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India Birding: Goa for Western Ghats Endemics and Paleartic Migrants

2023 and 2024 Pricing: $3,490 US Dollars, or £2,790 GBP*

for 15 Days and 14 Nights

 

2023 and 2024 Andaman Islands Extension: $1,290 US Dollars, or £1,030 GBP* for 5 Days and 4 Nights

 

Inclusions: 

  • The tour package includes all lodging, meals*, and access fees to reserves, parks, and other birding sites.

  • Premier Bird Guide: All of our tours use the services of an excellent bird guide, often a well-recognized expert on birding in this area. The India trips have two excellent bird guides Leio De Souza and Lokesh Kumar.

  • Top-Rated Preparation Services: We support your preparation for the trip. We provide information on the birds you will see and all the travel details, including all logistic details (arrival plans, trip itinerary, lodging details, and more), information on entry into India and information on travel health issues, packing information, and more. Most of our clients comment that our Trip Participation Guide is the best they have ever seen.

  • Transport and Airport Transfers

    • Local ground transport is included. This includes a large transport van (and/or jeep as needed) for most of the trip. 

    • We also have a driver or guide pick you up at the airport upon arrival, and transfers for internal flights are included, and we arrange for a transfer back to the airport at the end of the trip.  

  • Acre for Bird Conservation: As part of our efforts to support bird conservation, we purchase in the name of customers (for each booking) at least one acre (but averaging between three and four acres) of wilderness to support bird conservation. As our trip prices are often 20% (and often even a better deal) less than our competition, this does not really cost you more and it is a great way to support bird conservation around the world.

  • Small Group Pricing: All the prices mentioned above are for tour groups of seven or eight participants. We are happy to provide pricing for private groups with fewer than seven participants.

 

*Pricing Notes and More Details:

 

  • US Dollar Pricing: Most trip costs in India are fixed in Indian Rupees (INR). However, we have fixed the tour price in US Dollars. Price is based on 82 INR to USD, and an exchange rate supplement will be charged if the US Dollar to INR exchange falls below 82 INR per USD. Over the last decade, we have not charged an exchange rate supplement.

  • Pricing in British Pounds: (1) Our 2024 (and late 2023) price estimates are mostly based on US Dollars; so, our GBP/British Pound pricing is based upon an exchange rate of .79 GBP (British Pound) per US Dollar (the exchange rate on May 8, 2023). (2) We will charge you the actual transaction rate here, but please note that we work to minimize transaction costs. Using Transferwise, we usually pay under one-half a percent (and sometimes less) on the actual exchange. (3) Due to costs related to UK travel regulations, our tours booked and paid through BlueTailBirding.com (for the UK and European clients) will cost 200 GBP more. Please contact us anytime with questions here.    

  • Bank Fees: We do not charge bank fees for wire transfers for clients paying into our accounts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and/or Canada.

  • Note on Meal Inclusion: Meals include three meals per day during any full day of the trip. The arrival day does include lunch and supper, as most flights arrive in the morning. The departure day includes only breakfast, as most flights leave in the morning.

  • Note on Beverage Inclusion: Most of our meals are provided by the lodges, and we follow their practices in providing beverages at meal time. Most lodge-provided breakfasts include a choice of coffee, tea, and/or juice, and most box lunches include either bottled water or juice. Other beverages served at supper are your choice and are an additional expense that you pay to the restaurant directly. We provide water at the table for supper. We also provide bottled water during the birding day.

  •  Group Size: We anticipate a group of 7 or 8 participants, and pricing is based on this group size.

 

Optional Costs for Booking the Trip:

Single Room Supplement:

Main Trip-15 Days and 14 Nights: $620 USD (or £500 GBP*) 

Andaman Extension-5 Days and 4 Nights: $340 USD (or £270 GBP*) 

 

These are the prices we charge for the additional cost of anyone not sharing a room with another birder (and/or a spouse). If you want a single room, please let us know. We are often able to find a roommate for those wanting to share a room with a person of the same sex.

 

Pre-Paid Tipping for Meals/Lodging: Add $70 USD (or about £50 GBP*)  to pre-pay these tips if in a shared room, or add $30 USD (or about £20 GBP*) if in a single room on the main 12-day trip. We do present to you clear tipping recommendations if you want to do the tipping yourself. Most of our clients prefer to do the tipping themselves.

 

Notes on Other Tour Costs: Exclusions: 

  • You will need to pay for any flight costs involved in this trip. 

    • This will include flights to Goa from your home airport.

  • The tour fee does not include taxes/fees for entering or exiting the country, telephone calls, laundry, and other items of a personal nature.

  • Tips for birding guides and trip drivers are not included in the tour price.

 

Want More Tour Information or Have Questions about Pricing?

 

Please call Charles (in the USA at 720-320-1974 in Colorado or toll-free at 888-203-7464, ext. 912) or Jennifer (in the UK at +44 755 214 2976, in Suffolk), and/or email info@pibird.com.

 

We are happy to answer any question you may have and/or provide you with trip reports (reports of birds and other wildlife actually seen on our trips) or more details on trip logistics (from vehicles used to lodging details).

 

Like to Book these Trips:

Booking by Phone in the USA: Call Charles at the Partnership for International Birding toll-free at 888-203-7464, ext. 912. Charles can also be reached on his cell phone at 720-320-1974.

 

Booking by Phone in the UK: Call Jennifer at the Partnership for International Birding’s UK office at 44 755 214-2976, in Suffolk)

 

Tour Pricing Update Note: These tour prices were updated on June 12, 2023, for all 2024 tour dates.                                               

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