Birding Tour Information
Tour Dates 18-24 Oct. 2019 (7 Days)
Tour Price (Per Person) $600
Tour Category Birding Tour
Single Supplement $900
Space Available 6

On a typical day in this beautiful jungle, you will find yourself in breathtaking surroundings looking for legendary species in pristine and seemingly endless forests, with mighty foothills of  Himalaya Kalagarh Tiger Reserve and Jhiiliml Jheel Conservation Reserve is a destination like no other! Traversing dramatic road passes adorned with beautiful mountain road, some of the birds we will specifically target include the resplendent Blue Whistling Thrush, White-throated Laughing Thureshes, Rufus Tree pie, Khaliz pheasant, Indian Grey Hornbill, Minivets   – and a whole host of the spectacular species.

This slightly shorter option to our standard Foothills of Himalaya birding tours (covering Kalagarh TR and Jhilmil Jheel CR) is aimed at the more budget conscious birder with less time to spare in the field, but nevertheless still wishing for a fantastic overview of the region’s special birds.

 

 

Kalagarh Tiger Reserve:

Kalagarh TR is an abode for many wildlife species in Shivalik Mountain Range, of Pauri, Garhwal. It is situated at the northern part of Jim Corbett National Park. 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, dollar bird, 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

 

 

Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve

Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve (JJCR), about 20 minutes drive from Haridwar, is renowned for swamp deer and the great diversity of birds. In the last few months, researchers have noticed about 120 bird species. At sunset, as the birds return to roost, there is a chorus of bird calls. There are threatened species too roosting here – the bristled grassbird, for instance, and species of vultures.
Many other rare birds like the paradise flycatcher, oriole, scarlet minivet, sunbird, crimson sunbird, leafbird, plum-headed and rose-ringed parakeet, oriental magpie robin, emerald dove, green pigeon, spot-billed duck, Asian open-bill, woolly-necked stork, four species of kingfisher and many species of ducks are in plenty in this reserve.
It is still unexplored birding area of Himalaya and new destination for birders those wish to explore the new birding area.
The dancing peafowl also can be spotted here. The male of this species, much more resplendent than the female, can be seen dancing to attract a mate. Insectivorous species of birds like woodpecker too are common. These birds feed on insects, mostly termites. The woodpecker thus is important for the health of trees, as termites otherwise feed on wood particles, emptying trees of cellulose and making them hollow

 

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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 Spotted Deers, Sambhars, Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Wild Boar, Leopard Cat, Rusty-Spotted Cat, Jungle Cat, Honey Badger, Indian Wild Dog, Red Fox, Indian wolf, Jackal, Striped Hyna, Swamp Deer,  Barking deer, Rhesus Macaque, Langur, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Beer, Indian crested Porcupine, Large Indian Civet, Yellow throated Martin, Small Indian Mangoose, Indian Pangoline, Little Indian Field Mouse, Five stripped Pam squirrel, Indian Flying Fox,
Habitats Covered Sal Forest, Mixed Forest, Rivierine Forest, Dry Deciduous Forests, River beds, Chaurs (Open landscape) etc
Climate Pleasant (not hot, not so cold)
Max. Group size 6 persons with 1 Birding Guide
Tour Pace and Walking Moderate, Some location 4×4 vehicle will be used
Accommodation Comfortable  Resort at KTR and Cottages at Jhillmil Jheel CR 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, tiger if you are lucky

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

Reach resort near Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (130 km/4 Hours drive). Welcome drink Tea/Coffee/Soft drink. You will be met by your Birding Guide. Evening 2 hours birding around resort jungle. The tour officially begins at this evening. Overnight Stay at rooms of resort.

Day 2:

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for full day birding, covering area. Nauri Gate, to  Sendhikhal FRH along with road trails, with packed Lunch
5:30 pm – Back to Resort
6:00 pm Evening Tea / coffee with Snacks
8:00 pm Dinner and overnight stay in rooms

Day 3:

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for full day birding, covering area. Vatanvasa to Mudiapani Rathuwadhab FRH along with road trails, it will on Gypsy and drive may be 30-45 km in whole day and depend on guest pace with packed Lunch
5:30 pm – Back to resort
6:00 pm Evening Tea / coffee with Snacks
8:00 pm Dinner and overnight stay in rooms

Day 4:

6:00 am Get Early morning Breakfast and go for birding 6-10 am, Birding area, Surrounding Villages Kalagarh Jungle Camp, along with river streams etc. (it will on Gypsy and drive may be 15-20 km in these 3 hours and depend on guest pace)
11:00 am Checkout from Camp and drive towards Jhilmil Jheel, Rajaji National Park. Lunch enroute. Reach by 3 pm. Welcome drink. Evening 2 hours around the FRH area.

Day 5:

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for full day birding at Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve, (it will on Gypsy and drive may be 40-60 km in whole day and depend on guest pace) with packed Lunch
5:30 pm – Back to Camp
6:00 pm Evening Tea / coffee with Snacks
8:00 pm Dinner and overnight stay in Huts

Day 6:

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for full day birding at Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve, (it will on Gypsy and drive may be 40-60 km in whole day and depend on guest pace) with packed Lunch
5:30 pm – Back to Camp
6:00 pm Evening Tea / coffee with Snacks
8:00 pm Dinner and overnight stay in Huts

Day 7:

6:00 am get early morning Breakfast and go for 3-4 hours birding in jungle and along with river beds. Back to camp by 10:00 am, Check out from Jhilmil Jheel

Tour Terminated.

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Include

  • 3 Nights stay at resort near Kalagarh Tiger Resere (double shared), 3 Nights at the cottages / FRH of Jhilmil Jheel.
  • All meals (lunch, breakfast, dinner), morning, evening tea/coffee during stay
  • Use of Jeep (Gypsy) during birding, specially deep inside jungle and core area or where ever required
  • Local experienced Nature / Birding Guide.
  • Transfer from Kalagarh Tiger Reserve to Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve.

Non-Include:

  • Pickup and Drop from Airport/Railway Station (Can be arranged on Extra cost)
  • Personal Expenses
  • What ever not included above

 

How to Reach:

Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is near Kotdwar city of Uttarakhand state. Kotdwar is well connected from road, and train transport. Nearest airport is Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun
Kotdwar to resort at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve distance: 20 km (30 minutes drive)
Jollygrant Airport to Kalagarh Tiger Reserve distance: 130 km (3-4 hours drive)