About Summer Birding Tours
Indian summer has many moods. It arrives with a friendly warmth around spring equinox and peaks with searing heat at the time of solstice. The sun relents with the coming of monsoon rains and the temperature stays mostly pleasant thereafter until the onset of autumn. This period of heat and rain replenishes the flora and brings out an ecological diversity that has few equals in the world. Also special about this time is the great potential it holds out for birdwatching in India.
Our Summer Birding Tours of India tap into this potential by extensively covering the birding hotspots that see maximum avian activity in the summer months. These hotspots are spread across the country and each one of them offers a distinct birdwatching experience and adventure.
The state of Rajasthan in west India, for instance, is ideal for those looking for a dash of wildlife adventure and touristy holiday alongside serious birdwatching. If that isn’t enough, our summer tours tie up Rajasthan birding hotspots with some of the ace birdwatching destinations of North India – namely Kashmir and Uttarakhand – to open up a whole wide arena for you to watch birds to your heart’s content.
Our North India Birding Tour covers both Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in an elaborate expedition lasting 15 days. We scour the trails of Ranthambore National Park and Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan for avian specialties like Bar-headed Goose, Comb Duck, Dusky Eagle Owl, Siberian Crane, Sarus Crane, Painted Spurfowl, White-naped Woodpecker, Painted Sandgrouse and Indian Courser, apart from many others. A sightseeing trip of Taj Mahal is a pleasant interlude before the tour shifts to the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand for birdwatching at Jim Corbett National Park. Here, we chase the avian stunners like Kalij Pheasant, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Stork-billed Kingfisher and Ibisbill, and go on multiple tiger safaris to see the big ferocious cat.
In contrast, our Rajasthan and Kashmir Birding Tour goes beyond the popular Indian birding hotspots to the little-known and rarely-explored places, such as the Rajasthan village of Sonkhaliya, where one can spot the Lesser Florican and Great Indian Bustard in the period from mid-July to early August. In Kashmir, the Dachigam National Park is our stomping ground to look for the likes of Cheer Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle, and Red-billed Chough.
Speaking of the remote birding trails of India, you can’t go better than an Andamans Birding Tour. Located several hundred miles off the coast of mainland India in the Bay of Bengal, the archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is home to several rare endemic bird species. And if you’re touring in summer, you can make the most of this expedition by splicing in a birding trip to South India as well for many endemic birds of the Western Ghats. That’s exactly what our South India and Andamans Birding Tour does. It strings together the birding haunts such at ChidiyaTapu in Andamans and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Kerala in a 17-day long tour, crammed with spectacular sightings.
Lastly, our India Summer Birding Tours include two short trips to Northeast India. Mishmi Hills Short Birding Tour of Arunachal Pradesh explores different altitudes from the town Roing (500m) to Mayodia Pass (2655m) for avian specialties like Cachar Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Mishmi Wren Babbler, Sclater’sMonal, Purple Cochua, and Hill Partridge.Assam Short Birding Tour covers the wetland of MaguriBeel and the lowland forests of DehingPatkai for hundreds of bird species.
The bird count in all of our Summer Birdwatching Tours of India is usually good, if not outright excellent, and the fact that most of these tours take place in more than one state adds variety to the checklist.
Please go through the detailed tour plan of each of these trips. You’re sure to find the Indian summer birding adventureof your liking.