Birding Tour Information
Tour Dates 15th Feb. 2019 – 26th Feb. 2019 (12 Days)
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Tour Category Birding Tour
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Space Available 6

This 12 days birding tour will give you wonderful experience of different area of this Himalaya Range. Stared from Jhilmil Jheel conservation Reserve amarshy grassland just near the Rajaji National Park (extension area of Rajaji Tiger Reserve), near Haridwar. This is a unique 3783.5 hectare (9349.23 acre) site. It is corridor for most of animals transferring from National Park. Jhimil is literally the last piece of primordial Terai marshland to survive untouched in Uttarakhand and some part of Rajaji National park, It has Kalagarh Tiger Reserve Landscape with riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands. Jhilmil Jheel Wetland, Sattal has dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. The drive from Nainital to Pangot passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are birding spots.

The main attraction of Pangot are its birds; around 580 bird species have been recorded in this area. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to a variety of flora and fauna including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan martens, Himalayan palm civets, ghorals, barking deer and sambhar.

 

 

 

Rajaji National Park:

Rajaji National Park is rich in forest birds. It has 11 species of woodpeckers, 5 species of barbets and 3 species of hornbills including the Near Threatened Great Pied Hornbill. Under the Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area, Stattersfield et al. (1998) have listed Brooks’s Leaf – warbler Phylloscopus subviridis and Tytler’s Leaf- warbler Phylloscopus tytleri as restricted rang species. Both species are winter migrants to the Park.
A total of 312 birds species has been recorded. Of these , 151 are residents, 87 migrants, and 49 are altitudinal migrants, 7 are local migrants, while the status of the remaining 18 is unknown. For some species, Rajaji forms the western edge of their range, e.g. Great Pied Hornbill Buceros bicornis and Golden – fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons.

Attractions

Hornbills

Hornbills form an ecologically important group of frugivorous birds. They are considered keystone species and are important vectors for the long-range dispersal of seeds of various forest trees. Rajaji National Park is home to three species of hornbill. While the smallest of them, the Grey Hornbill, is found in non-forest areas also, the two larger species, namely the Great Hornbill and Oriental Pied Hornbill, are confined exclusively to forest areas.
The availability of food and suitable nesting trees are the two most important factors limiting these birds. Measures should therefore be taken to protect existing nesting and foraging resources and enhance the supply of these resources through management interventions.

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are an ecologically important avian group of the Park. They are insectivorous and keep the population of wood-boring insects under control. The other important ecological function of woodpeckers is that they are one of the few creatures that can build cavities in trees and branches which subsequently support a variety of other organisms that cannot construct cavities themselves for breeding, such as parakeets, owls, squirrels, and bats.
Rajaji National Park and its surrounding areas, particularly the Sal forests, support a high diversity of woodpeckers. The woodpecker assemblage of the region consists of about 17 species, including the World’s largest (Great Slaty Woodpecker, 51 cm) to one of the smallest (Speckled Piculet, 10 cm). The Great Slaty Woodpecker is globally threatened and has recently been declared as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. This woodpecker has been occasionally observed in the Park.
Research has shown that large-boled trees and dead standing trees (snags) are important factors that promote woodpecker diversity, especially the abundance of large woodpeckers. Hence, large-diameter trees should be provided protection against wind, uprooting by soil erosion and fires. In addition, all kinds of dead trees, whether standing or lying on the forest floor, should also be retained

Migratory Birds

The Park does get its share of migratory birds during winter. A large number of migratory birds are seen to congregate on the Ganges, especially near the Bhimgoda Barrage in Haridwar. Larger Cormorant, Ruddy Shelduck, Red Crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pintail, Gadwall, Mallard, etc. are some of the water birds that are commonly seen in the Park during winter. A small flock of around 4-8 Black Storks can also be seen foraging in the Motichur rau, Berribada rau and Rawasan River. These birds are attracted by the little food available to them in these semi-permanent streams. The migratory birds have not been observed to breed in the Park.

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Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve

As a birdwatching spot, jhilmil is pure serendipity. The site holds many birding treasures, particularly for the patient visitor. Moreover, the roads to this spot are excellent. Jhilmil Jheel may be combined with a visit to the nearby Rajaji NP or Haridwar.

One may look for Lineated, Brown and Coppersmith Barbets Warblers, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch. Among raptors, Oriental Hobby, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and Marsh Harrier. As the day begins to warm up, one may see Red-headed Vulture, Griffon Vulture and Cinerous Vulture riding the thermals.

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Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

Kalagarh is an abode for many wildlife species in Shivalik Mountain Range, of Pauri, Garhwal. As the name confirms, it has a high density of tigers, leopards and others from the cats’ family. It carries a lustrous breed of deer -chital, barking deer, goral, sambar, and hog deer. The herd of elephants can be spotted anywhere in the area while on excursion. Among others are porcupines, yellow-throated martens and langurs. The park has more than 580 species of birds, which includes kingfishers, wagtails, forktails, pheasants, hornbills, eagles, vultures; and about 50 species of mammals along with 25 species of reptiles like-crocodiles, king cobras, rock pythons and monitor lizards; as well as hundreds of species of plants and insects. The place is home to several species of trees such as sal, sheesham, semal, bakli, haladu, tun, sain, fig, bamboo, etc along with medicinal plants.

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Corbett Village (Chhoti Haldwani):

From rejuvenating bird songs to exploring miles of quite untouched forests, tracking pug-marks of tiger to chasing deers in the grasslands, you will experience the beautiful effect of nature’s love in vicinity of Jim Corbett’s Village. A large number of people all over the world enjoy bird watching here time to time. There are over 1200 species of birds found in India and out of these more than 350 species are found in Jim Corbett’s Village and surrounding forests.

Attractions

More than 350 species of birds in a small stretch of 4-5 square kms
Migratory Birds during Winter Months
Walk inside Dense Forest Area
Visit to Corbett’s Jungle Studio

Sattal

Sattal literally means ‘Sat Tal or seven lakes’. The lakes are freshwater and interconnected. These lakes are set among the Oak and Pine forests. The lake has an altitude of 1370 metres. Sattal is unique for its biodiversity and ecological amplitude. It has 150 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects. A combine tour of Pangot-Sattal is appropriate for best birding experience.

Studio place :

Sattal have one place called studio which is no less than a miracle where one can just sit with his camera or binocular and the birds comes for bath both in summers and winters.

Pangot

Pangot is located about 15 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are birding spots. The main attraction of Pangot are its birds; around 200 bird species have been recorded in this area. One can see a variety of Himalayan species Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas.

 

Tour Fact Sheet

Top Birds Dollar Bird, Indian Pea fowl, Black-lored Tit, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Himalayan Bulbul, Grey-hooded Warbler, Red-billed Leiothrix, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Jungle Myna, Crimson Sunbird, Brown Fish-Owl, Long-tailed Broadbill, Scarlet Minivet , Common Iora, Puff-throated Babbler, Paddyfield Pipit, Asian Barred Owlet, Savanna Nightjar, Ashy Woodswallow, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Crested Kingfisher, Tawny Fish-Owl, Common Green-Magpie, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Oriental Skylark, Booted Eagle, Asian Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Grey-capped Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Greater Flameback  etc.
Top Mammals Leopard (Panthera pardus), Himalayan goral (Naemorhedus goral), chital (Axis axis), musk deer (Moschus spp.), Sumatran serow (Capricornis sumatraensis), jungle cat (Felis chaus), wild boar (Sus scrofa), black bear (Ursus thibetanus), pine marten (Martes martes), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), gray langur (Presbytis entellus), rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), red giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista), and Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak).
Habitats Covered Sal Forest, Mixed Forest, Rivierine Forest, Dry Deciduous Forests, River beds, Chaurs (Open landscape) etc
Climate Pleasant at Rajaji, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, Corbett Village, Cool at Sattal, Pangot
Max. Group size 6 persons with 1 Birding Guide
Tour Pace and Walking Moderate, Some location vehicle (Gypsy) will be used, specially on Jhilmil Jheel and Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
Accommodation Comfortable Home Stay, Jungle Camp, Lodges with Basic facilities of food, water, electricity, attached washroom etc
Ease of Birding  moderate with some tricky and some easy species
Other Attraction fabulous mountain scenery, extensive broad Sal and mixed forests, fascinating people and culture, leopard, Jim Corbett Museum, Sattal Lake, Nainadevi Himalayan Bird Reserve, tiger if you are lucky

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (15th February 2019):

Pickup by car from Dehradun Airport by 12 noon, drive to Rajaji National Park Camp(45 km / 60 min.), Check in Jungle Camp, Lunch, post lunch evening birding Jungle Camp of Rajaji National Park

Day 2 (16th February 2019):

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for full day birding at Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve (birding on Gypsy),

with packed Lunch
5:30 pm – Back to Home Stay
6:00 pm Evening Tea / coffee with Snacks
8:00 pm Dinner and overnight stay

Day 3 (17th February 2019):

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for Half day birding at Vindhyavasini Area of Rajaji National Park till 11:45am, lunch, Checkout by 1:30 pm. Drive towards Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (130 km/4 hours). Check in at Jungle Camp at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, by 6pm. Dinner and overnight stay at Jungle Camp.

Day 4 (18th February 2019):

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast Full Day Birding Mundiapani area, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, evening back to Jungle Camp, dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 5 (19th February 2019):

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast Full Day Birding through Vatanvasa Gate (Core Zone) on Gypsy evening back to Jungle Camp dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 6 (20th February 2019):

After breakfast, Check out from Jungle camp and Drive to Corbett Village (150 km / 6 hours), Check in at Home Stay,  Evening Birding at Corbett Village, back to Home Stay/Cottages, Dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 7(21st February 2019):

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast Full Day Birding Corbett Village Trails, back to Home Stay/Cottages, dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 8(22nd February 2019):

2-3 hours Morning Birding, After breakfast, Checkout by 10 am. Drive towards Sattal (60 km/ 2 hours 30 minutes).

Check in at Lodges/Hotel, Acclimatization as it is more cool than Corbett village. Evening Birding at Sattal Trails, Dinner and overnight stay

Day 9(23rd February 2019):

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast Full Day Birding Sattal Trails, back to Lodge/Hotel, dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 10(24th February 2019):

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for morning birding till 10:30 am. Back to Hotel/Lodge. Check out, Drive to Pangot, Check in by 1:00 pm, Lunch,

Evening birding 3-4 hours. Back to lodge/camp, Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11(25th February 2019):

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast Full Day Birding Pangot Trails, back to Lodge/Hotel, dinner and overnight Stay.

Day 12(26th February 2019):

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast. Morning Birding, Checkout by 11:00 am. Drive back to Kathgodam Railway Station (121 km , 4-5 Hours Drive), Reach by 6 pm. at Railway Station.

Tour Terminated.

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