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India: Birds, Leopards, & Lions

We start our adventure with a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort. Known as the Golden City, it was built in the 12th century and is one of the world’s last inhabited forts, filled with homes, temples and shops.  We will then visit the Desert National Park in the famous 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.

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We’ll stop in Chandelao, where one of the largest wintering flocks of graceful Demoiselle Cranes can be found. In Bera, we will take an evening safari to look for Indian Leopard and learn about the peaceful coexistence of people and leopard in this area. We continue on to the Little Rann of Kutch, an area of salt pans and rich tidal flats. This hotspot is full of winter migrant birds and we should see a fine sample of flamingos, pelicans, plovers, and larks. We’ll view one of the greatest spectacles of roosting harriers in the world, where mostly Montagu’s, and a few Pallid come to roost in the grasslands.

A definite highlight of this trip is a visit to the Gir National Park, which has the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions. We’ll take both morning and evening safaris to view these majestic beasts as well as look for birds such as Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and Crested Serpent Eagle in this dry deciduous forest. 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.

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