Dhikala Forest

Birding in Dhikala


Day 01: Delhi

Arrive Delhi, on arrival met at the airport and transfer to the hotel, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi - Corbett (260 Kms. 6 Hrs. Drive)

Early morning we will take you to Okhala Barrage for bird watching, after that drive to Corbett National Park (5 hours). The last two hours of this drive entails birding and wildlife viewing en route. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala - check in. overnight stay.

Day 03: Dhikala Forest Lodge (Corbett National Park)Birding in Dhikala

Morning and afternoon visit to the grasslands & forested area for birding. Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge. Birding in the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River is very rewarding for water birds such as river lapwings, waders, mergansers and other waterfowl. While relaxing at the lodge or visiting the grasslands one can see long-tailed nightjar, jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling etc.

Day 04 : Dhikala Forest Lodge ( Corbett National Park )

Morning elephant safari through the grasslands and dense forests. This is the best mode of transport for wildlife viewing. Return for breakfast and then spend time till lunch on a watchtower overlooking a water hole. In the afternoon we will take you to the best birding areas of Dhikala like Sambhar Road and Khinanauli. One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, Pallas's fish eagle etc.

Day 05: Corbett National Park

Morning Safari and after breakfast drive to dhangari gate, on arrival check in at a wildlife resort outside the national park. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Day 06 : Corbett National Park

Morning explore the area near resort for bird watching. Afternoon drive towards Jhirna for forest birding. Overnight stay in Resorts or Hotel.One can look for black bulbul, brown-eared bulbul, brown fish owl, little & spotted forktail, yellow-bellied and white-browed fantail, crested laughing thrush, black-winged cuckoo shrike, little heron, wallcreeper, red-breasted parakeet, short-billed and long-tailed minivet, brown dipper, ashy-crowned sparrow lark etc.

Day 07 : Corbett National Park - Pangot (55 Kms. 02 Hrs. Drive)Bird Watching in Dhikala

Drive early morning to Corbett Falls stopping en route at Dabka causeway to look for ashy crowned sparrow lark. After birding at Corbett Falls continue to Pangot. Arrive for lunch. Overnight stay in a cottage at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Afternoon leisurely birding in and around the lodge.

One can see crested woodpeckers such as greater yellownape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of slaty-headed parakeets, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, grey bushchat, russet sparrow. Cuckoo: Indian, oriental, large-hawk and Eurasian. Large-billed crow, grey treepie, black-headed jay, maroon oriole, large cuckoo shrike, tits such as rufous-naped, black-throated & yellow-browed and smaller numbers of black-lored and green-backed. White-tailed nuthatches, chestnut bellied nuthatches and bar-tailed treecreeper.

Day 08 : Pangot

Full day birding at Cheena Peak, Kilbury & Timla Pani. Overnight at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Day 09: Pangot

Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. One can see crested serpent-eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, Woodpeckers such as brown-fronted, stripe-breasted, rufous-bellied etc. Thrushes such as dark-throated, mistle etc. Striated prinia can be see in the terraced fields. Warblers such as tickell's leaf-warbler, greenish, golden-spectacled, grey-hooded. Flycatchers such as Asian brown, rusty-tailed, ultramarine, verditer, tickell's blue, rufous-bellied Niltava etc., orange-flanked bush robin, blue-capped redstart. Laughingthrushes such as white-throated, striated & streaked, chestnut-crowned etc. Look for accentor, upland pipit, blue-winged minla, whiskered yuhina etc.

Day 10 : Pangot-Delhi

Monring after breakfast drive back to delhi.

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Birding in Dhikala