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A Report from

Morni, Kasasul,  Kalesar National Park and Panipat Oil Refinery,

Suresh C. Sharma


Photographs by Amano Samarpan

Brown-headed Barbet

13 April 05       Left Sonipat at 0630 hrs
                        Arrive Berwala Bird Safari at 0930 hrs
                        Birding till 1230 hrs
                        Lunch at Greenpark
                        Birding Ghaggar River valley
                        Reach Chandrawal Lodge, Morni Hills at 1430 hrs
                        Tea at Chandrawal Lodge
                        Birding along the main trail from the Lodge to the Mountain
                        Quail Road
                        Return to the Lodge at 1930 hrs
                        Dinner and rest at the lodge

14 April 05       Leave for Tikkar Tal at 0600 hrs (9 kms from Chandrawal Lodge)
                        Return to Chandrawal by 1000 hrs.
                        Birding along the main trail from Mountain Quail side to the Lodge 1030-1230 hrs
                        Lunch and rest at Chandrawal
                        Drive upto Serla Tal beyond Morni village at 1330 hrs
                        Return to the Chandrawal Lodge by 1830 hrs.
                        Dinner and Rest at Chandrawal

15 April 05       Leave Chandrawal for Berwala at 0600 hrs
                        Reach Berwala at 0800 hrs
                        Leave Berwala 1200 hrs
                        Reach Kasauli 1430 hrs
                        Check in Hotel Maidens and rest there till 1600 hrs
                        Birding upto Monkey Point and back till 1900 hrs
                        Dinner and Stay at Hotel Maidens

16 Apr 05        Birding Kasauli 0600 to 1030 hrs
                        Leave Kasauli at 1100 hrs
                        Drive while birding Kumarhatti-Nahan-Paonta Sahib
                        Check in Tajewala Irrigation Rest House (Kalesar) 2000 hrs
                        Dinner and rest at the rest house

17 Apr 05        Leave Tajewala at 0600 hrs
                        Birding Kalesar National Park till 1000 hrs
                        A quick scan of Bata river from the Barapul bridge
                        Leave Kalesar 1130 hrs
                        Drive Yamunanagar-Ladwa-Indri-Karnal
                        Birding Panipat Refinery Wetland 1530-1630 hrs
                        Reach Sonipat/Delhi by 1830 hrs.

Where to stay:

For Morni        (1) Chandrawal Kunj Lodge at Morni Hills. Serves meals.
                      (2) Mountain Quail Tourist Complex at Morni Hills. Serves meals.

For Kasauli      (1) Hotel Maidens, Kasauli      
                      There are lot of hotels at Kasauli

For Kalesar National Park

(1)   Kalesar Forest Rest House
(2)   Hathini Kund Irrigation Rest House
(3)   Tajewala Irrigation Rest House - Advance booking is necessary. Serve meals.
(4)   Hotel Lord Shiva - serve meals.

Weather:          Morni - cool
                       Kasauli - cooler
                       Kalesar - warm

Vehicle:            Hired AC Tata Indica


Grey-hooded Warbler

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Crested Serpent Eagle

Bar-tailed Treecreeper

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

List of Birds

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