Birding & Photography Tour - Tal Chappar
The Raptor Mania at Bike N Hike begins with one of the signature trips at Tal Chappar. Join us to witness the pristine glory of its ‘Golden Grasslands’ which is a small yet pulsating flat saline depression with open grassland scattered like strings of pearl in the heart of the Thar Desert.
As appealing is the landscape here to one and all, birders, naturalists and photographers are bound to dizzy themselves with its avian diversity. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in this region, including rarities like White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Spotted Creeper, Red Phalarope, Yellow-eyed Pigeon and Stoliczka's bushchat. The birding is so fast-paced here that it will keep you occupied with feasting your eyes on a myriad of activities around. The constant chack-chack of warblers and different species of Eagles, Falcons, Vultures, Buzzards and Harriers hovering, flying, scanning, swooping, feeding and roosting seems to be just the tip of the iceberg for what the birding experience here at Tal Chhapar could be.
A land that celebrates a conservation success story of restoring the population of Blackbucks from being on the verge of extinction to almost 2500, doesn’t restrict its hospitality to the bucks alone. This rich ecosystem is home to mammals like Desert Cat, Chinkara, Desert Gird, Indian Hedgehog, Indian and Desert Fox. We may also get a chance to sight reptiles mainly Spiny-tailed Lizard and Desert Monitor. As for our winged wonders, the list is long with the target species ranging from Raptors in the Falcons being the Laggar and Lesser Kestrel, Eagles like Steppe, Tawny and Imperial, the majestic Vultures which are Himalayan Griffon, Cinereous, White-rumped and Indian along with Pallid, Montagu’s and Eurasian Marsh Harrier. To this amazing symphony of birds, groups of Short-toed, Desert and Bimaculated Larks pull up the smaller strings along with Stoliczka’s puff and roll routine, completing the entire set. During this tour we will explore different avenues for wildlife to understand the habitat and maximize our chances of better sightings and photography opportunities. Since this is the time for the arrival of many migratory birds, we may see them coming in large numbers too.
This tour is led by Bike N Hike’s wildlife & photography expert Vipul Ramanuj, who will share his extensive knowledge on the avifauna of this region and ensure a great takeaway in terms of sightings and photo-ops. Being an exceptional photographer as well, he will be sharing various nuances of photography practically in the field and also during in-house discussions. Within this small group, one can also share and learn with fellow group mates along with having a great time birding in this Indian Savannah.
Dates: 22 – 23 – 24 – 25 October (Please note it is a 3N/4D trip to maximise the experience). If you wish to attend it for 3 days then kindly contact us.
Cost: ₹ 18,500/-
‘BUDDY OFFER’ up for grabs! If your buddy is accompanying you on this trip, the charges for two members will be ₹ 35,000/-
If you are a frequenter* with us then you get a special discount of ₹ 1000/-
This is an Ex-Sujangarh trip.
Do share with your friends & family and make the most of the Buddy offer!
*Anyone who has attended two or more trips with us.
- All local transfers during the workshop
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- All meals
- Expert charges
- All park entry/permit charges wherever applicable
- Travel to Sujangarh and back
- Beverages, Mineral water
- Expenses of personal nature
- Tips, camera charges
- Anything that’s not part of the includes list above.
This is not a leisure trip. This Photo-tour is exclusively for Birding and Bird Photography for 6 members only! Registration will be confirmed only after receipt of payment.