Bird Watching in North India: New Delhi, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, New Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Agra, Sonkhaliya, Agra, National Chambal Sanctuary, New Delhi

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Bird Watching in North India Tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)
(New Delhi-Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary-New Delhi-Jaipur-Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary-Agra-Sonkhaliya-Agra-National Chambal Sanctuary-New Delhi)

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To watch and identify the birds and understand what they are doing for this we will take in specific bird watching tour like the North India Bird Watching Tour. There are some interesting and beautiful bird sanctuaries in North India, which are Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Sonkhaliya and National Chambal Sanctuary. If Taj Mahal is "rhapsody in marble" then definitely Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is "ballad of birds".

Day 01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Around Midnight arrive in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi

Today in the morning we have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing in Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and
Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199. Before we proceed to the hotel we will drive through New Delhi where we will visit the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.

Day 03: New Delhi - Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary - New Delhi (about 46 km)

Today after having our breakfast we drive further to visit Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary was founded by very own birdman Late Dr. Salim Ali. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a heaven to a variety of domestic and migratory birds. Winter brings in birds from Siberia and Europe. The birds include Darters, Egrets Shovellers, Gadwell, Geese, Teals, Kingfishers, Lapwings, Demoiselle Cranes, Ruddy Shelducks, Pelicans, Flamingoes, Bar-headed Geese, Grey Lags, Mallards, Pochards. Local species include Plovers, Herons, Cormorants, White Ibises, Spoonbills and Painted Storks. There are about 100 species of birds. Other wildlife in the park include Blackbuck, Nilgai, Hog Deer, Sambar, Wild Dog or Dhole, Caracal, Wild Cat, Hedgehog, Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Indian Porcupine, Rattle or Honey Badger, Leopard, Wild Pig, and four horned Antelope. After visiting this sanctuary we return back to the hotel.

Day 04: New Delhi - Jaipur (about 270 km)

Today we drive to the Pink City,
Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace that is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the City Palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy.

Day 05: Jaipur

After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of
Amber, laying 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD. It contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we have a walk through the colourful Bazaars of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony.

Day 06: Jaipur - Bharatpur 
(about 185 km)

Today after breakfast we drive to Bharatpur. Bharatpur has its fame due to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary is finest bird sanctuary in Asia. Bharatpur was earlier a duck shooting resort of the Maharaja. Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary with its 375 species is one of the best Water-bird sanctuaries in the world. In winter there are many migratory birds from the northern hemisphere including the rare Siberian Crane.

Day 07: Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km)

Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages to Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit
Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. In the evening arrive in Agra. Evening free for leisure.

Day 08: Agra

Today we start our sightseeing by a visit to the
Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home.

Day 09: Agra - Sonkhaliya - Agra
Today from Agra we will drive to Sonkhaliya. It will be a very special day for us, as we will see the rare and spectacular Indian Bustard. Other birds that can be found in this area include Stoloczka's Bushchat and White Naped Tit. As we look for the Indian Bustard we may see Desert Isabelline and Variable Wheatears and huge numbers of Greater Short-toed Larks together with the occasional Bimaculated Lark. After visiting this sanctuary we will return back to hotel in Agra.

Day 10: Agra - National Chambal Sanctusary (about 70 km)
Today after having breakfast we will drive further to visit National Chambal Sanctuary. The National Chambal Sanctuary is famous for the rare Gangetic Dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in the year 1979 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The other inhabitants of the sanctuary include Crocodile, Alligator, Swamp Deer, Chital, Leopard, Hyena, Chinkara, Sambar, Nilgai, Wolf and Wild Boar. This sanctuary covers total area of 340 square km. There we will have boat cruise on river Chambal and view the various birds like the Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, Bar-headed Goose and other Waterfowl.

Day 11: National Chambal Sanctuary - New Delhi
(about 325 km)
In the morning, after having our breakfast we drive to New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi in the afternoon. Evening free for leisure. On arrival in New Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Rooms are available to get fresh and change. The rest of the day at leisure (opportunity for the shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel) After having dinner we depart for the airport with the Indo Vacations representative.

Day 12: New Delhi

Around midnight flight to home destination.

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      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the chosen 
      American/Continental Breakfast.
      Elephant Ride in Amber.
      Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) during 
        the tour.
      All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations 
      All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with 

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      Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
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      Any Flight Charges.
      Monument Entrances.
      Unspecified Meals etc.

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