Jungles and Wetlands of Northern India
22 Feb–5 Mar 2023
Jungles and Wetlands of Northern India
22 Feb–5 Mar 2023
Small Group tour Led by Yorkshire Coast Nature Directors; Richard Baines & Steve Race. A rare opportunity to have two expert guides from the UK plus local wildlife guides.
India is one of the top countries in the world for birding and wildlife photography. It really is teeming with wildlife wherever you go. From wild boars wandering through the centre of towns to the amazing jungles full of birds and tigers! On this tour we will visit two nature reserves we are familiar with from previous trips led by Steve and Richard. Keoladeo National Park on the edge of Bharatpur is one of the most important wetlands in the world for birds and then we travel to Ranthambore National Park one of the top tiger sites in the world. This is going to be a great wildlife combo!
Steve and Richard set up Yorkshire Coast Nature in 2011. For ten years they have been exploring the natural wonders of Yorkshire and Asia. Steve and Richard have introduced thousands of guests to wildlife wonders and taught them many new skills.
Steve is a professional wildlife photographer who has devoted his life to capturing amazing images. He has achieved many accolades and awards including in 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards”.
Richard is a professional ecologist and lifetime birder who has worked in wildlife tourism and nature conservation all of his life. He is pationate about sharing his knowledge and devoting large amounts of his time working as a volunteer to improve habitats for birds and wildlife. Richard is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
Day 1 : To Delhi
Departure London on BA 257 for Delhi, dep at 1845hrs. We will fly directly with British Airways to Delhi, arriving in Delhi on Thursday morning.
Day 2 :
Arrival Delhi at 0850 hrs. Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Shangrila Eros. Rest of the day free to relax. Late afternoon a short drive to Lodhi Garden for some fresh air & a leisurely birding/photography walk. Overnight at Hotel the Shangri La’s Eros (Deluxe Room).
Day 3 :
After breakfast, drive to Bharatpur Bird Sanctury for 04 nights stay at The Bagh (Deluxe Room). Afternoon a guided birdwatching tour with local expert guide 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 to March 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
Day 4 : Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park
Our second full day photography and birdwatching tour inside Keoladeo national park with packed lunch from hotel. B, L, D
Day 5 : Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park
Our third full day photography and birdwatching tour inside Keoladeo national park with packed lunch from hotel. The three days in Keoladeo allow us time to really drink in the experience and get to see with as much of the wildlife as we can. B, L, D
Day 6 :
An early morning drive north to the wonder Chambal River followed by a two-hour boat safari on the river guided by our local expert naturalist. Here birds such as River Tern and Indian Skimmer mingle with Gharial, a fantastic fish-eating crocodile, Mugger Crocodiles and if we are lucky, we may even see a rare Gangetic Dolphin. Return to Bharatpur for overnight stay at The Bagh.
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Day 7 :
Late morning drive to Ranthambore National Park for a four night stay at The Sawai Vilas (Luxury Villa). Ranthambore is one of the prime project tiger reserves. The locale is spectacular, with the rugged Vindhya hills, highland boulder plateaus, and lakes & rivers providing a home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
At your leisure you can relax in the hotel or explore Ranthambore Fort. The 1000-year-old fort is atop a hill and is a spectacular military bastion. B, L, D
Day 8 : To Ranthambore National Park
Our second full day photography and birdwatching tour inside Ranthambore national park with packed lunch from hotel.
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Day 9 : Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore is noted for a visible tiger and leopard population. There are about 25 species of mammals including caracal, fishing cat, leopard cat, wild cat, jungle cat, civet, langur monkey, sloth bear, wild boar, sambar deer, spotted deer, Indian gazelle, nilgai antelope, golden jackal, Bengal fox and striped hyena. There are more than 240 species of colourful birds.
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Day 10 : Ranthambore National Park
Full day of Jungle activities: early morning & afternoon game drives in to the national park in jeeps. The variety of habitat gives rise to a wonderful mix of animals to spot – the grassland plateau is home to the Gaur (Indian bison) and four-horned Antelope, whilst in dense clumps of forest shy jungle cat and civet roam. Here Project Tiger is actively pursuing conservation projects in the park, increasing the chance to see Tiger.
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Day 11 : To Delhi
Leave Ranthambore after breakfast for Jaipur airport. Fly Jaipur-Delhi by Indigo airlines ( 14:20- 15:20. Transfer to Hotel Radisson Blue near International airport for a free afternoon and overnight stay.
Day 12 : To London
Departure transfer to Delhi airport to fly home by Direct British Airways flight BA256 at 11:05 to arrive London at 15:10.
Extend your tour to include a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra or add on a relaxing week cruising through the lush green backwaters of Kerala. B
|Price per person
|Single room supplement|
- International flights in economy class on British Airways. Supplement costs for World Traveller Plus & club class are available on request.
- Internal flight from Jaipur to Delhi in economy class with 23kg checked in baggage + 7kg cabin baggage
- Air-conditioned accommodation with private facilities on twin, double sharing and single room occupancy.
- Meal Plan: All Meals except Delhi where breakfast & dinner 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 & ABTA Bonding.
- Airline failure Insurance.
- Visa Fee: E- Tourist visa facility is now available for India for citizens of most countries of the World. A step-by-step guide how to apply for E-Tourist visa will be sent in due course.
- Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls and beverages.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
- Travel Insurance*
Numbers; strictly limited to 10 clients (first-come-first-serve) to ensure a high guide to guest ratio.
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