Uttarakhand is home for more than 800 species of birds, each one of them is as unique as the other. Birding is an obsession with wildlife enthusiasts. For the birder Uttarakhand is the best place. The reason for this richness of species is the climate, the diversity of vegetation as well as its wide altitudinal range, which extends from sea level to the Himalayas.
Chirping noises are the noises that we love to hear because of its sweetness and the shrill sound makes our heart sing with happiness. Watching birds keenly and gaining knowledge on their habitats can be as interesting as watching some animal in the open wilderness. “An Explore Uttarakhand” offers tailor made Bird Watching Tour packages to suit everyone’s individual needs.
Duration : 8 nights/ 9 days Best Season: October to June
Day 01 : Delhi-Pangot Drive in the morning to Pangot (8 hours), a journey that takes you on one of the world’s more spectacular mountain roads as we climb up into the Kumaon Hills on our way to this delightful “lake city”. Afternoon birding with a guide near the lodge. One can stop along the way to look for birds that may include blue whistling thrush, red-billed blue magpie, blue-capped redstart, rusty-tailed flycatcher, grey-backed shrike, yellow-breasted green finch etc. Overnight stay at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 02 : Pangot Birding at Pangot, Baggar, Timla Pani, Cheena Peak & Nainital. One can see slaty-headed & red-breasted parakeet, grey bushchat, long-tailed & grey-backed shrike, common kestrel, besra, chestnut-bellied rock thrush etc. Streaked laughing thrush is a common garden bird here.
Day 03 : Saatal day excursion In the morning to Saatal (2 hours). The habitat offers species such as white-crested laughing thrush, rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, red-billed leothrix, Siberian rubythroat, rock bunting etc. This scattered and deliberately undeveloped area is one of the most pleasant destinations. Look for rufous-chinned & white crested lau ghing thrush, rufous-breasted accentor, greater yellow-naped flameback, speckled piculet etc. Proceed to Mukteshwar. . Enroute witness the glorious sun set behind the mountains as you approach 7500 ft. ASL Overnight stay at Mukteshwar – Mountain Trail Resort (45 KMs , 1.5 Hours ).
Day 04 Mukteshwar (Mountain Trail Boutique Resort) Arrive Mukteshwar , atop a ridge 7500 ft. ASL exudes a charm unrivalled by another place in the Kumaon hills . A Tranquil Hamlet providing one of the widest , most panoramic views of the Great Himalayan Ranges which fills the entire horizon from West to East . Eve .at leisure Enjoy the Bon – Fire over a Intra Birding Update .
Day 05 : Mukteshwar (Mountain Trail Boutique Resort) Birding in the Mukteshwar Forests , Fiest your eyes with the Lammergeier , Himalayan Griffon , Crested Serpent Eagle , Common Buzard , Steppe Eagle , Mountain Hawk Eagle , Common Kestrel , Kalij Pheasant , Oriental Turtle Dove , Slaty Headed Parakeet , Asian Barred Owlet , Himalayan Swiftlet , White Rumped Needletail , Common Hoopoe , Grey Headed woodpecker , White Throated Fantail , Eurasian Jay , Green Treepie , Long Taled Minivet , Chestnut bellied Rockthrush , Grey Winged Black Bird , Little Pied Flycatcher , Golden Bush Robbin , Blue-capped Redstart , Black-backed Forktail , Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler , Black-throated Tit , Common Stonechat , Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Spotted Creeper , Plain Martin , Himalayan Bulbul etc.
Day 06 : Pangot-Corbett National Park Drive to Corbett National Park in the morning stopping en route for birding at Mongoli Valley. Corbett Tiger reserve has a spectacular avifauna diversity. Great hornbill, Pallas’s fish eagle, grey-headed & lesser fish eagle, red-collared falconet etc. are some of the rare birds that are found in Corbett. More birds include jungle owlet, scaly-bellied woodpecker, red-breasted parakeet, Himalayan swiftlet, stork-billed & crested kingfisher and white-tailed & Siberian rubythroat. Tiger Camp makes an ideal base for birding.
Day 07 : Dhikala Forest Lodge (Corbett National Park) Drive early morning to Dhikala tourism zone. Arrive at the main tourist complex in the afternoon. Afternoon visit to the grasslands for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga river is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see long-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling etc.
Day 08 : Corbett National Park Morning elephant safari through the grasslands and dense forests. This is the best mode of transport for tiger-tracking. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. Drive to Tiger Camp stopping en route for birding. Some of the best birding areas of Dhikala are Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, pallas’s fish eagle etc. Arrive Tiger Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09 : Corbett National Park-Delhi You will explore the river edge at Kumeria for tawny & brown fish owl, Asian barred owlet, plumbeous redstart, brown dipper and the three species of forktails. Other species that are possible in the forest are crested tree swift, spangled drongo, blue bearded bee-eater etc. Drive back to Delhi at noon. Arrive Delhi in the evening (6-hour drive).