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Excursions from Camp Sparrow, Jeolikote, Nainital

Camp Sparrow is an eco-sustainable camp located in the lush green Himalayas amidst the thick jungles of Jeolikote, a small town near Nainital. It is an extraordinary place for nature lovers and those who would like to experience something out of the regular city life. This region also flaunts around 200 species of birds making bird watching activities quite popular. Camp also facilitates birdwatching activities and tours. You can take up activities like exploring nature trails, easy hiking, bird-watching during your stay at the camp. Or even just chill around in the lawn, campfire, stream nearby and the backyard of the camp area which are in themself a rejuvenation.

The favorable location of Camp midway between Kathgodam (nearest railhead) and Nainital, one can visit many places around, making Camp Sparrow a base.

Other places around the Nainital and Camp which can be visited on a day’s excursion also include-

Nainital

This is the most commonly visited and the best hill station around the region. Nainital is located at about 17 km from Jeolikote making it hardly a journey of 20 to 30 mins to reach the city. There are various viewpoints in Nainital such as Tiffen top, Himalaya Darshan, Snow viewpoint and others. Famous temples such as Hanuman Garhi and Naina Devi temple. Not to miss the most important part of the Nainital trip – boating in the Naini Lake. Apart from these, there are other places near Nainital to visit also.

Bhimtal

Yet another lake city at proximity from Nainital offering wide adventure activities to the tourists. Bhimtal not only a beautiful city but has some pretty cafes. Activities like water zorbing, paragliding and others can be enjoyed on a day’s excursion at ease. Naukuchiatal, is further half an hour’s drive from Bhimtal is another town with a Lake and beautiful landscape views. It also offers adventure activities. This takes about half an hour to forty-five minutes from Camp Sparrow.

Sattal

Known for seven lakes around the town from which it derives the name Sattal is one of the places near Nainital you must visit. This is a hotspot among birdwatchers and photographers. There are varied species of resident and migratory birds that are worth a tour under the proper guidance. This Lake also offers some adventure activities like Banana boat ride, regular boating, and others which attracts many tourists. This takes about half an hour to forty-five minutes from Camp sparrow too

Mukteshwar

This another adventure hub nearest to Nainital offering a variety of activities such as mountain or rock climbing, camping, hiking, and trekking. There are also beautiful scenic viewpoints and temples which you can visit while on your excursion around Camp Sparrow, Nainital.

  • Kainchi Dham Temple is well known for being visited by celebrities and common people alike.
  • Pangot and Kilbury Sanctuary which is a high altitude hotspot for the birds.
  • Almora, Ranikhet places for beautiful views and picnics.

Let’s Help Build Some Homes!Camp Sparrow- Plantation Drive.

How many trees we would have cut down to build our homes? Weren’t they homes to many before us? How many jungles we would have scrapped down for our infrastructures like schools, roads, hospitals and what not? There used to live many more wildlife in harmony unlike humans. Some or the other way we are all guilty of it. Few of us feel it while a few do not. So, take this opportunity to give back to the nature what we have been exploiting from years now. Let us act upon the climate change, let us do what best can be done to save and flourish the existing forest and also let it increase. Healthier forests, purer air, purer water, safer cities and towns so that wild have their homes to stay within and we have ours. 

Visit the page- “Camp Sparrow, Plantation Drive” to take part !

Kalij Pheasants – Our backyard Neighbours!

We are named Kalij Pheasants by our Human friends. We are a family of five who live in the neighbourhood of Camp Sparrow. But resident all around the Himalyan region . Inclusive of males and two females in total, looking and foraging around for food. Every day, we reach backyard of Camp Sparrow in the evening times around 5.30 PM looking for some food and water. Sometimes even during early morning hours we are there with the very first rays of sunlight reaching the ground. But we are very shy creatures and run away the moment we sense humans walking by or any moments or voices similar. Only camouflaged people sitting in silence for a little longer without much bodily moments will be able to sight us. You can come by and visit us. Make sure not to disturb us so that you get to sight us in our most natural behaviour. 

Hammock, Book and a Coffee!

After a long period of work without a break, all you would need is to chill by in calmness away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Imagine an orchard full of Peach and Pear Trees, with a real nice breeze all day long. Only noise is of birds chirping and the leaves moving due to the breeze. Hammocks and reclining chairs perfectly placed along with some birds nesting right above them on the trees while others looking for materials to nest. A small, yet beautiful collection of books to choose from and a kitchen ready to serve you with your favourite beverages during anytime of the day. Doesn’t this sound like a perfect vacation to chill? If this is what you are looking for, then Camp Sparrow is what you need. Explore and Experience Nature! 

Birds and Birders’ Workshop #2

In a Span of 3 days and 6 birding walks, “Birds and Birders’ Workshop #2” (25th to 28th of April) has observed a total of 114 bird species in the hotspots of Jeolikote,Pangot,Sattal,Chaffi.
This being the season for nesting and mating, ethical practice of biring was followed to observe the birds and their behaviour.

Stay updated with our FB page of “Camp Sparrow”-
https://www.facebook.com/campsparrow.jeolikote/ and Group- “Birds and Birders”-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/328926354382767/ for updates regarding the workshops similar to this or others.


Checklist-

Jungle Babbler
Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler
White Browed Scimitar Babbler
Black Chined Babbler
Great Babbler
Blue Throated Barbet
Chestnut Headed Beeeater
Grey Winged Blackbird
Himalayan Bulbul
Red Vented Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Ashy Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul
Black Crested Bulbul
Grey Bushchat
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Himalayan Cuckoo
Large Billed Crow
Black Winged Cuckooshrike
Oriental Dove
Spotted Dovve
Asian Emerald Dove
Ashy Drongo
Hair Crested Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Hawk Eagle
White Throated Fantail
Common Rosefinch
Greater Flameback
Fire Breasted Flowerpecker
Gray Headed Canary Flycatcher
Tickell Blue Flycatcher
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Verdieter Flycatcher
Paradise Flycatcher
Slaty Backed Forktail
Black Francolin
Red Jungle Fowl
Common Kestrel
Common Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher
Crested Kingfisher
Black Kite
Red- Wattled Lapwing
White Throated Laughingthrush
White Crested Laughingthrush
Straited Laughingthrush
Streaked Laughingthrush
Rufous Chinned Laughingthrush
Orange Bellied Leafbird
Golden Fronted Leafbird
Red Billed Leothrix
Red Billed Blue Magpie
Common Green Magpie
Scarlet Minivet
Rosy Minivet
Long Tailedd Minivet
Blue Winged Minla
Common Myna
Bank Myna
Jungle Myna
Rufous Bellied Niltava
Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch
White Cheecked Nuthatch
Bar Tailed Treecreeper
Collared Owlet
Asian Barred Owlet
Plum Headed Parakeet
Slaty Headed Parakeet
Rufous Throated Partridge
Khalij Pheasant
Cheer Pheasant
Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Upland Pipit
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Jungle Prinia
Straited Prinia
Oriental Magpie Robin
White Browed Bush Robin
Rufous Sibia
Russet Sparrow
House Sparrow
Chestnut Tailed Starling
Black Throated Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird
Barn Swallow
Blue Whistlingthrush
Tickell Thrush
Scaly Thrush
Dark Side Thrush
Cinereous Tit
Black Lored Tit
Great Backed Tit
Grey Treepie
Griffon Vulture
Grey Wagtail
Greenish Warbler
Grey Hooded Warbler
Oriental White Eye
Brown Fronted Woodpecker
Fulvous Breasted Woodpecker
Greater Yellownape
Grey Headed Woodpecker
Himalayan Woodpecker
Golden Fronted Pygmy
Whiskered Yuhina
Brown Wood Owl
Rufous Turtle Dove
Blue Capped Rockthrush
Black Headed Jay
Spotted Forktail
Koklass Pheasant
Eurasian Jay

Places of Interest near Jeolikote-Nainital!

This surely is a destination to visit for any age group or for people with varied kind of interests. After bountiful of nature and birds in Jeolikote, you can head around for more natural or man-made wonders.

Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal and Mukteshwar are the nearest excursions from the town which are famous for their natural beauty along with the lakes making it amazingly picturesque. In addition to this they are also famous for some adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, rappelling or some water sports.  

Nature and wildlife enthusiasts? Pangot- Killbury sanctuary, Jim Corbett national park, Almora, Kausani, Ranikhet,Bageshwar and many more are the places of interest near Nainital. Then comes the pilgrimage destinations which is a must visit in Uttarakhand, known as Dev Bhoomi in itself.  So, Jageshwar, Kaichi Dam, Hanumangarh, Pitoragarh, Rishikesh are all definetely worth a visit. 

Refresh your Mind Body and Soul!

What refreshes your mind, body and soul? A laidback vacation? A walk in the nature? Sometime off with family and friends? Just a book and a coffee all by yourself? A good session of Yoga or meditation with fresh air and greenery around? If your definition and our solution of “peace & relaxation” are similar, we can create wonders together.

Camp Sparrow has what is required for a healthy lifestyle. Nature all around, plenty of sun and wind, calm countryside yet dense forests, no noise nor pollution of any sort, books to read and plenty of coffee,teas and beverages to sip on.  In addition, its proximity to famous hill stations and adventure hubs around- Nainital, Almora, Bhimtal, Sattal, Kasardevi, Mukteshwar makes it irresistable.

You want to be a tourist but not stay in the touristy, over-crowded accommodations amidst too many other regular tourists, then Camp Sparrow- Jeolikote is the place for you. So, come and explore a
place so admirable at a price so affordable! 🙂 

Basic, Raw and Natural is what we believe in!

Lifestyle in cities these days are mundane and routine. Even while people look for something different all they end up doing is party or eat something unhealthy. Why don’t you try something out of the box, get out of comfort zones, get adventurous, seek out and learn new skills.

Camp Sparrow believes in basic, raw and natural kind of lifestyle.  Pull yourself out of comfort zones,feel the dramatic conditions of the mountains by choosing to stay in the tents. Earthbag houses give out a feel of raw and natural with all the basic amenities yet not losing out on comfort levels. New skills can be acquired by bird watching and taking up nature walks to connect to the nature. Food we serve is freshly cooked and basic with a hint of local cuisine. So, Camp Sparrow neither burns a hole in your pocket nor on your appetite. Try the place so admirable with prices so affordable. 

Lakes of Kumaon!

Waterbodies in the mountains are always scenic. May it be a stream flowing or a lake that is calm and still. They are like add on accessories to the existing beauty of the place. While you are in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, it is a must to visit these Lakes or so called “tals”. Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal
and Krupatal are all within a proximity to each other. Lakes and rivers have always attracted birds, wildlife and civilizations alike. They are one of the major reasons these areas are rich in bird life too. This has led to flocking of birdwatchers and photographers in numbers. Jeolikote Is one such town which has a stream of its own flowing through in addition to being in proximity with these lakes. Jeolikote is in a seclusion yet rich in civilization and nature going hand in hand!! 

Healthy Experiences and Happy Thoughts!

Thoughts of countryside, people working on farms, fetching water, good air, good food must brighten up your day isn’t it? Villages, that too in and around the forests and mountains are something way more beautiful than those on plains. They aren’t just picturesque but also reflect a healthy and coordinated living. Camp Sparrow gives you an opportunity to witness and experience such a lifestyle along with trying your hands-on organic farming. We have our own small farm in the premises of camp, peach and pear orchards in the backyard and happy vibes everywhere. We also organize nature walks in and around Jeolikote which go through villages, their farms along with some beautiful landscapes. This introduces you to the local authentic food, organic farming at variated altitudes. This way we encourage people to live healthy, eat healthy and travel happy.