave any bird enthusiast in a spell of enchantment. Sojourns like a birding tours to Bharatpur will leave you feeling exhilarated as you immerse yourself in a park with sprawling wetlands which are known to invite massive congregations of migratory birds from the northern hemisphere of the world.

In addition to the avifauna that you seek, this tiger safari tour also serves as an excellent opportunity to see the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, and the fearless Yellow-Throated Marten of Corbett National Park. A wildlife safari tour across these awe inspiring habitats is bound to leave you glued to your camera for the entire tour.

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Outline Itinerary

Tiger & Bird Photographic Safari

❯ Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi (Flight).

❯ Day 02 : Sultanpur National Park and Okhla Bird Sanctuary (New Delhi)

❯ Day 03 : New Delhi – Corbett (by surface, 275 kms/5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 04 – 05 : In Corbett National Park

❯ Day 06 : Corbett – Pangot (by surface, 320 Kms/6-7 hrs drive)

❯ Day 07 : Pangot – Nainital (by road, 60 kms/1-2 hrs drive)

❯ Day 08 : Nainital – Agra (by road, 345 kms/9 hrs drive)

❯ Day 09 : Agra – Dholpur (by road, 60 kms/1-2 hrs drive)

❯ Day 10 : Dholpur – Bharatpur (by road, 105 kms/2 -3 hrs drive)

❯ Day 11 : Bharatpur – New Delhi (by road, 210 kms/4 hrs drive)

❯ Day 12 : Fly back home

Trip Highlights

➤ Take a wildlife safari tour in India and it’s most diverse birding hotspots with over 500 species of birds across different habitats.

➤ Stay in the midst of the core area of Corbett National Park adjacent to the bank of the Ramganga river.

➤ Stand in awe as you witness sprawling wetlands and the mist laden Himalayan foothills, on this tiger and bird photographic safari tour, of the most sought after species of India.

➤ Experience a plethora of wildlife such as Tigers, Asian Elephants, Sloth Bears, Gharials and the Gangetic Dolphin.

➤ Visit the iconic Taj Mahal of the Mughal dynasty in the city of Agra.

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Detailed Itinerary for Tiger & Bird Photographic Safari Tour

Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi (Flight)

On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you with the check in procedure. He will also handover and explain all travel related documents for your upcoming tour. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 2 : Sultanpur National Park and Okhla Bird Sanctuary (New Delhi)

Post an early breakfast, drive to Sultanpur National Park. It is an outstanding birder hub as it’s a refuge for many residents as well as scores of migratory birds that flock here. Located on the fringe of New Delhi in the state of Harayana, the park encompasses semi-arid areas as well as wetlands. Our morning here is a perfect way to start our journey across northern India as you will encounter a wide array of species such as the Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintails, Red Crested and Common Pochards, with a slight chance of Greater Flamingos as well.

Grey Headed Swamphen, Red-naped Ibis, White-Tailed Lapwing, Bar Headed Goose, Painted and Black-Necked Storks and the Greater Flamingos. Around the wetlands, you have a well-wooded area where one can spot the Spotted Owlets, Yellow Crowned Woodpecker, Purple Sunbird’s, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Bluethroat, Red Breasted Flycatcher, Eurasian Hoopoe and even the Red Avadavat. Raptors too grace the land, with the likes of Marsh Harriers, Indian Spotted Eagles and Osprey for the catch of the day. The park also has its fair share of mammals such as Nilgai (the Bluebull), Golden Jackals, Jungle Cats and Indian fox.

Post Lunch, we will depart for Okhla Bird Sanctuary. Here, there’s a chance of finding the Yellow-Bellied Prinia and the Striated Babbler. There’s also a good chance of seeing many of the species that we have may have already seen earlier in the day. A total of 302 species have confirmed records from Okhla bird sanctuary and the areas in its immediate vicinity. In January 2011, as a part of Asian Waterbird Census 2011, a leucistic coot, known for its unusual bright white plumage, was spotted with the flock of common coots, for the first time in India. The sanctuary hosts over 400 species year round and over 1 lakh migratory birds in winter months. It hosts 30% of the 1200 to 1300 bird species recorded in the Indian sub-continent.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 3 : New Delhi – Corbett (by surface, 275 kms/5 hrs drive)

After an early breakfast, depart for Corbett National Park (275 kms/ 5 hrs). At the park entrance, switch to wildlife safari vehicle with your baggage. Be ready with your camera equipment as the next 32 km, 1.5-hour drive, is through the core area of the national park, where you have a good chance to encounter wildlife including Tigers, Leopards and Asian Elephants. On Arrival, Check into the forest lodge. Post Lunch, proceed for an Afternoon Corbett Tiger safari.

Living in the Forest Rest House is unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas. Alcohol and smoking is not permitted here. Return from the tiger safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.

Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House

Day 4 : In Corbett National Park

Morning and afternoon corbett tiger safaris, meals and overnight at Forest Rest House inside the national park.

Begin your morning tiger safari at sunrise. Corbett has been aptly described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett National Park had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitats here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve. Dinner and overnight at the Forest Rest House.

Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House

Day 5 : In Corbett National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris, meals and overnight at the Forest Rest House inside the national park.

India’s first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, the then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952 and subsequently to Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer, who had helped in setting up the park and in the demarcation of its boundaries.

Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House

Day 6 : Corbett – Pangot (by surface, 320 Kms/6-7 hrs drive)

Morning Jeep safari in the Dhikala zone. Post breakfast, checkout from lodge and drive towards exit gate to make your way for Pangot (160 kms /4 hrs). On arrival, check into the hotel. At evening, step out for birding watching in Pangot.

Day 7 : Pangot – Nainital (by road, 60 kms/1-2 hrs drive)

After breakfast, birding in Sat Tal and areas close to Nanital. The unique avian fauna of Nainital district includes Red-billed Blue magpie, kingfishers, Blue- throated and Brown-headed barbets, Lineated barbet, Golden-throated barbet, Crimson-fronted barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Plum-headed parakeet, Slaty headed Parakeet, Chestnut Bellied rock thrush, Titmouse, babblers, Jungle Owlet, fish eagles, the pied woodpecker, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, and many more. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge in Nainital.

Day 8 : Nainital – Agra (by road, 345 kms/9 hrs drive)

On this morning, bird watching in Nanital. Post drive to Agra 345 kms/ 9 hrs drive to Agra. Overnight stay at Agra.

Accommodation: Taj View, Agra

Day 9 : Agra – Dholpur (by road, 60 kms/1-2 hrs drive)

At sunrise, proceed to visit the famous white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked extensively for 17 years to build this edifice.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dholpur (55kms, 1-1.5-hour drive) On arrival check into lodge in Dholpur.
Go for birding on Chambal river. National Chambal Sanctuary which is a 400 km protected stretch of the river. A boat safari takes you on a two-three hour ride down the River Chambal, drifting past gharials basking on the sandbanks, marsh crocodiles and turtles sunning themselves on the rocks along with a wealth of birds fluttering around.

Accommodation: Raj Niwas Dholpur or similar

Day 10 : Dholpur - Bharatpur (by road, 105 kms/2 -3 hrs drive)

After breakfast, head out for yet another boat ride drive at Chambal river. Later proceed to Bharatpur 105 Kms, 2-3 hrs. drive. On arrival check into lodge. After lunch proceed for evening bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year, thousands of migratory birds visit the park for the winter and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bharatpur.

Accommodation: Bagh Bharatpur or similar

Day 11 : Bharatpur – New Delhi (by road, 210 kms/4 hrs drive)

Morning birding excursion at Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Post lunch, drive to New Delhi (210 kms, 4 hrs drive). Overnight stay at hotel in New Delhi.

Accommodation: Roseate House or similar

Day 12 : Fly back home

After breakfast, transfer to the International airport to board a flight back home or an onward destination.

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Tiger Safari with Sanjay Gupta and Nature Safari India.
We just finished the first half of two tiger safari tours in India. The first was on the Banhavgar National Park. Our guide was Sanjay Gupta, who had 25 years of experience in the park and with the tigers. He was wonderful, sharing his experience and knowledge throughout our three full days together. He was definitely a highlight of our trip, as a great guide makes for a great experience, whether you see tigers or not! And we did see tigers...
Stephen Murphy
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Excellent Experience with Nature Safari India.
Nature Safari India organized our private 2 Weeks Safari in Central India plus a couple of Sightseeing and we are very happy to having choose this agency. I found them on the responsible tiger tourism association (TOFTigers) and I liked them from the very first contact. From the first email more than two years ago to the end of our trip in April 2022, the service was great, the selection of the itinerary, Parks, lodges and guides was perfect...
Paola
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Excellent Experience with Nature Safari India.
Deepkul and the Tiger Safari India team put together an incredible experience for us in Kanha and Bandhavgarh. All the details were taken care of as per our preferences and budget including transportation, food, lodging, and our amazing safari guides. Deepkul was easy to communicate with and always quick to respond to any questions before and during our trip. Highly recommend!
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Tiger & Bird Photographic Safari

Yes we do. All birding lodges in the himalayan range keep a variety of binoculars and scopes. The birding guide carries it along on your birding expeditions. Infact, they also carry a bird book and provide you with a birding checklist incase you wish to tick off the species you witness while on tour with us. .
All camera equipment except drones and cinematic documentary cameras are allowed in Indian National Parks.
While it is allowed, it is not practical to carry a tripod while on safari. Instead, we provide you with bean bags that easily fit on the vehicle door/window. You can place your heavy camera equipment on it and click as many frames as you wish.
Most national parks in India do not charge a fee for your camera equipment. However, there are some that do charge a camera fee as well as prohibit carrying mobile phones within national parks.

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