journeys of a life time

Ritesh Suri

Having experienced the raw beauty of the Northern Indian jungles since childhood, Ritish setup Camp Forktail Creek in Corbett Tiger Reserve. Over a period of 13 years, he grew Camp Forktail Creek to become one the country’s best wildlife lodges, winning numerous awards and accolades along the way. In addition, he has time and again offered his wildlife knowledge and expertise to shoot documentary films for Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television.

As a resident of Uttarakhand for over 20 years, Ritish is extremely familiar with the local wilderness hotspots and trails. He has been guiding wildlife trips in Central and North India. He has also led challenging high altitude treks in Hemis National Park for tracking Snow Leopards.

Being a brilliant birder and charming host, times spent with him in the jungle are never dull. He lives with his wife Minakshi and three dogs in their jungle home. In his free time, Ritish loves tinkering with mechanics, electronics and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Conan Dumenil

As a college student, Conan Dumenil loved sneaking off to the Western Ghats at every single every opportunity he came across. After a post-graduate in business, he left his home town in Chennai to train as a naturalist in Camp Forktail Creek and since 2005 he has been guiding trips all across the country. In addition, he has assisted TV crews on wildlife documentaries, captured animal calls through sound recordings, collected and documented reptiles, amphibians and insects for research and has worked on captive care of various reptiles.

As a keen ecologist, Conan enjoys observing the dynamics of the natural world and sharing those experiences with others. Though his expertise lies in birds and mammals, he is also a keen angler, a budding herpetologist, gardener and avid photographer.

Our Trips

At Avisfera Adventures, two things drive us when we plan our wild life trips. Firstly, we make sure our guests receive a fantastic experience of nature. Secondly, we ensure they experience it in relative comfort.

These unique experiences are made possible by our presence in spectacular locations and more importantly by our expert guides. They personally escort you throughout the stay and they always go the extra mile to meet your needs as guests.

Furthermore, all our locations are carefully chosen and screened before we design a trip i.e. the beds have been checked, the food has been sampled and the showers have been tried.

All our trips are bespoke and can be customized to suit your individual needs. Shown below are a few of our favourite tailor-made experiences to help you plan your adventure with us.

(Please note, in keeping with our commitment to responsible tourism, we do not host large groups to keep our footprint minimal and experience personal.)

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Wild Wonders

Corbett Tiger Reserve

A 4 night and 5 day trip packed with lots of wildlife action and led by experts in the field. Experience exclusive game drives in open jeeps into two specie rich ranges ranges of the reserve; overnight stay in the park and exploring parts of the forest on foot!

Location

CCorbett Tiger Reserve is located at the junction of the lowland ‘Terai’ region and the foothills of the Shivaliks in the state of Uttarakhand, Northern India.

Weather

Dry temperate conditions through most of the year with rains between June to September. Winters are cool and dry and summers can be hot and humid. Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 15°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 7°C min

Physical Level

Easy with little walking.

Best For

Large mammal viewing, birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to May

Day 1: Arrival at Corbett

Arrive at your safari Lodge at lunchtime. Your naturalist team will meet your there and help you settle in. Lunch will be served at the lodge and during that time you can discuss with your naturalist the plans that lie ahead. In the afternoon you can go for a hike into the surrounding forest. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Return to the lodge by sundown for a much-welcomed cup of tea by the bonfire. Dinner and overnight at the safari lodge.

Day 3 & 4: Exploring Dhikala

The next one and a half day we will explore different areas of this range. Dhikala is a vast landscape consisting of open grasslands, riverine forest patches, tall deciduous forest and dry streambeds. The variety of habitat adds to the beauty of the place coupled with some great wildlife viewing. Days start at sunrise and end at sundown, breakfast and lunch will be on the go and depending on how the wildlife action is, we will either carry it packed with us or have it brought to a designated point. We will return to the FRH at sundown for a hot dinner. In the evening of Day four we will exit the park and return to our Lodge. At sundown, enjoy a bonfire and banter with your hosts and other guests exchanging stories from your experiences in the park.

Day 2: Dhikala Range

Early morning on day 2 we will set off to the Dhikala range of Corbett tiger reserve, where we will spend the next two nights. Your naturalist team will meet you bright and early and after a hot cuppa to warm you up, we will head of into the park. We will carry a packed breakfast with us, which we will have at a designated spot inside the park. The drive into the park up to the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting game. Early mornings are usually rewarding as we always see fresh tracks of animals, which we will then track. We will stop off at observation points along the route to scan for wildlife. We will arrive at the resthouse for lunch and post lunch we will continue our game drive to some new areas. We will be back by sundown after which dinner and overnight at a room in the FRH (forest rest house) complex.

Day 5: Lohachaur Range and Departure

We start the day early, with our last game drive of the trip, only this time we will be heading to another zone. It is a beautiful zone with many moist patches of ferns and sub tropical flora. The zone is also at the confluence of two rivers, the Ramganga and the Mandal. The rich landscapes in these river valleys make this a chosen spot for bird watching. We will look out for any species we might have missed and for new ones that this range has to offer. We will have our packed breakfast at a designated point and spend the morning exploring this scenic zone. Back to the lodge by mid-morning to pack up and get ready for departure. Bid farewell to your team and proceed to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at a room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights and at a safari Lodge for 02 nights on twin/double share.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5. Tea and coffee.
  • Exclusive jeeps for game drives as in Dhikala and Lohachaur zones as indicated in the itinerary, each with a driver and naturalist.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (Charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Wild Wonders

Corbett Tiger Reserve

A 4 night and 5 day trip packed with lots of wildlife action and led by experts in the field. Experience exclusive game drives in open jeeps into two specie rich ranges ranges of the reserve; overnight stay in the park and exploring parts of the forest on foot!

Location

CCorbett Tiger Reserve is located at the junction of the lowland ‘Terai’ region and the foothills of the Shivaliks in the state of Uttarakhand, Northern India.

Weather

Dry temperate conditions through most of the year with rains between June to September. Winters are cool and dry and summers can be hot and humid. Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 15°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 7°C min

Physical Level

Easy with little walking.

Best For

Large mammal viewing, birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to May

Day 1: Arrival at Corbett

Arrive at your safari Lodge at lunchtime. Your naturalist team will meet your there and help you settle in. Lunch will be served at the lodge and during that time you can discuss with your naturalist the plans that lie ahead. In the afternoon you can go for a hike into the surrounding forest. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Return to the lodge by sundown for a much-welcomed cup of tea by the bonfire. Dinner and overnight at the safari lodge.

Day 2: Dhikala Range

Early morning on day 2 we will set off to the Dhikala range of Corbett tiger reserve, where we will spend the next two nights. Your naturalist team will meet you bright and early and after a hot cuppa to warm you up, we will head of into the park. We will carry a packed breakfast with us, which we will have at a designated spot inside the park. The drive into the park up to the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting game. Early mornings are usually rewarding as we always see fresh tracks of animals, which we will then track. We will stop off at observation points along the route to scan for wildlife. We will arrive at the resthouse for lunch and post lunch we will continue our game drive to some new areas. We will be back by sundown after which dinner and overnight at a room in the FRH (forest rest house) complex.

Day 3 & 4: Exploring Dhikala

The next one and a half day we will explore different areas of this range. Dhikala is a vast landscape consisting of open grasslands, riverine forest patches, tall deciduous forest and dry streambeds. The variety of habitat adds to the beauty of the place coupled with some great wildlife viewing. Days start at sunrise and end at sundown, breakfast and lunch will be on the go and depending on how the wildlife action is, we will either carry it packed with us or have it brought to a designated point. We will return to the FRH at sundown for a hot dinner. In the evening of Day four we will exit the park and return to our Lodge. At sundown, enjoy a bonfire and banter with your hosts and other guests exchanging stories from your experiences in the park.

Day 5: Lohachaur Range and Departure

We start the day early, with our last game drive of the trip, only this time we will be heading to another zone. It is a beautiful zone with many moist patches of ferns and sub tropical flora. The zone is also at the confluence of two rivers, the Ramganga and the Mandal. The rich landscapes in these river valleys make this a chosen spot for bird watching. We will look out for any species we might have missed and for new ones that this range has to offer. We will have our packed breakfast at a designated point and spend the morning exploring this scenic zone. Back to the lodge by mid-morning to pack up and get ready for departure. Bid farewell to your team and proceed to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at a room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights and at a safari Lodge for 02 nights on twin/double share.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5. Tea and coffee.
  • Exclusive jeeps for game drives as in Dhikala and Lohachaur zones as indicated in the itinerary, each with a driver and naturalist.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (Charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Mountain Montage

Wildlife of Kumaon

From the foothills to the mountains, traverse across the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Starting at the Shivaliks the southernmost range, in Corbett National Park to experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the country. Plenty of game drives, overnights in the park with glamping by a river. Then head up into the hills to Binsar where long forest walks, stunning panoramas and village life greet you. This trip is the perfect snapshot of the best of the Kumaon Himalayas.

Location

Corbett Tiger Reserve is located at the junction of the lowland ‘Terai’ region and the foothills of the Shivaliks in the state of Uttarakhand, Northern India. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary located in the outer Himalayas lies at an average height of 2400 mts. ASL. It is in the Almora district of Uttarakhand.

Weather

Corbett has Dry temperate conditions through most of the year with rains between June to September. Winters are cool and dry and summers can be hot and humid. Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 15°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 7°C min Binsar has montane weather with it being cool throughout the year. There is a chance of snow in winters between the months of December to March. Summer (March to June) – 25°C max and 7°C min Winter (October to February) – 20°C max and 0°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light to moderate walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, cultural interactions, forest hikes and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival at Corbett

Arrive at Dhangari gate, the entry point to the Dhikala zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve. You will be met here by your naturalist team and commence your drive. The drive into the park up to the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting wildlife. We will be travelling in open 4x4 jeeps which gives us great opportunities to photograph or observe any wildlife we may see. En route, visit the Gharial pool, Champion road and High Bank (these are great observation points on the Ramganga River). Arrive at Dhikala Forest Resthouse Complex by lunch and check in. Post lunch, a drive to the Dhikala ‘chaur’ (grasslands) to observe the varied bird and mammal species found in the area. Back by sundown. Dinner and overnight in a room at the Dhikala FRH complex.

Day 3: Dhikala / The Himalayan Outback Lodge

We start the day with a game drive to your most favourite part of the area from your experiences in the last two days. Breakfast and lunch will be at the Forest Rest House, and post lunch we will make our way back to the exit gate. We will reach The Himalayan Outback Camp by early evening, freshen up and settle in to our huts. At sundown we will have a campfire and dinner, which is leisurely and personal. Along with the excellent cuisine, your guide and hosts will amuse and amaze you with their stories of exciting experiences.

Day 5: THO / Binsar

We will leave the lodge early this morning with a packed breakfast onward to Binsar. The drive is about 150 km and will take 6 hours. We will be stopping along the way to get admire the landscapes and villages, both very good photo ops. We will reach the mountain lodge for lunch and post that we will head out into the sanctuary for an exploratory walk. Back to the resort by sundown to relax and enjoy the fire.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast this morning, we will drive down to Kathgodam Railway Station the closest railhead. The drive is about 4 hours and descends through the Kosi river valley. At Kathgodam bid farewell to your team and proceed to your onward destination.

Day 2: Full day drives at Dhikala

A full and exciting day to explore the forests, wildlife & birds at Dhikala. Viewing would be primarily by jeep and one session on one of the days would be on elephant back (subject to availability). We would be back at Dhikala for breakfast and lunch, but otherwise, the entire day we would be out in different areas of the park viewing the interesting flora and fauna. Back to Dhikala by sundown, followed by tea and then dinner later.

Day 4: The Himalayan Outback Lodge and around

The camp is located on the fringe of the reserve right on the banks of the Ramganga reserve. The forests around the camp are great to explore on foot and in the morning we will do just that. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Take the afternoon at leisure to soak up the sun on your deck and watch the river. In the evening we will visit the village nearby to have a glimpse into rural life. We can watch how people farm and rear livestock close to a reserve and with the help of our guide chat with some of them as well. Later in the evening it is time to relax once again and enjoy carefree banter by the fireside whilst feasting on the unique sounds and smells that your exclusive location offers, before retiring to bed.

Day 6 and 7: Binsar

These two days will be spent exploring the sanctuary; the best part is that all of it can be done on foot. The lodge is located in a meadow, right in the middle of the sanctuary, with plenty of walking trails to explore. The views are great through most of the year with crisp blue skies serving as a backdrop to the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at a room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights, THO lodge for 02 nights and a mountain lodge for 03 nights on twin/double share.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. Tea and coffee.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Dhikala zone of Corbett each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hikes as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Mountain Montage

Wildlife of Kumaon

From the foothills to the mountains, traverse across the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Starting at the Shivaliks the southernmost range, in Corbett National Park to experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the country. Plenty of game drives, overnights in the park with glamping by a river. Then head up into the hills to Binsar where long forest walks, stunning panoramas and village life greet you. This trip is the perfect snapshot of the best of the Kumaon Himalayas.

Location

Corbett Tiger Reserve is located at the junction of the lowland ‘Terai’ region and the foothills of the Shivaliks in the state of Uttarakhand, Northern India. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary located in the outer Himalayas lies at an average height of 2400 mts. ASL. It is in the Almora district of Uttarakhand.

Weather

Corbett has Dry temperate conditions through most of the year with rains between June to September. Winters are cool and dry and summers can be hot and humid. Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 15°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 7°C min Binsar has montane weather with it being cool throughout the year. There is a chance of snow in winters between the months of December to March. Summer (March to June) – 25°C max and 7°C min Winter (October to February) – 20°C max and 0°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light to moderate walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, cultural interactions, forest hikes and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival at Corbett

Arrive at Dhangari gate, the entry point to the Dhikala zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve. You will be met here by your naturalist team and commence your drive. The drive into the park up to the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting wildlife. We will be travelling in open 4x4 jeeps which gives us great opportunities to photograph or observe any wildlife we may see. En route, visit the Gharial pool, Champion road and High Bank (these are great observation points on the Ramganga River). Arrive at Dhikala Forest Resthouse Complex by lunch and check in. Post lunch, a drive to the Dhikala ‘chaur’ (grasslands) to observe the varied bird and mammal species found in the area. Back by sundown. Dinner and overnight in a room at the Dhikala FRH complex.

Day 2: Full day drives at Dhikala

A full and exciting day to explore the forests, wildlife & birds at Dhikala. Viewing would be primarily by jeep and one session on one of the days would be on elephant back (subject to availability). We would be back at Dhikala for breakfast and lunch, but otherwise, the entire day we would be out in different areas of the park viewing the interesting flora and fauna. Back to Dhikala by sundown, followed by tea and then dinner later.

Day 3: Dhikala / The Himalayan Outback Lodge

We start the day with a game drive to your most favourite part of the area from your experiences in the last two days. Breakfast and lunch will be at the Forest Rest House, and post lunch we will make our way back to the exit gate. We will reach The Himalayan Outback Camp by early evening, freshen up and settle in to our huts. At sundown we will have a campfire and dinner, which is leisurely and personal. Along with the excellent cuisine, your guide and hosts will amuse and amaze you with their stories of exciting experiences.

Day 4: The Himalayan Outback Lodge and around

The camp is located on the fringe of the reserve right on the banks of the Ramganga reserve. The forests around the camp are great to explore on foot and in the morning we will do just that. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Take the afternoon at leisure to soak up the sun on your deck and watch the river. In the evening we will visit the village nearby to have a glimpse into rural life. We can watch how people farm and rear livestock close to a reserve and with the help of our guide chat with some of them as well. Later in the evening it is time to relax once again and enjoy carefree banter by the fireside whilst feasting on the unique sounds and smells that your exclusive location offers, before retiring to bed.

Day 5: THO / Binsar

We will leave the lodge early this morning with a packed breakfast onward to Binsar. The drive is about 150 km and will take 6 hours. We will be stopping along the way to get admire the landscapes and villages, both very good photo ops. We will reach the mountain lodge for lunch and post that we will head out into the sanctuary for an exploratory walk. Back to the resort by sundown to relax and enjoy the fire.

Day 6 and 7: Binsar

These two days will be spent exploring the sanctuary; the best part is that all of it can be done on foot. The lodge is located in a meadow, right in the middle of the sanctuary, with plenty of walking trails to explore. The views are great through most of the year with crisp blue skies serving as a backdrop to the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast this morning, we will drive down to Kathgodam Railway Station the closest railhead. The drive is about 4 hours and descends through the Kosi river valley. At Kathgodam bid farewell to your team and proceed to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at a room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights, THO lodge for 02 nights and a mountain lodge for 03 nights on twin/double share.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. Tea and coffee.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Dhikala zone of Corbett each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hikes as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Mountains, Marshes & Minivets

Birding in Northern India

A two-week tour that takes you across some great birding and wildlife hotspots in Northern India. High in endemics and migrants, you will see species - both feathered and non-feathered found nowhere else in the country. From the forested mountains of the Himalayas to the great flood plains of the Gangetic river system, this trip encompasses a variety of habitats and regions and will offer an astounding number of species. Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up some of the best birding in the country, with great spots, good guides and some truly unique experiences. Get ready to chalk down those lifers and specials!

Location

Chambal Valley in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Nainital district and the Corbett region in Uttarakhand.

Weather

Generally cold and dry. Mornings can be misty with warm sunshine during the day. Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking.

Best For

Birding and Wildlife viewing.

Best Time to Visit

November to March

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your escorting naturalist and taken to your homestay for the night.

Day 3: Chambal

After and early breakfast we depart for the National Chambal Safari where we will spend practically the whole day. Travelling on a small boat on the Chambal River is a special experience and we hope to see Indian Skimmer alongside close views of Gharial, an endemic crocodilian. Other bird species will include Kentish Plover, Great Thick-Knee, Black-bellied Tern, Bonelli’s Eagle, Osprey, Indian Eagle Owl and Variable Wheatear. An added attraction is the Gangetic Dolphins which can be hard to view but is very possible in these waters. We will also look out for various species of turtles and the mugger or freshwater crocodile. We will have a picnic lunch on the river and walk along the river and in the ravines to view various feathered species. Our targets here will be Yellow-eyed Babbler, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Sulpher–Bellied Warbler, Bar-headed Goose, Temminck’s Stint, Sand Lark, Desert Wheatear, Small Pranticole and Ruddy Shelduck. Return to the Lodge by evening. The lodge is a great spot to see the Indian Flying Fox (Indian Fruit bat) and Common Palm Civet and roosting owls.

Day 5: Keoladeo Ghana National Park

After an early breakfast this morning we will visit the famous Keoladeo National Park, a Mecca for numerous species of waterfowl. We will have lunch inside the park and post-lunch continue with our birding. Species today include Large-tailed Nightjars, Ashy Drongo, White-browed Fantail, Striated Heron, Black-rumped Flameback, Asian Open-bill, Black- necked Stork, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Bar-headed Goose, Comb Ducks, Booted, Steppe and Greater Spotted Eagle, Common and Pied Kingfishers, Dusky Eagle-owl, Black Bittern, Common Crane, White-tailed Lapwing, Dalmatian Pelicans, Lesser Whistling-duck , Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Marshall’s Iora, Great Crested Grebe, Red-crested Pochards and Red Avadavats. Back to our hotel in the evening for a leisurely dinner and rest.

Day 7: Kathgodam / Nainital

Arrive early morning and transfer to Nainital, a drive of approximately 2 hours. Arrive and check into the Hotel. For the next two and a half days we bird around Pangot, Sattal and the Mangoli valley. The excursions would be by car and a great many walks. Species to look out for are Red-billed Blue Magpies, Black-headed & Eurasian Jays, Bronzed Drongo, Mountain Bulbul, Blue-winged & Bar Throated Siva, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Spot-winged Grosbeaks, Blue-fronted Redstart, Scarlet Finch, Green-Backed Tit, Yellow-Browed Tit, Cheer Phesant, Koklas Phesant, Great Barbet, Grey-Backed Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Mistle Thrush, Orange-Flanked & Golden Bush Robin, White-Browed and Green Shrike-babbler, Rusty-Checked Scimitar Babbler, Chestnut Thrush, Rufous-Bellied Niltava, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Lammergier, Himalayan Griffon, Collared Owlet, Chestnut-Eared Bunting, Small Niltava and Slaty-Blue Flycatcher.

Day 9: Nainital / Corbett Tiger Reserve

Post breakfast we will check out of our hotel and drive down to Corbett Tiger Reserve via the Mangoli Valley. We will take and easy drive down and bird along the way. Arrive at our lodge on the Ramganga river, right on the periphery of the Reserve. After settling-in we will head down to the campfire that sits under the stars, overlooking the river.

Day 11 & 12: Dhikala

Early morning, we will depart to the Dhikala range of the National park with a packed breakfast. Dhikala is the main tourist centre for Corbett therefore it has many restrictions, walking is prohibited in this zone except in designated areas. Our stay in Dhikala would involve game drives to observe the wildlife of the area and short stops at observation points wherever possible. Birding in Dhikala is quite an attraction and species that can be observed here include Lesser Fish Eagle, Hodgson’s Buschat, Cinereous Vulture, Red-Headed Vulture, Slender-Billed Vulture, Tawny Fish Owl, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Pied Harrier, Black Francolin, Tawny Pipit, Crested Kingfisher, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Slaty Headed Parakeet, Emerald Dove and Jungle Bush Quail. We will spend two nights at Dhikala where will be staying at the Forest Resthouse Complex and will return to riverside lodge by the evening on day 13.

Day 14: Corbett / Delhi

Post breakfast depart bid farewell to your naturalist and team while you proceed to Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi / Chambal

Your naturalist will meet you again for breakfast this morning and run you through the program that lies ahead. Post breakfast you will commence your road journey to Chambal. The drive is about 270 km. and will take about 5 hrs. There will be refreshment and bathroom breaks along the way. We will arrive at the safari lodge for an alfresco meal that awaits us. After lunch and settling in we will drive to the Sarus crane wetland area – scanning for the Sarus crane and more species like Bluthroat, Black-breasted Weaver, Red-headed Bunting, Black-headed Ibis, Wood Sandpiper and Jack Snipe. Arrive back at our lodge for tea, wash up and some much needed rest after dinner.

Day 4: Agra / Bharatpur

Depart post breakfast for Agra. Spend the rest of day in Agra marveling at its many monuments, most famously the Taj Mahal. Post lunch, we will drive onwards to Bharatpur which is about an hour away. We will check into our hotel, which is a small and personal family run affair just walking distance from the park entrance. Overnight at Bharatpur.

Day 6: Bharatpur / Delhi / Kathgodam

This morning, we'll put in one final birding session to a few locations outside the park. More species to look out for are are Oriental Darter, Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Indian Spot Billed Duck, Purple Herons, Painted Stork, Northern Shoveler, Garganey, Common Teal, Graceful Prinia, Greater Coucal, Hume’s and Greenish Warbler, Shikra, Indian Grey Hornbill and Siberian Rubythroat. After lunch we'll drive down to Delhi (approximately 4 hours) to connect further to the mountains. We will take an overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam railway station which will take up to the region of Nainital in the Himalayas. Overnight on the train.

Day 8: Nainital

Whole day birding at Pangot, Saattal and Kainchi. Overnight at Nainital.

Day 10: Corbett region

A Whole day of birding in and around the camp and some other hot spots outside the park. Spend the morning exploring the surrounding forest and streams for species like Great Hornbill, Chestnut Headed and Grey Bellied Tesia, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Spotted & Slaty Backed Forktail, Long Billed Thrush, Brown Fish Owl, Collared Falconet, Snowy Browed Flycatcher, Red Billed Leothrix and Scaly breasted Wren Babbler Wall Creeper and Great Thick Knee. Post lunch we drive to Kumeria. Species to look out for would be Tawny Fish Owl, Long Tailed Broadbill, Little Forktail, Maroon Oriole, Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher, Slaty Blue Flycatcher, Silver Eared Mesia, Lesser Racquet Tailed Drongo, Black Chinned Yuhina, White Crested Laughing thrush, Small Niltava, Rufous Bellied Niltava, Brown Dipper, Bar Tailed Treecreeper and Chestnut Bellied and Velvet Fronted Nuthatch. Time permitting we will dive to a spot on the Kosi River to look for the Ibisbill. Back to the resort by sundown to relax and enjoy the fire.

Day 13: Dhikala / Lodge

We start the day with a game drive to your most favourite part of the area from your experiences in the last few days. Breakfast and lunch will be at the FRH, post lunch we drive back to the lodge. At sundown we will have a campfire and dinner, which is leisurely and personal. Along with the excellent cuisine, your guide and hosts will amuse and amaze you with their stories of exciting experiences. Then it is time to relax once again and enjoy carefree banter by the fireside whilst feasting on the unique sounds and smells that your exclusive location offers, before retiring to bed.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at all locations as stated in the itinerary. A room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14. Tea and coffee.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Dhikala zone of Corbett each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hikes as indicated in the itinerary. SUV/Jeep transport at locations for excursions. Boat ride in the Chambal river, Rickshaws at Bharatpur.
  • Airport, railway and road transfers
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Mountains, Marshes & Minivets

Birding in Northern India

A two-week tour that takes you across some great birding and wildlife hotspots in Northern India. High in endemics and migrants, you will see species - both feathered and non-feathered found nowhere else in the country. From the forested mountains of the Himalayas to the great flood plains of the Gangetic river system, this trip encompasses a variety of habitats and regions and will offer an astounding number of species. Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up some of the best birding in the country, with great spots, good guides and some truly unique experiences. Get ready to chalk down those lifers and specials!

Location

Chambal Valley in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Nainital district and the Corbett region in Uttarakhand.

Weather

Generally cold and dry. Mornings can be misty with warm sunshine during the day. Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking.

Best For

Birding and Wildlife viewing.

Best Time to Visit

November to March

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your escorting naturalist and taken to your homestay for the night.

Day 2: Delhi / Chambal

Your naturalist will meet you again for breakfast this morning and run you through the program that lies ahead. Post breakfast you will commence your road journey to Chambal. The drive is about 270 km. and will take about 5 hrs. There will be refreshment and bathroom breaks along the way. We will arrive at the safari lodge for an alfresco meal that awaits us. After lunch and settling in we will drive to the Sarus crane wetland area – scanning for the Sarus crane and more species like Bluthroat, Black-breasted Weaver, Red-headed Bunting, Black-headed Ibis, Wood Sandpiper and Jack Snipe. Arrive back at our lodge for tea, wash up and some much needed rest after dinner.

Day 3: Chambal

After and early breakfast we depart for the National Chambal Safari where we will spend practically the whole day. Travelling on a small boat on the Chambal River is a special experience and we hope to see Indian Skimmer alongside close views of Gharial, an endemic crocodilian. Other bird species will include Kentish Plover, Great Thick-Knee, Black-bellied Tern, Bonelli’s Eagle, Osprey, Indian Eagle Owl and Variable Wheatear. An added attraction is the Gangetic Dolphins which can be hard to view but is very possible in these waters. We will also look out for various species of turtles and the mugger or freshwater crocodile. We will have a picnic lunch on the river and walk along the river and in the ravines to view various feathered species. Our targets here will be Yellow-eyed Babbler, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Sulpher–Bellied Warbler, Bar-headed Goose, Temminck’s Stint, Sand Lark, Desert Wheatear, Small Pranticole and Ruddy Shelduck. Return to the Lodge by evening. The lodge is a great spot to see the Indian Flying Fox (Indian Fruit bat) and Common Palm Civet and roosting owls.

Day 4: Agra / Bharatpur

Depart post breakfast for Agra. Spend the rest of day in Agra marveling at its many monuments, most famously the Taj Mahal. Post lunch, we will drive onwards to Bharatpur which is about an hour away. We will check into our hotel, which is a small and personal family run affair just walking distance from the park entrance. Overnight at Bharatpur.

Day 5: Keoladeo Ghana National Park

After an early breakfast this morning we will visit the famous Keoladeo National Park, a Mecca for numerous species of waterfowl. We will have lunch inside the park and post-lunch continue with our birding. Species today include Large-tailed Nightjars, Ashy Drongo, White-browed Fantail, Striated Heron, Black-rumped Flameback, Asian Open-bill, Black- necked Stork, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Bar-headed Goose, Comb Ducks, Booted, Steppe and Greater Spotted Eagle, Common and Pied Kingfishers, Dusky Eagle-owl, Black Bittern, Common Crane, White-tailed Lapwing, Dalmatian Pelicans, Lesser Whistling-duck , Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Marshall’s Iora, Great Crested Grebe, Red-crested Pochards and Red Avadavats. Back to our hotel in the evening for a leisurely dinner and rest.

Day 6: Bharatpur / Delhi / Kathgodam

This morning, we'll put in one final birding session to a few locations outside the park. More species to look out for are are Oriental Darter, Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Indian Spot Billed Duck, Purple Herons, Painted Stork, Northern Shoveler, Garganey, Common Teal, Graceful Prinia, Greater Coucal, Hume’s and Greenish Warbler, Shikra, Indian Grey Hornbill and Siberian Rubythroat. After lunch we'll drive down to Delhi (approximately 4 hours) to connect further to the mountains. We will take an overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam railway station which will take up to the region of Nainital in the Himalayas. Overnight on the train.

Day 7: Kathgodam / Nainital

Arrive early morning and transfer to Nainital, a drive of approximately 2 hours. Arrive and check into the Hotel. For the next two and a half days we bird around Pangot, Sattal and the Mangoli valley. The excursions would be by car and a great many walks. Species to look out for are Red-billed Blue Magpies, Black-headed & Eurasian Jays, Bronzed Drongo, Mountain Bulbul, Blue-winged & Bar Throated Siva, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Spot-winged Grosbeaks, Blue-fronted Redstart, Scarlet Finch, Green-Backed Tit, Yellow-Browed Tit, Cheer Phesant, Koklas Phesant, Great Barbet, Grey-Backed Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Mistle Thrush, Orange-Flanked & Golden Bush Robin, White-Browed and Green Shrike-babbler, Rusty-Checked Scimitar Babbler, Chestnut Thrush, Rufous-Bellied Niltava, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Lammergier, Himalayan Griffon, Collared Owlet, Chestnut-Eared Bunting, Small Niltava and Slaty-Blue Flycatcher.

Day 8: Nainital

Whole day birding at Pangot, Saattal and Kainchi. Overnight at Nainital.

Day 9: Nainital / Corbett Tiger Reserve

Post breakfast we will check out of our hotel and drive down to Corbett Tiger Reserve via the Mangoli Valley. We will take and easy drive down and bird along the way. Arrive at our lodge on the Ramganga river, right on the periphery of the Reserve. After settling-in we will head down to the campfire that sits under the stars, overlooking the river.

Day 10: Corbett region

A Whole day of birding in and around the camp and some other hot spots outside the park. Spend the morning exploring the surrounding forest and streams for species like Great Hornbill, Chestnut Headed and Grey Bellied Tesia, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Spotted & Slaty Backed Forktail, Long Billed Thrush, Brown Fish Owl, Collared Falconet, Snowy Browed Flycatcher, Red Billed Leothrix and Scaly breasted Wren Babbler Wall Creeper and Great Thick Knee. Post lunch we drive to Kumeria. Species to look out for would be Tawny Fish Owl, Long Tailed Broadbill, Little Forktail, Maroon Oriole, Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher, Slaty Blue Flycatcher, Silver Eared Mesia, Lesser Racquet Tailed Drongo, Black Chinned Yuhina, White Crested Laughing thrush, Small Niltava, Rufous Bellied Niltava, Brown Dipper, Bar Tailed Treecreeper and Chestnut Bellied and Velvet Fronted Nuthatch. Time permitting we will dive to a spot on the Kosi River to look for the Ibisbill. Back to the resort by sundown to relax and enjoy the fire.

Day 11 & 12: Dhikala

Early morning, we will depart to the Dhikala range of the National park with a packed breakfast. Dhikala is the main tourist centre for Corbett therefore it has many restrictions, walking is prohibited in this zone except in designated areas. Our stay in Dhikala would involve game drives to observe the wildlife of the area and short stops at observation points wherever possible. Birding in Dhikala is quite an attraction and species that can be observed here include Lesser Fish Eagle, Hodgson’s Buschat, Cinereous Vulture, Red-Headed Vulture, Slender-Billed Vulture, Tawny Fish Owl, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Pied Harrier, Black Francolin, Tawny Pipit, Crested Kingfisher, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Slaty Headed Parakeet, Emerald Dove and Jungle Bush Quail. We will spend two nights at Dhikala where will be staying at the Forest Resthouse Complex and will return to riverside lodge by the evening on day 13.

Day 13: Dhikala / Lodge

We start the day with a game drive to your most favourite part of the area from your experiences in the last few days. Breakfast and lunch will be at the FRH, post lunch we drive back to the lodge. At sundown we will have a campfire and dinner, which is leisurely and personal. Along with the excellent cuisine, your guide and hosts will amuse and amaze you with their stories of exciting experiences. Then it is time to relax once again and enjoy carefree banter by the fireside whilst feasting on the unique sounds and smells that your exclusive location offers, before retiring to bed.

Day 14: Corbett / Delhi

Post breakfast depart bid farewell to your naturalist and team while you proceed to Delhi.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at all locations as stated in the itinerary. A room in the Forest Rest House (subject to availability) for 02 nights.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14. Tea and coffee.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Dhikala zone of Corbett each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hikes as indicated in the itinerary. SUV/Jeep transport at locations for excursions. Boat ride in the Chambal river, Rickshaws at Bharatpur.
  • Airport, railway and road transfers
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Ghost of the Moutains

Tigers in Tea Country – Wildlife of Assam

A trip that takes us into the higher reaches of Ladakh to track and view the elusive snow leopard. We will stay in this desolate yet stunning landscape looking this high altitude predator as it descends into the valleys following the migration of its prey.

It is also a great opportunity of observe some higher altitude species such as the ibex, blue sheep, pika, urial, marmot, tibetan wolf, red fox, chukar and tibetan partridge to name a few. With over 250 bird species and 30 mammals, there is much to choose from.

With comfortable and homely accommodation, a full time support crew and guides that know the region like no other, join us for this truly once in a lifetime experience!

Location

Leh and Ulley region in Ladakh District of Jammu and Kashmir.

Weather

Winter (November to December) 9°C max and -15°C min (February to March) 2°C max and -25°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking. Extreme cold weather.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, Birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to February

Day 1 & 2 : Arrival Delhi and transfer to Leh

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your naturalist from Avisfera Adventures from here we will board our flight to Leh. On arrival at Leh we will proceed to our hotel. Leh is at 3500 mts and the flight up from the plains means that you have to acclimatise gently without pushing yourself. The two and a half days scheduled here is the minimum recommended as you will be going to a higher altitude and will be doing a fair amount of walking. Overnight at the Grand Dragon hotel in Leh.

Day 3 : Rural Ladakh

Today we set out for an extraordinary drive east, heading towards Taglang La and the villages of Gya, Lhato and Meru. It’s a fantastic drive taking you away from the valley of the Indus up a subsidiary valley to an extraordinary area even by Ladakhi standards that marks the line where the Indian mainland collided with and drove under Asian land mass. There is some dramatic scenery here and you have a chance of sighting wildlife including Blue sheep, Golden eagles and Bearded vultures. Rafts of Red-billed Choughs perform synchronized aerobatics and in the fallow fields you have the chance of seeing the very beautiful Tibetan Partidge and the more common Chukor partridge. Overnight at the Grand Dragon.

Day 11: Back to Leh

After another morning out, we say our goodbyes to our host after lunch and drive back to Leh town. En route we visit the Alchi monastery if time permits (the morning can drag longer if there is good wildlife movement).

Alchi Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries dating back to the 11 century. It is the only low land monastery in the region as it was built in a time of peace, before the marauding armies forced the monasteries to take shelter amongst the slopes and gorges. Overnight at Grand Dragon Hotel.

Days 4 to 10: Ulley

On Day 4, drive west on the road to Kargil and Srinagar, generally following the Indus River. You pass through the small town of Nimmu – one of the most important in Ladakh, where the Zanskar river meets the Indus. After a little over an hour you head north on a road marked to Likir – one of Ladakh’s famous Buddhist monasteries. This is all snow leopard country. The landscape here is even bigger, more expansive and open, until you turn off onto a dirt road, winding up a narrow valley, following a stream called the Ulley Chhu. Smaller valleys intersect and the guides have their heads craned all the time, scanning the hillsides and the skyline for any silhouette.

Settle in on arrival and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Ulley. You will be based here for 7 nights and the advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination - Rumbak. The other advantage is that from here you explore 3 valleys, which, apart from snow leopards, are great for finding urial, ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox. Over the next few days you explore the area on foot and SUV’s with your tracker after the snow leopard. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. The trackers interact closely with the local people and use the network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get insights into local folklore, as well as learn about local customs and traditions. Overnight at the snow-leopard lodge.

Day 12: Leh / Delhi

Check out of the hotel after an early breakfast to board your flight to Delhi. Bid farewell to your team and Delhi and connect to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms as per plan
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 in Leh, till breakfast on day 12.
  • Transport by SUV (innova) during sightseeing, at disposal during wildlife exploration, airport transfers at Leh
  • Guided excursion into Leh and villages and expert tracker and spotters in Ulley.
  • An accompanying naturalist from Avisfera Adventures on the trip.
  • All entry fees and permits where applicable.

Exclusions

  • Any cost of personal nature like beverages, alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, porterage, telephone etc.; Bottled water, soft drinks, gratuities, Meals not mentioned under inclusions; contingency costs due to delays, natural disasters or sickness and injury, evacuation and any other expenses not mentioned under inclusions and airfare.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Ghost of the Moutains

Tigers in Tea Country – Wildlife of Assam

A trip that takes us into the higher reaches of Ladakh to track and view the elusive snow leopard. We will stay in this desolate yet stunning landscape looking this high altitude predator as it descends into the valleys following the migration of its prey.

It is also a great opportunity of observe some higher altitude species such as the ibex, blue sheep, pika, urial, marmot, tibetan wolf, red fox, chukar and tibetan partridge to name a few. With over 250 bird species and 30 mammals, there is much to choose from.

With comfortable and homely accommodation, a full time support crew and guides that know the region like no other, join us for this truly once in a lifetime experience!

Location

Leh and Ulley region in Ladakh District of Jammu and Kashmir.

Weather

Winter (November to December) 9°C max and -15°C min (February to March) 2°C max and -25°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking. Extreme cold weather.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, Birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to February

Day 1 & 2: Arrival Delhi and transfer to Leh

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your naturalist from Avisfera Adventures from here we will board our flight to Leh. On arrival at Leh we will proceed to our hotel. Leh is at 3500 mts and the flight up from the plains means that you have to acclimatise gently without pushing yourself. The two and a half days scheduled here is the minimum recommended as you will be going to a higher altitude and will be doing a fair amount of walking. Overnight at the Grand Dragon hotel in Leh.

Day 3 : Rural Ladakh

Today we set out for an extraordinary drive east, heading towards Taglang La and the villages of Gya, Lhato and Meru. It’s a fantastic drive taking you away from the valley of the Indus up a subsidiary valley to an extraordinary area even by Ladakhi standards that marks the line where the Indian mainland collided with and drove under Asian land mass. There is some dramatic scenery here and you have a chance of sighting wildlife including Blue sheep, Golden eagles and Bearded vultures. Rafts of Red-billed Choughs perform synchronized aerobatics and in the fallow fields you have the chance of seeing the very beautiful Tibetan Partidge and the more common Chukor partridge. Overnight at the Grand Dragon.

Days 4 to 10: Ulley

On Day 4, drive west on the road to Kargil and Srinagar, generally following the Indus River. You pass through the small town of Nimmu – one of the most important in Ladakh, where the Zanskar river meets the Indus. After a little over an hour you head north on a road marked to Likir – one of Ladakh’s famous Buddhist monasteries. This is all snow leopard country. The landscape here is even bigger, more expansive and open, until you turn off onto a dirt road, winding up a narrow valley, following a stream called the Ulley Chhu. Smaller valleys intersect and the guides have their heads craned all the time, scanning the hillsides and the skyline for any silhouette.

Settle in on arrival and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Ulley. You will be based here for 7 nights and the advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination - Rumbak. The other advantage is that from here you explore 3 valleys, which, apart from snow leopards, are great for finding urial, ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox. Over the next few days you explore the area on foot and SUV’s with your tracker after the snow leopard. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. The trackers interact closely with the local people and use the network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get insights into local folklore, as well as learn about local customs and traditions. Overnight at the snow-leopard lodge.

Day 11: Back to Leh

After another morning out, we say our goodbyes to our host after lunch and drive back to Leh town. En route we visit the Alchi monastery if time permits (the morning can drag longer if there is good wildlife movement).

Alchi Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries dating back to the 11 century. It is the only low land monastery in the region as it was built in a time of peace, before the marauding armies forced the monasteries to take shelter amongst the slopes and gorges. Overnight at Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 12: Leh / Delhi

Check out of the hotel after an early breakfast to board your flight to Delhi. Bid farewell to your team and Delhi and connect to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms as per plan
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 in Leh, till breakfast on day 12.
  • Transport by SUV (innova) during sightseeing, at disposal during wildlife exploration, airport transfers at Leh
  • Guided excursion into Leh and villages and expert tracker and spotters in Ulley.
  • An accompanying naturalist from Avisfera Adventures on the trip.
  • All entry fees and permits where applicable.

Exclusions

  • Any cost of personal nature like beverages, alcohol, laundry, souvenirs, porterage, telephone etc.; Bottled water, soft drinks, gratuities, Meals not mentioned under inclusions; contingency costs due to delays, natural disasters or sickness and injury, evacuation and any other expenses not mentioned under inclusions and airfare.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Tigers in Tea Country

Wildlife of Assam

A two week tour that offers an in-depth look at some of the regions unique wildlife. From the endemic to the endangered, we will look for flagship species like the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, Hoolock Gibbon, Bengal Florican, 4 species of Hornbill and 5 endemic primates and a host of other species. We traverse grasslands, swamps, tea gardens and evergreen forests.

Location

Kaziranga, Manas and Nameri National Parks, Jokai reserve forest and Gibbon Wilflife sanctuary in the Eastern state of Assam.

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 5°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, Birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to June

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your escorting naturalist and taken to your homestay for the night.

Day 3 & 4: Manas National Park

On both these days we will spend most of our time in the park to maximize our chances of seeing wildlife. We will do short excursions into the park on various modes of transport! The days will start early with a one hour elephant ride, after which we will return to the lodge for breakfast. Post breakfast we will do a game drive and will return for lunch. In the afternoon we will head out into the reserve for another game drive. Game drives are typically four hours long and we will in open-top 4x4 jeeps. Back to the lodge for a leisurely dinner and rest.

Day 5: Manas / Nameri

This morning we will leave Manas for Nameri National Park. The drive is about 270 Kms and will take us about 07 hrs. Nameri National Park, is home to some spectacular bird life. The advantage of this wonderful park is that you have to do all your birding on foot, as there are no motor-able roads. Rafting is another option where expert boatmen will steer your rafts while you are free to look for the aquatic birds. In the evening we will go out on a walk along the river for wildlife. At sundown it is time to relax around a bonfire sharing stores with other guests then retire for the night.

Day 7: Nameri / Kaziranga

After breakfast we will drive to Kaziranga. The journey will take about 3 hours. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world’s total population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros can be found.

In the afternoon, we will do a game drive into the park by jeep, Kaziranga is truly a delight for those seeking Mega-fauna. Rhino, Elephant, Water-Buffallo, Hog and Swamp Deer and Tiger are the flagship species here. We will return to the lodge by sundown for a much needed cuppa and dinner.

Day 11: Jorhat to Dibrugarh

Early this morning, we will visit the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, just outside the city. The sanctuary, famed for its Hoolock Gibbon population. It is an isolated reserve forest surrounded by tea plantations, with an area of around 20 sq. km on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River. This sanctuary was established with the aim to protect the Hoolock Gibbon. There are about 40 species of mammals that live in the sanctuary. The Sanctuary probably has the most diversity of primates, with Capped Langurs, Stump-tailed, Pig-tailed, Assamese and Rhesus Macaques and the Slow Loris.

Later in the afternoon you will drive to Dibrugarh, 140 km away. Dibrugarh is the “Tea” town of Upper Assam, with its rich tea gardens and quaint colonial bungalows.

Day 13: Dibru Saikowa – Delhi

We will visit the park more time this morning. Return to the lodge to check out and proceed to airport. Fly back to Delhi in the afternoon and proceed to your onward destination.

Day 2: Delhi / Guwahati / Manas

Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to connect to our flight to Guwahati. Arrive at Guwahati and drive to Manas National Park. The drive is about 150 kms from Guwahati and will take about 4 hours. Our lodge is located right at the entrance of the National park and is a great place to walk around and look for smaller wildlife and birds.

Day 6: Nameri

After breakfast we will carry a packed breakfast with us and head out into the park by foot. Our main target species is the White-winged Wood Duck, Imperial pigeons, Hornbills and a host of other sub-tropical birds. After breakfast at a designated spot we will continue our hike through the forest reaching our camp by late moring. In the afternoon we will drive upstream to scan for wildlife on the river. This time we will be going by raft! The run down river is gingerly and we stand a chance to see not only some special migrant birds like the Ibisbill but also the occasional elephant or deer that will come down to the water.

Day 8 and 9: Kaziranga

The next two days we will spend most of our time in the park to maximize our chances of seeing wildlife. Kaziranga is large and covers a variety of habitats. We will go out on two drives each day, with each drive lasting about 4 hours. The Morning drives last till noon and the evening drives till sundown. There will also be opportunity to take an elephant ride into the grasslands on one of the mornings. After dark, its time to relax at the lodge with a sumptuous meals and banter with your hosts and other guests.

Day 10: Kaziranga / Jorhat

After an early breakfast this morning, we will go out on our last game drive. We will return to the resort for lunch. Post lunch we will head off to Jorhat. Jorhat has in interesting history of both medieval and colonial. It is also considered the cultural capital of the state of Assam. More importantly, it is the close proximity to India’s only Gibbon sanctuary.

Day 12: Dibru-Saikowa National Park

We will spend the full day exploring the reserve. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is located on the floodplains of the Debang, Lohit, Dibru and the Brahmaputra Rivers and spreads over the Dirugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. This 765 sq. km. reserve located on the south bank of The Brahmaputra is characterized by old growth semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wetland and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on full board at all locations as stated in the itinerary.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Manas and Kaziranga each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hike in Nameri and Jorhat. SUV/Jeep transport at locations for excursions. Boat ride at Dibru Saikowa and Nameri.
  • Airport, railway and road transfers.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Tigers in Tea Country

Wildlife of Assam

A two week tour that offers an in-depth look at some of the regions unique wildlife. From the endemic to the endangered, we will look for flagship species like the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, Hoolock Gibbon, Bengal Florican, 4 species of Hornbill and 5 endemic primates and a host of other species. We traverse grasslands, swamps, tea gardens and evergreen forests.

Location

Kaziranga, Manas and Nameri National Parks, Jokai reserve forest and Gibbon Wilflife sanctuary in the Eastern state of Assam.

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 35°C max and 5°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy with light walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing, Birding and photography.

Best Time to Visit

November to June

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport, where you will be met by your escorting naturalist and taken to your homestay for the night.

Day 2: Delhi / Guwahati / Manas

Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to connect to our flight to Guwahati. Arrive at Guwahati and drive to Manas National Park. The drive is about 150 kms from Guwahati and will take about 4 hours. Our lodge is located right at the entrance of the National park and is a great place to walk around and look for smaller wildlife and birds.

Day 3 & 4: Manas National Park

On both these days we will spend most of our time in the park to maximize our chances of seeing wildlife. We will do short excursions into the park on various modes of transport! The days will start early with a one hour elephant ride, after which we will return to the lodge for breakfast. Post breakfast we will do a game drive and will return for lunch. In the afternoon we will head out into the reserve for another game drive. Game drives are typically four hours long and we will in open-top 4x4 jeeps. Back to the lodge for a leisurely dinner and rest.

Day 5: Manas / Nameri

This morning we will leave Manas for Nameri National Park. The drive is about 270 Kms and will take us about 07 hrs. Nameri National Park, is home to some spectacular bird life. The advantage of this wonderful park is that you have to do all your birding on foot, as there are no motor-able roads. Rafting is another option where expert boatmen will steer your rafts while you are free to look for the aquatic birds. In the evening we will go out on a walk along the river for wildlife. At sundown it is time to relax around a bonfire sharing stores with other guests then retire for the night.

Day 6: Nameri

After breakfast we will carry a packed breakfast with us and head out into the park by foot. Our main target species is the White-winged Wood Duck, Imperial pigeons, Hornbills and a host of other sub-tropical birds. After breakfast at a designated spot we will continue our hike through the forest reaching our camp by late moring. In the afternoon we will drive upstream to scan for wildlife on the river. This time we will be going by raft! The run down river is gingerly and we stand a chance to see not only some special migrant birds like the Ibisbill but also the occasional elephant or deer that will come down to the water.

Day 7: Nameri / Kaziranga

After breakfast we will drive to Kaziranga. The journey will take about 3 hours. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world’s total population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros can be found.

In the afternoon, we will do a game drive into the park by jeep, Kaziranga is truly a delight for those seeking Mega-fauna. Rhino, Elephant, Water-Buffallo, Hog and Swamp Deer and Tiger are the flagship species here. We will return to the lodge by sundown for a much needed cuppa and dinner.

Day 8 and 9: Kaziranga

The next two days we will spend most of our time in the park to maximize our chances of seeing wildlife. Kaziranga is large and covers a variety of habitats. We will go out on two drives each day, with each drive lasting about 4 hours. The Morning drives last till noon and the evening drives till sundown. There will also be opportunity to take an elephant ride into the grasslands on one of the mornings. After dark, its time to relax at the lodge with a sumptuous meals and banter with your hosts and other guests.

Day 10: Kaziranga / Jorhat

After an early breakfast this morning, we will go out on our last game drive. We will return to the resort for lunch. Post lunch we will head off to Jorhat. Jorhat has in interesting history of both medieval and colonial. It is also considered the cultural capital of the state of Assam. More importantly, it is the close proximity to India’s only Gibbon sanctuary.

Day 11: Jorhat to Dibrugarh

Early this morning, we will visit the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, just outside the city. The sanctuary, famed for its Hoolock Gibbon population. It is an isolated reserve forest surrounded by tea plantations, with an area of around 20 sq. km on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River. This sanctuary was established with the aim to protect the Hoolock Gibbon. There are about 40 species of mammals that live in the sanctuary. The Sanctuary probably has the most diversity of primates, with Capped Langurs, Stump-tailed, Pig-tailed, Assamese and Rhesus Macaques and the Slow Loris.

Later in the afternoon you will drive to Dibrugarh, 140 km away. Dibrugarh is the “Tea” town of Upper Assam, with its rich tea gardens and quaint colonial bungalows.

Day 12: Dibru-Saikowa National Park

We will spend the full day exploring the reserve. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is located on the floodplains of the Debang, Lohit, Dibru and the Brahmaputra Rivers and spreads over the Dirugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. This 765 sq. km. reserve located on the south bank of The Brahmaputra is characterized by old growth semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wetland and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest.

Day 13: Dibru Saikowa – Delhi

We will visit the park more time this morning. Return to the lodge to check out and proceed to airport. Fly back to Delhi in the afternoon and proceed to your onward destination.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on full board at all locations as stated in the itinerary.
  • An Exclusive jeep for game drives in Manas and Kaziranga each with a driver and naturalist. Escorted forest hike in Nameri and Jorhat. SUV/Jeep transport at locations for excursions. Boat ride at Dibru Saikowa and Nameri.
  • Airport, railway and road transfers.
  • All entry fees and permit costs. (charges levied by the forest department are subject to change without notice).
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Indian Endemics

Wildlife Viewing in North and West of India

Starting in the western state of Gujarat in desert and semi-arid landscape looking for wildlife that is endemic to this region, including the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world. We then head northwards to the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, to the Shivaliks for some quintessentially Indian megafauna and great bird life. Finally, finish off in Agra with some spectacular Mughal monuments including their crowning jewel - the Taj Mahal.

Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up a snapshot of the some truly unique wildlife, cultural and historic sites in the country.

Location

Delhi, Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary, Gir National Park, Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Agra

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 18°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 0°C min

Physical Level

Easy with little walking.

Best For

Endemic Wildlife, Birding and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport during the day, where you will be met and taken to your hotel. The hotel is located in Delhi’s new Aerocity complex and is just a couple of minutes from the airport. There is no activity planned, but the day is free for you to relax after the long flight and prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. In the evening at a pre-arranged time you tour leader will meet you at your hotel and orient you with the finer details of your holiday plans. You have the option of meeting over tea or dinner. Overnight at the Roseate House, Delhi Aerocity.

Day 3: Velavadar

We will have two drives today. Each drive is in open jeeps and last two and a half hours long. One at early morning returning to the lodge for Breakfast and the other in the late afternoon till sundown. We will have good opportunities to photograph Blackbuck sparring. Other notable mammals that we may encounter are the Indian Wolf, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal and Indian Fox. Velavadar is a large roosting site of harriers, up to 2000 Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers have been recorded here together at dusk. During the day we will do an excursion to the ancient port city of Lothal. The ruins of Lothal date back to probably 3700 BC. These ruins were once a prominent city in the Indus Valley Civilisation and are certainly worth a visit. Overnight at Blackbuck Lodge.

Day 5: Gir

A day and a half to explore Gir, where we avail 3 drives this day to maximise our chances of wildlife viewing and birding. Best known for the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions, Gir is also one of the best reserves to see Leopards. Some of the birds found here include the Indian Jungle Nightjar, Mottled Wood Owl, Rock Bush Quail, White-bellied Minivet, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Ibis, Rufous-fronted Prinia & Crested Hawk Eagle. Overnight at Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 7: Little Rann of Kutch

We will spend the whole day exploring the Little Rann of Kuch. We will do morning and evening visits the Wild Ass Sanctuary by exclusive jeeps, some of the other mammals we hope to see, besides the Wild Ass are the Desert Fox & Indian Wolf. The star birds here are the wintering McQueens Bustard, Sykes Nightjar, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Indian Courser, White tailed & Sociable Plovers, Great White & Dalmatian Pelicans, Demoiselle Cranes and raptors like the Pallid & Montagu’s Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Imperial, Tawny & Greater Spotted Eagles. Overnight at Rann Riders.

Day 9: Ahmedabad to Delhi

Morning visit the sanctuary for the species we may have missed out. Later in the morning we will drive to Ahmedabad, 100 km. away to connect to our flight to Delhi. On arrival to Delhi we will transfer to a bed and breakfast for the night.

Day 11: Delhi to Corbett

Early this morning we will board our train to Kathgodam Railway Station, which is located in the Himalayan foothills. The train leaves at 6am from New Delhi station and it is a five hour ride to Kathgodam. On arriving in Kathgodam drive further to Corbett Tiger Reserve. We will reach our lodge by lunch time and after checking in enjoy a lovely meal at the restaurant here. Later In the afternoon you can go for a hike into the surrounding forest. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Return to the lodge by sundown for a much welcomed cup of tea by the bonfire. Dinner and overnight at the Paatlidun Safari loge.

Day 13 & 14: Exploring Dhikala

The next two days we will explore different areas of this range. Dhikala is a vast landscape consisting of open grasslands, riverine forest patches, tall deciduous forest and dry stream beds. The variety of habitat adds to the beauty of the place coupled with some great wildlife viewing. Days start at sunrise and end at sundown, breakfast and lunch will be at the restaurant in the resthouse complex depending on how the wildlife action is. We will return to the FRH at sundown for a hot dinner. In the evening of Day 13 we will exit the park and return to Paatlidun Safari Lodge. At sundown, enjoy a bonfire and banter with your hosts and other guests exchanging stories from your experiences in the park. Dinner and overnight at The Paatlidun Safari Lodge.

Day 15: Corbett to Delhi

The morning will be at leisure to have and easy breakfast and enjoy the lovely surroundings of your lodge. At noon, depart to Kathgodam railway station to connect to you train to Delhi. The train departs Kathgodam at 3:30 pm and arrives in New Delhi at 9:00pm. Transfer straight to your hotel for dinner and a good nights rest. Overnight at a bed and breakfast in Delhi.

Day 17: Agra to Delhi

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal to see this breathtaking monument at Sunrise. The crowning glory of Mughal architecture, this monument is a symbol of eternal love and built by Emperor Shahjahan for his wife Mumtaz who died at childbirth. After you visit, return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive back to Delhi. Depending on your flight you can have a day room at a hotel in Delhi and the transferred to the airport to connect to your fight back home.

Day 2: Delhi / Ahmedabad / Velavadar

Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, we will drive to Velavadar National Park, 3 hours away. We will arrive at the lode for lunch. In the evening we will head out for a guided walk in the periphery of the sanctuary on private land to look for wildlife. We have a good chance to see Common Crane, Nilgai, Blackbuck and Hyena. Return to the lodge by sundown for a sumptuous dinner.

Day 4: Velavadar / Gir

After breakfast this morning we will drive to Sasan our next destination. The drive to Sasan-Gir is about 220 kms. and will take approximately 5 hours. We will have lunch en route and will arrive in time for an afternoon safari into the park. Overnight at the Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 6: Gir / Little Rann of Kutch

Post breakfast we will drive out to the Little Rann of Kutch. The drive is about 330 kms and will take approximately 7 hours. We will check into our cottage and have the rest of the afternoon off to relax. In the evening we will go for a camel cart ride to the nearby village to observe rural life in these parts. Overnight at the Rann Riders Camp.

Day 8: Modhera and Patan

After breakfast we will drive by road to the nearby district of Mehsana to see the spectacular 11th century monuments. The Sun temple of Modhera, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Surya the sun God. It is a work of art with intricate carvings from Hindu Folklore. From the sun temple we drive further to the town of Patan. Here we will visit the step well call as the Rani-ki-Vav. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems in ancient India this well is built in a architectural style of an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures. We will have lunch en route and return to the lodge by the evening. Overnight at Rann riders camp.

Day 10: Site-Seeing in Delhi

Today will be spent exploring the sites of Delhi. We will start off by visiting the Humayun’s tomb a spectacular medieval age monument sent in beautiful gardens and considered by historians to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. From there we will proceed to the walled city of Old Delhi. At the centre is the Jama Mosque, India’s largest Friday mosque. After visiting the mosque we will head off in cycle rickshaws to through the hustle and bustle of the market place and narrow by-lanes. We will visit a Sikh Gurudwara en route as well. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and drive around New Delhi looking at monuments of modern India. Return to the hotel by the afternoon for some rest. Dinner and overnight at the bed and breakfast.

Day 12: Dhikala range of Corbett Tiger Reserve

Early morning on day 12 we will set off to the Dhikala range of Corbett tiger reserve, where we will spend the next two nights. Your naturalist team will meet you bright and early and after a hot cuppa to warm you up, we will head into the park. We will carry a packed breakfast with us, which we will have at a designated spot inside the park. The drive into the park upto the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting game. Early mornings are usually rewarding as we always see fresh tracks of animals which we will then track. We will stop off a observations points along the route to scan for wildlife. We will arrive at the resthouse for lunch and post lunch we will continue our game drive to some new areas. We will be back by sundown after which dinner and overnight at the Dhikala FRH (forest rest house).

Day 16: Delhi to Agra

After breakfast this morning, drive to the city of Agra. The drive is approximately three hours. After checking in to your room have lunch and then drive further on to the Mughal monument complex of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital, the buildings are truly magnificent and one of the best preserved examples of Mughal Architecture. Return to Agra in the evening and overnight at the Trident hotel in Agra.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on twin/double share as per plan.
  • All meals starting with dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 17.
  • All entry fees and permit cost for all National Parks and historical monuments as mentioned.
  • Guided excursions as mentioned in the plan including Jeep safaris, elephant rides, nature walks etc. A two-hour elephant ride in Corbett National Park . (these rides cannot be booked in advance and are subject to availability).
  • Tour leader for the entire duration of the tour and local guides at all destinations.
  • All internal transfers by flights, trains, coaches and taxis - By air-conditioned coaches/cars.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Indian Endemics

Wildlife Viewing in North and West of India

Starting in the western state of Gujarat in desert and semi-arid landscape looking for wildlife that is endemic to this region, including the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world. We then head northwards to the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, to the Shivaliks for some quintessentially Indian megafauna and great bird life. Finally, finish off in Agra with some spectacular Mughal monuments including their crowning jewel - the Taj Mahal.

Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up a snapshot of the some truly unique wildlife, cultural and historic sites in the country.

Location

Delhi, Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary, Gir National Park, Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Agra

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 18°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 0°C min

Physical Level

Easy with little walking.

Best For

Endemic Wildlife, Birding and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Airport during the day, where you will be met and taken to your hotel. The hotel is located in Delhi’s new Aerocity complex and is just a couple of minutes from the airport. There is no activity planned, but the day is free for you to relax after the long flight and prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. In the evening at a pre-arranged time you tour leader will meet you at your hotel and orient you with the finer details of your holiday plans. You have the option of meeting over tea or dinner. Overnight at the Roseate House, Delhi Aerocity.

Day 2: Delhi / Ahmedabad / Velavadar

Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, we will drive to Velavadar National Park, 3 hours away. We will arrive at the lode for lunch. In the evening we will head out for a guided walk in the periphery of the sanctuary on private land to look for wildlife. We have a good chance to see Common Crane, Nilgai, Blackbuck and Hyena. Return to the lodge by sundown for a sumptuous dinner.

Day 3: Velavadar

We will have two drives today. Each drive is in open jeeps and last two and a half hours long. One at early morning returning to the lodge for Breakfast and the other in the late afternoon till sundown. We will have good opportunities to photograph Blackbuck sparring. Other notable mammals that we may encounter are the Indian Wolf, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal and Indian Fox. Velavadar is a large roosting site of harriers, up to 2000 Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers have been recorded here together at dusk. During the day we will do an excursion to the ancient port city of Lothal. The ruins of Lothal date back to probably 3700 BC. These ruins were once a prominent city in the Indus Valley Civilisation and are certainly worth a visit. Overnight at Blackbuck Lodge.

Day 4: Velavadar / Gir

After breakfast this morning we will drive to Sasan our next destination. The drive to Sasan-Gir is about 220 kms. and will take approximately 5 hours. We will have lunch en route and will arrive in time for an afternoon safari into the park. Overnight at the Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 5: Gir

A day and a half to explore Gir, where we avail 3 drives this day to maximise our chances of wildlife viewing and birding. Best known for the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions, Gir is also one of the best reserves to see Leopards. Some of the birds found here include the Indian Jungle Nightjar, Mottled Wood Owl, Rock Bush Quail, White-bellied Minivet, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Ibis, Rufous-fronted Prinia & Crested Hawk Eagle. Overnight at Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 6: Gir / Little Rann of Kutch

Post breakfast we will drive out to the Little Rann of Kutch. The drive is about 330 kms and will take approximately 7 hours. We will check into our cottage and have the rest of the afternoon off to relax. In the evening we will go for a camel cart ride to the nearby village to observe rural life in these parts. Overnight at the Rann Riders Camp.

Day 7: Little Rann of Kutch

We will spend the whole day exploring the Little Rann of Kuch. We will do morning and evening visits the Wild Ass Sanctuary by exclusive jeeps, some of the other mammals we hope to see, besides the Wild Ass are the Desert Fox & Indian Wolf. The star birds here are the wintering McQueens Bustard, Sykes Nightjar, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Indian Courser, White tailed & Sociable Plovers, Great White & Dalmatian Pelicans, Demoiselle Cranes and raptors like the Pallid & Montagu’s Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Imperial, Tawny & Greater Spotted Eagles. Overnight at Rann Riders.

Day 8: Modhera and Patan

After breakfast we will drive by road to the nearby district of Mehsana to see the spectacular 11th century monuments. The Sun temple of Modhera, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Surya the sun God. It is a work of art with intricate carvings from Hindu Folklore. From the sun temple we drive further to the town of Patan. Here we will visit the step well call as the Rani-ki-Vav. Stepwells are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems in ancient India this well is built in a architectural style of an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and holds more than 500 principal sculptures. We will have lunch en route and return to the lodge by the evening. Overnight at Rann riders camp.

Day 9: Ahmedabad to Delhi

Morning visit the sanctuary for the species we may have missed out. Later in the morning we will drive to Ahmedabad, 100 km. away to connect to our flight to Delhi. On arrival to Delhi we will transfer to a bed and breakfast for the night.

Day 10: Site-Seeing in Delhi

Today will be spent exploring the sites of Delhi. We will start off by visiting the Humayun’s tomb a spectacular medieval age monument sent in beautiful gardens and considered by historians to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. From there we will proceed to the walled city of Old Delhi. At the centre is the Jama Mosque, India’s largest Friday mosque. After visiting the mosque we will head off in cycle rickshaws to through the hustle and bustle of the market place and narrow by-lanes. We will visit a Sikh Gurudwara en route as well. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and drive around New Delhi looking at monuments of modern India. Return to the hotel by the afternoon for some rest. Dinner and overnight at the bed and breakfast.

Day 11: Delhi to Corbett

Early this morning we will board our train to Kathgodam Railway Station, which is located in the Himalayan foothills. The train leaves at 6am from New Delhi station and it is a five hour ride to Kathgodam. On arriving in Kathgodam drive further to Corbett Tiger Reserve. We will reach our lodge by lunch time and after checking in enjoy a lovely meal at the restaurant here. Later In the afternoon you can go for a hike into the surrounding forest. These buffer forests abound in wildlife as well and one can surely see a variety of birds and mammals such as deer, wild boar and monkeys. Often we are treated with tracks and spoor of large cats and alarm calls of prey, your guide will explain the signs of the jungle to you and help your interpret them. If we are lucky we may even spot an elephant or hear the “sawing” sound of a leopard. Return to the lodge by sundown for a much welcomed cup of tea by the bonfire. Dinner and overnight at the Paatlidun Safari loge.

Day 12: Dhikala range of Corbett Tiger Reserve

Early morning on day 12 we will set off to the Dhikala range of Corbett tiger reserve, where we will spend the next two nights. Your naturalist team will meet you bright and early and after a hot cuppa to warm you up, we will head into the park. We will carry a packed breakfast with us, which we will have at a designated spot inside the park. The drive into the park upto the resthouse will be leisurely with the primary objective of spotting game. Early mornings are usually rewarding as we always see fresh tracks of animals which we will then track. We will stop off a observations points along the route to scan for wildlife. We will arrive at the resthouse for lunch and post lunch we will continue our game drive to some new areas. We will be back by sundown after which dinner and overnight at the Dhikala FRH (forest rest house).

Day 13 & 14: Exploring Dhikala

The next two days we will explore different areas of this range. Dhikala is a vast landscape consisting of open grasslands, riverine forest patches, tall deciduous forest and dry stream beds. The variety of habitat adds to the beauty of the place coupled with some great wildlife viewing. Days start at sunrise and end at sundown, breakfast and lunch will be at the restaurant in the resthouse complex depending on how the wildlife action is. We will return to the FRH at sundown for a hot dinner. In the evening of Day 13 we will exit the park and return to Paatlidun Safari Lodge. At sundown, enjoy a bonfire and banter with your hosts and other guests exchanging stories from your experiences in the park. Dinner and overnight at The Paatlidun Safari Lodge.

Day 15: Corbett to Delhi

The morning will be at leisure to have and easy breakfast and enjoy the lovely surroundings of your lodge. At noon, depart to Kathgodam railway station to connect to you train to Delhi. The train departs Kathgodam at 3:30 pm and arrives in New Delhi at 9:00pm. Transfer straight to your hotel for dinner and a good nights rest. Overnight at a bed and breakfast in Delhi.

Day 16: Delhi to Agra

After breakfast this morning, drive to the city of Agra. The drive is approximately three hours. After checking in to your room have lunch and then drive further on to the Mughal monument complex of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital, the buildings are truly magnificent and one of the best preserved examples of Mughal Architecture. Return to Agra in the evening and overnight at the Trident hotel in Agra.

Day 17: Agra to Delhi

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal to see this breathtaking monument at Sunrise. The crowning glory of Mughal architecture, this monument is a symbol of eternal love and built by Emperor Shahjahan for his wife Mumtaz who died at childbirth. After you visit, return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive back to Delhi. Depending on your flight you can have a day room at a hotel in Delhi and the transferred to the airport to connect to your fight back home.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on twin/double share as per plan.
  • All meals starting with dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 17.
  • All entry fees and permit cost for all National Parks and historical monuments as mentioned.
  • Guided excursions as mentioned in the plan including Jeep safaris, elephant rides, nature walks etc. A two-hour elephant ride in Corbett National Park . (these rides cannot be booked in advance and are subject to availability).
  • Tour leader for the entire duration of the tour and local guides at all destinations.
  • All internal transfers by flights, trains, coaches and taxis - By air-conditioned coaches/cars.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Enigmatic Endemics

Western Ghats

The Western Ghats, renowned biodiversity hotspot, a region that exhibits a high degree of endemism in plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. From high montane grasslands, evergreen rainforests, scrub jungle this trip encompasses a variety of habitats and regions and will offer an astounding number of species and magnificent vistas.

Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up a snapshot of the some truly unique wildlife in the country.

Location

Valparai, Wayanad, Nagarhole, Kochi and Alleppey.

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 18°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy to moderate walking.

Best For

Endemic Wildlife, Birding and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival in Kochi

Arrive at Kochi International airport and drive to your hotel an hour away. At Kochi, you will be staying in the heritage quarter, which has a lot of history dating back to the middle ages. Kochi has a flourishing spice trade and there is still a functioning spice market in town. We will do a short exploration in the evening, with a walk along the waterfront. Overnight at a heritage hotel in Kochi.

Day 3: Kochi / Alleppey

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive south for an hour and a half to the low-lying district of Alleppey. We will arrive at the jetty on the waterfront where we will board the houseboat. The houseboats cruise the back waters from sun rise to sun set and during the journey you will make small stops at village markets to collect supplies. Its a great opportunity to observe rural life and live that revolves around these waterways. There will be many great photo opportunities. Lunch and dinner will be served aboard. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 5 & 6 : Valparai

We will spend the two whole day around Valparai, darting through plantations and forest looking for the some of the endemic species namely The Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur and Nilgiri Tahr besides numerous other wildlife that can be found here. Overnight at Monica Bungalow.

Day 7 : Valparai / Coonoor

After a leisurely breakfast we will drive down to the hill station of Coonoor in the Nilgiris. An erstwhile British retreat, Coonoor has a lot of colonial heritage to be explored. The day is free to walk around tea garden and parks and admire some of the old buildings. Overnight at a heritage bungalow in Coonoor.

Day 9 to 11 : Wayanad

We have three full days to explore this spectacular region. We will spend a lot of time on the property to explore for wildlife and magnificent views. We will also head out to some site of note like a sacred lake, river islands and a cave where there are prehistoric petroglyphs from at least 5000 to about 300 BC. Overnight at Fringe Ford.

Day 13 : Kabini to Mysore

Post a leisurely breakfast begin driving to Mysore, a distance of 130 kms. En route we will stop by the Ranganthitttu Bird Sanctuary a protected area consisting of small islands in the Cauvery river. The sanctuary is a good place to spot freshwater crocodiles, otters apart from being a nesting colony for various waterfowl and waders. We will arrive in Mysore for a late lunch. Mysore was the erstwhile capital city of the region and is often considered as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore has a very interesting market built over 100 years ago and a palace built by Sir Henry Irwin in 1912 in the indo-saracenic style. Overnight at a hotel in Mysore.

Day 15 : Mysore to Bangalore / Departure

Depart to Bangalore International Airport to connect to your flight home.

Day 2: Heritage of Kochi

Fort Kochi has an interesting history with influences of Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, British and Jewish. The oldest functioning synagogue is located close to your hotel. We will have a guided tour in the morning visiting some of these sights and learning their history. Fort Kochi as the area is called, is best explored by foot. There are lots of heritage buildings, markets, cemeteries and a palace located around your hotel which is worth a look. Another interesting site is the Chinese fishing nets located on the waterfront, an ancient system that uses a system of counterweights to catch fish. In the evening we will go for cultural performance of some Kerala’s famous performing arts. Dinner and overnight at a heritage hotel.

Day 4: Alleppey / Valparai

Post breakfast this morning we will dock at the Jetty where we will commence driving to Valparai. We have a day of travel ahead of us to the Western Ghats, to the region of Valparai. The distance is about about 190 kms but will take about 5 and half hours. We will pass through some wooded patches, rural landscape and small towns, making an interesting journey through observation. We will arrive at the bungalow for lunch. Later we will take a short walk to explore our environs. Dinner and overnight at Monica Bungalow, Valparai.

Day 8: Coonoor to Wayanad

Post a leisurely breakfast we will drive across the border and into the hill country of Wayanad, Kerala. Wayanad is in the windward side of the Western Ghats and gets immense amounts of rain during the monsoons. The bio-diversity is rich with both large and small wildlife. We will stay in a forested 550 acre property, which used to be a plantation but is all but returned to the forest. Fringe Ford has only 5 rooms in the vast expanse and is private and abounds in natural beauty. Overnight at Fringe Ford.

Day 12: Kabini (Nagarhole Tiger Reserve)

After a scrumptious breakfast at Fringe Ford we will depart for Kabini a drive that will take 2 hours. We have a day and a half to explore the forests of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve and Kabini. After lunch and settling in we will do a game drive in the afternoon. The next morning, we will first set off early in the morning for a game drive by jeep. The drive lasts for 3 hours, post which we will return to the lodge for breakfast. The middle for the day is reserved to relax in the property. In the afternoon we will head out for some more wildlife spotting, only this time by boat. The afternoon is good time to explore the reservoir as a lot of game come down during the dry season. Evening return to the lodge to warm up by the campfire which will be followed by dinner. Overnight at Kaav Safari Lodge.

Day 14: Mysore

We will start the day by a visit to the Srirangapata Fort which was the setting of the last Anglo-Mysore war. We will visit the Mausoleum of Tippu Sultan, The Tiger of Mysore and even visit his summer palace that have beautiful murals. We continue on to the magnificent temple of Somnathpura. This 13th century temple is a model for Hoysala architecture, a dynasty that ruled the region during the middle ages. In the evening we can visit the central fruit and vegetable market, which is quite an interesting experience. Overnight at a hotel in Mysore.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on twin/double share as per plan with all three meals
  • All entry fees and permit cost for all National Parks and historical monuments as mentioned.
  • Tour leader for the entire duration of the tour and local guides at all destinations.
  • All internal transfers by flights, trains, coaches and taxis - By air-conditioned coaches/cars.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Enigmatic Endemics

Western Ghats

The Western Ghats, renowned biodiversity hotspot, a region that exhibits a high degree of endemism in plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. From high montane grasslands, evergreen rainforests, scrub jungle this trip encompasses a variety of habitats and regions and will offer an astounding number of species and magnificent vistas.

Avisfera has tailor-made this trip to offer up a snapshot of the some truly unique wildlife in the country.

Location

Valparai, Wayanad, Nagarhole, Kochi and Alleppey.

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 18°C min Winter (October to February) – 25°C max and 5°C min

Physical Level

Easy to moderate walking.

Best For

Endemic Wildlife, Birding and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival in Kochi

Arrive at Kochi International airport and drive to your hotel an hour away. At Kochi, you will be staying in the heritage quarter, which has a lot of history dating back to the middle ages. Kochi has a flourishing spice trade and there is still a functioning spice market in town. We will do a short exploration in the evening, with a walk along the waterfront. Overnight at a heritage hotel in Kochi.

Day 2: Heritage of Kochi

Fort Kochi has an interesting history with influences of Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, British and Jewish. The oldest functioning synagogue is located close to your hotel. We will have a guided tour in the morning visiting some of these sights and learning their history. Fort Kochi as the area is called, is best explored by foot. There are lots of heritage buildings, markets, cemeteries and a palace located around your hotel which is worth a look. Another interesting site is the Chinese fishing nets located on the waterfront, an ancient system that uses a system of counterweights to catch fish. In the evening we will go for cultural performance of some Kerala’s famous performing arts. Dinner and overnight at a heritage hotel.

Day 3: Kochi / Alleppey

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive south for an hour and a half to the low-lying district of Alleppey. We will arrive at the jetty on the waterfront where we will board the houseboat. The houseboats cruise the back waters from sun rise to sun set and during the journey you will make small stops at village markets to collect supplies. Its a great opportunity to observe rural life and live that revolves around these waterways. There will be many great photo opportunities. Lunch and dinner will be served aboard. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 4: Alleppey / Valparai

Post breakfast this morning we will dock at the Jetty where we will commence driving to Valparai. We have a day of travel ahead of us to the Western Ghats, to the region of Valparai. The distance is about about 190 kms but will take about 5 and half hours. We will pass through some wooded patches, rural landscape and small towns, making an interesting journey through observation. We will arrive at the bungalow for lunch. Later we will take a short walk to explore our environs. Dinner and overnight at Monica Bungalow, Valparai.

Day 5 & 6 : Valparai

We will spend the two whole day around Valparai, darting through plantations and forest looking for the some of the endemic species namely The Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur and Nilgiri Tahr besides numerous other wildlife that can be found here. Overnight at Monica Bungalow.

Day 7 : Valparai / Coonoor

After a leisurely breakfast we will drive down to the hill station of Coonoor in the Nilgiris. An erstwhile British retreat, Coonoor has a lot of colonial heritage to be explored. The day is free to walk around tea garden and parks and admire some of the old buildings. Overnight at a heritage bungalow in Coonoor.

Day 8: Coonoor to Wayanad

Post a leisurely breakfast we will drive across the border and into the hill country of Wayanad, Kerala. Wayanad is in the windward side of the Western Ghats and gets immense amounts of rain during the monsoons. The bio-diversity is rich with both large and small wildlife. We will stay in a forested 550 acre property, which used to be a plantation but is all but returned to the forest. Fringe Ford has only 5 rooms in the vast expanse and is private and abounds in natural beauty. Overnight at Fringe Ford.

Day 9 to 11 : Wayanad

We have three full days to explore this spectacular region. We will spend a lot of time on the property to explore for wildlife and magnificent views. We will also head out to some site of note like a sacred lake, river islands and a cave where there are prehistoric petroglyphs from at least 5000 to about 300 BC. Overnight at Fringe Ford.

Day 12: Kabini (Nagarhole Tiger Reserve)

After a scrumptious breakfast at Fringe Ford we will depart for Kabini a drive that will take 2 hours. We have a day and a half to explore the forests of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve and Kabini. After lunch and settling in we will do a game drive in the afternoon. The next morning, we will first set off early in the morning for a game drive by jeep. The drive lasts for 3 hours, post which we will return to the lodge for breakfast. The middle for the day is reserved to relax in the property. In the afternoon we will head out for some more wildlife spotting, only this time by boat. The afternoon is good time to explore the reservoir as a lot of game come down during the dry season. Evening return to the lodge to warm up by the campfire which will be followed by dinner. Overnight at Kaav Safari Lodge.

Day 13 : Kabini to Mysore

Post a leisurely breakfast begin driving to Mysore, a distance of 130 kms. En route we will stop by the Ranganthitttu Bird Sanctuary a protected area consisting of small islands in the Cauvery river. The sanctuary is a good place to spot freshwater crocodiles, otters apart from being a nesting colony for various waterfowl and waders. We will arrive in Mysore for a late lunch. Mysore was the erstwhile capital city of the region and is often considered as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore has a very interesting market built over 100 years ago and a palace built by Sir Henry Irwin in 1912 in the indo-saracenic style. Overnight at a hotel in Mysore.

Day 14: Mysore

We will start the day by a visit to the Srirangapata Fort which was the setting of the last Anglo-Mysore war. We will visit the Mausoleum of Tippu Sultan, The Tiger of Mysore and even visit his summer palace that have beautiful murals. We continue on to the magnificent temple of Somnathpura. This 13th century temple is a model for Hoysala architecture, a dynasty that ruled the region during the middle ages. In the evening we can visit the central fruit and vegetable market, which is quite an interesting experience. Overnight at a hotel in Mysore.

Day 15 : Mysore to Bangalore / Departure

Depart to Bangalore International Airport to connect to your flight home.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on twin/double share as per plan with all three meals
  • All entry fees and permit cost for all National Parks and historical monuments as mentioned.
  • Tour leader for the entire duration of the tour and local guides at all destinations.
  • All internal transfers by flights, trains, coaches and taxis - By air-conditioned coaches/cars.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Kipling Country

Wildlife of Central India

A compact but action packed trip that offers a chance at some quintessential Indian wildlife. Based in Central India, the inspiration for Kipling’s The Jungle Book this trip traverses teak forests, rocky highlands, large lakes and bamboo breaks. We have chances at large wildlife including tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur and sloth bear, smaller and more interesting wildlife includes flying squirrels, giant squirrel, jungle cat and rusty spotted cat. Tailor-made by Avisfera to get the best wildlife viewing in a short duration.

Location

Pench Tiger Reserve, Satpura National park in Madhya Pradesh

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 30°C min Winter (October to February) – 29°C max and 15°C min

Physical Level

Easy with very limited walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Fly into Delhi where a member of the Avisfera team will meet you on arrival. You will be then be taken to your airport hotel to check-in. Depending on your time of arrival, we can do a short half day site-seeing trip of Delhi consisting of the Red Fort and Bazaars of Old Delhi. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi Aerocity.

Day 3 & 4: Pench Tiger Reserve.

We will do a total of 4 jeep safaris over these two days, to maximise our chances of seeing wildlife. The Safaris last approximately 4 hours long, morning safaris start at sunrise and evening drives end at sundown. We will return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. The evenings we will return in time for tea and after freshening up and having some down time, its time for dinner and banter with your guide with jungle tales and the day’s events.

Day 5: Pench to Satpura

After breakfast we will drive up to Satpura National Park. The drive is long and is approximately 6 hours long. On the way we will drive through some interest rural landscape, which is nice to observe or take pictures of this aspect of India. The evening is free to relax and soak up the surroundings of your jungle lodge.

Day 2: Nagpur / Pench Tiger Reserve

Fly early morning to Nagpur in Central India, with a flight time of 2 hours. From Nagpur we will drive further two hours to reach Pench Tiger Reserve. We will check into our luxurious lodge and then have lunch. Post lunch we will head out with our jeep for our very first safari into the reserve. Return to the lode by sundown for a hot cuppa, which will be followed by dinner later. Overnight at the Pench Tree Lodge.

Day 6 & 7: Satpura

We will spend the next two days explore Satpura by open top jeep. Start at the crack of dawn and cross the Denwa River as life in the forest slowly wakes up to daylight. Cruise along favoured resting and feeding spots and track the ever elusive predators of Satpura. We will return to the lodge after breakfast, which is in the bush. During the day we can relax or read a book in quiet atmosphere of the lodge. In the afternoon we can go out on safari again. On one of the evenings, we can go out for a Dusk Safari in the buffer zone – a rare opportunity to witness creatures of the night. Our naturalist help you spot owls, jungle cats, bears, civets, etc. If you’re lucky, you may meet the world’s smallest wildcat – the Rusty-spotted Cat.

Day 8: Bhopal to Bangalore

After an easy breakfast we drive back to Nagpur (about 4 and half hours) to connect to your flight back to Delhi.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on full board at the forest lodges. Accommodation with breakfast at Delhi on arrival.
  • An Exclusive jeep for Safaris in Pench (5 safaris) and Satpura (4 safaris) each with a driver and naturalist.
  • All entry fees and permit costs.
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip. Airport transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!

Kipling Country

Wildlife of Central India

A compact but action packed trip that offers a chance at some quintessential Indian wildlife. Based in Central India, the inspiration for Kipling’s The Jungle Book this trip traverses teak forests, rocky highlands, large lakes and bamboo breaks. We have chances at large wildlife including tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur and sloth bear, smaller and more interesting wildlife includes flying squirrels, giant squirrel, jungle cat and rusty spotted cat. Tailor-made by Avisfera to get the best wildlife viewing in a short duration.

Location

Pench Tiger Reserve, Satpura National park in Madhya Pradesh

Weather

Summer (March to June) – 38°C max and 30°C min Winter (October to February) – 29°C max and 15°C min

Physical Level

Easy with very limited walking.

Best For

Wildlife viewing and photography

Best Time to Visit

November to April

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Fly into Delhi where a member of the Avisfera team will meet you on arrival. You will be then be taken to your airport hotel to check-in. Depending on your time of arrival, we can do a short half day site-seeing trip of Delhi consisting of the Red Fort and Bazaars of Old Delhi. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi Aerocity.

Day 2: Nagpur / Pench Tiger Reserve

Fly early morning to Nagpur in Central India, with a flight time of 2 hours. From Nagpur we will drive further two hours to reach Pench Tiger Reserve. We will check into our luxurious lodge and then have lunch. Post lunch we will head out with our jeep for our very first safari into the reserve. Return to the lode by sundown for a hot cuppa, which will be followed by dinner later. Overnight at the Pench Tree Lodge.

Day 3 & 4: Pench Tiger Reserve.

We will do a total of 4 jeep safaris over these two days, to maximise our chances of seeing wildlife. The Safaris last approximately 4 hours long, morning safaris start at sunrise and evening drives end at sundown. We will return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. The evenings we will return in time for tea and after freshening up and having some down time, its time for dinner and banter with your guide with jungle tales and the day’s events.

Day 5: Pench to Satpura

After breakfast we will drive up to Satpura National Park. The drive is long and is approximately 6 hours long. On the way we will drive through some interest rural landscape, which is nice to observe or take pictures of this aspect of India. The evening is free to relax and soak up the surroundings of your jungle lodge.

Day 6 & 7: Satpura

We will spend the next two days explore Satpura by open top jeep. Start at the crack of dawn and cross the Denwa River as life in the forest slowly wakes up to daylight. Cruise along favoured resting and feeding spots and track the ever elusive predators of Satpura. We will return to the lodge after breakfast, which is in the bush. During the day we can relax or read a book in quiet atmosphere of the lodge. In the afternoon we can go out on safari again. On one of the evenings, we can go out for a Dusk Safari in the buffer zone – a rare opportunity to witness creatures of the night. Our naturalist help you spot owls, jungle cats, bears, civets, etc. If you’re lucky, you may meet the world’s smallest wildcat – the Rusty-spotted Cat.

Day 8: Bhopal to Bangalore

After an easy breakfast we drive back to Nagpur (about 4 and half hours) to connect to your flight back to Delhi.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on full board at the forest lodges. Accommodation with breakfast at Delhi on arrival.
  • An Exclusive jeep for Safaris in Pench (5 safaris) and Satpura (4 safaris) each with a driver and naturalist.
  • All entry fees and permit costs.
  • Escorting naturalist on the trip. Airport transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • An escorting naturalist for the entire trip.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet, souvenirs, and tips are excluded.

This is just a suggestion of what you can do. All our plans are flexible and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Drop us an email here and we will be happy to design a holiday just for you!