© 2019 by Peter Dominowski

WildLensIndia

NORTHERN INDIA BIRDS & TIGERS

12 Nights, 13 Days (Bharatpur, Chambal, Corbett & Sattal) $3,500

or 

Nights, 8 Days (Corbett & Sattal) $1,850

Small group, fully escorted; maximum of 8 travelers plus tour guides

Tour begins and concludes in Delhi

 

This tour is designed for:

1) Bird and Nature Photographers, with photo opportunities for birds, Asiatic Lion and Bengal Tiger

2) Bird and Nature Watchers who want to see many species of bird sup close, and Bengal Tigers

Suitable for photographers of all skill levels; for bird and wildlife photography, a minimum of 300mm lens suggested; 400-600mm lens strongly recommended. 

 

Our local nature guides are intimately familiar with the birds and wildlife of these areas and ensure that we find, identify, and photograph many different species! Bring more memory cards than you think you’ll need!   

  • 13 days, 12 Nights:  Was $4,627  SPECIAL SALENOW  $3,500 

  • 8 days, 7 nights: Sattal & Corbett  SPECIAL SALE - ONLY $1,850

  • NOTE THAT SINGLE OCCUPANCY IS NOT POSSIBLE IN JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
  • Fully escorted upon arrival in Delhi

  • Includes: 

    • 12 nights lodging

    • Daily bird and wildlife photography and viewing

    • All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on final Day 13

    • All ground transportation

  • Does Not Include:

    • International flights

    • Travel insurance (optional, but strongly encouraged)

    • Visas (approx. $100 for US citizens)

  • DEADLINE TO BOOK THIS TOUR IS 30 OCTOBER 2019

DAY 1

February 3, 2020 

Delhi to Bharatpur - Keoladeo Ghana National Park

We meet as a group in Delhi and drive together for several hours from Delhi to Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Upon arrival, we’ll settle into our hotel and enjoy dinner together while talking about the birds and wildlife we’ll see in the next few days. 

DAY 2 

February 4 

Birding and Photography in Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Bharatpur

With its paved walkways, trained cycle-rickshaw guides, and, best of all, an abundance of easy to approach birds, Bharatpur is geared for birding like few places in the world. A day's birding can include 150 species, and we’ll see and photograph many of them, as most birds are very approachable. We’ll spend the day in the park with our nature guides being driven around the park in their unique bicycle rickshaws.

 

Among the birds we may encounter: herons, storks and cormorants, with the most common waterfowl being gadwall, shoveler, common teal, cotton teal, tufted duck, knob-billed duck, little cormorant, great cormorant, Indian shag, ruff, painted stork, white spoonbill, Asian open-billed stork, oriental ibis, darter, common sandpiper, wood sandpiper and green sandpiper. The sarus crane, with its spectacular courtship dance, is also found here.

Other birds present include warblers, babblers, bee-eaters, bulbuls, buntings, chats, Painted francolins and quails, Indian grey hornbill and Marshall's iora. Raptors include osprey, peregrine falcon, Pallas' sea eagle, short-toed eagle, tawny eagle, imperial eagle, spotted eagle and crested serpent eagle.

 

We end the day with dinner where we’ll relive the day’s highlights and anticipate the birds and wildlife we’ll see the next day.

DAY 3

February 5 

Birding and Photography at Chambal Sanctuary 

We’ll drive to Chambal for a unique boat trip on the Chambal River, where we’ll observe and photograph species including the Indian Skimmer, Black-Bellied Tern, various migratory waterfowl, Cranes such as the Common, Demoiselle and Sarus; Fish-Eating Crocodile and Marsh Mugger. Being on a small boat will allow us to get close to these birds and animals for excellent observation and photography opportunities. We’ll return to Bharatpur for dinner and to prepare for another day in Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

DAY 4 

February 6 

Birding and Photography in Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Bharatpur

We’ll enjoy another full day of birding and photography in one of the best locations in the world; birders can concentrate on locating additional species, while photographers will get many opportunities for great shots.

 

DAY 5

February 7 

Birding and Photography in Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Bharatpur

We’ll spend the morning in the park for one last photography and observation session with our nature guides in their unique bicycle rickshaws. Then we will travel to Delhi where we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner together.

DAY 6

February 8

Delhi Tour, with Street and Architecture Photography

A day to be immersed in Northern Indian history and culture, We’ll enjoy the highlights of Delhi, including the Red Fort, India Gate, Humanyun Tomb, and touring Old Delhi. We’ll photograph these historical sights and enjoy street photography as we make our way around the vibrant and varied city of Delhi 

DAY 7

February 9

Travel to Jim Corbett National Park

We will drive to We will drive from Delhi to the oldest National Park in India to track and photograph the endangered Bengal Tiger. Seeing and photographing tigers in the wild is a thrill that is hard to match. Corbett is also home to more than 550 species of residents and migratory birds. It’s one of the richest bird regions in India, having been designated as an "Important Bird Area" by the IBA for being the habitat to such a large number of species. Some of the birds include Collared Falconet, Great Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Lineated Barbet, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Red-headed Vulture, and Racket-tailed Drongo.

DAY 8 & 9

February 10 & 11

Jim Corbett National Park Wildlife and Tiger Safaris

Time for tigers! Two full-day safaris (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) in an open roof jeep for tiger tracking and to photograph birds and wildlife. Each jungle safari lasts for about three hours. We’ll return back to the resort for meals. After lunch we’ll return to the park for an afternoon jungle safari.  

DAY 10

February 12

Jim Corbett National Park and drive to Sattal

Drive from Corbett National Park to the edge of the Himalayan foothills in Sattal. We’ll check into our hotel, enjoy a group dinner, and prepare for our next two days of intensive bird photography at Sattal.

DAY 11-12

February 13-14

Sattal Bird Photography

We’ll spend most of our day in the field observing and photographing birds. Sattal hosts a large variety of birds, including: red-billed blue magpiekingfishers, many barbetsplum-headed parakeetslaty-headed parakeet, chestnut bellied rock thrushtitsbabblersjungle owlet, pied woodpecker, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, grey-capped pygmy woodpecker, brown-fronted woodpecker, stripe-breasted woodpecker, yellow-crowned woodpecker, rufous-bellied woodpecker, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Himalayan woodpecker, lesser yellownape woodpecker, greater yellow-naped woodpecker, streak-throated woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker, scaly-bellied woodpecker, common flameback woodpecker, Indian tree pies, blue whistling-thrushlammergeierHimalayan griffoncrested serpent eagleflycatchers, cheer pheasants, Kalij pheasant, Koklas pheasants, dollarbird, leaf birds, flowerpeckerpurple sunbird, brown headed stork-billed kingfisher, stork-billed kingfisher, crested kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher, pied kingfisher, common kingfisher, blue-eared kingfisher, Himalayan kingfisher, Mrs. Gould’s sunbird, green-tailed sunbird, black-throated sunbird, black-breasted sunbird, crimson sunbird, fire-tailed sunbird, thick-billed flowerpecker, plain-leaf flowerpecker, fire-breasted flowerpecker, russet sparrowrufous babblerblack-headed jayscaly-breasted wren-babbler, black-capped sibia, blue whistling thrushfinchesmountain hawk eagleblack eagleEurasian jay, white-rumped needletail, black-headed jay, black-lored, black-throated tits, black bulbul, ashy-throated warblers, black-chinned babbler, rufous-breasted accentor, red-billed blue magpie, grey-winged blackbird, Eurasian griffon, common buzzard, black-chinned babbler, pink-browed rosefinch, common wood pigeon, slaty-headed parakeet, laughingthrush, chestnut-tailed minla, and lemon-rumped warblers,

DAY 13

February 15

Depart for Delhi

 

We’ll drive from from Sattal to the Delhi airport, where our tour ends.

TOUR CONDITIONS

PACING: Relaxed-moderate. Early starts are necessary on most days since we want to be out at first light for great photography conditions. There is quite a bit of automobile travel on our itineraries, but the landscapes and people of India are part of the experience of traveling in this incredible country. Most meals will be sit down affairs, but there will be a few packed breakfasts and lunches.

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Generally easy. Most walks are short and flat.. In some national parks, we will be confined to open-topped safari vehicles when we are inside the parks, and we will do some opportunistic photography on foot near our accommodations.

CLIMATE: In winter it is pleasantly warm and dry (mostly 71°- 90°F, 21°-32°C). Rain is usually not a problem, but may sometimes occur in the afternoons in the form of thunderstorms.

ACCOMMODATION: All accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, full time hot water, 24-hour electricity and internet (although it can be intermittent). 

PHOTOGRAPHY: These trips have both vehicle-based photography and photography on foot. There are excellent opportunities to photograph birds and mammals, with some street and landscape photography also possible.

GEAR: Long lenses (500 or 600 mm) are useful since subjects like birds can be far away. Light is generally abundant, and we won’t do a lot of night photography, so a flash is not essential.  A tripod can be useful, but is not essential. There is not enough room inside of the safari jeeps to set up a tripod. Bird watchers will want to bring their binoculars!