The oak, pine, bamboo, cedar, rhododendron and other conifers
make the walk delightfully beautiful and refreshing. The undergrowth
is as fascinating with varieties of fern and moss breaking through
the rich soil. The forest gets thicker as you walk further.
The trickle of fresh water streams enriches the habitat. You
can often spy wildlife around the streams. A host of birdlife
inhabits this world. An absolute dream for a birdwatcher, this
walk is a must.
Bird Watching in Nainital
the 8650 species of birds in the world, India is home to
as many as 1200 (roughly 14%), out of which 141 are
endemic to Nainital District Region.
Even more astonishing is the fact that out of the total 27 Orders
and 155 Families that bird life has been classified into, Out of
these, 77 are endangered species. The reason for this richness of
species is the region's highly varied climate, the associated diversity
From the heights of the highest Himalayas to the greatest mangrove
forest delta in the Corbett National Park, the land is unique, making
Nainital District a home for some of the most sought after
wild birds in the world.
We have listed few of the birdwatching spots that are celebrated
for bird watching tours in Nainital District.
Birdwatching Places in Nainital District are :-
Corbett National Park
Mahesh Khan is near Bhowali , 20 km from Nainital. Maheshkhan is
situated in quite and dense forest and this FRH built by Bristishers
which is more than a century old is recently renovated. Mahesh khan
is located in dense forest approx 5 km inside the bhowali ramgarh
road. There is chained gate at mahesh khan jungle road entry point
and mahesh khan FRH is far away. Permission is needed for entry
as this area is under Forest Department.
Recently Seventy one different species of birds were identified
at a three-day bird-watching camp that concluded at Mahesh khan
in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Organised by the eco-tourism
wing of the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, the camp was aimed
to generate awareness about birds amongst forest personnel and rural
tourism practitioners and to develop bird watching skills.
The participants spotted koklass pheasant, ultramarine flycatcher,
maroon oriole, black-faced warbler, mountain bulbul, cukoo and nine
species of woodpeckers. Mahesh khan has bird richness and is rated
as one of the five best forests in India.
Maheshkhan is amongst the 25 destinations being promoted in Uttarakhand
by the ecotourism wing of the Forest Department. Apart from the
heritage Forest Rest House, which recently completed 100 years,
the ecotourism complex has six bamboo huts and a dining hall. Overlooking
the Forest Rest House is Tagore Point, the place where Gurudev Rabindranath
Tagore penned some poems for his Nobel prize winning masterpiece
Geetanjali. This spot is now a major attraction for visitors, particularly
Nainital District has Richest Oak, Pine and
Rhododendron Forest main habitats for Excellent Birding
Birds in Nainital District
The unique avian fauna of Nainital District includes red-billed blue
magpie, kingfishers, blue-throated and brown-headed barbets, lineated
barbet, golden-throated barbet, crimson-fronted barbet, coppersmith
Barbet plum-headed parakeet, slaty-headed Parakeet, chestnut bellied
rock thrush, titmouse, babblers, jungle Owlet, fish eagle, pied woodpecker,
brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, grey-capped pygmy woodpecker, brown-fronted
woodpecker, stripe-breasted woodpecker, yellow-crowned woodpecker,
rufous-bellied woodpecker, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Himalayan
woodpecker, lesser yellownape woodpecker, greater yellow-naped woodpecker,
streak-throated woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker, scaly-bellied
woodpecker, common flameback woodpecker, Indian tree pies, blue whistling-thrush,
lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, crested serpent eagle, flycatchers,
cheer pheasants, Kalij pheasant, Koklas pheasants, dollarbird, leaf
birds, flowerpecker, purple sunbird, brown headed stork-billed kingfisher,
stork-billed kingfisher, crested kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher,
pied kingfisher, common kingfisher, blue-eared kingfisher, Himalayan
kingfisher, Mrs. Gould’s sunbird, green-tailed sunbird, black-throated
sunbird, black-breasted sunbird, Crimson sunbird, fire-tailed sunbird,
thick-billed flowerpecker, plain-leaf flowerpecker, fire-breasted
flowerpecker, russet Sparrow, rufous Babbler, black-headed Jay, scaly-breasted
wren-Babbler, black-capped sibia, blue whistling thrush, finches,
mountain hawk eagle, black eagle, eurasian jay, white-rumped needletail,
black-headed jay, black-lored, black-throated tits, black bulbul,
ashy-throated warblers, black-chinned babbler, rufous-breasted accentor,
red-billed blue magpie, grey-winged blackbird, Eurasian griffon, common
buzzard, black-chinned babbler, pink-browed rosefinch, common wood
pigeon, slaty-headed parakeet, laughingthrush, chestnut-tailed minla,
lemon-rumped warblers, and many more.
Diversity of Nainital District
Nainital District is unique for its biodiversity and ecological amplitude.
It has more than 1000 species of resident and migratory birds, 20
species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000
species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects. The flora covers
a wide and diverse range of plants ranging from Bryophytes, orchids,
rare climbing plants, ferns, lichens, fungi, medicinal herbs and shrubs.
Each individual lake has its own unique Diatom index. The Trophic
Diatom Index uses the composition of freshwater diatom assemblages
to assess water quality and ecological status.
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