Once the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' central India's forests host 450 or so tigers in a cluster of the country's finest tiger reserves. Explore the deciduous woodlands, wide meadows and bamboo thickets of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba in search of Tiger among a host of mammals including Leopard, Sloth Bear and Dhole, and a rich diversity of birds in these park's varied habitats.
India's northeast corner offers the richest birding anywhere in the country, with easy access to the bird-rich Eastern Himalayas from the Brahmaputra floodplain to high mountain passes. Highlights include Greater Adjutant, Grandala, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Himalayan Cutia and Bugun Liocichla, among a tantalizing selection of laughingthrushes, wren-babblers and flycatchers, and an abundance of large mammals.
The range of low mountains dominating peninsular India's western edge are one of the most ecologically rich parts of the world, hosting 30 endemic or near-endemic birds in lush tropical forests and montane grasslands. Highlights including Nilgiri Blue Robin and Wynaad Laughingthrush are accompanied by further south Indian specialities and night birds including Ceylon Bay Owl, amid some of India's most scenic localities.
Midway along India's west coast, Goa has long been a popular destination for birders, offering relaxed and easy birding in a comfortable tropical climate during the northern winter. Highlights include Indian Pitta, Vigors's Sunbird, Malabar Trogon, Ceylon Frogmouth, 8 species of Kingfisher including Collared and Oriental Dwarf, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Pallas's Gull and an exceptional diversity of butterflies.
In India's extreme northeast, vast wetlands, elephant grass and remnant tropical forests of the Brahmaputra valley's upper reaches are home to specialities such as Black-breasted Parrotbill, Bengal Florican and White-winged Duck. Higher up, the rich forests of the Mishmi Hills host enigmatic Eastern Himalayan gems including Mishmi Wren-babbler, Temminck's Tragopan, and mammals including the endemic Mishmi Takin.
The predominantly arid landscapes of northwest India support an incredible diversity of birds including several regional specialities confined to the desert and associated grasslands. Highlights include Indian and Cream-coloured Coursers, the monotypic Grey Hypocolius and critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, plus truly spectacular congregations of cranes, flamingos and pelicans in seasonal wetlands.
Encompassing the Indo-Gangetic Plains, semi-desert of Rajasthan, foothills of the Himalayas and their flanking forests, northern India supports an incredible diversity of birds. Highlights include Indian Courser and Indian Skimmer in the lowlands, with Himalayan Rubythroat, Nepal Wren-babbler, Cheer Pheasant and various laughingthrushes among numerous Himalayan specialities, plus abundant mammals including Tiger
In India's remote northeast, the state of Nagaland hosts one of the most incredible migrations on earth when clouds of Amur Falcons descend on the Doyang Reservoir en-route from their breeding grounds in northeast Asia to winter in southern Africa. Alongside this spectacle, Nagaland's hills are home to restricted range specialities including Long-tailed Wren-babbler and Striped Laughingthrush.