In a travel sphere, Uttarakhand has always been associated with pilgrimage and leisure vacations. But with state government ready to host the second bird watching festival, this hilly destination will also be recognized as a gateway to amazing bird species. As per reports, there are 687 bird species in the state, which is more than 50 percent of the avifaunal diversity of our nation.
The Uttarakhand government hosted the first ‘Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival’ last year at the Asan Conservation Reserve. And the second festival is all set to begin from February 5 at the Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve, which is in the Ramnagar Forest Division of Kumaon. More than 350 bird species dwell in this reserve, some of which are the Great Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Erpornis, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Little Pied Flycatcher and Nepal Wren-babbler.
Rajiv Bhartari, Chief Conservator of Forest (Ecotourism), told media “We intend to promote Uttarakhand as a bird watching destination by organizing various exhibitions and heritage walks in the woods that would put forth numerous opportunities to sight birds.” He further said “We also hope that bird watching will help in boosting rural tourism.”
In addition to bird photography and guided bird watching, the Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival will include exhibitions, sound recording workshops, lectures and film shows. Through different shows and events, the festival will also display the heritage of Corbett National Park at Pawalgarh and Kaladhung.
Kyari, Sitabani, and Pawalgarh are the chosen destinations for the guided bird watching tours. And the festival activities will be conducted at the Centre for Ecotourism at Chunakhan.
Mr. Bhartari informed that around 3000 people will come not only from Uttarakhand, Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, but also from foreign countries.