Wild routes

Day 01. On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will further assist you in check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 02. After breakfast drive to Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy the Yamuna Expressway Drive as it has a lot of greenery to offer. Sur Sarovar was declared the Bird Sanctuary in 1991. This lake is pentagon in shape and that's has enhanced the formation of small islands. These small islands further increase the nesting opportunity for the residents and visitors alike. There are around 160 bird species that can be seen at any given time.

The visiting birds follow the river Yamuna like a road and Keetham lake - inside the Park act as a big roundabout where you have to stop. That's why this Spot is a favourite of the migratory birds.

There is a history attached to this area. The Yamuna Riverine surrounds the area and is in the middle of Agra and Mathura - The Birthplace of Krishna - The ancient Hindu God. Soordas - a poet who got enlightened here - got the inspiration from this area and created the most famous Bhakti Kavya residing here. His small Kuti is still there near the park.

Besides the Bird watching, we would also visit the Rescue Beer Centre. The hidden gem of this place. In 2005 this place was first started by rehabilitating 25 Dancing Beers. Today the numbers are close to 300. Besides numbers, each beer has a story that is unique to them. This centre has also started the Education Conservation walkway which would familiarize further with wildlife. Chances are that you would end up sponsoring a Bear.


Coming back to Birds -Your list would have ticked residents are Black Francolin, Comb Duck, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Kingfisher, Common Moorhen, Jungle Warbler, Reed Warbler, Indian Pipit, Baya and Black Breasted Weaver. Graylag Goose, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Steppe Eagle are the migratory birds of the park. Overnight Hotel in Agra.

 

Day 03. Today morning before your breakfast you will be enjoying the Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is astounding. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

In the afternoon you will proceed for the sightseeing tour, Agra Fort. Agra Fort, which is an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. 

 

An optional visit to Sikandra – {Akbar's tomb} is possible.  

 

If interested you can enjoy your evening appreciating the live love saga of the Taj Mahal in Kalakriti Cultural Center. Mesmerizing dances, melodious music and the heart-touching story of Queen Mumtaz and Emperor Shahjahan will make you speechless. The show performed live by the professional artist is as exciting as visiting the Taj Mahal.

 

Day 04. After breakfast drive to Chambal - Check in to the hotel and after lunch, it would be time for the Camel Safari. Camel safari along with the river would bring alive the tales of Chambal and its long-forgotten histories. Nature walk back at the hotel for the late evening would open the opportunity to explore the birds and life around the river. Dinner and overnight at Hotel

Day 05. After a good breakfast get ready for a Jeep safari and taste the forbidding scenery and landscapes. Today afternoon a River safari is booked as a part of the package. An opportunity to see the Queen of Chambal - the elusive Ganges River Dolphin. Besides - critically endangered Ghariyal (small crocodiles) and red crown roof turtle. Try to see all seven colours in the stripes at his head. Chambal supports 8 of the 26 rare turtle species found in India. Mammals that live here include rhesus macaque, Hanuman Langur, golden jackal, Bengal fox, common palm civet, Indian small mongoose, Indian grey mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, sambar, nilgai, blackbuck, Indian gazelle (chinkara), northern palm squirrel, porcupine, Indian hare, Indian flying fox, and hedgehog.
Besides, you would include a visit to Fort Ater. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chamber from alters of Fort Ater. A historically important site for Rajput, Mughals, and Marathas. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 06. After breakfast your drive to Bharatpur. On arrival at Bharatpur check in at your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day.


Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, in which over 400 species of water birds. The sanctuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swampy, lightly wooded terrain that was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

 

Day 07. Morning full day birding by Rickshaw / Cycle and walking at Bharatpur Bird sanctuary. A full day will offer plenty of time to explore a wetland, woodland and dry grassland with scattered scrub habitats. The wetland is alive with the calls of Bar-headed and Greylag Geese.  This race of Greylags has pink legs!  Of course, you can expect many other wetland species too, from the gorgeous Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen and many species of duck including Lesser Whistling-duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Spot-billed Duck, Comb Duck, Cotton Pygmy-goose as well as the more familiar Wigeon, Pintail, Garganey, and Teal. A scan of the wetland will also reveal Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, and the strange shape of Nilgai, the largest member of the antelope family you’ll see in India. It is not uncommon for a group of Wild Boar, Monitor Lizard or a Golden Jackal to cross a track in front of you!
 

At the end of the afternoon, a visit to the heronries will awaken your senses as you listen to the raucous squabbling of juvenile Painted Storks, jostling Eurasian Spoonbills and elegant Egrets before they all settle for the night.  You may also hear the calls of Dusky Eagle Owl, Spotted Owlet and Indian Scoops Owl and once you know where to look it is quite easy to find your Black Bittern.  Guides will take you to see nightjars in the area locals refer to as the plantation. Return to your hotel for Dinner.

 

Day 08. After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore. Lunch at the resort on arrival. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Rajasthan comprises distinct areas with varied conservation history and virtually separated geographically, with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core, Ranthambore National Park. During the day visit the famous Ranthambore Fort. Perhaps the only fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It's a unique Rajput Fort. Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from sea level and 750ft from the ground. The total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no driveway up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort. Dinner and Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 09. Morning & evening game drives in the park. Meals at the resort. Ranthambore is also rich in birdlife with around 300 species of birds. In fact, for a keen bird watcher, Ranthambore and the surrounding area is a paradise. Some interesting resident species of birds are large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Saras Crane, Bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great horned owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of Himalayas to Ranthambore and surrounding areas. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 10. Morning & evening jeep safaris in the park. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the resort. Ranthambore National Park with an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai, and languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the safaris. Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it Chhatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 11. After breakfast drive to Tal Chhapar.  Today followed by lunch and get ready for the very first safari in the park by 3 PM. Observe several blackbucks in and sometime around the park. A Photography mentor will help you prepare your equipment so that you can make the best images on the field. Park size is decent enough which allows us to visit it in one safari itself. On this day, we will be watching birds and mammals and prepare ourselves for the next day. We will try to make use of the evening light to click some beautiful images.

Day 12. An early morning start for Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary (2.5hrs), to spend the morning within this small area of savannah grassland and tropical thorn forest.  Despite its small size Tal Chhapar is home to a diversity of dryland species, most notably White-browed (Stoliczka's) Bushchat, the scarce and localized Indian Spotted Creeper, and flocks of Yellow-eyed Dove; a scarce winter visitor from Central Asia.  Other species here include White-eared Bulbul, Common Babbler, Brahminy Starling, Egyptian Vulture, and the first of many species typical of the arid landscape, including Southern Grey Shrike, Variable, and Desert Wheatears and Brown Rock Chat.  Raptors are numerous and include Tawny, Steppe, and Eastern Imperial Eagles, and Laggar Falcon.  Mid-afternoon drive to Delhi. Arriving by evening to spend the night in a comfortable hotel. 

Day 13. Early breakfast and proceed to Delhi International Airport for your destination.