Kitam Bird Sanctuary

Kitam Bird Sanctuary, offbeat destination in Sikkim

Kitam Bird Sanctuary in the Indian State of Sikkim is absolutely a paradise for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Encased with thick opulent vegetation of shrub Sal-chair and pine forests, Kitam is the natural habitat of more than 200 species of birds and vibrant butterflies. One of its own kinds, Kitam, the Bird Sanctuary of Sikkim, situated at an elevation of 1200 ft to 3000 ft, stays open all throughout the year.

Situated just at a distance from 19 km from Namchi, Kiitam Bird Sanctuary is proved to be an ideal holiday destination among the birds' enthusiasts. Sited beside the shimmering Rangeet River, there is a lot to see in and around the Kitam Bird Sanctuary except the birds like an oriental white-eye, Red Jungle Fowl, Indian Peafowl, Scarlet Minivet, Green Magpie, Himalayan Flame and many more.

What to See in and around Kitam Bird Sanctuary

Situated between two villages of Sikkim named Sumbuk and Kitam, the countless vibrant Himalayan Birds, vibrant butterflies, thickly wooded forest, serene ambience, river Rangeet and Manpur are the major tourist attractions here. Kitam Village appears to be an ancient one as there is a 200-year old traditionally built mud and bamboo huts. There is a weekly market in the village where locally produced vegetables can be bought.

Tumbol Schor, the highest point of the Kitam Bird Sanctuary, surrounded by lush vegetation offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings as well as of the mountain peaks. The adjacent village named Sumbuk falls under one of the fascinating things to see near the Bird Sanctuary. The gladioli farms of Sumbuk with its blooming red flowers are going to make you mesmerized.

Nearby Tourist Attractions of this Sanctuary

Nearby tourist places and their attractions can easily be explored from the village of Kitam Bird Sanctuary. Namchi, Kewzing, Ravangla, Temi Tea Garden, Sopholok Chardham are the major tourist places nearby. All these places are worth visiting during your Kitam Tour and known for their own kind of uniqueness and scenic offerings.

Things to Do in and around Kitam Village

Being a paradise of birds and in order to help the birds" enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of all, many watchtowers are made in the sanctuary. The birdwatching tour starts at the sanctuary at around 5:30 am in the morning. It will usually take 4 hours to cover all the birdwatching trails around the sanctuary. While trekking to some of these trails, you will end up by the riverside of Manpur. Have a riverside walk while relishing the beauty of flying butterflies.

While walking through these birding trails you will get to see Chestnut-breasted Partridge, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Ward"s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Slender-billed Babbler, and White-naped Yuhina, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Grey-crowned Prinia, Yellow-vented Warbler, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and many other colourful birds.

Best Time to Visit Kitam Bird Sanctuary

May to October is considered to be the best time to enjoy the birding activity at the Kitam Bird Sanctuary. During these months, migratory birds can be seen in abundance and the entire sanctuary gets embellished with colorful flowers. Even the weather stays quite comfortable and the temperature stays quite normal.

Accommodation Options near Kitam Bird Sanctuary

Kitam, a tiny village, offers most of the modern amenities a traveler usually demands when it comes about accommodation. The homestay facility of the village comes with modern amenities like attached bathrooms, electricity as well as geysers. By taking a Sikkim Tour Package from any renowned tour operators, you can arrange all the accommodation and sightseeing with ease.

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