Think of wildlife experiences in India, and you’ll likely picture tigers and elephants, but the country is also bursting with beauties of the winged variety, with well over 1,200 species found here. It’s not only mighty cats that inhabit Rajasthan’s jungles, for example, but some 500 types of bird; and the Western Ghats are not just a hiking hotspot, they also play host to 24 endemic bird species. That’s not to mention the rich pickings in the wetlands of central India, the floodplains of the Ganges, the foothills of the Himalayas and the off-the-beaten track tropical paradise of the Andaman Islands.
Bird watching tours to India tend to be tailor made, so you’ll be able to design your departure according to your needs – whether that’s to grab the best weather or to tie in with breeding, nesting or migratory seasons – so do talk with the vacation company if there is a particular bird you want to see. Along the way you’ll be accompanied by expert guides who’ll help you get the most out of your trip, and for the most part you’ll stay at small locally run lodges, deep in the heart of nature, where you can spot birdlife from the comfort of your accommodation.