BIRDING & WILDLIFE

The Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve has one of the few remaining continuous stretches of moist Oak and Rhododendron forests in the entire northern Indian belt thus being incredibly rich in biodiversity. It is home to over 350 species of Birds and Wildlife such as Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Ghural (Mountain Goat), Barking Deer, Sambhar, Pine Martins - Mountain Quail Lodge provides a great opportunity to see these beautiful and elusive creatures. We have beautiful forest trails around our lodge where you can very easily head off on your own with nothing but your bird book and binoculars. We have a fresh spring water stream 1 km from our property which attracts most, if not all of these animals.

Birds that are very commonly heard and seen in and around our lodge are – White throated and Streaked Laughingthrush Verditer Flycatcher, Spotted Forktail, Himalayan Griffon, Black Eagle, Rufus Sibia, Cuckoo’s, Black headed & Eurasian Jay’s, Great Barbet, Himalayan & Rufus Bellied Woodpeckers, Hill Partridge, Kaleej, Koklass & Cheer pheasants and many many more! Click here for a bird list.

Most of our staff members are from around the area and have good knowledge of the forest and birding hotspots and can accompany you on walks if need be. We also organize for professional birding guides who are locals from Pangot village and have spent their entire lives bird watching! Please get in touch for further details!

Best Season- All year round except monsoon months of July, August & September when most animals are taking shelter. Pretty good chance of seeing a leopard taking a stroll on the dry main road during those months though! March, April and October are the best months for birding.

Mountain Quail Lodge
Mountain Quail Lodge
Located at 6500 feet amsl and overlooking the snow-clad Himalaya, this area is home to leopards, bears, deer and over 350 species of birds. Our lodge is an ideal getaway for those who wish to explore pristine mountain wilderness.