Birding trails - Lower Himalayas and Sundarbans

9 Nights / 10 Days

  • Laugh out loud with the Laughing thush, play hide and seek with the winged beauties, get a diversity of birds under the perfect studio settings of Sattal. If this is what interests you, you are at the right place. This tour will take you to the lower greater Himalaya birding attractions of Pangot and Sattal. Come join us to treat your eyes to these exotic birds and a riot of colour in the abundant beauty.Sattal is situated in the Lower Himalayan Range and is unique for its biodiversity and ecological amplitude. There are seven inter-connected lakes here and hence the name Sat-tal which means seven lakes in local language. It has 500 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects.
    The flora covers a wide and diverse range of plants ranging from Bryophytes, orchids, rare climbing plants, ferns, lichens, fungi, medicinal herbs and shrubs. A cluster of pristine lakes set against the captivating surroundings of dense oak and pine woods, Sattal in the state of Uttarakhand unfurls the rustic beauty of the Lower Himalayas. At an altitude of 4000 feet Sattal, also pronounced as Sattal proffers an unruffled environment with abundance of natural flora and fauna.
    Calm and quite ambiance of Sattal makes this sleepy locale in the outskirts of Nainital as a most memorable and impressive tourism spots. Pangot on the other hand is located about 15 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are excellent birding spots. India is famous world over for its rich flora and fauna. Pangot is one such beautiful hamlet and walking into Pangot is like stepping into a remote Himalayan village. The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal.
    It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python. Join us to explore these Magical Mangroves by boat, maybe you would get to sight the swamp Tiger too!!

    Nearest Airport

    Kolkata.

    Best Time to visit

    September to March are the best months to visit Sundarbans, the winters being the most pleasant period in the area. Summers could be quite hot and send the temperature shooting up, but are an ideal time to visit the wildlife sanctuary..

  • Day 01:
    Arrive at Delhi. Our reprisentative would be waiting to greet you and assist you to check into your hotel. Spend the day at Leisure. Stay at Delhi.

    Day 02 (BLD):
    Leave Delhi early morning to take the train to Kadhgodam. This is a small town in the district of Himachal Pradesh. Drive through the scenic hills and beautiful vistas to reach our resort at Pangot for lunch. Spend the afternoon soaking into the hill station atmosphere here, go for short walks or spend a couple of hours birding in and around the resort. Sun sets pretty quickly here and is also spectacular from various view points. We retire after dinner and a short discussion on our plan for next morning.


    Day 03 (BLD):
    Enjoy the morning and evening drives/walks for birding with expert guides. Meet in the evening for some Learnings, knowledge sharing and/or image reviews. One can go on long walks as the trails are very beautiful. The multitude of birds’ songs would be heard from a distance. A trained guide would accompany you on these walks. Stay at the resort.


    Day 04 (BLD):
    We start very early this morning and will look for Kokolas, Cheer and Khalij pheasants. We will get back to our resort after having breakfast at a high point with view of snow clad mountains. We checkout around 12 noon and drive to Sattal with lunch on the way. We go on a birding trail this evening at Sattal. Stay at the resort.

    Day 05 (BLD):
    This will be our last birding session of the trip. We start early and get on different trails as two groups depending on our target list. We get to Kathgodam to catch our night train to Delhi. After fretting up at a hotel, we fly to Kolkotta. Evening is spend go around Kolkotta. It is very famous for its trams and the famous Howrah bridge. Stay at Kolkotta.

    Day 06 (BLD):
    Pick up from Kolkata airport in an exclusive vehicle and transfer to Godkhali, Sundarbans (Journey time 3 hrs. approx), followed by one and half hours of spectacular cruise journey through rivers Bidya, Hogol, Gomar, Gundi and Durgaduani with lunch on board. We will go for a boat safari and after watching the sunset, Dinner on board. Overnight stay at boat.


    Day 07 (BLD):
    Full day boat safari inside Sundarbans forest and visit to various watch towers like Sudhanyakhali. The sweet water pond at Sudhanyakhali attracts a lot of wild animals and offers you the chance to view them from close quarters. lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay at Boat.

    Day 08 (BLD):
    Today involves full day cruise through rivers & narrow creeks of Sundarbans. We would the famous watch towers of Sudhanyakhali, Do Banki and Nethi Dhopani(According to Sightings report). Canopy walk at Do Banki gives an opportunity to watch wildlife from netted enclosure. All meals would be served on boat, overnight stay at a resort.

    Day 09 (BLD):
    Drive to Kolkatta to take your flights to Delhi. Stay at Delhi.

    Day 10 (BLD):
    Drop at Delhi airport. End of tour.

  • PER PERSON COST: USD 1800 /- onwards. (Minimum 8 paxs)
    (Additional 9% of the tour cost would be charged as service tax).

    COST INCLUDES:

    • Stay as mentioned.
    • Internal transfers.
    • Meals as mentioned.
    • Safaris as mentioned.
    • Sight seeing as mentioned.

    COST EXCLUDES:

    • International airfares.
    • VISA charges.
    • Vaccinations if required.
    • Personal and medical expenses.
    • Insurance charges.
    • Anything other than mentioned in the Cost Includes section.
  • Payment Terms

    • Indian nationals: 100% payment on or before 60 days of travel.
    • Foreign Nationals:100% payment on or before 90 days of travel.

    Cancellation Policy

    • 50% refund if cancelled before 50 days of travel.
    • 20% refund if cancelled 30 days before travel.
    • No refund if cancelled after above mentioned days.

    Additional terms

    • This tour requires a general fitness among individuals.
    • A medical certificate will be needed to be produced giving a basic stats of your vitals.Indeminity bond needs to be signed prior to the tour.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd will not be held responsible for any damages or mishaps to the property etc. undertaken by the customer.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd will not be responsible for any loss or theft. Although, it is advisable not to keep an eye out on a general note.
    • If you have any medical condition, it did be advisable to inform us about it. This ensures an extra care and support for you from our side.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd can cancel any tours for any unseen or unfavourable conditions which can prove risky for you to travel there. In such a case, a full refund will be amde to you.
    • It is advisable to follow a set rules, especially in mentored tours. This ensures your safety.
    • There are guidlines and advise on what to carry in your clothes baggage. This ensures you are comfortable throughout your journey. Any medical emergencies will not be borne by Beyond roads Travel and Photography Pvt. Although, care and assitance will be given to you throughout any unforeseen circumstances.
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