Birds of Sikkim & Bengal

Birds of Sikkim & Bengal

Sikkim, and the adjoining mountains of North Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong are the most magnificent range of snow-clad mountains in the world, comprising of two enormous spurs of the Great Himalayas – the Singalila and Chola Ranges, rising to a maximum elevation of 8859m. In a small area less than 10,000 sq. kms, the altitude varies from 0 to 8000m, resulting in an unbelievable range of flora and fauna (especially birdlife) from subtropical to arctic. With rainfall averaging 348cms, it is the most humid region of the Himalayas. Dry season is from November to April.

This region is arguably one of the richest avian variety in the world, with over 527 recorded resident species. More than 30% of sub-continental species can be spotted in this region.

Orchids and Rhododendrons, are the pride of Sikkim. There are 600 species of orchids in the lower regions, and 30 Rhododendron species grow in profusion above 3000m. In the regions above 3500 Meters, flowers. Wild daisies, Primulas, Iimpatience, and many more bloom during May-Aug. Even the rocks and stones are covered by lichen and moss, presenting many hues.

Our birding tour visits various altitudinal zones from 100m-3050 m to experience first-hand the amazing bio-diversity, and maximize birding opportunities. We will be visiting chosen ‘hot spots’ including Mahananda WLS (100-300m), Lava Reserved Forests and fringes of Neora National Park (2000- 2700m), the Rangit River Valley (300 –1200m), Hilley forests and Vershay Rhododendron Sanctuary (2300-3050m) and the Sandakphu Ridge (3600m).

10 DAYS
FROM £2195
Expert-led Tour
Themes:
Activity Levels
Mildly Challenging

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Day 01: – Bagdogra- Siliguri

From Delhi or Calcutta, fly into Bagdogra airport. Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport around mid-day, you will be met by your birding guide/escort.

Transfer to Hotel Sinclairs, one of the best hotels in Siliguri. In the afternoon, time permitting, drive to Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary for birding. The Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is well known for its large population of Elephants. As a result, it has yet to be fully explored by birders. The deciduous forests and riverine belt provide habitat for a rich variety of birds in the sanctuary. The bird list comprises 326+ species.

Overnight at hotel Sinclairs which is located just outside Siliguri astride the Mahananda river.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 02: Siliguri-Mahananda WLS
Birding at Mahananda WLS core area. Travel to Lava and overnight at Local Guest house
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 03: Lava
Lava birding drive through Neora National Park. (Specially for Satyr Tragopan) Overnight At Lava, Local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 04: Lava
Lava birding along an isolated forest trail for 05-06 hrs. Overnight at Lava, local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 05: Lava
Lava birding along an isolated forest trail for 05-06 hrs. Overnight at Lava local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 06: Lava – Ravbangla (South Sikkim)
Morning birding around Lava. After lunch birding drive 06 hrs to Ravbangla. Overnight at Kewzing Home stay (Ravbangla).
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 07: Ravbangla-Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
Ravbangla Full days birding at Maenam wildlife Sanctuary (Specially for Satyr Tragopan) Overnight at Kewzing Home stay (Ravbangla).
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 08: Ravbangla- Darjeeling
Drive 06 hrs to Darjeeling. The route is along the scenic Rangit Valley till Teesta Bazar. Thereafter we climb through scenic tea gardens to the Darjeeling Ridge. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 09: Darjeeling
Morning Visit Tiger Hill for birding. The rest of the day is at leisure for sightseeing around Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Darjeeling-Bagdogra-Calcutta/Delhi
The tour ends with a drive to Bagdogra Airport (3 hrs) in time to board your flight to Delhi or Kolkata.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 01: – Bagdogra- Siliguri

From Delhi or Calcutta, fly into Bagdogra airport. Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport around mid-day, you will be met by your birding guide/escort.

Transfer to Hotel Sinclairs, one of the best hotels in Siliguri. In the afternoon, time permitting, drive to Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary for birding. The Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is well known for its large population of Elephants. As a result, it has yet to be fully explored by birders. The deciduous forests and riverine belt provide habitat for a rich variety of birds in the sanctuary. The bird list comprises 326+ species.

Overnight at hotel Sinclairs which is located just outside Siliguri astride the Mahananda river.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 02: Siliguri-Mahananda WLS
Birding at Mahananda WLS core area. Travel to Lava and overnight at Local Guest house
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 03: Lava
Lava birding drive through Neora National Park. (Specially for Satyr Tragopan) Overnight At Lava, Local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 04: Lava
Lava birding along an isolated forest trail for 05-06 hrs. Overnight at Lava, local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 05: Lava
Lava birding along an isolated forest trail for 05-06 hrs. Overnight at Lava local guest house.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 06: Lava – Ravbangla (South Sikkim)
Morning birding around Lava. After lunch birding drive 06 hrs to Ravbangla. Overnight at Kewzing Home stay (Ravbangla).
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 07: Ravbangla-Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
Ravbangla Full days birding at Maenam wildlife Sanctuary (Specially for Satyr Tragopan) Overnight at Kewzing Home stay (Ravbangla).
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 08: Ravbangla- Darjeeling
Drive 06 hrs to Darjeeling. The route is along the scenic Rangit Valley till Teesta Bazar. Thereafter we climb through scenic tea gardens to the Darjeeling Ridge. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 09: Darjeeling
Morning Visit Tiger Hill for birding. The rest of the day is at leisure for sightseeing around Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Darjeeling-Bagdogra-Calcutta/Delhi
The tour ends with a drive to Bagdogra Airport (3 hrs) in time to board your flight to Delhi or Kolkata.
Breakfast, Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

The prices below are based on two sharing and exclude international flights. A deposit is required to reserve a place.

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14-Oct-2024
£2195
Group Size: 8 Max
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  • Activities, excursions and safaris as specified
  • Entrance fees and tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers and transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

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