Birding

  • Vanghat - Where conservation meets tourism.
    Times of India
  • woke up one morning to find tiger footprints right outside his hut…
    Mint (weekend edition of the Hindustan Times)
  • Vanghat lies in total seclusion with the meandering Ramganga virtually cutting it off from human habitation
    Darpan (in-flight magazine of Indian Airlines)
  • plenty of other wildlife too – from curious otters that come to check you out to the odd sambhar passing by..
    Outlook Traveller
  • Nine villages made direct beneficiaries in the landmark community based tourism initiative
    Furs, Fins and Feathers
  • One of the most isolated jungle lodges in India, Vanghat is truly breathtaking
    Pike and Predator

The Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand has one of richest and diverse bird habitats in Asia. Of the 1,248 species of birds found across India, over 621 have been spotted in our state largely due to the altitude varying from 400m to over 7800m in the Himalayas, leading to rich and varied forest types in a relatively small region.  Birding is a speciality of Vanghat, and whether after a general introduction to the almost overwhelming array of avian fauna, or on the hunt for a very specific species, we can tailor our expertly led guided birding activities to suit.

Vanghat is situated in a range of hills that are a transition zone between the plains to the south and the mountains to the northeast, meaning that in this melting pot of habitats we see almost all of these species, either as residents or migrants.

The rich river habitat attracts Pallas's, Lesser and Grey-headed Fish Eagle, numerous kingfisher and the Brown Fish Owl, which at dusk is more often heard than seen. The emblematic Great Hornbills journey daily up and down the valley, their vast wings audible in flight, and sometimes have been spotted feeding on the Ficus trees on the riverside opposite camp. Brown Dipper, Wallcreeper and several species of forktail (the Spotted and Little Forktail being the most common), Plumbeous and White-capped Water Redstart and several wagtail species are amongst the altitude migrant visitors to the area.

Walking in the forest reveals the vocal White-throated and White-crested Laughingthrush, the beautiful but vociferous Common Green Magpie. In the upper-canopy, scan for the colourful Long-tailed Broadbill and Maroon Orioles and hunting parties of Blue-winged Minla, Black-throated Tit, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch and Scarlet Minivets. Plain-backed and the much sought after Scaly Thrush prefer to forage in the undergrowth between sal trees, where one also comes across Khaleej Pheasants and Junglefowl.

We are also happy to help plan and book birding focused excursions and trips further afield in Uttarakhand, or indeed across India.

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