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Northern India in 2022 (2 Viewers)

Dermot J Smith

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I am hoping to book on trip to Northern India in 2022 or early 2023, but the single room supplements with Naturetrek and Birdfinders make it difficult so i am looking for someone to share with, cost about £3k with those two companies. I have also found some Indian companies that provide a driver and hotels, park entry and guides park etc , much cheaper at about £1600 for two weeks plus flights so about £2k. I would like to see a tiger, Ranthambore looks the best place and Bharatpur is great for wetland birds. Corbett and Naintal look good for a wide variety of birds in foothils of Himalayas, anyway I have made no firm plans so willing to discuss ideas and agree plans with whoever is interested. i have bene birding for about 45 years, male, married to a non birder and live in NW England.
 

Pash44

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Hi Dermot

Did almost the same itinerary a few years ago with a great guide - Ghanshyam Singh (Ghani). Great eyes/ears and a really lovely guy as well - he loves his food too which was superb. He can make all arrangements and will be much more economical than using birding companies.

His Dad is Head Ranger at one of the tiger sanctuaries so he can sort that out too. We missed tigers at Ranthambore despite 5 drives! Unusual.

His contact details
[email protected]
Whatsapp +91 9887282165

Best wishes
Pash
 

birdboybowley

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England
Not unusual for me!! We missed tigers in Ranthambore and Corbett....that's a week's worth of looking. Stupid pussy cats 😖🤬
 

Andy Adcock

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England
Not unusual for me!! We missed tigers in Ranthambore and Corbett....that's a week's worth of looking. Stupid pussy cats 😖🤬
Not sure many people get them in Corbett, I didn't either, Ranthambore seems a better option but I think Kanha is even better though a lot further away.

I remember Bill Oddie saw a Tiger at Corbett though and I stood on the same wall a couple of years later, great for Gharial viewing btw.
 

birdboybowley

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England
The worst thing about it was van loads of very noisy Indians were seeing them every trip out, we crept around slowly and stealthily....and nowt!! 😂😂 so the moral is, when in India....😜
 

Dermot J Smith

New member
Hi Dermot

Did almost the same itinerary a few years ago with a great guide - Ghanshyam Singh (Ghani). Great eyes/ears and a really lovely guy as well - he loves his food too which was superb. He can make all arrangements and will be much more economical than using birding companies.

His Dad is Head Ranger at one of the tiger sanctuaries so he can sort that out too. We missed tigers at Ranthambore despite 5 drives! Unusual.

His contact details
[email protected]
Whatsapp +91 9887282165

Best wishes
Pash
HI Pash,

Thanks very much for that contact I will email him, i know tigers can be elusive, but what i want is teh chance of seeing one, if they don't appear that's fine a i am sure the birding will be amazing. Cheers Dermot
 

DMW

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Not sure many people get them in Corbett, I didn't either, Ranthambore seems a better option but I think Kanha is even better though a lot further away.

I remember Bill Oddie saw a Tiger at Corbett though and I stood on the same wall a couple of years later, great for Gharial viewing btw.
I had a couple of sightings in Corbett, and so did most visitors when I was there. My impression is that it's much more reliable than was the case in the 1990s when I first visited.
I've also had decent luck at Ranthambore, but reliability here seems to swing from near certain to very unlikely, don't know how it is there now. Both Ranthambore and Corbett are fantastic in their own right regardless of tiger sightings.
The most reliable sites are probably Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Tadoba, in central India. I visited the Bandhavgarh and although I had a few sightings, I found it a rather depressing experience (jeeps racing around when a tiger is seen, jostling for position etc). Getting to these reserves is a bit time consuming, and I'd only really recommend them if seeing tiger is the primary goal of the trip and you are prepared to sacrifice much better birding elsewhere.
 

Mike Hunter

Well-known member
If Tiger is a key target then I'd recommend Bandhavgarh National Park - high probability of seeing one, though a bit out of the way as DMW says.

Mike
 

Dermot J Smith

New member
If Tiger is a key target then I'd recommend Bandhavgarh National Park - high probability of seeing one, though a bit out of the way as DMW says.

Mike
I'd like to see a tiger but i don't want to spend days looking for one when there is loads of birding to be done, so that is the main thing, birding with a chance of a tiger.

Cheers

Dermot
 

ratt

Member
I'd like to see a tiger but i don't want to spend days looking for one when there is loads of birding to be done, so that is the main thing, birding with a chance of a tiger.

Cheers

Dermot
I have been a long period and yearly traveller to India and Nepal since 1978....my experience of tiger watching is that the birding on the same trip is not so great because of the need to be on safari, by jeep or elephant. I also always do my journeys off my own back, by bullet motorcycle, or trains and buses. this makes for the best birding trips.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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