Bird Watching Tour With Tiger
Delhi - Umariya - Bandhavgarh - Kanha National Park - Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi
Day 01: Arrival Delhi Birding Tours in India
On arrival at the airport meet our representative, "Welcome" than transfer to the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Umariya (Train)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to railway station, time to catch the train for Umariya, Overnight boarding on train.
Day 03: Umariya - Bandhavgarh
On arrival at Umariya railway station, meet our representative than transfer to Bandhavgarh National park, only 34kms. from Umariya, check in at the resort, then guide will give an orientation on Birds before you leave for your first excursion. Once the hunting grounds of the erstwhile Maharajas of Rewa BTR came into limelight with the chance discovery of the white tiger nearby. This dry Sal forest and the steep mountainous tract is an amazing conglomeration of rocky hills interspersed with valleys of several huge grassy meadows and rivers, dense patches of evergreen forest, a number of small lakes, marshes and pools. The resident bird population is high, thanks to the year round flowering and fruiting of trees. Migratory birds, ranging from Warblers to Steppe Eagles visit the park in winter. The main rivers are Charanganga, Umrar and Johilla the lifeline of this fragile ecosystem. The forests are Mixed, Sal, and Bamboo dominates the slopes. Avi-Fauna abounds here and approximately 250 species of birds have been recorded so far.
Target Species:White-necked Stork, Comb Duck, flocks of Lesser Whistling Teals, Cotton Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Teal and Oriental Darter. Riparian vegetation along streams and marshes are rich in bird life and Lesser Adjutant Stork, Black Ibis, White Ibis, Painted Storks can be seen, In the small areas of marshland, the banks of rivers and streams one expects to see Wagtails, Sandpipers, Grey Francolin, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, Eurasian Thick-knee, the huge Stork-billed Kingfisher, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Blyth's Reed Warbler etc. overnight stay at the Resort.
Day 04: Bandhavgarh
Morning after breakfast, full day trip to Bandhavgarh Fort by Jeep and by foot wherever allowed. This is a 2000 year old fort and is an amazing birding destination. Kabir Chaura on the way to the fort almost invariably has Vultures, Blue Rock Thrushes and Crag Martins. We will eventually climb up to the Bandhavgarh Fort where the rocky escarpments are home to Jungle Bush Quail, wintering Sulphur-bellied Warblers and Peregrine Falcons (Shaheen) of the resident race. Overnight stay at the Resort.
Day 05: Bandhavgarh National Park
Morning after breakfast, exploring of the forest by Jeep for the amazing variety of avifauna that thrive here. The Sal forest harbours some great birds. Where there are patches of evergreen forest, such as along the perennial streams or at the base of the fort, we should get superb views of the attractive Orange-headed Thrush, as well as the impressive Malabar Pied Hornbill (here at the northern limits of its range). The drier areas support Sandgrouse, & buntings. The large, grassy meadows hold Lapwings & Pipits. We should also encounter one or two of the less common or more difficult to find birds of the area. see Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Great Tit, [very different from the European equivalent] White-naped Woodpecker, Red and Painted Spurfowl, Sirkeer Malkoha, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Orange-headed Thrush, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Grey Hornbill, Painted Sandgrouse, Crested Bunting, Plain-backed Thrushes, Ultramarine and Grey-headed Flycatchers, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Paddyfield & Blyth's Pipits, Painted Francolin, Mottled Wood Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Small Minivet (Little Minivet), White-bellied Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Striated (or Little) Heron, Purple Heron, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Sarus Crane, Emerald Dove, Rufous Woodpecker, Puff-throated Babbler, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and Pale-billed Flowerpecker. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 06: Bandhavgarh - Kanha National Park Birding Tours in India
Morning after breakfast, drive to Bandhavgarh National Park on arrival check into the resort, freshen up then lunch in our Multi-cuisine restaurant. After Lunch we will make our first visit into Kanha National Park. Kanha's reputation as a prime tiger habitat overshadows all other aspects of this magnificent paradise. Keen bird watchers know how rich Kanha is as a bird habitat. Varied vegetation of Sal and Mixed forests, Bamboo, grasslands, altitude variation and numerous rivers and water bodies make this 1945 sq. km reserve a diverse habitat immensely suitable to avifauna and offers immense scope to study the forest birds apart from a rich variety of water birds that thrive on numerous lakes and rivers of this magnificent ecosystem. The main river systems are Halon, Banzar, and Sulkum tributaries of Narmada River. Nestled in Maikal hill of the Satpura Range this Central Indian Highland has approximately 260 bird species. Most of the bird species at Kanha Tiger Reserve are resident and local migratory, but substantial numbers of migratory birds make Kanha their home in winters. There will also be an evening excursion to water bodies by Jeep - Sravan Lake followed by visit to Saundhar Tank and Bisanpura. Overnight stay at the Resort.
Day 07: Kanha National Park
Morning after breakfast, Jeep Safari in the reserve to see the amazing eco-niches - a result of a very varied topography. For lunch come back to the Resort, than join evening Safari in the Park. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 08: Kanha National Park
Morning after breakfast, excursion by Jeep and see Warblers, Leafbirds, Babblers, Shrikes, the vocal Large Green Barbet the list is endless. A trip to the steep Bamni Dadar (Hill) holds few more surprises. Many species of Minivet can be seen on the groove at Parsa Tola and elsewhere. Vultures can be seen on the remains of carnivore kills. Hornbills nest in old-growth trees. Our evening will be spent on a trek on foot around the periphery of the reserve. It helps to have a different perspective from the ground to see forest birds, mostly birds that favour being nearer to human habitation too. The canopy here is more mixed and large Ficus (Banyan, Peepal) trees are more commonly seen. This is an excellent habitat for an amazingly large number of birds of different species are common. Along the Nullahs (rivulets) and water bodies Kingfishers can be seen with ease. The resident raptors can be sighted hunting and nesting in magnificent, tall trees. Nocturnal birds including nightjars and several owl species. see Green Barbet, Green-footed Pigeon, Pygmy Woodpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Little Minivet, Scarlet Minivet & Long-tailed Minivet, White-backed, Long-billed, King & Egyptian vultures, Malabar Pied Hornbills & Grey Hornbills. Among the more difficult targets are Brown Fish Owl, Overnight stay at the Resort.
Day 09: Kanha - Nagpur (270 kms.)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Nagpur on arrival check in at the hotel, evening free for leisure overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Nagpur - Delhi - Departure
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport time to catch the flight for Delhi, arrival Delhi meet our representative and direct transfer to Internation airport time to catch the flight for Onward destination.
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