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Sikkim Bird Watching Tour

About the Trek

This scenic and exotic tour runs for 15 days and passes through several beautiful regions of Sikkim. Originating from Jaldapara, this tour opens door to the picturesque avifauna world of the state. Revolving around some of the gorgeous hills, colourful meadows and dense forests, this wonderful tour proves to be an ideal bird watching tour in Sikkim.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguir (NJP) – Jaldapara (Drive)
  • Day 02: Bird Watching in Jaldapara National Park
  • Day 03: Elephant Safari, Jaldapara – Siliguri (Drive)
  • Day 04: Siliguri – Sukna Forest – Siliguri (Drive)
  • Day 05: Siliguri – Mongpoo – Darjeeling (Drive)
  • Day 06: Darjeeling Expedition
  • Day 07: Darjeeling – Maneybhanjang (Drive), Maneybhanjang – Gairibas (Trek)
  • Day 08: Bird Watching in Gairibas
  • Day 09: Gairibas – Sandakphu (Drive)
  • Day 10: Sandakphu – Rimbik (Trek), Rimbik – Darjeeling (Drive)
  • Day 11: Darjeeling – Pemayangste (Drive)
  • Day 12: Bird Watching in Pemayangste
  • Day 13: Pemayangste – Kalimpong (Drive)
  • Day 14: Kalimpong – Lava – Kalimpong (Drive)
  • Day 15: Kalimpong – Bagdogra / NJP

Long Itinerary

Day 01 Drive from Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguir (NJP) to Jaldapara

Day Schedule: After your arrival in Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway Station, you will be transferred to Jaldapara and checked-in into a hotel. Getting refreshed in the hotel, take a drive to the Jaldapara National Park that is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and get introduced with the exotic wildlife of the region. Completing this visit, return to the hotel and spend overnight.

Day 02 Jaldapara National Park

Day Schedule: Completing your breakfast in the hotel, drive to the Jaldapara National Park, where you will be spending the rest of the day. Take a pleasant walk through the dense forest ranges, help yourself to witness a myriad list of birds in their natural habitats. Spot some of the rare, exotic and endangered species, and by evening, drive back to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 03 Safari, Drive from Jaldapara to Siliguri

Day Schedule:Early in the morning, you can go for an exciting Elephant Safari with the park and experience the mystical charm of the nature. Early morning is also the most ideal time for wildlife spotting. Returning from this safari, have your breakfast in the hotel and take a drive to Siliguri.

By afternoon, you will reach Siliguri; following your arrival in the town, check in into a hotel and after relaxing for a while, take a drive to Kalijhora. A small village in the district of Darjeeling, Kalijhora is located on the banks of the gorgeous Teesta River and is nestled amidst lush greeneries. Enjoy a delightful bird watching tour in this region of West Bengal and drive back to the hotel before the day starts getting darker; overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 04 Drive from Siliguri – Sukna Forest – Siliguri

Day Schedule: After today’s breakfast, you will be joining a full day nature excursion at the picturesque forests of Sukna. Within this region, there lies the scenic Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can have ample of encounters with several species of bright and colourful birds.

Enjoy the bird watching tour in the Sukna forests for the entire day, and by evening, drive back to Siliguri; overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 05 Drive from Siliguri – Mongpoo – Darjeeling

Day Schedule:Post breakfast in the Siliguri hotel, you will be driven to the stunning hill station of Darjeeling. On the way, you will be taken to Mongpoo, where you can enjoy another session of bird watching in the evergreen Rambi Forest. Arriving in Darjeeling, check in into a hotel and spend overnight.

Day 06 Darjeeling Expedition

Day Schedule: Wake up early in the morning and visit the famous Tiger Hill to enjoy the amazing sunrise view over the Kanchenjunga Peak. Enjoy this magical display of the sun and after relishing on a packed breakfast, go for a bird watching tour in the Tiger Hill. Post lunch, you will get a chance to know more about the flora of the region with a visit to the Padmaju Naidu Zoological Park; overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 07 Drive from Darjeeling – Maneybhanjang, Trek from Maneybhanjang to Gairibas

Day Schedule: After having your breakfast at the hotel, take a drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjang, and after arrival in the destination, start a pleasant trek to Gairibas. On your way, you will have enormous chances to spot the some of the local and migratory birds to this region. Arriving in Gairibas, you can spend the rest of the day in a hut or camp.

Day 08 Bird Watching in Gairibas

Day Schedule:Post today’s breakfast, get set on a full day bird watching tour in Gairibas. Nothing can beat the experience of spending an entire day amidst the colourful and exotic birds!

Day 09 Drive from Gairibas to Sandakphu

Day Schedule:Have bbreakfast in Gairibas and start driving towards the highest point of West Bengal – Sandakphu. An evergreen destination in the state, Sandakhu is a year-round tourist spot and is known for its untouched and alluring beauty. Spend the entire day spotting the lively birds in the surroundings of Sandakphu and spend overnight in a local hut or camp.

Day 10 Trek from Sandakphu to Rimbik, Drive from Rimbik to Darjeeling

Day Schedule:After today’s breakfast, take a wonderful walk from Sandakphu to the scenic vistas of Rimbik. Enjoy the thrill of walking through dense forest areas and enjoy the untouched beauty of the surroundings; packed lunch will be served once you reach Sri Khola on the way. From Rimbik, a short drive will take you to Darjeeling; overnight stay will be in a hotel.

Day 11 Drive from Darjeeling to Pemayangste

Day Schedule:Once you are done with your breakfast in the Darjeeling hotel, take a drive to Pemayangste. After checking in into a hotel, visit the Pemayangste Monastery and witness the spirituality that exists in this region and return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12 Bird Watching in Pemayangste

Day Schedule:Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and embark on a full day bird watching tour in Pemayangste. Take the fun of this tour further to Pelling and enjoy the entire day spotting the lively birds; overnight stay will be in Pemayangste hotel.

Day 13 Drive from Pemayangste to Kalimpong

Day Schedule:The day will be well spent on your journey from Pemayangste to Kalimpong. The rest of the day, you can spend at total leisure in the Kalimpong hotel.

Day 14 Drive from Kalimpong – Lava – Kalimpong

Day Schedule:Today morning, after having breakfast in Kalimpong hotel, you will be driven to Lava, where you will be spending the entire day on a bird watching tour. Take your own time and spend some of the most memorable moments with the bright and colourful birds of this region and drive back to Kalimpong for your overnight stay.

Day 15 Drive from Kalimpong to Bagdogra / NJP

Day Schedule:The last day of this Sikkim bird watching tour! On this day, depending on your mode of travelling back, you will be dropped either at the Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway Station.

Main Attractions of the Trek:

Bird Watching, Jaldapara National Park, Elephant Safari, Sukna Forest, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Mongpoo, Rambi Forest, Tiger Hill, Padmaju Naidu Zoological Park, Darjeeling, Maneybhanjang, Gairibas, Sandakphu, Rimbik, Pemayangste, Pemayangste Monastery, Kalimpong, Lava

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