March 2017 | Rs. 39,500
Sattal or Sat Tal in Hindi for “seven lakes”, is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India . During the British Raj, the area had a tea plantation, one of four in the Kumaon area at that time. The lakes sit at an altitude of 1370 metres below lush orchards in the Mehragaon valley. Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. It is home to a few camps being operated mostly by local people catering to tourists looking for outdoor vacations.
WHAT YOU LEARN
With even, diffused light in the winters and lot of migratory birds having come down, this presents a great time to explore and capture the Himalayan birds at ease. Nainital, Sattal and Chopta has enough avian wonders to keep one busy. With great guide and a photography expert, you are sure to come back with some amazing keepers.
Birding haven of India
Sattal & Chopta
Nestled in the Kumaon region at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas are these bird-dense places called Sattal and Chopta. Sattal to be specific is situated in the most pristine biomes in Asia, thus making it a favourite spot for more than 300 species of Himalayan birds, most of which are migratory.
The fresh water lakes and the many millions of pine and oak trees make it easy for the birds to hang-out pose and get clicked by photographers.
Chopta valley has been endowed with unparallel amazing natural beauty all around as far as your sight goes which is main attraction among tourists worldwide. Wide spread lush green meadows and gentles slopes of huge mountains ornamented with Oak Pine and birch trees, innumerable species of rare flowers and herbs, chirping of birds, rushing and gushing of many water streams making beautiful water fountains on their way and presence of the splendid Gangotri greater Himalayan range mix a overwhelming fragrance in the whole atmosphere of Chopta. Sun rise and Sun set view from Chopta is an unforgettable event especially from Chandrashila peak in winters. View of The Greater Himalaya from an ideal distance is one of major attractions which inspire tourists to visit Chopta frequently.
Day 1-2 – Mar 18th (Sat) to Mar 19th (Sun)
Participants arrive at Kathgodam by train and a cab will drop us in the hotel for a quick refresh. We will pack our breakfast and leave to explore the Sattal area of Nainital district. Our expert guide will help us locating these Himalayan beauties which we will capture as images.
Day 2 will also be similar to Day 1.
Day 3 – Mar 20th (Mon)
We’ll head out to our next destination Chopta, after a quick breakfast. The total distance from Sattal is around 250Kms and it will take 8 hours to reach our destination with opportunistic breaks during the drive to capture birds and landscapes.
Day 4-6 – Mar 21st (Tue) to Mar 23rd (Thu)
For next three days, we will be based at Chopta covering some exotic species and full day birding with packed lunch.
Day 7-8 – Mar 24th (Fri) & Mar 25th (Sat)
We will travel back to Sattal on Day 7 and retire for the day at Sattal. We will start our last day by covering few left over places in and around Sattal. By 6 pm, participants will be dropped at Kathgodam Station to catch their respective trains.
THINGS TO NOTE
Sunny mornings, cold nights
Telephoto and Wide-angle lenses
Comfortable & dull coloured clothes
A pullover or sweater
Hat and glasses
Bring your own toiletries
TERMS AND CONDITION
- INR 20,000/- advance required for provisional reservation
- Remainder (100% ) within 30 days from the first payment
- The final cost displayed will be inclusive of payment gateway charges.
- 60% refund if cancelled before 2 months from the date of travel
- 20% refund if cancelled after 2 months and before 1 month from the date of travel
- No refund if cancelled within 1 month of the date of travel
Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.
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