Latpanchar Birding

Birding at Latpanchar

Nestled in the lap of the eastern Himalayas, Latpanchar is a small village within the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling hills. The area emerged as a haven for birding enthusiasts during the last couple of decades. This offbeat destination, away from the bustling city life, offers a serene environment where the melody of birdcalls harmonizes with the rustling leaves.


Latpanchar is situated at an altitude of around 4,500 feet, surrounded by the lush Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. This area is not only rich in biodiversity but also offers stunning views of the Himalayan range including the Kanchenjunga massif.


With an altitude of about 4500 feet, Latpanchar is neither too warm during the summers nor too cold during the winter. Making it an ideal destination to visit almost throughout the year. 

During summer months, the weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. This is an excellent time for birding as many species are active during this period. Heavy rainfall is common during the monsoon, making it less favourable for birdwatching due to wet and muddy trails. The post-monsoon period offers clear skies, and the temperatures range between 10°C and 20°C. This is considered an optimal time for birding. Winter brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 5°C to 15°C. While mornings and evenings can be chilly, this season is also ideal for birding, and the clear skies provide excellent visibility.

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Latpanchar is renowned for its diverse avian population. The region’s varied topography, including dense forests, tea gardens, and riverine habitats, provides an ideal environment for a wide range of bird species.

Birds to Look For: Latpanchar is home to a diverse range of bird species, both resident and migratory. But the most popular bird here is the Rufous Necked hornbill which has brought Latpanchar to the birding map. Other popular bird species include the Scarlet Minivet, Rufous Sibia, Fulvous Parrotbill, Blue-throated Barbet, and Black Bulbul among others.

Our Tours: The Latpanchar and Mahananda Birding tours are totally customised and created as per the requirements of the birding enthusiasts. A typical birding tour might be of 3 days for enthusiasts, whereas for more serious ornithologists we have created itineraries covering two weeks in the area. We have our own birding expert guides who know the region very well and will be part of any birding tour in the area.