*Birding Tour in Aravali Range*

Day 01 : Jaipur Arrive

Arrive Jaipur, Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel.
Jaipur- the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendours, are now living monuments. Post lunch tour of the Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal. This elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneakily view the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh’s observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. In the evening enjoy your dinner at Chokhi dani (an ethnic village resort) where you will have an idea of the village life of Rajasthan. Also enjoy various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet show and various other interesting activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Jaipur- Ranthambhore

After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore – famous for the wildlife sanctuary, which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, also, a wonderful place for bird watching. Arrive Ranthambhore in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. After lunch depart for the 3 hrs Jungle safari in a Canter (a vehicle which is open on the top) enjoy the game viewing in the national park and back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Ranthambhore  ( Full Day Birding Tour )  

his morning take. This will be our second  day in and around Ranthambhore. If we still haven’t seen a tiger we’ll concentrate our efforts to find one. There are numerous other attractions here as well, including a spectacular ancient fort and a series of bird-thronged lakes, and outside the reserve we have a good chance of finding regional specialties such as the gorgeous Indian Courser and elusive Painted Sandgrouse.  Painted Spurfowl, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, and White-naped Woodpecker . Overnight at Ranthambhore.

Day 04 :Ranthambore – Chittorgarh  (  300 km/ 5 hrs. 55 min )

This morning finish your breakfast and drive to Chittorgarh, on arrival check in to the Hotel, after check in time at leisure. Evening enjoy near the lake and visit bird species, and floral species, on sun set time and visit-  Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark,  Red-rumped Swallow,  Grey Wagtail,  Olive backed Pipit,  Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Large Cuckooshrike,  Small Minivet,  Red-vented Bulbul,  Common Iora,  Long-tailed Shrike,  Southern Grey-Shrike, Common Woodshrike,  White-browed Fantail,  Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie-Robin,  Black Redstart,  Pied Bushchat,  Red-breasted Flycatcher,  Tickell’s blue Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher,  Yellow-eyed Babbler,  Common Babbler,  Large Grey Babbler,  Jungle Babbler,  Common Tailorbird,  Grey-breasted Prinia,  Ashy Prinia,  Oriental Whiteye,  Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Sulphur-bellied Warbler,  Lesser Whitethroat,  Orphean Warbler,  Great Tit,  Purple Sunbird,  Crested Bunting,  Red-Headed Bunting,  House Sparrow,  Chestnut-shouldered Petronia,  Black Drongo, White-bellied Drongo,  Brahminy Starling,  Asian Pied Starling,  Common Myna,  Bank Myna,  House crow, Indian Jungle Crow,  Rufous Treepie,  Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel

Day 05 :Chittorgarh – Kota ( Enroute visit  Sitamata Bird Sanctuary   (  250 km/ 3 hrs. 45 min ) 

After breakfast drive to Kota – Rajasthan’s largest Industrial town situated on the banks of the river chambal. Well known for its famous Kota saris and also for a miniature school of art, which specializes in drawing hunting scenes. Enroute visit Sitamata bird sanctuey-  Sitamata Bird sanctuary  was once a splendid teak forest under the erstwhile Pratapgarh state and had seen better days with tigers, leopards, sambhar, cheetal, four-horned antelope all in good numbers in the sanctuary.  According to local people , the forest was so dense that the sunlight never reached the forest floor. Now the forest lies degraded and most of the teak has been cut and sold in the illegal market, only few old trees remain. In the fringes, the texture is more of a scrub rather than a dry decidous forest. The inside areas are slightly better off with some big trees still remaining. The forest is said to be very rich in medicinal plants and herbs.  It is also a good place to see the pagolin.  Little Grebe,Little Cormorant, Little EgretCattle Egret, Pond Heron, Woolly-necked Stork, Black Ibis, Northern Shoveled, Northern Pintail, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Shikra, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard,  Steppe Eagle, Egyptian Vulture,  Jungle Bush-quail,Grey Junglefowl (calling), Indian Peafowl, Grey Francolin, River Tern,. Rock Pigeon,. Spotted Dove,. Eurasian Collared Dove,. Laughing Dove, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (T.p.chlorigaster), Plum-headed Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet,. Sirkeer Malkoha, Greater Coucal,. Barn Owl, Spotted Owlet, Mottled Wood-Owl, Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus), Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis), Indian Nightjar (Caprimulgus asiaticus),House Swift, Dusky Crag-Martin, White-throated Kingfisher,. Common Kingfisher ,Little Green Bee-eater, Grey Hornbill, Coppersmith Barbet,. Brown-headed Barbet, Streak-throated Woodpecker,. Black-rumped Flameback, White-naped Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Pied Woodpecker, Indian Bushlark. On Arrival at Kota check in at hotel. Dinner and over night stay at Hotel.

Day 06: Kota  

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Kota visiting City Palace and Fort. Within the city palace is the museum, which houses a good collection of artifacts. Later visit the Chambal Gardens – beautiful gardens around Kota along the Chambal River, which also has a crocodile sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Kota – Udaipur  (  285 km/ 4 hrs. 40 min )   

Morning straight drive  to Udaipur – lying between the cities of Jodhpur and Chitorgarh  in the east famous for “ Menal Lake  “ bird sanctuary , which is a home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. Birds come to this palace  in waves. From August through November, it is indigenous water birds. In early October the first migrants arrive from the high plateau of Central Asia, Mongolia and the Siberian tundra, the most eagerly awaited of the lot being the gravely threatened Siberian crane. The month of March sees most of these migrants leave the national park. But animals that have made it their home – the nilgai (blue bull), sambar, jungle cat and mongoose-spend the entire summer here.

Arrive  in the evening and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 08 :  Mangalwar – Menal- Udaipur ( Packed lunch at menal lake )

Morning have a completely rewarding experience of seeing an overwhelming range of birds during the  It takes around 2/3 hours to walk around Menar lake. One can view Greater Flamingo, White Tailed Lapwing, Pelican, Marsh Harrier, Black Kite, Green Sandpiper, Wood sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Red wattled Lapwing, Norther Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Crane, Bar Headed Goose etc.and later back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel Udaipur.

Day 09 :  Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh  (By Road – 100kms – 2 hrs ) 

After breakfast drive  kumbhalgarh  Kumbhalgarh is famous for Kumbhalgarh Fort, which has the second largest wall in Asia, after the Great Wall of China. But adjacent to this great fort, there is Kumbhalgarh Wild Life Sanctuary ( likely to be declared a National park soon) which is home to many bird species. Changeable Hawk Eagle, Yellow Crowned Woodpecker, Common Kestral,  Scaly Breasted Munia , Grey Junglefowl, Brown headed Barbet ,White Throated Fantail,  Plain Prinia, Spotted Dove,  Indian Scoops Owl, Indian peafowl, Jungle Owlet, Tickels Blue Flycatcher ,Alexandrian parakeet, Plum headed Parakeet, Asian Koel,  Lesser Golden Flameback,  White Breasted Kingfisher,  Great Tit, Oriental white eye, Oriental Honey Buzzard , Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Kumbhalgarh – Sansari  

Morning drive to  Sansari  – Sansari was a Thikana of Solanki Rajputs who are off shoot of family of Roopnagar (Mewar). It was founded by Thakur Bhopat Singh in 1607 AD. The village is located in foothills of Aravali range in Godwar region and its rulers used to pay tributes to Rulers of Udaipur, before Godwar was taken over by Rulers of Jodhpur. The annual rekh (tax) submitted was Rs. 800.

The ancestors of this family originally lived in Gujarat, and were descended from Raja TRIBHUVANPAL, the last Solanki King of Gujarat (1241/1244), but at the end of the 15th century, they were forced from their lands and under Raja Deepa Singh Solanki, they settled near Bhinai in the Ajmer district. Later Thakur Bhoj Singh migrated and settled in Lach village in Sirohi district, but was killed by the Rao of Sirohi in the last of 17 battles, who took control of that village. Soon afterwards, the Solankis lost control of their territories in Rajasthan and settled at Kumbalgarh during the reign of Maharana Raimal of Mewar (1473/1509), who granted them the pargana of Desuri (Roopnagar), as well as 363 villages of Godwar and Mewar, for ridding that district of some troublesome Madrecha Chauhan rajputs who refused to obey the Maharana. Thakur Sanwant Singh divided his territory amongst his sons, with Thakur Khet Singh receiving Siryari as his appanage. He was succeeded by his son, Thakur Khet Singh, and the latter by his son, Thakur Sanga Singh. Thakur Khet Singh along with his son Thakur Sanga Singh died in the battle with combined forces of Mughal and Jodhpur State near Desuri. Dinner and over night at camp

Day 11 : Sansari  

Morning have a completely rewarding experience of seeing an overwhelming range of birds during the  It takes around 4/5 hours to walk start from camp site. One can view- Shikr,apainted spurfowl, Copper smith Barbet, Long billed Vulture,Egyptian Vulture,Oriental Magpie Robin, Yellow Tit, Clamourus Reed Warbler, White Throated Fantail, Packed lunch at mayli mata, after lunch take some rest or time for photo shot, after proceed to walk again to next bird spot- Jombu mata We can view Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Little Grebe, Cormorants, Black-headed Ibis, Woolly-necked Stork, Water Tern, Indian Roller, Wagtails, Plain and Ashy Prinia, White-throated,Common and Pied Kingfisher, Egrets, Eurasian Coot, Purple

heron, Grey Heron, Pond Heron, Cotton Pygmy Goose etc. finish our tour near khimaj mata temple, spend some time here for photo shot, then after drive back to camp. Dinner and over night at camp.

Day 12 : Sansari – Jodhpur

After a leisurely breakfast check out from camp and drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening  free for leisure. Dinner at city side restaurant over night at Hotel.

Day 13 : Departure 

After a leisurely breakfast and further sightseeing of Jodhpur visiting the  Mehrangarh Fort. Jaswant thada and Ummed bhawan Palace, Later drive past Afternoon transfer to airport for onward flight.

COST INCLUDES :-

  • Team Size: Min 2 and maximum 6.
  • This birding tour includes transportation from Hotel to hotel,
  • Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and knowledgable, English speaking birding guide.
  • Vehicle Type : Dzire / Innova .
  • Refreshment during break ( Soft drinks, cookies, Chips and fresh fruits)

TOUR COST EXCLUDES :-

  • Any Domestic or international flight tickets
  • Monuments or Sightseeing entry fees
  • Still Video Camera fess.
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any hard and Soft Drink at hotel

Please be informed that the bird names given here are only to provide an idea what birds one may expect there!