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Special Interst Tours / Birds Watching


ibex Description

Ibex The highway is 800 km from Havelian (which is 100 km from Islamabad) and winds through Abbottabad Mansehra-Thakot - Besham - Pattan - Chilas - Gilgit - Hunza to Khunjerab Pass beyond which Chinese territory begins. Abbottabad is 1255 meters high open valley with green surrounding mountains, cultivated fields, orchards and streams. The fauna in this area is oriental and the bird species are replaced by palae-arctic species as we proceed further along the KKH beyond Thakot.

Birds Likely To Be Seen
Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Lammergeier, Kestrol, Snow Partridge, Seesee Partridge, Himalayan Snow-cock, Chukor Partridge, Monal Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Hill Pigeon, Rufous, Turtle Dove, the Cuckoo,

Great Horned owl, the swift, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Scalybeltied Green, Woodpecker, Short-toed Lark, Horned Lark, Grey Martin, Swallow, Golden Oriole, Brahminy Myna, Magpie, Nutcracker, Alpine chough, Redbilled chough, Rook, Rufous tailed Flycatcher, Booted throat and Ruby-throat, Chats, Thrushers, Wren, Dipper, Accentors, Tits, Tree creeper, wall creeper, pipts, redpolls, wagtails, finches and Buntings.

 

ibex Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Rawalpindi , check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour (in case of  morning  arrival)

Day 2

Early morning trip of Margalla hills to see Goral, Barking Dear, Kalij  Pheasant  and other birds. Trip to Faisal Mosque. After lunch trip to  Taxila and bird  watching, evening back to hotel.

Day 3

Check out at hotel, visit Shakarparian, Islamabad and Lok Virsa  Museum , and  drive to Murree, bird watching on the way, check in at  hotel. After lunch trip to  Bhurban.

Day 4

Early morning drive to Dunga Gali. Bird watching on pipeline trek. After  lunch  bird watching on Mushkpuri Hill (2970m) evening at Nathiagali,  after dinner  flying Squirrel watching and back to hotel.

Day 5

Check out at hotel and drive to Abbottabad, on the way bird watching.  After  lunch drive to Besham. Overnight at Besham.

Day 6

Drive along KKH to Gilgit. On the way visit to Shatial and Chilas to see  rock  carvings. Check in Gilgit.

Day 7

Trip to Naltar Lake . Trout fishing and look out for Markhors on vertical  cliff.

Day 8

Drive to Phander Lake, while birding on the way.

Day 9

Full day trout fishing ans birding.

Day 10

Drive back to Gilgit.

Day 11

Drive back to Rawalpindi.

Day 12

Fly to onward destination.

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