Rajaji Tiger Resever
Rajaji Tiger Reserve is situated in the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India and is the second Tiger reserve in the state. The reserve land covers approx. 820 Sq. Km of Shivalik foothills of Himalayan Forest land. The Tiger reserve has been a rich Biodiversity area for a long time and it has been a major spot for breeding and reproduction projects of species like Asiatic elephants, Leopards and now Tigers. The park holds a reputation of hosting more than 320 bird species throughout the year, numerous species of butterfly add colour to this land in different seasons and attracts bird watchers and butterfly watchers which are two newly emerging nature-oriented activities nowadays. It is also home to some more amazing species like the Pythons, King Cobras, Hyenas, Himalayan Black Bear, and many more. Not just rich in Fauna Rajaji Tiger reserve has been home to some of the most important species of flora like Saul, Khair, and bamboos, etc. The park is open for in certain locations where they can take a drive into the park and witness Wilds of Lower Himalayas. Jungle safari is an amazing experience as you watch the exotic wildlife in a very close proximity.
More than 150 Species of Birds. More than 25 Species of Mammals. To name few.. Black Francolin, Kalij Pheasant, Common kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, lesser fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Emerald Dove, Sirkeer Malkoha, Asian Barred Owlet, Brown fish Owl, Brown hawk Owl, Dollarbird, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Black-crested Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Streaked, Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White-Rumped Shama, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Rufous-Gorgeted flycatcher, Red Avadavat, and more.
Plan of the day
At a given time of late afternoon our cab will pick you up from Haridwar and a drive of approximately one hour will take us to Rajaji Tiger reserve, Kodiya region. On Arrival our birding guide will help you check in Jeevan Utsav Resort, after relaxing a bit a quick briefing session will introduce you to our execution plan for the tour. Snacks and dinner would be served at the resort itself.
Rajaji Tiger reserve
Chilla Safari Track & Ranipur/Motichur Safari Track
Plan of the day!!
We will have an early start, breakfast would be served at the resort.Then we will proceed to the Chilla safari track which will provide you a four-hour experience of exploring the wilds of one region of Rajaji Tiger reserve. Afterwards we will return back to the Resort for lunchtime, a bit of rest and off we will go another safari in a different section of Rajaji Tiger Reserve that could be Ranipur or Motichur Safari Track (to be decided by the birding guide). Accommodation in Haridwar region.
Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve
Jhilmil Jheel, a saucer shaped Wetland Lake which is located on the left flank of Ganges River in the Chiriyapur Range of Haridwar district. This region is really rich in plant life, fauna and many uncommon species. It is located at the border of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve on map bordering line between the two reserve lands serves as a great corridor for big mammals of this country. In the year 2005 a Swamp Deer was reported to be spotted here and in the same year it was declared to be one of the first conservation reserves in India by Prof. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, who held the President position at that time. This area since then is very rich in biodiversity that includes four species of deer (Chital, Sambar, Barking deer and specially Swamp deer), Wild Elephant, Nilgai and Common leopard, tiger and a large number of resident and winter migratory birds. Tantwala village is the only village adjacent to Jhilmil Jheel. The village came into existence only after 1950’s. These villagers strongly support conservation of Swamp deer in Jhilmil Jheel region. Efforts are made for the betterment in conserving Swamp deer, its habitat and whole flora and fauna of the Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve with the cooperation of people of the adjacent Tantwala village.
More than 150 species of birds. More than 20 species of mammals. Black Francolin, Kalij Pheasant, Bar-headed Goose, Goosander, Great Crested Greab, Black Stork, Red-naped Ibis, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Sarus Crane, Northern Lapwing, Black-bellied Tern, Emerald Dove, Jacobin Cuckoo, Surjeet Malkoha, Eurasian Roller, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Eurasian Wryneck, Maroon Oriole, Black-crested Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Bristled Grassbird, Indian Nuthatch, Black Redstart, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Baya Weaver, etc.
Plan of the day!!
This day we will again deliver a fast start and after breakfast we will head towards Jhilmil Jheel reserve again to explore the morning chirping of birds and feel the morning motions of a woodland, we will view a jeep safari and stay in Jhilmil Jheel reserve till afternoon. After finishing the morning safari we will hit the road towards Corbett region that will take around 4-5 hrs drive and lunch would be on the way. On arrival at Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary our birding and tour guide will help you check into one of the camps, after dinner retire for the night.
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
An undistributed Wildlife Sanctuary, which is surrounded by Jim-Corbett national park on one side and Rajaji Tiger reserve on the other.It was declared reserve land in the year 1987 and that added to the safety and conservation of the Jhilmil Jheel and Rajaji Tiger reserve. The total area of this sanctuary is 301.76 Sq. Km and the forest of this area is habitat to many species that includes Asiatic Elephants, Tigers, Leopard, Bear, Cheetal, Sambar, Gharial, King Cobra and Otter etc. The region has a rich population of Tigers. Forest covered with vegetation of Sal, Sheesham, Khair, Asna and Bamboo, etc. makes it an amazing place to spot more than 400 different bird species like Pied Hornbill, Hawk Eagle, Kaleej Pheasant and Fishing Eagle. Also, Mahseer – a freshwater game fish dwells in the water bodies flowing in this region.
More than 180 Bird Species More than 22 species of mammals Great Slaty Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Collared Falconet, Peregrine Falcon, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Dollar bird, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Great Hornbill, Rosy Minivet, Black-Naped Monarch, Common Green Magpie, Slaty-backed Forktail, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Kalij Pheasant, Eurasian Hobby, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Plum-headed Parakeet, Collared Scops Owl, Tawny fish Owl, Brown Wood Owl, Crested Treeswift, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Greater Yellownape, White-Naped Woodpecker, Hooded Pitta, Bar-winged flycatcher-shrike, Scarlet Minivet, Spangled Drongo, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Black-lored Tit, Black-crested Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Puff-throated Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, White-browed Scimiter Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Variegated Lauhhingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Whiskered Yuhina, Little forktail, Spotted forktail, Black-throated Sunbird.
Plan of the Day
After an early tea we will have packed breakfast and head onto the course to see the morning birding magic, which some consider to be the best time to see birds. We will be expending a great deal of time around the region to spot as many as possible movements of the morning time and steer back to camp for lunch time. After some sleep we will head for a safari in Halduparao area, which will require around four hours inside the refuge. Post safari we will come back to camp and enjoy the dusk, tea followed by dinner.
Vatsavan Tiger Reserve
More than 120 bird species More than 24 species of mammals Black Francolin, Kalij Pheasant, Common kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, lesser fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Emerald Dove, Sirkeer Malkoha, Asian Barred Owlet, Brown fish Owl, Brown hawk Owl, Dollarbird, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Black-crested Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Streaked Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White-rumped Shama, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, Red Avadavat, etc.
Plan of the day
This day we will leave the campsite after breakfast as we stick to a dense forest route and go forward to make out some birds along the way as we continue to Kotdwar. On arrival at Kotdwar our birding guide will help you check in at a resort, afterwards leave for Kholuchaur safari track. The safari at this location is through a dense forest region that makes it very rich in mammals and carnivores, and a great place for birds. Back to resort and retire for the night.
Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
Plan of the day
This is the final day of the tour and the safari to Kalagarh tiger reserve is a smashing way to end a birding and wildlife experience, the safari of around 3 to 4 hours will give you the opportunity to travel through an area of the timber which is recognized to possess a rich density of the Big Cats like Leopard and Tiger. Post lunch drive to Haridwar and departure.