India - Classic Himalayas tour Intro

TOUR OVERVIEW

The Himalayas are an ornithological treasure house of amazing, beautiful and absolutely superb birds! For anyone who has never been within sight of these massive peaks, there are numerous new families of birds, as well as the impressive spectacle of large mixed-species flocks. Add to this a whole suite of skulking, unobtrusive and hard to see species – and we really love those ones! This tour concentrates on the ‘classic’ Himalayan destinations of Corbett National Park and the higher elevations around Nainital, Pangot and Sat Tal and the focus of the tour will be to see all wildlife well, rather than racing around trying to build up a big list but we will also concentrate on the specialities as well. Starting at the world famous Corbett National Park where we will split our time between a good lodge outside the park and Dhikala Lodge nestled within the heart of the park. As well as a chance of seeing Tiger and wild Asian Elephants, there are a whole host of attractive species to search for, from Ibisbill, Pallas’s Fish-eagle, Great Pied Hornbill and Slaty-back Forktail to Wallcreeper, Kalij Pheasant, Collared Falconet and some true grassland skulkers like Himalayan Rubythroat, Grey-sided Bush-warbler and Hodgson’s Bushchat. Moving to the tranquil setting of our secluded lodge at Pangot, this stunning and remote area will provide a veritable feast of typical Himalayan species such as barbets, bulbuls, babblers, laughingthrushes, yuhinas, warblers and rosefinches. There are numerous specialities to search for as well which will ensure you really won’t want to leave. Rather unique by Asian standards, the lodge has a feeding station giving the opportunity to get up close and personal with some cracking birds and provide a veritable feast of photographic opportunities! Finally we conclude our Himalayan adventure at Sat Tal where amidst thick forest there is the chance of tough species such as Nepal Wren-babbler, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush and Chestnut-headed Tesia amongst a great selection of other birds. Nearby areas could produce Speckled Piculet, Black-throated Accentor, Himalayan Red-flanked Bush-robin and Small-billed Scaly Thrush amongst others. With the excitement of an overnight sleeper train returning us to the hustle and bustle of Delhi we conclude the tour with a complete contrast of species by visiting Okhla Bird Sanctuary and its multitude of waterbirds and some special species to finish of our jam-packed tour in spectacular fashion. This tour can be joined to our 'Northern India' tour for a comprehensive coverage of northern India.

Sunday 29th Nov - Thursday 10th Dec

KEY SPECIES

Here are just a few of the key species we will be targetting on this tour:

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Cheer Pheasant
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Red-headed Vulture
  • Lesser Fish-Eagle
  • Pallas's Fish-Eagle
  • Sarus Crane
  • Ibisbill
  • Tawny Fish-Owl
  • Mountain Scops-Owl
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Wallcreeper
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Collared Falconet
  • Speckled Piculet
  • Scaly-breasted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker 
  • Great Slaty Woodpecker 
  • Himalayan Shrike-Babbler
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Common Green Magpie
  • Streak-throated Swallow
  • Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler
  • Nepal Wren-Babbler
  • Black-faced Warbler
  • Chestnut-crowned Bush-Warbler
  • Grey-bellied Tesia
  • Chestnut-headed Tesia
  • Sulphur-bellied Warbler
  • Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush
  • Long-billed Thrush
  • Tickell's Thrush
  • Spot-winged Starling
  • Himalayan Bluetail
  • Himalayan Rubythroat
  • Golden Bush-Robin
  • Altai Accentor
  • Upland Pipit
  • Spot-winged Grosbeak
  • Black-throated Accentor
  • Yellow-breasted Greenfinch
  • White-capped Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting 
  • Pink-browed Rosefinch 
  • Bengal Tiger

Leaders: Nick Bray and local guides. 

Ground Price:  £1995.00  - Delhi/Delhi

Airfare:  £550.00 - £680.00(Approx) - UK/UK

Single supplement: £250.00                     

Deposit: £500.00

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 4 and maximum 12 with 2 leaders.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite (single rooms may not be possible at Dhikala), all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12, bottled water, all ground transport including jeep safaris in Corbett NP, all park/reserve entrance fees, and services of leaders.

Not included: International airfare, insurance, visa fee, drinks, tips, camera fees at National Parks and items of a personal nature.   

Accommodation: The hotels & lodges used during this tour are of a reasonable to good standard, all with en-suite facilities. We will stay in the best available lodges/guest houses as close to the birding sites as possible. The rooms at Dhikala inside Corbett NP are basic but the location is superb. Please note we may well only stay for 1 night here, depending on latest information received as to where the best birding is to be found during our time in this area. 

Tour Code: This is a standard birding tour with regular birding walks along roads and well marked trails. Expect early starts each day! Expect one long drive on Day 2 as we travel from Delhi to Corbett (267kms/7 hours) and Day 10 as we drive from Sat Tal to Delhi. The weather is generally warm at this time of year, although dawn/dusk and overnight it does get much cooler and can be quite cold at Pangot. Rain is not expected at this time of year.  Usually there is some time off during the middle of the day to relax and enjoying our surroundings! 

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