India: Kaziranga National Park: Feb 22—27, 2019
Birds & Culture on the Maharajas' Express Extension
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Spectacular birding, mammal viewing, and photographic opportunities are assured on this short tour to one of Asia’s greatest national parks and nature reserves.
On this optional extension to the Maharajas’ Express India train journey, we’ll travel to wonderful Kaziranga National Park in India’s northeastern state of Assam. Widely regarded as one of the most important nature reserves in Asia, Kaziranga provides a rare window onto how wild Asia must once have appeared. Fantastic birding and world-class mammal viewing are a certainty, while opportunities for photography are equally outstanding.
Located on the south bank of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga’s marshes, vast reed-beds, riverine woodlands, and lowland subtropical forests literally teem with birds and mammals. Over the course of three days we’ll explore this magnificent park by jeep and from the backs of elephants. The birding here is superb, but the presence of such a vast and impressive suite of mega-fauna guarantees an extraordinary all-around natural history experience.
We should record well over 200 species of birds, and we have good chances to encounter a large number of spectacular mammals including Indian Rhinoceros (Greater One-horned Rhinoceros), Asian Elephant, and Hoolock Gibbon (one of the great apes), in addition to a range of other remarkable mammals and reptiles such as Gaur (Indian Bison), Barasingha (Swamp Deer), Sloth Bear, Hog Badger, Leopard and Jungle cats, pythons, and monitor lizards. Even Bengal Tiger is possible.
Kaziranga National Park is a birding paradise home to hundreds of resident birds and winter visitors alike, some of which range from highly threatened to severely endangered. A representation of avian possibilities includes Bar-headed Goose, Falcated Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Swamp Francolin, Black-necked Stork, Greater Adjutant, Spot-billed Pelican, Cinnamon Bittern, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Himalayan Griffon, Brahminy Kite, Pallas’s and Gray-headed fish-eagles, Bengal Florican, Great Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, and so much more.
All nights at a single location, featuring luxurious accommodations and food; travel by jeep and by elephant; cool to warm conditions expected with rain possible.