India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas

With over 400 bird species and landscapes from wetlands to woodlands, Bharatpur and Chambal are a birders' paradise – with tigers and river dolphins too.
Magnificent landscapes of Bharatpur and Chambal Keoladeo Ghana National Park Chambal River wildlife cruise Kumaon Hills and Saatal Forests of Pangot Cheena Peak Range Corbett National Park tiger reserve Over 400 bird species – plus leopards and river dolphin
Price
£1300To£1500 excluding flights
Duration
14 Days
Type
Tailor made
Reviews
More info
Includes airport transfers, full board accommodation ,jeep safari,chambal boat ride,entrance fees, local birding guide & dedictaed AC car with you. Delhi is on B&B Price is per person based on a minimum of 2 people.
Or from £1300 per person for a minimum of 4 people. Best months: October to Late March THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR
Make enquiry

Description of India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas

Price information

£1300To£1500 excluding flights
Includes airport transfers, full board accommodation ,jeep safari,chambal boat ride,entrance fees, local birding guide & dedictaed AC car with you. Delhi is on B&B Price is per person based on a minimum of 2 people.
Or from £1300 per person for a minimum of 4 people. Best months: October to Late March THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements for 2 to 12 people. The best time to travel is October to June

Travel guides

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Reviews

1 Reviews of India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


For us the nature based activities and birdwatching were tremendous. We had some really good guides and got to see tigers and a leopard which is very rare. The people, the culture and the environment were very exotic to us. People were on the whole very gracious and helpful and we left feeling we wanted to come back to other parts and to learn and understand more.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax and enjoy the experience. It's India and people do things differently. Keep an open mind but don't be bullied into doing things you don't want to do. We felt a lot of pressure from some guides and drivers to give larger tips than those suggested and to do things and buy things we didn't want. We had trouble finding the right compartment on trains even though we had reserved berths. Somehow things work themselves out but you need to be patient and persistent; assertive but not aggressive.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We had local people providing services throughout. The National Parks and Reserves we visited had very good conservation standards and tried to limit the impact of tourism while providing opportunities to experience the wildlife and unique environment. It was very hard to see so many very poor people alongside clearly great wealth. Since we had paid for all services in advance we were sometimes unsure if people providing some of the services received a fair wage or whether they were dependent on bigger tips.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good to excellent. Better than expected.

Read the operator's response here:

First of all we thank you sending us your valuable feedback of your recent trip to India.
We have gone through your comments and yes I agree the drivers here do have a habit of asking for more tips. We on regular basis brief our drivers on this and will continue doing so. Also we realise that you had difficulty in finding your compartment so as compared to other countries here in India things are a bit different as you will find humans overcrowding everywhere. But we have taken a note on this & for sure it will not be repeated again.
Thanks
Kirty

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Planet and people

This is a specialized Himalayan birding tour so all the birding guides are from the local area who we have trained over the years. We were the first tour operator to start birding tours in this region and have spread awareness among youngsters that they can easily have a good livelihood by becoming a good birding guide.

We use local transport and the drivers are all from the local community. We support a small school (Gram Vidhyalaya) for 50 students and a contribution of £5 per person goes to this school.

When birding we carry bags and guests are advised to bring back waste to their accommodation. We stick to the trails and advise not to harm the local flora & fauna. We do not use play back as the mothers come out from their nests & leave their offspring at risk from predators.

Meals are taken in the locally owned lodges which we use, which only cater for max 10 persons and thus minimise the impact on the environment:

Saatal lodge: The lodge is locally owned and the staff are all employed from the local region, trained and paid well. The lodge is equipped with solar water heating system & has been constructed using local materials. A little dip pool attracts various species of birds including occasional kingfisher and Forktail.

Pangot lodge: This small locally owned accommodation is in a typical Kumaoni hill settlement with about 15 families where you can still observe the age old lifestyle of the hill folk in Pangot. The staff are all employed from the local region, trained and paid well. The lodge is equipped with solar water heating system & has been constructed using local materials.

Corbett lodge: This locally owned tiger camp is located on the periphery of Corbett National Park surrounded by thick jungles on one side and river Kosi on the other. The lodge has cottages constructed in a village theme to blend with the environment. The entire staff is locally employed and very well paid. The lodge has a solar water heating system and the drivers are locally employed for the game safaris.

Chambal lodge: The staff come from the local area and receive good training. Procurement of goods and services for the lodge is done locally, as far as possible and local craftsmen and technicians are employed in all restoration and extension work.

The lodge recycles organic waste through compost pits and inorganic wastes through traditional ‘kabari’ collection systems. Bath & kitchen water and rainwater runoff in ponds is re-used through the use of soak-pits.

All visitors are provided with information for reducing water and power consumption. The bathrooms all have showers but ‘bucket baths’ are recommended, as they use only 20 litres of water compared with 100 litres required for an average shower.

The lodge limits the use of electrical equipment and uses power efficient products when necessary eg. water heaters. There is limited use of electrical generators and the lodge have started growing Jatropha, a source of bio-diesel. Vegetables and grains grown organically in our own fields and also buy the organic produce of other local farmers.

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