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Walterre – The bird watching lodge in the foothills of the Himalayas in India.

Located just 8 km north of the famous garrison town (and now a capital of Uttarakhand) of Dehradun, Walterre is a retreat in the true sense, at once elegant and discreet, with some of the world’s most gorgeous mountain views. This boutique bungalow is not only a calm and comfortable escape stacked with modern amenities, but also a haven for birders and photographers. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded in and around Walterre.

The well maintained and carefully and selectively planted gardens and fruit orchards attract a variety of birds and butterflies, only adding to the natural charm of this quaint yet elegant cottage. In fact, the elusive Nepal Cupwing (also called Nepal Wren-babbler) was first found in India in its garden. Five species of sunbirds are also found regularly feeding in the garden. Three types of forktails are seen in the river at the bottom of the resort, which is also home to birds like Brown Dipper and Plumbeous Water Redstart.

The boutique birding lodge depicts elegance, grace and beauty. The villa has four luxurious bedrooms, where the mood is stylish and leisurely. Flush with modern amenities, a well-stocked library, and views that would make most big resorts jealous, this boutique bungalow is the perfect example of the term “good things come in small packages”.

The tranquil atmosphere, clean mountain air, clear skies, ample sunlight, and beautiful surroundings are the perfect place for artists and writers looking for a quiet little nook to work in. In addition, it is also the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway with family and friends.

The cottage also makes for the perfect base camp for anyone wanting to explore the Garhwal region, including Mussoorie, the Doon Valley, or even onward to Chopta and the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
Walterre also retains the service of experts, who provide both short- and long-term guided yoga and meditation lessons for your spiritual wellness.



Bird Checklist

  • Oriental Honey-buzzard
  • Oriental Hobby (Indian Hobby)
  • Eurasian Woodcock (Woodcock)
  • Black-shouldered Kite (Black-winged Kite)
  • Laggar Falcon
  • Wood Snipe
  • Black Kite (Pariah Kite)
  • Saker Falcon (Lanner)
  • Pintail Snipe
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Common Snipe (Fantail Snipe)
  • Pallas’s Fish Eagle (Pallas’s Fishing Eagle)
  • Little Grebe
  • Jack Snipe
  • Lesser Fish Eagle (Himalayan Grey-headed)
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Grey-headed Fish Eagle
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Spotted Redshank
  • Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture)
  • Black-necked Grebe
  • Common Redshank (Redshank)
  • Spotted Dove
  • Egyptian Vulture (Small White, Scavenger)
  • Darter (Indian Darter, Snakebird)
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Little Cormorant
  • Common Greenshank (Greenshank)
  • Long-billed Vulture
  • Indian Cormorant (Shag)
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Great Cormorant (Large Cormorant)
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Little Egret
  • Terek Sandpiper
  • Cinereous Vulture (Black Vulture)
  • Grey Heron
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Red-headed Vulture (King Vulture)
  • Purple Heron
  • Little Stint Short-toed Snake Eagle (Short-toed Eagle)
  • Woolly-necked Stork (White-necked)
  • Temminck’s Stint
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Intermediate Egret (Median Egret)
  • Ruff
  • Hen Harrier W (Northern Harrier)
  • Cattle Egret
  • Greater Painted-snipe (Painted Snipe)
  • Pallid Harrier (Pale Harrier)
  • Indian Pond Heron (Pond Heron)
  • Pheasant-tailed Jacana
  • Pied Harrier
  • Little Heron (Little Green Heron)
  • Bronze-winged Jacana
  • White-tailed Rubythroat (Himalayan)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron (Night Heron)
  • Eurasian Thick-knee (Stone-curlew)
  • Indian Blue Robin (Blue Chat)

For the complete checklist: https://www.walterre.co.in/birding/

About Waltèrre

what our clients says

Very lovely stay, beautifully designed space at Walterre. We loved the bird themes and imagery throughout the house & focus on the natural world. Our focus is always on how to be more sustainable so it was good to see some reflection of this here. Please continue your good work to support a lovely & sustainable stay! I should also mention the staff were very helpful and we highly appreciated all of them. Thank you again.

Kai Raimen-Watts & Abhi Dewan, Canada

Thank you Bikram & Alpana for your wonderful hospitality at your Bungalow in Dehradun – Walterre. We enjoyed our brief stay here and hope to come back for more. And many thanks to your staff as well for all their support. You are both welcome at our home in Dubai & Chennai, just let us know when!

Kalpana & Pratap, Dubai

A wonderful stay. Beautiful house in lovely relaxed surroundings. Particular highlight was delicious food! Thank you so much for your hospitality Rajesh & Sohan.

Hannah Mayor

What a delightful place! The mystic ambience, old world charm and cooperative staff are reminiscent of a beautiful time long ago. Many thanks!

Feroze Ahmed, Singapore

The property is beautifully decorated and has a cozy feeling. It was great to sit in the sun upstairs terrace. The food is also very good.

John Clark, London (UK)

Our visit was too short. Thank you for the delicious food, support and for sharing this incredible environment.

Lynn & Nick Coxon (UK)

No words to explain such a nice impression of this place, rooms, gardens, birds and staff. Another good point to Mohit’s team and Asian Adventures company.
The Best! Namaste!

Fransc Lliwna & Eloisa Matthew, Barcelona Spain

‘’Food Excellent- Wonderful service from staff. We had a great time finding many interesting birds including the white tailed Rubythroats.’’

Peter and Susan, Cambridge UK

“Visited here with Loefflor and Ms Brady and enjoyed the quiet and the beautiful vista to observe wildlife. The meals were delicious.’’

Steve Mark, New Haven CT USA

“The Perfect place to begin our trip to India and the Himalayas. As enthusiastic birders, we greatly enjoyed our verandah lookout and added many species to our life lists. Wonderful food and hospitality. Many Thanks.’’

Mark Loeffler and Susan Brady, North Haven USA

I am delighted that we chose to stay here. The property is very nice, well maintained and decorated with beautiful artistic materials, The staff is also very helpful and polite. The food was awesome. We had a very comfortable and pleasant stay.

The property is birdwatchers heaven. I look forward to come back to this place very soon. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We had a memorable time here with them.

Sourav Mondal, India

It was an amazing experience staying at Walterre resort. Vintage interiors, serenity, the chirping birds and a great hospitality made a great start to our Uttarakhand trip. Will surely come back for a longer stay.

The way the house is decked with antiques and meals the golden age reminds of Bengal’s may homes and zamindar places reflecting the comfortable and sounded living.

Anirban Bhattacharjee, India

Thankyou for hosting us last minute & for your lovely hospitality, food & the view!

Shreya & Rahul, India

The property is situated in a beautiful place and is very ambient and warm. Staff is also very polite and helpful. Food was excellent and we just loved it. We had a very pleasant and comfortable stay and would definitely love to come back. Thanks!

Nikhil & Family, India

One of the most beautiful cottage experiences amidst severe surroundings. The staff is also very cooperative and kind. Had liberty of delicious food cooked and served with love and affection of a home. A perfect vacation retreat. Thank You!

PS: The collection of books is a dream.

Farukh Aamir & Amena Mahmood, India

Loved the stay here. The place is really beautiful and full of birds which is a delight for birders like us. Staff is very courteous and efficient. Keep up the good work.

Afshan & Tanmeer, India

This is the best stay I have ever experienced and it’s much more awesome than I expected it to be. As soon as we entered the compound we were greeted by the chirping of birds. We were awestruck by the grandeur and theme of this bungalow. The rooms were just an art itself. The interiors just filled us with pleasure as we just looked at the items, collection, lithographs. I enjoyed each moment staying at this place.

Shubham Darveshi, India

For More testimonials visit: https://www.walterre.co.in/testimonials/



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