SATTAL - CHOPTA BIRDING TOUR
05th January 2020

Brief Info

Type: Birding and Photography Tour

Dates – 4th Jan to 12th Jan 2020 

Duration - 6 nights 7 days package

Group Size: 7 Birders / Photographers Max.

About the place -

A cluster of 7 mysteriously  inter-connected freshwater lakes, known as Sattal is located in the Nainital district of Kumaon region. Sattal is located amidst dense forest of Oak and Pine trees, at an altitude of 1,370 meters above sea level​. This woodland is located in the lap of mighty Himalayas and is a great place for birding. A quaint and peaceful forest is extremely rich in wildlife and over 300 species of birds can be spotted here, most of them are migratory birds which in winter migrate to lower Himalayas. If you are an avid birder and photographer, Sattal is an ideal place for you.

Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of kedarnath wildlife sanctuary located in Uttarakhand state, India. Because of an abundance of birds, Chopta is becoming popular among birdwatchers.​ It is home to more than 550 species of birds and 120 species of big mammals. Some very famous birds like Himalayan Monal, Snow Patridge, Bearded Vulture, Laughing Thrush are spotted here.


Tour Itinerary

Itinerary - 

Saturday, 4th January 2020 -

  • Reach Delhi by 20:00 Hrs
  • Travel to Kathgodam by 15013 Ranikhet Express at 22:05 Hrs

Day 1 -​ Sunday, 5th January 2020 -​

  • Reach Kathgodam by 5:05 Hrs
  • Pick up from Kathgodam railway station to Hotel 
  • Check in and Freshen up
  • Birding around Sattal road side (~2 Hrs), Breakfast 
  • Birding inside Sattal forest 
  • Lunch at Hotel and take rest for couple of hrs. 
  • Evening birding session start from 14:00 Hrs around Chafi river
  • Dinner and retire for the day

Day 2 - ​Monday​, 6th January 2020 -

  • Early morning session of hide photography
  • Post breakfast, check out and travel for Chopta / Mandal (~8 Hrs Journey) 
  • Birding, Lunch on the way and reach in the evening by 21:00 Hrs
  • Dinner and retire for the day

Day 3rd -​ Tuesday, 7th January 2020 -​

  • Birding in Mandal in the heart of Himalayas, landscape photography of Himalayas
  • Cover whole village, forestRiver and valleys for bird photography
  • Lunch and dinner will be at hotel

Day 4 - ​Wednesday​, 8th January 2020 -

  • Explore Mandal and forest areas by taxi and 2 kms of walk
  • Breakfast and lunch will be in the hotel. 
  • Travel to Chopta and reach by 18:00 Hrs 

Day 5 - ​Thursday, 9th January 2020 -​

  • Explore Bhulkund and all the roadside areas or trek's .
  • Full Day Birding around Makku village, Siyari villageDugalbitta or Makku village OR 
  • Tungnath and Chandrasila trek (4 kms) for some specialhigh altitude birds.

Day 6 - ​Friday​, 10th January 2020 -

  • Early Morning checkout from the hotel 
  • Travel towards Sattal and birding along road side
  • Lunch on the way
  • Reach Sattal for overnight stay (8 hrs. Journey)


Day 7 - ​Saturday, 11th January 2020 -​

  • Morning Tea
  • Session of hide photography
  • Breakfast, cover entire Sattal region
  • Lunch and checkout from hotel 
  • Evening birding trail and drop to Kathgodam railway station at 18:00 hrs.
  • Travel to Delhi by 15014 Ranikhet Express at 20:35 Hrs

Sunday - 12th January 2020 -

  • Reach Delhi by 4:30 Hrs
  • Travel to your respective destination.

Tour Cost

Tour Cost is Rs. 26,000/- only

Cost Includes -

  • Conveyance charges from kathgodam railway station to K.R.S as per itinerary .
  • 2 sessions of studio or hide photography
  • Accommodation at the hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Professional wildlife photographer and naturalist for the entire tour
  • All the entry fees, guide charges, taxi and driver charges
  • All applicable taxes

Tour cost Excludes -

  • Train / Air Fare
  • Mineral / Bottled Drinking Water, Cold Drinks
  • Any extra food item not included in the meals as per itinerary
  • Travel cost from any other railway station or any other local place
  • Personal Services like Laundry, phone calls etc
  • Bonfire and other Camping accommodations
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the tour cost includes

Registration Process

To register for the event, contact - 9987577684 / 9819986540

Email us at owletoutdoors@gmail.com

For registration, one has to handover Rs 8,500/- (Non refundable) in the following bank account -

Account Name: OWLET OUTDOORS
Account Number: 50200028742000 (Current)
Bank Name: HDFC Bank
Branch: Shantivan, Borivali East, Mumbai
IFSC: HDFC0000414 
Things to be carried
List of things to be carried -


  • Identity Proof
  • Extra Set of Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Some snacks to munch on
  • Torch with extra set of batteries
  • Binocular, Field Guide
  • Camera with extra batteries and charger
  • Mobile Charger
  • Personal Medicines required if any
  • Extra cash for shopping and for emergency
Rules to be followed
Few rules we would like people follow - 


  • Respect Forest Guides and gypsy drivers and follow their instructions.
  • Do not get down from your gypsy inside the reserved forest.
  • Making loud noise and playing music in the forest is not allowed.
  • Do not try to touch or feed wild animals.
  • Keep safe distance from the wild animals and keep them their space.
  • Do not use camera flash while clicking photographs of wild animals and birds.
  • Do not litter. Keep the area clean. Carry chocolate wrappers, plastic covers, paper and other waste with you and dump it in the dustbin.
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For Registraion Email Us at: owletoutdoors@gmail.com

or Call: 9987577684 / 9819986540