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Hilly area symbol © Sumit Sen
Nainital, Pangot and Sattal areas

 


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View from Pangot

Bird Images   Trip Report


Pangot

330 kms northeast of  New Delhi in the Kumaon Himalayas lies the Nainital Lake Valley (29° 22' 60N and 79° 27' 0E) and adjacent hill resorts. The Nainital area (1938m) lies in the central Himalayas and is a vantage point to view the great Nanda Devi massif.  The Pangot area (1900m) lies 15 kilometers past Nainital and is on the road to Vinayak past Kilbury. 
The area and its surrounding hills has a record of 200+ Himalayan bird species.

Mixed forests dominated by thick ban-oak, pine and rhododendron cover most of the area and surrounding hills. A large part of the landscape is characterized by dense vegetation. Numerous perennial creeks and streams crisscross the area.

District Nainital (Kumaon) covers the tropical, subtropical, temperate, sub alpine and alpine zones. The terai & bhabhar belt  presents the climate of the plains while the deep valleys with elevation upto 1000 Mts. play host to flora and fauna typical  of hills as well as plains. The middle Himalayan ranges to 2000 Mts and the sub alpine region upto 2500 Mts complete the eco-zones.

Temperature: Low 3oC (winter); High 27oC (Summer)

How to reach: Pangot is a 7-8 hour journey from New Delhi by road and is an hours (17 km) drive from Nainital. Many trains connect Nainital with New Delhi either through Kathgodam or Ramnagar.

Where to stay: The Jungle Lore Birding Lodge is recommended.  

Best Time: October to March


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Twin lakes of Sattal from the Resort

How to reach: Sattal is a 7 hour road journey from New Delhi by road via Haldwani and Bhimtal and is 27kms from Nainital. The nearest train station is Kathgodam.

Where to stay:
1. Sat Tal Forest Resort, overlooking the lakes from a 1,000 feet.
Email: satatlforestresort@gmail.com; Mobile:9810107116 
Website: Sat Tal Forest Resort  

2. Sat Tal Birding Camp, 4 kms from Sat Tal.
Email: wildindiatours@vsnl.com
Website: Sat Tal Birding Camp  

 

Best Time: October to March


Pangot Links:
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
Nainital Tourism

Nainital area maps

References:
* A Birdwatchers' Guide to India ~ Krys Kazmierczak, Raj Singh
* Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent ~ Grimmett, Inskipp, Inskipp
* A Field Guide to the Birds of India ~ Krys Kazmierczak
* A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India ~ Grewal, Harvey, Pfister

Sumit Sen
Kolkata, India 

 

   
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