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Kakragad

Kakragad, Garhwal – A paradise for the ardent bird lovers

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Around 4 ½ hrs from Haridwar by road, Kakragad is an ideal escape for the avid bird lovers. The “Magpie Birding Camp” located here and run by Mr.Yeshpal Negi is the perfect place for halting. Here you can catch a glimpse of the countless species of birds. The bird species are so varied that it is difficult to even remember their names. Some of the species available here are, Paradise flycatcher, Emarald Dove, Laughing Thrash, Forktail etc. Mr. Negi is a happy host here greeting you with cordially and providing all sorts of assistance to those who ask for it. This  birding camp provides excellent accommodation facilities with decent dinning too.

Things to do at Kakragad: The bird lovers will have a wonderful time here watching numerous birds. This apart the location also offers some trekking trails for the adventurous ones.

Best time to visit Kakragad: The best time to visit Kakragad is either during the months of April, May or during September, October.

How to go ?

Kakragad is only a 4 ½ hrs drive from Haridwar. Start early in the morning so that you can reach the spot by afternoon.

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Where to stay ?

You can stay at the Yashpal Negi’s tent providing decent accommodation and dinning facilities. For booking and other detailed information please contact:  09412909399.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Near Kolkata – A centre for ecotourism

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Just a driving distance from the metropolis of Kolkata, the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is a centre for ecotourism where huge varieties of butterflies, birds, ferns, epiphytes and orchids find their refuge.  Located to the west of the Netaji Subhas Road, which connects Garia with Baruipur in the Rajpur area this sanctuary lies close to the Ramkrishna Mission Institute in Narendrapur.

The place was previously known as “Kayaler Bagan,” and was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1982 and was given the name of Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary on September 8, 2004.

Chintamani Kar Bird SanctuaryThe sanctuary was finally named as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary in the year 2005 after the renowned artist Chintamoni Kar, who has a major contribution in providing “Kayaler Bagan,” the status of a wildlife sanctuary.
Sanctuary hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission Fees: Rs. 40 per head

What to see at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Chintamani Kar Bird sanctuary is the home of a number of bird species, which include Common Hawk Cuckoo, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-throated Fantail and Large-tailed Nightjar and many more.

Some rare species include Tickell’s Thrush, Slaty-legged Crake, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly Thrush, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Blue-throated Flycatcher. Moreover, the sanctuary is also a home to a number of small wildlife, like civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, monitor lizard and others.

Since the site of the sanctuary was an abandoned orchard, the place is also dotted with a number of trees of coconut palm, jackfruit, guava, tamarind, ficus and others.

Nearby Attractions of Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: While returning, you can drop at ScienceCity in Kolkata or enjoy your evening trip to NiccoPark

Things to do at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is a great place for watching different species of birds and enjoying nature walk.

Best time to visit Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: The ideal time of visiting the place is the period between Spring and winter.

How to go ?

It is situated in the district of South 24-Pgs of West Bengal. The site lies close from the Rathtala Bus stop. EM Bypass is the ideal route to follow for reaching the destination. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 10 km. from Ruby General Hospital. Auto-rickshaws and buses are also found from Garia. You can also travel on private buses that halt at Rathtala.

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Where to stay ?

Its preferable to take your own food. There are no lodging facilities at the Bird Sanctuary. It is best for day trips.

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Purbasthali

Purbasthali, South Bengal – The birds watchers will thoroughly enjoy here

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A small town Purbasthali is just 120 km from Kolkata. It is located in the district of Bardhaman, between Katwa and Nabadwip. This town perches on the banks of a beautiful oxbow lake that is created by the River Ganga. The length of the lake is 2 to 3 km and it attracts lots of migratory birds during the winter season. The birds-watchers will thoroughly enjoy here. Purbasthali also known as chupir chor, is covered with fruits and flower garden and profuse vegetation. The place is too small to allot tourism but it is littered with many Zamindar palaces.

Places to see at Purbasthali: There is a small oxbow lake by the side of the Ganga and is known for its clear water and heavy growth of sweet water plants. This lake attracts a lot of migratory birds during the winter months and becomes a favourite place for bird watchers. Besides, there are some fruit and flower gardens to check out for.

Nearby attractions Purbasthali: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby. Nabadwip is famous as the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Hindu Saint and also as a onetime great seat of learning in Bengal. Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON.

Things to do Purbasthali: You can enjoy boat ride on the clear water of the lake. The water is so transparent that you can see the underwater vegetation for a long distance.

Best time to visit Purbasthali: The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February. You must go for bird watching either during the early mornings or late afternoon.

How to go ?

Purbasthali is located towards the north of Kolkata and you need travel till Krishnangar. From there, you have to cross the Chaitanya Bridge over the Hooghli River to reach Nabadwip. Follow the same road that will take you to Purbasthali Bazar and a right turn from the railway station will take you behind the station from where, after a drive for sometime, you will reach the place where boats are available. You can also visit Purbasthali by taking a direct train from Howrah heading towards Katwa. It would take around 2.5 hours to reach Purbasthali Station. Catch a rickshaw from the station to reach the Chupir Chor area.

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Where to stay ?

At Purbasthali there are no such accommodation facility. You can stay at Nabadwip having plenty of refuge for the tourists. Some options are:

Nadia Lodge: 9434450710
Bibekananda Hotel & Boarding: 9932297098
Chaitanya Bhawan: 9337441517

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kitam

Kitam, Sikkim – A refuge to more than 200 species of birds and butterflies

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Situated between 1200 feet and 3200 feet above sea level, Kitam rests within a thick temperate vegetation of shrub land and Sal-chir and pine forests. This place is a refuge to more than 200 species of birds and butterflies. The beautiful village of Sumbuk and Kitam-birdsits gladiolas fields, few age-old temples and the emerald green Rangit River make Kitam one of the most beautiful and untouched wilderness in the lower altitudes of Sikkim. The warm summers and pleasant winters, in Kitam Bird Sanctuary gives a favourable condition for a healthy population of residents like Rufous-necked Hornbill, Grey-crowned Prinia, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Yellow-vented Warbler, Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and many more. From every year October it becomes a home for many migratory birds. It is not very uncommon to find a peacock roaming freely here. Lying between the Namchi and Melli, the most popular tourist destinations like Samdruptse, Solophok, Ravangla and Tarey Bhir are also located close to Kitam.

Places to see at Kitam: Kitam bird sanctuary is flanked by two villages – Sumbuk and Kitam. Though the major attraction is the Bird Sanctuary, the snaking River Rangit and Manpur River also steals the show. You can take long nature walks along the wide banks of Rangit and rest your tired feet on its cold water. Other attractions include the Alley Khet, which is a meadow with some great views of the hills and rivers, some age-old temples, Peepal trees, dilapidated Stupas and a Monastery.

Kitam village seems to belong to the Middle-Ages, with 200-year old traditionally built mud and bamboo huts and weekly markets selling local produces and vegetables. One of the highest points of Kitam Bird Sanctuary is the small forested area of Tumbol Schor, which offers great panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Nearby Sumbuk is also known for its galdioli farms – a visit to these farms blooming with bright red flowers is a treat to the eyes. You would also find a mammoth sized 100-year old litchi tree at Kitam.

Kitam-birds-santuaryNearby attractions of Kitam: Just 12 kms from Namchi, Kitam is close to a whole lot of other tourist destinations of South Sikkim like Kewzing, Ravangla, Temi Tea Garden (Sikkim’s only tea garden), Solophok (famous for being Chardham) and Samdruptse. Spending a couple of days in the wilderness and tranquility of Kitam Bird Sanctuary after completing the  hectic touristic itinerary of Sikkim would be a soothing relief before returning home.

Things to do at Kitam: Being the only bird sanctuary in Sikkim, Kitam boasts of some watch towers and view points for bird viewing. However, to view birds you have to walk along the beaten paths of the sanctuary skirting through the mountains and river banks. The guided birdwatching trips begin in the morning at around 5:30 am and it takes around 4 hrs. There are 4 different birdwatching trails around the sanctuary and you can opt any of them depending on your choice.

Some of the trails end up on the banks of River Manpur where you can continue you riverside nature walk for a few km and enjoy butterfly watching. Some of the commonest sightings are of Chestnut-breasted Partridge, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Slender-billed Babbler, White-naped Yuhina, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Grey-crowned Prinia, Yellow-vented Warbler, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and others. Other than bird watching, you can also indulge in activities like angling and rafting in River Rangit. Local Govt. registered guides are arranged  by the home-stays and accommodation to take the guests through the forests and activities.

Best time to visit Kitam: The best time for Bird watching in Kitam Bird Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. Kitam is characterized by very pleasant winters and moderate summers, so you can always stay back here for a day while returning from your Sikkim tour. It is located very near to Melli, so it would fall “on the way” while returning. If you love adventure then angling and rafting can also be enjoyed in Kitam.

How to go ?

From NJP Railway junction Kitam, is lies at a distance of about 110 Km. Cabs are available on hire from New Jalpaiguri Station.

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Where to stay ?

There are some hotels and homestays at Kitam. Some options are:

Thapa Homestay: (+91) 9733104825
Hotel Green Valley: (+91) 9593381999
Hotel way side inn: (+91) 9474833553

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rambha, Odisha – Located at the southern coast of the Chilika

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Rambha is located at the southern coast of the Chilika which is the largest lagoon containing brackish water. It is 40 km from Berhampur on National Highway 5. The lake is also a residence to 150 species of migratory birds during winter. It is dotted with numerous islands. The panoramic beauty of the place overlooking the Chilika Lake and the hills will cast a magic spell upon you. Here you can enjoy the dolphin watching and bird watching in different islands like the Breakfast Island, Becon Island and Birds Island.

Places to see at Rambha: You can make trip to the Honeymoon Island, nestled in the Rambha bay, beside the Sankuda Island. The Breakfast Island, which has been formed between Badakuda Island and Somolo Island in the Rambha Bay, is truly the most rambha-orissabeautiful place to have your packed breakfast. The Somolo Island has the remnants of a dilapidated bungalow, built by the King of Kalikote. Some of the other major islands of the Rambha bay are Honeymoon Island, Birds Island, Parikud Island, Island of Nalabana, Rajhans Island and New Mouth. Among all these islands, the island of Nalbana deserves a special mention, as it is a sanctuary and a prime refuge point of the migratory birds. You can also savour the view of dolphins at the mouth of Chilka near Satpada.

The Beacon Island is also an impressive sightseeing location. The Khalikote range is also admirable, forming a wonderful backdrop of the Somolo and Dumkudi islands. Many tourists also visit the Bird’s Island, found in the southern sector of Chilka. Tourists with religious bent of mind can make a trip to the Kalijai Temple, devoted to Goddess Kalijai. Trips can also be made to the small island of Barunkuda, near Magarmukh, which houses a shrine of Lord Varuna. The Bhabakundeswar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is also worth visiting.

Nearby attractions of Rambha: A number of nearby attractions enhance the beauty of the place. At a distance of around 22 km from Rambha, the temple of Goddess Narayani adorns the valley hilltop. This scenic site is also a preferred picnic spot. You rambha-orissacan also make a trip to Nirmaljhara, located 11 km from Rambha. The place has gained popularity as both a picnic spot and a pilgrimage site. Many tourists also make tour to Banpur, which is a famous Shakti-pitha of Goddess Bhagabati. The place also houses a number of Buddhist images.

You will also truly treasure your visit to the nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles in Rusikulya Beach near Rambha in Chilka. However, no accommodation facility is available at Rusikulya Beach. So, the tourists need to stay at Rambha, from where hired cars are available early in the morning to the Rusikulya beach. The temple towns of Puri and Bhubaneshwar are the popular getaways from Rambha.

Things to do at Rambha: You will never have a single dull moment during your stay at Rambha, with so many activities around. Cruising on Chilka Lake is truly an unforgettable experience. Speed boat and motorized yacht are available at fixed price from Orissa Tourism Development Corporation. Many tourists also hire a sea kayak from Orissa Tourism’s Water Sports Complex (WSC) to move around the Nalabana Island.  Rambha is also considered a great spot for bird watching. The place being a home of around 150 species of migratory birds is truly a bird watcher’s paradise.

Best time to visit Rambha: Rambha welcomes guests throughout the year. However, winter is more charming as the migratory birds visit the region during this time. Monsoons in Rambha have a different beauty with the dark clouds rolling through the mountains over the deep blue Chilka.

How to go ?

Rambha is situated on NH 5 between Berhampur and Bhubaneswar. The nearest airport of the destination is located at Bhubaneswar, 130 km from Rambha. If you prefer to travel by train, then the closest main railhead is at Balugaon, located at a distance of 35 km from Rambha. You can hire cars or avail local buses from Balugaon to Rambha. Moreover, the buses running between Berhampur and Bhubaneswar through NH 5, also halts at Rambha.  There is a railhead in Rambha too, but express trains usually do not stop here.

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Where to stay ?

The Tourist Lodge at Rambha overlooking the Chilka Lake offers excellent accommodation and dining facilities. AC as well as non AC rooms and cottages are available offering spectacular view of the lake. For booking details you may contact:

OTDC Central Reservation Counter:
Phone: 0674 – 2430764,  1800 208 1414 (Toll Free)
Official website: www.panthanivas.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Sahebganj

Sahibganj, Jharkhand – A place where time stands still

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The picturesque town of Sahibganj or Sahebganj rests on the southern bank of the River Ganges in the north eastern region of Rajmahal subdivision of Jharkhand. It is a place where time stands still. The town has some historical significance. From the notes of Megasthenes to the decisive battle of Sher Shah and Humayun, from the Santhal Rebellion of 1855 to the Freedom of India, Sahibganj has played a very crucial role. Here the ancient royal palaces with the riches are full of dirt and the landscape is dotted with twin lakes, bird sanctuaries and the mighty Ganges. Moreover, the exotic landscape of the region features plenty of fossil remains of flora preserved as casts, impression and petrifaction.

Sahebganj-Udhwa-Bird-SanctuaryPlaces to see in Sahibganj: Sightseeing in Sahibganj is truly a visual pleasure. There is a natural twin lake at Sahebganj, called Udhwa Lake attracting tourists to enjoy the charm of its beauty. The lake is a safe refuge for different exotic species of birds. Moreover, migratory birds from as far as Siberia also visit the lake every year in huge number. You can also visit the Udhwa Bird Sanctuary, the sole bird sanctuary of Jharkhand nestled in the nearby village of Udhwa also known as Patauda.

On your way to Sahebganj, you will find the beautiful ruins of Sangi Dalan built under the benefaction of Raja Maan Singh between 1580 and 1600 AD. The meandering River Ganga flowing next to this edifice offers a visual splendour. There is a historical well in Sahibgang, built in 1915, which is locally called ‘Bhagwa Kuan,’ constructed to commemorate the memory of Edward VII. You can also visit nearby Mandro to see the fossils of trees and animals.

Nearby attractions around Sahibganj: Sahibganj is ornamented with a number of historical attractions. An experience of visiting the historical city of Rajmahal near Sahibganj is truly a pleasure to watch. It was established by Emperor Akbar long back Sahebganj-lakein the 15th century. The place is a major witness of a number of significant battles. The town houses some remarkable monuments, which include  Akbari Masjid, Singhi Dalan,Tomb of Maina-Bibi and Tomb of Miran. Nearly 13 km north-west of Rajmahal town there is a serene village called Kanhaiyasthan, which owes its name to the shrine of Lord Krishna (Kanhaiya). It is said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on his way to Brindavan from Bengal stayed at this place and received the vision of Lord Krishna. The impression of the step of Chaitanya  Dev has been preserved at the site.

You can also visit the ruins of Jama Masjid at Hadaf in Rajmahal, built under the reign of Raja Maan Singh in 1592 AD, which was once recognized as the most elegant building of Gaur (Bengal). In close proximity from the location, you will find Bara Darwaza, a unique fort located at the top of a hillock. The fort features 12 identical doors. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared the remaining of the fort as a heritage site.

You will also find a number of temples in the neighbouring areas of Sahebganj. The temple of Shiva in Barhait is truly adorable. The place is frequented by disciples during the month of Shravan and the Mahashivratri. You will also admire the Binduvasini Temple near Barharwa railway station. Thousands of devotees assemble at the place during Ram-Navami when a grand fair is also held for nine days at the site. There is also a temple at Mirzapur village, known as Shukravasini Temple.

There are ruins of an ancient fort called Teliagarhi near the Karamtola station. It was named after its builder Teli  Zaminder. Do not miss a trip to Bhoganadih, the historical village of Sido and Kanu, the two legendary brothers who triggered the Santhal revolt in 1855. The village is considered as a sacred location by the tribes. The village also houses a memorial to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the brothers. You can also visit Panchkathiya, the place where these siblings were hanged by the British. Moreover, Malda in West Bengal is around 2.5 hours away from Sahibganj.

Things to do in Sahibganj: Sightseeing is the major activity of the people visiting Sahibganj. Try to visit the mela held on every full moon of Magh month at Rahmahal. The mela is mainly dominated by the tribals gathering from all over the district.

Best time to visit Sahibganj: You can visit Sahebganj any time of the year.

How to go ?

To reach Sahebganj you have to travel upto Ranchi by rail or road .

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Where to stay?

Decent accommodation and dining facilities are available in Sahibganj. Some options are:

Hotel White House: (06436) – 223355/9798117311 Website: www.hotelwhitehouse.yolasite.com
Priya Hotel: 06436 223 369

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Satapada

Satpada, Odisha – A beautiful lake resort near Puri

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Satapada – a beautiful lake resort is just 50 km from the famous pilgrimage Puri. The tranquillity of the charming place serves as a relief from the cacophony of the urban life. Satapada a quaint natural grandeur is located on the south eastern part of the Satapada Seafamous Chilika Lake. This ‘lake resort’ is famous as a point where the Chilika Lake ends its course and mingles into Bay of Bengal. The site is a favourite of the nature lovers. Here you can enjoy the frequent sights of Dolphins swimming in the azure waters of the lake and the sea. Besides the dolphin watching, cruising in the nearby lagoon is an enjoyable activity of the tourists visiting the destination. There is a bird sanctuary located nearby which is also worth visiting.

Places to see at Satapada: Dolphin sightseeing is the greatest attraction of this exotic lake resort. The Dolphin Motor Boat Association provides boat on hire to enjoy this adventurous activity. As the motorboats approach the Dolphin points they switch off their engines to maintain complete silence. If you wait for few minutes, you would see cheerful dolphins frisking in the water.

A visit to the Nalaban Island which is the home to a huge number of migratory birds within Lake Chilika is also a nice and fulfilling experience. It has been declared as a bird sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act in 1973. It is the heart of the park. During monsoon, the island gets flooded and it emerges after monsoon. The vast lake is the haven of 225 species of birds, algae and aquatic plants, a large variety of phytoplankton and around 350 species of non-aquatic plants. Some other areas, which also record high concentration of birds, are Parikud Island and the western shores of the Northern sector. Sunrise and sunset over Chilika from Satpada is heavenly.

Nearby attractions of Satapada: The Rambha bay nestled at the southern end of the lagoon is admired with numerous islands. The site offering visual pleasure was popular among the British as picnic ground. It is an unparalleled site for Island trip as each island features some uniqueness. Pay a visit to the Honeymoon Island, nestled in the Rambha Bay near the Sankuda Island. It is located 5 km away from Rambha Jetty. Honeymoon Island is also popularly known as “Barkuda Island.” The Breakfast Island is located in the Rambha Bay between Badakuda and Somolo Island. This island is shaped like a pear and enriched with exotic flora. You will find the ruins of a dilapidated bungalow here built by the king of Kalikote.

SatapadaThe Beacon Island is also a very charming location, bordered by the Eastern Ghat. You will admire the Khalikote hill range, forming an enchanting backdrop of the Somolo and Dumkudi islands. You can also visit Bird’s Island, located in the southern sector of Chilka. The island is shrouded with herbs, shrubs, creepers and trees. Some local birds use the island as perching ground round the year. The island also gives shelter to migratory birds during winter. The Bird’s Island is known for its rich algal communities and limited mangrove species.

The religious minded tourists could visit the Kalijai Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kalijai. You can also make a trip to the small island of Barunkuda, near Magarmukh, which has a shrine of Lord Varuna. You can also visit Nabagraha, located near the village of Berhampur. The Bhabakundeswar temple of Lord Shiva, located at Manikpatna is also worth a visit. Around two km from Rambha, Goddess Narayani admires the valley hilltop, which is girdled by a stream. It is a favourite picnic spot for tourists. Another centre of religious activity is Banpur, housing the famous temple of Goddess Bhagabati. The place is 42 km from Rambha. Another sought after tourist destination is Nirmalihara, located around 11 km from Rambha. The place is highly revered as a pilgrimage spot.

Things to do at Satapada: Tourists mainly make trip to Satapada to enjoy a boat ride in Chilika Lake and to watch dolphins. The region is dotted by a number of beautiful islands, which are also worth visiting. Boats are available from Satapada, which carry tourists to the scenic Balugaon side of Chilika. Most of the islands are also ideal for arranging picnics. Dolphin spotting and bird watching is a favorite activity at the place.

Best time to visit Satapada: Satapada welcomes tourist all round the year. Monsoons turn the sky dark and endless miles of clouds hover over the pristine Chilika Lake giving one of the most beautiful sights. Winters in Chilika welcome birds from all over the world.

How to go ?

There are several options to reach Satpada. The nearest rail station is Balugaon. Buses are available to Balugaon to the lake. You can also reach Puri by train, from where regular bus services are available to Satpada. The closest airport of Satpada is located at Bhubaneswar, about 120 km away.

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Where to stay ?

The OTDC (Orissa Tourism Development Corporation) Yatrinivas Tourist Complex is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Satpada. Located on the shores of Lake Chilka, OTDC Yatrinivas Tourist Complex is equipped with Suites, AC rooms as well as non AC rooms. For booking details you may contact:

OTDC Central Reservation Counter:
Phone: 0674 – 2430764,  1800 208 1414 (Toll Free)
Official website: www.panthanivas.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Vetnai

Vetnai, Odisha – A trip to Vetnai will make you feel that you are on an African Safari

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Vetnai or Bhetnai a small nondescript village is located in the Ganjam district of Orissa. Numerous male and female Black Bucks are found here wandering at the slopes of the mountain range of Eastern Ghats. A trip to Vetnai will make you feel that you are on an African Safari. This place is ideal for the forest lovers to explore the real charm of forest safari.

Places to see at Vetnai: Vetnai is known for its 1600 Black Bucks, which roam freely on an area of 40 sq. km. Near the sanctuary is the undulated landscape of the bluish mounds, which is a beautiful sight you must enjoy.

Nearby attractions at Vetnai: Chilika Lake is a popular tourist destination that every traveller visiting Vetnai generally goes to see. Another spot is Monglajori Bird Sanctuary, where you can view Whistling-duck, Asian Openbill, Purple Swamphen, Grey-headed Lapwing and Cotton Pygmy-goose and numerous other local and migratory birds.

Blackbuck Things to do at Bhetnai: The major thing to be done in Bhetnai is sightseeing and watching the Black bucks playing around in open valleys and grasslands. You can also visit the nearby Monglajori Bird Sanctuary to view rare birds some beautiful butterflies. A trip to the Chilka Lake, to enjoy its serene beauty and playful dolphins can also be on your cards. Watch it all yourself as well as capture every moment in your camera. You can also try the popular Oriya sweet ‘Chana Poda,’ which is baked yogurt.

Best time to visit Bhetnai: The ideal time to visit Bhetnai is during the winter season.

How to go ?

Bhetnai can be reached from both Berhampore, which is 50 km and from Balugaon, which is 75 km from the destination. However, you should choose the route through Balugaon if you want to visit Monglajori first and then Bhetnai. However, if you travel by rail, then you have to come via Berhampore that has a railway station. From Berhampore there are regular bus services that can take you to Aska as well as Bhetnai.

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Where to stay?

Although Vetnai doesn’t have accommodation facilities for its tourists, good hotels are available in Balugaon. Even many comfort and budget hotels are available in the nearby town of Berhampore. Dining facilities come attached with the hotels of Balugaon and Berhampore.

Some options are:

Narayani Lodge: 6756 -20521/20212
Patro Lodge:  6756 220308

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Monglajodi, Odisha – A Village of Bird Protectors

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Monglajori or Monglajodi, a village of bird protectors is located about 60 km. southwest of the city of Bhubaneshwar off NH5 and 4 km. southeast of the Tangi town. It nestles in the Khurda district of Orissa. The region is primarily a marshy land consisting Monglajodi-1of fresh water, and spotted at the northeastern corner of the Chilka Lake. This wetland of Monglajori is fed by a number of channels crossing the reed beds along the brackish water of the Chilka Lake. The area is covered with lush vegetation and reed beds, comprising mostly of Phragmites karka and Typha angustata. The prime channel flows from north to south for around 3 km. and features a nature track, running parallel to it for around 2 km. ending in a watchtower.

Mongaljori Ghera’ is a refuge of the waterfowl, which attracts a number of winter migrants. Monglajori, recognized as an IBA, supports around 200,000 – 300,000 waterfowls during the winter along with populations of around 15 other species, exceeding 1% of their bio-geographical population. The population includes Red-crested Monglajodi-2Pochard, Tufted Duck, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Asian Openbill, Purple Swamphen, Grey-headed Lapwing and Cotton Pygmy-goose. Some other species found in adequate numbers are Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Shelduck, Garganey, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Eurasian Wigeon and other resident birds. The preying birds include Brahminy Kite, Eurasian Marsh Harrier and White-bellied Sea Eagle. Whiskered Tern is also found in plenty in the season.

Few years back, hunters were very active at Monglajodi, who used to travel around this wetland with loaded guns in search of migratory birds. However, lately, bird poaching is not practiced anymore.

Places to see at Monglajori: Monglajori is an extensive wetland spanning an area over 300 sq. kms. The area is a safe haven of around 236 species of birds, among which, most of them are migratory. The tourists are truly thrilled by watching various species Mangalajodiof birds, which include Northern Shoveller, Pintail, Brahminy Duck, Bar headed goose and others. Moreover, the tourists can also closely observe the nesting, breeding of some regional wetland birds like Open billed stork, Purple moorhen etc during the rainy season.

Another major tourist attraction of the site is an age-old and largest temple of the village, popularly known as the PatitaPabanTemple. The village also houses some other notable temples like, Gupteswar Temple, Maa Mangala Temple, Nilakathaswara Dev Temple and Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple. There is also a picnic spot surrounding Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple.

Nearby attractions of Monglajori: The nearby prime spots of tourist interest are the Chilka Lake and Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. ChilkaLake is a salt water estuarine lagoon, which is the haven of seven to eight lakh birds, comprised of 121 species.

Things to do at Monglajodi: Monglajodi is the heaven for the avid bird watchers.

Beat time to visit Monglajori: The ideal time for visiting Monglajori are the months between November and March.  This is the best time for bird watching in Monglajori.

How to go ?

Balugaon is the closest rail station of Monglajori, which is accessible via Tangi by roadway.

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Where to stay ?

An eco-tourism camp is operated by private organizations in Monglajori. For booking details you may contact:

Mangalajodi Ecotourism:
Phone: (+91) 88952-88955, 97766-96800.
Website: www.mangalajodiecotourism.com

However, better lodging facilities are available at Balugaon, Kalupada and Khurda Road.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rasikbill

Rasikbill, North Bengal – A huge lake, a very popular bird-watching spot

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Rasikbill, a huge lake is located in the town of Tufangang in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. It is a very popular bird-watching spot. This place houses many local and migratory birds. This place falls on the way to Kamakshyaguri from Alipurduar by train. Rashikbill is 74 kilometers from Alipurduar by high way. Rashikbill possess a jumble of wild flora and fauna. It is located around a large lake that spreads over 175 hectares area. The Rashikbill Lake is surrounded by three dark and dense forests – Nagurhaat, Atasmochar and Bochamari. They are separated by Batikata a small canal. It is an idyllic retreat of eco-tourism in the wilderness with panoramic beauty of its scenery.

Places to see at Rasikbill: The Lake located in the middle of the forest is a beauty spot in the body of Rasikbill. The lake features sweet water fishes in abundance. The Kutiputti and the Borali that are two popular varieties of fish in North Bengal are found in this lake. Large Aquarium, Crocodile Rehabilitation and Dear Park are attractions in the heart of Rashikbill. The Deer Park with above fifty deer is a suitable place to roam or relax. The park with movement of deer and the fluttering of birds on the bank of the lake is nice spot to make much of your leisure. There are also a python house, a leopard house and a Tortoise house to visit. Apart from all these Rasikbil is famous for bird watching activities. Numerous local and migratory birds make their nests at Rashikbill during different times of the year.

Nearby attractions of Rasikbill: Nearby attractions of Rashikbill are no less attractive than attractions of Rashibeek itself. The Baneshwar temple and the Madan Mohan temple in the town of Cooch Behar are recommended for history lovers to visit. The Royal Palace is the focus of attraction with tourists to Rashikbill. Tourists whose cup of tea is adventure love to explore the dark and deep forests full of wild animals and birds. The forests teem with trees such as kadam, minjuri and sishu.

Things to do at Rasikbill: Bird watching and boating in Rashikbil is the most popular activity. Boating in the lake is a fetching Rasikbill-WBFDCattraction of Rashibill. Being in a boat on water amidst greenery of nature is an ethereal experience that takes you away from the cares and worries of earthly life. The forests around the lake are hub of beautiful and colorful birds that are rare to be found in other parts of North Bengal. You will see here rare birds such as storks, ibises, cormorants and spoonbills and common birds such as parrots and kingfishers. Rashikbill is a plethora of water birds such as Common Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Lesser Whistling Teal, Red Crested Pochard, Northern Lapwing, Little Cormorant, Gadwall, Pied Kingfisher, Large Cormorant, Small Blue Kingfisher and Wingeon Duck.

Best time to visit Rasikbill: The best time to visit Rasikbill is from March to June and from September to December as during these times the place is in good favor of weather. If you are fond of birdwatching then the best tie to visit Rashikbill to see migratory birds nesting here is between October and February.

How to go ?

You can easily reach Rashikbill from the town of Tufangang. It will take you only one and a half hour to reach the place by car. The New Cooch Behar Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Rashikbill. It is only 35 kilometers from the station. Car service to the place is available from the station.

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Where to stay ?

Rashikbill offers Forest Department cottages and large dormitories for accommodation at Rashikbill. Many tourists also stay at Cooch Behar and visit Rashikbill for day trips.

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060, 2237-0061, 2225-8549
For On-line Booking visit : www.wbfdc.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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