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Weather & Climate
Climatic conditions in India varies from region to region. The cool winds prevail from November to mid-March. The hot dry weather follows and ends in mid June. The monsoon fetches hot humid conditions and blast the country with torrential rain. The hill stations at Himalayas and Western Ghat provide succor even in the hot months of April and June. Western Himalayas are a good refuge till September month although cold and rains survive till spring. Pleasant sunny weather dominates in October up to March all over.

Entry & Visa Requirement
Passports / Visas: Visitors from all foreign countries including UK & Ireland require visa to enter India. British and Irish nationals should have a valid passport with minimum validity of six months prior to visa application.

Health and Medical
Vaccination is not a prerequisite for visiting India for people from UK and Ireland. Inoculation for diseases as typhoid, Hepatitis and meningitis is advised. Travelers from Africa, South America and Papua New Guinea must have Yellow Fever Certification else they will be quarantined.

Indian Currency
Rupee is India's currency. Rs. One Rupee is equals hundred paisas. Coin denominations are of 10, 25 & 50 Paisa and India mints 1, 2 & 5 Rupee coins as well. Denominations of Rupee is in Rs. 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Rs. Information on exchange rates is available online and one can approach Indian banks for more details. Money is changeable at International airports. Most common foreign currencies are GBP and US$. The Euro will give more problems

Credit Cards
Credit cards are a recent introduction in smaller cities in India and commercial establishments like hotels, restaurants, and shops centers accept popular credit cards as American Express, Master card and Visa.

Languages
English is popular all over India followed by National Language Hindi and local language as Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri and Sindhi. India has plethora of dialects and regional language versions.

Religions
India is a secular country and religiously diverse. The Major religions are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Others are Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis & micro minority of Jews.

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Lodging & Boarding
There are hotels, Inns and Lodges available in all class from five star to economy. Indian cuisine is varied and available at all places. Those not comfortable with hot spicy food should indicate before hand. During India tour avoid eating at roadside joints or Dhabas.

Tips
In Indian restaurants and hotels 10% tax or service charge is added to billings. Tipping is popular everywhere but is optional. It is customary to tip helpers, chefs, guides, waiters, railway porters, and taxi drivers.

Electrical Appliance Usage
Voltage is usually 220 AC, 50 cycles, round pin plugs and sockets are common. It is advised to check voltage before using electrical appliances. It is also advisable to keep plug adaptors.

Opening Timings
These may vary all over the country. Banks: 1000 to 1400 (Mon. to Fri.), and 1000 to 1200 (Sat.). International hotels have twenty four hour money changing. Post Offices: 1000 to 1700 (Mon. to Fri.) and Saturday mornings. Business offices: 0930 to 1700 (Mon. to Fri.), 0930-1300 (Sat.). Shops: 0930 to 1800 (Mon. to Sat.).

National Holidays
26 - Jan Republic Day
15 Aug Independence Day
Mahatma's Birth day 2 Oct.
For other holidays contact Tourist Offices, London (Tel: 020 7437 3677)
For visitors Taj Mahal at Agra is closed on Friday, Ajanta Caves on Monday and Ellora Caves on Tuesday. Red fort at New Delhi is closes each Monday.

Indian Postal System
Stamps are available at at hotels. Airmail delivery service to UK is week long or more. Internet connectivity and cafes are available in most hotels, GPOs and quite widespread.

Photography & Filming Charges
Diverse India offers varied themes to photographers - people, ancient monuments, Indian wildlife, festivals and landscape. Still photographers and video film makers have to pay a prescribed fee. The professional photographer and professional film makers need permission from Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath Road, New Delhi-110001, Tel. 00-91-11-23012058/23019487 (2) Photography in National Parks is on payment of a fee to the Wildlife Warden; (3) Photography is banned in tribal regions & defence properties.

India Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of India

Detailed Tour Description

Photo Gallery of India

India Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    14th - 25th of November 2014
  • Price
    € 1.930 p.p. *
    € 300 Single supplement.*
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, fulltime guiding, National Park entrance fees and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    Flights, Camera fees in N.P. insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4, maximum 8 fellow travelers

* This price can fluctuate depending on the exchange rate (applied is 1,40 $/€) to US$.

Options
We have organised two consecutive tours which are easy to link. Although a single tour is a superb way to see India, those wishing to participate in both tours have the opportunity to see much more of this spectacular country. As usual we are trying hard to offer as many options as possible. See India Tour - Bharatpur and Chambal River

India Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Ashok Country Resort. Arrive Delhi and hotel transfer
  • Day 2 - Ashok Country Resort Free program in Delhi
  • Day 3 - Camp Corbett. Birding en route to Corbett National Park
  • Day 4 - Camp Corbett . Am: Birding around Camp Corbett. Pm: the river near to town.
  • Day 5 - Hotel Manu maharani. Am: birding en route to Niani Tal. Pm: birding Pangot.
  • Day 6 - Camp Corbett . Birding Sattal area and during transfer
  • Day 7 - Tiger Camp Lodge . Birding local area and during transfer
  • Day 8 - Dhikala Lodge.Game drives and Birding.
  • Day 9 - Tiger Camp Lodge. Am: Birding Corbett Park. Pm: night birding river.
  • Day 10 - Tiger Camp Lodge. Birding in the area
  • Day 11 - Ashok Country Resort. Transfer to Delhi
  • Day 12 - Departure

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Latest Trip Report India

collared-falconetBirding India is an absolute must for the serious birdwatcher and the variety of birds in India on this multi-destination tour was a thrill for the birder, whatever level of experience, expert or beginner, there were lots of birds for all. On this tour we discovered a new bird for Corbett National Park as well as submitting records for rarely seen birds in other areas, a tribute to the observation and attention skills displayed by our group of friends on this tour! With around 350 species listed, not to mention Tiger and other wildlife sightings, we were able to fulfil our pre-tour expectations on the birdlife in India…..

Tour Leader: Peter Jones
Tour Guide: Gajendra Singh
Author: Peter Jones

Before the tour started
With all our party arriving the previous day before the official start of the tour, we were able to spend a relaxed pre-tour day in Delhi, if such a thing is possible! The sheer number of people and volume of traffic makes Delhi a wonder to all of us from other far away places, quite how everything functions is a testimony to all who live in this vast city. Most chose to venture into the city during the morning with all of us meeting for lunch near to Lodhi Gardens, giving us a leisurely afternoon to wander this wonderfully scenic park ...

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Meet your Tour Guides for India

gajendra-singhGajendra Singh is our senior birding guide in India. A specialist in the birdlife of India and experienced in all aspects of the country’s wildlife, Gajendra is a real bonus whilst touring this wonderfully rich and diverse destination. For the travelling bird watcher, Gajendra is an absolute joy, his friendly and knowledgeable company whilst touring is a real treat.

He has been a leading light in so many national bird censuses including the Sarus Crane project. A graduate from the University of Rajasthan, he has worked as an approved naturalist for several Indian government agencies including Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Govt. of Rajasthan (Deptt. of Forest), Bandhavgarh National park, Madhya Pradesh as a resident Naturalist where he assisted various film and news gathering groups, Bird watching, wildlife photographer groups and Individuals.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail and fulfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.
He has been involved with the Tiger habitat conservation programme at Royal Tiger Resort, Village, Talla, Dist-Umaria- (M.P.), Bandhavgarh (M.P.). He also has the distinction of being W.W.F certificated. As a natural communicator, Gajendra is equally at home explaining ‘his’ country’s wildlife to the beginner or more experienced traveller. For us he is as much a highlight to our tours as the destination itself!