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Birds of Kinnaur and Seraj

Narkanda, Sangla, Shoja and Goshaini
06 nights & 07 days
Best time: April to June
Tour Code: BWH01

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi to Simla to Narkanda
Day 02: Narkanda to Sangla
Day 03: Sangla
Day 04: Sangla to Shoja
Day 05: Shoja
Day 06: Shoja to Goshaini
Day 07: Goshaini to Kullu to Delhi

Highlights

Great Birding
Very interesting Himalayan drive through high passes
Quaint lodges and camps
Amazing food
Short hikes and walks
Local lifestyle

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi-Simla-Narkanda
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Arrival in Paro from Delhior Kathmandu. You will be met at your hotel in Delhi and transferred to the airport to f ly to Simla in the morning. You will be met and driven to Narkanda (2½ hours). One gets familiarized with common species such as blue whistling thrush, large billed crow, green backed and great tit, grey - hooded warbler, russet sparrow, wire - tailed swallow, khalij pheasant, oriental hobby etc. B irding in Narkanda in the evening. One can look for Indian blue robin, brownish - flanked bush warbler, Himalayan griffon, large hawk cuckoo, black and yellow grosbeak, spotted nutcracker, greenish and lemon - rumped warbler, ultramarine and Asian brown flycat cher, Eurasian blackbird etc. Overnight in a Hotel Hatu.

Day 02: Narkanda-Sarahan-Sangla
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch on own, Dinner
Morning birding on the trail to Hatu peak. Drive to Sangla (7 - 8 hr.) via Sarahan. Sarahan is surrounded by apple orchards and d ominated by Srikhand Mahadev peak (5155 m) and is famous for Bhimakali temple and a pheasant breeding centre. One can expect white - throated fantail, grey - headed canary, yellow - billed blue magpie, common rosefinch, crested bunting, lammergeier, common kestr el, changeable hawak - eagle, common tailorbird etc. Evening bird walk at Sangla. One can expect brown dipper, common raven, European goldfinch, fire - fronted serin, lesser cuckoo, booted eagle, dark sided flycatcher, western crowned warbler, tree pipit etc. Overnight in fully serviced tents.

Day 03: Sangla
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive leisurely to Chitkul (2 hr.) stopping for birding en route . Chitkul is the last inhabited village surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. For birders the special ones are red - headed bullfinch, white - winged grosbeak, gold crest, pink - browed and beautiful rosefinch, slaty blue flycatcher, white - tailed rubythroat, rufous vented & rufous napped tit, spot winged tit, whit - cheeked nuthatch, blue - capped redstart, brambling etc. The quaint little houses, temples, gompas and the people of Baspa valley conjure up a perfect image of Shangri - La. Return to Sangla in the evening. Overnight in fully serviced tents.

04: Sangla-Shoja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Dri ve to Shoja via Jalori Pass. Shoja, a small village at an altitude of over 8000 feet. The access to Shoja winds through thick forests, alpine trees which provide an untouched habitat. Arrive here in time for lunch and later a walk on the forest loggin g roa d into pristine pheasant country. The pheasants seen here are monal & khaleej. Other birds are sulphur - bellied warbler, white - throated tit, Indian blue robin, brownish flanked bush warbler, 2 species of grosbeaks, nutcracker, white - collared blackbird, ultr amarine flycatcher, variegated laughingthrush etc. Overnight in cottages in Banjara Retreat.

Day 05: Shoja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Full day birding with your guide on numerous trails and short treks. Overnight in cottages in Banjara Retreat. Shoja is situated in the Seraj Valley. Its beauty changes from a sunny green conifer valley, full of flowers in the summer to mist covered snow - peaked cold Himalayan village in the winters. The numerous walks and treks in the surrounding forests and meadows are a special feature of the area. During spring the slopes get covered with purple iris flowers and wild strawberries grow all along the road. It is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable sights that will haunt you for a long time.

Day 06: Shoja to Goshaini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive down to Goshaini, a beautiful spot by the Tirthan River . One can look for M onal, K halij, R osy P ipit etc . This area en route remains less explored so we may have some special birds here. Goshaini is a scenic and idy llic Himachali village. Our stay is one of the main attractions of this off the beaten track place. A delightful homestay on the banks of the Tirthan River, this quaint wooden lodge can be reached by sitting in a hand pulled pulley cart over the gushing ri ver! The setting is picture perfect amidst apple orchards and high mountains and a river full of trout. Right on the riverbank, th is place is ideal for relaxing on the hammocks, trout fishing, sharing stories around the fireplace or going for long walks ac companied by the owner's lovable dogs. Trek to the Great Himalayan National Park and afternoon downstream walk along river Tirthan. One can expect to see yellow - billed blue magpie, brown dipper, Asian brown and paradise flycatcher, jungle myna, Asian barre d owlet, common kestrel etc. Overnight in Tirthan Orchards.

Day 07: Goshaini-Kullu-Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Drive to Kullu (3 hr.) to fly back to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi by noon. Tour Ends.

Note: if the flight schedule changes and one has to stay additional night, the tour cost will increase on pro rata basis

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding throughout
-Any permits
-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.

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