Birdwatching in Northeast India
A 14-day exotic birding in India tour to Assam and Western Arunachal Pradesh from 70 Meters to 13700 Meters, some of the specialities like Blyths Tragopan, Bugun Liochicla, Wards Trogon, Wedge-Billed Wren-Babbler, Grandala, Fire-Tailed Myzornis, Goulds Showing, Yellow-rumped Honey Guide and about 350 to 450 Species including many mammals like One-Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger.
Alternative Tour Name: Assam and Western Arunachal Pradesh Tour
Arrive Guwahatti and drive 06 hrs to Kaziranga National Park overnight at Jupuri Garh.O/N Jupuri Garh.Meals: Dinner
We will spend our full day in Kaziranga exploring the park as best we can by jeep and on elephant back. There are several watchpoints scattered throughout Kaziranga, and we are allowed out on foot at these. We will make daily forays, twice a day into various ranges of the park by jeep. One morning we will take an elephant safari. O/N Jupuri Garh.Meals: All meals.
Morning birding and 03 hours drive to Nameri National Park, evening time birding around the Nameri Eco Camp, Overnight at Nameri Eco Camp. Meals: All meals.
Full days birding at Nameri National Park specially for the White winged wood duck, Ibisbill,Broadbills,Pied Falconet, Pin-tailed Green and Pompadour Pigeon, Wreathed and Great Hornbill, Dollarbird, Chestnut-headed and Blue-bearded Bee-eater and Daurian Redstart, Prantincoles, and various barbets.O/N Nameri Eco Camp. Meals: All meals
Birding drive to Dirang, 1500 meters (164 kms) in 08 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Pemaling.Key species: Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Long-billed Thrush, Lemon-rumped Honeyguide, Crested Kingfisher, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Grey-headed Bullfinches. O/N Hotel Pemaling
Meals: All meals
Early morning full day birding in Sangti Valley and overnight at Hotel Pemaling. Key Species: Black-tailed Crake, Slender-Billed Oriole, Long-billed Plover, Ibisbill, Sapphire Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Wallcreeper, Daurian Redstart, Little Forktail, Rufous-breasted Accentor. Rosy Pipits.
O/N Hotel Pemaling
Meals: All meals
Drive to Sela Pass 02.30 Hours for full days birding, Evening back to Dirang for overnight stay.
Key species: Himalayan Monal, Scatlers Monal, Blood Pheasants, Grandalas, White-browed Tit Warbler, Beautiful Rose Finch, Grandala. White-bellied Redstart. O/N Hotel Pemaling. Meals: All meals
Birding drive to Lama camp,Eaglesnest for overnight at Fully serviced camps.
Key Species :Kaleej Pheasnts, Hill Partridges,Crimson Woodpecker,Bhutan Laughingthrush,Rusty-fronted Barwings,New Liocichla, Goulds Shortwing,Rusty-throated Wren Babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler ,Yellow-rumped Honeyguide. Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler. Lesser and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills.
O/N Lama Camp, Eagle Nest
Meals: All meals
Birding trek to Top Ridge and overnight stay at fully serviced Camps.
Key Species :Temmicks Tragopan Kaleej Pheasants, Rufous-throated Partridge, Hill Partridge, Red-faced Liocichla, Spotted Laughingthrush, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Wards Trogon, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis,Fire-tailed Sunbird, Mrs Goulds Sunbird. O/N Lama camp.Meals: All meals
Key Species :Full day birding trek cum drive to Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.
Blyths Tragopan Kaleej Pheasants, Rufous-throated Partridge, Hill Partridge, Red-faced Liocichla, Spotted Laughingthrush, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Wards Trogon, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Rusty-bellied Shortwing,Lesser Shortwing,White-tailed Robin, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Fulvetta, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbill, Alpine Accentors, Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-Breasted Accentor. O/N Bompu Camp. Meals: All meals
Key Species :Full day birding trek around Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.
Blyths Tragopan Kaleej Pheasants, Rufous-throated Partridge, Hill Partridge, Red-faced Liocichla, Spotted Laughingthrush, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Wards Trogon, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Rusty-bellied Shortwing,Lesser Shortwing,White-tailed Robin, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Fulvetta, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbill, Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-Breasted Accentor. O/N Bompu Camp. Meals: All meals
Key Species :Full day birding trek to Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.
Blyths Tragopan Kaleej Pheasants, Wards Trogon, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Rusty-throated Wren Babbler, Long-billed Wren Babbler,Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Green and Purple Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Cutias, Rusty-bellied Shortwing,Lesser Shortwing,White-tailed Robin, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Fulvetta, Red-faced Liocichla. O/N Sunderview. (Option of Sessni Camp if forest department gives clearance. May not get clearance by still trying).Meals: All meals
Key Species :Full day birding trek to Sessni and drive back to Lama Camp, overnight at fully serviced camps.
Kaleej Pheasants, Wards Trogon, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Rusty-throated Wren Babbler, Long-billed Wren Babbler,Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Scaly Wren Babbler, Eye-browed Wren Babbler, Green and Purple Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Cutias, Rusty-bellied Shortwing,Lesser Shortwing,White-tailed Robin, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Fulvetta, Lesser and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill. O/N Bompu.Meals: All meals
Morning departure for Guwahatti (8-9 hours) & by the evening flight to Kolkatta or Delhi. TOUR ENDS
Blyths Tragopan, Bugun Liochicla,Wards Trogon, Wedge-Billed Wren Babbler,Grandala, Fire-Tailed Myzornis ,Goulds Shotwing ,Yellow-rumped Honey Guide and about 350 to 450 Species including many mammals like One Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger
What is included?
- Accommodation for 13 nights/14 days at hotel /camp mentioned in the itinerary on twin share basis. Inclusive of all applicable taxes at the time of quoting.
- All Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- All transfers, drives, sightseeing and excursion using Non A/C large car in the
- Hills and Park drives as mentioned in the itinerary and one elephant safari. 4 people
- Service of Birding guide
- RAP FEE (Restricted Area Permit) applicable at Arunachal
- Inclusive of Government Service tax
- Inclusive of all entry fee payable to the National Parks
- Local community fee payable at Eaglenest
- Assistance on arrival and departure
What is not included?
- Travel Insurances
- Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, aerated drinks
- Meals are not included in the cost unless specified in the inclusions.
- Camera fees to be paid extra directly in monuments/ park
- Tips/ gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers, bellboys, waiters, etc.
- The cost incurred in obtaining a visa, insurance, etc.
- The cost incurred in case of hospitalization, evacuation, etc.
- International departure tax
- Any cost that is not described in the itinerary
All India Birding Tours, offer carefully researched and tested birding trips to chosen hot spots in India dedicated to arranging hassle – free birding holidays. Twenty years of experience in operating adventures in remote parts of India and over a decade of ground research has gone into the creation of our birding tours. We have explored well-known birding destinations and discovered lesser known hot spots. We are the pioneers of North East India Birdwatching with top-notch birding guides.
Trekking or running shoes (trainers). Good walking boots. (Sometimes there could be snow and water and slush). Camp shoes or flip-flops. Cotton, woollen or polypropylene socks. Sweater and heavy jacket. As temperature may go down to zero degrees centigrade if it snonws. Hiking shorts - 2 prs. Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella. Hiking trousers - 2 prs. T-shirts - 2 Underwear – 3 prs. Sunhat (wide brim preferably). Swimwear (optional)
Rucksack Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures. Optional Air pillow (if desired). Optional Water bottle (hard cover with unbreakable mug-cap). Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb (head light type preferred). Swiss knife. Sun block (SPF 15 plus). Towel. Laundry soap. Personal medical kit Pre-moistened towelettes. Sewing kit Sun glasses Duffel bag/rucksack/suitcase with padlock. You do not have to carry anything except your day pack. If you need to carry additional heavy equipment like tripod, telescope etc, we will arrange a personal porter at extra cost @ USD 20 per day This will not apply as we will have the vehicles following us everywhere.
Spare pair of socks, hankie and hand towel. Camera. Water bottle. Bandana / scarf, and sun hat. Flash light / head light with spare cells. Sun block lotion. Chocolates, candy, dry fruit as per choice. Personal medication. Sweater or light jacket. Personal documents. Pack items into smaller plastic bags, sealed with velcro or zip lock. Separate waterproof bag for money and passport.
Carried in the jeep. What you need for overnight and subsequent days goes into it. Items you are likely to need are: Set of spare clothing, Trainers and camp slippers Spare underwear. Personal toilet bag. Wet-bag for carrying wet clothing. Sleeping bag. Air-pillow if considered necessary. Pack items in smaller plastic bags as per need, and seal with Velcro
The logistics staff for the camps will comprise of camp boss, logistics assistant, cook, assistant cook, camp attendant.
Travel will be in 10 seater hard top jeep, shared by 4 persons, guide and driver. Baggage will be carried in the rear compartment and on the roof rack. At parks where there are jeep safaris open jeeps will be provided within the park.
Each tent will be provided with camp cots and sleeping mats and blankets however you can Bring your own sleeping bags (Optional). We will provide field toilet tent with western style and wash tent. Bathing will be by bucket and mug. Toilet paper, soap and towels will be provided. Double hotel rooms with attached toilet and bath are catered for at all other lodges or hotels.
We will provide all meals. There will be a separate dining tent for dining and multipurpose use. We can have requested vegetarian meals throughout as confirmed by you. Typical meals served in a day are given below:- • Hot water for a wash • Breakfast in camp. Juice, cereal (corn flakes, dalia, oats or muesli), eggs, bread (till it remains fresh, then substitutes like puri, paratha, chapatti), butter, honey, assorted jams and marmalade, cheese spread, fruit and tea/coffee. • Lunch on the trek. Hot soup and a single dish hot meal is served. Main dish could be one of mixed khicheri and pickle (Indian stew made of rice and pulses with potatoes, vegetables and meat), noodles with eggs or chicken, macaroni with tomato puree and cheese, alu dam (Indian style whole potatoes with spices) or kabuli chana/ raj manh (Indian style beans in spices) with paratha or puri, veg pulao (rice with vegetables) with rajmanh (beans cooked with spices). Followed by chocolate, fruit, dates or chikki (jagery with nuts). • Afternoon tea on arrival in camp. Tea/coffee served immediately on arrival with hot pakoras (Indian style stuffed dumplings in flour), biscuits, sandwiches or cake. • Hot water for a wash. • Dinner in camp. Soup, rice, macaroni or noodles with chicken,pork, mutton or fish (live, fried or canned), vegetables, cottage cheese with peas, mushrooms, dhal ( pulses), soya, rajmanh (beans), kabuli chana (chick peas) roti, puris or bathuras (baked or fried Indian bread substitutes served hot) or bread, mixed salad (potato, egg, tuna, cucumber, tomatoes, onions), pickles. Desert (sevian (vermicelli), kheer (rice pudding) custard, caramel custard, suji halwa (flour pudding), fruit salad, sone papri (Indian sweetmeat) with cream. AT EAGLESNEST CAMPS ALL MEALS ARE VEGETARIAN • Rest at all hotels and lodges both vegetarian and Non-vegetarian meals are served. • Bottled drinking water on TOUR will be additional charged. Alcohol Is not permitted within NP. We provide tea, coffee, and juices as part of the service. At all other places bars will be open.
India is located in south-central Asia. Its climate is mostly tropical or sub-tropical and subject to seasonal monsoon winds, especially the southwest rain during summer. As Northeast India starts down from the plains to an altitude of 13700 feet the temperature varies from 35 Degrees Centigrade in the plains to -5 degrees centigrade in the higher altitude. Snow and rain can be anytime as is mostly depends on the depression in the Bay of Bengal
India is an economically developing democratic republic and has worked very hard to control diseases. Adequate medical care is available in the major population centres, but is usually limited in the rural areas of the country. Many developed countries like Britain are utilizing the state-of-the-art medical services available in India. The cost of treatment is much cheaper in comparison to the same facilities available in advanced countries. The most important cause of illness of travellers in India is food and waterborne diseases. Viruses, bacteria, or parasites can cause diarrhoea. Infections may cause simple diarrhoea and vomiting, fever, or, in extreme cases, liver damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a preventable infection that can create trouble if left untreated. One can prevent infection by taking prescribed anti-malarial drugs and protecting against mosquito bites. Malaria risk in this region exists in some urban and rural areas, depending on the elevation. Peter Lobo is trained by the Wilderness medicine Institute of USA, and will be carrying a first aid kit, and medicines for common problems. • Carry all the important prescriptions and OTC medicines. Do not forget to have the brand names as well as the generic names of the medicines one needs to have. • Wear a sun hat when exposed. • Drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink tap water. Use only canned water, or boiled water. • During the month of Jan, there is no malaria risk, but do consult your doctor to start malaria prophylactic, if advised. Carry your personal medical kit and insect repellent. • To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot. • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors. • Do not drink beverages with ice. • Do not eat dairy products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized. • Avoid handling animals (especially monkeys, dogs, and cats) to avoid bites and serious diseases. Although yellow fever does not occur in India, proof of appropriate vaccination may be required depending on countries visited before coming to India. Any person (except infants up to the age of six months) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in isolation for a period up to six days if the person arrives within six days of departure from an infected area, or has been in such an area in transit, or has come on a ship which has started from or touched at any port in a yellow fever infected area within 30 days of its arrival in India provided such ship has not been disinfected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO, or has come by an aircraft that has been in an infected area and has not been disinfected in accordance with Indian or WHO regulations. The following countries and areas are regarded by India as infected - Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia. For inoculation against communicable diseases, one can contact the Vaccinations and Inoculation Centre for Yellow Fever, Domestic Arrivals, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (Ph. 011-5665348) or International Inoculation Centre, Mandir Marg (behind St. Thomas School), New Delhi (Ph. 011-3361675).