Northern India and the Central Himalayan Foothills:  
North India is an incredible area for birds. The close proximity of
lowland regions to higher altitudes as the foothills of the
western Himalayas rise sharply out of the plains ensures that
distinct communities of species can be found almost side by
side. The endurance of these species is further aided here by
the protection of many of the most ecologically fundamental
areas in a comprehensive network of sanctuaries. Our 16-day
tour itinerary takes us through a cross section of environments
in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
From the rugged terrain of western India's semi-desert we
travel through the irrigated plains of India's agricultural
heartland, into the foothills of the Western Himalayas, and
finally to the Terai – the forest interspersed with savannah
grassland that flanks the Himalayas to the south. A host of
resident species and regional specialities are accompanied
throughout by Palaearctic migrants, with excellent opportunities
for large mammals, in particular Tiger, in some of India's most
famed reserves.  



Northeast India: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh:  
India’s northeast corner, represented by a stretch of extremely
rugged mountainous terrain, is justifiably considered the richest
birding area in the country. The enormous range of altitudes
within relative proximity of one another, together with their
corresponding climates and resultant vegetation, from moist
sub-tropical forests in lowland valleys to temperate conifer
forests on steep upland slopes, enables different complexes of
species to exist almost side by side. Furthermore, Arunachal
Pradesh lies at the confluence of the Palaearctic region with
both the Indo-Malayan and Indian sub-regions of the Oriental
bio-geographic realm, bringing together here floral and faunal
elements of the subcontinent with those of Myanmar, Tibet and
southern China and enabling the development of one of the
finest wildlife assemblages Asia has to offer.  Our 16-day tour
itinerary takes us through the floodplain of the Brahmaputra in
Assam to the montane rainforest of the eastern Himalayan
foothills at the border of neighbouring Bhutan, covering almost
3000m of altitude.




Western Ghats: The Western Ghats are a range of low
mountains extending along peninsular India's west coast.  
Despite their tropical latitude the influence of altitude imposes a
temperate climate on high ranges, home to a unique montane
ecosystem. The steamy tropical forests of the foothills and
forest-grassland mosaic of the hills support 28 endemic and
near-endemic birds, with a further 13 shared with Sri Lanka.  
Targets include Black & Orange Flycatcher, Kerala, Black-
chinned and Wynaad Laughingthrushes, Malabar Trogon,
White-bellied and Nilgiri Blue Robins, Malabar Pied Hornbill and
Ceylon Frogmouth, plus endemic Lion-tailed Macaque and
Nilgiri Tahr.  





Rajasthan and Gujarat: Of India's many landscapes, the
arid northwest is perhaps the most surprising. In places
seemingly inhospitable, this region is home to a great diversity
of species that includes numerous regional endemics,
specialties of the desert environment and a rich variety of the
subcontinent's more widespread birds.

Our 18-day birding tour provides comprehensive coverage of
this region, traversing the western edge of the desert state of
Rajasthan, and northern Gujarat to the south. Targets includes:
Yellow-eyed Dove, Great Indian Bustard, Demoiselle Cranes
Green Avadavat and Leopard, Asiatic Wild Ass, Sociable
Lapwing, Crab Plover and many more. This itinerary provides
an in-depth exploration of this unique arid environment, amid a
landscape dotted with fortresses and palaces that are a
testament to a bygone era. A host of sought after desert
specialties are accompanied throughout by more widespread
residents and winter migrants, as well as a good diversity of
mammals.  
Brief Overview of Each Trip
Four Choices for Birding in India
Birding in India
Northern India and Himalayan Foothills;
Northeast India: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh; Western Ghats;
Rajasthan & Gujarat
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