Birding in Gwaldam


I have visited Gwaldam in Uttrakhand for birding during the first week of October 2014. The birding was done around Gwaldam particularly the forest area around SSB training Academy. Following birds have been spotted-

Scaly Breasted Munia

Pied Bushchat

Yellow Breasted Greenfinch

Black naped Monarch

Ultramine Flycatcher

One Flycatcher to be Identified

Verditer Flycatcher

Spangled Drongo

Black Drongo

White Cheeked Nuthatch

Kashmir Nuthatch

Grey Bushchat

White throated Laughingthrush

Rufous Naped Tit

Grey Cheeked or Grey Hooded Warbler

Himalayan Bulbul

Fire Capped Tit

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Jungle Cat in Uttrakhand


Spotted this jungle cat in the foothills of Himalayas while travelling by train on 26th december 2013. The zoological name is Felis chaus affinis which is a subspecies of the jungle cat that inhabits the Himalayan region ranging from Kashmir and Nepal to Sikkim and Yunnan. It was a treat to watch this cat-
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Nainital: Lake District of India


270 KM from delhi: Ideally loctaed for 3 day holiday from Delhi

I started my journey from Delhi on 20 August 2011 at 12 PM. Since this trip was not plan and decision to travel to Nainital was taken only in morning.

The road is now excellent and it took hardly 2 hours to reach moradabad. Once we reached Moradabad, we discovered that road to bilaspur/rampur was closed due to flood. Thus it was decided to reach nainital via Kashipur. The mai road to Kashipur was also washed away so we took a road from dalpatpur, aliganj to Kashipur. It was already 6:30 PM when we reached Kashipur. The road from highway till the aliganj is very bad, and i was not able to drive above 20 KM/H

Now our destination, Nainital was only around 86 KM via Kaladhungi. The road via kaladhungi passes through Jungle (comes under Corbett National Park). one person in Bazpur adviced us to not to stop vehicle even if someone asks in the jungle. so i was feeling differently when driving through the jungle. The smooth , straight road, passing through jungle, and there was no vehicle in sight. My family members were scared and were asking why not u fillowed some other route. But i believe it added some excitement in the road journey.

Climb starts after kaladhungi, and there were clouds we are cutting through. The driving was pleasure. we recahed nainital in the night around 9:30 PM. We took hotel on the Mall road and after some time left for dinner. The mall road is dotted with the restaurants , gift shops and woolen shops.

The beauty of Nainital is in the mall road along the lake. You can stroll along with the lake , enjoying ice-cream and snacks.

21st August 2011:we got ready early in the morning and took a round of lakes. Then we moved to hotel new Ashok for the breakfast.  and then we moved to Tibetain market for shopping. Adjacent to the Naini temple, there is factory outlet of candle art. One can buy beautiful candles, scented candles and othe candle art works from this shop. Though there are enumerable shops on mall road, tibetian market selling candles.

The main attrcations in the nainital are ropeway (Rs 150 pera head both way), boating in the Nainital lake (Rs 160 for full round and 110 for half round), Temple of naina devi ( It is called nainital becuase of it), Snow view point (The ropeway takes you there), Lovers Point, tiffin Top), View of surkha Tal, Khurpa Tal. One can hire a local taxi for touring the lakes like – naukuchiya Tal, Bhimtal, sattal, khurpa Tal, etc

The Naini lake loks excellent in night when all the lighted mountains reflect into it. 

The  nainital lake view from the ropeway is like pearl in the mountains-

How to reach Nainital?

Nainital is well connected with the rest part of country through different modes of transport.

Kathgodam(35 Kms.) away is the last terminus of broad gauge line of North East Railways connecting Nainital with Delhi,Dehradun & Howarah . Haldwani(40 Kms.) & Lalkuwan(56 Kms.) are other railway terminals.

Ranikhet express departs from Old Delhi railway station at 10:45 PM daily , it reaches Kathgodam at 6:05 AM . Extra coaches for Ramnagar are attached with this train , arriving Ramnagar at 5:00 A.M. .Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express is also running between Kathgodam & Delhi, it start from Kathgodam at 8:50 AM in the morning and reaches Delhi at 3:20 PM and on the same day return from Delhi at 4:00 PM and reaches Kathgodam at 10:45 PM. Another special train Kathgodam Anand Vihar AC EXP  runs between Kathgodam & Anand Vihar Terminal Delhi, it starts from Anand Vihar,Delhi at 06:00 AM and reaches Kathgodam at 11:55 AM and on the same day returns from Kathgodam at 3:45 PM & reaches Anand Vihar,Delhi at 09:55 PM.

Bagh Express connects Kathgodam directly to Howarah via Lucknow. Lalkua Junction 56 Kms. from Nainital is another terminal point of meter gauze line of North East Railways . Nainital Express connects Lalkua with Lucknow while Kumaun Express connects Lalkua with Mathura via Bareilly. Ramnagar 65 Kms away acts as an alternative outlet for Delhi & Lucknow.

Train Kathgodam Dehradun Express runs daily in between Kathgodam and Dehradun via Moradabad.

A new weekly train Garib Rath introduced between Kathgodam and Jammu Tawi. This train runs from Kathgodam on Tuesday & from Jammu Tawi on Sunday.

Tourist coming by rail mode can take Taxi or Buses from Kathgodam or Haldwani . Taxis are available on shared seat basis at Haldwani Taxi stand & as well as at Kathgodam & Lalkuwan railway stations. While most of the buses starts from Haldwani roadways bus stand.

Computerized railway reservation counter is situated near Bus Stand at Nainital . This facility is also available at Kathgodam, Haldwani & Lalkuwan railway stations .

Road Condition Update: Delhi-Muradabad-Rampur-Bilaspur-Haldwani (Updated on 20th October 2012)

Just to update the road condition. It is now excellent and it will take around 5-6 hours to reach Rudrapur from Delhi. Take care of potholes on the road from Bilaspur to Rudrapur