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Feeling the intensity of the Demoiselle Cranes’ bugling
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Photographing the bizarre Gharial at Chambal
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Searching for Bengal Tiger and Sloth Bear at Ranthambore
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Hearing to morning roar of an Asiatic Lion at Gir Forest
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Visiting the Taj Mahal

Justin’s Essential India: The Great Northwest

Dates are subject to change.

India is one of the best travel destinations and Justin has 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. After a stop at Bharatpur, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, we’ll carry on to the pristine waters of the Chambal River to search for the Gharial – the rare and bizarre fish-eating crocodile – and a variety of other reptiles and specialty birds…and perhaps a Ganges River Dolphin.

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.

Whether this is your first time to India or a return trip, this tour promises a fresh perspective!
Quest Nature Tours

India | 21 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 22 - Mar 15, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$6395
Group Size:
8 - 12 Participants

Includes:
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, Justin Peter, 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 an additional US$400.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Welcome, Delhi City Tour
Day 3: Fly Jodhpur, to Khichan
Day 4: Khichan, To Jaisalmer
Day 5: Desert NP
Day 6: Desert NP, Jaisalmer
Day 7: Drive to Mount Abu
Day 8 - 9: Little Rann of Kutch
Day 10: To Velavadar
Day 11: Velavadar, to Sasan Gir
Days 12-13: Sasan Gir
Day 14: Sasan Gir to Ahmedabad
Day 15: Fly to Jaipur, Ranthambore
Days 16-17: Ranthambore
Day 18: To Chambal via Bharatpur
Day 19: Chambal National Sanctuary
Day 20: Taj Mahal; Agra Fort
Day 21: Return to Delhi, flights onwards
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Your Tour Leader

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.

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Quest Nature Tours

India | 21 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 22 - Mar 15, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$6395
Group Size:
8 - 12 Participants

Includes:
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, Justin Peter, 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 an additional US$400.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"A region of astounding ecological significance."

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