Birding in North India

New Delhi - Bharatpur - Jim Corbett - Pangot - Sattal- New Delhi
11 Nights 12 Days
Trip Highlights
  • North India's best birding sites
  • Visit to the legendary Taj Mahal
  • Birdwatching walks and safaris
  • Keoladeo- UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Safari Ride in Jim Corbet
  • Pangot- a Himalayan Paradise
  • Unspoiled beauty of Sat Tal
Day 1
Arrive New Delhi
The journey to meet the birds of North India begins in New Delhi. As you arrive at New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will help you get to your hotel. You can relax at the hotel or explore the city. We advise you to get adequate rest today, as we have adventure packed days ahead.
Day 2
New Delhi - Agra to Keoladeo National Park
Today after breakfast, we drive for about 4 hours to Agra, where we stop for lunch. In Agra we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. Its architectural splendor is a vivid reminder of the legendary Mughal Empire and a symbol of Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his wife.
We drive for a further 45 minutes to our first wildlife destination- Keoladeo National Park (formerly Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary). After checking in at the lodge, you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing.
Day 3 / 4
Keoladeo National Park
Hear the birds calling out at day break and set out to find them! The next two days in Keoladeo will start at dawn, when we set out to explore the park and sight birds. We return to the lodge for breakfast. You are free until after lunch, when we set out once again to explore the area.
Keoladeo is a birdwatcher’s paradise. It is regarded as one of the finest bird sanctuaries in Asia and is home to around 375 types of birds. In winter, one can see many migratory species from the northern hemisphere, including the famed and rare Siberian Crane. Keoladeo is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can be explored using a quaint rickshaw, on foot and by boat.
Day 5
Keoladeo National Park to New Delhi
Today after breakfast, we return to New Delhi (approx 5 hours drive). On the way, we stop at Okhla Barrage for a birdwatching session. This area is one of the best birdwatching sites in urban Delhi. A variety of birds can be spotted here that include the Little Cormorant, Brown-headed Gull, Black-bellied Tern, Pond Heron, Red-wattled Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt and many more.

Day 6
New Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park
We leave New Delhi early in the morning after breakfast and travel to Corbett National Park (6 hours drive). We stay at a resort on the periphery of the national park. You can relax after lunch or go on a stroll in the resort campus. Make sure you are well rested as the next few days have an early start!
Day 7 / 8
Jim Corbett National Park
Today we head to Dhikala Range early in the morning, where we stay for the next two days. After breakfast, we go on a jeep safari. The park is a haven for birds and photographers get the opportunity of capturing many of these birds in their pictures! We return to the lodge for lunch, after which we set out on a guided nature walk along the Ramganga River. You might spot a number of beautiful water birds such as the River Lapwing, Wader and Merganser.

We get to go on an Elephant safari the next day, which is an ideal way to spot wildlife. Elephant safaris are a great option as the elephants can go off the road/track and do not alarm the birds and other animals. You might get to see exotic bird species like the Lammergeier, Blue Winged Minla and Puff-throated Babbler. We return to the lodge for breakfast. You can relax till after lunch, when we set out once again to explore the wilderness of Corbett.
Day 9
Jim Corbett National Park to Pangot
Today, after a morning game drive and breakfast at the lodge, we drive for about 2 hours to Pangot, a birdwatching paradise in the Himalayas. It is just about 15 km away from Nainital, a well-known Indian hill station. On arrival, we check in at the lodge and have lunch.

We later go on an enjoyable nature walk. Look out for the birds of this region, which include the Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Blue Winged Minla, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktail, Khalij Pheasant, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and many more.

Day 10
Pangot to Sattal
We savor the lovely atmosphere and birdlife of Pangot with an early morning nature walk. After breakfast, we head for Sat Tal, which is about an hour away. This scenic drive passes through the forested area of the Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury.

We return to Pangot in the evening and end our day with dinner.
Day 11
Pangot to New Delhi
We leave Pangot early in the morning and drive back to New Delhi (approx 6 hours drive). After check-in at the hotel, you are free to spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the Indian capital city.

Day 12
Depart New Delhi
Our rendezvous with the birds of North India ends in Delhi. If there is time, you can spend the final day exploring Delhi before heading for the airport to catch your flight back home.