August 2010
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Pangot – A bird watcher’s paradise in North India

Pangot is 15 kms away from the more popular Nainital (hill station) in Uttaranchal. Pangot is located within the Kumaon Hills, and one of the prime attractions is of forests echoing with the calls of birds. Thus, Pangot is also known as a Birdwatcher’s paradise. The drive to Pangot is through the bird habitats of Cheena peak range forests via Snow View Point and Kilbury.
There are 150 species of birds that are believed to be there in the area around Pangot, among which some of the commonly encountered birds are the Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-Winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-Bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-Bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. The more commonly done things in Pangot are Bird watching, trekking, rappelling, fishing, horse riding, kayaking, sailing and boating, camping, dirt biking, and wildlife safaris into Corbett National Park.
Pangot is famous for bird watching and it has been popular with naturelovers, photographers and birders.You can see different kinds of migratory birds at Pangot. Birds from the upper Himalayan region fly down to the lower Himalayas to escape the harsh winter season. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the leopard, yellow-throated Himalayan Martins, Himalayan palm civet, Ghoral, barking deer, Sambhar etc.

Once you are in Pangot and are done with enjoying nature, some of the places to see near Pangot

• Corbett National Park: The park has 150 species of birds found in India, more than 50 mammal species including Tiger, Leopard, Bears and Elephants and more than 40 species of reptiles including the rare Gharial. It is one of the finest Wildlife reserves in India, Corbett has a distinction of been the country’s first National park. Formerly called as “Hailey national Park” it was established in 1936 in consultation with the legendary Hunter / Naturalist Jim Corbet, it was aptly renamed “Jim Corbett National Park” in 1972.

• Bhimtal: Bhimtal is a town in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a nagar panchayat in Nainital district. The town is named after Bhima, one of the Pandavas in Mahabharata. Bhimtal Lake is one of the major attractions of this town as it has an island in its centre at a distance of 91 metres from the shore.

• Jeolikot: Jeolikot is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand on the Nainital-Haldwani Highway. It is at a distance of 17 km from Nainital. It is well known as a spot for nature lovers who are interested in butterfly watching and floriculture. The surrounding natural beauty on the backdrop of Kumaon hills is ideal for visitors. The places to see are Gateway to Kumaon’s Lake District, Binsar, Kausani, Ranikhet.

• Mukteswar: Mukteshwar is another town, famous for its Mukteswar dham.

• Bhowali: It is another beautiful town in Nainital.

• Nainital: It is a beautiful hill station.

• Sattal: Sattal is located in Kumaon lake region and as the name, are an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes. These lakes are 22 kms from Nainital. These lakes are at an altitude of 4,000 feet and are situated in Lower Himalyan Range near Bhimtal. These lakes are surrounded by oak andpine forests. This area is rich in birdlife and butterflies. Hence it is a spot for nature walks and butterfly watching. Below are the lush orchanrds in the Meheragaon valley.

• Rishikesh: Rishikesh is one of the most famous pilgrim sites. Laxman Jhula is the popular attraction of the place. Other notable places are the Swarg Ashram and Tattvaa Yogashala which are the only full-time, dedicated Ashtanga Yoga school in Rishikesh (For those of you who would like to deepen your practice, reach new levels safely, and explore the path of YOGA).

There are not too many places to eat at Pangot, except the hotels which serve homely food. There are some hotels which serve the local food – Garhwali and Kumauni cuisine. Try the amazing piping hot pahari tea along with a plate of ‘pakoras’ or ‘samosas’. To tantalize your taste buds further, you can head to Nainital, just 15 km from Pangot.

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit Pangot is from Mar – June and Sep – Oct
The days are nice and crisp, but the nights get cold. Great season for bird watching and mountain views. The summers are from April to June and the days are cool with pleasant nights. Good birding season to watch. The monsoons start from July to September with Cold days and nights. Good for resident birds, but not so good for tourists.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get to Pangot

From Delhi
• By Road: Drive from Delhi via Kathgodam and Nainital: 8½ hours. A marked road map is handy or research the path from some online maps site. Drive from Delhi via Ramnagar (Corbett National Park) and Kaladhungi: 7½ hours
• By Train: Overnight air-conditioned train from Old Delhi railway station (departing at 2245 hr.) to Kathgodam (arriving at 0615 hr.) and then 2 hr. drive to Pangot via Nainital. Pick-up/ drop at Kathgodam RS can be arranged through taxi with prior notice.
Overnight non air-conditioned train from Old Delhi railway station (departing at 2245 hr.) to Ramnagar, Corbett National Park (arriving at 0500 hr.) and then 2½ hr. drive to Pangot via Kaladungi.
• Pangot by Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar. However, fights are not operational at present. Hence flying to Delhi and then coming from delhi via road or train is recommended.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Pangot

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Images and photos of Pangot

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