Trip Highlights

Witness the exceptional size and wingspan of the Himalayan griffon
Bird watching in Bharatpur
Experience the treasured artistry of the Taj Mahal
Enjoy a river cruise on the Chambal and learn about the rich aquatic life
Scour the national parks of the lower Himalaya
Corbett National Park on an elephant’s back

Trip overview:

From the lustre of the Taj Mahal to the long-bubbling call of the Eurasian Cuckoo, this is a custom-tailored adventure that will have you traversing the ancient wonders and national parks of northern India. Witness the panorama of the expansive rolling peaks of the upper Himalayas. Course through the fabulous riverine forests that are flush with black-winged stilt. Whether cruising along the river in search of gavial or watching the sky for crested laughing thrushes, this is a bird lover’s dream wrapped up in an unforgettable adventure

Day 1 (Arrive Delhi)

On Arrival at Delhi Airport , you will meet an IndeBo representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check, our representative will brief you about the journey and the visits. You will have rest of the day to yourself to relax. Later, enjoy your dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Delhi

Day 2 (Birds of Bharatpur)

Drive to Bharatpur, home to Keoladeo National Park. Step onto a shallow boat that takes you along the waterway. You will watch the graceful birds soar through the tranquil sky as the sun begins to set.

Day 3 (Birds, Bikes, Hikes and your Lenses)

Keoladeo National Park is home to some 230 species of birds over an area of 11 square miles. The mixture of woodlands and grasslands allows for various fauna, from chital deer to wild boar, partridges to the endangered Siberian crane. Follow your guide on a combination of walking and cycling tours. The surrounding ambience is a coveted quiet, filled with bird calls and the whirl of your bicycle along the pathway.Over the trickling surface of the Bharatpur Lake, you can see the birds interacting in their natural habitat is more than simply elegant; it is beautiful.

Day 4 (Taste of Royalty)

Drive to Jaipur. Polo lessons with the Expert.Cycle through a village and learn about the turbans and it’s importance in the Rajasthani culture.Get up-and-close with the locals and participate in their daily chores.Enjoy an elephant/camel ride through the wilderness in the foothills of the Aravalis. End your day with stories of the regal past as you interact with yours hosts over dinner – and a bonfire.

Day 5 (Finding the Pink in a city)

Full day sightseeing of Jaipur city.A guided tour of the City palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber fort (you can do this on an open jeep, a tuk-tuk or an air-conditioned car).Spend your day with the elephants – feed, bathe, paint and play with them.

Day 6 (The Jungle Book)

After breakfast you will depart from Jaipur to Ranthambore. The trees bend over the road and welcome you to the jungle. Along the hill that overlooks the forest, almost covered in brush, is the Ranthambhore Fortress, constructed in the 10th century and climbing around 700 feet above the plain.

Day 7 (The adventure continues....)

Optional: Wake up early for the 2 hour morning Jeep Safari, hopefully, it will not be in vain and you will spot a Royal Bengal Tiger. Spend the afternoon relaxing around the camp or visiting the old city, Dastakhari Kendra, to experience some local culture. Head out for another safari in the evening. Traditional Rajasthani dance and music provides the entertainment during tonight’s meal.

Day 8 (Taj - You Beauty!)

Journey to Agra.Hold your breath as you are about to be blown away by the beauty of the Taj Mahal. It looks amazing in the evening and we will time your visit to perfection – as the sun sets into the Yamuna in the background.End your day with a view of the city and cup of masala chai on the rooftop of a local family.

Day 9 (Turtles, Dolphins and Crocodiles)

In the morning you will come to the National Chambal Sanctuary. Climb aboard a river cruiser for a fabulous afternoon of bird watching as you drift along the winding Chambal River. You can see gavial, an endangered river crocodile, sunbathing on the riverbanks. Their long, thin snouts contain 110 teeth. You see pratincoles swiftly swing through the sky with graceful and controlled movement. You may also see the playful dive of a river dolphin.

Day 10 (A New World)

Arrive Dudhwa national park and check in at a private home built in the 1940s in the middle of the litchi plantation which was also used by the British Governors as a hunting lodge. Today spend your afternoon at leisure.

Day 11 (Above the Meadows)

Start your days by waking up early and exploring the 600 sq Km vast national park.
Board the jeeps and track the tigers, one-horned rhinos, swamp deer and various other
animals.Return to hotel for breakfast and in the afternoon leave for another safari in the national park. Also, explore the adjoining villages of Tharu tribes who do exist on the Indian side of the border too.

Day 12 (In the foothills of the Himalayas)

In the early morning you will leave to Sat Tal in the Lower Himalaya. The town is known for its group of seven freshwater lakes that were once interconnected. You can get caught up in the exceptional collection of the unique avifauna of the Himalayas.

Day 13 (A Birding paradise)

The cable car gives you an impressive panorama of Nainital Lake and the surrounding mountains before you continue onward to Pangot. The city’s charm is in its laidback atmosphere and fabulous birdlife. Before you even step into the woods you can find Himalayan griffon, possibly the largest and heaviest bird in the mountain range, circling in the sky. When evening comes you can settle into the luxuries of the lodge.

Day 14 (Temples, Birds, and Tigers)

In the first half of your day you come to the Garjiya Devi Temple located on the outskirts of Corbett National Park. The sacred Shakti shrine sits on a large rock on the bank of Kosi River. After lunch, you enter the Jhirna Range Forest on a jeep safari to begin your search for the exotic and unique. In the expanse of trees, you see the white Mohawk, reddish-brown feathers, and black mask of a crested laughing thrush. As you leave behind the thin branches of the forest you settle into your accommodation at the Tiger Camp.

Day 15 (Into the Wild)

Early In the dense sal forest of Corbett National Park you will find Dhikala Range. The panoramic valley views of the surrounding valley and wildlife sightings are out of this world. Dhikala Forest rest house is located in the heart of the Tiger Reserve with the Ramganga river forming a reservoir right in front of the camp. The Range is has a huge diversity of terrain and wildlife.In the evening you come to the Dhikala Forest Lodge.

Day 16 (Back to the base)

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to International airport.Room for wash-and-change at the airport before the onward flight
Cities Covered
Delhi
Bharatpur
Jaipur
Ranthambhore
Agra
Chambal
Dudhwa
Sattal
Pangot
Corbett National Park

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