Famous Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is renowned amongst birdwatchers and wildlife photographers worldwide. A fabulous array of herons, storks, cranes and wildfowl awaits us. Imperial and Spotted Eagles hunt over jheels inhabited by Purple Swamphens, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and improbably tall Sarus Cranes. Woodlands are home to Long-tailed Nightjars, Dusky Eagle Owls and Siberian Rubythroats and other attractions in this remarkable wetland include Porcupines, Jackals, magnificent Rock Pythons and the graceful Jungle Cat. Only a short distance from Bharatpur lies one of the most beautiful works of man, Shah Jahan’s love immortalized in marble, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Rajasthan’s beautiful Ranthambore National Park will keep us enthralled with its rich and abundant mammal fauna including that ultimate predator – the Tiger! A magnificent eleventh century fort overlooks forests, lakes and grasslands inhabited by Blackbuck, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sambar, Sloth Bear and a rich variety of birds.
An extension takes us 7500′ up into the Himalayan foot hills at Nainital where we can savor a completely new set of birds as well as magnificent views of the high Himalaya, and then down to the lovely Kosi River and Corbett National Park where the variety of birds and mammals is quite extraordinary. These legendary locations can be savored from the comfort of some superbly located lodges and hotels, allowing us to enjoy and photograph India’s classic wildlife at our leisure.
Focus: Birds, Mammals, Culture, Photography, Scenery, Butterflies
“The India tour, with great views of birds, mammals, and iconic palaces as well as Rajasthan culture was easily the most memorable of some dozen overseas trips we have taken in the past few years.”
– Frank & Pat S., India Jan 2008