On this unique excursion, you will venture into the only two national parks in central and southern India where walking is allowed to find the tracks and observe the behavior of large animals like tigers, elephants, sloth bears, leopards, gaur, antelope and many other fascinating species. You will also undertake safari drives during the day and at night to see animals that otherwise are difficult to get near. And you will learn how to utilize bird language to enhance your wildlife experiences and begin to understand what our feathered friends are telling us about animal whereabouts, their movements on the landscape, and their intentions.
India Tracking and Bird Language Safari
India Tracking & Bird Language Safari
November - April
Experience & Activity Level:
Previous tracking experience helpful but not required.
Participants should be in good physical condition.
4 star lodges
Starting at $6,590 per person ($1,240 single supplement)
- Satpura National Park
- Agra (Taj Mahal and Fort)
- Periyar National Park
This adventure takes you to the heart of India where you will get to observe and track some of the most splendid large wildlife on the planet by foot, the way the intrepid maharajas and early British explorers did during their hunting expeditions. Central and southern India possess ideal habitat for a variety of large animals, both carnivores and herbivores, and you will go through the forests and open savannahs in search of signs of their presence indicating where they have been and what they were doing.
Our expert guides will teach you how to identify their tracks and other spoor, and you will also be instructed in the fundamentals of bird language so that you can begin to recognize alarm calls that signify predator movements and other activity by fauna on the ground, in the trees, and through the air. Additionally, you will get to go on games drives both during the day and at night to get up close and personal to wildlife in their relaxed states as well as when they are feeding, hunting or being hunted. This includes tigers, leopards, sloth bears, elephants, gaur, several deer and antelope species, wild boar, wild dogs, langurs, and macaques, as well as many varieties of resplendent birds.
The trip also includes some cultural exploits, and you will begin the tour in Delhi where your guides will take you to see the historic sites of the old city the day after you land. The following day we will depart for Saptura National Park, the only preserve in central India that allows for walking safaris. We will explore the park for four days on foot and by jeep observing the above mentioned animals and looking for tracks, all the while listening to bird language in the pristine sal and teak forests.
On the way back from Satpura, we will pass through Agra for a day where you will have the chance to visit the world renown shrine, the Taj Mahal, as well as seeing the old Agra Fort in addition to other historic and archeologically important sites. From Agra, we will head back to Delhi and catch a plane heading south to the state of Kerala, which has a tropical climate and hence a somewhat different collection of fauna and flora.
Upon arrival in Kerala we will head immediately to Periyar National Park which was set originally set aside as a tiger reserve. Here you will enjoy four more days once again on walking and vehicle safaris. As before, we will search for animal sightings, tracks, and other sign as well as listen to the alarms calls of the fabulous array of birds in this region. Periyar is especially known for its wild elephant herds and the endangered nilgiri tahr, which are treat to see on the rocky slopes of the Western Ghats mountain range.
For our final destination we will depart Periyar and journey to Kochi/Cochin, a village on the coast with an eclectic cultural and religious history. You will have the opportunity to wander around and marvel at the history and diversity of this wonderful place. During your explorations of the sights here, you can reflect on the amazing creatures you have observed over the past two weeks and ponder how you will put into good use your new found tracking and bird language skills when you return home!