Next morning at 6.15 am I started the boat ride, and got to see lots of water birds such as flamingo, ibis, heron, crates etc. They were in very large number and had a very close sighting. The guide which was none other than Sandip’s brother and he was extremely knowledgeable. His attitude was very positive and wanted to ensure that I had maximum sighting. He really helped me to get some close shots. After Around 3 hrs my boat ride ended and I saw so many species of birds like gulls, flamingos, terns, snipes, spoonbills, storks, ibis, ducks, cormorants, stilts, plovers, terns, wagtails, pratincoles, godwits, etc. which i never knew about. This place is a paradise for sure and I would go there again and again.
After I finished my boat ride, I came back to my room, packed my belonging and left for Pune. Obviously with camera full of pictures and lifetime experience of solo ride.
Fuel: INR 400 (For Bike)
Stay: INR 900 (Single room with attached Bathroom)
Boat Ride: INR 800 (Boat sharing option is Available)
Food: INR 300 (Evening Snacks, Dinner, Breakfast with Tea) [Food cost may vary pepending on your choice of food Veg/Non-veg]
Note: Please carry Water Bottle, Binocular, Digital Camera along with additional set of batteries and memory card. And if possible please avoid weekends as there is mad rush.
The Bird Watching Experience at Kumbhargaon
Once I reached Kumbhargaon, I stayed at Agnipankh Home Stay, owned by Sandip Nagare (a bird lover and photographer himself). Nagare family has a fleet of small 8-10 seat capacity boats. The boatmen are very well conversant of the birds there and will guide you with all the details. They also have a very good network who share information about the exact location of the birds and take you to the nearest possible point to the migrants.
He arranged a boat ride for me for next day early morning. At evening I visited backwater area which is just at a walking distance form this homestay. As it was evening I witnessed a beautiful sunset along with variety of Gulls, Terns, Ibises, Sandpipers, Open Bills and Spoonbills. I can say one of the most peaceful evenings I witnessed after Ladakh visit.