Nainital Corbett Birdwatching Tour - 7 Days

Destinations Covered in Nainital Corbett Birdwatching Tour:

Nainital, Pangot,  Jim Corbett National Park

  • Nainital: Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in India, situated at an altitude of around 2000 meters from sea level, on the Himalayan foothills of the mountain state of Uttarakhand. The hill station was developed in the middle of the 19th century by the colonial British settlers and administration. The center of attraction is the ‘eye-shaped’ lake in the middle of the city called ‘Naini Lake’ and the city derives its name from the name of the same lake. Nainital is surrounded by seven hills, locally called ‘The Sapt Shring’. These seven hills around the town are Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta, Sher-Ka-Danda, Ayarpata, Deopata, and Handi-Bandi. According to ancient legends, the city and the lake derived its name from the mythological incidence associated with Goddess Sati. According to mythologies Goddess Sati lost her eyes at this place when her dead body was being carried by Lord Shiva.  There is a beautiful temple (Naina Devi temple) situated at the flats to commemorate that incidence and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. Nainital is commonly called the lake city because besides Naini Lake it is home to several other lakes includes Naukuchiatal, Sattal, and Bhimtal. The major tourist attractions in Nainital are Mall Road, the market at the flats, Tibetan Market, Boat ride at the Naini lake, Himalaya viewpoint, Pangot, Pt. G B Pant high altitude Zoo, Bhimtal, and Sattal. Explore some of the best birding trails in Nainital through our Nainital Corbett Birdwatching tour.
  • Pangot (Naina Devi Bird Conservation Reserve): Naina Devi Bird Conservation Reserve is a protected area for birds located in the Nainital district of the mountain state of Uttarakhand. It is known for its rich diversity of avian flora and several birding trails within the reserve forest and some of the elusive mammal species found in pine forests of the area. One of the popular birdwatching destinations within Naina Devi Bird Conservation Reserve is Pangot, a less crowded hill station with some amazing birdlife and beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Some of the birds that you may try to find here are hill partridge, chukar partridge, koklass pheasant, kalij pheasant, goldcrest, rufous sibia, red-billed Leiothrix, black-chinned babbler, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, and black-throated tit.  You can also find Himalayan Griffon and Bearded vulture soaring in the sky in these hills.  The common mammal species found here are barking deer, yellow-throated martin, weasel, and Himalayan Goral.

  • Jim Corbett National Park: Jim Corbett National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves of India which has always fascinated the wildlife enthusiast from India and abroad.

The significance of biodiversity and wildlife of the area which now comprises Corbett national park was recognized a long time back, which can be understood by the fact that Jim Corbett National Park (created in 1936) was the first National Park not only in India but also in the mainland Asia. The park was initially named Hailey National Park (with area of only 325 sq. km.) but after the end of British rule in India, the name was changed in 1954 to   Ramganaga National Park- after the river which is the lifeline of the reserve. The National Park was again named to Jim Corbett National Park in 1956, after the death of Jim Corbett- in memory of the noted hunter turned conservationist of the area. On April 1, 1973, Project tiger was launched at Dhikala with the help of WWF and Corbett was one of the 8 original tiger reserves, today there are 48.

Corbett Tiger Reserve (area of 1288.32 sq Km) spreads over three districts of Uttarakhand i.e., Pauri, Nainital, and Almora. It comprises of Corbett National Park ( area of 520.82 sq Km), Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in the NW (area of 301.18 sq Km), and  Buffer forest (area of 466.32 sq Km). Geographically it is located between the Shiwalik Hills and the Terai of  Himalayas. The habitat of Corbett national park comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands, and large lakes.

It has a  healthy habitat of not only one of the largest populations of the Royal Bengal tiger but also a good population of other charismatic species like elephants and leopard as well as rare species like Otters and the Gharial. The Corbett Tiger Reserve is one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife enthusiasts and more than 5  lakh tourists visit the tiger reserve every year, the highest among all protected areas in India.  It is home to approximately 110 tree species, 50 mammal species, and 25 reptile species. In addition with over 550 species of birds (including over 50 species of raptors), Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of the Country and has been declared as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (IBA) by Birdlife International. Explore birds of Corbett through our Nainital Corbett Birdwatching Tour.

Overview

The Nainital Corbett Birdwatching tour takes you to some of the richest avian fauna habitats in Uttarakhand.  Explore the birdwatching destinations of Sattal, Pangot, and Jim Corbett National Park.  The Marchula, Sitabani, and Garjia temple areas are some of the other finest locations for birdwatching within the Corbett landscape. Mongoli valley in the middle of Nainital and Corbett highway is another major birding destination. You will be able to explore diverse kinds of bird habitats through our Nainital Corbett Birdwatching Tour. The small geographical area provides you immense topographical and biological diversity.  From the western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows of Naina Devi Bird Conservation Reserve to the lakes of Nainital, from the terai forests of Sitabani and Jhirna to the river bed of Koshi and Ramganaga, these diverse habitats provide amazing diversity in the kind of birds that could be viewed within a small geographical area. The altitude of these different birdwatching destinations varies between 600 meters to more than 2200 meters from the sea level.  At most of the locations, you can explore the birding trails on foot except for the zones inside Corbett Tiger Reserve and Ramnagar Forest Division, where you need to follow the trails through 4×4 open jeeps.

Highlights of the tour

  • Jungle safari by 4x4 jeep in Corbett tiger reserve
  • Jungle safari by 4x4 jeep in Pawalgarh conservation Reserve.
  • Bird watching tour in Naina Devi Bird conservation Reserve (Pangot)
  • Birdwatching around Satttal lake
  • Birdwatching on the river beds of Koshi river (Garjia Temple Complex) and Ramganaga River (Marchula)
  • Panoramic view of High altitude Himalayan Peaks including Nanda Devi (7816 metres, the 2nd highest peak in India), Trishul , Panchachuli and many more of Garhwal Himalayas.
  • Forest treks though some of the most biodiverse forests in Naina Devi Bird conservation Reserve (Pangot)
  • Drive through some of the most beautiful Himalayan hills between Corbett Tiger Reserve and Nainital
  • Birdwatching in Mongoli Valley

Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi To Nainital

Leave Delhi early in the morning for Nainital. Arrive at the hotel and take a rest at the Hotel.
In the afternoon explore Nainital city. Visit Naina Devi Temple, hang out at the Mall, and markets by the flat. Overnight rest in the hotel.

Day 2
Naintal Birdwatching trails around lakes

Full day Nainital Birdwatching Tour.
Explore the birding trails of Sattal and Bhimtal.
Overnight rest at the hotel in Nainital.

Day 3
Nainital to Pangot

Leave early morning for Pangot.
Travel to Cheer point after check-in.
Full-day birdwatching treks in the Naina Devi Bird conservation Reserve.
Overnight stay at the resort in Pangot.

Day 4
Pangot to Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

Morning birding treks around Pangot.
Travel to Jim Corbett tiger Reserve post breakfast at the resort. A brief stopover at Mongoli valley between Nainital and Corbett to explore the rich birdlife of Mongoli valley.
Overnight rest at Jungle resort in Jim Corbett.

Day 5
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

Wake up early morning for a 4×4 Jeep safari in Corbett tiger reserve.
Explore Garjia temple complex and Jhula Pul (Hanging bridge) to explore birds around the river bed and adjoining forests of the Koshi river.
Overnight stay in a jungle resort in Corbett.

Day 6
Pawalgarh conservation Reserve to Marchula

Wake up early in the morning for a jungle safari in the Pawalgarh conservation reserve.
Post breakfast drives up to Marchula for a birdwatching trip.
Overnight stay in Marchula.

Day 7
Marchula to Delhi

Wake up early morning for a birdwatching trek in the adjoining forests of Marchula.
Leave for Delhi post breakfast at the resort in Marchula.

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Nainital Corbett Birdwatching Tour