Ecotourism at Devalsari

The Society can offer ecotourism packages for nature tourism and treks to Nag Tibba. Trained nature and trekking guides are available to conduct these activities.

Activities

Nature tours, trekking, village experience and culture tours for individuals and groups. Bangsil is the start point of the 14-km trek to Nag Tibba, which can be done in one day by the experienced trekker. Treks to Nag Tibba, including tents for hire, nature guides, mules and food can be organised by the Society.

Nature Tourism

Devalsari is home to an array of flora and fauna. Some of the area's biodiversity includes:

Giant Red Flying Squirrel Petaurista

Mammals: Amongst the mammals, the forests of Devalsari are home to the Himalayan Water Shrew, Giant Red Flying Squirrel, Barking Deer, Leopard, Wild Pig, Goral, Black Bear and Otters at the larger streams and rivers.

Wedgetailed Green Pigeon

Birds: The special birds that can be seen here include the Chukor Partridge, Striated Laughing Thrush, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Black-faced Warbler, Whiskered Yuhina, Golden Bush Robin, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird and the Fire-breasted Flowerpecker amongst many others. The partial checklist of birds at Devalsari can be downloaded here (SS to provide checklist). We would welcome birdwatchers to document the areas avifauna.

Bluetail Jester Symbrenthia Niphanda Hysudra

Butterflies: Butterfly specialties at Devalsari include the Siren, Brown Argus, Jewel Fivering, Lepcha Bushbrown, Stately Nawab, Western Courtier, Fawn Hairstreak and the Albocerulean amongst many others. Write into us to purchase your copy of the "Butterflies of Devalsari" brochure. View the brochure cover here.

Aglaomorpha Plagiata

Moths: Numerous moth species have been recorded at Devalsari. The Society can assist in setting up moth screens to observe moth fauna.

Nature trails include

Lungsu nala trail Devalsari to Lungsu nala (8 km, to and fro)
Chiani Khad trail Devalsari to Chiani Khad: 6 km, to and fro)
Village trail Devalsari to Bangsil to Untad gaon (6 km, to and fro)

Trekking

There are numerous trek routes in the Devalsari landscape. The most famous of these is the trek to Nag Tibba, which is approximately 10 kilometers from Bangsil. Nag Tibba, at 3048 m, is the highest peak in the area. With the support of the local youth, the Society will offer organised treks to Nag Tibba.

How to get there

Nearest railhead Dehradun
Nearest airport Jolly Grant (between Dehradun and Rishikesh)

The nearest village to Devalsari Reserved Forest is Bangsil, 13 kilometers from Thatyud, and 55 kilometers from Mussoorie. From Mussoorie, drive 15 km to Suwakholi, from where you take a left turn to Magra and Rautu ki beli, and then onwards to Thatyud. Shared taxis ply from Dehradun and Mussoorie to Thatyud. Shared taxis also ply from Thatyud to Bangsil.

Where to stay

Deodar Ecotourism and Research Center (DERC)

Accommodation is available at DERC for up to 8 people. Additionally tented accommodation can be provided for larger groups.

Local cuisine: Local cuisine can be made available at the DERC with sufficient advance notice.

  • Mandva ki roti
  • Jhangora ka chawal.
  • Deoda (momo-like, jhangora and makki)
  • Aska (dosa-like, jhangora, makki, ghehu)
  • Bichhu Ghas ki sabji (winters only)
  • Lengda ki sabji (khas khas)
  • Phanu

DERC

Contact

Arun Prasad Gaur, President
Devalsari Environment Protection and Technology Development Society
Tel: +91 8650645385, 9557613851
Email: arunapis1@gmail.com, develsari@gmail.com
www.titlitrust.com/devalsari

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