Some off-beat destinations mixed with the must do makes this programme unique. Keetham lake, Sur Sarovar, Bharatpur, and Chambal will satiate your birding desires. Birding walks, cycle rickshaw birding excursions, you bird with your scopes and binocularss in a rowing boat, and also in a motorboat birding safari, we will approach birds in all possible ways. Tigers await you to be photographed in Ranthambhore, one of the premium Tiger reserves of India. Only once you have seen your first Wild Tiger in Ranthambhore yourself will you realise the charisma behind this species, and why he is the most photographed mammal on the planet. Culminate the tour in Jaipur in the Palaces, Forts, the enchanting pink city, and the Jal Mahal, seeing how the royalty lived till a few decades back.
On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will further assist you in check in at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctury. Enjoy the Yamuna Expressway Drive as it has lot of greenery to offer.
Sur Sarovar was declared the Bird Sanctury in 1991. This lake is pentagon in shape and that's has enhanced the formation of small islands. These small islands further increase the nesting opportunity for the residents and visitors alike. There are around 160 bird species which can be seen at any given time. The visiting birds are follow the river Yamuna like a road and Keetham lake - inside the Park act as a big round about where you have to stop. That's why this Spot is favorite of the migratory birds.
Quintessential Mughal city that was the capital of their empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Apart from Taj Mahal, theirs is the magnificent Agra Fort to visit - A story of brick to red sandstone. A fort which was home to Rajputs and Mughals. The prime time of this fort was 16 century when whole country was ruled from here. Visit to Fatehpursikri, and BulandDarwaza is must After visit to Taj.
Evening at leisure in your hotel.
Chances are en route you would be talking about Chambal. Its stories, mysteries and charm would have brushed you before you reach there. It has wildlife which is exclusive to its terrain, Ruins which tell the magnificent tales and Landscapes which have everything magical about it. In other words it has all the ingredients which will mesmerize you.
Check in to the hotel and after lunch it would be time for the Camel Safari. Camel safari along with the river would bring alive the tales of Chambal and its long forgotten histories. Nature walk back at the hotel for the late evening would open the opportunity to explore the birds and life around the river.
Get ready for Jeep safari and taste the forbidding scenery and landscapes. Evening would be River safari. An opportunity to see the Queen of Chambal - the elusive Ganges River Dolphin. Besides - critically endangered Gharials( small crocodiles) and red crown roof turtle. Try to see all seven colors in the stripes at his head. Chambal supports 8 of the 26 rare turtle species found in India. Mammals which live here include: rhesus macaque, Hanuman langur, golden jackal, Bengal fox, common palm civet, Indian small mongoose, Indian grey mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, sambar, nilgai, blackbuck, Indian gazelle (chinkara), northern palm squirrel, porcupine, Indian hare, Indian flying fox and hedgehog.
Besides you would include visit to Fort Ater. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chamber from alters of Fort Ater. Historically important site for Rajput, Mughals and Marathas.
After Morning Breakfast - We would be moving to our next destination - the Heritage town of Dhaulpur.
Dhaulpur is equididtant to two very historical towns - Agra and Gwalior. On your drive from Chambal you would pass through mmustard fields and picturesque villages. Getting the view of birds on the move is a prized catch. Keep your cameras handy because chances are that you would stumble upon spotted owls for sure. bushchats, babblers, peacocks, wooly necked stork, kingfishers should be posing for your camera. Check in to the hotel and get ready for the activities - Excursions to temples and step wells, River Cruise with history flaunting itself on both the shores, Birding at Van Vihar and if we you are kucky then witness the exchange of marriage vows of the two Indian families.
Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, in which over 400 species of water birds. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swampy, lightly wooded terrain that was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Today it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, like Sarus Crane,Garganey Teal that spends its winter here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park, besides a fairly rich habitation of deer and snakes. The best time to visit the park is from October though March The park can be explored either by cycle rickshaws (the drivers are all very capable naturalists) or by boats on the lake.
Overnight in Bharatpur.
Morning full day birding by Rickshaw / Cycle and walking at Bharatpur Bird sanctuary.
Check in to the hotel. Evening drives in the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort.
With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day.
Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness
Overnight in Ranthambore.
During the day visit the famous Ranthambhore Fort. (12 kms. from the Resort) Perhaps the only one fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to SawaiMadho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It's a unique Rajput Fort.
Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from the sea level and 750ft from ground. Total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no drive way up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort.
Overnight in Ranthambore.
Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort with an Elephant ride upto the top of the Fort. Drive past HawaMahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
Return to the town in the afternoon enroute visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the JantarMantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Morning free for leisure activity and later transfer to international airport to board a flight back home.
|Agra, Chambal, Dhaulpur, Bharatpur, Ranthambhore, Jaipur|
|01 OCT 2019|
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