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-
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
There are simple measures which can be adopted while traveling which will reduce the impact on the places we visit. There is a constant tension of the damage we are causing to environment for the sake of our travel. In order to bring it down to the least or almost null we can follow certain practices and stick by them. Few are as simple as not Littering!
Reduce travelling by air
There are fuel efficient engines lately which have a lesser emission of gases into the atmosphere. But, try as much as possible not to take planes to reach places which are accessible through other means.
Carry your own water bottle
In order to reduce the use of plastic in the form of packaged drinking water bottles, carry your own bottles which can be refilled and reused. Try to refill every place you have an access to clean drinking water.
Carry your own Toiletries–
Bydoing this we you can reduce using the toiletries provided at hotels, which are usually not easily degradable and are disposed within one or two uses.
Do not Litter
That shall be the biggest contribution towards nature. By only disposing garbage at designated areas and not littering around (especially plastic) a lot of pollution can be reduced.
Use of Public Transport
While traveling alone or just two people avoid travelling by your own vehicles instead use public transport. This way you are reducing road congestions as well as burning of more fossil fuels.
Use a soft copy of documents
Vouchers, tickets and other such documents the hard copy of which isn’t required can be maintained in mails or drives instead of printing them.
Stay at Hotels or accommodations following sustainable practices
These days more and more hotels/ homestays or campsites are following Eco friendly sustainable practices as they realize their effects on the environment around. By choosing such stays you are choosing nature.
Camp Sparrow is one such Campsite located near Nainital following eco sustainable practices to the highest extent possible. Explore and Experience Responsible living at Camp Sparrow!!
Contributed by Ashish Singh via FB gorup- “Birds and Birders”
Shot this beautiful raptor up close in Lansdowne,Uttarakhand during a short trip in March 2019.
The steppe eagle like all eagles,belongs to the family of Accipitridae. Steppe eagle’s diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it kills rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a hare, and birds up to the size of partridges. It also steals food from other raptors.
A crop in throat allows Steppe eagle to store food for several hours before it moves down to the stomach.
It’s summer, your kids are staying home, always couching around watching TV or playing with android devices? Its time they enjoy and come to life rather than the school books and routine. Let nature and wildlife become part of their upbringing. When they learn to respect nature, they learn to adapt, they learn to respect everything that is a reason for their existence and survival. Their horizons of thinking expand when they come across different trees, flowers, fruits, birds and creatures in the nature. Kids will build a curiosity in these elements of nature, once nature becomes part of their growing up, they will also learn not to harm instead conserve them. Its time you escape the summer heat, get away to the mountains and forests enjoy the climate as well as the scenic beauty. Camp Sparrow is a pleasant and appropriate place to learn, adapt and live in peace!
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!!