A weekend trip to birderís paradise in South Sikkim

#16 Jan 17th, 2013, 17:11
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@Soumik - You've transformed paglaghora (wild horse) to paglajhora (wild waterfall) with ease! Bravo!!

@Subhajit - Where are the bird photos?
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post @Soumik - You've transformed paglaghora (wild horse) to paglajhora (wild waterfall) with ease! Bravo!!

@Subhajit - Where are the bird photos?
@ Sagar..

great observation, it is a typing error

@ subhajit..

expecting some bird photos..
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Sagarneel & Soumik, I posted for ID help in "WBIT" thread after returning. Photos were for Rufous Sibia & Scarlet Minivet with their heavenly calls added by RWE in this post. I shall try add some more
-Paglaghora
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The list of sighting was as underon 27th May 2012:

1 Indian Peafowl
2 Blue Whistling Thrush
3 velvet fronted nuthatch
4 Oriental White eye
5 unidentified
6 Greater yellow-naped woodpecker
7 Forest owlet
8 Bulbul - crested
9 Rufous Sibia
10 Scarlet Minivet
11 Mrs Gould's Sunbird ?


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Indian Peafowl

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Velvet fronted nuthatch

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Greater yellow-naped woodpecker
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@ subhajit

Very very nice..really enjoying
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Its a great thread. I will go to Kitam within a short while. Can anyone tell me about the distance of Kitam from Ravangla and the distance between Kitam and Sumbuk. What is the transport opportunities from Ravangla to Kitam.
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Kitam to Ravangla is around 40 km and Kitam to Sumbuk around 20 km. We have travelled in reserved car.

There are service jeeps ply from NJP to Namchi/Ravangla, you can avail them. I found very less option of share car on KItam to Sumbuk route.
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Nov, 2014 experience in Kitam

Hi All,

First thanks to the thread owner based on his experience, I had my first birding trip in Kitam.

Will put the details soon.....
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We had a grand one week plan for the Sikkim. first 3 days in Pelling, then 2 days in Hee-Bermiok and one day in Kitam. I will put the Kitam part here.

21-Nov-2014: We started for Kitam from He-Bermiok(The Mud Chalet), after Breakfast @ 9:30 AM. First we travelled to Jorethang, from Jorethang Mr. Thapa had sent a vehicle to pick us up to Kitam. We turned a road left before Meli(this road goes to Namchi/Rabangla). By the time we reached Kitam it was already 1-1:30, Mr. Thapa asked us to first have our lunch. We had some luggage and i was surprised to see Mr. Thapa himself helped us himself to carry it to our room.

There are 3 rooms which he provides to guest, 1 4-bed, and 2 -double bed. apart from the 4 bedded one rest are probably his son's and daughter's room who are away for studying in Namchi. From one of the rooms you have a balcony which gives you a view of the forest area and few of the pine trees where you can easily view a peacock gracing the occasion.

We had planned to go to Sumbuk on that evening asked for a guide to accompany since, we don't have much ideas of the birds and we didn't know where to spot them. We started around 2:30 PM, It took us around and our and half to reach Sumbuk. It's a small village on a hill. Here we met a local lady who could Bengali like she was born in a Bengali household.

Here we got a minor shock, the guide belongs to Kitam and he has not much idea on Sumbuk. Some of the family members who are not that much interested in birds unless the birds show themselves, they were getting a bit impatient and also the falling sun did not help. Anyways we saw some of the species there through binocs. Had some tea and back.

In the evening had a great conversation with Mr. Thapa about his Army postings, army life, places he went, people he met, local dog breeds and of course Kitam.

Also we decided that the persons who are not much interested in Birding should proceed to Namchi visit char-dham, sai baba's mandir and back by lunch while birder will start @ 5:30 AM.

22-Nov-2014: Birders were up and running, from the 6 person group only 2 woke up. rest all tucked up under blanket planning for Namchi @ 8am. This filter was necessary. Since we had only 1 binocs, the guide's binocs were not available. It was a cloudy weather and Guide came at 6am. The Kitam sanctuary is below the level of Mr. Thapa's house. The sanctuary is of 6km road where there are no houses. We had a bottle of water, Grimmet book and a pair of binocs.

We walked through the trails, initially we did not see anything, for the first 1-1.5 hours, we were disappointed, cursing our luck, foggy weather. At about 7:30am the weather cleared and first we saw a jungle fowl. though it did not liven our spirits, it was a start, then we were able to spot a lots in the next 30 mins -Minivet, Broadbill, broad bills, black bull bull. The good part was that we saw all from the road itself. after spending sometime on the road we again took a de-tour inside the jungle. He found some amazing camouflaged grasshoppers, spiders, insects.

As we were just roaming, suddenly we saw a sudden movement in bushes and then there was sudden dash by a animal, it was during this dash, we saw the deer - it was neither spotted, nor sambar but a different species(found the same in Sikkim tourist guide back and Thapa home). We were rejuvenated in our efforts, there we came along the electric wired posts(yes, I have a pic on that). We were really happy to see how forest dept are serious in actually keeping the boundaries intact and poachers away.

It was there we spotted the Greater Yellow Neck Woodpecker. While returning we saw some more species. We were back by 10:30 AM having an excellent field day - my own arranged first birding trip. We sat down to take a note of all we saw.

The species details are as below:

In Sumbuk
Indian Nuthatch
Pygmy Woodpecker
Brown Shrike
Grey headed canary Flycatcher

In Kitam
Jungle Fowl
Pygmy Woodpecker
Scarlet Minivit (Both male and Female)
Long Tailed Broadbill
Greater Yellow Neck Woodpecker
Common Green Magpie
Blue Throated Barbet
Common Mayna
Black Bulbul (inflock)
Leaf Warbler
Spotted Dove
Indian Peacock
and Deer

We returned from Kitam to NJP that day post lunch to catch train to Sealdah.

Since, I don't have a DSLR so was unable to take the pictures. But took some pictures of the place in my camera will post soon..

My take is to concentrate on Kitam rather than Sumbuk. the first day evening should have stayed in Kitam Due to time shortage, we were unable to visit a the Mud house and Watch tower. May be if we stayed in Sumbuk it would have helped or a better guide.

Lodging and Fooding @ Mr. Thapa's homestay is Rs. 1000/head/day( mobile: 09733104825, 09593374525). Guides are available @Rs. 500/day. They are hardworking , good fellows but are handicapped by not having from field guides and binoculars.

Finally, thanks to all(firstly to Paglaghora whose article inspired me) for this trip to such a wonderful place.

KITAM, WE WILL BE BACK!!!
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Nice report...Subhasish. Show some pictures...

I have done Kitam and Sumbuk in Feb 2013, after inspired by Paglaghora (Subhajit) and enjoyed a lot.

Just to cherish our old memories here is a picture of us with Mr Sunil Thapa and family:
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