Kitam or Kitam (কিতাম) Bird Sanctuary is heaven for bird lovers
and attracts domestic and international tourists around the year for birding. Kitam
is only low altitude bird sanctuary and remain open throughout the year. New
tourist attraction, Kitam Bird Sanctuary situated on around 1,200 ft to 3,000
ft above sea level at South Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and spreads across
more than 6 sq K.M. This sanctuary will on the way to Namchi (another most
attracted tourist destination of Sikkim) via Melli from Siliguri and New
Jalpaiguri. Kitam can be reached from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri within 3 hrs
of joyful journey by car. The emerald green Rangit River or Rangeet flows
through southern side of Kitam bird sanctuary. Nearby beautiful and majestic
villages can be seen from Kitam sanctuary, at least spend 2 days here to
explore monastery, pile of ancient relics, big papal tree, 100 year old mud
house etc. You can reach to Tamley Lake (Tamley Pokhri) from sanctuary by
crossing Sherpa and Lepcha villages on your foot, or you can enjoy birding
through your binocular within this secluded environment of sanctuary. Numbers
of birds are can be seen here including oriental white eye, Kaleej pheasant , Indian Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl,
Scarlet Minivet, Green Magpie, Himalayan Flame back etc. Also numbers of
migratory birds are gathered here from the month of October. Kitam is also home
of different species butterflies including around 200 species of birds.
See Accommodation & Homestay
like hospitality and warm reception of locals among nature, birds, butterflies
and flowers. Travelers can visit Kitam in any season and any time because, it’s
situated at low in height, summers are warm and winter is pleasant. You can go
to Tarey Bhir – amazing ridge and a very nearby destination from Kitam
sanctuary at Sadam village. The entire sanctuary is visible from here. Spend at
least 2 days of your life at Kitam Bird Sanctuary within lush greenery of Sal
and Chir Pine, it will be your life time memory.
bird sanctuary welcome gate
Birds view point
view point of Tarey Bhir
Homestay owner and guests
activities in homestay
homestay evening cultural program
Best accommodation option in Kitam Bird sanctuary is
homestays. Few home stay has organized by locals with basic facilities and with
clean and attached bathrooms at Kitam and nearby. You can feel local culture
and mouth watering home cooked delicious foods at home stays.
Our associate homestay is a perfect accommodation at
Kitam bird sanctuary, tariff starts Rs. 900 onwards with foods and lodging per
day per head. Owner Mr. Sunil Thapa has car and arrange pick-up and drop to and
from Melli bazaar or Siliguri. The homestay is double storey house of brick in
good location and well maintained. Mrs. Thapa is home maker and good cook, she
serves very hygienic and delicious food for tourists.
another associate homestay located in precise abode amid nature with
soothing breeze of the dawn. Here, Kaushik Family shall extend their warm
welcome and traditional Sikkimese hospitality enchanting you to stay more days
in Lower Kitam, the fringe village of Kitam Bird Sanctuary. Sitting in the
verandah and courtyard in the late evening to enjoy the calm and tranquil
night, gazing the stars and following the falling stars to make a wish and
watching birds in the early morning around the Homestays shall enthrall your
live here. Upon your arrival, you will be served with traditional fare called
Sel Roti and Organic Tea, refreshing your inner core. Evening can be spent savouring the organic
delicacies while the host can arrange for early morning bird watching, Heritage
walk in the village, soft treks and assist the researchers to get insight into
their culture, oral history treading to the remnant of its feudal past and
regaling you with the tales of their fore-father’s feat in the village and the
erstwhile kingdom showcasing some traditional artifacts.
Tariff: Rs. 1100 per person.
Accommodation: a single two bedded room having capacity
to accommodate at least 2 person minimum to 5 person maximum in case of a
single family stay.
newly built homestay, nice and authentic village house and
home stay very nearby of Kitam sanctuary. Owner Mr. Prahlad Rai a goods human
being and guide, he has good knowledge of local areas. Tariff starts Rs.700
onwards with lodging and fooding. They provide local sightseeing including
Tarey Bhir, Phool Dhara and pick-up drop service.
Hotel Green Valley – owner Mr. K.B Pradan has a hotel
with all modern facilities, a little away from heart of Kitam bird sanctuary
near Kitam bazar. Best quality foods are available with good accommodation.
way side inn can be a good accommodation for stay at Kitam bazaar.
We have visited 9-11 May 2017, a group of 10 adults. Very well
maintained room and food was delicious and service was very good. Different birds
were seen from homestay - Partha Sarathi Mandal, Kolkata
Nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB) of state of West
Bengal, daily flights are available from and to all major India cities. New Jalpaiguri
of NJP is nearest railway station, well connection with rest of India by
regular train service.
cars are available from Siliguri town, NJP railway station and airport to Kitam
bird sanctuary through Sevoke and Melli. The road divided at Melli, the
straight one goes to Gangtok and left turned road goes to Kitam via
Melli-Nayabazar road. Shared transportation is also available from Siliguri
Junction jeep stand. Jeeps are going towards Namchi and sahred cost would be
around Rs.150/ to Rs.200. Entire exclusive car rent would be around Rs.3,500 to
New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
bird sanctuary can be visited around the year due to low altitude and moderate
climate. The autumn and winter season (October to late November) is best time
to visit Kitam, the entire sanctuary covered with migratory birds in this