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Birds of the Central Himalayas

Pangot (Nainital), Sat Tal, Jageshwar, Abbott Mount, Munsyari, Vijaypur, Someshwar and Corbett National Park
13 nights & 14 days
Best time: April to June & October
Tour Code: BH03

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi to Pangot
Day 02: Pangot
Day 03: Pangot to Sat Tal
Day 04: Sat Tal to Jageshwar
Day 05: Jageshwar to Abbott Mount
Day 06: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Day 07: Munsyari
Day 08: Munsyari
Day 09: Munsyari
Day 10: Munsyari to Vijaypur
Day 11: Vijaypur to Someshwar
Day 12: Someshwar to Corbett National Park
Day 13: Corbett National Park
Day 14: Corbett National Park to Delhi

Highlights

Pristine Himalayas
Excellent Birding
Great Food
Quaint lodges and camps
Himalayan road trips
Short walks and hikes
Ever changing landscape
Sightseeing and local lifestyle
Tiger Safari

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi-Pangot
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
You will be met and taken to Pangot (7-8 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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: Sat Tal
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive in the morning to Sat Tal (2 hours). The habitat offers species such as white-crested laughingthrush, rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, red-billed leothrix, Siberian ruby throat, rock bunting etc. Look for rufous-chinned & white crested laughing thrush, rufous-breasted accentor, greater yellow-naped flameback, speckled piculet etc. Overnight stay at Sat Tal Birding Camp.

04: Sat Tal to Jageshwar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive in the morning to Jageshwar (3½ ho urs). The drive offers species such as little forktail, khalij pheasant, Himalayan Barbet, Steppe eagle, many raptors etc. This scattered and deliberately undeveloped area is one of the most pleasant destinations. Th e tree cover is of deodar and is relativ ely unexplored by birders. Overnight stay at Van Serai. Some of the birds here are Besra, Himalayan Griffon, Kestrel, Wedge - tailed Green Pigeon, Slaty - headed Parakeet, Oriental Cuckoo, Asian - barred Owlet, Great Barbet, Grey - headed Woodpecker, Brown - fronted Woodpecker, Rufous - bellied Woodpecker, Himalayan Woodpecker, Ashy Drongo, Bar - winged Flycatcher Shrike, Common Myna, Eurasian Jay, Black - headed Jay, Red - billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Large - billed Crow, Long - tailed Minivet, Scaly - breasted Munia, Yellow - breasted Green Finch, Crested Bunting, Black Bulbul, Himalayan Bulbul, Black - chinned, Babbler, White - browed Shrike Babbler, Green Shrike Babbler, Rufous Sibia, Streaked Laughing Thrush, Dark - sided Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatche r, Grey - headed Canary Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey - hooded Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Ashy - throated Warbler, Grey Bushchat, Chestnut - bellied Rock Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Plain - backed Mountain Thrush, Great Tit, Black - lored Tit, Green Backed Tit, Spot - winged Tit, Black - throated Tit, Bar - tailed Tree creeper , White - tailed Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Russet Sparrow, House Sparrow etc.

Day 05: Jageshwar to Abbott Mount
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Early start for a 2½-hour drive to Abbott Mount through the Himalayan roads stopping en route for birding. One can see green-tailed sunbird, scaly-breasted wren-babbler, black bulbul, rufous Sibia, black eagle, red-headed & Egyptian vulture, black-throated sunbird, blue-throated barbet, Himalayan woodpec ker etc. You may see delightful Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers in this area. Overnight stay at Abbott Mount Cottage.

Day 06: Abbott Mount to Munsyari
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive to Munsyari (7 hours) in the morning stopping en route for birding. One can see white capped water redstart, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed & lesser fish eagle etc. More birds include scaly-bellied woodpecker, red-breasted parakeet, Himalayan swiftlet, stork-billed kingfisher and barn swallow. Overnight stay at 'The Last Frontier'in thatch & stone cottages.

Day 07, 08 & 09: Munsyari
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Three days in Munsyari to explore Gori River, Balanti Farms, alpine meadows, Kala Muni and Maheshwari Kund. One can expect speckled wood pigeon, spotted forktail, Himalayan griffon, streak-throated & rufous-bellied woodpecker, grey wagtail, rufous-gorgeted & ultramarine flycatcher, white-collared blackbird, variegated and streaked laughing thrush, oriental and large-hawk cuckoo, brown dipper, grandala, Himalayan snowcock etc.

Day 10: Munsyari to Vijaypur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive early morning to Vijaypur (6 hours), stopping en route to check out the thick oak forest just after Cha u khori. Birding in Ramganga R iver at Nachani can be very rew arding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. On the way to Chaukhori, we will stop at alpine meadows to look for Eurasian jay, upland pipit, grey winged blackb ird, Indian cuckoo etc. Overnight stay at Chestnut Grove.

Day 11: Vijaypur to Someshwar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive to Someshwar ( 4½ hours) in the morning stopping en route for birding at Kausani. Rest of the birding around Someshwar . Someshwar is good for raptors. Overnight stay at Hisaloo – Stone House by the Kosi .

Day 12: Someshwar to Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive to Corbett National Park (5 hours) in the morning stopping en route for birding at Kumer ia. Corbett Tiger reserve has spectacular avifauna diversity. Gr eat 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 tawny fish owl, scaly - bellied woodpecker, red - breasted parakeet, Himalayan swiftlet, sto rk - billed & crested kingfisher etc. Tiger Camp makes an ideal base for birding.

Day 13: Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today's two safaris into the park will focus on birds and any indication of Tiger presence can also lead us to a great sighting of this big cat. One can look for black bulbul, brown - eared bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted forktail, yellow - bellied and white - browed fantail, crested laughing thrush, black - winged cuckoo shrike, little heron, wallcreeper, red - brea sted parakeet, short - billed and long - tailed Minivet , brown dipper, ashy - crowned sparrow lark etc. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff - throated babbler, white - rumped shama etc.

Day 14: Corbett National Park-Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Morning safari to Jhirna range forest. You will explore the forest for Asian barred owlet, plumbeous redstart, Indian pitta, spangled drongo, yellow - wattled lapwing, lineated and blue - throated barbet, oriental pied and grey hornbill, rufous and grey T reepie etc. Other species that are possible in the forest are crested tree swift, blue bearded bee - eater etc. Drive back to Delhi at noon. Arrive Delhi in the evening (6 - hour drive). Tour Ends.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding
-Two Jungle visits in Corbett National Park in 4WDs
-All surface transfers by a private vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.
-Elephant ride

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