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Birding Himalaya – pheasants, forktails & more (13 days) B409

Tour ref. no. B409
Duration: 11 nights (13 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Corbett – Sattal – Lohaghat – Pangot area (near Nainital) – Delhi
  • Stunning scenery with Himalayan Monal, Grosbeaks and Satyr Tragopan near Lohaghat
  • Explore rich forests and open hillsides around Pangot for Koklass and Cheer Pheasants
  • Siberian Rubythroat, Laughingthrushes and Red-billed Leiothrix by Sattal lakes
  • Exciting birding in the Himalayan foothill rivers – watch for Forktails and Ibisbill
  • Many woodpeckers possible, including Great Slaty Woodpecker and Speckled Piculet
  • Brown and Tawny Fish Owls, Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles at Corbett

Introduction

Search for stunning pheasants with our experienced guides – Kalij Pheasant is easy to see in the lower foothill forests of Corbett.  Despite iridescent rainbow-coloured plumage the male Himalayan Monal can be tricky to observe in lichen-draped oak-conifer forest with rhododendron and bamboo, but once seen it’s never forgotten!  We will look for Cheer and Koklass Pheasants near Pangot, where a wealth of other birds occur, from brightly-coloured Red-billed Blue Magpie to the very desirable Siberian Rubythroat and several tit species including Rufous-vented and Black-throated.  Sattal (“seven lakes”) also offers productive birding – Golden Bush Robin, various laughingthrushes, warblers and flycatchers are all possible.  At higher altitude around Lohaghat we’ll focus on Satyr Tragopan while keeping watch for Pink-browed and Beautiful Rosefinches and perhaps Red-fronted Serin.  Birders love grosbeaks and we have a chance of both Black and Yellow and Spot-wingedThis tour includes some great birding in truly stunning scenery.

Previous title Himalayan Birding: in search of monals, minlas and mesias (same code B409)

There are many ways to extend this tour, so please contact us for details

Itinerary and price

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you

For help with your flight arrangements and to receive a no obligation quote, you can complete the enquiry form on our website or call 0800 280 8947 to speak to a flight advisor at StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a leading retailer of airfares and worldwide flights.

Day 2: Delhi

Meals: Payable directly today

Arrive at New Delhi airport where you will be welcomed by your guide and driver who will stay with you for the duration of the tour. Depending on your arrival time you could visit Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary for a few hours to search for Brooks’s Leaf Warbler, Indian Courser and a wealth of waterbirds. Sind Sparrow has been recorded here and occurs locally. Night at hotel in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Corbett

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast (served from 0700 hours) you will drive to Corbett National Park.  Wherever you are around Corbett you will be impressed by the abundant bird life and wonderful scenery. The Park is in a huge valley, with thickly forested ridges and open grasslands intersected by the Ramganga and Kosi rivers and their tributaries, all set against a stunning backdrop of the Himalayan foothills.  Diverse habitats attract all kinds of bird.  Without even entering the Park you have an excellent chance of seeing River Lapwing, Crested Treeswift, Plumbeous Water Redstart, White-capped Redstart, Wallcreeper and the magnificent Crested Kingfisher.

Sometimes Tawny Fish Owl and Pallas’s Fish Eagle are spotted and your guide will try hard to locate the cryptic Ibisbill along the Kosi River.  With luck you could see Great Slaty Woodpecker.

Check in at your lodge and enjoy the remainder of the day birding along the Kosi River.  Relax for the evening at your lodge.

Day 4: Corbett

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Full day birding in the buffer zone of Corbett National Park by open jeep and on foot.  Watch for Red Junglefowl and Kalij Pheasant along the tracks and perhaps a Lesser Fish Eagle overhead.  Also listen out for woodpeckers as there are several to see locally in these forested hills ranging from Brown-capped and Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpeckers and perhaps a Speckled Piculet, to the larger and brightly-coloured Grey-headed Woodpecker, Lesser Yellownape and Black-rumped Flameback, to name just a few.  Night at same lodge

Day 5: Corbett

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning you’ll enjoy a jeep safari in the Bijrani Zone of Corbett where you may find Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle, Great Hornbill, Blue-bearded Bee Eater, Rosy Minivet, Black-naped Monarch, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Crimson Sunbird, White-rumped Shama, Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler, Ashy, Black and Himalayan Bulbuls. Return to your lodge for lunch then spend the afternoon birding locally outside of Corbett National Park where likely species include White-crested Laughingthrush, Long-billed Thrush, Brown Dipper, Little and Spotted Forktails. Night at same lodge.

Day 6: Corbett - Sattal

Meals: Breakfast at Corbett, lunch and dinner at Sattal

After a couple of hours of early morning birding drive to Sattal to enjoy some lake and mountain birds.  Check in and have lunch at your hotel, then in the afternoon head off to explore – typical species may include Siberian Rubythroat, Red-billed Leiothrix, White-throated and Streaked Laughingthrushs, Grey Treepie, White-capped Bunting, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Mountain Chiffchaff, Sulphur-bellied and Hume’s Warblers and so many others.  One lucky client even spotted a Himalayan Civet sleeping on a branch.  Night at local hotel

Day 7: Sattal

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

You’ll spend the whole day birding locally around the lakes and forests, returning for lunch, then heading out again.  Arrive back at your hotel and relax for the evening.

Day 8: Lohaghat (Abbott Mount)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

There will be time for some early morning birding before starting your journey (approx. 6 hours) to Abbott Mount, near Lohaghat, and the snow-clad peaks of Panch Chulli which rise to a height of 22,640 ft / 6,900 m.  Located at approx. 6,500 ft / 1,980 metres Abbott Mount is a comfortable base from which to explore this stunning mountain environment and search for many target species which include Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Green Shrike-babbler, Black and Yellow Grosbeak, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-tailed Minla and many more.  Night at comfortable lodge.

Days 9 and 10: Lohaghat area (around Abbott Mount)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Explore further, allowing plenty of time to search for the Himalayan Monal and Satyr Tragopan as they can prove difficult to see.  Also keep a look out for Pink-browed and Beautiful Rosefinches, Red-fronted Serin, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Brown-flanked Bush Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler and other species.  Return to the comfort of your lodge.

Day 11: Lohaghat - Pangot, near Nainital)

Meals: Breakfast at Abbott Mount, lunch en-route and dinner at Pangot

This morning you’ll drive to Pangot.  Expect this journey to take 7 – 8 hours, with a little birding on the way.   Check in at your accommodation and if time permits enjoy birding down the valley from the lodge where you may add Red-billed Blue Magpie and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch to your list!  Relax for the evening.

Day 12: Pangot area

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This is another bird-rich area and today you’ll search for Koklass Pheasant as well as the more difficult Cheer Pheasant, and there will be plenty more to see in these beautiful wooded Kumaon hills.  Great Hill Barbet and Black-headed Jay are often seen and others include Rufous-bellied and Himalayan Woodpeckers, Altai Accentor, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Yellow-browed Tit, White-tailed Nuthatch, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Upland Pipit, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker and Whiskered Yuhina.

Day 13: Pangot - Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

After breakfast and some early morning birding, you’ll commence your journey back to Delhi.  Expect the drive to take around 7 hours, depending on traffic.  Arrive at Delhi International Airport in time to connect with a flight home.  Your guide will say farewell at the airport.  A late night flight would be fine.  Note: See supplement if you require an extra night in Delhi with transfers to the airport the next morning.  Extra note: See supplements should you wish to extend this tour by a few days.

Tour ends

Tour extensions available. Please contact us for details

Price per person:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1440
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1210
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1130
Single room supplement £360

Price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1
Corbett Camp Riverwild, Deluxe Cottage 3
Sattal Pine Crest, Deluxe Room  2
Lohaghat area Abbott Mount Cottage, Standard Room  3
Pangot Nest Cottages, Cottage  2

Price includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers by air-conditioned vehicle (saloon car for 2 and Innova for 3 & 4)
  • One full day and one half day use of jeep for birding outside Corbett National Park
  • 1 jeep safari to Bijrani Zone of Corbett National Park on an exclusive basis with mandatory park guide inclusive of entrance fee
  • Accompanying bird guide from Day 2 to Day 13
  • All National Park and Sanctuary entrance fees
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price excludes

  • Any international airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Camera fee
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the current entrance fee
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1YG. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.

Flights

We can advise on appropriate flights and timings that you may wish to book, but we do not organise or arrange flights on our customers’ behalf. You will need to make your own flight arrangements directly with a flight retailer or the airline concerned; we recommend StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of Flight Centre Travel Group. They can be contacted by completing the online enquiry form or you can call 0800 280 8947 to speak to one of their flight advisors.

For any help or advice please call or email Wild About Travel and we would be happy to assist.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 370593 Mobile: +44 (0)7817 574235
Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
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