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London • Delhi • Ramnagar • Corbett National Park • Bharatpur • Byana • Band BarethByana • Delhi • London
Nature and Photography in The Jungles and Wetlands of Northern India
Small Group tour Led by Richard Baines & Mark Pearson
Saturday 09 – Saturday 23 February 2019
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Departure London on BA 257 for Delhi, dep at 1905hrs. We will fly direct with B.A to Delhi a great way to travel, arriving in Delhi on Sunday morning.
Arrival Delhi at 0855 hrs. Drive to Lodhi Garden for some fresh air & walk. After lunch at Lodhi - The Garden Restaurant, board Samparak Kranti in Chair Car, dep at 1600hrs (Packed Dinner) Travel by afternoon train to Ramnagar where we will drive a short distance to our lodge resort at Jungle Jim’s where we will stay for four nights. This is a great base for birdwatching and wildlife trips. There are also many great birds right outside your cabin. Purple and Crimson Sunbirds and Woodpeckers galore and we may even find a roosting Jungle Owlet! D
Morning bird watching tour outside the park. PM: Game drive in the park with Manoj. From Jungle Jim’s we will spend several days exploring the area within and outside of Corbett National Park. The game drives inside Corbett are our best chance of seeing a Tiger, Golden Jackle and other mammals and we had great success on our spring 2017 tour. B, L, D
Full day bird watching including visit to Tumariya Reservoir with Manoj (Packed Lunch) Birdwatching trips with our local expert guide will take in many habitats in search of fabulous birds such as Sarus Crane, up to four species of Vulture, three species of storks and the iconic and unique Ibisbill. Nearby birds such as Wallcreeper can be seen as well as many herons, waders and wildfowl. B, L, D
AM, PM; Game drive in the Corbett National Park with Manoj. (Packed Lunch) The best way to see elusive birds, mammals and other wildlife is to spend several days in a wild place developing a feel for the habitat, learning from the experts and drinking in the sights. On each wildlife drive we will explore the best areas known by local guides. Our previous trips brought us fabulous views of Crested Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Wild Boar, Steppe Eagle and in November many opportunities to see migrant songbirds moving through the area. B, L, D
Group moves to Dikhala Camp Lodge - by 03 jeeps. PM: Game Drive. (Pick up will happen by 0530hrs; with packed breakfast). B,L,D
AM: Game Drive. Later transfer to Ramnagar railway station to board Delhi Link Exp in CC to Delhi (0950-1525hrs). Spending a night in the heart of Corbett National Park at Dikhala Lodge is often the best opportunity to see the large mammals such as Asian Elephant as getting close to birds such as Crested Serpent Eagle. The location of Dikhala within this huge area of wilderness creates a great sense of wonder.
Arrive Delhi railway station at 1525hrs. Overnight at Shangri La's Eros. B
Early morning drive to Agra. PM: Agra s/s with a visit to Taj Mahal at Sunset. Overnight at Crystal Sarovar Premiere. No trip to northern India is complete without a trip to the Taj Mahal. This is not only one of the wonders of the world it is also a pretty good place for birds with many Black Kites, Parakeets and other birds in the gardens and waders on the river next to the Taj. B
Drive to Bharatpur, en-route visit Fathepur Sikri. 05 nights at Birders Inn.PM: A guided birdwatching tour with Brijendra Singh. Keoladeo national park in Bharatpur is one of the best places in the world to get close to a fantastic array of wetland species. A photographers dream if you love water birds! November is a great time to photograph birds such as Painted Stork, Asian Open-billed Stork and many other nesting birds as this is the time of year they nest close to the birding tracks. B,L,D
Full day birdwatching tour. B,L,D
Full day visit to Byana and Band Baretha. Birdwatching trips can bring many resident predictable birds along with great surprises. November is a good time for migration with birds such as Bluethroat and Rosefinches arriving and raptors such as Oriental Honey Buzzard should also be on the cards. Byana and Band Baretha are also good places to search for a wide variety of waders including the amazing looking Great Thick-Knee. B, L,D
02 hr drive to Chambal River boat safari followed by birding with naturalist in the fields of Chambal area. Staying at the famous Birders Lodge in Bharatpur provides a great opportunity to explore a diverse range of places such as Chambal River. Here birds such as River Tern and Indian Skimmer mingle with Gharial, a fantastic fish-eating crocodile and Gangetic Dolphin. B, L, D
AM: Visit Kumher. PM: Visit Bharatpur. B, L, D
AM: Bharatpur sightseeing. Based at the Birders Lodge approximately 10 minutes rickshaw drive away from the gates of Keoladeo national park provides an opportunity to spend quality time here between trips to other sites. In spring 2017 we were treat to great views of a nesting pair of huge Dusky Eagle Owl!. Later drive to Delhi. Overnight at Ibis. B
Departure transfer to Delhi airport to fly back to London (BA 256; 1105-1515hrs). B
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Richard Baines - Ornithologist/Ecologist
Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced in bird identification and ecology. He was born in North Yorkshire and lived here for most of his life. He has worked extensively with the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) including a project in 2014 surveying a large area of open moorland for breeding waders such as Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria). He has travelled extensively especially in Asia, recently spending 3 months birding in Thailand. He returned from Gujarat in December 2015 with a great passion for Indian birds and of course the food! He is currently studying part time for his MSc in Environmental Conservation. Richard is very keen on always increasing his knowledge on the ecology of birds and other wildlife. His greatest asset is his knowledge and enthusiasm, he loves passing on his experience of wildlife to a wide range of ages and abilities.
Mark Pearson - Wildlife guide for Yorkshire Coast Nature.
He is an obsessive birder, qualified ornithologist, natural history writer and passionate conservationist and has many years' experience talking, guiding and leading events about birds and wildlife. He is often asked to appear on television and radio, most recently on BBC's Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Natural World. Originally from Flamborough, he has recently returned to his beloved Yorkshire coast, and now lives in Filey. He has travelled extensively over five continents in pursuit of wildlife, but remains especially passionate about the birdlife of his native region. His writing is widely published and he is presently working on his first book; much of his work is archived at markjamespearson.wordpress.com
International flights in economy class on British Airways. Supplement costs for World Traveller Plus & club class are available on request..
Train journey in first air conditioned executive class on Shatabadi Express from Delhi to Ramnagar and back to Delhi.
Air-conditioned accommodation with private facilities on twin, double sharing and single room occupancy.
Meal Plan: All Meals except Delhi and Agra where breakfast only is included.
All sightseeing arrangements including wildlife viewing and photography tours and walks.
Services of an experienced local English speaking guide.
Services of Mr Richard Baines and Mr Steve Race as professional nature and photography experts
Complimentary mineral water while travelling and on sightseeing.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Cost does not include:
Visa fee for India. (E-Tourist visa facility is now available for India, we will send relevant information how to apply to all participants).
Travel Insurance. You can obtain a competitive price for travel insurance from Travel & General see link to Travel Insurance
Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Tips and gratuities
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
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- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.