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India: Birds, Leopards & Lions *20% DISCOUNT*

Experience the beauty of Western India, from the Great Indian Desert to the coastal estuaries and salt pans of the Little Rann of Kutch. This trip will include visits to the Golden City and the Taj Mahal, highlighting India’s long history as one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Charismatic large mammals abound! Asiatic Lion, Indian Leopard, Indian Gazelle, and Dromedary will all likely be seen on safari. Last but not least, birding in India is spectacular. We will see the highly endangered Great India Bustard, thousands of beautiful Demoiselle Cranes, Indian Eagle Owl, and Crested Serpent Eagle against the backdrop of stunning Indian landscapes of sand and forest.


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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 from local sandstone, it is filled with homes, temples, and shops. We will then visit one of the largest national parks of India, the Desert National Park. Here in the subtropical Thar Desert are the few remaining endangered Great India Bustards along with other species such as Cream-colored Courser, Desert Wheatear, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Hoopoe Lark, and Trumpeter Finch. We will also find fascinating mammals such as Black Buck, Indian Gazelle, Dromedary, and Indian Wild Ass.

In Chandelao, on our journey south, we will see one of the largest wintering flocks of graceful Demoiselle Cranes. Laer, birding in the recently restored Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park may yield Western Marsh Harrier, Ferruginous Pochard, Bonelli’s Eagle, and Little Swift.

In Bera, we will stay at a safari camp. On an evening safari we will look for Indian Leopard and learn about their peaceful coexistence with people in the area. In this scrub habitat avian highlights include Indian Eagle Owl and Eurasian Wryneck. We continue on to another safari camp at the Little Rann of Kutch, an area of salt pans and rich tidal flats, full of winter migrant birds such as flamingos, pelicans, plovers, and larks. We will witness the greatest spectacle of roosting harriers in the world, where Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers come to roost in the grasslands of the Velavadar-Blackbuck Sanctuary.

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 Leaders: Dan van den Broek and local guides
  • Fee: $5,795 members / $6,095 non-members **SALE PRICE $4,876**
  • Single supplement: $1,000
  • 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 leader. Fees do not include dinners and airfare to and from your destination.


January 31, 2020
February 14, 2020
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Erin Law