Our TripsBirding in Corbett Valley

9 Days | 9 Feb 2019

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56

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  • Overview
  • Tour Itinerary
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  • Where to Stay

India boasts of about 1250 species of birds in the country including migratory birds that travel here from all over the world. Of this about 600 species can be found in the Corbett valley in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In terms of diversity the highlights in the region are:
Hornbills: The Great Indian Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill and the grey Hornbill

Kingfishers: Common Kingfisher, White-throated, Stork-billed, Crested and Pied Kingfisher

Woodpeckers: Flameback, Grey-headed, Yellow-crowned, Yellow- naped, Scaly-bellied, Rufous and Gray-slaty

Owls: Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Scops Owl, Tawny Fish Owl, Eagle Owl and Brown Fish Owl

Vultures: Himalayan Griffon, White-rumped, Cinereous, Red- headed and Egyptian Vulture

Raptors: Lesser-fish Eagle, Pallas Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pied Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite, Shikra, Sparrow Hawk, Common Kestrel and Collared Falconet (smallest raptor)

Riverine Birds: Great Cormorant, Darter, Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Geese, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Black Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Black Ibis, Black-headed White Ibis and Ibisbill.

Forest Birds: Dollar Bird, Green Magpie, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Long-tailed Broadbill and a variety of Thrush.

Grassland Birds: Multiple variety of Bulbuls, Bushchats, Stonechat, Bee- eaters, Warblers, Weaver Bird, Munias, Red Jungle Fowl, Khaleej Pheasant, Ioras and flycatchers.

Day 1

: Arrive in Delhi. No activities are planned for this day as participants of this group arrive from different destinations. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2

: Early morning you transfer by road to Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary (5hrs). We arrive at here by lunch. Lunch is at the lodge. In the afternoon led by an expert we will explore the Sanctuary on foot. Overnight will be at Vanghat.

Day 3

: This morning we continue our exploration of this park on foot. The park is not only home to a great variety of birds but also mammals such as tigers, leopards and Asiatic Elephants. Overnight will be at Vanghat.

Day 4

: This morning we continue our exploration of this park on foot. The park is not only home to a great variety of birds but also mammals such as tigers, leopards and Asiatic Elephants. Overnight will be at Vanghat.

Day 5

: After an early breakfast we transfer to Corbett Tiger Reserve (1hr). Our experience takes us to the interiors of Corbett Tiger Reserve where we will spend the night inside the jungle in a Forest Rest House.

Day 6

: We continue our exploration of Corbett Tiger Reserve – a great place to explore farmland and riverine birds. In the evening we come out of the park and transfer to our lodge. Overnight stay will be at Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Day 7

: In the two day safaris (morning and in the afternoon) we explore different zones of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Overnight will be at Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Day 8

: We explore Tumeriya Dam this morning for aquatic/ riverine birds. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Jim’s Jungle Retreat.

Day 9

: In the morning we search for the Ibis Bill near Gargia Devi temple before return to Delhi to catch the international flight back home.

Forest Rest House (inside Corbett Tiger Reserve)

Indian forests have Forest Rest Houses (FRH) inside all our protected forests. Most of these were built at the time when India was still a British Colony. Corbett tiger reserve was the first National Park in Asia. The park is spread over 1300 sq.km. The park has many FRH that can be booked by the wildlife enthusiasts who want the experience of spending the night inside the forest.

These rest houses are very basic and lack electricity, however, the experience of living inside the forest which is home to wild tigers, leopards, elephants and more is an unparalleled experience when compared to staying at a lodge (In India all lodges are placed outside the park boundaries). The couple of advantages of spending the night inside the park are:

  • You spend more time in the park. It takes close to an hour to get deep into the park if living in a lodge. Since you are already inside you get the advantage of spending undisturbed time with the wildlife.
  • Certain areas of the park can only be accessed if you are living inside the park.
  • The experience of animals moving around you in the night and the sounds of the jungle that are not diluted by the noise pollution of a populated area adds tremendous value to a wildlife enthusiast.

Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary: Vanghat

On a secluded bank of the Western Ramganga River lies one of most remote wildlife lodges in northern India. Accessible only by a 2km cross-country walk and raft across the river waters, Vanghat lodge is a wilderness paradise unlike anything else to be found around Jim Corbett National Park.

The lodge is comprised of just 4 spacious thatched cottages amidst the wilderness. This makes sure that the impact on the local environment is kept to a minimum with just a fifth of the property built upon, maintaining the forest environment for our true hosts, the wildlife, and ensuring exclusivity and a personalised service for our guests.

The team is entirely local, possessing the fine traits of hill folk being polite, hardy and gracious hosts, whilst also knowing the surrounding landscape and wildlife better than anyone. Their activities focussing on walking safaris (a rarity in tiger country), birding, wildlife photography and angling are lead by some of the most knowledgeable naturalists and guides of the area.

Corbett Tiger Reserve: Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Jim’s Jungle Retreat is a highly rated wildlife 5 star luxury resort in Jim Corbett, India with eco-sensitive lodges that offer an immersive jungle experience to its guests in over 15 acres of replanted forest. Only 18 independent cottages can be found here among water bodies, grasslands and mixed deciduous flora from the Terai planted decades ago.

Reflecting the area’s Raj-era legacy and that of the wandering pastoral tribes of the Van Gujjars, they offer three accommodation styles designed with a focus on aesthetic, comfort and local history of the area. These include jungle cottages and bungalow-style lodges borrowing from their architectural past, with large wrap-around verandas, a living area, a bedroom and en-suite bath.

Luxuriant fabrics, fine linen and subtle detailing creates a comfortable and a sophisticated environment. Century-old lithographs and plates of Indian wildlife scenes frame the walls. The furniture is designed with extensive use of local craftsmanship and material with each residence uniquely inspiring charm and exclusivity in itself.

Corbett is home to nearly 10% of bird species in India, of which nearly 600 resident and migratory species can be found here. At the Retreat, you’ll have a chance to see these magnificent feathery creatures. Their curated bird walks within and outside the retreat will take you to the riverbed, the Machaan, along our Mahavan, Python and Bagh Machaan trails, where over 150 species can be seen.

The organic farm at the Retreat offers fresh vegetables sourced for their delicious ‘farm-to-table’ cuisines. The veggie patch can be explored by guests where they can pick their own vegetables and learn about sustainable farming and ancient techniques.

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