May 2019 | 8N/9D | INR 75,800/-*
May 2019 |9 Days |Rs. 75,800/-*
A great opportunity to observe, learn about and photograph the Himalayan birds with a very trusted and experienced guide at hand. With a huge group birding is never fun, but with our tour which restricts only to 4 people in total, you will be able to easily move around and position yourself to get a better shot. A lot of interactions on the field and off it regarding compositions and post-processing will help you to up your photography skills many notches.
The State of Sikkim is situated between Nepal in the east, Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the West. Of the 590 species of birds seen here, most belong to the Eastern Himalayas and Palearctic species. Sikkim is known for the ancient ‘Silk Route’ which was discovered by the traders for their benefit in the first century AD. The trade route between India and China which passes through Sillery Gaon, Rishikhola, Rongli, Lingtham, Zuluk, and Gathang Valley. The traders regularly use this route to reach Tamralipta (now Tamluk at West Bengal) through Lhase at Tibet, Nathu la and Lelep la pass. From Tamralipta / Tamluk it took to the sea and reached far east.
‘Silk route of birding’ as we call it benefits any birder/photographer in you who has vested interest in high altitude birding. Our tour is carefully planned to cover the best places with great biodiversity. With this tour, one can easily belt around 200-250 birds to their list.
We would be covering Zuluk, Ravongla, and Okhrey during this 8N/9D tour with a good target list to cover. If you are interested, do check out the detailed itinerary.
Day 1 – May 18th (Sat)
On the arrival at the Bagdogra airport, you will be transferred to hotel after a 5 hour drive.
Zuluk is in the East Sikkim. Zuluk is one of the famous birding destinations in Eastern part of Sikkim. It lies on the higher elevation where vegetation changes from bottom to top. Here the special birds that can be seen are Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Snow Pigeon, Black-throated, Great and Brown Parrotbill, Dark-breasted and Drk-rumped Rose Finch and many other birds.
Day 2 – 3 – May 19th (Sun) – May 20th (Mon)
Zuluk Birding (9500ft)
During these two full days of packed birding, we will be birding at the lower and higher altitude in this Silk Route. The “Bhulbhulaiya” or zigzag road which connects Zuluk with Thambi Viewpoint in Sikkim, India. The 14 kilometer (roughly 9 miles) road takes you from 9,500 feet to 11,200 feet and has 30 hairpin bends.
Day 4 – May 21st (Tue)
Zuluk – Ravongla
Early morning drive towards Punakha (2 hr 30 min drive), en route Dochula (3150 masl). Around the Dochula Pass, we will look for Fire-tailed Myzornis, Finches, Yuhinas, Eurasian Jay and other alpine birds. Later while descending, we will explore Royal Botanical Park. This park has an amazing broadleaf forest composition providing good habitat for wildlife. Here you may see elusive Red Panda if we are lucky. Apart from the common birds, you will explore nature trail inside the Park for Ward’s Trogon, Brown and Black-throated Parrotbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Slender-billed, and Streaked-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-sided Laughing Thrush.
Continue our drive to Punakha valley, along with the drive we’ll look for the species like Scarlet and Long-tailed Minivet, Great and Golden-throated Barbet and other residential birds.
Evening drive along Po Chhu River for critically endangered White-bellied Heron and vulnerable Pallas’s Fish Eagle. other species include here are migratory water birds, sometimes there is a sighting of vagrant Mandarin Duck, Ibisbill, Red-wattled and Lapwing, Common and Crested Kingfisher and few raptors.
Day 5 – May 22nd (Wed)
We will be birding at 7000 ft in this small and quaint little town in the south of Sikkim. This place attracts a lot of Himalayan birds and is a bird watcher’s paradise.
Rabongla is a town situated in the southern district of Sikkim with an elevation of 2200 meters. Menam Wildlife Sanctuary towering just above it is a protected area, with flora and fauna existing in and around. The sanctuary starts from an elevation of approximately 2250 meters and goes high up to 3100 meters. The forest here is thick Oak forest and as you climb higher up different species Rhododendron dominates. There is a good number of bird species found including, Satyr Tragopan, Khalij Pheasant, Darjeeling Woodpecker, stunning Fire-tailed Myzornis, Lesser, Rusty-bellied and White-browed Shortwing, Golden-throated and Great Barbet etc.
Day 6 – May 23rd (Thu)
Day 7 – 8 – May 24th (Fri) – May 25th (Sat)
Okhrey is one of the best places in Sikkim for bird photography. We will be visiting multiple times to Hilley and Barsey Rhododendron valley with multiple targets. Most of the birds are pretty easy to make an image of.
Here the birds we will be looking for include Chestnut-crowned, Scaly, Black-faced, Bhutan and Spotted Laughingthrush, Brown, Great, Black-throated and Fulvous Parrotbill, White-browed, Golden-breasted and Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Satyr Tragopan, Streak-breasted, and Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Spotted Nutcracker, Gold-naped Finch, Maroon-backed and Rufous-breasted Accentor etc.
Day 9 – May 26th (Sun)
We finish the tour on a high with more than 250 species and with great fun photographing them in the land of Sikkim. Post breakfast we will embark on a 5-hour journey to Bagdogra airport.
CAMERA & LENS
Comfortable & Dull colored clothes
07° to 15°
Bring your own toiletries
A pullover or sweater
Passport or Voter ID must.
Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.
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