BIRDWATCHING : Nainital and its surroundings are well-known for being a bird-watcher’s paradise: – you may hear calls from the forest behind the hotel, but any walk along the quiet paths around the lake will have you spotting any number of Barbets, Verditer Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Drongos, Lampuchias, Blue Jays, Ospreys and Redstarts. If you go further into the forests, you are sure to glimpse rarer species like the Black Headed Sibia or the Gray Winged Whistling Thrush.