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Feeling the intensity of the Demoiselle Cranes' bugling
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Hearing to morning roar of an Asiatic Lion at Gir Forest
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Watching for Bengal Tiger, Leopards and Asiatic Lions on safari drives
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Visiting the Taj Mahal
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Walking in Bharatpur bird sanctuary

India's Great Northwest

Feb 23 - Mar 15, 2021

21 days | India | Quest Nature Tours

India is one of the best travel destinations and we've designed this itinerary to take us through India’s as yet largely undiscovered northwestern regions, along with sites about which we’re more likely to have heard. Here we’ll find a unique complement of savanna, wetland, prairie, forest and desert habitats where we can search for an assortment of enigmatic wildlife, including several endangered and highly localized species found nowhere else. Among sand dunes in Rajasthan we’ll look for the Great Indian Bustard and other desert wildlife, and we’ll quest for the Indian Wild Ass and other creatures on the expansive salt flats of Gujarat’s Little Rann of Kutch. We’ll explore primeval grasslands of Velavadar and encounter the world’s only Asiatic Lions at Gir Forest.

Among the many other wildlife highlights will be our exciting jeep rides in the Project Tiger reserve of Ranthambore, where the Bengal Tiger will be top of mind. Although tigers aren’t guaranteed, we’ll find much else to captivate us. The Sloth Bear is another large mammal we will be looking for. We’ll also visit Bharatpur, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world.

Just being in India is an enriching experience in itself. We’ll have a chance to meet every day people and complement our time with walks in the desert outpost of Jaisalmer and at the iconic Taj Mahal. A tour highlight will be the unassuming desert village of Khichan, where villagers feed thousands of overwintering Demoiselle Cranes. The sound of their bugling should be a spectacle in itself and one we are not likely to forget. There should be fantastic photographic opportunities all around us.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6795 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
8 - 12 Participants
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What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, all activities as described in the detailed itinerary, ground transportation and park entrance fees, internal flight and train trip within India, as per itinerary, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as specified in itinerary, services of your Quest leader, sightseeing with qualified local English-speaking guides, wildlife excursions with local English-speaking naturalists, porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

"Our local Indian guide, Payal, was absolutely outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient." - Eileen T., 2018
100% of travellers on our 2018 tour said it "wowed" them!

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive Delhi
2Welcome, Delhi City Tour
3Fly Jodhpur, to Khichan
4Khichan, To Jaisalmer
5Desert National Park
6To Jawai-Bera
7Jawai-Bandh
8 - 9Little Rann of Kutch
10To Velavadar
11Velavadar, to Sasan Gir
12-13Sasan Gir
14Sasan Gir to Ahmedabad
15Fly to Jaipur, Ranthambore
16-17Ranthambore
18To Bharatpur
19Bharatpur
20Taj Mahal; Agra Fort
21Return to Delhi, flights onwards
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Your Tour Leader

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6795 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
8 - 12 Participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, all activities as described in the detailed itinerary, ground transportation and park entrance fees, internal flight and train trip within India, as per itinerary, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as specified in itinerary, services of your Quest leader, sightseeing with qualified local English-speaking guides, wildlife excursions with local English-speaking naturalists, porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

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