When it comes to bird watching tour, which is the first that comes first to your mind? Bharatpur? Goa? Pangot? No doubt, these are THE ULTIMATE places to see rare winged beauties. But now, it’s time to add another attraction to your bird watching guide. Migratory and local birds have finally found a new abode in Uttarakhand’s RAMNAGAR. The gateway to Corbett National Park – Ramnagar is home to an abundance of lush vegetation, and hence, to more than 100 migratory bird species. For all those who are hardly aware of this place, go through the detailed guide below to maximize your birding experience.
Haiti Danger: Birds spotted on this trail – Vultures, Storks, Eagles, Kingfishers, Sandpipers, species of Lapwings, Martins
Kosi Barrage and Sitabani: Birds spotted on this trail – Red Starts, Lesser and Greater Cormorants, Ruddy Shell duck, Herons, Eagles, Kingfishers
Kyari to Powalgarh: Birds spotted on this trail – Barbets Nut hatches, Owlets, Woodpeckers, Vultures, Lapwings, Hornbills, Babblers, Bulbuls
Garjiya Temple – along with Kosi River: Birds spotted on this trail – Cormorant, Redstart, Wall creepers, Herons, Water hens, Kingfishers
Mohaan to Kumariya: Birds spotted on this trail – Thrushes, Brown dippers, Owls, Fantails, Flycatchers, Paradise Flycatchers, Eagles
Bhakrakot to Marchula: Birds spotted on this trail – Fish Eagles, Redstart. Hornbills, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Bulbuls, Magpies, Great Hornbills, Birds of Prey, Long Billed Thrushes, Tesia
Prominent Birds Spotted in Ramnagar
Rosy Pelican | Photo: M. Barton
Siberian cranes, Rosy Pelican, Ruff, Bluethroat, Eurasian Golden Oriole and Asian Koel, Mallards, Greylag Geese, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Pochards and Coots are some the bird species that can be seen here.
Best Time to Visit
Somewhere like humans, birds too have a fixed schedule for feeding, roosting and other activities. It is mainly in winters when migratory birds flock to warmer areas to avert the extreme cold of the Arctic region. Most of the migratory birds that are seen in Ramnagar starts right from Siberia and travel through Afghanistan and Central Asia. The first stoppage of these birds in their journey is the Kosi barrage. The arrival of the birds is witnessed November onwards and continuing until December. Their return is marked by the spring season.
Definitely! You won’t be spending your entire vacation roaming here and there in search of birds only. If you’re then that’s good. But for all those who are coming from distant places, doing something extra is always fun. So in Ramnagar, it’s not only the birdwatching that city offers; it is also best described as the ‘gateway to Corbett National Park.’ Yes, the world famous Corbett National Park, which is the abode of the mighty fierce tigers sharing space with many other mammals, and reptiles. Thus, with so many places to see, and explore, so let’s have a look at all what can be done on this dreamy journey to the Ramnagar.
Sightseeing: Ramnagar is full of surprises! Out here, you can visit the Garjiya Temple, which is also a wish fulfilling temple. For the curious souls, there are two prominent museums to visit – Dhangarhi Museum, and Jim Corbett Museum. Also, there’s Corbett Falls, a small yet a stunning attraction of Corbett. In Ramnagar, you can go to mango and litchi orchards.
Jugle Jeep Safari: Jim Corbett National Park, which is barely few kilometers away from Ramnagar, is renowned for its wildlife jeep tours. Canter safari is also available. Bijrani Safari Zone, Jhirna Safari Zone, Dhela Safari Zone, Dhikala Zone, and Durga Devi Zone are the six of the zones from where you can start your safari excursions. If lucky, you might spot tigers. Don’t get disappointed, if you’re not able to spot tigers, there are many other animals like Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, etc.
Angling and Fishing: Makings its way through the thick and thins of the Corbett National Park, KOSI river has a wealth of fish like Indian Trout, Golden Masheer, Goonch and the lesser known Kalabasu, making it the perfect spot for fishing and angling. Giant River Terrapins, Soft Shell Turtles and the other rare turtles such as Indian Peacock and Indian Black Softshell Turtles, Tricarinate Hill Turtle along with a wide range of River Shrimps, Eels, Freshwater Crabs are present here.
Adventure Activities: The fun of being in Ramnagar doesn’t end here! When it comes to adventures, there’s a lot to do that keeps the adrenaline rush of the adventurers kicking. River Rafting, Rock Climbing, Bridge Slithering, River Crossing & Traversing, Rappelling, and Nature treks are some of the adventure activities that are organized here.
Where to Stay
Due to its closeness to the wilderness; usually, travelers come to Ramnagar to take rest, and relax. Lush, beautiful, and peaceful – the first impression of Ramnagar can simply leave one awestruck, and craving for more. And that’s perhaps the reason why the place seizes a lot of tourists attention. So as to make the tourists stay a memorable one, Ramnagar has within its vicinity many resorts and hotels for tourists with different tastes and preferences. See below for the places where you can book a stay for a remarkable wildlife journey.
How to Reach
By Railways: Ramnagar has its own railway station. It might be small but it has a strong connectivity, and offers a direct link to cities like Kashipur, Moradabad, Delhi, Bareilly, Lucknow, Haridwar, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Agra, Jaisalmer, and Varanasi.
By Airways: For international travelers, Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, would be the closest one. Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow can be considered as an option too.
By Roadways: Courtesy the well-built highways, and byways made by Uttarakhand of Ramnagar is easily approachable by roadways. From anywhere in the neighboring city, be it Delhi, Lucknow, or Dehradun, the buses are available. If you’re fond of road trips, the surroundings, and roads that lead to this place will not disappoint you.
See below for the distance chart:
|Cities||Distance (Approx)||Duration (Approx)|
|Delhi||260 KMs||6-7 Hours|
|Lucknow||431 KMs||8-9 Hours|
|Nanital||65 KMs||3 Hours|
|Ranikhet||96 KMs||4 Hours|
|Dehradun||220 KMs||5-6 Hours|
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