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Birding

To get mesmerized by the avian life of Indian birding hot spots, you can head in the direction of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Pulicat Lake in South East India, Namdapha in the North East region and many more. In the company of knowledgeable guides and experts, you will discover species and habits in abundance. The tropical climate of the country allows for a large number of migrations in the winter, making it an excellent time for birding enthusiasts to visit India.

India has a robust population of a number of species of birds. Given that this is a warm country, the migratory birds make it a chosen place in the winter months. The best time to visit India for birding is in the months of December and January. Right from the northeast region of India, to the deep south, many reserve forests, water bodies and sanctuaries are haven for birds, and an equal delight for birding enthusiasts.

Birds like the Cormorant, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Gadwall, Ferruginous Duck, Fulvous and Cotton Pygmy- goose are commonly found in India. Add to that the thrill of seeing a Hornbill in northeast and southwest parts of the country and you’e sure to add India to the list of most exciting birding destinations in the world.

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North East India Birding

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

This northeastern birding trail is one of the  best in the country  for a comprehensive immersion in the bird life of India. In this trip, the traveller goes through a number of well known and lesser-known birding hotspots. The variety of birds like Cormorant, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Gadwall, Ferruginous Duck, Fulvous and Cotton Pygmy- goose are in plenty. Along with these, look out for the Great Hornbill and many migratory species that find a haven in the tropical climate of the country.

Top Places

Kolkata | Manas | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park | Jorhat | Jorhat – Tinsukia | Dibru- Saikhowa National Park | Tinsukia – Digboi – Dibrugarh | Dibrugarh – Kolkata

Highlights

Howrah Bridge | Victoria Memorial | Manas National Park | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park | Saikhowa National Park



Kolkata / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in the eastern gateway of the country. After breakfast, we have an opportunity to enjoy a first taste of India’s remarkable birdlife in the city’s parks and wetlands. Situated within ten kilometers of the bustling city centre, the Satragachi Jheel is a noted wetland site, which plays host to thousands of migratory wildfowl in […]
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Manas / Day 3 - 4

Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Guwahati. On arrival continue drive to Manas. Manas National Park is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas and a part of it extends to Bhutan. It was declared a sanctuary on October 01, 1928 and was designated a World Heritage site in December 1985. The sanctuary […]
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Nameri National Park / Day 5 - 6

After breakfast drive to Nameri NP and check in at Nameri Eco Camp (tented accommodation). Nameri National Park is located on the banks of the river Bhorelli on the northern side of the Brahmaputra. Situated on the foothills of the great Himalayas, it is another tiger and bison country. Deciduous forests with the river Jia […]
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Kaziranga National Park / Day 8 - 9

Early morning we take an elephant safari in the central range of the park followed by a jeep safari to Eastern range after breakfast. In the afternoon, we visit the western range of the park by jeep. The Central Range passes through the entire habitat spectrum from ox-bow lakes, savannah woodland to Dillenia Swamp Forest. […]
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Jorhat / Day 10

Post breakfast go for another jeep safari. Later in the afternoon drive to Jorhat (80 kms / 02 hrs) and check in at hotel. Early morning visit Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary (22 kms/ 40 mins). Later drive to Tinsukia (190 kms / 04 ½ hrs) and check in at Wathai Heritage Bungalow, Limbuguri TE. Gibbon Wildlife […]
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Jorhat – Tinsukia / Day 11

Early morning visit Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary (22 kms/ 40 mins). Later drive to Tinsukia (190 kms / 04 ½ hrs) and check in at Wathai Heritage Bungalow, Limbuguri TE. Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, famed for its hollock gibbon population, is an isolated wildlife forest surrounded by tea plantations.
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Dibru- Saikhowa National Park / Day 12

Early morning we visit Dibru- Saikhowa National Park and Magori Bheel. We take several boat rides on the Dibru River, go for jungle walk, bird and Gangetic Dolphin sighting. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park has the most distinct and vibrant wilderness on earth and is known for its pristine scenic beauty. The forest in this park ranges […]
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Tinsukia – Digboi – Dibrugarh / Day 13

Today after early breakfast we drive to the oil producing town of Digboi (35 kms / 45 mins) in eastern Assam, India’s first active oil field is now primarily a refining centre. The IOC has recently proposed a nature park surrounding the complex of old derricks and drilling platforms including the lowland forests and pools […]
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Dibrugarh – Kolkata / Day 14

Today early morning we drive to Jokai Reserve Forest (15 mins). Here one can see Small Niltava, Little Pied Flycatcher, Black-winged and Large Cuckoo-shrikes, flock of Pompadour Green Pigeons, jay-walking Emerald Dove, Red headed Trogon, Abbott’s Babbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Crimson Sunbird, Ruby Checked Sunbird, Scarlet Backed Flowerpecker, Black breasted Thrush etc. Later, transfer to […]
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Bird Watching Tour of Bhutan

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

Despite its small size about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic birds areas. Within country’s borders there is extraordinary range of habitats, from some of the Himalaya’s most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved and towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce. This itinerary gives you a glimpse of this wonderful world of birds. The entire country is bisected by well maintained paved road and birding especially in mid to late spring (late March to late May) is good virtually anywhere below 3,100 m. Unlike many part of Asia, one is not obliged to seek out a park or reserve or remnant patch of ‘good looking’ habitat, since at any stop even in the midst of farmland, exciting birds are visible. The mixed broadleaf forests are much richer, and therefore more exciting for birding, than the rather slow growing monotypic stands of blue pine and particularly chir pine.

Top Places

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha and Wangduephodrang Valley | Punakha & Wangduephodrang and Gangtey | Trongsa-Bumthang (Jakar) | Bumthang-Ura | Ura-Limithang | Mongar-Trashigang | Samdrup Jongkhar | Guwahati | Kolkata

Highlights

Birds of different valleys of Bhutan | Cultural attractions such as Ta Dzong (National Museum) | Rinpung Dzong | Kyichu Lhakhang and Taktsang Lhakhang | Dochula Pass | Mongar Dzong and Zangtho Pelri temple

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Paro / Day 01 - 02

Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Calcutta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers exciting descent into the kingdom. Evening orientation programme in the hotel with audio-visual presentation, slide show and general talk […]
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Thimphu / Day 03

Drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Later explore this beautiful upland valley. Relatively dry, Thimphu valley is surrounded by fine stands of Blue Pine and temperate evergreen forests. The increasing human settlement has pushed birding spots at least 10 km and now the ideal areas for birding are around the stream near […]
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Punakha and Wangduephodrang Valley / Day 04

From Thimphu, proceed further to Dochula pass (3,050m), which offers most spectacular view over high peaks of eastern Himalaya. From here the descent to Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley is long at the altitude difference between the pass and the valley is about 1,800 m. The route first passes through a temperate type of leafy forest […]
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Punakha & Wangduephodrang and Gangtey / Day 05

From Wangduephodrang, the journey continues eastwards through Black Mountain region. The drive is relatively shorter and there are regular stops for birding and photography all along the way. The road finally leads to forest of oak and rhododendron and then broad Phobjikha valley, which is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. Because of […]
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Trongsa-Bumthang (Jakar) / Day 07

On this trip of 68 km, there is altitude variation from 2,100 m in Trongsa to Yotongla pass at 3,400 m and then descend to Bumthang valley at 2,600 m and the vegetation changes from temperate forests of Trongsa to coniferous and mixed alpine of Bumthang. Apart from being one of the most beautiful valleys […]
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Bumthang-Ura / Day 08

Ura is the last and the highest valleys of Bumthang and to reach here, the road climbs through amazingly open countryside, occasionally running into forests. Large sheep pastures line the road and the route also crosses 3,600 m high Ura la pass and later descending into Ura by long loop across fields and pastures. Perched […]
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Ura-Limithang / Day 09

Leaving behind the relatively dry Ura valley, the route ascends through forests of gigantic firs, often with an under storey of rhododendron. The road for a few kilometres is precipitous in the extreme, with steep drops that reveal a landscape defying description, until the pass at Thrumshingla (3,750 m) is finally reached. From this highest […]
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Mongar-Trashigang / Day 10

From Limithang, the road reaches to its lowest point of 650 m at the bridge over Kuru Chhu river. The Chhorten at this point, was built in 1800, in Nepalese style of architecture to hold the precious religious objects of Shongar Dzong when the Dzong was abandoned in favour of other place, Mongar. Visit here, […]
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Samdrup Jongkhar / Day 11

Trashigang — Samdrup Jongkhar road completed in 1965 and the journey takes about 6 hours. Along the way, pass by Sherubtse College, the only college in country founded in 1978.  Also visit the Zangtho Pelri temple built in 1978 by the late Minister of Home Affairs. It represents Guru Rinpoche’s paradise. Driving ahead, reach to […]
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Guwahati / Day 12

After breakfast transfer to Bhutan border where you will be picked up by Indian agent for onward drive to Guwahati. Enjoy visit of the Kamakhya Devi temple. Overnight at the hotel.
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Kolkata / Day13

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata, in Kolkata transfer to the international terminal and fly back home.
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Birding in Sri Lanka & South India

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

This birding trip is focussed on the tropical climate regions of Sri Lanka and the southern part of India. Both are veritable stops for birding enthusiasts with a large variety of migratory and endemic avian creatures. Along with the birds, one gets a close look at the local culture and the stunning countryside. The traveller gets to see world famous stalwarts that host a wide variety of birds and animals. This is trip is perfect to trail the green belt of the Sri Lanka and get an insight into the Indian southern belt as well.

Top Places

Waikkal | Kithulgala | Rathnapura | Sinharaja | Embilipitiya- Udawalawa National Park | Yala | Nuwara Eliya | Kandy | Kochi | Thattekad Bird Sanctuary | Valparai | Cochin

Highlights

Birds in different habitats like Muthurajawela | Adventure activities at Kithugala | Kelani Valley Forest Reserve | Sinharaja | The “World Heritage Site” Rain Forest | Bundala National Park | Yala National Park | Haggala Gardens | Udawattekele Forest Reserve | Thattekad Bird Sanctuary



Waikkal / Day 01

On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to Waikkal. In the evening visit Muthurajawela. Muthurajawela is located south of Negombo in the Colombo district. A vast area of marshland and mangrove vegetation with an […]
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Kithulgala / Day 02

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kithulgala.  Kithulgala is one of the most scenic locations in the island and also a centre for many nature and adventure related activities which include White Water Rafting, visits to rainforests and the Belilena prehistoric cave. It is also one of the gateways to the hill country.
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Rathnapura / Day 03

In the morning some birding in the remnant Wet Zone forests close to the Kitulgala Rest House in the morning and after breakfast go across the Kelani River in a dugout canoe to visit the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve which is a lowland tropical rainforest with a high diversity of endemic fauna and flora. There […]
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Sinharaja / Day 04

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to visit Sinharaja. Sinharaja is the only “World Heritage Site” Rain Forest in Sri Lanka, with a very high rate of bio-diversity. The vegetation is tropical wet evergreen forest and the area under the reserve is 11,187 hectares. Out of the 331 woody trees and lianas identified 192 (60%) […]
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Embilipitiya- Udawalawa National Park / Day 05

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Embilipitiya.   Check-in to the hotel and relax. In the evening do safari at Udawalawa National Park. The Udawalawe National Park is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and wealth of faunal species, particularly mammals and birds.  It is a famous tourist attraction throughout the year for its unique […]
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Yala / Day 06

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Yala.  Enroute visit Bundala National Park. Bundala National Park is the latest addition to Sri Lanka”s National parks which is situated 250 kms away from Colombo.  All species of water birds resident in the country and migrant birds inhabit this park.
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Nuwara Eliya / Day 07

Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild Elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery Sri Lanka s most […]
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Kandy / Day 08

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to visit Haggala Gardens. The Haggala botanical gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya. Haggala botanical gardens were once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many, it was […]
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Kochi / Day 09

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for the departure flight To Kochi, in Kerala, India. Day is at leisure with some birding at the coastal areas.
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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary / Day 10, 11 & 12

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, or Salim Ali Valley as it is affectionately known, is a tremendous and as yet little visited place. It is alive with Indian Golden, Black-headed and Black-naped Orioles. It was here that David Attenborough filmed Rufous Woodpeckers, nesting in the still-occupied nest of ferocious tree ants. The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and beautiful […]
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Valparai / Day 13 - 14

Valpare or Valparai is a little know tea estate area with some lush forests and wonderful bio-diversity. A small population of Lion Tailed Macaques live here – which is our main reason to be here. The nearby grasslands also hide rare gems like the Broad tailed grassbird and some other species. We wish we could […]
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Cochin / Day 15

Onward flight. Instead of  fly back home
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North India Birding Tour

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

The dense forested hills of North India’s plains and hills, with cool oasis of water pools within, make the ideal habitat for a number of birds. The regions of Rajaji National Park, Jim Corbett and Bharatpur in Rajasthan are especially famous with birding enthusiasts. Up in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, the excitement of spotting the colourful Monal and a host of other birds like Ruddy Shelduck, Kingfishers, Goldfinch and Woodpeckers, runs high amongst enthusiasts. Between the warmer climes of the plains and the cool hillsides, a number of species can be found in North India.

Top Places

Delhi | Chambal | Agra-Bharatpur | Bharatpur | Uchagaon | Jim Corbett | Jim Corbett National Park | Delhi

Highlights

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary | India Gate | President’s Palace | Humayun’s Tomb | National Chambal Sanctuary | Taj Mahal | Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary | Jim Corbett National Park

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Delhi / Day 01 - 02

On arrival at Delhi airport you will be meet greeted by Indo Asia Tour representative & transfer to your hotel. New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern India. The city unravels a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in […]
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Chambal / Day 04 - 05

After breakfast, drive to National Chambal Sanctuary. This is a lovely destination for great birding. The National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river, Chambal supports 8 rare turtle species […]
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Agra-Bharatpur / Day 05

After breakfast drive to Bharatpur, en-route visit Agra. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments, the passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the […]
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Bharatpur / Day 06 - 07

After breakfast enjoy the birding with a guide in the wetlands of Keoladeo National Park. Among many bird species to be seen are egrets, storks, ducks, Chinese coots, kingfishers, spoonbills, sarus cranes and several birds of prey, including falcon, marsh harrier and eagle. Alone 80 species of ducks can be spotted here. There are also […]
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Uchagaon / Day 08

After breakfast drive to Unchagaon. Fort Unchagaon is a living witness of ancient glamour and valour. It was inherited by the present Raja Surender Pal Singh at the age of ten. The young prince put substantive effort to develop and maintain this ancestral property. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, check-in to hotel.
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Jim Corbett / Day 09

After breakfast drive to Jim Corbett National Park. Corbett is one of the finest National Parks in India. The core area of the park covers an area of 500 sq. km. and comprises the broad valley of the Ramganga River in the foothills of the Himalayas. This has resulted in great habitat diversity and given […]
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Jim Corbett National Park / Day 10 - 11

Enjoy morning & afternoon game drive in the national park. During the Safari you will drive down to the river, to look for the long snouted, fish eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles. With the possibility of seeing 05 species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Grey-headed Fishing Eagles, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle and of course the […]
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Delhi / Day 12 - 13

After breakfast drive to Delhi, upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Onward journey.
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Gujarat & Rajasthan Birding Tour

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

The western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for their unique topography and havens for birds. The trip takes you through the hotspots of Gujarat, ending the trip in the birding wonders of Rajasthan. One of the main highlights of this trip is the Great Rann of Kutch, a place that includes deserts and wetlands, vast grasslands, scrub lands, and mangrove swamps. Expect to see  number of birds like Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, Sanderling and Darters.

Top Places

Mumbai | Jamnagar | Khijadia | Bhuj | Bhuj – The Great Rann of Kutch | Dasada | Dhariyawad | Siana | Jodhpur- Delhi

Highlights

Great Rann of Kutch | Wild Ass Sanctuary | Marine National Park | The 16th century town called Dhariyawad



Mumbai / Day 01

On arrival in Mumbai you will be greeted and escorted by our executive to your hotel. Take rest on this day.
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Jamnagar / Day 02

Connect flight to Jamnagar. Jamnagar also known as the “Jewel of Kathiawad” is a sizeable city way off the tourist trail. It’s best known today for the Bala Hanuman Temple where, since 1964, there’s been 24 hour continuous chanting of the invocation `Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’. At sunset the area around the […]
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Khijadia / Day 03

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is a unique wetland area with sea water on one side and fresh water on one side. The area of this Sanctuary is 605 Hectares. There are 3 Watch Tower for bird watchers, as well as inspection paths leading deep into the foliage There are also provisions for Paddle boats, in the […]
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Bhuj / Day 04

On this day we drive to Bhuj and obtain permission to go the local Banni villages. Rest for the day.
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Bhuj – The Great Rann of Kutch / Day 05

Not just the variety but the sheer numbers of birds seen here is amazing. This is due to the varied habitat types that include deserts and wetlands, vast grasslands, scrub lands, and mangrove swamps. For many bird species Gujarat is a gateway to India coming in from Europe, Siberia and the Middle East. During the […]
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Dasada / Day 06 - 07

After breakfast drive to Dasada. Dasada is famous for Desert wild life and magnificent birds at the lakes and to visit the Kolis at the salt works. Dasada is the base to visit the bird-rich Nawa Talao lake, a number of seasonal wetlands near Dasada, the village lake of Dasada, the wetland near Patdi fort, […]
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Dhariyawad / Day 08 - 09

After breakfast drive to Dhariyawad. Dhariyawad was founded in the middle of the 16th century by royal prince Sahasmal (the second son of Maharana Pratap, the legendary hero of Mewar, Udaipur. Situated on the confluences of the Jakham and Karmoi rivers, Dhariyawad is located in the south of Rajasthan and is surrounded by thick subtropical […]
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Siana / Day 10 - 11

After breakfast drive to Siana. The village of Siana featured in David Attenborough’s Epic Life of Mammals as the place where a leopard wandered at night past the silent houses, for this is probably the best place in India to look for this rarely seen creature as the local people do not molest them.In the […]
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Jodhpur- Delhi / Day 12 & 13

After breakfast transfer to the Jodhpur airport and connect flight to Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel.
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