Day 1/ Tour 1 Distance 5 km an early drive to Purkul Gao, Bhitarli and surrounding hills and forests for an introductory birding session before drive to this riverside forests location with breathtaking views and a huge list of birds in the area.The area is rich in birdlife despite the near overwhelming monoculture of śāl. Key birds include Kalij Pheasant, Speckled Piculet, Lesser Yellownape, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Himalayan Flameback, Crested Kingfisher, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Drongo Cuckoo, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Himalayan Griffon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Besra, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Forktail, Mistle Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Spot-winged Tit, Wallcreeper, Asian House Martin, European Goldfinch, Spot-winged Starling, Aberrant Bush Warbler, Variegated Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Nepal Wren Babbler, Black-chinned Babbler, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Upland Pipit, various sunbirds, Altai Accentor, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch and Pink-browed Rosefinch.
Day 2/ Tour 2 Distance 45 kms an early drive to the famous Asan Barrage with packed Breakfast enroute. Stop at the Barrage for some relaxation followed by Birdwatching session. Later lunch at the Lake side. The birding season here for migratory birds is Arrival – October, November & December and Departure by – March end sometimes early April and sometimes end April. The Asan Barrage attracts about 53 species of birds of which 19 are winter migrants from Eurasia. During winter months 90% of the waterbird population comprises the following 11 migratory species namely – Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Wigeon, Common Teal, Tufted Duck and Shoveller.
The Asan Barrage serves as a winter passage halt for trans Himalayan migratory birds. These birds are spotted here on their way to Southern India (October – November) and again on their way back (late February – March)
During winter months the above mentioned 11 migratory species are the most – up to 90% of the total migratory bird population seen here.
May to September end offer just as exciting opportunities to see local migrants like Painted Stork, Open Billed Stork, Night Heron, A group of 25 – 40 Painted Storks can be seen here in these months every year.
Day 3/ Tour 3 Full day Birdwatching in the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary area. About 90 species of birds have been recently recorded in the sanctuary. including the Himalayan Shrike-Babbler, Goldcrest and Peregrine falcon.
The Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of Orchids and Mountain Quail, an extremely elusive species that was thought to be extinct by 1876, until it was sighted in Mussoorie.
Day 4/ Tour 4 Options of Song River Valley, Thano and Bhogpur Areas up till Dodital. -Depending on altitude one could spot species like - Cheer, Monal and Koklass Pheasants, Cinereous Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Snow Pigeon, Brown Wood Owl, Scaly-beasted wren Babbler, Golden Bush Robin, Beautiful Rosefinch
Other options include areas like Koti Kanasar & Chakrata - where one could spot birds like - Chukar Partridge, Cinereous Vulture, Speckled Piculet, Himalayan Woodpecker, Wallcreeper, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Spotted Nutcracker, Black and Yellow Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch, White- checked Nuthatch.
In Asan and Timli area one could spot birds like - Great Crested Grebe, Great Bittern, Common Goldeneye. Baer’s Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Marbled Teal, Lesser white-fronted Goose, Painted Stork, Pallas’ Fish Eagle, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-tailed Rubythroat, White-crowned Penduline Tit. In Chilla & Surrounds of Rajaji National Park. - Black Stork, White-eyed Buzzard, Cinereous Vulture, Pallas Fish Eagle, River Lapwing, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wallcreeper.
Thano - Maldevta,Lacchiwala Areas - Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Greater Yellownape, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Crested Kingfisher, Indian Pitta, Sirkeer Malkoha, Maroon Oriole, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Wallcreeper, Red Avadavat, rock Bunting, Green-Tailed Sunbird, European Goldfinch.
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• Packages start from @ 2000/- per person with no meals or stay to 8000/- per person with all meals and accommodation per night.