Lesser Florican © Ramki Sreenivasan
Rajasthan in the Monsoon - Lesser Florican and More
A 14-day, small group birding tour of Rajasthan during the Indian Monsoon, when the otherwise arid landscape transforms into lush grasslands that host displaying Lesser Floricans, plus Great Indian Bustard and more summer specialities.
Our captivating tour takes us across Rajasthan during India’s monsoon season, when this otherwise arid landscape becomes lush and green, somewhat at odds with the preconceived notion of the Rajasthani desert. Our primary targets will be Lesser Florican, seldom seen for the rest of the year but which can be seen engaging in extravagant summer courtship displays, and the stately but critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. We begin in Delhi, exploring shallow wetlands to the south of the city before travelling into the semi-desert of eastern Rajasthan, then through a mosaic of farmland, rugged hills, tropical savannah, and thorn scrub as we make our way towards the Thar Desert at India’s western extremity. This region hosts an incredible richness of desert and grassland birds. Although in the summer months we’ll miss the gatherings of waterbirds and handful of middle eastern species that winter here, we’ll still encounter a diverse selection of birds. Besides the two bustards these will include scarce subcontinent endemics and highly prized regional specialities such as Indian Spotted Creeper, Green Avadavat, White-naped Tit, Indian Courser and Bristled Grassbird, accompanied throughout by a fine selection of mammals.
Saturday 3 August to Sunday 18 August 2024
with Lokesh Kumar
Saturday 2 August to Sunday 17 August 2025
with Lokesh Kumar
2024: INR tbc / $ / £ / € (Delhi/Delhi)
Duration: 15 nights/16 days
Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader
Single room supplement: INR tbc / $ / £ / €
Deposit: INR tbc / $ / £ / € (20% of the tour price)
The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.
The tour price includes:
All meals and drinking water
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 visa costs shown here are for a 30-day e-visa for India.