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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. After a short time to shower and change your Welcome Meeting takes place you will have time to ask questions from our office manager. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.
This morning early we drive to Jaipur. Arrival and check into your hotel. We then take you to Dera Amer which is a rural estate where a local tribal guide will guide you through the jungle hill tracks or even jeep safaris into the Nahargarh National Park to spot various species of birds such as The Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Eurasian Wryneck, Oriental Honey Buzzard, The Black Shouldered Kite. Dinner at Dera Amer then return to your hotel.
This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Why not bolt on an early morning amazing hot air balloon ride? Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
Morning drive to Bharatpur and check in to our hotel. In the afternoon, we travel by rickshaw to the Keoladeo National Park. The park attracts thousands of migratory birds during the winter months, which fly in from Central Asia, Siberia or China to escape the severe cold and restricted daylight hours of their homelands. It is one of the finest waterfowl reserves in the world; over 350 species of birds have been spotted here.
Today we spend a full day bird watching at Keoladeo National Park.
This morning we start our bird watching at Bund Baretha, followed by a visit to the bird sanctuary. Bund Baretha is a large reservoir which is also noted as a good location to find Indian Skimmer and other waterbirds. The surrounding arid countryside is worth checking for sandgrouse, Indian Coursers, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Eastern Pied, Isabelline and Desert Wheatears along with a number of prinia species to test identification skills. This afternoon we travel back to Bharatpur to the Sanctuary.
Today we have an early start for our drive to Chambal (approximately 3 hours). We check into our hotel and later in the afternoon, head off on a boat safari on the Chambal River to see various birld species in the region.
Today we take on a boat safari along the Chambal River. The Chambal River was declared a Gharial Sanctuary during 1978-79 by the M.P. Government, with an aim to provide a fully protected habitat for the conservation and propagation of the highly endangered Crocodilian species and other aquatic animals. The National Chambal Sanctuary is the longest river Sanctuary and holds the best Gharial population in the country.
En route driving to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset.
The Villagers at Mangaljodi near Barkul has come with the Eco Cottage Project I have been to the Mangalajodi area personally & happy to see the place. Rooms are nice, spacious neat & clean with attached western toilet facilities. As they had put all the Double Beds in the rooms, I have told them to keep at least Four Rooms with Twin Beds Mangalajodi is more interesting as Barkul area is difficult for Tourist to go closer to the Bird Sanctuary. Due to Security, the guards stop the boats, 02kms from the sanctuary. Now a day it’s very difficult to see the Migratory Birds at Nalabana Sanctuary due to the Restriction on the Boat Movement & has to stop before 2kms, the best is to stay at Mangalajodi & enjoy boating & walking in this area. So, the programme as follows • 01st : Mangalajodi
• 02nd : Mangalajodi
• 03rd : Mangalajodi – Barkul – Dolphin Spotting – Satpada. O/N Satpada.
• 04th : Satpada – Bhubaneshwar – Kolkata. Today you transfer back to Bhubaneshwar for your flight to Calcutta where you connect to your flight home. (Flight details-6E 511 1040 / 1135) Do not book a flight home before later afternoon)
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