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Day One - Two
ashok-country-resortWe will wait for you at Delhi airport, and transfer you to your hotel. We will stay in Ashok Country resort, situated only 4 km from the Delhi International Airport. At Ashok Country Resort you are checking into Nature, this haven is surrounded by lush green lawns, the backdrop of landscaped gardens against the azure blue sky provide a mesmerizing view for the avid birdwatcher. Charismatic peacocks in all their splendour gracefully explore the borders of vibrant hued flowers and makes for a magnificent sight. "The "Koyal", our Indian bird, sings melodiously from the tree top lulling you to sleep on the vast expanse of greens. If you really want to relax and indulge yourself, it is good to know that this tranquil resort offers you unparalleled relaxation in the form of personalized massages.
The rooms are elegantly designed & well equipped with guest amenities like wi-fi connectivity, 24 hrs room services, hot and cold water, tea/coffee maker, a doctor on call, laundry services, to name a few. Experience hospitality at its best.
After our experiences of earlier trips we have planned to stay in this beautiful place an extra day, to relax after a long journey and to be fit to face the long drive to Corbett National Park

Day Three - Four and Six
cottagesAfter breakfast we will leave Delhi, going to the north. Today we have to drive 260 Km which will take us, depending on the road conditions, between 7-9 hours. We have investigated all means of transport and finally we have chosen to take the fast Innova Cars, which are able to go faster than the Coach we were using earlier. We will stop for lunch and coffee and of course for some birding during our trip.
Camp Corbett, where we will stay in total 3 nights, is located In the Siwalik Hills at the foot of the Kumaon Himalaya, located in a region of extensive mixed forests famous for their variety of animals and birds. Camp Corbett, is run by the Anand family, who are experienced naturalists as well as very hospitable hosts. Great care has been taken to create a small-scale jungle camp which is in harmony with its superb natural setting, overlooking the River Boar and facing the Himalayan foothills.
The mixed deciduous forests surrounding Camp Corbett are a paradise for the naturalist, birdwatcher or those who simply wish to spend some time in the special atmosphere of an Indian jungle.
Climate: Between November and February, the average day temperature is 24 degrees. Therefore, T-shirts, full length jeans, light trekking shoes, sunhat and sun glasses will keep you comfortable. The night temperatures fluctuate between 3°C and 9°C and it is advisable to wear woollens.

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Day Five
We will leave Camp Corbett after breakfast and drive (with en route birding) to Nainital for our next stop close to the Himalaya Mountains. The distance will be approx. 30 km.
Hotel Manu Maharani at Nainital, Uttaranchal, India is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Kumaon region. Set on a hillock, the lodge offers a spectacular view of the lake. Being just 5 minutes away from the mall, the lodge caters to those who wish to be on their own and at the same time with the crowd. It has 15 well appointed rooms with all modern amenities. A multi-cuisine restaurant taking care of the in house guests. The lodge has a tea garden where an open bonfire keeps the guests warm and cosy in the cold winter nights.
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The Nainital area (1938 m) lies in the central Himalayas and is a vantage point to view the great Nanda Devi massif. The Pangot area (1900 m) lies 15 kilometres past Nainital and is on the road to Vinayak past Kilbury.
The area and its surrounding hills has a record of more then 200 Himalayan bird species. Mixed forests dominated by thick ban-oak, pine and rhododendron cover most of the area and surrounding hills. A large part of the landscape is characterized by dense vegetation. Numerous perennial creeks and streams criss-cross the area. District Nainital (Kumaon) covers the tropical, subtropical, temperate, sub alpine and alpine zones. The terai & bhabhar belt presents the climate of the plains while the deep valleys with elevation up to 1000 m. play host to flora and fauna typical of hills as well as plains. The middle Himalayan ranges to 2000 m and the sub alpine region up to 2500 m complete the eco-zones.

Day Seven and Nine - Ten
corbett-camp1 From Camp Corbett we will move to Tiger Camp. Here we will stay for 3 nights. One night now and after coming back from Dhikala Lodge again 2 nights. Tiger Camp is located on the periphery of Corbett National Park surrounded by thick jungles on one side and river Kosi on the other.
In the centre of the camp the large thatched roundhouse is the focus for evenings spent around the camp-fire. Food is of a high standard and comprises both Indian and western dishes.
More than 580 species have been recorded in Corbett Biosphere Reserve.The most sought after species are Ibisbill, wallcreeper, spot-bellied owl, great hornbill, Pallas’ fish eagle, crested kingfisher, brown dipper, three species of forktail etc. Being centrally located, Tiger Camp offers easy access to some of the best birding areas such as Jhirna, Dhikala, Kumeria, Kosi river, Mongoli Valley. There are a number of good birding trails in the radius of 25 km, very nice for morning and afternoon walks in the nearby forested areas and riverbeds.

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Day Eight
This morning we will leave early to go to the Corbett National Park. We will stay for one night inside the park in the Dhikala Forest Lodge. dhikal_18This Lodge is run and managed by the forest department under Corbett national park, and is located in the core area of Corbett national park. The entry gate for Dhikala is Dhangadi gate at a distance of about an hour of the Corbett Camp.
Dhikala forest lodge is 30 kms from Dhangadi gate, and it will take around 2 hours to cover this distance. This journey from Dhangadi gate to Dhikala itself is full of adventures, you have to cross dense sal forest, the Ramganga River and several seasonal rivers, the animals you are most likely to spot while going to Dhikala are herds of spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambhar, Barasinga, Elephants, Hyena, Fox, Monitor Lizard and even Tigers. Its location at the core area of Corbett national park made it a perfect place to stay for wildlife enthusiast. Dhikala forest lodge has two wings old and new and both offer rooms as well as dormitory accommodation. The accommodation is very basic, but the wildlife around the lodge is worthwhile and rewarding, making it acceptable to accept this basic level of accommodation.

For your safely the lodge is enclosed by an effective solar fence. You can sit on the veranda at night and enjoy the breathtaking sounds of the wild surroundings, an unforgettable experience. spotted-deerWildlife, lush greenery, delightful climate and much more entitles Corbett National Park to the accolade as one of the best wildlife parks on our planet. It is the oldest wildlife national park in India, established way back in 1936. Named after the great hunter later turned into nature conservationist Jim Corbett. Along with tigers, you find here a great variety of flora and fauna. Cheetal, elephant, sambar, neelgai, King cobra, flying foxes and more, along with almost 600 species of birds, gives you the real opportunity to witness the joy of wildlife at Corbett.

Day Eleven
Today we will drive back to Delhi. If time permits we can spend the afternoon birding in the gardens of our hotel Ashok Country Resort.

Day Twelve
lohdi-gardensFor one part of the group this is the last day of the tour. We will take care that they all arrive at the airport in time to catch their flights back home.

For the other part of the group, who also booked India Tour 2, this day will be the start of a new and also very exiting tour See India Tour 2 - Most exciting Destination on Earth

This day will also be the arrival day of fellow travellers who only booked the India Tour 2.
To get the maximum from our day we will visit with those who want to come, one of the beautiful parks in Delhi, The Lodhi Garden. In this beautiful park one can get very close views of some interesting bird species of India.

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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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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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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!