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India: Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Nainital and Corbett

Paul Holt’s Northern India is an amazing combination of natural abundance… …new experiences… …cultural wonders… …and of course spectacular birds. We stay in comfortable places… …some full of charm… …and others simpler, but in the middle of great national parks… Our transport is normally familiar and comfortable… …but includes open-topped trucks in some national parks… …a fleet of jeeps in mountain towns… …small boats on occasion… …and even a night train; here a view of the boy’s room. Meals vary from elegant… …to on-the-fly outdoor picnics. The scenery is wonderful and varied; here dawn at Bharatpur… (dt) …sunset at Corbett National Park… …and midday in the mountains. Birds range from the the spectacular Plum-headed Parakeet…  (dt) …and the massive Tawny Fish Owl…. …to the camouflaged Blue-throated Barbet… …the clearly pied Pied Bushchat… …the rare Long-billed Thrush… …the scarce and localized Red Spurfowl… …the superb Siberian Rubythroat… …and the elegant Indian Skimmer There are plenty of mammals too; Spotted Deer… …elusive Indian Gazelles… …massive Asian Elephants… …and pensive (sometimes) Plains Grey Langurs… …and of course we hope for tiger. The prehistoric Indian Monitor is just one, if an an arresting one, of the tour’s reptiles. Of course, the Indian people and their approach to life are endlessly fascinating:… …a pilgrim carrying Ganges River water… …a “not in Kansas anymore” sign… …and charming and curious school children. And like all trips, one hopes to return home with at least a few lasting images…