BirdWatching Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a paradise for bird-watchers. It is surrounded by forest, river, water falls that makes Rishikesh a perfect place for Bird watching. Eastern side the Neelkanth mountain is a great place for bird watching in Rishikesh. It is started just after Parmarth and one can go easily on trails towards Moni Baba Gufa, Chaurasi Kutiya Trail. While western area is the part of Dehradun and Narendranagar Forest Division. The Ghugutani Trail, Kunjapuri Trails passes through villages, water fall, a 3 km jungle steep trails over shivalik mountains and touches the base region of Kujapuri parvat.  This Kunjapuri valley is ideal habitat for variety of birds including species like White capped Red start, plumbous red start, grey headed warbler, rufus chinned babbler, common kingfisher, Crested Kingfishers, spotted dove, laughing dove, emerald dove, small nitalva, Lesser yellow nape wood pecker, piculet woodpecker, barbets, slaty headed parakeets, bulbuls, munias, tailor bird etc.

The few trails are:

  • Tapovan to Ghughutani (3 Hours/ 2.5 Km)
  • Parmarth to Mauni baba cave (3 Hours/ 3 km)
  • Chaurasi Kutia to Mauni Baba cave (3 Hours / 3 km)
  • Phoolchatti to Thapar House (2 Hours/ 2 Km)
  • Kunjapuri to Tapovan (6-8 hours/9 km) a downward Trek
  • Village Ganga Bhogpur Trail, Rajaji National Park (3 Km/3 Hours)

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