ABOUT US

BIRDING AND WILDLIFE TOURS  |  SMALL GROUP AND PRIVATE/CUSTOM TRAVEL

OUR STORY

We began operating in 2009, as a specialist travel company organising birdwatching holidays in South Asia for individuals, groups and as a destination management company for numerous foreign bird tour operators. Long before this, we were arranging birding holidays in our home state, Goa, and have our roots at Backwoods Camp, founded here in 1998 as the first dedicated birding lodge in peninsular India. With over 20 years of field, tour, and hospitality experience we are uniquely placed to show you all that India has to offer, and to understand your travel needs and birding expectations.

India Nature is a company created by birders, for birders. Our personal interests in birding, wildlife, travel and photography are at the heart of everything we do, with a focus on high standards and quality of service. We attend personally to the planning and operating of all our tours using our own intimate knowledge of the places we promote, and with a degree of personal involvement that is second to none. 

 

We personally handle all enquiries and are available 24/7 to offer our advice so feel free to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.​

'The truth of the matter is, the birds could very well live without us,

but many - perhaps all - of us would find life incomplete, indeed almost intolerable without the birds.'

 

- Roger Tory Peterson

OUR TOURS

Our tours are thoroughly researched, meticulously planned, and continually refined to ensure we have every opportunity to find the endemic and speciality species of every region we visit. We take great satisfaction from making sure you have a great time enjoying memorable wildlife adventures in India a nd take pride in the positive feedback of past participants and our high level of repeat custom and personal recommendations.

Any of the itineraries on this website (long and shorter tours, and day trips) can be run at any time for a group of any size. We also operate a selection of tours each year as small group tours - please visit our tour calendar to view forthcoming scheduled departure tour dates.  

If you are coming from Europe (or the USA, or anywhere else for that matter), you may prefer to book your tour through our own UK-based bird tour company, Bluetail Birding, which we formed in 2019. This will provide you with full financial protection according to UK and EU regulations ('The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations' and 'The Package Travel Directive' respectively), and ease of payment into a UK bank account. Alternatively, booking and payment may be made through Blue Sky Wildlife, a UK-based online market place for wildlife tours, with the same benefits.

 

Through Bluetail Birding we offer birding tours more widely across South Asia, to Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal (detailed and linked on this website), and many more destinations worldwide, so if you are tempted by a tour outside India or South Asia why not take a look at what we have to offer. 

For further details, answers to any questions you have, or to book a tour, please contact us via email, by phone (call, sms or WhatsApp) or send us a message via our Contact Us page. You can also follow us and our principal guides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr for our latest news, images and birding updates, and please sign up to receive our occasional email newsletters.

 

We look forward to birding together in India and beyond... 

- Leio (Qupeleio) and Jen De Souza

US, AT A GLANCE

  • Enjoyable, productive birding and wildlife (mammal/butterfly) tours across India

  • Finely-tuned tours with consistent bird and wildlife sightings

  • Carefully chosen lodging, good food

  • Experienced, knowledgeable and personable tour guides

  • Scheduled departure tours with low group size limits - max. 7 or 8 on all tours

  • Private/custom travel available

  • Professional, friendly service with 20+ years of experience

  • Personal involvement in all aspects of every tour​

  • Competitive, fair pricing

  • Booking options that offer financial security in accordance with UK/EU travel regulations

  • Bird tours to Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and many more destinations worldwide available through our own UK-based tour company, Bluetail Birding

MEET OUR TEAM

Leio (Qupeleio) De Souza

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Co-Founder & Principal Tour Guide

Born and raised in Goa, Leio has over 25 years experience as a professional bird guide. He co-founded peninsular India's first birding lodge, Backwoods Camp, in Goa in 1998 and now leads and organises bird tours in India and worldwide through both India Nature and our own UK-based company Bluetail Birding. Outside of our own organisations, Leio also leads tours as a freelance guide for other international bird tour operators, most notably to Papua New Guinea. His extensive knowledge of the birds of the Indian region, exceptional field skills and infectious enthusiasm for birding contribute greatly to the success of every tour.

Lokesh Kumar

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Principal Tour Guide - Northern India

Lokesh is from Malah, Rajasthan, in the outskirts of the world-famous wetlands of Bharatpur. Immersed in birding from a young age, Lokesh followed in the footsteps of his father, renowned bird guide Ratan Singh, to become one of the most experienced and dedicated bird guides in northern India today. An excellent field birder, Lokesh has an innate ability to find skulkers and scarcities, and is an enthusiastic and fun-loving on-tour companion. He still lives in Malah with his wife and three children, where together with his father and brothers he runs the well-regarded homestay Ibis House, which you may well visit on a tour of Bharatpur.

Jennifer De Souza

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Co-Founder & Head of Operations

Originally from England, Jen grew up in a family where birding was a way of life, and pursued studies in Natural Sciences before moving to Goa in 2004. While living in India for 15 years, Jen travelled widely throughout the region developing an extensive knowledge of its birds, mammals and butterflies. Jen handles all day to day operations at India Nature as well as our UK-based company Bluetail Birding, and is likely to be the person you correspond with when you first get in touch with us. Jen and Leio never miss an opportunity to introduce their young son Jesse to birding, taking him along on their own birding adventures.

Lokesh Kumar

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Principal Tour Guide - Northern India

Lokesh is from Malah, Rajasthan, in the outskirts of the world-famous wetlands of Bharatpur. Immersed in birding from a young age, Lokesh followed in the footsteps of his father, renowned bird guide Ratan Singh, to become one of the most experienced and dedicated bird guides in northern India today. An excellent field birder, Lokesh has an innate ability to find skulkers and scarcities, and is an enthusiastic and fun-loving on-tour companion. He still lives in Malah with his wife and three children, where together with his father and brothers he runs the well-regarded homestay Ibis House, which you may well visit on a tour of Bharatpur.

Lokesh Kumar

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Principal Tour Guide - Northern India

Lokesh is from Malah, Rajasthan, in the outskirts of the world-famous wetlands of Bharatpur. Immersed in birding from a young age, Lokesh followed in the footsteps of his father, renowned bird guide Ratan Singh, to become one of the most experienced and dedicated bird guides in northern India today. An excellent field birder, Lokesh has an innate ability to find skulkers and scarcities, and is an enthusiastic and fun-loving on-tour companion. He still lives in Malah with his wife and three children, where together with his father and brothers he runs the well-regarded homestay Ibis House, which you may well visit on a tour of Bharatpur.

Lokesh Kumar

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Principal Tour Guide - Northern India

Lokesh is from Malah, Rajasthan, in the outskirts of the world-famous wetlands of Bharatpur. Immersed in birding from a young age, Lokesh followed in the footsteps of his father, renowned bird guide Ratan Singh, to become one of the most experienced and dedicated bird guides in northern India today. An excellent field birder, Lokesh has an innate ability to find skulkers and scarcities, and is an enthusiastic and fun-loving on-tour companion. He still lives in Malah with his wife and three children, where together with his father and brothers he runs the well-regarded homestay Ibis House, which you may well visit on a tour of Bharatpur.

OUR CLIENTS & AFFILIATES

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