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Featured Journey
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Duration: 24 Days
Start Featured at: $ 1498
Recommended season: Feb - May, Sep - Nov

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» Bird Watching Tour
Bird Watching Tour

This rolling tour of Darjeeling and Sikkim is aimed at the bird watching enthusiast. On this tour you will be in the comfort of a four-wheel drive vehicle and spend many restful hours by lakes or in forests watching and listening for the many wonderful bird varieties that inhabit this area.

Fact of the Trip
Duration:  12 days
Season:   March, April, May, October-Dec

Highlights of the Trip
• Explore the beauty of sikkim
• Exotic and rare birds
• Unique culture and tradition
• Pemayangtse , Rumtek Monastery

Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Bhadrapur and transfer Darjeeling (135 kms, 5/6 hrs drive). O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Darjeeling
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view the sunrise over Mt.Kunchendzonga. En route visit Yigacholing Ghoom Monastery which enshrines the statue of Maitreya Buddha ( the coming Buddha). Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Panda breeding Center, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and nearest tea garden to witness the orthodox manufacturing process of Darjeeling tea. In the afternoon take a joy ride on Himalayan Heritage Train (Toy Train) from Darjeeling to Ghoom (8 kms) and return to Hotel.
Day 03: Darjeeling to Kalimpong
Transfer to Kalimpong (52 kms). Sightseeing of Kalimpong visiting Zandokpalri Phobrang Monastery, Deolo Hill, flower nursery and walk around the little bazaar. O/N Hotel.
Day 04:  Darjeeling to Lava
Drive to Lava (38 kms). Lava is a prime birding destination in this region. It is a small bazaar once a halting place for caravans on the trade routes to Bhutan and Sikkim. Surrounded by very large tracts of protected forests ranging in elevation between 1600 and 2400 mtrs, it includes the remote and uninhabited Neora Valley National Park, and it is a bird watcher's haven. One can see Magpie, Coral billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly breasted Wren Babbler, Golden Breasted Fulvetta, Hill Partridge, Rufus throated Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Wedge tailed Green Pigeon, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Lesser Cuckoo, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow nape, Long tailed Broadbill, Mountain Bulbul, Orange bellied Leaf bird, Long billed Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Eye browed Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Chestnut headed Tesia, Slat belled Tesia, Russer Bush Warbler, White spectacled Warbler, Pygmy Blue flycatcher, Golden Bush Robin, Blue fronted Robin, Spotted Laughing thrush, Cutia, Maroon Oriole, Common Rose finch, Red Crossbill etc
Day 05:  Lava
Bird Watching  walk in the Neora Valley National Park. O/N Hotel or Lodge.
Day 06: Lava
Bird Watching walk in the Neora Valley National Park. O/N Hotel or Lodge.
Day 07:  Lava to Rangeet Valley
Transfer to Rangeet Valley - Damthang Forests, 2700 mtr - Ravangla, 2200 mtr. Drive through the Teesta and Rangeet Valley to Damthang Forests, stopping en route to look for Shikra, Red Jungle Fowl, River Lapwing, Green billed Malkoha, White throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Chestnut headed Bee eater, Indian Roller, Dollarbird, Great Barbet, Greater Yellow nape, Black backed Wagtail, Small Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Black crested Bulbul, White cheeked Bulbul, Red vented Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Golden fronted Leaf bird, Orange bellied Leaf bird, Common Iora, Blue Rock Thrush, Chestnut bellied Rock Thrush, White capped Redstart, Hair crested Drongo, Green Magpie, Himalayan Swiftlet, and oriental White Eye. At the Damthang forest we will take a bird watching walk for 6 hrs. Some of the species we might see are: Eurasian Buzzard, Eurasian Kestrel, Green Billed Malkhoa, Dollarbird, Black winged Cuckoo etc.
Day 08: Rabangla - Pemayangtse, 2085 mtrs.
In the morning a 4 hrs bird watching walk to Menam through forests of Oak, Chestnut, Magnolia and Rhododendrons at an altitude of 2900 mtrs. Likely to spot the same species as seen at Damthang. In the afternoon, drive 52 kms to Pemayangtse, with birding halts en route at selected spots. Arrive Pemayangtse in the evening. O/N Hotel.
Day 09: Pelling
Pelling offers the spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. To-day we bird watching for the full day in the adjoining areas including visits to Pemayangtse and Sangacholing Monasteries. Birds we are likely to see are : Mountain Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Indian Cuckoo, White throated Needletail,Great Barbet, Grey headed and Bay Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow nape, Grey Treepie, Striated Bulbul, Rufous capped and black chinned Babbler, Hoary throated and Rusty fronted Barwing, Striated,Grey sided and Greater Necklaced Laughing thrush, etc.
Day 10: Pelling to Khicheparli Lake, 1980 mtrs - Yuksom, 1780 mtrs.
Drive to Khichepalri lake for bird spotting. Some of the best birds are migrant ducks, black necked grebe, Baer's pochard, Speckled wood pigeon, Emerald Cuckoo, Blue winged and Scaly Laughing thrush, whitenaped Yuhina and many of the birds at Pelling. We continue to Yuksom in the afternoon, check in at the hotel and take a stroll in the evening.
Day 11: Yuksom
We spend the day birding around Yuksom. Some of the birds you are likely to see are : Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Short billed and Grey chinned Mine vets, Bulbul, Mina, White napped Yakima, various Thrushes, Grey winged blackbird, various Tits, various Nuthatchs and various songbirds and bush cats.
Day 12: Transfer to Bhadrapur (170 kms, 6 hrs drive) for exit flight.

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