About Northern India

The northern states of India are home to some of the most spectacular forests of India. Landscape in this part of the country ranges from swamplands to deciduous forests to semi rain forests to high altitude alpine. Northern India is not visited by many travellers to India although the wildlife diversity here is second to none. It should definitely be on a must do list of all birders as it is home to more than 50% of the bird species found in India.

The topography and varied ecosystems has given rise to a very different wildlife diversity. The region actually covers Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Chandigarh. This means there are so many things to see and do in the area giving you variety in your holiday, even if you are just in this area.

Wildlife Highlights:

  • Wild Cats: Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Marbled Cat, Golden Cat, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat and Leopard Cat.
  • Other mammals: Himalayan Black Bear, Asiatic Elephant, 3 Otter species and the Indian Rhinoceros.
  • 9 Primate species including the Hoolock Gibbon the only ape found in India.
  • Red Panda sightings, a very special animal to see.
  • 450 species of birds including 5 species of Hornbills, Ibis bill, Collared Falconet, Long-tailed broadbill, Bengal Florican and the Indian Skimmer.
  • Reptiles: Gharial Crocodile, Rock Monitor Lizard & the King Cobra.

Cultural Highlights:

  • The Holy City of Varanasi, also known as Kashi, the City of Light and is situated on the west bank of the Ganges it is India’s holiest Hindu City. There are over 90 Ghats or temples line the river causing the city to reverberate to the sound of the endless cycle of Hindu religious practice.
  • Agra, home of the imperial Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries. Famous for the Taj Mahal and its tales of romance.
  • Journey to Shimla in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Raj era “summer capital” of India on its iconic rail line.
  • Purpose built in the 1950s Chandigarh the city  planned by the celebrated architect Le Corbusier, considered to be one of India’s finest post-colonial cities.
  • There is also the Bodh Gaya Temple Complex where the Buddha attain enlightenment and also The Great Stupa of Sanchi which is one of India’s best preserved and most extensive Buddhist sites. Both are Unesco World Heritage sites.
  • Discover both Old and New Delhi where monuments and ruins are interspersed throughout this modern city.
  • The Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Sikh community’s holiest shrine. The Guru ka Langer a free kitchen within its walls feeds 10,000 pilgrims per day.
  • Manali, a prime location for walks and treks in the Solang Valley.

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