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Bird Watching
Destination : Darjeeling - Kalimpong - Lava - Neora Valley National Park- Rangeet Valley - Uttarey - Ravangla - Pelling - Khechopalri Lake - Yuksom
Day-1 Arrive Bhadrapur /Bagdogra /NJP railway station and transfer Darjeeling (135 kms, 5/6 hrs drive). O/N Hotel.

Day-2 Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view the sunrise over Mt. Khanchendzonga En route visit Yiga choling Ghoom Monastery which enshrines the statue of Maitreya Buddha (coming Buddha). Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Panda breeding Center, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and nearest tea garden to witness the orthodox manufacturing process of Darjeeling tea. In the afternoon take joy ride on Himalayan Heritage Train (Toy Train) from Darjeeling to Ghoom (8 kms.) and return to Hotel.

Day-3 Transfer to Kalimpong (52 kms). Sightseeing of Kalimpong visiting Zandokpalri Phobrang Monastery, Deolo Hill, flower nursery and walk around the little bazaar. O/N Hotel.

Day-4 Drive to Lava (38 kms). Lava is a prime birding destination in this region. It is a small bazaar once a halting place for caravans on the trade routes to Bhutan and Sikkim. Surrounded by very large tracts of protected forests ranging an elevation between 1600 and 2400 mtrs, it includes the remote and uninhabited Neora Valley National Park, and it is a bird watcher's haven. One can see Magpie, Coral billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly breasted Wren Babbler, Golden Breasted Fulvetta, Hill Partridge, Rufus throated Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Wedge tailed Green Pigeon, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Lesser Cuckoo, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow nape, Long tailed Broadbill, Mountain Bulbul, Orange bellied Leaf bird, Long billed Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Eye browed Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Chestnut headed Tesia, Slat belled Tesia, Russer Bush Warbler, White spectacled Warbler, Pygmy Blue flycatcher, Golden Bush Robin, Blue fronted Robin, Spotted Laughing thrush, Cutia, Maroon Oriole, Common Rose finch, Red Crossbill etc.

Day-5 Birding walk in the Neora Valley National Park. O/N Hotel or Lodge.

Day-6 Birding walk in the Neora Valley National Park. O/N Hotel or Lodge.

Day-7 Transfer to Uttarey via Pelling in West Sikkim. Arrive Uttarey in the afternoon. Check in hotel. Stay O/N. After breakfast look for Admiral Hillary, Tenzing Norge Park, Red Jungle Fowl, River Lapwing, Green billed Malkoha, White throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Chestnut headed Bee eater, Indian Roller, Dollarbird, Great Barbet, Greater Yellow nape, Black backed Wagtail, Small Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Black crested Bulbul, White cheeked Bulbul, Red vented Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Golden fronted Leaf bird, Orange bellied Leaf bird, Common Iora, Blue Rock Thrush, Chestnut bellied Rock Thrush, White capped Redstart, Hair crested Drongo, Green Magpie, Himalayan Swiftlet, and oriental White Eye. At Uttarey forest we will take a birding walk for half to full day.

Day-8 Spend an interesting day at Uttarey enjoying the walk along village side and near by forest. Some of the species we might see are: Eurasian Buzzard, Eurasian Kestrel, Green Billed Malkhoa, Dollarbird, Black winged Cuckoo etc. Stay O/N at Uttarey.

Day-9 A short drive to Pelling offers the spectacular views of Eastern Himalayas. To-day we bird for the full day in the adjoining areas including visit to Pemayangtse and Sangacholing Monasteries. Birds we are likely to see are : Mountain Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Indian Cuckoo, White throated Needle tail, Great Barbet, Grey headed and Bay Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow nape, Grey Treepie, Striated Bulbul, Rufous capped and black chinned Babbler, Hoary throated and Rusty fronted Barwing, Striated Grey sided and Greater Necklaced Laughing thrush, etc.

Day-10 Pelling to Khechopalri Lake, 1,980 mtrs - Yuksam, 1,780 mtrs. Drive to Khechopalri lake for birding. Some of the best birds are migrant ducks, black necked grebe, Baer's pochard, Speckled wood pigeon, Emerald Cuckoo, Blue winged and Scaly Laughing thrush, white naped Yuhina and many of the birds at Pelling. We continue to Yuksam in the afternoon, check in at the hotel and take a stroll in the evening.

Day-11 Yuksam. We spend the day birding around Yuksam. Some of the birds you are likely to see are : Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Short billed and Grey chinned Mine vets, Bulbul, Mina, White napped Yakima, various Thrushes, Grey winged blackbird, various Tits, various Nuthatch and various songbirds and bush cats.
Day-12 Transfer to Bhadrapur/Bagdogra/NJP railway station (170 kms, 6 hrs drive) for exit flight.
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