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Rajasthan Bird Watching Break(6 Nights)

Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Chambal, Agra

for Bird Watcher

Holiday Overview

Birdwatching in Ranthambhore
Painted Stork in Bhartpur Sanctuary
Ruddy Shelduck in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Purple Heron in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Rose Ringed Parakeet in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Indian Roller in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Snake bird in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Glossy Ibis in Bharatpur Sanctuary
White Breasted Kingfisher in Bharatpur Sanctuary
Lesser Golden Backed Woodpecker at Bharatpur Sanctuary
Owlet at Bhartpur bird Sanctuary

Rajasthan Bird Watching Break is a recommended Bird watcher itinerary for guests looking to explore three major Bird watching areas in and around Rajasthan i.e. Ranthambhore, Bharatpur and Chambal

Route

Ranthambhore(2) - Bharatpur(1) - Chambal(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Sawai Madhopur. Evening Safari.
  • Day-2 Morning and Evening Safari at Ranthambhore
  • Day-3 Travel to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
  • Day-4 Early Morning Cycle Safari to Bharatpur. Travel to Bah (Chambal Area). Evening visit to Bateshwar Temple. Boat ride for Bird watching.
  • Day-5 Morning River Safari. Afternoon visit to the Fort.
  • Day-6 Visit Sarus Crane Reserve and Evening visit to the villages around the area.
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bharatpur - Bird watching in Bharatpur (1.00 kms)

Chambal - Wildlife and Bird Watching in Chambal (10.00 kms), Sarus Crane Reserve (30.00 kms), Patna Bird Sanctuary (80.00 kms)

Ranthambhore - Wildlife and Birdwatching in Ranthambhore (1.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Sawai Madhopur Departure - Agra
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

If guest is arriving at Delhi then Sariska can be added Delhi and Ranthambhore. Karauli / Ramathra is another area that is popular with Bird watcher that’s between Ranthambhore and Bharatpur.

Distances
  • Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambhore -12 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Ranthambhore to Bharatpur -240 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bharatpur to Chambal -123 kms (3 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)
Route

Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambhore(2) - Bharatpur(1) - Chambal(3) - Agra

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Sawai Madhopur. Evening Safari. Arrive at Sawai Madhopur and proceed to Ranthambhore (12 kms). Ranthambhore is a wildlife destination and home to a healthy Tiger Population and Migratory Birds in Winter (Oct - March). Evening Safari in Ranathambhore National Park or Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary (14 kms).

Day-2 Morning and Evening Safari at Ranthambhore Morning and evening Safari in the Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore is spread under 100 sq kms and Tiger sighting is frequent. Zone allocation in Ranthambhore is never certain, no. of Jeeps allowed in the park is limited (one is required to book well in advance to avail Jeep Safari) and so Canter safari experience is average. Bird watchers can also get good sighting in Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary (14 kms).

Day-3 Travel to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.  Proceed to Bharatpur (240 kms - 5 hrs). Visit Keoladeo Ghana National park / Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bharatpur harbours India’s richest birdlife, including the gorgeous shocking-pink tinted painted stork, several species of cormorants, egrets, pelicans, ibises, cranes, ducks and geese. One can see over 350 species of birds, both native as well as migratory.

Day-4 Early Morning Cycle Safari to Bharatpur. Travel to Bah (Chambal Area). Evening visit to Bateshwar Temple. Boat ride for Bird watching.  Early morning park visit either a walk or by hand Rickshaws in Bharatpur Sanctuary can be really rewarding for Bird watchers. Proceed in afternoon to Bah (130 kms - 3.5 hrs) via Agra. Chambal area around Bah is renowned for being a prime destination for Migratory bird watching and Alligators (Gharials). Visit Bateshwar Temple in the evening, time permitting. Birds are generally found on the riverfront around Bateshwar Temple. A closer look at the birds is possible by taking a boat ride in the river.

Day-5 Morning River Safari. Afternoon visit to the Fort. Morning River Safari in the Chambal River. Chambal river is characterised by ravines on both its sides. 200+ varieties of migratory Birds thrive in these ravines and make them their nesting site. Alligators (Gharials) and Marsh Crocodiles are found in good numbers in the River and are easily spotted during the safari.

Day-6 Visit Sarus Crane Reserve and Evening visit to the villages around the area. The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 kms from the Chambal Safari Lodge, extending to about 100 kms. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed. Villages and farms around Bah are good for a walk, understanding local lifestyle and also a bit of bird watching as number of birds are found around the area.

Day-7 Departure Depart to Agra (80 kms) for a train for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bharatpur :

  • Bird watching in Bharatpur - Keoladeo national park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has been the most organized bird sanctuaries in India. Bharatpur remains an attraction for anyone traveling on Agra - Jaipur route. Over the years 380 resident and migrant species of birds have been recorded in the area.

Chambal :

  • Wildlife and Bird Watching in Chambal - Around Bah, Yamuna River meets the Chambal River and the entire area is haven for Bird watchers. The area is maintained by Chambal Conservation Foundation (set up in 1999 by Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh and his wife, local royal family members), is known for Gangetic Dolphins, Migratory Birds, Alligators, Crocodiles.

  • Sarus Crane Reserve - The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 kms from Bah extending to about 100 kms. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed.

  • Patna Bird Sanctuary - The Patna Bird Sanctuary is a designated sanctuary (since 1990) covers a wetland habitat of one sq. km. that includes marsh, khajur forest and a lake full of weeds and is home to over 200 bird species in the winter months. During this period more than 300,000 birds can be found in this area, transforming the small lake into a riot of colours and sounds. It is a good place to see large flocks of birds such as Cranes, Geese, Ducks, Waders, Cormorants and Spoonbills

Ranthambhore :

  • Wildlife and Birdwatching in Ranthambhore - Ranthambhore is most visited park of Rajasthan. Its a relatively smaller park spread over 90 sq kms and accessed from Sawai Madhopur Station (12 kms) or Jaipur (180 kms). Ranthambore is best known for its large tiger population. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. Sightings are Average for Tigers and Average to Good for other Mammals. Besides tigers, the reserve has bird population with more than 270 different species of birds.

Destination Overview

Agra - Agra is home to Taj Mahal, a mughal era monument that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle circuit Delhi-Jaipur-Agra which is the most visited tourist circuit in India.

Sawai Madhopur - Sawai Madhopur is a prominent railhead and arrival point for neighboring Ranthambhore Tiger sanctuary (12 kms).

Ranthambhore - The Ranthambhore National Park is a tiger reserve and a popular ex-Delhi getaway.

Bharatpur - Bharatpur lies in close proximity to Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, which is popularly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bharatpur has been long renowned for the migratory birds in winter.

Chambal - The National Chambal Sanctuary consists of about 400 km of the Chambal River. Chambal is located 80 km south of Agra on Rajasthan, UP and Madhya Pradesh border in the legendary Chambal Valley. The area is a haven for bird watcher and excellent for sighting alligators.

Access
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Distances
  • Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambhore -12 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Ranthambhore to Bharatpur -240 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bharatpur to Chambal -123 kms (3 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)

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Distances
  • Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambhore -12 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Ranthambhore to Bharatpur -240 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bharatpur to Chambal -123 kms (3 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)

Expert Speak

While Ranthambhore and Bharatpur are more talked about bird watching areas, it’s the Chambal area that offers maximum variety and experience for any bird watcher. Bird watching at Lakes and farms around Ranthambhore (e.g. Surval Lake) is excellent during Winter when migratory birds arrive. Guests with interests in bird watching could focus more on safaris around Ranthambhore than inside the park safaris.

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