Birding Tour of Western Himalayas & Northern Wetlands

Package Highlights

Star Gazing
Nature & Landscape
Heritage & Culture
Treks & Nature walk

This is a perfect plan for an exploratory bird-watching tour to North India. It takes you to two of the most significant wetlands that are also Ramsar Sites – Pong Bird Sanctuary and Harike Wetland and also to the middle Himalayas to experience altitudinal migration of the high altitude birds during winters. It involves hikes and camping but both of very beginners level. You can experience the mountains without going too far away from your comfort zone.

Duration: 9 nights / 10 days

Activities: Birding

Tour starts from: Amritsar and Ends at: Gaggal Airport

Places covered: North Indian States of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Grade: Medium (Outdoor Camps and Hill Walking Involved)

Best Time to Visit: Mid-October to Mid-March

Elevation:  300-2000 metres above sea level


Months Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
Temp (Min) °C  05 05 00 00 05 05
Temp (Max) °C 36 33 30 30 33 36

Focus On: Winter Migratory & High Altitude Birds

Monuments: Golden Temple, Guler Fort, Dalai Lama Temple, Norbuligka

Other Attractions: Cultural Interaction and Food Tasting of Punjabi, Himachali and
Tibetan flavours

Max. Group Size: 08

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Itinerary Details

Arrival at Amritsar, Guided Golden Temple visit and traditional Punjabi dinner.

Leave for Harike wetland, morning and evening birding at Harike. Overnight stay near Harike.

Full day birding at Harike wetland.

Leave for Pong lake, birding at pong lake post lunch (a birding hot-spot with over around 400 species recorded at the place with over 1,00,000 migratory birds coming every year).

Full day birding at Pong lake and nearby areas.

Toy train and drive to Dharamshala. Birding in Dhauladhar mountains post lunch.

Full day exploration of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj including Naddi, Dal lake, river trails, tea gardens, Tibetan food tasting, His Holiness Dalai Lama temple, NGO and lot of other things with our expert.

Departure from Gaggal Airport after morning birding trail.