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B-9, Sector-27

Noida 201301 (UP)


Ph: +91 120 4222797, +91 9266519519



Magpie Cottage

The Magpie Cottage has with 3 cozy rooms with all modern facilities and baths with running hot water.


The dining Room in the cottage on the ground floor. Please get your own food supplies and the cook can make it for you or you may wish to use the kitchen for self-cooking. We do not stock beverages at the lodge; the clients may get their own.

The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

The Magpie Cottage is situated at the outskirts of the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, near to the Corbett National Park, which was founded in 1936 and is the oldest national park in India. Sonanadi itself was made a protected area in 1987. It lies in the Nainatal district of Uttrakhand, partly along a valley between the Lesser Himalaya to the north and the Shivaliks in the south.

The geology of the region, with a sub-Himalayan belt structure, allows for both breathtaking landscapes and considerable biodiversity. Sonanadi is home to some 600 resident or migratory bird types, which represents around six percent of all bird varieties globally. Hence the obvious attraction for those on birding tours.

In even a short visit tourists may well see 150 species, which include falcon, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, changeable hawk eagles, Himalayan bearded vultures, brown fish owl, emerald doves, hornbill, pheasant and wall creepers. The remoteness of the sanctuary and its lack of resorts means that tourist numbers are relatively small, making it a haven of peace and tranquility, which is enhanced by the lack of villages within its boundaries. It is a perfect example of the tropical forests of north India.


The climate ranges from tropical to relatively temperate compared to other protected zones in India, rarely rising above 40 degrees in summer or 30 in winter, though guides recommend November to April as the best period for a visit. It is open from October 15th through June 15th.

Birding Tours

Short birding tours, are available from Asian Adventures, which offers one night/two day packages as well as two nights/three days. Tours may be extended or customized as per the requirement.

Getting there

For transport, the nearest rail station is at Ramnagar and the closest airport is Pant Nagar Airport, which is 50km away.


  • Trekking
  • Picnics
  • Birdwatching
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Wildlife photography


There are jeep safaris available which last around four hours. Several of these are offered each day. While Sonanadi zone allows people to use their own cars, visitors strongly recommend hiring a jeep, which can be achieved with the help of staff at Vatanvasa Gate. Prior booking is needed for jeep safaris. As an alternative, bird watchers can take a forest trek accompanied by armed guard, which can be an extraordinary experience.

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