Kitam Bird Sanctuary in the Indian State of Sikkim is absolutely a paradise for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Surrounded with thick vegetation of shrub Sal-chair and pine forests, Kitam is the natural habitat of more than 200 species of birds and vibrant butterflies. Situated at an elevation of 1200 ft to 3000 ft, Kitam is an ideal off beat destination for those who wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a couple of days and rejuvenate their souls.
Our journey ( me and my better half's) started post a sumptuous breakfast from Hakimpara, Siliguri. The owner of the only homestay at Kitam Mrs Savitri had sent a local cab to fetch us from home. The local chap Tej Kumar Chettri was an amazing character to hang around with. He was not only our cab driver but also an enthusiastic guide who spoke a ton about the local life, food, flora and fauna, Angling and many other facets while cruising us through the scenic road journey.
The journey was almost of four hours but the splendid view outside the window is bound to keep you captive and amazed throughout. Tourists can also enjoy a plate of hot momos or a masala maggi or thukpa somewhere in the road side stalls. Me and my better half were in a mission to capture the plethora of bird species residing in Kitam Bird Sanctuary. So, my photography will revolve around the same in this Blog.
At around 1300 hr we reached our homestay just to experience a gala welcome by Mrs Savitri and her aged mother in law. It was indeed a heart touching experience.
Once you enter the rooms of homestay, it's a complete cozy feeling. All wooden decor with spic and spine set up the room was our abode for next two days. Sharing a photograph of the same.
The next most important thing which comes in the mind of tourists is the cuisine that is served. Well at Kitam it's all about being grounded and making connections with Mother Nature. The cuisine served in the homestay is cooked from the fresh vegetables being farmed right behind the homestay. If you want to enjoy perfect nepali cuisine there's no better chef than the owner herself. From Churpi to Rai saag and raeta one must enjoy the authenticity in the food served. Please don't expect burgers and kfc chicken out there. You may get disappointed then.
Day 1 ended with a bit of birding at the garden of the homestay which itself offers an amazing view of the mountain ranges and will soothe your soul with the cool breeze and the melodious calls of birds. Day 2 was packed with activities, so we decided to roll down on to the comfortable beds a bit early than usual as we badly needed a good night sleep.