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Birdwatching in India

13 days from £3,175pp

Includes flights
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Itinerary highlights

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra.

  • Experience a river boat safari along the calm and placid Chambal waters.

  • Cycle rickshaw ride through the Keoladeo bird sanctuary.

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Delhi
  • Chambal Sanctuary
  • Bharatpur
  • Pipariya
  • Satpura National Park
  • Bhopal

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you're met at the airport by our friendly representative who will drive you to your hotel. You will have time to freshen up and have lunch before your afternoon tour of New Delhi. This tour is a fascinating introduction, allowing you to explore the more recent history and architecture of Lutyens' Delhi and the stunning Qutub Minar.

Day 3 Chambal Sanctuary

Day 3 Chambal Sanctuary

Delhi , Chambal Sanctuary

This morning you will rise early and transfer to the train station to board your express train to Agra. On arrival in Agra you will make the short transfer by road to Chambal. Chambal is a bird lover's paradise and this afternoon I have arranged for you to visit the Sarus Crane conservation area. A large wetland interspersed by cultivated fields where large numbers of Sarus Cranes breed.

Day 4 Chambal Sanctuary

Day 4 Chambal Sanctuary

Chambal Sanctuary

This morning you will explore the river by boat in search of the colonies of rare Indian Skimmer, Greater Thicknee, the Comb Duck, Brahmani Duck, Kingfishers, Fishing Eagles, Flamingos and many more. Your afternoon at leisure, perhaps take one of the nature walks with the resident naturalists. Early evening is the best time to go in search of Palm Civet Cats, Foxes, Jungle Hares, Fruit Bats, Hedgehogs and the Indian Striped Hyenas.

Day 5 Bharatpur

Day 5 Bharatpur

Chambal Sanctuary , Bharatpur

After a leisurely morning you will make your way to Bharatpur where you will be staying in a converted palace not far from the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Day 6 Bharatpur

Day 6 Bharatpur

Bharatpur

This morning you will make your way to Keoladeo where you will take a slow cycle rickshaw ride through the sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts 370 species of birds, of which 150 are migrants, some come as far afield as Siberia, swelling the local bird population to around half a million.

Day 7 Bharatpur

Day 7 Bharatpur

Bharatpur

Return to the sanctuary today to further explore with an experienced guide. The sanctuary is also home to mammals including wild boar, smooth coasted otter and mongoose.

Day 8

Day 8

Bharatpur , Agra

This morning you will transfer to Agra, stopping en route for a private guided tour of the ancient deserted Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Agra you will visit the Taj Mahal. This iconic building will take your breath away as you first see it through the arches of the gate. Early evening you will transfer to the station to meet your overnight train to Piparya.

Day 9 Satpura National Park

Day 9 Satpura National Park

Pipariya , Satpura National Park

On arrival in Pipariya this morning your guide will be waiting to meet you and together you will transfer to Satpura National Park. This afternoon we have arranged for you to enjoy a fascinating walking safari into this stunning national park - Satpura is the only national park that you can do walking safaris in.

Day 10 Satpura National Park

Day 10 Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park

Together with your naturalist you will enjoy a kayak trip along the Tawa Reservoir - the variety of birds you will come across is astonishing. This afternoon go in search of the elusive sloth bear on a jeep safari into the park.

Day 11 Satpura National Park

Day 11 Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park

This morning take a jeep safari into the park. With an experienced naturalist, you have the opportunity to focus on bird life, or explore some of the areas more frequented with mammals. This afternoon you will return to the reservoir to explore by boat.

Day 12 International return flight

Day 12 International return flight

Satpura National Park , Bhopal , International return flight

A final morning game drive before you transfer this afternoon to Bhopal, where you will board your domestic flight to Mumbai. From Mumbai you can take your onwards international flight.

Day 13 International return flight

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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