TIGERS, TAILORBIRDS, TREEPIES AND TEMPLES – INDIA AT ITS BEST

 
Following a highly successful birding and wildlife safari of multiple parts to Zimbabwe last year, we were requested by long-standing clients Kim and Sunneva Frost of Denmark, to design a tour of North India. We set about carefully crafting an itinerary embracing some of the most pristine national parks in India and a medley of other travel experiences, to encapsulate the essence of what North India has on offer in the way of unique wildlife and cultural experiences of an exciting and historical nature.

Bengal Tiger at  Bhanhavgarh by P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

WHAT WE LOVED ABOUT THIS TOUR

• Wide variety of exciting bird and mammal sightings within spectacularly scenic national parks

• Outstanding standard of service and attention to every detail making for a hassle-free travel experience in every way

• Vibrant and colourful local culture and superb cuisine unique to the region

• Wonderful accommodation, each lodge unique and delightful

 

 

  • TRIP REPORT: A tailored birding and wildlife intro tour of North India: 9th to 24th February 2013

DAY 1. Link up was on a Sunday at a world class hotel in the heart of New Delhi situated close to the central railway station as our point of departure by rail early the next day. From the very start of the tour one is struck by the vibrancy and colour of India as one travels about by road and rail within a system that prides itself on efficiency and punctuality. From the time we were met through to our day of departure every aspect of a logistical nature was attended to in accordance with the tailored itinerary to the point of perfection. Such a pleasure in relation to travel in the third world of Africa where problems and regular delays are generally integral to the overall holiday experience…

After a light lunch we set off for Old Delhi to explore the warren ways and cobbled streets of the magnificent walled city now known as the Red Fort that dates back to the golden age of the Mughals. This tour was by bicycle rickshaw as a unique pedal power experience. Our chosen route meandered past an endless throng of colourful shops and stalls embracing the full spectrum of old and contemporary market merchandise from stunningly bright silk scarves to second hand motorbike parts and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in colourful array. All this to a constant cacophony of sound as all manner of animal and motorised transport across the ages bustled and tooted its way in lively fashion along the crowded streets of the Old City.

Add to this the mewing of Black Kites wheeling overhead and the ubiquitous House Crows cawing incessantly to one another as they rummaged about while the ever so comical and conversational mix of Bank and Common Mynas strutted about with an air of self-bestowed importance between the many venders and pie-dogs. This is the essence of urban India today. You either love the country for its vibrant spirit and colourful culture or you don’t. With India there seems to be no in-between when it comes to opinion but for most tourists it is a country they return to over and over again for the delightful complexity and effervescent cultural identity it consistently has on offer.

After a successful shopping trip in search of quality Kashmir scarves and silks we returned to the hotel for a magnificent introduction to North Indian cuisine at its very best before turning in for the first night.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park  near Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park near Bharatpur, Rajastan

DAY 2 True to form our early morning transfer was on time and we headed across town to the central railway station for the four hour journey to the town of Bharatphur, situated close to the world acclaimed Keoladeo Ghana National Park in the state of Rajasthan. Originally laid out by the presiding maharajah, during the time of the Raj, as a wildfowl shooting estate for visiting dignitaries, this 29 square kilometre reserve is home to over 375 bird species and was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1985. It is arguably the best birding site in North India and an absolute delight to visit as one is transported at leisure from one view site to another within the wetland complex by bicycle rickshaw.

Painted Stork, Bharatpur, north India, by P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Painted Stork, Bharatpur

That afternoon we ‘ticked’ over 70 species and, as a result, made slow progress as new ‘lifers’ presented themselves at regular intervals for photographic attention. Highlights included Black and Yellow Bittern, both extremely secretive and highly sought after diminutive heron species, Greater Coucal, Spot-billed Duck, Grey Francolin, Bar-headed Goose, White-throated Kingfisher, Red-wattled Lapwing, Asian Openbill, Painted Stork, White-breasted Waterhen, Collared Scops Owl, Oriental Magpie Robin, Eurasian Wryneck, Asian Koel and a single Siberian Rubythroat as an unexpected and accommodating vagrant.

On the mammal side we had excellent views of the India’s largest and moose-like antelope, known locally as Nilgai or Blue Bull, as well as Golden Jackal, Wild Boar and Spotted Deer (Chital).

We returned to our heritage hotel of a great many patios and spacious verandas, situated within a tranquil and jasmine scented orchard dating back over 200 years, for yet another sumptuous North Indian meal by lamp light in the historical dining room.

DAY 3. An early start was called for to coincide with the gate opening time at sunrise. Once again we took to the rickshaws for a further tour of exploration under the guidance of our professional and highly knowledgeable local site guide.

Sarus Crane, Bharatphur, P Cardwell Avian Leisure

Sarus Crane, Bharatphur

This time the day got off to a ‘flying start’ with a pair of stately Sarus Cranes materialising suddenly overhead before alighting in one of the more distant wetlands. From this point on we traversed across a spectrum of woodland and acacia scrub habitats before spending the balance of the day ‘scoping’ the open wetlands for new species from various lookout points within the network of tracks and trails criss-crossing the Park. A feature common to all India is the confiding nature of most of India’s birds due to conservation practices and religious beliefs relating to the protection of wildlife in general. This makes for a great many excellent photographic opportunities and the chance to spend time in close proximity to species of particular interest. The soft winter light also made for excellent photographic opportunities throughout the day. Other highlights on the birding side included Indian Spotted and Imperial Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Dusky Eagle Owl, Indian Grey Hornbill, Black-headed Ibis, Bronze-winged Jacana, Spotted Owlet, Dalmation and Great White Pelican, Ferruginous Pochard, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Ruddy Sheldduck and Brahminy Starling to mention but a few of sightings new to us.

Overnight back at the heritage hotel as before for another comfortable night.

 

DAY 4. Once again an early start was called for to explore a perimeter area of open grassland and scrub choked drainage lines leading into the main wetland system. This move offered the chance of new sighting opportunities and we soon added Jungle and Large Grey Babbler, Coppersmith Barbet, Red-vented and White-eared Bulbul, Pied Bushchat, Booted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Common Hoopoe, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Indian Roller, Desert Wheater, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Black Redstart, Indian Robin, Brown Rock-Chat, Plain Prinia, Long-tailed Shrike, Indian Silverbill, Asian Pied Starling, Common Tailorbird, Rufous Treepie, Hume’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Crested Lark and Paddyfield Pipit to the list.

With time still in hand before boarding the train back to New Delhi we re-visited the wetland by pole-boat to explore the main feeder channel and flooded acacia drainage lines. Here we had excellent and repetitive views of Black-rumped Flameback as well as Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Common Woodshrike, Bluethroat, Common Teal, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Lesser Whistling Duck within a recent stand of flooded acacia trees along the main feeder channel.

Crested Serpent Eagle,India by P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Crested Serpent Eagle

Train journey back to New Delhi through scenically appealing open farmland was uneventful and we arrived in good time at dusk to find the transfer team ready to receive us as we stepped down from our carriage. From here it was a relatively straightforward transfer to another world class city hotel situated within the diplomatic quarter close to the domestic air terminal for the night.

Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Bharatphur, P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Bharatphur

DAY 5. Early morning transfer arrangements were once again hassle free and we were soon on our way south from New Delhi’s completely re-furbished and ultra-modern airport to Jabalpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh. On landing a single Indian Courser was spotted close to the terminal building on an expanse of recently burned grassland. Local airport authorities proved accommodating and good views were obtained of this strikingly attractive courser. Our transport was ready and waiting to take us to Kanha National Park as our next destination. Route chosen was scenic as we passed through well wooded hills and farmland settings, reminiscent of rural Spain, as well as villages and towns reflecting the vibrancy of commercial activity so characteristic of India. After a short coffee/tea break to break the journey we arrived in time for lunch at our riverside tented camp situated in close proximity to the Kanha National Park.

Brown Fish Owl , India, P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Brown Fish Owl

 

Kanha is a prime tiger and wilderness conservation area and one of the first to fall under Project Tiger aimed at preserving this magnificent and now extremely rare mammal of exquisite colouration and regal appearance. This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush Sal and bamboo forest are interspersed with vast grassy meadows that add up to a combination of superb birding and game viewing opportunities. The perennial Banjaar River, which forms the park’s southwestern border, provides a steady water source for the abundant wildlife. An expanding population of various deer and antelope, including the extremely rare Barasingha or Swamp Deer, supports a large number of carnivores including tiger, leopard, jackal, sloth bear and the now rare and highly localised Indian wild dog or dhole. Birding throughout the reserve was excellent in spite of a spell of unseasonal wet and cold weather, including an unexpected hail storm that peppered the camp with hail the size of golf balls.

Birding in the camp area was good with an Indian Cuckoo, known locally as the brain-fever bird due to its monotonous whistle, calling persistently from a favoured call site, as well as Oriental Magpie Robin, Puffthroat Babbler and Painted Spurfowl sifting through the undergrowth, while vocal Crested Serpent Eagles circled regularly high overhead.

Our afternoon drive provided stunning views of Indian Wild Dog hunting Spotted Deer (Chittal) along with sightings of Racquet-tailed Drongo and the equally bizarre Spangled Drongo, Brown Fish Owl, Lesser Adjutant, Black Stork, Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker, Red-throated flycatcher, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Indian Grey hornbill, Red Junglefowl, Black-shouldered Kite and Blue-winged Leafbird (Jerdin’s).

Racquet-tailed Drongo, Kanha N P, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Racquet-tailed Drongo, Kanha N P

We returned to our safari camp for a traditional Indian meal on the deck under clear night skies before settling into our extremely comfortable tented accommodation above the Banjaar River for the night.

 

DAY 6. After a pre-dawn cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal porridge to set us up for the early morning game drive we headed back into the park in the company of the resident nature guide. Birding was particularly good following an overnight shower of rain with vocal bird parties working their way through the woodland. Species new for our list included Brown-headed and Coppersmith Barbet, Scarlet Minivet, White-naped Flameback Woodpecker, Spotted Dove, Jungle Crow, Black-naped Monarch, Great Tit and Eurasian Golden Oriole.

Mammals presented well with repeat views of Indian Wild Dog, Golden Jackal, a hugely impressive buffalo-like Gaur or Indian Bison muscling its way through the undergrowth in our direction, Swamp ad Spotted Deer, Rhesus Macaques, Hanuman Langur of Indian fable fame, Common Mongoose, Sambar Deer and small groups of Nilgai but no sign of tiger other than recent pug marks in a river bed.

 Indian Wild Dog, Dhole, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Indian Wild Dog, Dhole

After a mid-morning breakfast in the Park we returned to camp and set off again in the late afternoon to explore the bamboo sector of this scenically attractive reserve that captivated Kipling’s imagination and gave rise to the publication of Mowgli and ‘The Jungle Book’.

Green Bee-eater - North India

Green Bee-eater

 

 Hanuman Langur, Kanha N P, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Hanuman Langur, Kanha N P

This area of the park consisted of a mix of Sal forest and bamboo thickets within which we came across a particularly striking and confiding White-rumped Shama as it flitted about the under-storey in close proximity to the vehicle. Other highlights included repeat views of Red Junglefowl and several male Indian Peafowl displaying to one another in the soft afternoon light of a jungle glade. Other sightings included Red-headed Vulture being mobbed by Jungle Crows, delightfully entertaining and highly vocal Rufous Treepies in loose flocks, Indian Grey Hornbills, Indian Scimitar Babblers , ubiquitous and inquisitive Jungle Babblers, striking Green Bee-eaters hawking low over the grassland, a single Short-toed Snake Eagle perched on a conspicuous snag, several views of Crested Serpent Eagle, Greater Coucal, Large Cuckooshrike, Oriental Turtle Doves, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Purple Sunbird, Cotton Pygmy Geese, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Lesser Whistling Duck, Green Sandpiper, Indian Pond heron, Common Hoopoe and Black-hooded Oriole.

That evening we were treated to a North Indian cooking demonstration by the camp’s highly competent and personable Nepalese chef ahead of yet another outstanding meal of many dishes unique to the Kanha region.

DAY 7 & 8 Our established daily routine started with coffee before heading back into the Park in search of sightings new. Although we did our best to locate a tiger the unexpectedly wet and cold weather played havoc with the best of our intentions and confined our road activity to the main arterial network to avoid getting stuck on one of the more remote secondary roads. Although we were all keen to pick-up on a tiger or leopard sighting the thought of being mired for the night on an isolated jungle track frequented by carnivores after dark held little appeal!

Even so our sightings list continued to expand with many great repeats as well as adding the diminutive but ever so loud Common Tailorbird to the list as well as Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Gold-fronted Leafbird, Jungle Owlet, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Red-vented Bulbul, Oriental Turtle Dove, Asian Brown Flycatcher, strikingly obvious Verditer Flycatchers perched high up on exposed perches, Black Ibis, Grey Wagtail, Collared Scops Owl, Alexandrine Parakeet, Grey-breasted and Plain Prinia, Brown Shrike, Common Snipe, Crested Tree Swift, Ashy-throated and Hume’s Warbler, Common Stonechat, Eurasian Thickknee and Paddyfield Pipit as the most nondescript bird in the Park…

Additional mammals included Sloth Bear, Ruddy Mongoose, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac (Barking Deer) and Striped Palm Squirrel.

Each evening represented a different dinner venue including the opportunity of dining in private on our own deck by lamplight directly above the Banjaar River.

 

DAY 9. Our day started with a short visit to Kanha N.P. before heading to a nearby airstrip to connect with our charter flight to Umaria ahead of a road transfer to our comfortable safari lodge situated in close proximity to the Bandhavgarh National Park. Of all the tiger reserves, Bandhavgarh, cradled between the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, is world renowned for its tiger sightings and rated as probable the best for a tiger safari with several tigers in residence within what is probably one of the most scenic of all the Indian national parks.

Bengal Tiger  in Bandhavgarh NP, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Bengal Tiger in Bandhavgarh NP

Habitats vary from heavily wooded forests through to open glades and mixed woodland rising well above the surrounding plain to the surrounding mountain peaks and cliff faces that tower above the central part of the Park. As such the sighting opportunities within this well managed tiger reserve are highly varied and exciting as one explores the matrix of winding roads in a state of perennial sighting apprehension!

In this regard we were not to be disappointed when on our very first outing a magnificent male tiger appeared as if on cue right opposite where we were parked at the time with only one other vehicle for company. It was almost a private audition as this incredible animal, a third larger than an African lion, paraded about in close proximity to our vehicle providing multiple sightings and great photo opportunities. Some of which were right up-front and almost too personal given the full frame size of the image when the tiger passed our vehicle. And so the exciting interlude continued for close on an hour to the absolute delight of all involved knowing full well that a re-occurrence of such exquisite detail in perfect soft afternoon photographic light was unlikely to ever be eclipsed in our remaining time in the Park.

Tiger excitement aside the birding was continuous with ‘stonking’ great Malabar Pied Hornbills gliding and trumpeting their way across the open valleys, Lesser Adjutants stalking about in the meadows, Coppersmith and Brown-headed Barbets calling continuously, Red-headed and Indian Vultures perched up in dead trees, Indian Peafowl displaying to one another, Mottled Wood Owl in a day roost, strikingly coloured Red Junglefowl crossing the road, along with an assortment of other great sightings including Plum-headed Parakeet, Sirkeer Malkoha, Puff-throated Babbler, Large Grey Babbler, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo, Changeable Hawk Eagle, White-browed Fantail, Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Common Iora and White-throated Kingfisher.

White-throated Kingfisher , Bharatphur, P Cardwell Avian Leisure

White-throated Kingfisher

Once again lodge standards were superb and the standard of Indian Cuisine exceeded expectation.

 

DAY 10 & 11 Due to new rules prescribed by the local wildlife authorities the Park was closed on Wednesdays necessitating our having to bird our way around the perimeter of the Park in mixed rural/semi-urban habitat.

Emerald Dove, Bandhavgarh , P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Emerald Dove, Bandhavgarh

This provided the opportunity to bird on foot as an adjunct to the safari vehicle and as such we added a number of new species to our expanding list including Black Ibis, Oriental White-eye, Bay-backed Shrike, Ashy Drongo, Scaly-rumped Munia, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Small Minivet, White-rumped Munia, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Olive-backed Pipit, Long-tailed Shrike, Brahminy Starling, Tickell’s Thrush, White Wagtail, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Black Drongo, Wire-tailed Swallow, Dusky Crag Martin and the unexpected highlight in a bamboo patch an Emerald Dove feeding quietly in dappled shade.

All in all a great stay with the stunning sightings of the male Bengal Tiger on our first day the undisputed highlight of our visit to the Bandhavgarh N.P.

Panna N P, P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Panna N P

DAY 12. Our day got off to an early start with the overland transfer to Panna near Khajuraho as the last of our four park tour of Northern India. Panna National Park has only been recently added to the tiger reserve complex of specially protected areas under Project Tiger. Although relatively small compared to some of the other reserves visited, it is one of the most pristine with a very low tourist loading, making it ideal from a birding point of view.

Aside from its ‘Africa’ like savannah appearance dating way back to the break-up of Gondwanaland some 200 million years ago, the park contains a number of bird families that are well represented in Africa. The area is low lying and the Ken River with its impressive population of Marsh Crocodiles flows through this pristine wilderness area of deep cut gorges and well-wooded landscapes. Our accommodation outside the Park was set in an area of unspoilt natural bush comprising of thickets and open glades in undulating terrain.

On arrival in the late afternoon we accompanied the resident nature guide on an orientation walk that ended with sun-downers overlooking a newly constructed dam. New birds recorded for the list included Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Savannah Nightjar, Jungle Bush Quail and Tawny-bellied Babblers in the fading afternoon light.

Jungle Bush Quail , Panna N P, P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Jungle Bush Quail , Panna N P

Accommodation was superbly provided in individual stone chalets, and the standard of Indian cuisine was once again outstanding, in keeping with the pattern throughout our trip.

 

Day 13 & 14. An early start with breakfast on board saw us at the entrance gate in good time for the opening at sunrise. We were the only vehicle at the time making for a welcome change from the pre-opening 4X4 line-up at Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks. Once through the gate a forest ranger alerted us to the presence of a large leopard just ahead of us, at a time when a flock of Crested Buntings and a covey of Painted Francolin diverted our attention for a few seconds, effectively costing us this infrequent and highly desirable sighting!

Egyptian Vulture, Panna N P , P Cardwell, Avian Leisure

Egyptian Vulture, Panna N P

Birding was excellent throughout the two days in spite of the cold and at times wet and unpleasant weather. Aside from the more colourful birds encountered we recorded several vulture species, including Red-headed and White-backed Vulture ahead of breakfast in the field, followed by excellent views of several Eurasian and Himalayan Griffon circling low overhead above the main gorge leading to the Ken River. The deep-cut gorge itself held a vocal pair of the richly plumaged Indian race of Peregrine Falcon displaying in close proximity to the main lookout point.

Of all the vulture sightings the most exciting was a pair of courting Egyptian Vultures encountered close to the entry gate in an open field. The situation provided for a close approach as we enjoyed watching the social interaction between the pair before they took to the wing and set off in different directions.

Panna is certainly about mixing and matching habitats in search of likely bird and mammal sightings within each. As such we made a point of allocating Park travel time accordingly to ensure we generated a representative mix of possible sightings available. Of these the game-bird mix, comprising of the three ‘painted’ species i.e. Painted Francolin, Painted Sandgrouse and Painted Spurfowl, were the most impressive with a mixed covey of Jungle Bush Quail and Rain Quail proving particularly endearing and visually accommodating as they foraged about in close proximity to our vehicle.

Perhaps the most amusing, and certainly interesting foraging behaviour encountered, was a family party of Tawny-bellied Babblers slipping in concert under dinner-plate sized dead leaves before flipping them up ‘pancake style’ as they searched for food items on the forest floor. As a visual consequence dead leaves were being flicked up at regular intervals as the seemingly dead under-storey came ‘alive’ with this collective foraging action. Also encountered in areas of open woodland were fairly conspicuous Savannah Nightjars in their day roosts with pairs of cryptically marked Eurasian Thick-knees recorded on stony ground.

Painted Sandgrouse, Panna N P, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Painted Sandgrouse, Panna N P

Other species recorded included Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Large Grey Babbler, Green Bee-eater, White-eyed Buzzard, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Red-collared Dove, White-bellied Drongo, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-browed Fantail, Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey Francolin, Little Heron, Common Iora, Common Kestrel, Red-wattled Lapwing, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Rufous-tailed Lark, Long-tailed Minivet, White-bellied Minivet, White-rumped Munia, Black-hooded Oriole, Jungle Owlet, Alexandrine and Plum-headed Parakeet, feeding flocks of Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Yellow-footed Pigeon, Black Redstart, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, Brown Rock-chat, Indian Roller, Shikra, Long-tailed Shrike, Brahminy Starling, Black Stork, Purple Sunbird, Common Tailorbird, Rufous Treepie, Crested Tree Swift, White-browed Wagtail, Pied Kingfisher, Lesser Whistling Duck, White-naped Woodpecker, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Common Woodshrike, Tree Pipit, Spotted Dove and Red-rumped Swallow within the impressive mix of bird sightings.

Mammal sightings included good views of the graceful and now endangered Chinkara Antelope, Sambar, Spotted Deer(Chital) , Wild Boar, Hanuman Langur, Golden Jackal, Ruddy Mongoose, Indian Muntjac (Barking Deer) and Nilgai (Blue Bull) . Good views of broad-snouted Marsh Crocodiles, known locally as ‘muggers’ up to 5m in length were seen basking on the exposed rocks of the Ken River.

As a birding destination Panna has much to offer the visiting birder, with the variety of vultures possibly the main attraction given the rapid decline of India’s vulture population in recent years due to the side effects of veterinary drugs used in rural areas.

For the rest, the absence of tourists and the extended visiting hours within this varied environment made for a most pleasurable visit in the company with any of the well trained nature guides that accompany trips into the Park.

 

DAY 15. Day of departure with a morning visit to the fascinating 10th Century complex of exotically, and in some cases erotically carved temples at Khajuraho, made for a cultural ending to the tour, with a bonus bird en route in the form of a sought after mega-sized Stork-billed Kingfisher on the bridge ahead of the town. From here it was a short connecting flight to New Delhi in good time for our international flight connections home.

Spotted Deer (Chital) Bandhavgarh, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Spotted Deer (Chital) Bandhavgarh

Crested Eagle Hawk, Panna N P, P Cardwell of Avian Leisure, Birding & Wildlife Safaris

Crested Eagle Hawk, Panna N P

All in all, a multi-faceted intro-tour of many delightful parts and scenic attractions, interspersed by a great many birding and wildlife highlights, and the occasional cultural experience along the way.

Comfort and cuisine throughout was of an exceptionally high standard, together with personal service and attention to detail to make for a hassle free travel experience in every way, including the colourful sights and sounds of vibrant India at its very best, enjoyed by us all on this memorable and highly entertaining trip.

On the sightings side close on 250 bird and 20 mammal species were recorded on the trip.

Thanks to Kim and Sunneva Frost for their enthusiastic commitment and the fun and fellowship that went along with all the wonderful sightings we enjoyed together…

Khajuraho 10th Century Temple Complex , P Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Khajuraho 10th Century Temple Complex

For more info on birding and wildlife safaris in this area, contact us at info@avianleisure.com

 

 

One Response to TIGERS, TAILORBIRDS, TREEPIES AND TEMPLES – INDIA AT ITS BEST

  1. Eileen Thayser says:

    WOW!!!!!!! What a stunning blog, your pictures are fantastic! Did you take them Patrick? Couldn’t resist leaving a message. How fantastic to see Tiger, Indian Wild Dog, all these amazing birds….
    lots of love

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