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 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.
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Dan van den Broek
Dan has over 15 years of experience leading international birding trips for Portland Audubon. With prior experiences at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwood Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest, Dan brings immense enthusiasm and passion for birds and natural history to all of his trips.