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India 2014 - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Golden Triangle - Culture, Birds and Wildlife
November 25 to December 4
Photos by Kelly Sekhon

Two of the original group left and three new participants joined us in Delhi. We spent the morning of the first day visiting the Sultanpur National Park just outside Delhi. Couple of hours of early morning birding in the park was just magical. In the afternoon we visited Humayun's Tomb and later in the evening the crowed spice mart in old Delhi.

Sultanpur National Park 

Painted Stork with two young

Alexandrine Parakeet

Next morning we drove to Chambal Safari Lodge and after lunch spent the evening birding the wooded area, gardens and the fields around the lodge.

Chambal Safari Lodge

Spotted Owlet

Next morning was spent birding at various spots in the country side before arriving at the banks of Chambal River for lunch and afternoon boat ride. Chambal River Sanctuary home to Ganges Dolphin, Mugger and Gharial Crocodiles and Indian Skimmers. We also saw numerous other birds and a rare glimpse of a Jungle Cat.

The Chambal River

Mugger Crocodile

Gharial Crocodile

Flapshell Turtle

Indian Skimmers

Jungle Cat

River Lapwing

Life on the banks of Chambal

The group and the lodge staff

From Chambal we traveled to Keoladeo National Park via Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. We spent the next day in the park.

Sarus Cranes

Another day and another national park - Ranthambhore. We had two jeep safaris in the park and saw a wide variety of birds but no tigers.

Wood Sandpiper


Spotted Owlet

Great Thick-knee

Lesser Golden-back

Indian Darter

Pin-tailed Snipe

Striated Heron

From Ranthambhore we traveled to Jaipur and spent a full day sightseeing and overnight at Shahpura House.Next day we drove to Delhi to catch a flight to Cochin.

View from Amer Fort

Roof-top dining area at Shahpura House