Though the activity is widespread and spreading all over India thanks to locals participating in bird watching tours the industry is still in a nascent stage. India has a great potential with thirteen percent of the World's birds. If you include the sub species the number goes right up to 2000 with lot many endemics.
Most of the enthusiasts still favor the old track, but slowly new hot spots are being explored and discovered. The growth in tourism infrastructure has enabled birders to explore the length and breadth of the country. This has given rise to professional bird tour operators with a wide network of guides, interpreters and travel service providers. Today this industry is poised for a big leap forward and why not the recreation is of the finest type and healthy.
The availability of better optics and handbooks has made a World of difference with emergence home grown bird watchers and local guide for whom this is the best wage earner.