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Northern India Norther Himalaya, Uttaranchal, Corbett, Kaladhungi, Naini Tal, New Delhi
NorthWest India Rajasthan, Bharatpur, Western Himalaya
North East India (this page) West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Darjeeling, Lava
Goa Goa, Backwoods, Western Ghats
Southern India Kerala, Andaman Islands,Mysore,Cochin, Tamil Nadu

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  • India is a country which contiues to amaze and enthrall the world as it unfolds its tremendous cultural and Natural treasures. India Footprints caters to clients who want responsible tourism. We help and support Orphanage house. When you take a tour with India Footprints it is not only about tourism, you contribute to Environment, the Nature & the Wildlife. We cater for Tailormade or customized  tours.

North East India 17 April-9 May 2009

  • The birding was fantastic. Not only did we see some extraordinary species but all that against a back drop of undisturbed pristine forest, especially at Eaglenest and the Mishmi Hills...Henk Hendriks reports

Arunachal Pradesh & Assam 16 November – 11 December 2007

  • In total we saw 339 bird species and heard a few more....we regard the trip as a great major problems, clear skies and no rain, invigorating weather in Arunachal Pradesh: warm in the sun, down to zero at night and freezing at higher altitudes. In Assam the weather was just perfect...Nicolaas van Zalinge reports.

Arunachal Pradesh, NE India 31st March - 17 April 2006

  • As we drove back in the jeep to Nameri after our last morning near Dirang and the end of a classic trip the inevitable reflections produced the perhaps oft-asked question: top 5 birds of the trip.....Mike Catsis and Simon Allen report

Assam and Meghalaya March 18 - April 7, 2006

  • We mostly visited well known places like Kaziranga, Panbari, Nameri and Shillong but also the nowadays seldom visited Manas and the quite unknown but more and more popular Dibru Saikhowa. Our plan was to see as much of the local endemics and specialities as possible and to have a good time birding.....Pierre van der Wielen reports.

A birding trip to Kaziranga & Nameri National Parks, N.E. India. March 27 - April 6, 2005

  • The northeast Indian hill country and adjacent Himalayas is an important center of endemism and biodiversity in general, full of charismatic wildlife species so as to excite almost any imagination....Paul Prevett reports

North East India: 27th January – 12th February 2005

  • Seven of us spent two weeks' birding in Northeast India, visiting three sites: Namdapha National Park in Arunchal Pradesh, then Dibru Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Park in Assam.  These two weeks provided us all with lots of new and rarely seen birds, as well as some excellent mammals at all three sites....Julian Hughes reports

Sikkim + North Bengal, India 27 October – 1 November, 2004

  • This report covers a short birding trip to Pelling in Sikkim and Lava in North Bengal, both locations in northeast India. Birding was done at 2200 - 2500 km (7200 - 8250ft). Overall the birding was slow despite perfect weather, and we were disappointed we did not see as many of our target birds as we had expected...Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Northern West Bengal and South Sikkim April-May 2004

  • This is another update to this quite popular region (though I did not meet any foreign birders, which is a shame, especially when you see the list below and it's a fraction of the cost of visiting some other NE Indian Hill States...Jonathan Taylor reports.

Northern India March 23rd - April 14th 2004

  • This report describes our trip to India in spring 2004. This trip included three parts: the first six days a kind off extended twitch trying to see some highly desired species we missed during our previous trip to Northwest India in 2001, then the second part, a  five day stay at Rhantambhor to try to see some mammals...and the third part, eleven days in Darjeeling and Lava in West Bengal......Pierre van der Wielen reports.

Assam, Nameri and Kaziranga National Parks January  21-30  2004

  • Target birds for rafting  are Ibisbill (we saw a group of six), fish-eagles and other perched raptors, water-redstarts, kingfishers, ducks and waders; you might strike lucky with something like Jerdon's Babbler flying across...Steve Lister and Megan Hall report.

Darjeeling, India May 2003

  • We spent the period between 27th April and 13th May 2003 birding in the Darjeeling area of north-east India. This part of West Bengal is dominated by the nearby Himalayas and has a very Nepali feel. The two main sites (the Sandakphu trek and Lava) provide some very memorable birding with a number of specialities that are difficult elsewhere...Phil and Charlotte Benstead report.

North East India, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh 20 February - 9 March 2003

  • In the extreme northeast of India lie the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh is a remote mountainous state bordered to the east and south by Myanmar (Burma) and is still virtually unknown as far as birders concerned. Harbouring a number of species only really shared with Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh offers a readily accessible window to the eastern Himalayas and has probably the highest diversity of birds in the Oriental region....Jan Vermeulen reports

West Bengal and Sikkim, India 29 March -14 April 2002

  • Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal and the state of Sikkim are a part of the Eastern Himalayan region and provide some excellent birding, though few birders venture into Sikkim. This is a tiny area, with fantastic variations. The terrain rises sharply from the plains of Bengal at near sea level to the snow capped Singelila Range rising up to over 8000 meters in elevation - all in crow fly distance of under 100 km. This factor is responsible for the great variety and abundance of the resident bird life, making this area arguably one of the richest areas of its size anywhere in the world....Jan Vermeulen reports.

North Sikkim, Tholung Valley Nov 2001

  • The Tholung Valley is located in the shadow of the 6888 Meters high Siniolchu, and the 5200 Meters Lamo Anden, this is virtually an uninhabited valley with a miniscule population ( less than 50 ) of Lamas, yak herdsmen, wood cutters, cow and sheep graziers...The lower half of the valley has mixed open forest with amazing biodiversity. The altitudinal variation, variety of trees and shrubs, lack of human population and vehicular traffic combine to make it a a haven for birds, and a prime birding site....Peter Lobo reports

Assam April 2001

  • John Penhallurick visited the Kaziranga National Park and the Nameri National Park in Assam. This is his report.

India: Ranthambhor & Bharatpur 14th February - 22nd February 1997

  • David Cooper gives his itinerary and detailed species report for his 1997 trip to Ranthambhor and Bharatpur.




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Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • This highly recommended field guide covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches.

Birds of Northern India
Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • From the wet evergreen forests and alpine peaks of the Himalayas, to the Thar Desert and the vast wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural habitats that stretch to New Delhi and beyond, northern India is a diverse and welcoming paradise for birders and ecotourists. This field guide provides a concise, fully illustrated introduction to the region's known species.

A Photographic guide to India (including Nepal, Sri Lanka, The maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh.)
Bikram Grewal: Buy from or

  • This is the most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of India and the Indian subcontinent. Never before have so many of the region's species been illustrated in one book. This is an essential volume for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as for anyone traveling to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Bhutan.

A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Krys Kazmierczak: Buy from or

  • This up-to-date pocket-sized guide is essential for anyone interested in the birds of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. The book includes information on field identification, habitat, range, and status of the 1,300 species of birds found these countries, as well as illustrations and distribution maps for each.

Collins Birds of India
Martin Wedgwood: Buy from or

  • This compact work has full colour illustrations of the more common and striking birds on the Indian sub-continent. It covers 545 bird species in a vast diversity of habitats ranging from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka, and from Pakistan to Bangladesh

Pocket guide to Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp.(2002): Buy from

  • Concentrating on identification, this guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent covers over 1300 species, with information on habits and distribution. It also includes a detailed map for each species.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and Nepal
Bikram Grewal: Buy from

  • A photographic guide to the bird species most frequently seen in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Over 250 species are included, with thumbnail silhouettes identifying visually the different family groups. The book's introduction explains how to use the guide effectively and also contains information on bird biology and behaviour.

A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Salim Ali & Dillon Ripley: Buy from

  • This comprehensive book depicts all bird species found on the Indian Subcontinent. The entries are arranged familywise on 106 colour plates which follow each other in systematic order and are thus easy to find. Beautifully illustrated by the American bird painter, John Henry Dick, the book provides concise information concerning status, size, habitat and distribution within subcontinental limits. The text has also been completely revised and updated with a great deal of new data.


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Goa: Rough Guide
David Abram: Buy from or

  • If any word could be said to encapsulate the essence of GOA, it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde, meaning "carefree". For the birder the area is a paradise, two hundred species should be available during a two week period with a hundred more on a long stay. Goa's National Parks all get a mention, along with key access details. Other intriquing wild life notes include, the "Mugger" Crocodile and how to see the endangered "Olive Ridley" Marine Turtle.

Lonely Planet Delhi
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  • includes the Taj Mahal and Jaipur. This covered everything I needed before travelling to India. It is full of useful tips and information and was enough for our limited needs.
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