Birding at Greater Rann of Kutch – Passage Migrants – September 2019

Tour Date: September 4th (Wednesday) – September 7th (Saturday) 2019

Introduction

The Great Rann of Kutch – one of the top birding sites in India is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat. With the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on its southern edge, it is situated in the district of Kutch spanning around 30,000 square kilometers between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River.

Along with over 200 species of resident birds, the Great Rann of Kutch is an important stopover for migratory birds which makes it one of the top birding sites in India. Some of key species seen here are Marshall’s Iora, Grey Hypocolius, Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Shrikes, White-naped Tit, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Sykes’s Nightjar, Tawny Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Laggar Falcon, White-bellied Minivet, Short-eared Owl, Indian Eagle Owl, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Merlin, MacQueen’s Bustards, Great Indian Bustards, Common Cranes, Chestnut-bellied & Painted Sandgrouse, Pelicans, and of-course the majestic Flamingos.

Join us in exploring these marshes, grasslands and semi-deserted areas buzzing with a variety of avian species, especially targeting the passage migrants along with the key resident species.

Itinerary

Day 1: Birding at tropical thorn forest. At possibility of as Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Common Whitethroat and resident birds.

Day 2: Visit Banni Grassland. Possibility of as Spotted Flycatcher, European nightjar, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Red-tailed shrike, Common Whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European Nightjar and resident birds.

Day 3: Visit Banni Grassland. Possibility of as Spotted Flycatcher, European nightjar, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Red-tailed shrike, Common Whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European Nightjar and resident birds.

Day 4: Birding at tropical thorn forest. At possibility of as Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Common Whitethroat and resident birds.

Tour Cost: 21,500/- ** Per Person.

Tour cost includes

  • All entry fees and guide charges
  • All meals at the resort for 3 nights and 4 days
  • All transport ex. Bhuj
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All Taxes and service charges
  • Bottled water and snacks

Tour cost do not include

  • Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
  • Travel between your residence & Bhuj

**INR prices are applicable to resident Indians only. Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Foreign Nationals please email us for tour cost at info@wild-india.in

Birding at Andaman – November 2019

Tour Date: November 11th (Monday) – November 17th (Sunday) 2019

Introduction

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands – one of the seven union territories of India, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Its also one of the major bird watching destinations in India, with around 270 bird species out of which few are endemic to the region.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Port blair and transfer to hotel. Evening Birding at Chidiyatapu
Day 2: Morning Session at Shoal Bay; Evening Session at Sippighat Wetlands
Day 3: Transfer to Little Andaman Island
Day 4: Full day Birding at Little Andaman
Day 5: Transfer to Port Blair, South Andaman Island
Day 6: Full Day Birding at Chidiyatapu
Day 7: Departure


Tour Cost: will be announced soon

Cost includes

  • All Veg meals during the stay
  • Park entry fee, Safari & Guide Charges, Govt. Service Taxes and fee
  • Mineral water during journey or at the campsite.

Cost do not include

  • Camera charges
  • Any kind of personal expenditure and medical expenses
  • Any charges not mentioned in “the charges include.

Amboli trip for Reptiles & Amphibians – July 2019

Tour Date: July 18th (Thursday) – July 20th (Saturday) 2019

Introduction

Amboli is a hill station in south Maharashtra, India. Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world’s “Eco Hot-Spots” and it therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unique flora and fauna.

Join us in July to explore this amazing place over 6 trails, including two super exciting “Night Trails” as we would be on lookout for some amazing flora & fauna Amboli offers. Some of the species we regularly come across Malabar Pit Viper, Green Vine Snake, Beddome’s Keelback, Shieldtails, Geckos, Malabar Gliding Frog, Amboli Bush Frog, Wrinkled Frog, the endemic Tiger Toad, Leaping Frog, Cricket Frogs and many more..!


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Amboli by 12:00 PM. Amboli is located at around 120 Kms from Kolhapur and around 30Kms from Savantwadi. Check-in followed by lunch, introduction of members and some rest. Explore the campsite surrounding in evening followed by dinner (at around 8:00 PM). At 9:30 PM, proceed to our 1st night trail to Shirgaonkar point.

Day 2: Explore the campsite surrounding early morning. Have breakfast by 8:30 AM and proceed on a walking trail to Parikshit point. Back for lunch by 1:30 PM, followed by some rest. Explore the campsite surrounding in evening followed by dinner (at around 8:00 PM) and than proceed to our 2nd night trail at 9:30 PM to Mahadevgad.

Day 3: Explore the campsite surrounding early morning. Have breakfast by 8:30 AM and proceed on a walking trail to Parikshit point and return by 12:00 PM. Post lunch, check-out by 2:00 PM.

Tour Cost: 9,900/- ** Per Person.

Tour cost includes

  • All entry fees and guide charges
  • All meals at the resort for 2 nights and 3 days
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All Taxes and service charges
  • On board Mineral water and snacks

Tour cost do not include

  • Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.

**INR prices are applicable to resident Indians only. Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Foreign Nationals please email us for tour cost at info@wild-india.in


Pench Jungle Safari tour – May 2019

Tour Date: May 24th (Friday) – May 26th (Sunday), 2019

Introduction

Join us this summer in exploring these amazing forests of Pench. And yes, we do our safaris with only 4 persons in a gypsy for comfortable experience as well as better photographic opportunities.

Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.

Hurry only limited seats available. Booking will be accepted on first come first serve basis.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Nagpur by 0930 hrs (09:30 AM). After breakfast, transfer to the forest resort in close vicinity of Pench National Park. Post lunch, we shall leave for our 1st jungle safari by 1430 hrs (2:30 PM). On returning back to resort, we shall have an interactive session over dinner followed by overnight stay at the forest resort.

Day 2: Leave early morning at around 0530 hrs (5:30 AM) for jungle safari with packed breakfast. Return back to the resort by 1100 hrs (11:00 AM) for some rest followed by lunch. Post lunch, leave for evening jungle safari by 1430 hrs (02:30 PM). On returning back to resort, we shall have an interactive session over dinner followed by overnight stay at the forest resort.

Day 3: Leave early morning at around 0530 hrs (5:30 AM) for jungle safari with packed breakfast. Return to resort by 1100 hrs (11:00 PM) followed by some relaxation. Post lunch, proceed to  Nagpur.

Tour Cost: 19,900/- ** Per Person (Ex. Nagpur).

Tour cost includes

  • Transportation from Nagpur– Pench – Nagpur in AC SUV
  • No. of people in a Gypsy is restricted to 4 only for comfort and better photographic opportunities
  • Accommodation at resort in Pench on twin sharing basis
  • All Veg meals during the stay
  • Park entry fee, Safari & Guide Charges, Govt. Service Taxes and fee
  • Mineral water during journey or at the campsite.


Tour cost do not include

  • Camera charges
  • Any kind of personal expenditure and medical expenses
  • Any charges not mentioned in “cost includes”.

**INR prices are applicable to resident Indians only. Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Foreign Nationals please email us for tour cost at info@wild-india.in


Birding at Little Rann of Kutch

Introduction

Little Rann of Kutch is famous as the world’s last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass (Khur) for the conservation of which it has been declared as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. Though a bleak landscape it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory water birds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards. It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild Ass such the Indian Wolf (Canis indica), Desert Fox (Vulpes vulpes pusilla) and Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus).

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Ahmedabad by 05:50 hrs. Meeting with our assist at station and proceed to LRK. Will have breakfast on the way to LRK. Get fresh at LRK hotel, after lunch will have brief introductory session. Brief discussion about what may be expected during the coming excursions. Later will proceed to our first safari in the rann of kutch. After safari, return to resort. Will have interactive session. Dinner and night stay at resort.

Day 2: Morning and evening safari in the rann of kutch. We will start early morning safari into the Rann of Kutch, looking for all usual targets. After hopefully a productive session, we return to resort and Lunch. After lunch will start our evening safari. Upon our return we will have refreshment tea/coffee. We meet for another interactive session before dinner.

Day 3: Morning safari in the rann of kutch followed by lunch at the resort. Have some rest post lunch and proceed to Ahmedabad to board flight / train.


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Birding at Greater Rann of Kutch – Passage Migrants

Introduction

The Great Rann of Kutch also called Greater Rann of Kutch or just Rann of is a seasonal salt marshlocated in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India The Great Rann of Kutch, along with the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on its southern edge, is situated in the district of Kutch and comprises some 30,000 square kilometers between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan. The marsh can be accessed from the village of Kharaghoda in Surendranagar District. The Great Rann of Kutch is one of the hottest areas of India. The plant life of the marsh consists of grasses such as Apluda and Cenchrus species along with dry thorny shrubs. The Rann of Kutch is the only place in India where flamingoes come to breed. There are 13 species of lark in the Rann of Kutch. The marshes are also a resting site for migratory birds, and are home to over 200 species of bird including the threatened Lesser Florican and Houbara Bustard.

Late September and early October is the time one can find passage migrants.

Itinerary

Day 1: Birding at tropical thorn forest near my place. At possibility of as spotted flycatcher,  Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, common whitethroat and resident birds.

Day 2: Visit fot mahadev with pack breakfast. give lunch at kunj homestay. After lunch we go at laiyari . At possibility of as spotted flycatcher, European nightjar,  Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, common whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European roller and resident birds. 

Day 3: Visit lodai  with pack breakfast. give lunch at kunj homestay. After lunch we go at chari-lack. At possibility of as spotted flycatcher, European nightjar,  Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, red tail shrike, common whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European nightjar and resident birds. 

Day 4: Visit piyoni mahadev with pack breakfast. give lunch at kunj homestay. At possibility of as spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, common whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European nightjar and resident birds.


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Ranthambore Jungle Safari

Introduction

Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India. It is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 110 km northeast of Kota and 160 km southeast of Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport. The nearest town and railway station is at Sawai Madhopur, about 11 km away; Kota is another convenient station as all trains stop here.

About Ranthambore

Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.

Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the daytime. A good time to visit Ranthambore National Park is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.

The park lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are several lakes in the park. It is named for the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the national park. The park covers an area of 392 square km. It is known for its tiger population and is one of India’s Project Tiger reserves. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Ranthambore is the site of one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Gallery

Here are few clicks from our previous trips. More clicks can be found on our facebook page at Wild India Eco Tours.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Sawai Madhopur by 10:30 hrs. Meeting with our Assist at Station or Airport. Transfer to resort. On arrival at resort will discuss about Ranthambore and its wildlife. After lunch, will head directly to afternoon safari. Briefing about Ranthambore wildlife by Expert Naturalist in the evening followed by dinner and sound sleep.

Day 2: Start at 06:00 hours for morning jungle safari in open Jeep with expert Naturalist. After safari breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Evening jungle safari starts at 1400 hours enjoy the wilderness and bird watching. After Evening will have interactive session followed by dinner and night rest.

Day 3: Morning Jungle Safari coming back from jungle safari have breakfast. If time permits we will visit Ranthambore fort. After lunch proceed to Sawai Madhopur railway station or Airport.


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Birding at Bhigwan

Introduction

It gives us an immense pleasure to announce our second birding tour to Bhigwan. Bhigwan is a catchment area of Ujani Dam, about 95 km from Pune on the Pune-Solapur highway. The water catchment area is spread across around the town of Bhigwan and is well-known for migratory birds.

Itinerary

Day 1: Start from Mumbai on 17th February late night (2300 hrs) and arrive at Bhigwan around 0500 hrs. Pune folks will start by 0400 hours on 18th February early morning and reach Bhigwan by 0630 hrs.

Start with boat ride at around 0700 hrs. We do an extended boat ride till 1130 hrs with packed breakfast. Come back and rest for a while followed by lunch. Second boat ride will start by 1500 hrs all the way till the sunset.

Return to hotel and after a quick tea, leave for a night trail to explore for nightjars and owls by 1930 hrs.

Back to hotel by 2130 hrs, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Start with boat ride at around 0700 hrs. We do an extended boat ride till 1130 hrs with packed breakfast. Come back and start return journey with lunch en-route.

** If time permits and based on flexibility of all members, we may explore grasslands around Bhigwan or explore some lakes along the highway during the return journey **


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Weekend bird-watching tour to Akshi

Introduction

Akshi is a small village, around 2 hrs drive from Mumbai that has a calm beach which is visited by less number of people and a very high number of shore birds. Some of the species which we have encountered in past couple of years include the Ruddy Turnstone, Greater & Lesser Sandplovers, Great Knots, Bar-tailed Godwit, Brahminy Kite, Terek & Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlins along with a variety of Gulls & Terns.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Akshi by 0630hrs & proceed for early morning bird-watching session till 1030 hrs. Return back to have breakfast & check-in to the hotel. Have lunch, share wildlife experiences and relax till 1530 hrs. Proceed for evening bird-watching session at 1600 hrs which will go on till sunset. Return back for dinner. Overnight at hotel at Akshi.

Day 2: Proceed for early morning bird-watching session from 0645 hrs to 1030 hrs. Return for breakfast followed by another quick bird-watching session till noon. Have lunch at 1300 hrs and check out to begin our return journey – filled with lots of images, fun and memories.


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Birding at Tal Chappar and Bikaner

Introduction

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a sanctuary located in the Churu district of Northwestern Rajasthan in the Shekhawati region of India. It is known for blackbucks and is also home to a variety of birds. Bikaner carcase dump at jor beed. A fantastic place to spot vultures, Eagles, Yellow-eyed Pigeon and many other birds.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Jaipur by 8:00 am and proceed to Tal Chappar. We shall have breakfast on way followed by check-in at hotel in Sujangarh. Post lunch we will have our 1st Bird-watching session in the Tal Chappar Sanctuary in afternoon /evening. Interactive session over dinner followed by overnight stay at hotel in Sujangarh.

Day 2: We will start the day early by 6:30 am with bird-watching at Tal Chappar. Post lunch we shall do the bird-watching in nearby areas – Saltpans and scrubland. Interactive session over dinner and overnight stay at Sujangarh.

Day 3: Start early by 5:30 am and proceed to Bikaner city (160 Kms). Breakfast on the way. Visit to Bikaner carcass dump yard for raptors and vultures. Post lunch, we shall do bird-watching in nearby areas. Return back to the hotel at Sujangarh for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Early morning check-out and proceed to Tal Chappar for our final bird-watching session at the sanctuary and nearby areas. Post lunch, leave for Jaipur.


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