Uttarakhand Himalayas are blessed with varied range of altitude from near sea level to several peaks as high as 7000 mt. Therefore it contains dozens of kinds of wetlands, forests, grasslands, agricultural land and human settlements. This diversity of habitats and conditions provides food, shelter and other needs for an incredible variety of wildlife including birds.

Uttarakhand is good for almost all families of birds; therefore, it is full of such a huge variety of birds spread all over. Depending on the altitude and season green magpies, Eurasian and black headed jays, the white-throated laughing thrush, and titmice of various kinds will be around to greet you. Beyond the treeline, Uttarakhand’s mountain meadows and snowbound areas have their own birding charm. Finches of various kinds are delightful, though at times extremely confusing to identify. There are the choughs, reported to have followed people to the top of Mount Everest. Look carefully, for you may see snowcocks, snow partridges and chukor partridges, all brilliantly camouflaged in their snowy or rocky habitat. Soaring above, griffon vultures and the lammergeier (or ‘bearded vulture’) wait patiently for prey, and the majestic golden eagle may put in an appearance. The state is, in fact, one of the best places to see these and other raptors.

While the image of Uttarakhand as a land of mountains is justified, it would be a serious mistake for a birder to ignore the plains and foothills. And while this artificial reservoir is likely to have caused its own ecological damage when it was built, the natural rivers and lakes of the state are equally remarkable for their birdlife. A variety of ducks, geese, waders, storks, egrets, cormorants, herons, gulls, terns, redstarts and others make up a substantial part of the state’s checklist. Many are winter visitors, so it’s always as nice to see them turn up — like discovering the first mangoes of the season.

Best time: Oct – Nov / Mar - Apr
Starts / Ends: Haridwar / Dehradun
Places to visit: Haridwar, Rajaji National Park, Mussoorie Binog Sanctuary, Asan Wetland etc.
DAY 01:



Arrive at Haridwar railway station / Dehradun airport or drive direct from Delhi to Haridwar (220 km/06 hr). Meet and greet by the representative and transfer to hotel and check in.
Afternoon (if time permits) visit Jhilmil Jheel. Later in the evening, visit famous Haridwar aarti ceremony at the ghat of Ganga.
Overnight is at the hotel in Haridwar.

DAY 03:


(DRIVE: 90 KM / 03 HR) ALT: 2005 M

Today morning, drive from Haridwar to Mussoorie.
Upon arrival at Mussoorie, check in at hotel.
Overnight is at hotel in Mussoorie.

DAY 05:


(DRIVE: 50 KM / 02 HR) ALT: 0640 M

Today morning after breakfast, proceed to Dehradun. Upon arrival proceed to visit Forest Research Institute. After visit, transfer to your hotel for check in.
Overnight is at hotel in Dehradun.

DAY 06:


(DRIVE: 40 KM / 01 HR) ALT: 0640 M

Today morning after breakfast get ready for a day excursion to Asan wetland & Timli. Later return back to your hotel in Dehradun.
Overnight is at hotel in Dehradun.

DAY 07:



Today in time, transfer to Railway station or airport to depart for onward destination.

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