Birding & Photography around Kota
PRISTINE CHAMBAL RIVER
Kota offers a perennial river system along the mighty Chambal. The Asian paradise flycatcher is a common sight along with the grey headed canary flycatcher. Varieties of kingfishers pose on interesting perches. The gorge and the surrounding forest provide an excellent opportunity to spot different species of owls. Raptors will fly pass while you are enjoying the boat safari. Kota boasts of one of the best sightings when it comes to the vulture. (THE LIST OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS CAN BE SEEN IN ANNEXURE A).
MUKUNDARRAH HILLS NATIONAL PARK
The dry deciduous forest is in abundance around Kota, Mukandarrah hills tiger reserve is 36 km from the city which gives an excellent opportunity to the guests to spot rare birds found in the central Indian jungles. The experience of solitude one gets while in the park is something which one would always cherish, as this place has been safe from the prying eyes of hordes of tourists. A 4X4 vehicle will be your ride, during the excursion and you can see various mammals and birds. (THE LIST OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS CAN BE SEEN IN ANNEXURE B)
WET LANDS THE SURROUNDING GRASSLAND AND OPEN FLAT SCRUB (SORSAN & AALANIA)
Kota boasts of the maximum wetlands in Rajasthan, which is a safe haven for numerous waders, migratory birds and raptors. The majestic sarus crane breeds twice in a year only in Kota. Painted stork colonies and flamingoes can easily be spotted in these wetlands. Canals are in abundance with fertile farmland and marshy reeds all along, which is an interesting habitat for many a species. Grasslands and open scrub, is another habitat one experiences in Kota which is an enthralling experience for birders.
Once home to the Great Indian Bustard Sorsan is an enriching experience (GIB breeding Centre is coming up in Sorsan).
(THE LIST OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS CAN BE SEEN IN ANNEXURE C).
Download THE CHECKLIST OF BIRDS AROUND KOTA IS 372