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Chopta, Mandal & Sattal Birding Tour

Chopta, Uttarakhand, India

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Here's a unique opportunity to unleash your passion for Birding at birders heaven Chopta, Tungnath, Mandal and Sattal in the scenic Uttarakhand state of India.

Chopta and Tungnath offer unspoiled natural beauty of the Uttaranchal Himalayas. It offers breathtaking views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Chopta is located at an elevation of 8,790 Ft. above sea level while Tungnath is 12500 Ft. Chopta is surrounded by dense forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and has a very rich flora and fauna which includes some rare species of birds and mammals. Chopta is also a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
Many unique species of birds such as Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), Upland Buzzard, Himalayan Owl, Spot-winged Rosefinch, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, European Goldfinch, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Fire-capped Tit, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Himalayan Griffon, Scarlet Finch, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Golden Eye and many more are found in this region.
Chopta has been identified with over 240 bird species and is declared Important Bird Area by BNHS and Birdlife International.

Sattal or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven pristine freshwater lakes in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of about 1,370 meters and set against captivating surroundings of dense Oak and Pine forest, Sattal unfurls the rustic beauty of lower Himalayas. The region is famous for its rich biodiversity as it is home to about 500 species of resident and migratory birds; and over 500 species of butterflies, moths, beetles and other insects.

Heaven for naturalists, birders and photographers alike, these forests are literally pulsating with life with constant sweet chirping of birds. The mesmerizing avian fauna include a unique assortment of birds where one can spot a variety of Babblers, Tits, Thrushes, Raptors and Woodpeckers.

April being the breading season of birds in this region, chances of spotting some exotic and rare species of birds are very high.

A must do tour for true blue birders!

Travel by road to Sattal.

Private Vehicle

Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Twin Sharing Basis

All Meals

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

- The Tour starts at Kathgodam.
- We travel by road to Sattal which is about 35 Km away. 
- Check-in at our hotel.
- Bird photography ethics and techniques session post lunch.
- Birding session @ Sattal
- Review and discussion sessions at the hotel in the evening.
- Overnight stay at Sattal.

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Greater Yellownape
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Chestnut bellied Nuthatch
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Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler
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Rufous bellied Niltava
Travel to Mandal by road.

Private Vehicle

NAC Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Twin sharing basis

All Meals

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

- The day starts at 6:00 AM
- Early morning birding session
- Post breakfast check-out.
- Travel to Mandal in private vehicles about 10 hours drive time.
- Lunch en-route.
- Check-in at our hotel in Mandal
- Review and discussion sessions at the hotel in the evening.
- Overnight stay at Mandal..

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Steppe Eagle
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Steppe Eagle
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Himalayan Woodpecker
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White breasted Kingfisher
Birding around Mandal

Private Vehicle

NAC Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Twin sharing basis

All Meals

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

- The day begins at 5 AM
- We start our Dawn birding session at first light ie. by 6 AM
- Enjoy the crisp & fresh mountain air... truly exhilarating!
- Breakfast on-field/Hotel.
- Morning Birding session
- Lunch at hotel.
- Rest for a while.
- Evening birding session.
- Review and discussion sessions in the evening.
- Overnight at Mandal.

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Pink browed Rosefinch
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Scarlet Finch
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Blue throated Barbet
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Chestnut crowned Laughingthrush
Birding Birding & Birding

Private Vehicle

NAC Tavera / Scorpio or similar

Hotel

Twin sharing basis

All Meals

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

- The day begins at 5 AM
- Check-out and travel to Chopta
- We start our dawn birding session by 6:30 AM
- Breakfast on-field/Hotel.
- Morning birding session.
- Lunch at hotel.
- Evening birding session.
- Review and discussion sessions in the evening.
- Overnight at Chopta.

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Long tailed Shrike
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Scaly breasted Cupwing
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Golden Bush Robin
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Chestnut headed Tesia
Trek to Tungnath

Private Vehicle

NAC Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Twin sharing basis

All Meals

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

- The day begins at 5 AM
- We start our dawn birding session by 6 AM
- Trek to Tungnath
- Breakfast on-field/Hotel.
- Morning birding session.
- Lunch at hotel.
- Rest for a while.
- Evening birding session.
- Review and discussion sessions in the evening.
- Overnight at Chopta.

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Snow Partridge
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Bearded Vulture
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Himalayan Monal
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Golden Eagle
Picturesque Uttarakhand

Private Vehicle

Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Birder's Den

All Meals

- The day begins at 5 AM
- Check-out
- Travel to Sattal
- Breakfast & Lunch en-route
- Evening Birding session
- Review and discussion sessions in the evening.
- Overnight at Sattal.

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Chestnut bellied Nuthatch
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Slaty-blue Flycatcher
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Small Niltava
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Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Sattal Studio Chaffi Hide

Private Vehicle

Ertiga or similar

Hotel

Birder's Den

- The day begins at 5 AM
- We start our dawn birding session by 6 AM
- Breakfast on-field/Hotel.
- Morning birding session.
- Lunch at hotel.
- Rest for a while.
- Evening birding session.
- Review and discussion sessions in the evening.
- Overnight at Sattal.

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Red Junglefowl
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Kalij pheasant
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Black Francolin
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Birding in Sattal & Transfer to Kathgodam

Private Vehicle

Ertiga or similar

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast, Lunch

- The day begins at 5 AM
- We start our dawn birding session by 6 AM
- Breakfast on-field/Hotel.
- Morning birding session.
- Lunch at hotel.
- Post Lunch Check-out
- Transfer to Kathgodam
- Tour ends.

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We offer a perfect blend of nature, photography, travel and community based Photo Tourism & offer exciting tours for Landscape, Birding, Seascape, Wildlife & Macro Photography to some exotic locations across the country.
We also conduct photography workshops for: Basic Photography & Post Processing

Nature is the best classroom to learn photography and hence, we take passionate people like you to various exotic location across the country, so that you can learn advanced techniques of photography and understand compositions better . We want people from all walks of life to learn the fundamentals of Photography and develop their interest in this art.

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Inclusions

- 8D/7N accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- NAC vehicles for transport as per itinerary.
- Experienced bird guide on all 8 days.
- Photography Mentoring: Learn to photograph exotic species of birds with expert advice from the mentor, this gives you a hands-on experience to improve your photography skills.
- Review & discussion sessions.
- Lots of FUN!!

Exclusions

- Travelling expenses to the starting point and return are not included in the tour cost.
- Any expenses of personal nature like, extra meals, alcoholic drinks/ Soft Beverages
- Laundry, Phone calls, any extra meals / drinks ordered will be borne directly by the participant/s
- Cost incidental to any changes in the itinerary due to bad weather, Ill health, - Stay on account of flight cancellation, landslides, Road blockage and other natural calamity which is beyond our control.
- Food and other expenses during train/bus/flight travel to starting point and return is not included in the tour cost.
- Hide Charges and/or any optional activities.
- Any Personal expenses and Travelling plans made outside tour itinerary.
- Porter / Horse / Pony charges are not included in the tour cost.
- Extra Purchases / shopping of any sort.
- Medical expenses beyond first aid.
- Medical/Travel insurance.
- Personal losses/ damage / Theft – including baggage, personal articles,
photography gear etc.
- Anything that is not mentioned in the package includes list.

THINGS TO CARRY

- Your camera with all its accessories. - As this is a Birding tour we recommend that you carry a telephoto lens preferably above 400mm. - Fully charged batteries. - It is recommended to carry a spare battery. - Battery charger - Memory cards / backup devices / Laptop - Tripod - Please carry a big cloth / scarf to protect your gear from dust. - Hooded jacket / Scarf / Balaclava to protect yourself from cold & dust. - Warm cloths / Windcheater for morning rides. - It is recommended that you carry basic first aid kit. - Please avoid bright colored clothing as it scares Birds/wildlife. - Please avoid wearing perfume / deodorant during the tour. - Please carry your PAN / Aadhar card for identification at airport / park gate etc. - Clothing as per season. - Your medicines if any. - Travel/Medical insurance (optional).


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Kathgodam Railway Station



HOW TO REACH

- Reach New Delhi Railway station (NDLS) before 6:00 AM on 8th April, 2021.
- We travel to Kathgodam by Kathgodam Shatabdi Train No 12040 ETD 06:20
- The Tour starts at Kathgodam
- Pickup from Kathgodam Railway Station.


Policy and Terms

We work very hard to provide a delightful experience to our customers, Cancellations hurt us and as such Refunds are discouraged. However, we do understand that our customers, under exceptional circumstances, may be required to cancel their booking. In such a scenario our cancellation policy is as under: Cancellation before 30 days of the tour - 100% refund Cancellation between 20 to 30 days of the tour - 50% refund. Cancellation within 20 days of the tour - Zero refund.

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