India at a Glance
India with more than 1250 species of birds, is a paradise for bird watching, out of which 141 are endemic to this region. For birding in India, 13 bio-geographical regions can be demarcated: Trans Himalayan, Western Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas, Desert, Semi-arid, Gangetic plain, Central India, Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, North East, the three Coasts and the Andaman Nicobar Islands. The Blue Peafowl , also known as the Blue Peacock, is the national bird of India. The reason for this richness of species is the climate, the diversity of vegetation as well as its wide altitude range, which extends from sea level to the Himalayas.
Bird watching holidays to India offer a profusion of exciting species. Be amazed by the common, colourful and charismatic birds easy to see by the road side. Rare birds like the colourful and exquisite Fire-tailed Myzornis can be found in the north-east while the stately Great Indian Bustard is best looked for in the west. The best time to visit India are the months between October and April as, in addition to the variety of resident species, migratory waterfowl, raptors, starlings and a host of other species are also to be seen all around the Indian countryside.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur is arguably the finest bird sanctuary in the world. Formerly a shooting preserve of the Rajput Maharajahs of Bharatpur, it is just 29 sq. km. in extent but holds a remarkable diversity of habitats. This north Indian sanctuary is situated in the country's northwestern state of Rajasthan. Amongst this thick dense forest cover, is an unequalled array of wetland species, a great variety of vultures, eagles and owls, plus numerous small landbirds. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a stunning bird watching locality. Amazingly compact, it provides the kind of spectacle that almost defies description. The flooded jheels ensure sheltered feeding and refuge for countless thousands of geese, ducks, storks, herons and waders. Many of the storks, herons and egrets begin to nest during the monsoon rains that extend into September and with a protracted breeding season it is usual to see much activity around the treetop colonies until well into February.
Another unique birding destination is in the Kumaon region. The unique location with thousands of acres of mixed forests and altitudes ranging from 1700 meters to 2600 meters, combine to form a safe haven for birds.A lesser known destination Nuaradehi is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, India.
It is a unique eco region different from tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh. Due to varied topography and different forest type Nauradehi is home to mammals and birds less seen in popular National Parks of India. Spotted creeper is found here. Most of the birds we have check listed are not absent or not seen easily at popular tiger reserves like Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The sanctuary has lot many wetlands big and small, and dense patches of forests alongside making it ideal to sight both wetland and forest birds in one trip.