Sattal Bird Photography Tour

:Sattal, Uttarakhand
:4 Days3 Nights
Event Type
:Experience, Tour
Start From
:Kathgodam Railway Station
:Kathgodam Railway Station

Sattal Bird Photography Tour

Sattal, Uttarakhand
4 Days3 Nights

Event Overview

The Himalayan range takes pride of its place in the country and is renowned for its peaks, the world over. However, looking beyond its fascinating skyline, there lays a paradise of avian wonders with over 500 species, nestled amidst the thickets of tall pine and oak trees.

Join Mumbai Travellers and Bike N Hike as they take you to experience two of the most bird-rich areas of the Kumaon region – Sattal for magnificent birding and rewarding photographic junctures with experts. Both these areas have distinct habitats and are home to an array of Himalayan bird species, resident as well as migratory. Sattal, as the name indicates is a cluster of seven interconnected lakes, surrounded by serene and tranquil forests teeming with birds flaunting a generous dash of colors. This tour in fact is more than just a trip but an experience for anyone willing to absorb the essence of the Himalayan birding and explore its abundance.

About the Tour :
Heaven for naturalists, birders and photographers alike, these forests are literally pulsating with life with constant sweet chirping of birds. During this tour, our main focus will be mainly on Birding while capitalising on the umpteen photographic opportunities of wildlife and landscape photography. The mesmerizing avian fauna include a unique assortment of birds where one can spot a variety of Babblers, Tits, Thrushes and Woodpeckers in plenty.

Further adding strokes of colors to this enchanting habitat, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Blue-throated Barbet, Red-billed Leiothrix, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Black-headed Jay, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla are just to name a few. It’s also the Raptor season; we may also spot Peregrine Falcon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Vultures such as Red-headed, Cinereous, Griffon, Slender-billed and their chief the Lammergeier. We will be taking day hikes to explore various locations within this region to maximise our chances of wildlife sightings and broaden the prospects of photography.

This tour is led by Vipul Ramanuj, a wildlife expert and an accomplished wildlife photographer. He will share his extensive knowledge and expertise in avian fauna that will give participants an insight in to the scientific as well as field aspects essential for developing birding skills. Participants will also be guided on the nuances of photography with Vipul sharing some vital practical tips in the field for you to make the most of the opportunities to bring home great images, GBs full.
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Event Details


Day 1 - Reporting & First birding session.
  • Meet at Kathgodam railway station at 5.30 am, we will head straight to Sattal in our own hired vehicles. Check in to our accommodation and after quick freshen up have breakfast. We will have a small orientation session about the habitat, species and how the next days will be like. After the orientation will head out for our first birding session. This will be a warm up session to get acclimatized to how the birding in this region would be like. We will be back in time for lunch and for some rest after. Our post noon time in the field will be depending on the area that we will be covering for birding & photography.
  • Evening back to our homestay. Discussion over dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Day 2 - Two birding sessions with a photo-review session.
  • The next day begins early as we prepare ourselves to explore a different habitat and make the most of the morning light. Our day will be spent covering a newer habitat with chances of sighting additional species of birds, with two birding sessions during the day which will be concluded with a photo-review session back at the base in the evening.
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Adventure Activities



Pickup Drop


Train, Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 05.30 AM Drop Time: 06.00 PM

Things To Carry

  • ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
  • Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
  • Sanitary Kit
  • Dry Food (snacks)
  • Torch (Must)
  • Personal First Aid kit
  • Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc.
  • Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
  • Electral powder / Glucon D
  • Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
  • Water Bottle (3 liter must)
  • Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
  • Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
  • Umbrella or Poncho/Cap



  • Travel in Non Ac car (Ex Kathgodam)
  • Accommodation with hot-cold running water on Triple sharing
  • All Veg. Meals from Kathgodham to Kathgodam
  • Expert charges
  • Permits and Entry charges wherever applicable are inclusive
  • GST


  • Mineral Water or Beverages
  • Train tickets from Mumbai To Kathgodam
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips and anything that’s not part of the includes list above.

Terms & Conditions

Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
Always carry original identity proof.
Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
Do follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
Never feed any animals.
Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.

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