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BIRDING IN INDIA

This premier birding journey takes you to some of the best birding spots in India. Arrive in Delhi and then travel to Bharatpur, hop off point for Kheoladeo National Park, one of the great ornithological wetland wonders of the world. A birders’ paradise for long, the historic park continues to attract birding enthusiasts from around the globe.

Next you will travel to Chambal Sanctuary which is well known for the gharials and marsh crocodiles. The Sanctuary boasts of a rapidly increasing and impressive bird list of over 330 species of resident and migratory birds and is gaining a reputation as one of the most reliable places to see the Indian Skimmer. It is one of the last surviving habitats of the Gangetic River Dolphin. A quick visit to Taj Mahal in Agra before you head to the national parks in central India. – Satpura and Pench National parks. Satpura is one of India’s best kept secrets; this thick, dry deciduous forest is characterized by hilly backdrops, gorgeous water bodies and a rather stunning blend of landscapes. This is the only Park allowing walking safaris in India.

The forests of Pench National Park were the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Pench National Park is a wild playground harbouring country’s maximum density of prey animals, chased by estimated 65 Tigers. It has an appealing landscape of dry and moist deciduous forest and the vegetation is of undulating scrublands as well as bamboo patches around hilly areas.

  • Explore Keoladeoghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, a World Heritage Site
  • Boat safari on the Chambal River in search of Crocodiles
  • Explore the buffer forests of Satpura National Park on foot
  • Expert local naturalists at all the parks focussing on the vast bird species found in the park
  • Long distance transportation in comfortable Vehicles
  • Stay in certified small eco-friendly lodges, with all modern comforts

Hotels in this Itinerary

  • Chambal Safari Lodge, Chambal

    A mere hour's drive from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of the Chambal Valley, lies an oasis of tranquility nestling in sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. The Mela Kothi – Chambal Safari Lodge is a warm and welcoming haven for the eager explorer and weary traveler alike. The Chambal Safari is an attempt to acquaint visitors with a land that has retained its unique landscapes, rugged charm and rare wildlife. The accommodation combines the warmth of local homes with the comfort of modern amenities. Every effort has been made to make the lodge as eco-friendly and sympathetic to its surroundings as possible. The Lodge offers thirteen rooms/cottages. Guests can explore the Chambal Sanctuary during their stay here. Activities on offer include boat safaris, vehicle safaris, camel safaris, village and ancient temple visits.

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  • Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura

    Denwa Backwater Escape is located overlooking the mesmerizing backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River in Satpura National Park, the area is popularly known as Madhai. It is built on 10 acres of forested land along the river and across the river lies the national park which is approached by a boat and then by jeeps to go deeper into forest. The lodge offers stunning views of the Denwa River, grasslands across and rolling Pachmari hills. The lodge has been mainly built using local materials like stone, baked tiles but the design is contemporary safari style. The lodge offers 8 deluxe river view cottages and 2 river view tree houses. The rooms are done up in style with unique leather safari furniture, crisp cotton upholstery, linen and local crafts. The main building and the pool are done up with vintage iron furniture and hand crafted wooden furniture, the wood for which is sourced from old furniture and sleeper wood. The lodge estate is gifted with a unique undulating landscape, water bodies, indigenous forest with a variety of flora and fauna and stunning river views.

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  • Double Tree by Hilton, Agra

    Located in the heart of Agra city center, this DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is one of the few hotels in Agra, offering views of the Taj Mahal located only two kilometers from the hotel. Stay in a garden, pool or city view room, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from the pool area, and convenient access to Agra’s popular tourist attractions such as the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Sadar Bazaar. Upgrade to a suite for additional space with a separate bedroom and living room with a dining area. Enjoy fine dining at this hotel in Agra with four stylish food and beverage outlets offering cuisines from around the globe. Savor selections in the Indian specialty restaurant or refresh with a cool drink in the poolside lounge. In the evening, enjoy live music and cultural performances in our inviting courtyard. Energize in the 24-hour fitness center or swim in the sparkling outdoor pool. After a busy day, indulge in a treatment at the spa.

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  • Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench

    Jamtara Wilderness Camp gets its name from the village Jamtara. It has 10 luxury tents in the heart of rural Pench. Each tent overlooks thick lush forest and has ample light. The rooms are tented however the bathrooms are permanent structures so that guest can be comfortable. The camp provides the experience of a star bed or machaans under the starry sky for those who wish to sleep in the open. Each bed can accommodate two and is fitted with mosquito netting. The camp organises game drives and nature walks.

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  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

    Laxmi Vilas Palace, originally known as Raghnuth Niwas, was built in 1899 A.D. for the younger son of the Maharaja of Bharatpur - Jaswant Singh. The palace is an interesting combination of traditional Rajput and Mughal style of architecture as was prevalent during those times. The sunny courtyards and enchanting cupolas enthral the visitor. Spacious, airy rooms which open into an inner courtyard are adorned with colourful frescoes, period furniture and several antiques and objects d’art which remind one of the magnificent lifestyles of a bygone era.

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  • Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura

    Located close to the Satpura national park is this exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge. Spread over 30 acres of striking forest cover Reni Pani Jungle Lodge offers 12 stylish and spacious cottages, distributed in the varied landscape featuring grass lands, a seasonal nulla and a hearty tree cover. The central Gol Ghar is the cheerful central area which houses the lounge, library, bar and dining. Run with a discerning eye for hospitality and service, with a great emphasis on the activities that allows you to explore the Satpura Jungle. The owners are extremely particular about conserving not just Reni Pani's forest but also the areas and Park beyond. Results of their conservation efforts has resulted in many mammals and birds frequently visiting the waterhole at the lodge and several amphibians have made it their home.

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  • The Bagh, Bharatpur

    The Bagh is a heritage hotel set in 12 acres two hundred years-old garden in Bharatpur. With over fifty species of flora, including fruiting trees and flowering plants which attract birds, small animals and insects, you can enjoy quiet walks in the garden and commune with nature. A restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library and a gym, all situated in a verdant orchard, allow guests to enjoy solitude and companionship in restful indoor and outdoor spaces. The hotel offers 23 rooms spread over five residential complexes. Each room is a subtle blend of vintage and contemporary styles. All rooms have handmade furniture, well-furnished bathrooms and modern amenities that assure great comfort.

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  • The Claridges, Delhi

    Set in the leafy boulevards of New Delhi, Claridges Hotel is been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950’s. Graceful architecture, elegant décor, and a seamless blend of old-world charm and contemporary facilities have made The Claridges, New Delhi one of the best addresses. The 3-floor low rise building has a mildly Art Deco feel to it and a calm understated elegance, in keeping with the spacious bungalows that line the streets of the city. Distinguished guest rooms and suites with their classic, understated décor, the lush landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, and personalised service create a tranquil haven for the business or leisure traveller in the heart of the busy city. The lobby, with its fine double-crescent staircase, sets the tone for the rest of the hotel. There is a somewhat primitive business centre, a swimming pool and a health club. The hotel also has a number of restaurants and a congenial bar. The hotel is within close proximity of the business district, ministries, diplomatic missions, shopping and cultural centres and historical landmarks.

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  • The Trident, Agra

    Built around a lovely 6 acres of tropical garden courtyard with Mughal era stone pathways, fountains, sandstone pavilion, and a pool it’s simple, clean and elegant hotel, the Trident is located just a few minutes’ walk from the world-famous Taj Mahal. It has 140 elegantly furnished rooms that include rooms for the physically challenged and a non-smoking section. All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities like a mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facility, direct dial telephone, television set with satellite transmission and a personal safe.

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  • The Visaya, Delhi

    Visaya is a premiere boutique hotel in New Delhi providing holistic and luxurious hospitality experience. Visaya is a Sanskrit word from ancient Hindu scriptures-The Upanishads. True to the essence of the meaning-VISAYA-the hotel-ensures an experience which is not only savoured by material senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste but also by the soul which does not rely on the senses. Our endeavour is to take you through that journey of blissful stay.

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