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Bharatpur: Wetland Wonderland (9 days) B121

Tour ref. no. B121
Duration: 7 nights (9 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Bharatpur – Chambal (day trip) – Delhi
  • Siberian Rubythroat, Orange-headed Thrush and roosting nightjars
  • Heronries crammed with Painted Storks, egrets and herons
  • Fabulous wetland bird photo opportunities
  • Indian Courser and Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  • Ganges River Dolphin, Indian Skimmer and Small Pratincole on the Chambal river

Introduction

Savour the sights, sounds and smells of Bharatpur’s heronries full of squabbling Painted Storks, egrets and herons.   Enjoy great photo opportunities – hovering Pied Kingfishers, loafing raptors, roosting owls and throngs of wetland birds.   Explore the cool shade of the park’s woodlands for stunning species including the mythical Siberian Rubythroat, magical Orange-headed Thrush and cryptic roosting nightjars.   It’s not all about the wetlands!   Just beyond the park search for stunning desert specialists such as the exquisite Indian Courser and scarce Yellow-wattled Lapwing.   A different kind of wetland awaits you at the Chambal River Sanctuary where you can marvel at Ganges River Dolphins, Gharials and enjoy a variety of birds, like Small Pratincole and the bizarre Indian Skimmer.

There are many ways to extend this tour, so please contact us for details

 

Itinerary and price

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you

For help with your flight arrangements and to receive a no obligation quote, you can complete the enquiry form on our website or call 0800 280 8947 to speak to a flight advisor at StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a leading retailer of airfares and worldwide flights.

Day 2: Delhi - Bharatpur

Meals: Lunch and dinner

You will be welcomed at Delhi International Airport by our representative and taken to Bharatpur (5 hrs).   Check in at your hotel, perfectly located close to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary entrance gate.  Relax for remainder of day at your hotel.

Days 3, 4 and 5: Bharatpur

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

After an early breakfast leave with your experienced bird guide for a full day inside Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.  Wildlife will be apparent straight away.  You may see Spotted Owlet and perhaps even Indian Scops Owl before you reach the main wetland areas.  Indian and Oriental Magpie Robins, Pied Bushchats and Bluethroats hop around the edge of the track with White-breasted Waterhens.  Grey and Large-tailed Nightjars are seen in the tree nursery with Orange-headed Thrush.   With so many confiding species it’s the perfect location for photographers.  Siberian Rubythroat is much more skulking, but sometimes seen with more searching effort.  Packed lunch can be eaten inside the park to keep you in the best habitats. Bharatpur experienced several years of drought but in the winter of 2011/12 a new pipeline brought much-needed water from a local river to the Sanctuary. The populations of wetland birds are coming back so expect to see good numbers of cranes, pelicans, night-herons and ibises and perhaps a Black Bittern or two. You’ll explore dry arid scrub and grassland areas where you could see Baya Weaver and their intricate hanging nests and perhaps even Red Avadavat. Raptors include Crested Serpent-eagle, Black Kite, Black-winged Kite, Oriental Honey-buzzard and Shikra.

As the day draws to an end, you’ll appreciate the noisy stork and egret colonies with the sunset as a glorious back drop.

Return to your hotel each evening.

Day 6: Bharatpur - Chambal - Bharatpur

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

The journey to the National Chambal Sanctuary (with guide accompanying) will take about 2 hours depending on traffic. Here the rare Gangetic River Dolphin breeds in the clear waters. Gharial bask alongside Marsh Crocodile. On a one-hour river-safari (we can provide a supplement if you’d like to spend more time on the river) you can see these animals and much more including Indian Skimmer, Small Pratincole, Black Ibis and Greater Thick-knee.  Then either spend some time exploring local arid areas in the vicinity of the river, or leave to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra (entrance and monument guide on direct payment).

Day 7: Bharatpur

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Today visit areas outside of the Sanctuary for Greater Painted Snipe, Indian Courser and Yellow-wattled Lapwing.   Also scan the skies for Indian Spotted, Greater Spotted, Tawny, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles.

Day 8: Bharatpur – Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a final morning inside the sanctuary with your guide. You will now be familiar with the calls of Coppersmith and Brown-headed Barbets, Rufous Treepie, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker and Indian Peafowl but you will surely find new species before you must leave Bharatpur. Return to your hotel, say goodbye to your guide and enjoy lunch before heading back to Delhi (5 hrs, depending on traffic).  Check in at hotel in Delhi close to the airport.

Day 9: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast (served after 0700 hours)

On this day we have included a departure transfer to the airport to connect with your international flight home (to be booked by you directly).

Tour ends

Tour extensions to Jaipur, Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and many other locations are available. Please ask for details and we can advise accordingly and supply a price.

Prices for different hotel categories, the names of hotels and a list of inclusions/exclusions are shown below.

Price per person for mid budget hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £570
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £525
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £480
Single room supplement £100

Mid budget price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Bharatpur Hotel Sunbird, Standard Room 6
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Standard Room 1

Price per person for standard hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £605
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £560
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £515
Single room supplement £115

Standard price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Bharatpur Hotel Sunbird, Deluxe Room 6
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1

Price per person for deluxe hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £655
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £610
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £565
Single room supplement £150

Deluxe price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Bharatpur Hotel Sunbird, Super Deluxe Room 6
Delhi Justa The Residence, Gurgaon, Superior Room 1

Price includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 3 full days and 1 half day birding at Bharatpur with local bird guide and entrance fee (once a day)
  • Whole day birding at Bharatpur outside of the sanctuary with local bird guide
  • One hour boat safari followed by birdwatching along the banks of the Chambal river (route 1) with bird guide and inclusive of Chambal entry ticket – note we can provide a supplement if you want to extend your time on the river
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price excludes

  • Any International airfare to/from India including International airport tax.
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Camera fee wherever levied
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the presently applicable entrance fee
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond our control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1YG. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.

Flights

We can advise on appropriate flights and timings that you may wish to book, but we do not organise or arrange flights on our customers’ behalf. You will need to make your own flight arrangements directly with a flight retailer or the airline concerned; we recommend StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of Flight Centre Travel Group. They can be contacted by completing the online enquiry form or you can call 0800 280 8947 to speak to one of their flight advisors.

For any help or advice please call or email Wild About Travel and we would be happy to assist.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 370593 Mobile: +44 (0)7817 574235
Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
Wild About Travel Limited is a company registered in England and Wales.
Reg. no. 5522066. Registered Office: 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 1YG, UK

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