Exciting India

The Indian sub-continent embraces an enormous range of habitats extending from the spectacular peaks of the Himalayas in the north, through forests, lakes and deserts to the moist hills in the south of the country where the shoreline is caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Whatever your passion, be it for mammals (350 species), reptiles/amphibians (600 species) or birds (1300 species), then India has them all. Not to mention huge varieties of both plant and insect! Is it any wonder that many regard India as the ultimate wildlife destination?

We have put together two consecutive tours to allow you to do a single tour or join both. The areas of these 2 tours are so different and offer great birding and wildlife opportunities, so for a taste of India, join us or read more…

Corbett Park to Himalaya Mountains

No matter which criteria you use to judge India, it is one of the most diverse and exciting holiday destinations on earth. The constant presence of archaeological reminders of the country’s extraordinary history and the fascination of becoming immersed into a completely unique and complex culture are reasons enough to visit India. However, for anyone interested in wildlife then the attractions of wild India are simply too great to resist. Colourful and diverse are two adjectives nearly always applied to India and both perfectly describe the flora and fauna. This tour concentrates on the area of and around the Corbett National Park and includes a visit to Pangot in the north eastern region of India. In all we will stay in three different places, two outside the park and one inside the park (Dhikala). Our visit to Pangot will give us the opportunity to take-in great views of the Himalayas, weather permitting, and also give us opportunities to see such species as White-throated Laughing Thrush, Altai Accentor and other local specialities. Corbett Park was India’s first national park and is Tiger and Elephant country. It is ranked as one of the best managed parks in the subcontinent and is one of the last surviving stretches of untouched sub-Himalayan wilderness. The main area of the park has over 585 species of bird and 50 species of mammal, so we hope this should impress the most discerning of wildlife travellers!

Bharatpur and Chambal River

On this tour we visit four separate areas south of Delhi. As with the first tour, we have taken great care to choose our places of accommodation and all are very comfortable and provide really nice food together with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The first stop (for three nights) is the famous Kahna National Park. Kanha National Park is one of India’s finest tiger reserves. It is spread more than 940 sq km in a horse shoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Mekal range. The second location is the Pench National Park. Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. Our next port of call is the Chambal River, where we will spend three nights. We loved the lodge accommodation here and the bird life surrounding the lodge and on the Chambal River. We will take a river trip, visit the Sarus Crane Conservation Centre and its surrounding wetlands, take walks around the fields close to our lodge and we can offer the option for a day’s excursion to Agra where you can visit the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal. From the Chambal River we will make our way to our next destination, the famous bird sanctuary of Bharatpur. Here we will see one of India’s great natural spectacles, with hundreds of Herons, Egrets and Storks breeding colonially. Here we can observe nature from the comfort of our Rickshaw, a boat trip and for those with a sense of purpose you can even hire a bicycle!

Travelling together as Friends