Chakrata and Koti Kanasar are little known hill stations in the upper reaches of Dehradun district. Bound by Mussoorie on the east and Kinnaur on the west, this region is sparsely populated, but its picturesque landscape is clothed with coniferous forest-chir pine at lower altitudes gradually giving way to deodar at the higher reaches. It is a terrific location for mid-altitude bird watching with some breathtaking views of the Himalayas.Chukar Partridge, Cinereous Vulture, Speckled Piculet, Himalayan Woodpecker, Wallcreeper, Bar-tailed Treeceeper, Spotted Nutcracker, Black and Yellow Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch, White- cheecked Nuthatch.
The Kanasar FRH is 3 km before the Koti Kanasar village, and located on a hilltop, surrounded by deodar forest. From here, you can trek to Deoban, Budher Gupha or visit the village of Nyari and Chauthina, which are closer- all excellent trails of forest birds.Birdwatching trails will be conducted on 12, 13 & 14 February 2016 as part of the Doon Valley Spring Bird Festival. There will be four sites birdwatching that will be conducted at Asan, Forest Research Institute, Thano and Rajpur. Details of these walks are mentioned below. There will be no birding trail on the afternoon of the 14 February 2016.