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Pangot and Kilbury Wildlife Sanctuary

Pangot, Nainital Overview

Located just 15 kilometres away from Nainital, Pangot, located in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of the Nainital district of Uttarakhand is a small and picturesque hamlet. The village is at the height of 6,300 feet above the sea level and is well known all across the nation for its rich and exotic bird life. Pangot also becomes a hub for photography enthusiasts when hundreds of different species of birds flock here during the harsh winters in the upper Himalayas and settle down here temporarily. A step into the wilderness of Pangot, and you will find yourself in the midst of a remote Himalayan village.

The entire drive that reaches up to this marvellous area passes through the forested areas of Chenna Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, both of which are famous and excellent habitats for birding. A myriad of bird species can be seen along the way to Pangot. Some of these include Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Himalayan Griffon and Khalij pheasant. Spotting mammals like Yellow-throated Himalayan Marten, Sambhar, Himalayan Goral, Leopard Cat, Serow, Wild Boar, Red Fox etc. is also not uncommon. The famous Corbett National Park is situated just 80 kilometres from Pangot. Thick oak, pine and Rhododendron can be found dominating the vegetation of Pangot and nearby areas. The streams that pass by further enhance the aesthetic appeal of this breathtakingly fantastic sight. Undoubtedly, Pangot is the apt place for a small vacation with your partner, or the entire family, wherein you can simply lay back and relax.

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Bird Watching In Pangot

Of the different activities that Pangot offers, bird watching is no doubt the most preferred one. More than 580 birds have been recorded to dwell in this area in peaceful existence. These include the numerous birds that migrate here during winters. No wonder then that Pangot is a paradise for bird watchers. One can avail excellent birding opportunities in the Jungle Lodge itself. Walks through the thickly wooded oak forests are equally rewarding. Some of these exotic bird species include Lammergeier, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Himalayan Griffon, Rufous-bellied Niltava and Khalij pheasant.

Activities In Pangot

Other can bird watching; you can indulge in camping, trekking and sightseeing while in the beautiful Pangot.

Trekking: A few hiking and trekking trails lead adventure enthusiasts through lush green forests. The most popular trekking trails include the one from Pangot to the Naina Peak and from Pangot to Corbett National Park.

Camping: Camping at Pangot is a unique experience altogether. What can be a better way to spend the night than camping under the stars and enjoying a bonfire?

Best Time to Visit

Anytime during the year is a good opportunity to visit Pangot. The summer months from April to June are calm and pleasant and are a good time for birding. The place looks heavenly during this period, while with the advent of winters, the area dons a cold yet very romantic aura to it. These winter months of October to March are a great season for mountain views. One might, however, want to avoid the monsoons for a more convenient vacation.


1. Even if you are visiting the place during summers, carry light woollens with you as the temperature drops during night time.
2. For birdwatchers, it is advisable to wear jungle and natural colours such as olive green, beige and khaki. These colours not only help you to camouflage but are also the least disturbing and hence, the most appropriate ones.
3. Rain gear is essential for monsoons.
4. Wear shoes that you are comfortable in, as you will have to walk around a lot.
5. Make sure that you take along essential medicines, insect repellents, flashlight with extra batteries, and power banks to charge your phone.
6. You can carry snacks and food as it is difficult to find good restaurants in Pangot. You will, however, find roadside dhabas along the way.

How to reach Pangot

If you are travelling by air, the nearest airport is Pant Nagar Airport, which is just 58 kilometres away from Pangot. The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, about 20 kilometres away from Pangot.
From the airport/ railhead, you can easily book a cab or catch a bus to reach the destination. Pangot is also well connected to all parts of the state by motorable roads. Privately run as well as public buses frequently ply between Pangot and nearby famous towns and cities.

  • Air: The nearest airport is Pant Nagar Airport which is just 58 km away from Pangot. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus for Pangot from the airport.

  • Rail: The nearest rail head is at Kathgodam which about 20 km away from Pangot. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus for Pangot from the railway station.

  • Road: Pangot is well connected by motorable roads to all parts of the state. Public and private buses as well as taxis regularly connect the town to nearby areas.

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