If you are a Nature Lover or even if you aren’t, Birding or Birdwatching in Uttarakhand can prove to be a lifetime experience for you. City dwellers do not even get to see a sparrow these days, forget about the rare species. If you are bored of routine holidays, then it’s time you actually explore nature’s wonders. Uttarakhand features more than 50% of the 1303 rare species of birds found in India.
It’s time you take a weekend trip from Delhi to Uttarakhand and start a love affair with the featured ones.
Birding in Uttarakhand
Birding itself is an unforgettable experience and when you fuse it with magnificent mountains and stunning lakes, you get to have a trip of your lifetime. Heal your tired soul and eyes by gazing at the bounty of nature. You will be rejuvenated and gain positivity while adding to your learning. 693 species of rare birds species found in Uttarakhand make it ‘’The Birding Destination of India’’. 7 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 6 National Parks and 3 Conservation Reserves offer enough opportunity for birding in Uttarakhand.
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Best Time For Birding
The best time for birding is from November to March. It is during this duration that most of the migratory species flock in India and rest before continuing their journey. You will be amazed to see the spectacular variety of birds during this season.
Must-Visit Birdwatching Spots in Uttarakhand
Pangot Bird Sanctuary: The little hamlet of Pangot offers more than 250 species of birds to watch out for. Birding in Pangot, located about 15 km away from Nainital is a must for any nature lover. A beautiful road trip from Delhi amidst thick forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Pine will take you to this idyllic hill station. The place is home to rare bird species like Lammergeier, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Niltava and Khalij pheasant. Rare animal species like red fox, Barking Deer, Yellow-bellied Himalayan Weasal and Himalayan Marten can also be spotted. Adventure enthusiasts may also take a trekking trail from Pangot to Jim Corbett or Naini Peak.
Kilbury Bird Sanctuary: Located approximately 12 km from Nainital and just before Pangot Village, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a delight for bird watchers. White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Forktails and Collared Grosbeaks are some of the many bird species seen there. You may opt for a bird watching camp organised there.
White-throated Laughing Thrushes
Sattal: The twin lakes of Sattal, Nainital attract an amazing variety of migratory birds. More than 150 species of migratory and resident birds can be found here. You may also enjoy adventure activities like rappelling and trekking in Sattal. Best time to visit is from October to March.
Devalsari: Located just 55 km from Mussorie, Devalsari is sure to bewilder you with the spectacular butterfly and bird species. Treat to the sore eyes, this place is a heaven for photographers, trekkers and nature-lovers. It also acts as a base camp for Nag Tibba Trek. Some rare species of butterflies like grand duchess, siren, painted lady can be found here.
Why Does Birding Matter?
With Ecotourism gaining popularity and decreasing number of bird species, it has become important as well as cool to go on a bird-watching holiday. Younger generation especially needs to see what nature has to offer before everything becomes extinct. Future generations will not be able to see a bird as common as sparrow in the city. So, it’s pertinent that they go birding and enjoy the amazing variety of birds and animals in our country.
Go & listen to the sweet sounds of chirping birds once again. Get close to Nature!