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India & Nepal - Corbett to Kathmandu

Tour Code: IND23

This 17-day holiday, in search of birds and mammals, offers a mouth-watering combination of the best national parks in the Himalayan foothills - Corbett in India, and the Sal and riverine forests of Bardia and subtropical jungles of Chitwan in Nepal, plus birdwatching and sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.

17 days from £4495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3995 SRS: £795 + an optional 4-day extension


After arriving in Delhi we take an overnight train to Corbett National Park. Named after the legendary John Corbett, the park holds a wealth of mammal species including Tigers. Many of the birds we’re likely to see are characteristic of the Himalayan region – and we’ll look out for a few Palearctic rarities too! After four nights at Corbett we transfer to Bardia National Park, home to nearly 400 species of birds. We’ll explore the park by rafts and jeep, as well as on foot, before continuing our journey to Chitwan National Park where a wonderful diversity of flora, birds and mammals await. We finish our holiday with some sightseeing in Kathmandu, and a birding trip to the forested slopes of Phulchowki (2,740m) – the highest mountain in the Kathmandu Valley.

  • Asian Elephant & Bengal Tiger, Corbett National Park
  • Crested Kingfisher, Great Slaty Woodpecker & Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Bardia
  • Raft trip on Karnali River in search of Smooth Otters, Gharial Crocodiles & river dolphins
  • Visit Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini
  • One-horned Rhinoceros & Tiger, plus over 500 bird species, Chitwan National Park
  • Look for rare birds at Chitwan such as Jerdon’s Babbler & Red-headed Trogon
  • Enjoy stunning scenery of snowy Himalayan summits & Kathmandu Valley
  • Sunbirds, flowerpeckers, bulbuls, laughing-thrushes and much more, Phulchowki
  • Optional extension to Koshi Tappu National Park
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price, except for main meals in Delhi and Kathmandu. Allow £20.

Accommodation

Comfortable tourist hotels in Delhi and Kathmandu; simple but comfortable lodges and tented camps elsewhere. Most have private facilities.

Tiger (Margaret Coull)

Tiger (Margaret Coull)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Delhi; overnight train to Corbett

Day 3/6 Corbett National Park

Day 7/9 Bardia National Park

Day 10 Lumbini

Day 11/14 Chitwan National Park

Day 15/16 Kathmandu

Day 17 Return London

There is nowhere in the world quite like the Indian subcontinent! So rich is the region in flavour and variety, whether it is the scenery, culture, history or wildlife which most appeals to your taste, that every visit is packed with unique and unforgettable memories. City life in modern India may outwardly sport all the trappings of the 21st century, but underlying this is a unique culture which has developed over thousands of years and permeates every aspect of society. Delhi has had many rulers during a long and turbulent history, whereas the machinations of life in the fabled city of Kathmandu were virtually unknown to the rest of the world until comparatively recent times and it has been described as a city with more temples than houses and more gods than people. To travel through the Himalayan foothills between these two diverse cities is one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia — a journey that encapsulates the sheer variety of this magnificent subcontinent.

We begin our tour in India’s capital, New Delhi, then board an overnight train to visit Corbett National Park. A mouthwatering menu of sub-Himalayan birding is on offer at Corbett, but the park also holds a wealth of mammal species, amongst them Indian Elephant and that most supreme of Asian predators, the Bengal Tiger. Arguably one of the most picturesque of India’s national parks, Corbett was named in honour of the late Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter-turned-conservationist who played an important role in helping to create the reserve. Many of the birds we are likely to see in Corbett are characteristic of the Himalayan region and include a number of Palearctic rarities to set pulses racing!

After spending four nights in Corbett, we travel next to Bardia National Park, situated in the lowlands of western Nepal. Comprising magnificent Sal and riverine forests, and extensive grasslands, Bardia’s 936 square kilometres are home to Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, a few Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking and Hog Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Sloth Bear, as well as Marsh Mugger Crocodile and the endangered fish-eating Gharial. Nearly 400 species of birds occur in the park and during our 3-night stay here we will hope to find such species as Great Slaty and Streak-throated Woodpecker, Crested Kingfisher, Wallcreeper, Large-billed Leaf Warbler and Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo. Bardia is bordered to the west by the Karnali River, one of the largest in Nepal, and this enables us to explore the park by raft, as well as by jeep and on foot. An inflatable raft trip down to the southern boundary of the park is a tranquil way of viewing the birdlife and water-oriented animals such as Smooth Otters and both Mugger and Gharial Crocodiles. The Karnali River is also one of the best areas in Nepal to view the highly endangered Ganges River Dolphin.

In order to break the long journey to Chitwan, we will spend one night in Lumbini and explore the fascinating complex of ancient temples and modern stupas which mark the birthplace of Buddha. We will then continue to Chitwan National Park. This magnificent reserve is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna, protecting populations of both One-horned Rhinoceros and Bengal Tiger as well as many other mammals and a stunning variety of birdlife. A diversity of riverine and forest habitats, interspersed with open grassland, ensures that there are always new areas to explore during our stay and ever present in the distance are the snowy summits of the Himalayan giants which stretch across Nepal in an unbroken line from east to west. We will spend four nights close to the park, in order to explore a full range of habitats.

We head finally to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, pausing along the way to scan for Ibisbills, White-capped Riverchats and other waterside birds that frequent the fastflowing Trisuli River, the course of which the road follows. After a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we conclude a memorable tour with a birdwatching trip to the forested slopes of Phulchowki which, at 2,740 metres, is the highest mountain in the valley. Many species typical of the high Himalaya occur here and, with access facilitated by a road, we can enjoy searching for these without recourse to mountaineering or trekking!

For those wishing to extend their holiday, we offer an extension east from Chitwan to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, one of Asia’s finest wetlands. Here, a remnant population of wild Water Buffalo may be seen, as well as other mammals such as Ganges River Dolphin, Jungle Cat and Golden Jackal. From the delightful Koshi Camp up to 160 bird species may be seen in a single day, amongst them such local specialities as Red-necked Falcon, Striated Marsh Warbler and the endangered Swamp Partridge and Bengal Florican. It is a restful and rewarding spot to conclude a holiday!

Young male Swamp Deer, Bardia National Park (Rajan Jolly)Chitwan National Park, early morning (Paul Stanbury)Gharial crocodile, Chitwan National ParkElephant safari, grasslands of Chitwan National Park (Paul Stanbury)Assamese Macaque, Himalayan foothills (Ron Brown)Bengal Fox (Suchit Basnet)Lesser Adjutant Stork (Ron Brown)Nepali woman (Cliff Garratt)Prayer flags at Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace (Rajan Jolly)Ancient temples and palace at Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace (Rajan Jolly)Pompadour Green Pigeon, Chitwan National Park (Rajan Jolly)Vulture sp., now declining (Rajan Jolly)Elephant safari, Chitwan National Park (Rajan Jolly)Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park (Rajan Jolly)Watching Rhino from Elephant back in Chitwan (Rajan Jolly)Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park (Rajan Jolly)Assam Roofed Turtles (Rajan Jolly)Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park (Rajan Jolly)Bengal Tigress and cubAsian Elephants (Rajan Jolly)Marsh Mugger Crocodile, Chitwan National Park (Paul Stanbury)Terai Langur, Chitwan (John Keighley)Giant Hornbills, Chitwan National Park (Cliff Garratt)Gaur, Chitwan National Park  (Paul Stanbury)Durbar Square, Patan, Kathmandu (John Keighley)Urban Rhesus Macaque in Kathmandu (John Keighley)IbisbillRed-flanked Blue-tailTigerOne-Horned Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
S.F.
Peterborough
The leader was tireless, constantly good humoured, knowledgeable and extremely flexible.
L.S.
Dorset
A great holiday with tiger, jungle cat and fishing cat. Amazing!
D. & J.G.
Yorkshire
We had a wonderful time. Suchit was outstanding as a tour leader. We saw some marvellous wildlife and were also able to experience the local culture, particularly at Bardin and Kathmandu. The accommodation was superbly sited, and the food constantly good throughout. We also enjoyed our extension to Koshi Tappu. Thanks for giving us a great experience!
Mr & Mrs D.
Hampshire
It was an unforgettable experience which we would not have liked to have missed! The wildlife part was everything and more than we ever dared hope for.
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Fri 10th November 2017 - Sun 26th November 2017

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Fri 2nd February 2018 - Sun 18th February 2018

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Fri 9th November 2018 - Sun 25th November 2018

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If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

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The leader was tireless, constantly good humoured, knowledgeable and extremely flexible.
S.F., Peterborough