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India: Birds, Leopards, & Lions

Come see the deserts, deciduous forests, estuaries, and salt pans of Western India and experience the cultures and cuisine of Rajastan and Gujarat. From the Desert National Park to the Gir Forest, we’ll search for mammals like the Asiatic Lion, Indian Gazelle, and Dromedaries, and fantastic birds like the Serpent Eagle, Cream-colored Courser, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Hoopoe Lark, and the endangered Great Indian Bustard.

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We start our adventure with a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the Golden City. Built in the 12th century, it is filled with homes, temples and shops. We will then visit the subtropical Thar Desert where the few remaining Great India Bustards can be found along with other desert species such as Cream-colored Courser, Desert Wheatear, and Trumpeter Finch.

In Chandelao we will see one of the largest wintering flocks of graceful Demoiselle Cranes. In Bera, we will take an evening safari to look for Indian Leopard and learn about their peaceful coexistence with people. We continue on to the Little Rann of Kutch, an area of salt pans and rich tidal flats, full of winter migrant birds like flamingos, pelicans, plovers, and larks. We will witness one of the greatest spectacles of roosting harriers in the world, where Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers come to roost in the grasslands.

A highlight of this trip is a visit to Gir National Park, home to the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions. We’ll take both morning and evening safaris to view these majestic beasts and look for birds such as Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and Crested Serpent Eagle. Finally, we will visit the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, where we’ll enjoy watching Indian Gray Hornbills and Brown-headed Barbets.

Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Dan van den Broek and local guides
  • Fee: $5,795 members / $6,095 non-members
  • Deposit: $2,900 required to secure your place
  • Single supplement: TBD
  • Group size: Limited to 14 participants

Fee Includes: Trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners and airfare to and from your destination.

Details

Start:
February 1, 2020
End:
February 15, 2020
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Organizer

Erin Law
Phone:
971-222-6119
Email:
elaw@audubonportland.org