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Bharatpur- Chambal Birding 17th to 20th Jan, 2019 Batch 2: 14th to 17th Feb, 2019

Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifaunasanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a World Heritage Site. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds.  National Chambal Sanctuary, also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi) tri-state protected area in northern India for the protection of the Critically Endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Endangered Ganges river dolphin. Located on the Chambal River near the tripoint of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, it was first declared in Madhya Pradesh in 1978, and now constitutes a long narrow eco-reserve co-administered by the three states. Within the sanctuary, the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches. The critically endangered gharial crocodile and the red-crowned roof turtle live here, and together with the endangered Ganges river dolphin are the keystone species of the sanctuary. Other large threatened inhabitants of the sanctuary include muggar crocodile, smooth-coated otter, striped hyena and Indian wolf. Chambal supports 8 of the 26 rare turtlespecies found in India, including Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle, three-striped roof turtle and crowned river turtle. Other reptiles who live here are: Indian flapshell turtle, soft shell turtle, Indian roofed turtle, Indian tent turtle and monitor lizard.

Itinerary
Day 1Board Paschim exp at Bandra Terminus at 12 noon. 
Day 2Reach Bharatpur at 6 am
Guided full day trail in Keoladeo National Park on 18th Jan. Around 100 bird species, numbering thousands will be seen.
We will have 1 cycle rickshaw for 2 people or a family with kid. You may even explore on foot. Lunch served inside the sanctuary.
Return to hotel by sunset. Free time till dinner. 
Day 3Post bf, drive to Chambal River Sanctuary. Takes around 2.5 hrs. On the way, 1 hr at Fatehpur Sikri.
One hour motor boat ride on Chambal river seeing Gharials, Crocodiles and variety of birds. 
Lunch on the way back to Bharatpur. 
Group discussion and slide show of pics by our host, Devendra Singh in the evening, followed by dinner.
Day 4Keoladeo National Park upto 12 noon. Post lunch, leave for Jaipur by cab. Fly out to Mumbai. Reach Mumbai by night.
Cost Includes
  • 3rd AC train travel from Mumbai to Bharatpur, pick up from Bharatpur stn
  • All meals incl dinner in train, guided 1.5 days drives in park, 1 day Chambal,
  • All entry charges and permits.
Cost Excludes
  • Flight from Jaipur to Mumbai. 
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Cancellation 30 days prior to start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days prior to  start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days prior to  start of the trek — no refund.
13,500/- + 5% GST per person

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