Arunachal Pradesh is now recognised as one of the world's top bird biodiversity hotspots, the profusion of species being due to its unique location (at the junction of the Palearctic region with both the Indo-Malayan and Indian sub-regions of the Oriental region), topographical range (with 7,000-metre peaks on its northern border with Tibet, looking down on the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam which, just 150 kms away, has an elevation of only 100 meters or so), and high rainfall. We begin our bird watching tour at Nameri National Park, on the edge of the Assam Plains.
For this tour we use three established camps for bases, have vehicles at our disposal throughout and we will make several walks from time to time. Over the next several days we will visit various locations at Eaglenest, from Sessni Camp which is situated at 1,250 meters, to Lama which is at an altitude of 2,350 meters.
It is important to book this tour well in advance in order to reserve desired services well in time. This tour is very rewarding to keen wildlife or bird photographers.
Please note that all Foreign Nationals need Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh Government stipulates the number of tourists to minimum 2 in a group to apply for RAP. The Government charges USD 50 per person for a 30 days permit.
The following documents are required for the permit and we need at least 20- 25 days to process the same after we receive these documents:
1) Photocopy of passport & Visa
2) 4 passport size photographs
3) Duly filled RAP application form (provided by us)
Dates and Prices
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Best time to visit is Early December to April. Tailor made departures are available. Please get ion touch with us for price and related details of this tour.
Day 1 Arrive Kolkata
Day 2 Kolkata to Guwahati Flight
Kolkata to Guwahati flight and than drive to Nameri National Park (4 to 5 hrs.).
Timely transfer back to the airport for flight to Guwahati . Upon arrival our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Nameri National Park, en-route visit the outskirts of city for a close look of critically Endangered Greater Adjutant. This site is at a distant of 20 km from the Guwahati airport. We will spend half an hour to look for Greater adjutant and Black Kite, Black-eared Kite, Steppe Eagle, Plain Prinia, Striated Grass bird etc. Later on We'll drive towards Nameri.
Overnight at a resort in Nameri.
Day 3 At Nameri National park
Nameri is a scenic national park in the foothills of Eastern Himalaya. It's touching the southern boundary of Pakke tiger reserve of Arunachal Pradesh. We'll drive up to the bank of River Jia Bhoreli to cross the river with the Forest department's hand boat. After crossing the river We'll walk on the sand bank of the river for a kilometer to reach the Nameri National Park. As We reach the main land We'll trek in the forest for about 2 and half Kilometer to reach the first pond of White Winged Duck.....apart from the White winged Duck , we have the opportunity to see Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White-cheeked Partridge, Pied Falconet, Greater Goldenback, Sultan Tit, Long tailed and Silver breasted Broadbill etc. Some mammals as well in the park likely to see in the park are Asian Elephant ,Indian Gaur, Capped Langur, Royal Bengal Tiger, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Malayan Giant Squirrel etc. We'll spend the whole morning in the national park and return to the lodge by lunch time.
Afternoon, We will go for a rafting trip, where our target will be the beautiful and Spectacular wader Ibisbill. Other birds we might see are Pallas's Fish Eagle, Great Thicknee, Indian Stone Curlew, Small Pratincole, Sand Lark , flying Wreathed Hornbill etc.
Overnight at the resort in Nameri.
Day 4 Nameri to Dirang (6 hours drive) altitude 1500 metres
Bhutan Laughingthrush etc.
Overnight at a hotel in Dirang.
Day 5 Excursion to Sela Pass ( 2 and ½ hours drive) altitude 4500 msl
Overnight in a hotel in Dirang.
Day 6 Excursion to Mandala road, (40 minutes drive .) altitude 3200 msl.
Overnight in a hotel in Dirang.
Day 7 Dirang to Lama camp, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 8 Explore Lama Camp
We'll have picnic breakfast in the field and spend the whole morning searching for the Loughingthrushes and babblers. Come back to the camp for lunch. Post Lunch we will drive towards the Eaglenest Pass to look for Brown Parrotbill, Spotted Laughingthrush, Humes Bush Warbler ,Bar-winged wren-babbler etc. come back to the camp by evening.
Day 9 camp to Bompu camp
Early morning drive to Eaglenest pass to look for Tremmink's Tragopan, Brown Parrotbill, Hume's Bush warbler, Collared Grosbeak etc. After breakfast drive to Bompu camp. Enroute look for illusive Ward's Trogon.
Overnight fully serviced tent in Bompu camp.
Day 10 Bompu to Khelong
Back to Bompu camp by evening.
Overnight at Bompu camp.
Day 11 Bompu to Sessni
Overnight at Bompu camp.
Day 12 Bompu to Lama camp
Overnight at Lama camp.
Day 13 Lama Camp to Kaziranga 6-7 Hrs. Drive
Day 14 Kaziranga national Park
Kaziranga has an impressive bird list. Please mail us if you require a list of birds from Manas, Eagles Nest and Kaziranga National Park.
Apart from its rich bird life...Kaziranga has a good population of Asian Elephants, Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Asian Buffalo, Royal Bengal Tiger and numerous other mammal species.
Afternoon Bagori range.
Possible Species: Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin ,Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Greater Flameback, Black –rumped Flame back etc.
Day 15 Kaziranga National park
Possible Species: Palla's Fish Eagle, Grey headed Fish Eagle, Slender-billed Babbler, Bristled Grassbird, Baya and Finn's Weaver, Lesser Coucal, Pale-chinned Flycatcher,Stork-billed Kingfisher etc.
Day 16 Kaziranga to Guwatai Airport Transfer
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