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Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush

India: North

Birds, Tigers and the Himalayas

An 18-day, small group birding tour that explores the incredible birdlife of the Indo-Gangetic Plains up into the mid-altitudes of the Central Himalayas, together with the equally impressive diversity of large mammals found in this region.

Our tour is a comprehensive journey through northern India’s varied habitats and their extraordinarily diverse birdlife. We begin by exploring shallow wetlands and acacia scrub in the outskirts of Delhi, before moving south into the semi-desert of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, where dryland species are complemented by waterbirds in the wetlands and rivers that support India's agricultural heartland. From here we travel north to the Himalayas, where we will experience an entirely new selection of species in mid-altitude oaks and conifers, and the dense broad-leaved woodlands, vast grasslands and snow-fed rivers of the sub-Himalayan belt. Birding on foot, by boat and from open-topped jeeps we'll look for Indian Courser, Painted Spurfowl, Indian Skimmer and Sarus Crane in the plains, with Himalayan Rubythroat, Himalayan Bluetail, Nepal Cupwing, Black-chinned Babbler, a cacophony of laughingthrushes including White-crested and Chestnut-crowned, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Himalayan Vulture and Ibisbill in the hills and adjacent terai zone, and there is always a very good possibility that we’ll encounter Bengal Tiger, Leopard and Asian Elephant among a fine selection of mammals. 

Monday 4 November - Thursday 21 December 2024

with Lokesh Kumar

Friday 14 February - Monday 3 March 2025 -  GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

with Leio De Souza

Tuesday 4 November - Friday 21 November 2025

with Lokesh Kumar

Friday 13 February - Monday 2 March 2026 

with Lokesh Kumar

2024: INR 320000 / $ 3830 / £ 3030 / € 3585 (Delhi/Delhi)

Duration: 17 nights/18 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: INR 49000 / $ 585 / £ 465 / € 650

Deposit: 20% of the tour price


The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs:$ 760 / £ 600 / € 695 (to/from Delhi)*

Estimated visa costs: $ 25 / £ 20 / € 25**

*Estimated flight costs are based on travel from UK/EU

**Estimated visa costs shown here are for a 30-day e-tourist visa for India.

More information on what's included

Read about our small group surcharges for groups of less than 6 participants

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