Bharatpur

We welcome you to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary,  a birder’s paradise.

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Bharatpur Birding Tour Packages

Wildlife group tours, photography tours or customised itineraries.
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To the nature lover, winter is synonymous with misty horizons, frost-capped grass-flowers and…birds. Hundreds of them. Some foreign, some local; some big and many small; but all of them fascinating to watch and photograph. And synonymous with birds in the winter is a small swampy paradise called Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

Made by man and replenished by Nature, this centrepiece of the little town of Bharatpur is the result of a bund constructed 250 years ago. Subsequently, its rich and eventful history witnessed large-scale hunting by the maharajas and the visiting viceroys. But upon the establishment as a national park in 1982, the sanctuary, named after the Shiva temple at the midst of its network of swamps, received the protection it much deserved and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

At its best, the variety, density and the sheer number of birds on show here will rival the world’s biggest fair of any kind, and the beauty and scale of its birdlife will leave even a great orator hopelessly spellbound.

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Quick Information

Best time to Visit:
Oct-Mar

Recommended min. duration:
3 nights/4 days

Attractions:
Birds & Other Wildlife
Chambal River Safari

Activities:
Wildlife Photography
Birding Trails

Nearest Airports:
Jaipur
Delhi

Our Bharatpur Tours

Upcoming Departures

Wetland Wonders – 3N/4D

Bird Photography Tour

Cost: Starting INR 35,000/- + GST

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

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Reviews by Tour Participants

Dr. Sriram
Bengaluru
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The Bharatpur experience has been magical and the Sarus Crane encounter is a memory for life long. Thanks for making bird photography more interesting and rewarding.
Animesh Singh
Delhi
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Thanks a ton for this wonderful trip. I do look forward to be a part of other Toehold photography events.
Saurav Mahanta
Salem
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Thanks a ton for this wonderful trip. I do look forward to be a part of other Toehold photography events.

We cater to 3 different kinds of Bharatpur travellers. Which one are you?

There are three different ways to explore Bharatpur. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Bharatpur birding tour package.

Bharatpur Photography Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on exciting Bharatpur Bird Photography Tours to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

Upcoming Departures

Bharatpur Birding Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departure Bharatpur Birding Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

Upcoming Departures

Bharatpur Customised Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

Why let us arrange your trip?

At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime. Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:

Precise Customisation

It’s your holiday, so you tell us how you want it, and we’ll customise it to your exact expectations, down to every possible detail, just short of what fragrance of air-freshener you’d prefer in your cab.

Expert Advice

Not clear about what you want or how to make the most of your vacation? Pick our brains and make an informed decision about how you’d like to spend your precious holiday, and then just prepare for a rollicking time.

Unmatched Experience

With partnerships with the best people in the field and a stellar logistical network, we ensure no holds are barred in helping you enjoy an enriching and memorable experience.

Flawless Orchestration

Once the plan is set, you can count on us to make your experience a flawless pleasure. A star may implode or a planet may go out of orbit, but you can rest assured your tour will motor on without a glitch.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

A world-renowned birding hotspot and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

You walk a path that winds pristinely through marshy vegetation. The curtain of mist rises slowly off a huge flock of greylag geese as you approach a large lake. Golden sun-rays filter through from the horizon, lending an ethereal glow to the scene.

Suddenly, a marauding marsh harrier encircles above, rousing the roosting geese into the air. The sight and the sound of thousands of wings beating overhead is stunning. You realise that every step taken here is an advance through a world of endless fascination, and in its wondrous folds, Bharatpur hands you an experience beyond the ordinary.

Nilgai
A Nilgai watches on in the marshes of Bharatpur

What you can expect in a Bharatpur Birding tour package?

When Sir Peter Scott described Keoladeo Ghana as “the world’s best bird area” he wasn’t given to hyperbole. For such are the treats in store here that it’s hard to think of a place that is more rewarding to the seeker of winged wanderers.

A wader’s paradise, Bharatpur lets its feathered guests have a field day, and its long list of winter-meet attendees features the bar-headed goosegadwallshovelergrebes, and ducks, including the comb duck and the lesser whistling duck, which are in large numbers.

Northern pintails and greylag geese roost in the thousands while marsh harriers prowl the air looking to eat one of them. In the quest for fish, kingfishers perch patiently on a branch near water, black-necked storks walk through it hoping to stun one, and Oriental darters snake in and out trying to scoop one out.

Pintail
Northern Pintail
Kingfisher
A Pied Kingfisher against the setting sun

The list of hooting callers features the brown hawk owl, collared scops owl and dusky eagle owl, and to photograph the spotted owlet, hardly a better place can be conceived, as they welcome the rising sun. 

Steppetawnygreater and lesser spotted and crested serpent eagles constitute the distinguished raptors, while so do the black-shouldered kiteshikrawhite-eyed buzzard and Oriental honey buzzard among others.

Storks are aplenty, and come in the open-billedpaintedblack- and woolly-necked format, while herons are purple and grey, and ibises are black and glossy

Greenshanksstiltssandpipers and jacanas hang out at the waterfront along with common coot and common moorhenwhite-eared bulbuls adorn the bushes, and yellow-footed green pigeon and Eurasian wryneck decorate the trees.

Coppersmith barbets are not averse to approach, common hoopoes pose delightfully with erect crests, and white-breasted waterhen can often be shot with a wide-angle lens!

The smaller birds are not left behind either. European and Indian rollers abound, while Indian nightjars perch still on discreet branches, white-browed and red-throated flycatchers show themselves endearingly, and citrine wagtailsbluethroats and brown shrikes entice with their eponymous colours.

But saying that Bharatpur is all about birds is like claiming that the Himalayas are all about snow-clad hills. Never short of surprises, a day’s walk in the Ghana can yield cherished sights of jungle cat. Besides, jackal and Bengal monitor lizard encounters are exceedingly common, nilgai (blue bull) are commonly seen, and the park is one of the best places in the world to photograph the Indian rock python.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

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Wetland Wonders - Bharatpur Bird Photography Tour Schedules

NOV 21-25, 2020

Tiger Photography Tour

Skipper: Jayanth Sharma

FEB 11-14

Bird Photography Tour

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Tour Itinerary (3N/4D)

Please note: This Tour begins at Bharatpur at around lunchtime on Day 1, and ends at Bharatpur after breakfast on Day 4. Road transfers between Delhi or Jaipur and Bharatpur will be arranged in shared cabs at extra actual cost. Please talk to us for special needs.

Tour participants assemble in Delhi or Jaipur as per their preference (we recommend Jaipur), and at around 09:00 a.m., we leave for Bharatpur, completing the journey and checking in to our hotel for a lunch.

After mutual introduction and a quick briefing by the Skipper about the park, we make our first foray into it, familiarising ourselves with the terrain and enjoying our maiden exploration of it. We return to the resort after a fulfilling introduction to the park and spend the rest of the evening discussing the basics of wetland bird photography. A scrumptious dinner precedes retirement for the day.

Before sunrise, our cycle rickshaw drivers are waiting for us at the lodge and we’re taken to the park when we’re ready. We spend much of the first day visiting the major birding hotspots and seek to make evocative images in early morning light.

By midday, we meet at the central area of the park for lunch and a brief rest, before resuming our activity. In the winter the light is excellent nearly throughout the day, with the quality of photography opportunities peaking at dawn and dusk. The Skipper will utilize his experience to put us in the right place at the right time to capitalize on such opportunities.

Exiting the park after sunset, we return to the lodge and after a refreshing round of tea, gather for a session of ChitraTantra. These interactive sessions are highly insightful and greatly entertaining, and ensure that your post-shoot time is as productive as when you’re out in the field.

After a productive day full of photography fun and off-the-field learning, we dine and retire for the night.

Into the third day of the Tour, we enjoy all-day photography with the same schedule as on the previous day. We may also visit some areas outside the park based on potential.

In the evening, another insightful session, CharchaaLoka, will afford a wealth of technical insight into photography as well as natural history.

Our last morning at Bharatpur will be spent doing a short ride into the picturesque park, and after photographing birds in the delightful early-morning light, we return to the lodge for breakfast.

Having enjoyed a highly productive time in a bird paradise, we take a customary group picture and then, depending on schedules of departure, are dropped back to Delhi or Jaipur to connect to our flights.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 36,500
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Couples

INR 72,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 35,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.