Saturday, December 31, 2011

Raymond Barlow workshop at Pangot and Sat Tal - May, 2012
















Thank you for your interest in joining us for the Raymond Barlow series of seminar and workshops – India 2012.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS OF PANGOT SAT TAL WORKSHOP


Pangot is a small village 15 km from Nainital, 50 km from Kathgodam and 80 km from the very well known Corbett National Park. Sat Tal (Hindi - seven lakes) is situated in the lower Himalayan range and the place has a group of seven freshwater lakes situated at an altitude of 1440 metres. Both the places, with its dense pine and oak forest, are undoubtedly the birding heavens of the country and offer a spectacular avifauna along with the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.

May is the best season to be there … I am sure, you will have an unforgettable birding experience with Raymond Barlow this year.


ITINERARY


DAY 01: KATHGODAM - PANGOT

The train reaches Kathgodam early in the morning. Our naturalist will be there to receive you. We then drive to Pangot through Nainital. The entire drive from Nainital is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury. This area is very rich in Himalayan avifauna and one can witness the abundance of Crested Woodpeckers, Greater Yellownapes, large flocks of Slaty-Headed Parakeets, numerous Spotted and Oriental Turtle Doves, Grey Bushchats, Russet Sparrows, Cuckoos, Grey Treepies, Black-Headed Jays, Maroon Orioles, Large Cuckoo Shrikes, Tits such as Rufous-Naped, Black-Throated & Yellow-Browed and smaller numbers of Black-Lored and Green-Backed Tits, White-tailed nuthatches, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatches, Bar-Tailed Treecreepers and so many more.

A round of interaction with Raymond at the lodge will be followed by evening birding. Overnight stay at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner


DAY 02: PANGOT - SAT TAL

Drive to Sat Tal (2 hours) in the morning. Birding along the way and then birding with Raymond around Sat Tal. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-Winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-Backed Forktail, Rufous-Bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-Bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the Leopard, Yellow-Throated Himalayan Marten, Himalayan Palm Civet, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Red Fox etc. Overnight stay in Sattal Birding Lodge.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


DAY 03: SATTAL - NIGHLAT - KAINCHI TEMPLE (APPROX. 20 KMS)

Another a marvelous morning to start with, cover the area near Sattal lake for Chestnut headed tesia. Proceed further to Kainchi temple. Ample possibility of sighting Orange headed thrush, Tickell's thrush, Common rosefinch, Pinkbrowed rosefinch, Crested kingfisher, Brown dipper and many more. Back to the lodge after a great day with your camera with Raymond. Overnight at Sattal Birding Camp.

Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner


DAY 04: SAT TAL - KATHGODAM

Today is the last day of your Raymond Barlow experience. One can see a variety of Himalayan species such as Red-Breasted Accentor, Chestnut-Headed Tesia, Greater & Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker, Blue-Throated Barbet, Rufous-Chinned Laughing Thrush, Black Bulbul, Dark-Throated Thrush etc. After lunch you will be transferred to to Kathgodam Station to connect overnight train to Delhi or next destination.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


TRAIN OPTIONS (NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE)

1. Delhi to Kathgodam - Ranikhet Express / 15013 - departure 22:40 hrs, reaches Kathgodam at 05:10 hrs on Day 2

2. Delhi to Kathgodam - Utr Sampark Express / 15035 - departure 16:00 hrs, reaches Kathgodam at 22:40 hrs same day

3. Kathgodam to Delhi - Utr Sampark Express / 15036 - departure 8:50 hrs, reaches Delhi at 15:20 hrs same day

4. Kathgodam to Delhi - Ranikhet Express / 15014 - departure 20:40 hrs, reaches Delhi at 3:55 hrs on Day 2


PACKAGE COST INCLUDES

1. 01 Night stay (Stay on twin sharing basis) at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot
2. 02 Nights stay (Stay on twin sharing basis) at Sat Tal Birding Lodge, Sat Tal
3. Meals - As per the Itinerary
4. Dedicated services of Birding guide for 3 Days
5. Dedicated Services of Innova Car for 3 Days (Kathgodam - Kathgodam)
6. All Government Taxes

… and above all – a Raymond Barlow experience !!


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