North India

8 tours available

Lesser Florican & other Birds of the Monsoon

Thu 6 – Tue 11 August 2020

6 days

$1,900

It’s not unusual to escape the European winter for some balmy Indian sun, but what about escaping the European summer to experience the Indian monsoon?! Actually, we should avoid much rain on this tour, focussed on some special birds that are very difficult to see at other times of year. Instead the lush green landscapes are a stark contrast to what you expect from India.

Our key bird is the rare endemic Lesser Florican, seldom seen due to its very secretive behaviour. Monsoon is when it does its spectacular jumping display, which we will look for mainly in agricultural fields near Sonkhaliya.…

Target Species

  • Painted Francolin
  • Bristled Grassbird
  • Rock Bush Quail
  • Rain Quail
  • Singing Bush Lark
  • Lesser Florican
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Brown Bear Special in Ladakh

Sun 20 – Sat 26 September 2020

7 days

$1,500

This is a pioneering short extension to our Ladakh Snow Leopard expedition in search of another awe-inspiring large mammal, the ‘Dren-mo’, or Himalayan Brown Bear. In recent years sightings have been fairly regular around the town of Dras, 3,280m in the Kargil district of Ladakh, otherwise noted for being possibly the coldest inhabited place in India!

As well as Brown Bear and the stunning scenery of this seldom-visited region, there will be plenty wildlife to see. Although it is a short tour specially concentrating on Brown Bear, we will of course manage to see several good birds at the same time.…

Target Species

  • Red-billed Chough
  • Brandt's Mountain Finch
  • Alpine Chough
  • Brown Accentor
  • Golden Eagle
  • Ibisbill
  • Himalayan Rubythroat
  • White-throated Dipper
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Robin Accentor
  • Long-billed Bush Warbler
  • Brown Dipper
  • Wallcreeper
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Snow Leopard Special in Ladakh

Sun 6 – Thu 17 September 2020

12 days

$2,950

Among the rugged mountain landscapes of Ladakh, lives possibly the most elusive of the big cats: the Snow Leopard. As pioneers of this specially designed trip, Asian Adventures have tweaked it over 15 years to give us the optimum chance of spotting one of these beautiful creatures. Our trained guides and local trackers almost always ensure at least a glimpse of this magnificent predator in its natural habitat. We will also enjoy the other unique wildlife that this high-altitude habitat has to offer, including Asiatic Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep) and Tibetan Wolf (the subspecies of the global Grey Wolf found in Nepal and Tibet as well as the Indian Trans-Himalaya region).…

Target Species

  • Black-winged Snowfinch
  • Robin Accentor
  • Golden Eagle
  • Himalayan Snowcock
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Ibisbill
  • White-throated Dipper
  • Tibetan Sandgrouse
  • Horned Lark
  • Red-fronted Serin
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Sulphur-bellied Warbler
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Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Mon 16 – Sun 22 March 2020

7 days

$1,475

Chopta in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary provides some excellent winter and spring birding, and fantastic landscapes. A mix of pine and deodar forest with rhododendrons, amidst lush ‘bugyals’ or grassy meadows, it is probably the best and most easily accessible place in India to see the stunning ‘nine-coloured’ state bird of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan Monal. That alone would be worth the long drive, but the area has much more to offer.

This week-long tour is offered as an extension to the Classic North India birding tour. It is a little more arduous, with a couple of long drives and basic accommodation, but the birds and the luxurious stay at the end, make it all worthwhile!…

Target Species

  • Spot-winged Rosefinch
  • Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • White-collared Blackbird
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Grey Treepie
  • Golden Eagle
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Brown Dipper
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Crested Kingfisher
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Himalayas & Wetlands: Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

Sat 23 – Fri 29 January 2021

7 days

$1,965

This north India tour provides an incredible amount of diversity in a relatively small area and short time. It concentrates on two main sites in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, an area that deserves more birding attention. European birders can help us out by finding some extreme Indian rarities, such as Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Whooper Swan, Common Gull and Red-necked Grebe, all of which have recent records in this area!

We start in Dharamshala for a taste of Himalayan birding. At this time of year heavy snowfalls further north at higher elevations often push birds to the lower levels and sites around Dharamshala are noted for altitudinal migrants.…

Target Species

  • Sand Lark
  • Himalayan Buzzard
  • Golden Bush Robin
  • Buff-bellied Pipit
  • Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
  • Rosy Pipit
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Rufous-vented Grass Babbler
  • Wallcreeper
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Brown Crake
  • Ultramarine Flycatcher
  • Chestnut Thrush
  • Rufous-naped Tit
  • Rufous-breasted Accentor
  • Mountain Scops Owl
  • Pallas's Gull
  • Long-tailed Minivet
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Classic North India Birds & Wildlife

Sun 1 – Tue 17 March 2020

17 days

$3,850

Is there a better introduction to India, its scenery, wildlife and birds, than this classic tour from Delhi? For the first-time visitor it is perfect, and the enormous variety of birds throughout means it is always a thrill, even for the regular birder.

Starting from Delhi we will have time for some local birding at for example Sultanpur National Park before continuing on to Jaipur, and an afternoon safari at Jhalana where we have a very good chance of seeing Asian Leopard. From there it is on to Ranthambore National Park. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and the British, it was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1955 and a National Park in 1980.…

Target Species

  • Lesser Yellownape
  • Golden-throated Barbet
  • Indian Vulture
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Golden Bush Robin
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Leiothrix
  • Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
  • Great Slaty Woodpecker
  • Lesser Fish Eagle
  • Indian Skimmer
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Wallcreeper
  • Pallas's Fish Eagle
  • Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush
  • White-throated Bush Chat
  • Rufous-bellied Niltava
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 31 May – Mon 15 June 2020

16 days

$3,150

Kashmir and Ladakh at the northern extreme of Indian Subcontinent, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. The location attracts migrants from northern parts of the Palearctic, and there are several vagrant species seldom seen anywhere else in India. However, we will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Nigeen or Dal Lakes!) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, at sites that are likely to include Dachigam National Park, Gulmarg and Yousmarg.…

Target Species

  • Ground Tit
  • Brown Accentor
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Large-spotted Nutcracker
  • Tibetan Lark
  • Orange Bullfinch
  • Mongolian Finch
  • Ibisbill
  • Pale Rosefinch
  • Güldenstädt's Redstart
  • Horned Lark
  • Tytler's Leaf Warbler
  • Black-necked Crane
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
  • Black-and-yellow Grosbeak
  • Kashmir Flycatcher
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Red-fronted Serin
  • Tibetan Snowcock
  • Rufous-naped Tit
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Western Tragopan in the Great Himalayan National Park

Sat 22 – Sun 30 May 2021

9 days

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very seldom seen Western Tragopan. It is timed to be at the peak of Tragopan activity so we should definitely hear them calling, and have the best possible chance of seeing this amazing bird.

As well as the tragopan we hope to see Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Spotted Nutcracker, Long-billed Thrush, White-throated Tit, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Red-headed Bullfinch and Collared and Spot-winged Grosbeaks.

Target Species

  • Collared Grosbeak
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • Orange Bullfinch
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Spot-winged Grosbeak
  • Yellow Bittern
  • Western Tragopan
  • Golden Eagle
  • Striated Grassbird
  • Cinnamon Bittern
  • Pink-browed Rosefinch
  • Watercock
  • Red-headed Bullfinch
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Himalayan Vulture
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