Binsar Birding Festival
Following the success of this year’s inaugural Bird Festival, we are delighted to announce the festival is returning for Spring 2024. The wooded Himalayan hills and valleys of the Sanctuary are a haven for bird life with over 200 species amongst which are Himalayan Barbet, Verditer Flycatcher, Black Headed Jay, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Scarlett Minivett and more.
The festival will include birdwatching hikes, village walks, film shows, talks by experts, sharing experiences with local guides and photo competitions.
The festival will run from 30th March to 8th April 2024. You can organise your stay to take in all or part of the festival. Chose your own departure day, travel in your own private party with your own guide during the village walking days. Although this is not a group holiday, you may meet other guests during the talks and workshops at Khali Estate. Please feel free to discuss your ideal requirements with us.
Itinerary | Day by Day
DAY 1 | Outward Journey
Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi guest house for a night stay.
Transfer to New Delhi station to catch the train to Kathgodam. A road transfer takes you from Kathgodam to Khali Estate, for a relaxing stay in, a double room garden bungalow.
Meet the team, evening talk by an expert.
Stay for another night in Khali, learn about the birds, enjoy workshops, talks and activities.
Day 4 - Day 7 | In the Binsar Sanctuary
After breakfast meet your own private guide who accompanies you for the rest of your stay. You visit and stay in two of the Binsar villages with two nights in each village. Each day you walk in the company of your local guide with your luggage carried by village porters. Your guide will help to you to spot the diverse birdlife along the way. The community owned guesthouses offer simple twin bedroom accommodation. All meals are included throughout your stay, with picnic lunches taken when walking.
Visit the temple complex at Jageshwar, before a road transfer takes you back to Khali Estate for two night’s stay.
Day 10 | Homeward Journey
10 Return by road to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. You will be met at the station and transferred to Delhi centre, and will spend the night in a Delhi guesthouse.
Transfer to Delhi airport for homeward flight.
Hills, valleys and temples
Your stay starts and ends with nights at Khali Estate, steeped in the rich history of modern India. This is where the festival will take place, with talks, documentaries and workshops for all ages. From Khali head through the pine-forest to experience the individual character and warm hospitality of the Binsar villages, with plenty of time to relax and immerse yourself in village life. You also have the opportunity to visit the vast and impressive Shiva complex of temples at Jageshwar before returning to Khali.
On average, you walk for four hours a day on your walking days, however the walking in the Binsar Sanctuary is flexible and your experienced guide will tailor the walking routes to suit your needs. Choose whether to stretch your legs and take in the ridges and high points of the Sanctuary or to take the winding footpaths at a gentler pace.
Staying and playing
On the days you spend in the villages, you have the opportunity to join in and learn about the local customs and the work of the communities. Many of our guests have told us this participation has been a highlight of their Indian experience. Each village of Binsar gives its own special welcome, and each has its own personality – but all are the home of mountain people, hardworking, stalwart, warmly hospitable.
Authentic village life
At the villages you may wish to watch or help harvest the fruit, tend the buffalo or work in the fields, or relax on the terrace with a cup of hot chai. Enjoy helping to prepare traditional dishes using the day’s harvest if you wish. There is a wonderful diversity of produce; from coriander, buck wheat and rice, to cocoa yams, sweet lemons and pomegranates. After dinner you may be invited to join in the village games of gooli-dandia or cricket.
Binsar Birding Festival10 nights
All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
B&B in Delhi Guest house
Guide and Porter services