Uttarakhand's Valley of Flowers is a spectacle that will appeal to all. Best visited between July and September, when the seasonal blooming of the alpine flora turns the entire valley into a carpet of many colors, this place is a truly special sight. The area is also home to a variety of Himalayan birds, including pheasants, laughing thrushes, rosefinches, and more, making it a great destination for birdwatchers.
If you’ve spent the last year or two making a list of forests you wanted to visit in India, we’re sure that the forests of Central India have definitely made it somewhere in that list! Now that it is easier for you to visit India, with the lifting of restrictions, you can have your pick of amazing Indian forests to visit. One of the largest tiger reserves in India, Kanha National Park’s broad undulating grasslands with bamboo and Sal forest make for some amazing landscapes. Apart from being an important home for both Tigers and Leopards, the reserve is famous as the home of the Southern Swamp Deer (or ‘Barasingha’), for whose protection Kanha National Park was first established in 1955.
Famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful places of worship, and age-old fishing industry, Negombo is quite a major city in Sri Lanka. One of the most scenic landmarks here, the Negombo Lagoon, also plays host to a rich diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, adding natural splendour to this commercial island hub.
Apart from being Bhutan's oldest national park, the Royal Manas National Park is also home to a rich variety of wildlife. While entry is restricted, one can base themselves at Tingtibi, and enjoy sightings of tigers, elephants, and some of the almost 350 species of birds that have been recorded here.
Did you know that the Jigme Dorji National Park is the only park in Bhutan where the country’s national animal (Takin), national bird (Northern Raven), national tree (cypress), and national flower (blue poppy) all exist together? The park also provides a home for many endangered mammals and beautiful birds, including Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Satyr Tragopan, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, to name a few.
The forest streams that crisscross the evergreen forests of Thimphu Valley are some of the best places to spend quality birdwatching time around Bhutan's capital. These lush forests are not only home to the common birds of the region, but also other Himalayan beauties including fulvettas, laughing thrushes, woodpeckers, and many more.
The former Bhutanese capital of Punakha is perhaps best known for the magnificent Punakha Dzong, a popular site for tourists and locals alike. However, the rivers near this city provide amazing birdwatching, with species like the rare White-bellied Heron, Pallas's Fish Eagle, and other waterbirds, with the addition of Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, and more in nearby Dochu La.
Nepal's largest city, Pokhara, is often considered to be the tourist capital of the country, with rich culture and being a popular trekking base. However, the outskirts of the city are also home to a variety of amazing birds that will keep any birder visiting Pokhara happy! Whether you are looking for the variety of waterbirds that live in and visit the nearby lakes, or want to search for raptors, woodpeckers, laughing thrushes, or even the endemic Spiny Babbler, Pokhara will keep any birdwatcher on their toes.
As the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu has been a popular retreat from the heat of Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat for centuries. However, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is also a place rich in wildlife, with mammals like Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, and more calling it home. Being the last known stronghold of the rare and endangered Green Avadavat, and a winter home for sought-after species like White-naped Tit, White-capped Bunting, and more, Mount Abu is also a popular destination among birdwatchers.
Named after C. Rajagopalachari, a prominent figure in India’s freedom struggle, Rajaji National Park is mostly made up of dense broadleaved deciduous jungles, and wetland and grassland patches. This variation in habitat accounts for the rich diversity and wide variety of flora and fauna of Rajaji. Apart from big cats (Tiger and Leopard), this tiger reserve is best known for its elephant population.
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