Archive for ‘Bird Watching’

Birding at Pancheshwar Fishing Retreat in Uttarakhand

Pancheshwar is a serene place located at the foothills of India and Nepal border, on the confluence of River Sharda and River Kali near Lohaghat in Champawat district in Uttarakhand. Taking a dip at the confluence of river here is considered to be very sacred. People from all over India come here to take a dip and wash away their sins. Pancheshwar is a great place for bird watching. There are a lot of birdwatching trails and places in Uttarakhand, and Pancheshwar is one of them. It’s a paradise for bird watchers. There are about 180 species of birds in Pancheshwar. Walk through broad-leaved forests full of oak, horse chestnut and majestic trees to spot those rare species of birds.

Birding at Gir Birding Lodge, Gir National Park

The only site outside Africa to see lions in the wild, Gir National Park is the place to be for any wildlife enthusiast. Located in the heart of Gujarat, the protected territory sprawls over an area of 1412 sq km. The expansive park provides habitat to a large number of plant and animal species, many of which are endangered. Over the years, it has also emerged as one of the best bird watching sites in the country. With more than 200 bird species recorded in the park, it has been declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Birding at Gir National Park is a unique experience, which allows you to come face to face with not only the resident avifauna, but also the birds that migrate to here. The site is a breeding ground for a large number of feathered creatures; hence, an ideal birding destination.

Birding at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge Pangot, Nainital

While the whole of India is known for its biological diversity, its northern part is a little special. Hundreds of species of birds are found only in the state of Uttarakhand; many of these can be found in and around Nainital. It is among the most scenic hill stations in India and also one of the most preferred ones. Nestled in the Himalayas at an altitude of about 2000 metres, it is the realm of peace. Among the myriad activities that you can try here is birding, which allows one to learn about the diverse avifauna of the region.