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    5 Destinations for Bird Lovers in


    Posted by Travelyaari on February 19, 2015

    By Amrita Das.

    It is one of those passions that take years to nurture and once it develops as a habit, there is no looking

    back. Bird watching is a passive skill of the very persevering people. Needless to say that it requires the

    eye to spot these beautiful creatures, but once you do witness the wide diversity of bird life in our country,

    it continues to grow forever. So next time if youre looking to visit these feathered wonders, here are some

    places we can recommend.

    Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

    Spotted Owlets. Photo by amitd.

    A favourite destination of every bird watcher, Keoladeo National Park or famously called Bharatpur Bird

    Sanctuary, is located in the colourful state of Rajasthan. Just like the state, the sanctuary sees the richest

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    and the most coloured variety of flora and fauna. With over 380 resident and migrant species, you can

    expect to see birds including the Siberian Cranes, Shikra, Dusky Eagle Owl, Spotted Owlets, Kingfishers,

    Flycatchers, Pelicans and many others. The national park is also rich in wildlife which include Jackal,

    Striped Hyena, Nilgai, Blackbuck and Sambar.

    Best time:October to March

    Getting there:Bharatpur is well connected by road and regular buses ply from Delhi, Jaipur and Mathura.

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    Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh

    Have you seen the Grey Nightjar yet? Photo by Koshy Koshy.

    In the scenic Arunachal Pradesh, Eaglenest is one of the finest spots for this activity in the country.

    Sprawling across 218 sq. km., here you can expect to see some of the most exquisite species of birds

    from Rufous Necked Hornbill, Common Hill Partridge, Crimson Breasted Pied Woodpecker, Tawny Wood

    Owl, Golden Throated Barbet, Beavans Bullfinch, Bulbul, Thrush, Parrotbills, Blue Fronted Robin, Slender

    Billed Scimitar Babbler and other species of Babblers, Flycatchers, Gold Naped Black Finch and

    Sunbirds. With such an extensive list to see, would you rather be anywhere else?
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    Best time:November to May

    Getting there:The sanctuary is connected from Tezpur. The Tawang-Tezpur road has regular buses for

    this sector.

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    Pangot and Sattal, Uttarakhand

    Bird watching at Pangot. Photo by gkrishna63.

    Only 330 kilometres away from Delhi, Pangot creates ideal environs of birders with its thick cover of pine

    and oak forests. Towards the south of this region lies the twin lakes of Sattal which are equally

    frequented. The bright Sunbirds of Uttarakhand will welcome you, alongside Swallows, Bulbuls, Tits, Red-

    billed Blue Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Brown-fronted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker and the Brown

    Fish Owl, amongst others.

    Best time:October to March

    Getting there:From Kathgodam, which is the nearest railway head, Pangot and Sattal are approximately

    an hour and 30 minutes away, respectively.
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    Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

    A scenic beauty! Photo by Vijay S.

    Hidden away amidst the rainforests of Western Ghats, the Silent Valley National Park is the biggest one in

    Kerala. Amongst the rare species of birds, you may be hopeful of sighting the Great Indian Hornbill here.

    The other probabilities include Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Malabar Parakeet, Rufous

    Babbler, Grey Headed Bulbul, Nilgiri Blue Robin, Wynaad Laughing Thrush, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush,

    Nilgiri Pipit, Black and Rufous Flycatcher and Nilgiri Flycatcher, White-Bellied Blue-Flycatcher and the

    beautiful Crimson-Backed Sunbird.

    Best time:December to April

    Getting there:The nearest railway station is Palakkad. Thereafter, head towards Mannarkkad and

    Mukkali and these places are well connected by private buses.

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    Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa

    Resting amidst the mangroves. Photo by ptwo.

    This bird sanctuary is actually on a mangrove belt, which is not only one of the prime locations for birding

    in the country but also a perfect place for all those who wish to explore Goa off-beat. Even though mud

    skippers are widely prevalent here, amongst birds you will see the Western Reef Egret, Lesser Adjutant

    and Woolly-necked Stork. Goa is blessed with a variety of species from Kingfishers and Bee-eaters which

    you may include on your list of bird sighting.

    Best time:October to March

    Getting there:Ribandar Ferry is the jetty connect to the sanctuary, across Mandovi River. Once on the

    other side, the entry to the sanctuary is just a walk away.

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    How often do you visit the wild side of India?
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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Perpetually bitten by the travel bug, Amrita has travelled across twenty states in

    India and Nepal, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore and Paris. She shares her experiences best through

    writing, photography and blogging. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way

    of life, listens to stories strangers tell her and is a firm believer of serendipity and constant change. She

    blogs at tweets at @Amrita_dass.