North India Birding Tour

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11 Nights / 12 Days

The smells, sounds, visuals & experiences of North India are so immersive that when it comes time to leave, you will do it with a vow to come back. Consider for example the spread that will be served to you – wetlands, rivers, scrublands, forests – from the evergreen sal to the mighty oak and deodars. Then, of course, the Himalayas will have you spellbound, no matter how many breathtaking pictures you have already seen.

To top it all are the ancient monuments, forts & palaces, journeys on Elephants, Camels, Indian Railways, Indian roads, boat & rickshaw rides. It doesn’t stop here, there is a variety of food, people of varied cultures and their smiles that makes one wonder more about this wonderland. 

Not just that, we also multi-task to give Birders the Flavours that the two-week journey has to offer. And working behind the scenes is a large team that ensures your safety, security and a seamless, comfortable and uplifting experience. The species that you will see may range from the exotic Sarus Crane in Sultanpur, to a Painted Sandgrouse in Ranthambhore or Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh, a huge diversity of waterfowl in Bharatpur, Indian Skimmer on Chambal River, Spotted Owlets roosting in the minarets of Taj Mahal, Cheer and Koklas Pheasants in Pangot – the Himalayan region of Nainital, Great Hornbill and Great Slaty Woodpecker of Corbett National Park along with a huge variety of mammals.

Day 01 Arrive Delhi By Flight
Arrival at Delhi International Airport, meet and assist, welcome with fresh flower garland and transfer to Hotel.
After breakfast full day city tour of Delhi.

Delhi – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. Tourist Attractions: Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, Chandni Chowk and Rajghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple as it is popularly known enshrines Lord Vishnu – the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Witness the India Gate, the Presidents House & the Parliament, Qutab Minar – Qutubuddin Aibak laid the foundation of Qutab Minar, as a victory tower, in 1199 AD.

Day 02 Delhi – Mandawa By Surface 250 kms & 5 hrs approx
After breakfast drive towards Mandawa on arrival check in at the hotel. PM city tour of Mandawa. Overnight in Mandawa.

Mandawa is a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. The place is known not only for its havelis but also for its Fort Palace. The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. Of the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another haveli, the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings.

Day 03 Mandawa – Jaipur By Surface 186 kms & 3½ hrs approx
After breakfast drive towards Jaipur on arrival check in at hotel.

Evening free to walk along the nearby market place. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 04 Jaipur
After breakfast full day city tour of Jaipur. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Jaipur the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘ Pink City ‘ because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls.

Amber Fort – Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh.

City palace The City Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, but a lot of changes and additions were made to the original structure by his successors. The architecture of the City Palace is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles.

Jantar Mantar The Jaipur observatory was built in 1728. There is actually a fascinating story in relation to the construction of the Observatory. According to the story, Sawai Jai Singh II sent his envoys to various parts of the world. The observatory has the Jaiprakash Yantra, Samrat Yantra, Ram Yantra and the Composite instrument, which comprises of a sundial and a massive hemisphere.

Hawa Mahal The palace is shaped like a pyramid and is a five-storied building, with number of small windows and screens, with arched roofs. As one looks at this building, one realizes that the rear side of the building is comparatively very plain and lacks much of ornamentation.

Day 05 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri By Surface 207 kms & 04 hrs approx
Fatehpur Sikri – Agra By Surface 37 Kms & 01 hr approx
After breakfast drive towards Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri – Built in red sandstone, the historic city of Fatehpur Sikri conceptualized by Akbar the Great, is one of the brilliant examples of architectural creations. One of the favorite tourist attractions in India, Fatehpur Sikri was completed in 1578, and built in honor of the Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti by offering prayers to whom Akbar could fulfill his desire of a male. Strongly speaking of the religious tolerance of Akbar, the architecture of Fatehpur Sikri depicts a healthy blend of Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.

Diwan-I-Am: Diwan-I-Am or the Hall Of Public Audience was used for the public meetings, as was the practice in Mughal empires. All the celebrations and public prayers were conducted here.

Diwan-Khana: This enclosure that is Hall of Private Audience was used for private and special meetings. It was beautifully designed.

Salim Chisti’s Tomb: Fatehpur Sikri in India Tomb of religious leader Sheikh Salim Chisti is surrounded by marbles, geometric work screens and the canopy above is inlaid with mother-of-Pearl. This holy place is worshiped by both Hindus and Muslims. The architectural wonder of Mughal era is a must visit tourist point in Fatehpur Sikri.

Later drive towards Agra. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 06 Agra
After breakfast full day city tour of Agra. Overnight in Agra.

Agra -Historians suggest Agra to be the Agravana in the epic Mahabharata. It is expected to be known as Agralapura during the medieval age. An archaeological fact pushes the existence of Agra back to three million years. The Lodi dynasty ruled over Agra for a long time. It was in the onset of the sixteenth century that the Mughals took over the ruling of Agra from the hands of Lodi’s.

Taj Mahal Shah Jahan the great emperor and a great builder constructed Taj Mahal in the loving memory of his beloved wife Anjuman Bano Begum. Shah Jahan met this beautiful girl in his young age and later gets married with her. Taj Mahal completed in 1653 A.D. finished in by white marble, it is perhaps India most fascinating and beautiful monument. Not only is it recognized in just India but also all over the world. These perfectly symmetrical monuments took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labor and 20,000 workers.

Red Fort – The construction of the Agra fort was started around 1565 when the initial structures were built by Akbar. Shah Jahan replaced most of these with his marble creations. Some however survived, among them are – Delhi Gate, Amar Singh Gate, Akbari Mahal and the Jehangir Mahal. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river.

Itimad Ud Daulah tomb- The first example of a tomb built on a riverbank in India, the Itimad Ud Daulah tomb houses the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father Mughal Empress Noor Jahan who again was Emperor Jahangir’s wife. This beautiful tomb situated on the banks of the Yamuna is also known as the ‘baby Taj’. Built around 1625 AD.

Day 07 Agra – Lucknow By Surface 336 Kms. / 4 hrs. Appx.
Morning transfer to railway station to catch the express train for Lucknow. On arrival meet and assist at station transfer to hotel. PM city tour of Lucknow. Overnight in Lucknow.

Lucknow- The legacy of the imperial splendor of Lucknow has always fascinated people all over the world. The ambience of Awadh has commonly been associated with the leisurely habits, etiquette, architecture, food and refinement, the residues of Nawabi culture. Place to visit here Bara Imambara, Chota Imamabad Rumi Darwaza, Shah Najaf Imambara , the Residence.

Day 08 Lucknow – Nawabganj – Lucknow By Surface 45 kms & 01 hr approx
After Breakfast drive towards Nawabganj on arrival visit Nawabganj bird sanctuary enjoy full day excursion in the Sanctuary. Later return back to hotel. Overnight in Lucknow.

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary on the road Kanpur Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, India consists of a lake and the surrounding land. The sanctuary provides protection for 250 species of migratory birds mainly from the CIS (former USSR or) countries, but the numbers have been declining since the 1990s, most having moved to new areas in Himachal and Rajasthan. The sanctuary has a garden deer.

Day 09 Lucknow – Nawabganj – Lucknow By Surface 45 kms & 01 hr approx
After breakfast visit Nawabganj Bird sanctuary full day free to Enjoy in Nawabganj. Later return to hotel. Overnight in Lucknow.

Day 10 Lucknow – Dudhwa By Surface 222 Kms & 4½ hrs approx
After breakfast drive towards Dudhwa on arrival check in at the hotel. PM free to walk along the near by places. Overnight in Dudhwa.

Day 11 Dudhwa
After breakfast, visit Dudhwa National park, evening free to walk around nearby place. Overnight say in Dudhwa.

After breakfast visit the National Park Dudhwa.

The Dudhwa National Park is in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh, India, and covers an area of 490.3 km2 (189.3 sq mi), with a buffer zone of 190 km2 (73 square miles). It is part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. It is located on the Indo-Nepal border in Lakhimpur Kheri district, and reserved forest buffer zones on the north and south sides. It is one of the few remaining examples of a diverse ecosystem and productive Terai, supporting a number of endangered species; species require large meadows and species of restricted distribution.

Day 12 Dudhwa – Lucknow By Surface 222 Kms & 05 hrs approx
Lucknow – Delhi By Train
Delhi – Home By Flight
After breakfast drive towards Lucknow, on arrival transfer to Railway Station to catch the express train to Delhi. On arrival meet and assist and transfer to airport to catch the flight for home.

Place Night (s)  Hotels / Camps
Delhi 01 Radisson Blu
Mandawa 01 Castle Mandawa
Jaipur 02 Radisson Blu
Agra 02 Jaypee Palace
Lucknow 03 Novotel
Dudwa 02 Tourist Lodge

– Meet and assist by our representative at the airport.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 11 nights hotel accommodation.
– Meal Plan – Half board Basis.
– 02 National Park Safaris in Dudhwa National Park.
– Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber fort.
– Language speaking local guide where available. Otherwise English Speaking Guide during the sightseeing.
– Entries in the temples, monuments, monasteries and museums
– Train tickets for Lucknow – Delhi in AC Class.
– Covering all major landmarks / major and tourist attractions of each city.
– All transfers, sightseeing as per itinerary by air-conditioned transport.
– All taxes.

– Camera Fees.
– International Air Ticket.
– Visa fees.
– Drinks and personal expenses.
– Tips.
– Any item not specified in cost includes.

– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.

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