North India

16 tours to explore

North India includes a vast array of habitats and scenery, and the widest variety of birds and other wildlife in India, as well as some of the country’s most famous tourist sites. Corbett National Park alone has a bird species list approximately the same as Britain and Ireland, as well as a healthy population of Tigers and Asian Elephants. Whilst the name Keoladeo Ghana might not be well-known, the alternative name of Bharatpur with its huge waterbird flocks, is probably the most famous Indian wildlife reserve globally. Nearby of course, is the most famous symbol of India, the incomparable Taj Mahal.

The Himalayan foothills provide wonderful birding, with laughingthrushes, minivets, minlas and forktails amongst the exciting bird families to be easily seen, and higher up into the mighty mountain range there are specialities such as Himalayan Monal and other pheasants. Further north and everything changes again, with a Tibetan influence on landscape, culture, food and wildlife, and this is where to escape the oppressive summer heat of the plains.

Desirable bird species for visiting birders include Cheer Pheasant, Himalayan Snowcock, Indian Spotted Eagle, Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Indian Skimmer, Tawny Fish Owl, Wallcreeper, Kashmir Nuthatch, Siberian and Himalayan Rubythroats, and Orange Bullfinch.

North India includes the states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, through Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, to the northernmost extent of India in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. For the best possible introduction to India, its birds and wildlife, we recommend the Classic North India tour.

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Ibisbill Short Birding Break
7 days

Himalayan Birding Tour—Corbett & Pangot

The forests of Corbett National Park and the Himalayan foothills makes for an unbeatable birding experience, with comfortable stays and… 

Dusky Eagle Owl Short Birding Break
5 days

Bharatpur & Chambal River Birding

Short birding break to Keoladeo (or Keoladeo Ghana) National Park, better known as Bharatpur. One of the most outstanding wetland… 

Ibisbill Short Birding Break
4 days

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Short birding break to Corbett National Park, nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Famous for sightings of Tiger… 

Himalayan Monal Short Birding Break
4 days

Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand

Short birding break to Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand. A mix of pine and deodar forest with rhododendrons, amidst lush… 

Dusky Eagle Owl Short Birding Break
4 days

Bharatpur (Keoladeo Ghana National Park), Rajasthan

Short birding break to Keoladeo (or Keoladeo Ghana) National Park, better known as Bharatpur. One of the most outstanding wetland… 

15 days $4,100

Jungle Book Birds and Tigers of Central India

India is blessed with countless wildlife experiences, from the jungles, to the deserts, and everything in between. This tour to… 

12 days $2,000

From Floricans to Cranes: Monsoon and the Tibetan Plateau

India is often known as a land of extremes, and this tour brings you exactly that. We start in the… 

8 days $1,900

Lesser Florican & other Birds of the Monsoon

It’s not unusual to escape the European winter for some balmy Indian sun, but what about escaping the European summer… 

6 days $1,500

Brown Bear Special in Ladakh

This is a pioneering short extension to our Ladakh Snow Leopard expedition in search of another awe-inspiring large mammal, the… 

12 days $2,950

Snow Leopard Special in Ladakh

Among the rugged mountain landscapes of Ladakh, lives possibly the most elusive of the big cats: the Snow Leopard. As… 

7 days $1,475

Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Chopta in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary provides some excellent winter and spring birding, and fantastic landscapes. A mix of pine… 

9 days $1,965

Himalayas & Wetlands: Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

This north India tour provides an amazing diversity in a small area and short time. In the Kangra Valley of… 

16 days $3,850

Classic North India Birds & Wildlife

Is there a better introduction to India, its scenery, wildlife and birds, than this classic tour from Delhi? For the… 

16 days $3,150

Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture… 

9 days $1,575

Western Tragopan in the Great Himalayan National Park

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very… 

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