Birds and Mammals of the Himalayas

10 Days | #1339

  • 10 Days | #1339
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Embark on an enchanting birdwatching tour to Pangot, Sat Tal, and Chopta, immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. This tour takes you on a journey through these captivating destinations. With experienced tour leaders and a wealth of avifauna, this conservation-oriented birdwatching tour promises an array of experiences.Nestled amidst lush greenery and misty mountains, Pangot serves as a haven for avian enthusiasts. Explore its diverse ecosystems, from dense oak and pine forests to serene village landscapes. Continuing your expedition, Sat Tal entices you with its seven interconnected lakes, providing a stunning backdrop for birdwatching. Finally, venture into the pristine forests of Chopta, a paradise for high-altitude birdlife. Apart from rich biodiversity, these destinations are also home to rich local culture and lip-smacking traditional cuisine. You will have the opportunity to explore the cultural and natural sides of these amazing Himalyan destinations on this tour.


Day 01: Delhi to Pangot
Day 02: Pangot
Day 03: Pangot
Day 04: Pangot to Sat Tal
Day 05: Sat Tal
Day 06: Sat Tal to Chopta
Day 07: Chopta
Day 08: Chopta
Day 09: Chopta
Day 10: Chopta to Dehradun airport

  • A large list of bird species
  • A large variety of mammals
  • Himalayan views
  • Farm fresh Indian meals
  • Quaint lodges and camps
  • Easy birding
  • Sightseeing is possible
  • Glimpses of the beautiful landscape, architecture and lifestyle of North India
Services Included
  • Accommodation for 03 Nights in Pangot
  • Accommodation for 02 Nights in Sat Tal
  • Accommodation for 04 Nights in Chopta
  • Dedicated Birding Guide for the entire trip
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air conditioned transport services
  • All taxes
Trip Report

We're thrilled to share Claudia Canfield's exciting birding trip report, which took place from 11th to 18th April 2023. Claudia, accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, Mahesh, embarked on an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque destinations of Pangot, Sattal, and Chopta.

Claudia's journey began in Pangot, a charming hill station nestled amidst lush greenery and located just a short drive from the bustling city of Nainital. The region proved to be a haven for birdwatching, with Claudia ticking off a remarkable list of avian sightings. Some notable highlights included the elusive Scaly thrush, Black-faced warbler, and Himalayan shrike-babbler. The vibrant Fire-breasted flowerpecker and Blyth's leaf warbler also made appearances, showcasing their colourful plumage. She was delighted to see the majestic Cheer pheasant, and the elusive Koklass pheasant. Common wood pigeons cooed softly in the background, while the distinctive calls of the Himalayan cuckoo echoed through the trees.

Next on Claudia's birding itinerary was the tranquil paradise of Sattal, a cluster of seven mesmerising lakes surrounded by dense forests. The vibrant Blue-throated barbet, Green Magpie, Mountain Bulbul and the Hill partridge made memorable appearances, capturing Claudia's heart.

The final leg of Claudia's adventure led her to the enchanting landscapes of Chopta, often referred to as the "Mini Switzerland of India." In this pristine wilderness, Claudia's eyes were treated to a plethora of avian wonders. Majestic raptors such as the Himalayan griffon soared high above, while the melodic songs of the Upland pipit and Altai accentor filled the air, spotted the charming Yellow-browed tit, Himalayan Monal, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide.

Throughout her journey, Claudia's keen eyes and Mahesh's expert guidance helped them spot an incredible variety of bird species. From the elusive Tawny fish owl to the charming Pink-browed rosefinch, every sighting was a testament to the incredible biodiversity of this region.

As Claudia's birding adventure came to an end, she reflected on the countless memories created and the breathtaking birds and animals she encountered. With her heart full of joy, she bid farewell to these enchanting destinations, leaving with a renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature.

If you're a passionate birder seeking an unforgettable experience, don't miss the chance to explore Pangot, Sattal, and Chopta. Embark on a journey like Claudia's, and get ready to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and the mesmerising diversity of bird species that call these places home. Book your trip today and let the avian wonders of India leave you in awe!

Services Not Included
  • Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses, few meals, monument and park entrance fee, tips, laundry, phone calls, bottled water during meals, alcohol, camera fee, etc
  • Air fare, visa, insurance, any other services not specified in cost inclusions
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