Eyes To The Skies: Discovering Birds Of Binsar’s Himalayan Haven

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On Arrival at Kathkodam Railway station, Drive to Almora,Check In at Hotel.

Nestled in the heart of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, India, Almora is not only known for its breathtaking landscapes and serene ambiance but is also recognized as a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. With its diverse ecosystems, ranging from lush forests to tranquil rivers, Almora offers a unique and enriching experience for bird lovers.

An overnight stay at Hotel.

Morning Leave Hotel for Bird watching Tour in Binsar, Later back to Hotel.

An overnight stay.

Binsar is a picturesque hill station and wildlife sanctuary located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers due to its rich biodiversity and stunning natural beauty. Birdwatching in Binsar offers a unique opportunity to observe a wide variety of avian species in their natural habitat.

While the list of bird species found in Binsar is extensive, here are some of the notable ones:

Himalayan Monal: The strikingly colorful Himalayan Monal is the state bird of Uttarakhand and is often spotted in the forests of Binsar.

Koklass Pheasant: This large, forest-dwelling pheasant species is known for its distinctive call and is commonly seen in Binsar.

Kalij Pheasant: The Kalij Pheasant, with its dark plumage and vibrant red markings, is frequently encountered in the sanctuary.

Himalayan Griffon: The Himalayan Griffon is a large vulture species commonly seen soaring over the Binsar landscape.

Eurasian Jay: These intelligent and colorful corvids are known for their striking blue and black plumage.

Black Francolin: A ground-dwelling bird, the Black Francolin, is known for its distinctive call and is often found in the grassy areas of Binsar.

Grey-winged Blackbird: This attractive thrush species is known for its melodious song and is found in the forested areas of Binsar.

Red-billed Blue Magpie: These strikingly colored magpies are often seen in the forest canopy, and their vibrant plumage makes them stand out.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow: This common sparrow species is found in various habitats within Binsar.

Brown-fronted Woodpecker: Woodpeckers are common in the sanctuary, and the Brown-fronted Woodpecker is one of the species you might encounter.

Great Barbet: Known for its loud and distinctive calls, the Great Barbet is found in the wooded areas of Binsar.

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush: This colorful thrush species is often spotted in rocky terrain within the sanctuary.

Oriental Turtle Dove: These doves are commonly found in the wooded areas and provide a soothing cooing sound.

Himalayan Bulbul: A small, vocal bird commonly seen in the sanctuary's shrubs and trees.

Verditer Flycatcher: This stunning blue flycatcher is often found near water bodies in Binsar.

Grey Treepie: Another corvid species often encountered in the sanctuary.

Black-headed Jay: Known for its striking black and white appearance, this jay species is often found in the forested areas.

White-throated Kingfisher: These colorful kingfishers are frequently seen near streams and water bodies in Binsar.

Brown Dipper: A bird that inhabits fast-flowing streams and rivers within the sanctuary.

Red-headed Bullfinch: This strikingly colored bullfinch species is known for its bright red plumage.

Jageshwar Temples, also referred to as Jageswar Temples or Jageshwar Valley Temples, are a group of over 100 Hindu temples dated between 7th and 12th century near Almora, in the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand. The valley has a number of temple clusters such as the Dandeshwar and Jageshwar sites.

In the morning, we set off to capture the essence of the Himalayan wings in the pristine Kasar Valley of the Almora forest

Here's why Almora is considered one of the best places for birdwatching:

  1. Rich Avian Biodiversity: Almora is home to an astounding variety of bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. The region's diverse topography, which includes dense forests, terraced fields, and river valleys, provides ideal habitats for numerous avian residents and migrants.
  2. Resident Bird Species: Almora's forests and woodlands are inhabited by a wide array of resident bird species. Among these, the Himalayan Monal, with its vibrant plumage, stands out as a majestic presence. Other notable residents include the Koklass Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Himalayan Griffon, Eurasian Jay, and Red-billed Blue Magpie. These birds can be observed throughout the year, making any season an excellent time for birdwatching.
  3. Migratory Birds: During the winter months, Almora becomes a temporary home to numerous migratory bird species seeking refuge from the harsh conditions of their native habitats. Brown-headed Gulls, Red-headed Buntings, and a variety of waterfowl are some of the migratory species that can be spotted around Almora's rivers and lakes.
  4. Scenic Birding Locations: Almora offers a range of picturesque spots for birdwatching. The wooded paths of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, the banks of the Kosi River, the serene Bageshwar district, and the charming villages of Ranikhet are just a few of the places where birdwatchers can set up their binoculars and cameras to catch sight of the feathered wonders.
  5. Responsible Birdwatching: As you embark on your birdwatching adventure in Almora, it's essential to practice responsible birdwatching. Maintain a respectful distance from the birds, avoid disturbing their natural behavior, and adhere to ethical guidelines to protect their habitats.

After breakfast, drive to Kathgodam Railway Station for board your evening train for Delhi.

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