*Birding Tour in Udaipur and Chittorgarh *

Udaipur and chittorgarh  is yet to be famous and regular destination for Birding in India. These city of lakes and city of brave  can boast of at least 400 species of birds within 100 KM vicinity. Udaipur and Chittorgarh  city is surrounded by many wet lands, lakes, wild life sanctuaries which are accessible within 30min to 2 hours drive. Since we are based in Udaipur, we focus mainly on birding tour in and around Udaipur and Chittorgarh.

Best Time For Birding in Udaipur and Chittorgarh  :- 
Winter is the right time for birding tour in Udaipur  and Chittorgarh as it attracts many migratory birds. Here is how we organise the birding tour in Udaipur and Chittorgarh :-

 Day 01:-
Visit to Mangalwar And Menar 

Mangalwar Lake is around 70KM from Udaipur City Centre. We start early in the morning, around 5:30AM and reach Mangalwar Lake around 7:15AM. Sunrise occurs at around the same time. During this period we can have quick breakfast or tea and wait for light to be suitable for bird photography. One can see Marsh Harrier, Red Shank, Bar Headed Goose, GreyLag Goose, Greater Cormorant, Darter or Snake Birds, Grey Francolin, Egrets, Crow Pheasants, Various Sandpipers, Lapwing, Wagtails, Pipits etc.
It takes around 3 to 4 hours to walk around the Mangalwar Lake while observing the birds. Soon after, there will be breakfast break for 30 minutes and we proceed towards another wetland which is around 5KM from Mangalwar towards Chittor. In this wetland, we can spot Black Tailed Gotwit, Indian Roller, Marsh Harrier, Black Ibis, Flamingos, Black Kite, Cormorants etc.

Birds Of Menar Lake

Then we come back to Mangalwar town for lunch. Lunch will be of traditional Rajasthani Daal Bati, if not specified other wise before.

After lunch, we start for Menar Lake. It is around 30KM from Mangalwar towards Udaipur. 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.

After this we come back to Udaipur at around 5:30PM

Team Size: Min 2 and maximum 6. This birding tour includes transportation from Udaipur hotel, breakfast, lunch and knowledgable, English speaking birding guide. Vehicle Type :  Innova/ Dzire/Etios.

Day 02 :-

Birding at Bathera Kalan and Ghasa Lake 

Bathera Kalan is around 40KM from Udaipur city which has two wetlands and jungle area. We will start at 6AM in the morning from Udaipur and reach there at around 6:45AM. On arrival, tea/coffee will be served at Rawla Bathera, a home stay and then proceed towards Bathera lake. 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.

Birds Of Bathera Kalan, Udaipur

After this, we go to other pond with beautiful view. Here we can spot Darter, ndian Grey Hornbill, Asian Koel (Male and Female), Hoopoe, Long Tail Shrike, Rofus Tree pie, Pied Starling, Yellow Eyed Babbler, Jungle Crow, Red breasted flycatcher etc.

Then we take break for lunch. Indian style both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch will be provided at Rawla Bathera with excellent view of typical old Rajasthani Village.

We then proceed for Ghasa Lake which is around 25KM from Bathera Kalan towards Mavli. It this we can spot Purple Heron, White Breasted Kingfisher, Common Moorhen, common coot, Comb duck, green bea-eater, wood sandpiper, green sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, yellow wagtail, little ringed plover, saras cranes, blackwinged stilt, painted stork, spoon bill, rudy shelduck etc.

Birds Of Ghasa Lake, Udaipur

It takes around 2 to 3 hours to walk around and enjoy bird watching!

And  in Evening  we drive back to Udaipur.

Birding in Chittorgarh  :-

Day 03 :-  Udaipur– Chittorgarh    

This morning finish your breakfast and drive to Chittorgarh, on arrival check in to the Hotel/Resort, 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/Resort

Day 04 :   Chittorgarh –Sitamata Bird Sanctuary  day Excursion  (  100 km/ 2 hrs. 35 min ) 

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. After spotting back to Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel/Resort

Day 05 :-  Chittorgarh – Bassi Bird Sanctuary  day Excursion 

Early morning before sun rise  finish tea/ Coffee and drive to Bassi Bird sanctuary. On arrival set your camera and waiting for sun light. And finish your pack breakfast after breakfast Sun rise time watch birds  :-   Lesser Whitethroat,  Orphean Warbler,  Great Tit,  Purple Sunbird,  Crested Bunting,  Red-Headed Bunting,  House Sparrow,  Chestnut-shouldered Petronia,  Rock myna, Indian,   Rufous Treepie, Green Footed pigon,   Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel/Resort

Day 06 :-  Chittorgarh– Udaipur  ( Departure)

After morning breakfast check out from resort and towards drive to Udaipur airport/ railway station for your onward journey.

                                                “Come back soon” 

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES :-

  • Team Size: Min 2 and maximum 6.
  • This birding tour includes transportation from Hotel to hotel,
  • Breakfast, lunch 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!