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Summer Escapade into the wild

Jeolikote is least explored and exploited destination at such a proximity to the major cities like Delhi. It is a perfect summer and weekend getaway for people of all ages. As the springtime is around the corner, plan your summer vacations quick. Live in Nature of Jeolikote and also tour around places like Nainital, Bhimtal and Pangot at a day’s excursion. Come explore a new destination- Jeolikote and pick up a new Passion- Birding with a cause of conservation! 

Top Birding Destinations in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand is blessed with a wide variety of wildlife and Bird species along with the Himalayas and river Ganges. India has a count of almost 1300 bird species out of which Uttarakhand alone has recorded half of these species.
Corbett national park (around 460 species) followed by Sattal, Pangot and Nainital tops the hotspot list of Uttarakhand. Jeolikote is located in Vicinity of these destinations. It has got a diverse and rich Flora and Fauna. It is a wonderful combination of natural beauty and life in every form. 

An off-beat destination for Bird-Watching in Uttarakhand!!

One of the best places for bird photographers and birders alongside Sattal and Pangot is a newcomer “Jeolikote” in the Himalayan regions of Uttarakhand. With a spotting of 200 species already and a hide existing in the camp exclusively -for birds and birders is “Camp Sparrow” creeping its way as top players of hospitality. Walks around the camp is a paradise for birdwatchers and a hide in the backyard is an add on jackpot to the bird photographers. Unlike regular walks in bird sanctuaries, camp has all kinds of trails to offer – a walk in the forest, in middle of villages, walks around the camp. A must visit place for every birder out there as the camp provides the most affordable stays and tours!

Nature Connect- Getaways for Nature and Peace-Seekers!!

A total Off-beat getaway destination in the Himalayas to the nature lovers and people seeking for peace is a town called Jeolikote in Uttarakhand. One cannot believe its calmness and tranquility even after being located in such a proximity to one of the most famous hill stations of the country-Nainital.  Camp Sparrow one of the best rated hospitality partners of the region arrange exclusive birding tours and nature walks around the region at a most reasonable price. A weekend getaway or just laze around in the camp or seek the birds for their photographs or visit the famous tourist places around, everything is at such ease staying in here. Highly Admirable place at Highly affordable Price appropriately describes “Camp Sparrow”!!!

Jeolikote: Base camp to one of the best Birding Destinations!

Want to go birding in Pangot? Want to go Birding in Sattal? But quite intolerant towards the overcrowded and mainstream birding lodges and stays around the region? Well, Well, we have got the best solution to this. Not just a place of stay, it is a “Valley of Birds” in itself. Live in middle of the forest in the lap of mountains at Camp Sparrow in the town Jeolikote which is located hardly at a distance of an hour from all major tourist destinations around the region like Nainital, Bhimtal, Pangot, Sattal etc. This camp is exclusively – for birds and birders, which is also what the tagline of the camp is! The town has previously spotted 200 species of birds and are expecting to spot more in the years to come.

Let’s Explore

Camp Sparrow has got variety of things to offer to its guests in and around Jeolikote. Guests are guided by a local guy for nature walks which will treat you with a delightful spotting of birds along with a dose of nature’s warmth and rejuvenation. Take a brisk walk of 700 metres from the camp to dip your feet in a refreshing stream. Experience the local lifestyle, organic farming, communities and their culture amidst the forest surrounded by mountains under the blue sky. The energy spent on these walks is refuelled by good air which is almost non-existent in cities today!

Let’s Go Birding

Jeolikote has gained attention for some really good spotting of birds, we have a record of spotting around 200 species which we expect to increase in the years to come. So, the list of things to admire about the place doesn’t just end with mountains and streams. Birders and Photographers flock in numbers too.  Camp Sparrow has one of best visitors (birds, yes! a lot of them) just in the backyard.  One can spend hours birding around the camp area adding on to which there is a hide within the camp itself which gets bird photographers all the more excited. Our  brilliantly planned and laid out trails of birding lets you immerse in the experience completely.

Jeolikote’s Bird Checklist

1 Black Francolin
2 Hill Partridge
3 Rufous-throated Partridge
4 Red Jungle fowl
5 Indian Peafowl
6 Kalij Pheasant
7 Collared Falconet
8 Peregrine Falcon
9 Common Kestrel
10 Himalayan Buzzard
11 Besra
12 Black Kite
13 Black-eared Kite
14 Black-winged Kite
15 Griffon Vulture
16 Shikra
17 Created Serpent Eagle
18 Greater Spotted Eagle
19 Steppe Eagle
20 Mountain Hawk Eagle
21 Red-wattled Lapwing
22 Speckled Wood Pigeon
23 Spotted Dove
24 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon
25 Oriental Turtle Dove
26 Emerald Dove
27 Slaty-headed Parakeet
28 Red-breasted Parakeet
29 Plum-headed Parakeet
30 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
31 Common Hawk Cuckoo
32 Eurasian Cuckoo
33 Indian Cuckoo
34 Green-billed Malkoha
35 Asian Koel
36 Greater Coucal
37 Mountain Scops Owl
38 Asian Barred Owlet
39 Jungle Owlet
40 Spotted Owlet
41 Brown Fish Owl
42 Tawny Fish Owl
43 Spot-bellied Eagle Owl
44 Large-tailed Nightjar
45 Little Swift
46 Eurasian Hoopoe
47 White-throated Kingfisher
48 Common Kingfisher
49 Crested Kingfisher
50 Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
51 Green Bee-eater
53 Blue-bearded Bee-eater
54 Indian Grey Hornbil
55 Great Hornbill
56 Great Barbet
57 Brown-headed Barbet
58 Blue-throated Barbet
59 Copper Smith
60 Speckled Piculet
61 Rufous Woodpecker
62 Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
63 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker
64 Brown-fronted Woodpecker
65 Lesser Yellownape
66 Greater Yellownape
67 Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
68 Grey-headed Woodpecker
69 Greater Goldenback
70 Large Cuckooshrike
71 Long-tailed Broadbill
72 Scarlet Minivet
73 Long-tailed Shrike
74 Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
75 Hair-creasted Drongo
76 Ashy Drongo
77 Black Drongo
78 Bronzed Drongo
79 Indian Golden Oriole
80 Maroon Oriole
81 White-bellied Fantail
82 White-throated Fantail
83 Indian Paradise-flycatcher
84 Black-headed Jay
85 Red-billed Blue Magpie
86 Common Green Magpie
87 Rufous Treepie
88 Grey Treepie
89 Cinerous Tit
90 Black-lored Tit
91 Green -backed Tit
92 Coal Tit
93 Yellow-cheeked Tit
94 Fire-capped Tit
95 Black-throated Tit
96 Barn Swallow
97 Red-rumped Swallow
98 Himalayan Bulbul
99 Red -vented Bulbul
100 Mountain Bulbul
101  Black Bulbul
102 Ashy Bulbul
103 Black-creasted Bulbul
104 Straited Prinia
105 Grey-breasted Prinia
106 Plain Prinia
107 Common Tailorbird
108 Aberrant Bush Warbler
109 Hume’s Leaf Warbler
110 Greenish Warbler
111 Lemon-rumped Warbler
112 Blyth’s Leaf Warbler
113 Black-faced Warbler
114 Whistler’s Warbler
115 Grey-hooded Warbler
116 Black-chinned Babler
117 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
118 Jungle Babbler
119 White-throated Laughingthrush
120 White-crested Laughingthrush
121 Straited Laughingthrush
122 Rufous-chinnned Laughingthrush
123 Streaked Laughingthrush
124 Blue-winged Minla
125 Red-billed Leiothrix
126 Rufous Sebia
127 Whiskered Yuhina
128 Black-chinned Yuhina
129 Oriental White-eye
130 Brown Dipper
131 Indian Nuthatch
132 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
133 White-tailed Nuthatch
134 Wallcreeper
135 Bar-tailed Treecreeper
136 Spot-winged Starling
137 Chestnut-tailed Starling
138 Common Myna
139 Jungle Myna
140 Bank Myna
141 Blue Whistling Thrush
142 Orange-headed Thrush
143 Dark-sided Thrush
144 Grey-winged Blackbird
145 Tickell’s Thrush
146 Himalayan Bluetail
147 Golden Bush Robin
148 Oriental Magpie Robin
149 Plumbeous Water Redstart
150 White-capped Redstart
151 Slaty-backed Forktail
152 Spotted Forktail
153 Pied Bushchat
154 Grey Bushchat
155 Blue-capped Rock Thrush
156 Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
157 Spotted Flycatcher
158 Ultramarine Flycatcher
159 Verditer Flycatcher
160 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
161 Rufous-bellied Nilvata
162 Small Niltava
163 Golden-fronted Leafbird
164 Orange-bellied Leafbird
165 Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
166 Purple Sunbird
167 Crimson Sunbird
168 Fire-tailed Sunbird
169 Green-tailed Sunbird
170 House Sparrow
171 Russet Sparrow
172 Indian Silverbill
173 Scaly-breasted Munia
174 Rufous-breasted Accentor
175 Yellow Wagtail
176 Grey Wagtail
177 White Wagtail
178 Tree Pipit
179 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch
180 Common Rosefinch
181 Beautiful Rosefinch

Let’s conserve

Camp Sparrow has always taken keen interest in conservation of forest and wildlife, which has led to adoption of many sustainable practices within. Firstly, our Earthbag Houses are completely eco-friendly, many saplings are planted round the year along with which we are almost a plastic free zone. Our staff as well as management has always followed a practice of picking plastic or non-degradable waste on our walks around. An entire documentary has also been filmed on conservation issues around the town in order to bring some awareness, the trailer of which can be found here- https://youtu.be/Wag7przdD4U.

We would appreciate if guests also take part in similar activities during their stay or in nature /conservation workshops as and when we organize them.

Jeolikote – full of life..!!

Adventure in UttarakhandJeolikote is meant for people who love life!!

It is a place embedded in natural beauty that offers joy and peace to restless souls!! When the hill stations are crowded in the summers, Jeolikote offers a unique option to enjoy the cool breeze, navigate creeks, and adventure in dense forest trails away from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations. What makes it even more special is its wonderful people, always eager to help, and its mid-way location between Nainital and Haldwani City.

Wonderful weather of Chapel Hill, North Carolina always refreshes my memory with timeless happiness that I had experienced with my family in Jeolikote!!

Manish Kumar.

Green Jeolikote

Water StreamAt a distance of 17kms from Nainital,its a small town with less population and more of nature element. At 18kms, Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest Rail head, and Pantnagar Airport is at 60kms, so reaching here through public transport is not a puzzle at all. Because of its Ancient Bee-keeping Department Jeolikote is still famous for pure honey production.

Being 90% green, the Jungle and streams here are worth exploring. Completely isolated form human interruption, these forests have variety of trees and shrubs, scent of Pine and Oak is almost everywhere. And if you have a little interest in birds, you will enjoy birding here. Town is quiet rich in the variety of birds, more than 190 species have been listed by us and expecting more to be seen in coming seasons.