5 Best Places for Bird Watching Trip in India

20 February  |  Listicles

As urban settlements expand, the lovely sounds of chirping birds are drowned in the hustle bustle of city life. We are now surrounded by concrete and wake up to the honking cars of instead of the soft twittering of birds. We may not even remember the last time we saw a bird up close or listened to a beautiful bird song.

If you wish you could see and photograph birds, you must visit them in their natural habitat. There are many beautiful sanctuaries all across the country that give you a spectacular chance to do just that and are an absolute visual treat. The top 5 best places in India to head to for bird watching are:

1. Jim Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park is a paradise for bird lovers. Among the oldest sanctuaries in India, it is situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The park is known to host more than 650 species of birds. A bird haven, you get to see both resident and migratory birds here, and the best time to visit the park is between mid-March to end of April. In winter, the chances of spotting migratory birds increase substantially. The sanctuary here is known for housing birds like Ibisbill, Great Slaty, Woodpecker and a large variety of raptors.  The Kalagarh Dam and Solluna Resort are some of the best places to view birds from inside the Jim Corbett National Park.

2. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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An absolute bird’s paradise, this sanctuary is recognized as a world heritage site and is home to more than 300 species of birds. Bharatpur is well known for many endangered and exotic birds that migrate to this region every winter. The best time to visit is August to November if you wish to find resident breeding birds and October to February for migrant birds. Expect to find cranes, pelicans, geese, blue-billed Robin, Indian Courser, Imperial, Black Bittern, Openbill Storks, Spoonbills and many other exotic species.

3. Pangot, Uttaranchal

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Popular for the Himalayan Birding experience, Pangot bird sanctuary showcases birds which live at higher altitudes. Dense forests and mighty mountains surround the stunning region which is the chosen abode of more than 200 species of birds. The most sighted birds at Pangot are Rufous, Sibia, Little Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed and short-billed Minivet, small Niltava, White-tailed Nuthatch, Himalayan Barbet, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Indian blue and orange flanked Bush Robin, Woodpeckers and a whole lot of other species.

 

4. Mangalajodi, Chilika Lake Odisha

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The Chilka Bird Sanctuary has Asia’s largest inland sea water lagoon. This pear-shaped lake is spread over 1100 square kilometers and is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds. It houses some unique species like sea eagles, graylag geese, purple moorhen and several others. It also boasts of the world’s largest breeding colonies of flamingos. The best time to view migrating birds is between October and March.

5. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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An admired destination among bird lovers, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Cauvery River and attracts several species of migratory birds like the egret, heron and partridge. Around 30 species can be spotted regularly including the common spoonbill, painted stork, Kingfisher, and Indian shag. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between January and September for great sightings of beautiful birds.
View the finest species of birds in these beautiful sanctuaries. Be enthralled by the sheer variety of species in full splendor. If you dabble in wildlife photography, these sanctuaries offer you the chance to find some shots to treasure.

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