4th Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival: Uniting Birds, Birdwatchers & Communities
3rd to 5th March 2017, Nandhaur WLS, Kumaon
About Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary: Nandhaur, located in Nainital and Champawat Districts, is part of the Terai Arc Landscape. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2012, it covers an area of 269.96 sq. km. The sanctuary is flanked by the forests of Ramnagar Forest Division to the west and the Bramhadev and Sukhlaphata Wildlife Reserves of Nepal to the east, acting as a vital wildlife corridor between these protected areas. The Gola, Nandhaur and Sharda Rivers crisscross it, housing marvelous Terai and Bhabhar forests and some incredible wildlife. Nandhaur’s avifaunal diversity is not well studied.
A preliminary checklist of birds of over 200 species, but the actual number could exceed this significantly. Some of the special birds that could be seen here are Red-headed Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill, White-bellied Erpornis, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-browed Piculet, alongwith 18 other species of woodpeckers, Nepal Wren-babbler, three species of hornbills amongst many others.
More than 25 species of mammals have been recorded from Nandhaur, 15 species of reptiles and 20 species of fish. The preliminary checklist of butterflies of Nandhaur exceeds 100, and recently, the Tree Yellow Gandaca harina, was reported from Nandhaur-the frist record of this butterfly from Uttarakhand.
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How to get there: Nearest railhead: Entrance at Chorgalia, 25 kilometers from Haldwani, Nainital District. Near airport: Pantnagar. Volvo buses ply between Delhi and Haldwani and Dehradun and Haldwani, too. The distance between Haldwani and Kathgodam is only a few kilometers by road.
Trains to Haldwani/Kathgodam from Delhi: Onward journey
12040 New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express Dep/Arr 600 hrs/1140 hrs.
15013 Old Delhi-Kathgodam Ranikhet Express Dep/Arr 2230hrs/505 hrs.
Trains to Delhi from Haldwani/Kathgodam: Return journey
12039 Kathgodam-New Delhi Shatabdi Express Dep/Arr 1535 hrs/2100 hrs
15013 Kathgodam-Old Delhi Ranikhet Express Dep/Arr 2040 hrs/0355 hrs.
Trains to Haldwani/Kathgodam from Dehradun& return
14120 Dehradun to Haldwani/Kathgodam Kathgodam Express Dep/Arr 2300 hrs/0710 hrs.
14119 Haldwani/Kathgodam to Dehradun Kathgodam Express Dep/Arr 1945 hrs/0420 hrs.
Note: Shuttle services at pre-fixed times will be available from Haldwani to Chorgalia.