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Northwestern India Birdwatching Tour

Northwestern India Birdwatching Tour
When: Fri 11 Jan - Tue 29 Jan 2019
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Loven Pereira
Northwestern India Birdwatching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (19 Days) $9,290
Single Room Supplement $950
Ground Content (Mumbai to Mumbai) $7,890
India is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating destinations in the world; it is an intoxicating mixture of races, religions, languages and cultures, resulting in a sometimes chaotic, but always intriguing mix of ornate temples, impressive palaces, colourful people and exotic wildlife. India is especially attractive for anyone with an interest in both mammals and birds. Leopards hunt in forest shadows, and stately peacocks fan their iridescent tails on quiet jungle trails. Of all the bird-rich regions of the Indian subcontinent, it is the arid northwest that holds the greatest diversity of endemic species. This area also possesses a rich diversity of resident birds, and at this time of year vast numbers of Palearctic winter visitors from Europe and northern Asia dramatically increase the numbers of birds present, often reaching staggering proportions. We begin our adventure in the desert state of Rajasthan. Here, Moghul emperors constantly battled for supremacy with the local rulers, and the riches they accumulated were used to build awesome strongholds in the hills and some of the most fabulous palaces ever constructed. We will travel far out into the Thar Desert to experience the extraordinary spectacle of thousands of fearless Demoiselle Cranes feeding right next to us, in the village of Khichan. Other special birds here include the critically endangered Indian Bustard, the very uncommon Stoliczka's Bushchat and the localised Sykes's Lark. To the south of Rajasthan lies the state of Gujarat, bordering India's Arabian Sea coast. Here we will explore the vast saline flats of the Little Rann of Kutch, famous for its herds of Indian Wild Ass, and also home to some splendid birds including Lesser Flamingo, Macqueen's Bustard, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing and the little-known Sykes's Nightjar. We then head further westwards to Kutch, the most westerly region of India. This remote region harbours some very special birds, including the striking Crab-Plover, Marshall's Iora and the rare and endangered White-naped Tit. This is also the only accessible wintering area where the little-known Grey Hypocolius can be encountered with any certainty. The next leg of our journey will take us to Gir National Park, the last stronghold of the Asiatic Lion. It is also home to thirty-one other species of mammals, including the rarely observed Striped Hyaena. Finally, we shall go in search of the little-known Forest Owlet at Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Maharashtra; the owl has only recently been rediscovered after an absence of more than a hundred years. The highly localised and endemic Vigors's Sunbird also occurs in the sanctuary. By the time we return home, we will have seen a superb series of Indian subcontinent specialities, as well as a rich variety of more widespread birds, and an equally good selection of Indian mammals.

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