Upcoming Tours

These tours are all scheduled, and will be led by Mike. If the dates do not suit you, note that any of these can also run at other dates with local guides: do check out the full list of available tours, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Western Tragopan Short Birding Break Special Offer

Great Himalayan National Park—Western Tragopan and other highlights

Sat 24 – Fri 30 April 2021

7 days

$790

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very seldom seen Western Tragopan. Find yourself in the midst of this pristine landscape of the mighty Himalayas, enjoying some fantastic birding and hopefully one of the least observed birds in India! As well as the tragopan we hope to see Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vulture, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Spotted Nutcracker, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Collared Grosbeaks and more.

Target Species

  • Red-headed Bullfinch
  • Western Tragopan
  • Long-tailed Minivet
  • Golden Eagle
  • Scaly-breasted Cupwing
  • Slaty-blue Flycatcher
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Western Crowned Warbler
  • Himalayan Prinia
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Bar-throated Minla
  • Cheer Pheasant
  • Himalayan Owl
  • Long-billed Thrush
  • Chestnut-headed Tesia
  • Verditer Flycatcher
  • Fire-capped Tit
  • Little Forktail
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
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Western Tragopan Short Birding Break Special Offer

Great Himalayan National Park—Western Tragopan and other highlights

Sat 1 – Fri 7 May 2021

7 days

$790

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very seldom seen Western Tragopan. Find yourself in the midst of this pristine landscape of the mighty Himalayas, enjoying some fantastic birding and hopefully one of the least observed birds in India! As well as the tragopan we hope to see Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vulture, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Spotted Nutcracker, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Collared Grosbeaks and more.

Target Species

  • Plain Mountain Finch
  • Himalayan Prinia
  • Golden Eagle
  • Golden Bush Robin
  • Verditer Flycatcher
  • Cheer Pheasant
  • Chestnut-headed Tesia
  • Upland Pipit
  • White-throated Bushtit
  • Brown Dipper
  • Grey-sided Bush Warbler
  • Eurasian Woodcock
  • Ultramarine Flycatcher
  • Western Tragopan
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • White-collared Blackbird
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Grey Crested Tit
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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 6 – Mon 21 June 2021

16 days

$3,150

Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. We will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species on this tour, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, and Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Dal Lake) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, including Dachigam National Park, where we may see Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, and Black-and-yellow Grosbeak. There is also a chance of two amazing finches, Spectacled Finch and the very local Orange Bullfinch.

We travel overland from Kashmir to Ladakh and into the Nubra Valley where two key species are White-browed Tit Warbler and, recently discovered in India, Pale Rosefinch. We then head east to our base at the Tso Kar lake and plains, at over 4,500 m. Black-necked Crane breeds here and we could also see Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard, Ground-Tit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, and Mongolian Finch. Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) is common here, and we might also find ‘Shanku’, the Tibetan Wolf.

Target Species

  • Striated Grassbird
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Saker Falcon
  • Little Bittern
  • Twite
  • Long-billed Bush Warbler
  • Brown-headed Gull
  • Ibisbill
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Himalayan Rubythroat
  • Upland Buzzard
  • Tibetan Lark
  • Rock Bunting
  • Horned Lark
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Spectacled Finch
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 25 July – Mon 9 August 2021

16 days

$3,150

Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. We will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species on this tour, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, and Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Dal Lake) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, including Dachigam National Park, where we may see Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, and Black-and-yellow Grosbeak. There is also a chance of two amazing finches, Spectacled Finch and the very local Orange Bullfinch.

We travel overland from Kashmir to Ladakh and into the Nubra Valley where two key species are White-browed Tit Warbler and, recently discovered in India, Pale Rosefinch. We then head east to our base at the Tso Kar lake and plains, at over 4,500 m. Black-necked Crane breeds here and we could also see Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard, Ground-Tit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, and Mongolian Finch. Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) is common here, and we might also find ‘Shanku’, the Tibetan Wolf.

Target Species

  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Striated Grassbird
  • Variegated Laughingthrush
  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Tibetan Sandgrouse
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Horned Lark
  • Twite
  • Brandt’s Mountain Finch
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
  • Little Bittern
  • Hume’s Whitethroat
  • Little Owl
  • Eurasian Eagle-Owl
  • Brown-headed Gull
  • Ruddy Shelduck
  • Tytler’s Leaf Warbler
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Tibetan Snowcock
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Lesser Florican & other Birds of the Monsoon

Sun 8 – Sun 15 August 2021

8 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 short tour, targeting some special birds associated with the Indian monsoon. The rare endemic Lesser Florican is seldom seen due to its very secretive behaviour, but monsoon is when it does its spectacular jumping display. In the same area of Rajasthan, near Sonkhaliya, we will look for the similarly secretive Rain Quails which should be calling and obvious, and this is the best time of year also for seeing Rock Bush Quail, Painted Francolin, Singing Bushlark and Bristled Grassbird.

Our tour will also include a jeep safari at Jhalana in Jaipur, with an excellent chance of seeing a Leopard, and a brief visit to Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, because it always has great birding! Finally, we really can’t avoid a little bit of non-birding since we are so close to the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal!

Target Species

  • Lesser Florican
  • Rock Bush Quail
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Painted Francolin
  • Graceful Prinia
  • Red-naped Ibis
  • Barred Buttonquail
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Savanna Nightjar
  • Greater Painted-snipe
  • Black-headed Cuckooshrike
  • Sarus Crane
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Rain Quail
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Pheasant-tailed Jacana
  • Rosy Starling
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Snow Leopard Special in Ladakh

Sun 5 – Thu 16 September 2021

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 of this high-altitude habitat, including Asiatic Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Argali, and Tibetan Wolf.

Ladakh also supports some local and specialised birds. Expect to see Golden Eagle, Himalayan Vulture, Himalayan Snowcock, Ibisbill, Brown Dipper, Yellow-billed Chough, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Robin Accentor, Red-fronted Serin and Black-winged (Tibetan) Snowfinch.

Target Species

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black-winged Snowfinch
  • Tibetan Sandgrouse
  • White-throated Dipper
  • Sulphur-bellied Warbler
  • Güldenstädt’s Redstart
  • Hill Pigeon
  • Robin Accentor
  • Ibisbill
  • Red-fronted Serin
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Brown Accentor
  • Great Rosefinch
  • Eurasian Magpie
  • Alpine Chough
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Brandt’s Mountain Finch
  • Twite
  • Horned Lark
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Brown Bear Special in Ladakh

Thu 16 – Tue 21 September 2021

6 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. Expect to see Bearded Vulture, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Himalayan Rubythroat and Robin Accentor. Keen birders amongst us will be searching for Long-billed Bush Warbler, a species only once reported since 1933!

Target Species

  • White-throated Dipper
  • Desert Wheatear
  • Robin Accentor
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Brown Dipper
  • Himalayan Rubythroat
  • Eurasian Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Long-billed Bush Warbler
  • Horned Lark
  • Wallcreeper
  • Ibisbill
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Güldenstädt’s Redstart
  • Hume’s Whitethroat
  • Alpine Chough
  • Hill Pigeon
  • Golden Eagle
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Brown Accentor
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Red Panda Special & Birds of North Bengal

Sun 3 – Sat 16 October 2021

14 days

$4,550

The Neora Valley National Park provides fantastic birding and a great introduction to the Eastern Himalayas, with birds more confiding than in the Northeast for example. Coupled with the magnificent Singalila National Park, where there is a very good chance of seeing the cutest of mammals, the Red Panda, this is a marvellous wildlife tour.

We start in the foothills of the Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers, at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, ascend to the town of Lava and the nearby Neora Valley National Park. where we will explore several birding trails in both upper and lower ridges of the Neora Valley, and the famous Lava to Algarah road. Birds could include Himalayan Cutia, Red-headed Trogon, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Black-throated Parrotbill and Blue-fronted Robin.

From Neora Valley we will spend time in Darjeeling, including a birding visit to the extensive bamboo forest around Tiger Hill, for Spotted Laughingthrush, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Gould’s Shortwing, and Brown Parrotbills.

After Darjeeling we head to Singalila National Park on the India – Nepal border. Its mix of temperate and alpine vegetation, with beautiful flora including rhododendrons, magnolia and many orchids, is home to the elusive Red Panda, and this is by far the best place in India to find them. We will look for them each day, with the help of local trackers, but not exclusively, for this is a wonderful birding location too.

Target Species

  • Rusty-fronted Barwing
  • Darjeeling Woodpecker
  • Rufous-throated Partridge
  • Little Pied Flycatcher
  • Maroon-backed Accentor
  • Great Hornbill
  • Oriental Pied Hornbill
  • Himalayan Cutia
  • Himalayan Shrike-babbler
  • Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Crimson-breasted Woodpecker
  • Black-faced Warbler
  • Dark-breasted Rosefinch
  • Striated Bulbul
  • Red Junglefowl
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Little Bunting
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • Brown Parrotbill
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Endangered Birds & Wildlife of Manas and Meghalaya

Sun 17 – Sat 23 October 2021

7 days

$2,190

The Eastern Himalaya region teems with biodiversity, including some very special birds and mammals. Manas National Park is a tiger reserve on the Bhutan border, and part of an important elephant corridor. It has a fantastic selection of mammals including the gorgeous Golden Langur. For birds it is a prime site for the critically endangered Bengal Florican, and may also produce Black-tailed Crake, Pied Harrier, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Indian Grassbird, Hodgson’s Bushchat and Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.

Cherrapunjee is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world. For birders though, the Tawny-breasted Wren-babbler is one key reason to visit: a poorly known endemic species that is almost entirely restricted to Meghalaya.

Target Species

  • Collared Falconet
  • Indian Grassbird
  • Malayan Night Heron
  • White-tailed Robin
  • Jerdon’s Baza
  • Rufous-vented Laughingthrush
  • Striated Yuhina
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Great Hornbill
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Pied Harrier
  • Red-faced Liocichla
  • Slender-billed Babbler
  • Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler
  • Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker
  • Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
  • Striated Babbler
  • Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
  • Brown Bush Warbler
  • Assam Laughingthrush
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Amazing Amurs of Nagaland

Sat 23 – Sun 31 October 2021

9 days

$1,830

This is a very special tour to experience one of the birding wonders of the entire world. Only in the last few years have Amur Falcons been known to congregate in such large numbers on migration. For just a few weeks at the end of October and early November in Nagaland, in India’s Northeast, phenomenal numbers of this beautiful falcon gather together to feed and roost during their remarkable migration from eastern Russia and China to southern Africa. To stand at dusk with hundreds of thousands of Amur Falcons swirling around above our heads, and in total silence except for their calls, is truly awe-inspiring.

Before we enjoy our Amur spectacle, we will spend some time birding in the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary, set up by the local village council, from the first Naga village to ban hunting, in 1998. Here we hope to find Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Black-tailed Crake, Naga Wren Babbler, Striped and Brown-capped Laughingthrushes, Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, and Crested Finchbill.

This tour is specially arranged so that you can take just one week off work (or school: Autumn half-term is the perfect time to catch the peak of Amur migration!) and be back in the office (or school) on Monday morning to regale your colleagues (or school friends, if they’re interested!) with stories of an unforgettable week!

Target Species

  • Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon
  • Yellow-cheeked Tit
  • Striped Laughingthrush
  • Spotted Elachura
  • Slaty-backed Forktail
  • Yellow-throated Laughingthrush
  • Golden Babbler
  • Streaked Spiderhunter
  • Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
  • Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
  • Asian Barred Owlet
  • Nepal House Martin
  • Chestnut Munia
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Grey-backed Shrike
  • Rufous-winged Fulvetta
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
  • Black Eagle
  • Speckled Piculet
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Northeast India Highlights: Eaglenest & Kaziranga Birds & Mammals

Fri 29 October – Sat 13 November 2021

16 days

$4,550

Northeast India is one of the most bird-rich regions in the world. The dense forests are home to various species of skulking babblers and similarly plumaged warblers, but also beautiful pheasants and other stunners including the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla.

We start this tour with a visit to lowland Nameri National Park on the Jia Bhoreli river, which has a wide variety of species including Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby and White-winged Duck. Dirang is our next stop, the base for exploring the Sangti Valley, Mandala Road and, weather-permitting, the high-altitude Sela Pass. At 4,200m, there are birds here that are extremely difficult to find elsewhere in Arunachal and we will hope to connect with Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Solitary Snipe and Grandala.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary needs little introduction to birdwatchers. Unusually for Arunachal Pradesh, this montane forest has the advantage of easy access to a wide altitudinal range thanks to a jeep track which cuts through its heart from Eaglenest Pass at 2800 m down to the flood plains of Assam at 100 m. Eaglenest gained fame when Bugun Liocichla was described, new to science, in 2006. As well as that, we will hope to see many other excellent birds, including Blyth’s and Temminck’s Tragopans, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Blackish-breasted Babbler (Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler), Long-billed Wren-babbler, Beautiful Nuthatch, and many more.

Kaziranga National Park is our final stop, with its Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant, and a chance of Tiger. Several localised and endangered birds such as Bengal Florican and Greater Adjutant will be amongst our many targets.

Target Species

  • Silver-eared Mesia
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • White-browed Piculet
  • Grey-headed Fish Eagle
  • Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  • Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
  • Golden-naped Finch
  • Ward’s Trogon
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Silver-backed Needletail
  • Ibisbill
  • Brown Bullfinch
  • Blood Pheasant
  • Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler
  • White-throated Redstart
  • Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch
  • Lesser Shortwing
  • Black-tailed Crake
  • Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
  • Tibetan Serin
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Birds of Mishmi Hills & Namdapha

Sat 13 – Tue 30 November 2021

18 days

$4,900

The main focus of this tour is a birding trek through the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayas, and third largest in India, the Namdapha National Park. However, we will have time to start with a short trip to ascend the Mishmi Hills, most notably looking for the highly localised Mishmi, or Rusty-throated, Wren-babbler. First described from one specimen collected in 1947, it was not seen again until 2004.

Namdapha National Park is seldom visited due to the difficulty of access. The area is mountainous, crisscrossed by many watercourses forming part of the catchment area of the Brahmaputra through the Noa-Dihing (Diyun) river system. It is unique in harbouring all four big Himalayan cats: Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and the rarely seen Clouded Leopard. However, the higher elevations of the park are inaccessible and our chances of seeing any of these are minimal.

A great diversity of birds however is guaranteed. This is the best site in India to see the critically endangered and declining White-bellied Heron, and we will check many of the rivers for it. Other birds could include Rufous-throated and White-cheeked Hill Partridges, Ward’s Trogon, Brown, Rufous-necked and Wreathed Hornbills, Pied Falconet, Blue-naped Pitta, White-crowned Forktail, Green and Purple Cochoas, Long-tailed Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Beautiful Nuthatch and Snowy-throated Babbler.

Target Species

  • Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler
  • White-bellied Heron
  • Sultan Tit
  • Blue-winged Leafbird
  • White-crested Laughingthrush
  • White-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • Black-headed Shrike-babbler
  • Pin-tailed Green Pigeon
  • Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
  • Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
  • Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
  • Pied Falconet
  • Rufous-bellied Eagle
  • Fire-tailed Sunbird
  • Bengal Florican
  • Slaty-bellied Tesia
  • Maroon Oriole
  • Collared Owlet
  • Silver-eared Mesia
  • White-naped Yuhina
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Jungle Book Birds and Tigers of Central India

Sat 4 – Sat 18 December 2021

15 days

$4,100

India is blessed with countless wildlife experiences, from the jungles, to the deserts, and everything in between. This tour to Central India is the perfect itinerary to enjoy India’s birds whilst giving yourself the best possible chance of seeing wild Tigers! We cover two reserves, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, with excellent populations and reliable sightings of tigers.

We start with India’s most famous bird reserve, Keoladeo National Park, more commonly known as Bharatpur, which guarantees spectacular wetland birding. A boat ride along the Chambal river, the best place in India to see the fish-eating crocodile Gharial, Ganges River Dolphin, and highly threatened birds including Indian Skimmer. It’s not just wildlife on this tour either, for from Agra we include two Indian must-dos: a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal, followed by the Indian Railways experience with an overnight sleeper train.

Target Species

  • Black Francolin
  • Indian Pitta
  • Sarus Crane
  • Orange-headed Thrush
  • Mottled Wood Owl
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Crested Honey Buzzard
  • Indian Courser
  • Indian Vulture
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Bluethroat
  • Mallard
  • Jungle Bush Quail
  • Graceful Prinia
  • White-naped Woodpecker
  • Painted Spurfowl
  • Desert Wheatear
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Brown Hawk-Owl
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Western Ghats Endemic Birds

Tue 28 December 2021 – Tue 11 January 2022

15 days

$3,890

This tour focuses on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats of South India, one of the 36 global biodiversity hotspots due to its large amount of endemism and diversity. The area is important for wintering migrants too, and we are guaranteed some great birds and wildlife throughout as we visit most of the top birding sites in the region. We will see most of the 37 South Indian endemics, plus many of those shared with Sri Lanka, and an excellent selection of large mammals. Key bird species include lots with Malabar and Nilgiri in their name!

Starting from Bangalore in Karnataka, we take a southerly route through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Main birding sites include the River Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park, the Nilgiri Hills, Periyar National Park and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.

Target Species

  • Indian Blackbird
  • Great Eared Nightjar
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Brown Wood Owl
  • Legge’s Hawk-Eagle
  • Pin-tailed Snipe
  • Crested Goshawk
  • Asian Fairy-bluebird
  • Sykes’s Warbler
  • Spot-billed Pelican
  • Mountain Imperial Pigeon
  • Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
  • Square-tailed Bulbul
  • Broad-tailed Grassbird
  • Oriental Scops Owl
  • Lesser Yellownape
  • Slaty-legged Crake
  • Common Emerald Dove
  • Nilgiri Pipit
  • Indian Blue Robin
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Andamans Endemic Birds

Tue 11 – Sun 16 January 2022

6 days

$1,425

Pristine beaches, clear waters, sandy shores and beautiful sunsets make the Andaman Islands a tropical idyll. But the main interest for birders are the 20 endemic and near-endemic birds. Being closer to Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia than India, the avifauna is also closely related to that of southeast Asia.

Target species will include Andaman Green-Pigeon, Andaman Cuckooshrike, Andaman Crake, Andaman Nightjar, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Shama and Andaman Teal – some imaginative naming! – as well as non-endemics that are easier to encounter here than in much of the rest of India, such as Slaty-breasted Rail, Black-naped Tern, Black Baza, Violet Cuckoo and Beach Thick-knee.

There will be opportunities for snorkelling the wonderful coral reefs around the islands for those who would rather take in some wildlife below sea level!

Target Species

  • Andaman Shama
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Andaman Serpent Eagle
  • Plume-toed Swiftlet
  • Andaman Cuckoo-Dove
  • Andaman Treepie
  • Andaman Hawk-Owl
  • Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Andaman Flowerpecker
  • Andaman Wood Pigeon
  • Black Baza
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Mangrove Whistler
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Long-tailed Parakeet
  • Edible-nest Swiftlet
  • Beach Stone-curlew
  • White-headed Starling
  • Andaman Crake
  • Andaman Teal
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Birds & Wildlife of Rajasthan & Gujarat

Sat 22 January – Mon 7 February 2022

17 days

$4,850

The western deserts of India, provide spectacular birding in one of India’s richest cultural regions, home to some of the rarest birds in the country. The Thar Desert of Rajasthan, in the Desert National Park, is the last remaining stronghold of the Great Indian Bustard, a species that sadly could well be extinct in our lifetimes. Nearby is one of India’s avian spectacles, the wintering flock of thousands of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan. Other key birds include Spotted and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, and a fine assortment of cranes, raptors, larks, wheatears and buntings.

A break from desert landscapes awaits us at the charming hill station of Mount Abu, the only regular site for the endemic Green Avadavat.

Moving on to the state of Gujarat we will spend time in the Little Rann of Kutch Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, before ending up at the vast salt desert of the Greater Rann. This unique region is astonishingly rich in bird life, particularly in winter when large numbers of waterfowl, along with desert species, can be seen.

Target Species

  • White-browed Bush Chat
  • Red-headed Vulture
  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Bimaculated Lark
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Indian Spotted Creeper
  • Tawny Pipit
  • Great White Pelican
  • Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark
  • Northern Raven
  • Cream-colored Courser
  • Isabelline Wheatear
  • Crested Bunting
  • Spotted Sandgrouse
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Indian Stone-curlew
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Desert Lark
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Birds & Mammals of Coastal Gujarat, Gir & Velavadar

Sat 5 – Sat 12 February 2022

8 days

$2,425

The Gujarat coast is one of the richest areas for wintering waterbirds in India and we start in Jamnagar where sites such as Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary will show us thousands of flamingos and hopefully large flocks of one of our main targets here, Crab Plover.

Gir National Park is the only site remaining in India for the Asiatic Lion. The local population is currently doing well with an estimated 600 lions, and we also have a reasonable chance of seeing a Leopard. Birds include Mottled Wood Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Pitta, Red-headed Vulture, and Barred Buttonquail.

Velavadar National Park protects a large remaining area of grassland, a habitat very much threatened elsewhere, with a spectacular evening harrier roost. It is famous for its Blackbucks, Wolf and Striped Hyena. Birds include Common Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, Eastern Imperial Eagle, and Painted Francolin, as well as the rare Stoliczka’s Bushchat.

Target Species

  • Marshall’s Iora
  • Sirkeer Malkoha
  • Grey-necked Bunting
  • Great Knot
  • Sykes’s Lark
  • Pallid Harrier
  • White-naped Woodpecker
  • Greater Hoopoe-Lark
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Painted Sandgrouse
  • Oriental Pratincole
  • Common Crane
  • Broad-billed Sandpiper
  • Indian Eagle-Owl
  • Brown Crake
  • Red-naped Ibis
  • Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark
  • Striolated Bunting
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Sociable Lapwing
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Great Indian Bustard and other Rajasthan Birding Highlights

Sat 12 – Sun 20 February 2022

9 days

$2,410

This special tour focusses on one main bird that, sadly, could well be extinct in our lifetimes. As well as the spectacular Great Indian Bustard, the Thar Desert of Rajasthan provides some wonderful birding in one of India’s richest cultural regions.

First, we will spend time at India’s most famous bird reserve, the Keoladeo National Park, or Bharatpur. From there we will enjoy one of India’s avian spectacles at close quarters, the wintering flock of thousands of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan. Other key birds include Spotted and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, and a fine assortment of cranes, raptors, larks, wheatears and buntings.

This tour is specially arranged so that you can take just one week off work or school – Spring half-term in February is the perfect time of year for Rajasthan – and be back in the office (or school) on Monday morning to regale your colleagues!

Target Species

  • Indian Spotted Creeper
  • Great White Pelican
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Hen Harrier
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Merlin
  • Crested Bunting
  • Bimaculated Lark
  • Striolated Bunting
  • Siberian Rubythroat
  • White-browed Bush Chat
  • Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark
  • Dusky Eagle-Owl
  • Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark
  • Buff-bellied Pipit
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Northern Raven
  • Spotted Sandgrouse
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Classic North India Birds & Wildlife

Sat 26 February – Sun 13 March 2022

16 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.

We start with big cats, with an afternoon safari at Jhalana giving a good chance of seeing a Leopard, and then to Ranthambore National Park, where Tigers here have been reputed to be fearless of human presence and are often seen during the daytime, so it is one of the best places to see wild tigers anywhere in the world.

Keoladeo National Park, better known as Bharatpur, is well-known to birders as one of the most outstanding wetland reserves in Asia, attracting large numbers of wildfowl, herons, storks, cranes, waders, owls and raptors. A boat on the river at the nearby Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary should give us superb views of Indian Skimmers and Black-bellied Terns, with the fish-eating Gharial crocodile and, if we’re lucky, a Gangetic River Dolphin.

After seeing the Taj Mahal, we move to Corbett National Park, a scenic reserve with a bird species list approximately the same as Britain and Ireland! Some of the more interesting include Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles, Tawny Fish Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Rosy Minivet and Himalayan Rubythroat.

Just three hours’ drive away and the habitat, and birdlife, changes drastically as we get our first views of the mighty Himalayas. Pangot is a small hamlet in Uttarakhand near Nainital, and we will stay at Jungle Lore, India’s first and foremost birding lodge. The oak, pine and rhododendron forests here have excellent birding, including such desirable targets as Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Bearded Vulture, Upland Pipit and Grey-crowned Prinia.

Target Species

  • Pallas’s Fish Eagle
  • Painted Sandgrouse
  • Orange-headed Thrush
  • Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Collared Falconet
  • Orange-bellied Leafbird
  • Chestnut-headed Tesia
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Painted Spurfowl
  • Black Francolin
  • Tawny Fish Owl
  • Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon
  • Grey-hooded Warbler
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • Whistler’s Warbler
  • Upland Pipit
  • Rosy Minivet
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Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Sun 13 – Sat 19 March 2022

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.

Target Species

  • Ashy-throated Warbler
  • Himalayan Black-lored Tit
  • Nepal Cupwing
  • Spotted Forktail
  • Chestnut Thrush
  • Buff-barred Warbler
  • Snow Pigeon
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • Slaty-blue Flycatcher
  • Himalayan Prinia
  • Scarlet Finch
  • Pink-browed Rosefinch
  • Himalayan Shrike-babbler
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Rufous-vented Tit
  • Yellow-rumped Honeyguide
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Endangered Birds & Wildlife of Manas and Meghalaya

Sun 27 March – Sat 2 April 2022

7 days

$2,190

The Eastern Himalaya region teems with biodiversity, including some very special birds and mammals. Manas National Park is a tiger reserve on the Bhutan border, and part of an important elephant corridor. It has a fantastic selection of mammals including the gorgeous Golden Langur. For birds it is a prime site for the critically endangered Bengal Florican, and may also produce Black-tailed Crake, Pied Harrier, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Indian Grassbird, Hodgson’s Bushchat and Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.

Cherrapunjee is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world. For birders though, the Tawny-breasted Wren-babbler is one key reason to visit: a poorly known endemic species that is almost entirely restricted to Meghalaya.

Target Species

  • Slender-billed Babbler
  • Blyth’s Leaf Warbler
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Sultan Tit
  • Small Pratincole
  • White-tailed Robin
  • Collared Falconet
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Barred Cuckoo-Dove
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Rosy Minivet
  • Red-faced Liocichla
  • Malayan Night Heron
  • Black-tailed Crake
  • Blue-naped Pitta
  • Lesser Shortwing
  • Jerdon’s Babbler
  • Striated Yuhina
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Grey Sibia
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Northeast India Highlights: Eaglenest & Kaziranga Birds & Mammals

Tue 5 – Wed 20 April 2022

16 days

$4,550

Northeast India is one of the most bird-rich regions in the world. The dense forests are home to various species of skulking babblers and similarly plumaged warblers, but also beautiful pheasants and other stunners including the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla.

We start this tour with a visit to lowland Nameri National Park on the Jia Bhoreli river, which has a wide variety of species including Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby and White-winged Duck. Dirang is our next stop, the base for exploring the Sangti Valley, Mandala Road and, weather-permitting, the high-altitude Sela Pass. At 4,200m, there are birds here that are extremely difficult to find elsewhere in Arunachal and we will hope to connect with Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Solitary Snipe and Grandala.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary needs little introduction to birdwatchers. Unusually for Arunachal Pradesh, this montane forest has the advantage of easy access to a wide altitudinal range thanks to a jeep track which cuts through its heart from Eaglenest Pass at 2800 m down to the flood plains of Assam at 100 m. Eaglenest gained fame when Bugun Liocichla was described, new to science, in 2006. As well as that, we will hope to see many other excellent birds, including Blyth’s and Temminck’s Tragopans, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Blackish-breasted Babbler (Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler), Long-billed Wren-babbler, Beautiful Nuthatch, and many more.

Kaziranga National Park is our final stop, with its Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant, and a chance of Tiger. Several localised and endangered birds such as Bengal Florican and Greater Adjutant will be amongst our many targets.

Target Species

  • Rufous-backed Sibia
  • Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
  • Red-billed Scimitar Babbler
  • White-breasted Parrotbill
  • Bar-winged Wren-Babbler
  • Long-tailed Thrush
  • Rufous-necked Hornbill
  • Himalayan Monal
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
  • Snow Partridge
  • Chestnut-breasted Partridge
  • Himalayan Shortwing
  • Grey-headed Fish Eagle
  • Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler
  • Golden-naped Finch
  • Black-winged Cuckooshrike
  • Swamp Francolin
  • Maroon-backed Accentor
  • Brown-throated Fulvetta
  • Black-tailed Crake
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Birds of Assam & Mishmi Hills

Mon 18 – Mon 25 April 2022

8 days

$1,950

The Mishmi Hills is the main focus of this tour, but the lowland wet forest at Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuaryhas some fantastic birding as well, including the rare Brown Hornbill and White-winged Duck, and we will also visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, a patchwork of seasonally flooded forests, beels (shallow ponds), and grassy pockets between the arms of the rivers Dibru and the Brahmaputra. Excellent grassland supports a range of rare and specialised birds including the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Swamp Grass-Babbler, and this is the best place in India to see Jerdon’s Bushchat .

The Mishmi Hills of northeastern Arunachal Pradesh has become popular in recent years as travel restrictions in the state have eased. The area covers a large altitudinal range over a relatively short ground distance which means bird diversity is excellent. The highlight species is the localised Mishmi, or Rusty-throated, Wren-babbler which, after being described from one specimen collected in 1947, was not seen again until 2004. Other superb birds include Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, Himalayan Owl, Chevron-breasted Babbler (Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler), Gould’s Shortwing, and Purple and Green Cochoas. One highlight will be a stay at the bizarre Mayodia Coffee House where we can guarantee that you certainly won’t get good coffee!

Target Species

  • Grey-chinned Minivet
  • Ward’s Trogon
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Pied Falconet
  • Grey-headed Parrotbill
  • Golden-breasted Fulvetta
  • Fire-tailed Sunbird
  • Rusty-throated Wren-Babbler
  • Pygmy Cupwing
  • Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
  • Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
  • White-crested Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Spiderhunter
  • Baer’s Pochard
  • Jerdon’s Babbler
  • Silver-breasted Broadbill
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Green Shrike-babbler
  • Pale-capped Pigeon
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
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Birds of Mishmi Hills & Namdapha

Wed 20 April – Sat 7 May 2022

18 days

$4,900

The main focus of this tour is a birding trek through the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayas, and third largest in India, the Namdapha National Park. However, we will have time to start with a short trip to ascend the Mishmi Hills, most notably looking for the highly localised Mishmi, or Rusty-throated, Wren-babbler. First described from one specimen collected in 1947, it was not seen again until 2004.

Namdapha National Park is seldom visited due to the difficulty of access. The area is mountainous, crisscrossed by many watercourses forming part of the catchment area of the Brahmaputra through the Noa-Dihing (Diyun) river system. It is unique in harbouring all four big Himalayan cats: Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and the rarely seen Clouded Leopard. However, the higher elevations of the park are inaccessible and our chances of seeing any of these are minimal.

A great diversity of birds however is guaranteed. This is the best site in India to see the critically endangered and declining White-bellied Heron, and we will check many of the rivers for it. Other birds could include Rufous-throated and White-cheeked Hill Partridges, Ward’s Trogon, Brown, Rufous-necked and Wreathed Hornbills, Pied Falconet, Blue-naped Pitta, White-crowned Forktail, Green and Purple Cochoas, Long-tailed Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Beautiful Nuthatch and Snowy-throated Babbler.

Target Species

  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • White-bellied Erpornis
  • Sultan Tit
  • Large Scimitar Babbler
  • Red-headed Trogon
  • Bar-winged Wren-Babbler
  • Pied Falconet
  • Rufous-throated Fulvetta
  • Jerdon’s Baza
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Maroon-backed Accentor
  • Purple Cochoa
  • Pale-headed Woodpecker
  • Brown-throated Fulvetta
  • Golden Babbler
  • Ashy Bulbul
  • Blue-naped Pitta
  • White-cheeked Partridge
  • Ibisbill
  • Beautiful Sibia
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Western Tragopan in the Great Himalayan National Park

Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June 2022

9 days

$1,575

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very seldom seen Western Tragopan. Find yourself in the midst of this pristine landscape of the mighty Himalayas, enjoying some fantastic birding and hopefully one of the least observed birds in India! As well as the tragopan we hope to see Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vulture, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Spotted Nutcracker, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Collared Grosbeaks and more.

This tour is specially arranged so that you can take just one week off work or school – Summer half-term in May is the perfect time of year for Tragopans – and be back in the office (or school) on Monday morning to regale your colleagues (or school friends, if they’re interested!) with stories of an unforgettable week!

Target Species

  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Cinnamon Bittern
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Collared Grosbeak
  • Golden Eagle
  • Spot-winged Grosbeak
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Red-headed Bullfinch
  • Long-billed Thrush
  • White-throated Bushtit
  • Black Bittern
  • Western Tragopan
  • Yellow Bittern
  • Pink-browed Rosefinch
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • Striated Babbler
  • Striated Grassbird
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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 5 – Mon 20 June 2022

16 days

$3,150

Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. We will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species on this tour, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, and Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Dal Lake) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, including Dachigam National Park, where we may see Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, and Black-and-yellow Grosbeak. There is also a chance of two amazing finches, Spectacled Finch and the very local Orange Bullfinch.

We travel overland from Kashmir to Ladakh and into the Nubra Valley where two key species are White-browed Tit Warbler and, recently discovered in India, Pale Rosefinch. We then head east to our base at the Tso Kar lake and plains, at over 4,500 m. Black-necked Crane breeds here and we could also see Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard, Ground-Tit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, and Mongolian Finch. Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) is common here, and we might also find ‘Shanku’, the Tibetan Wolf.

Target Species

  • Chukar Partridge
  • Black-necked Crane
  • Alpine Chough
  • White-throated Bushtit
  • Northern Raven
  • Brown Accentor
  • Upland Buzzard
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Black-winged Snowfinch
  • Hume’s Whitethroat
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Fire-capped Tit
  • Lesser Sand Plover
  • Saker Falcon
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
  • Ruddy Shelduck
  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Hume’s Short-toed Lark
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