India: Kanha National Park: Feb 01—07, 2019

Birds & Culture on the Maharajas' Express Pre-trip

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Price: $2,995
Departs: New Delhi
Ends: Mumbai
Tour Limit: 15
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Woolly-necked Stork

Woolly-necked Stork— Photo: Dion Hobcroft

 

Three full days in one of India’s most famous national parks bring opportunities for sightings of many mammals and birds, including chances for the greatest predator of all—the Bengal Tiger!

On this optional pre-trip to the Maharajas’ Express India train journey, we’ll travel from Delhi into the heartland of the great Indian subcontinent. We will visit one of the largest tiger reserves in India, Kanha National Park, where we have chances to see wild tigers in addition to a marvelous diversity of other mammals and birds.

Kanha National Park is one of the country’s most revered national parks. It is also part of Project Tiger, one of India’s most important conservation efforts. Here, amid the setting for Kipling’s The Jungle Book, we will travel by jeep through many different habitats seeking an excellent variety of wildlife. Through forest, grassland, river, and stream, some of the species we may encounter include the endangered Hard-ground Barasingha (this being the only place where this subspecies of Swamp Deer persists), Barking Deer, Spotted Deer (Chital), Gaur–the largest of all wild cattle, Golden Jackal, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Northern Plains Gray Langur, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Dhole (Asian Wild Dog), and Bengal Tiger.

Sloth Bear in Kanha National Park.

Sloth Bear in Kanha National Park.— Photo: Dion Hobcroft

 

This lovely reserve also teems with an assortment of great birds. Some of the specialties we may observe are Red Junglefowl, Painted Francolin, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pied Harrier, Bronze-winged Jacana, Greater Coucal, Brown Fish-Owl, Indian Gray Hornbill, White-throated Kingfisher, Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Lesser Yellownape, Scarlet Minivet, Black-hooded Oriole, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Rufous Treepie, and Indian Scimitar-Babbler.

Our lodge for the duration of our stay is a rural but lovely forest retreat offering excellent accommodations and food in close proximity to the national park and its wildlife. 

Excellent accommodations and food; relaxed pace with most birding on well-made paths or by jeep; some midday breaks; not physically demanding; climate hot and dry.