Birding at Sattal, Pangot and Chafi

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Half Day Birding at Sattal

  • Arrival at AnandVihar Railway Station (Delhi) & board train to Kathgodam
  • Tea & breakfast in Train (Journey time of approx 6 hrs)
  • Reach Kathgodam and proceed to Sattal via cab
  • Enroute welcome drink, light snacks and sharing birding plans
  • Reach the resort by 13:00 hrs, have lunch & some rest
  • Do the 1st bird-watching session @ Studio Area in evening
  • Team discussion & knowledge sharing session followed by Dinner

Day 2: Birding at Sattal

  • Have early morning tea & proceed for Birding session at studio & waterfall point with packed breakfast
  • Have lunch at restaurant near Sattal lake
  • Late afternoon & evening session at Sattal – church road
  • Team discussion & knowledge sharing session followed by Dinner

Day 3: Birding at Sattal – Chafi

  • Early morning bird-watching session at Garud tal – Sattal – bhital road
  • Tea & breakfast @ resort, checkout with packed lunch
  • Afternoon bird-watching at Chafi
  • Travel from Chafi to Pangot & check-in at resort in Pangot
  • Team discussion & knowledge sharing session followed by Dinner

Day 4: Birding at Pangot

  • Early morning tea followed by bird-watching session at Pangot trails with packed breakfast
  • Back to resort for lunch
  • Evening session at Pangot & Cheer Pheasant Point
  • Team discussion & knowledge sharing session followed by Dinner

Day 5: Half day bird-watching at Pangot & en-route Kathgodam

  • Early morning session at Pangot Trails with packed breakfast
  • Checkout
  • Drive to Kathgodam, lunch en-route and bird-watching along the way
  • Catch the afternoon train to Delhi. Evening snacks and dinner in train
  • Trip ends with loads of images & lovely experiences in the nature 🙂

Note that this is a sample itinerary and can be customized as per your requirements. Please use the form below to let us know about your requirements and we shall get back to you with an updated itinerary along with a tentative cost.


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Birding at Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh

About Mishmi Hills

Mishmi Hills are on the Northeastern tip of India, in central Arunachal Pradesh and are a southward extension of the Great Himalayan ranges and its northern and eastern parts touch China. These hills are divided into 2 sections – the flood plains of tributaries of Brahmaputra river and the Arunachal Himalayas consisting of snow-capped mountains, lower Himalayan ranges and Shivalik ranges. This hilly area falls in the Dibang valley and is characterised by steeply sloping landform, sub-tropical evergreen forest and high rainfall.

With around 6000 species plant species, 100 mammals and over 600 bird species, Mishmi is a heaven for nature lovers. Some of the highlight bird species at Mishmi consist Sclater’s monal, Blyth’s Tragopan, Temminck’s Tragopan, chestnut-breasted partridge, Ward’s trogon, Red-headed Trogon Dark-sided thrush, Green Cochua, Purple Cochoa, Rusty-bellied and Gould’s shortwing, Beautiful Nuthatch, Mishmi Wren-babbler, Chevron-breasted Babbler Fire-tailed myzornis, 3-4 parrotbill species, Grey-headed bullfinch and so on.


Suggested Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Pick from dibrugarh airport and transfer to Mishmi Hills. Birding at Maguri Beel. Dinner and overnight at Forest rest house.

Day 2: Wake up at 0500hrs, birding in and around Mayodiya Pass. Discussions on species and consolidation of bird list for the day. Dinner and overnight at Forest rest house.

Day 3: Wake up at 0500hrs, birding in and around Tiwarigaon. Discussions on species and consolidation of bird list for the day. Dinner and overnight at Forest rest house.

Day 4: Wake up at 0500hrs, birding in and around Hunli. Discussions on species and consolidation of bird list for the day. Dinner and overnight at Forest rest house.

Day 5: Wake up at 0500hrs, birding in and around Tiwarigaon and transfer to Tinsukia. Consolidation of entire bird list for the tour. Overnight at Tinsukia.

Day 6: Morning session at Maguri Beel. Check out from Tinsukia and proceed to Dibrugarh airport.

There might be variations in itinerary based on the local weather conditions and inputs from our local experts at Mishmi hills.

Note: The Stay at Forest lodge in Mishmi Hills will be on Twin sharing with very basic amenities. We shall only have 2 hrs of electricity supply, primarily to charge our camera batteries and mobile phones. The mobile network connectivity will also be limited.

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Birding in Uttarakhand (Makku, Chopta & Tunganath) – April 2019

Tour Date: April 23rd (Tuesday) – April 28th (Sunday) 2019


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up by CAR from Dehradun airport by 12:30 PM and proceed towards Mukku Village. Approx driving time is 7 to 8 hrs. Reach Mukku Village around 8 PM in the evening.

Day 2: Visit Chopta monal points, Mukku Bend, Mukku Farm. Interactive session in evening followed by dinner.

Day 3: Visit Tunganath (Chopta – Tunganath trek) for some specific high-altitude species. The trek is approximately 3.5 KMs from the base. Interactive session in evening followed by dinner.

Day 4: Visit Kakraghat and bird-watching on the way. Interactive session in evening followed by dinner.

Day 5: Bird-watching in and around Mukku village. Interactive session in evening followed by dinner.

Day 6: Leave for Dehradun airport early in the morning by 3:30 AM.

Note: Wake up call at 5:30 in the morning everyday.

Tour Cost: 27,500/- ** Per Person.

Cost includes

  • Transportation from Dehuradun – Makku – Chopta
  • Accommodation at Sparrow house at Makku village
  • All Veg meals during the stay
  • Park entry fee, Safari & Guide Charges, Govt. Service Taxes and fee
  • Mineral water during journey or at the campsite.


Cost do not include

  • Camera charges
  • Any kind of personal expenditure and medical expenses
  • Any charges not mentioned in “the charges include.

**INR prices are applicable to resident Indians only. Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Foreign Nationals please email us for tour cost at info@wild-india.in


Ladakh Snow Leopard Expedition – February 2019

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Leh Airport to Leh Town (4 Km | 15 minutes approx.). Arrival at Leh airport and transferred to the Hotel. Complete day for acclimatization. O/N Leh.

Day 2: Leh Local (100 Kms| 4-5 hrs approx.). After breakfast proceeds to visit Thiksey & Stok Palace Museum and bird watching near Indus river. O/N Leh.

Day 3: Leh to Zingchen to Rumbak 5 hrs. After having the breakfast drive to Zingchen and start walking through Zingchen Gorge. As we continue trekking further, the gorge gets narrower and rugged. On the way, one might see snow leopard signs along the valley bottom of the side valleys if you are trekking during winter or early spring/fall. As you approach Rumbak fields the valley suddenly opens up with snowcapped mountains in the background. From the fields, the path turns left eastwards for the Rumbak village, where Homestay is available. O/N Homestay.

Day 4 to Day 8: Wildlife viewing. After the breakfast proceed for full day wildlife viewing along with a trained local guide. Wildlife viewing possibilities are Blue sheep, the Great Tibetan sheep or the Argali, and occasionally a Tibetan Wolf and a Snow leopard. Overnight in Home Stay.

Day 8: Rumbak to Ule. After breakfast drive to Ule village where we have another chance to see a snow leopard. Overnight at Ule Homestay.

Day 9: Ule to Leh. After Lunch drives back to Leh on we visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic hill and Sangam (Confluence of Zanskar & Indus Rivers). O/N Leh.

Day 10: Leh to Leh Airport. Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board the flight back to the destination.

Picture credit: Tsewang Gyaltsan


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Reblog: 9 Awesome Facts About Bird Migration

The Bar-headed geese migrate over the Himalayas at heights of over five miles above sea level. Photo: By Diliff/CC BY-SA 3.0

Forget the changing leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. For bird enthusiasts, fall’s big event is spying birds as they pass through on migration. In North America, most bird species migrate to some extent, with more than 350 species traveling to the tropics each fall.

October is the perfect time to spot winged travelers, so we thought we’d give you a few interesting facts to get you started:

1. At least 4,000 species of bird are regular migrants, which is about 40 percent of the total number of birds in the world. (Although this number will likely increase as we learn more about the habits of birds in tropical regions.)

2. Birds can reach great heights as they migrate. Bar-headed geese are the highest-flying migratory birds, regularly reaching altitudes of up to five and a half miles above sea level while flying over the Himalayas in India. But the bird with the record for the highest altitude ever is the Ruppel’s griffon vulture, which collided with a plane at 37,000 feet (that’s seven miles!) in 1975 and was unfortunately sucked into its jet engine.

3. The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any bird in the world. These black-capped, red-billed birds can fly more than 49,700 miles in a year, making a round trip between their breeding grounds in the Arctic and the Antarctic, where they spend their winters. The lucky bird gets to see two summers a year! And over its lifespan of more than 30 years, the flights can add up to the equivalent of three trips to the moon and back.

The tiny Northern wheatear flies thousands of miles as it migrates. Photo: By Aviceda / CC BY-SA 3.0

4. Speaking of long distances, the northern wheatear travels up to 9,000 miles each way between the Arctic and Africa, giving it one of the largest ranges of any songbird. What makes this an amazing feat is that the tiny bird weighs less than an ounce, on average.

5. The award for fastest bird goes to the great snipe: It flies around 4,200 miles at speeds of up to 60mph! No other animal travels at such speeds for such long distances. Birds usually utilize tailwinds (winds blowing in the same direction they fly) to help them go faster, but the snipe’s speeds don’t seem to be a result of that.

The Bar-tailed godwit flies for days without landing. Photo: By Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de

6. The bar-tailed godwit can fly for nearly 7,000 miles without stopping, making it the bird with the longest recorded non-stop flight. During the eight-day journey, the bird doesn’t stop for food or rest, demonstrating jaw-dropping endurance.

7. Migration can be extremely dangerous for birds, and many don’t often make it back to their starting point. Sometimes natural occurrences like harsh weather play a role, but many times, human activities are the cause of birds’ untimely demise. In the United States alone, up to one billion birds die each year from window collisions.  And approximately seven million die from striking TV and radio towers in North America annually, ABC News reports.

8. To prepare for the extremely taxing effort of migration, birds enter a state called hyperphagia, where they bulk up on food in the preceding weeks to store fat, which they’ll later use for energy on their long journeys. Some birds, like the blackpoll warbler, almost double their body weight before flying 2,300 miles non-stop for 86 hours.

9. Even birds that don’t fly migrate. Emus, the large Australian birds, often travel for miles on foot to find food, and many populations of penguins migrate by swimming.

Source: Audubon Website

This blog post is authored by Jhaneel Lockhart and appeared on the Audubon website. You will find the original article here.

Birding heaven – Chopta

At Wild India Eco Tours, Chopta – Uttarakhand is one of our favourite bird-watching destinations and this tour in April 2016 as good at it gets. We sighted over 140 species of birds and got some mesmerising views of the the beautiful snow clad Himalayas. Key sightings from bird-watching perspective included the Pygmy Wren & Scaly-breasted Babblers, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Bearded Vulture, Red-billed Chough, Golden Bush Robin, Koklass Pheasant, Read More