Birding Tour in Arunachal Pradesh, India
A 15-Days Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour which is leisurely-paced available on request will take you to Arunachal Pradesh “the land of the dawn-lit mountains” is one of the last unspoilt wildernesses in the far northeastern corner of India. Arunachal has a wealth of fascinating cultures and almost every major river valley is home to a different tribe. It is rich in its biodiversity with a wide range of flora and fauna.
It is here that one can find 500 different species of orchids in a habitat that glacial terrains, alpine meadows, meandering streams and sub-tropical rainforests. Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a small protected area in the foothills of the West Kameng district.
It was here that in 2006 a new bird species the Bugun liocichla, was described by Astrophysicist Ramana Athreya during the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project. The bird was named after the Bugun tribe who inhabit the region and are guardians of the biodiversity of the area.
In this Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary India tour, the birding covers altitudes from 500m above sea level to 3000m. Eagelnest and Sessa ridges form the first major barrier to the monsoon as it moves north from the plains of Assam. These ridges get over 3000mm of rainfall on the southern slopes Over the years 454 species of birds, 34 species of Herpetofauna, 24 species of snakes, and 15 species of mammals and at least 165 species of butterflies have been recorded here. A new species of primate, the Arunachal Macaque was discovered here in 2004 by Dr Anwaruddin Choudhary.
The trip continues with a visit to Kaziranga Tiger Reserve in Assam. It is one of the oldest Protected areas in the state and covers an area of 430 square km along the Brahmaputra river and the Karbi Angolong Hills. This is a World Heritage Site and hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceros population.
You arrive at Delhi International Airport and are transferred to your hotel for the night.
Take the early morning flight to Guwahati. At arrival transfer to Nameri. Nameri is a scenic sanctuary on the border of the Assam Valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh. Here you can see the endangered White-winged Duck, Wreathed Hornbill, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Long-tailed Broadbill and Green Cochoa to name a few species. Afternoon birding around the camp. Overnight at Camp.
Early morning trek into the forest to look for more species of birds. Nameri is also famous for a high density of Asiatic Elephants and Capped Langur. In the afternoon you explore the birds along the River Jai Bhoroli by raft. Overnight at Camp.
In the morning drive 190 km (7hrs) to Dirang (1500m), birding enroute. In Sangti Valley areas one can see Black-necked Crane (Nov-Feb inc.) and Black-tailed Crake etc. Spend the evening birding in Sangti Valley, returning to Dirang for the night.
Birding drive to Camp (at 2350m) where the Bugun liocichla was recently discovered. A wide range of species can be seen at and around the camp including Long-tailed Thrush, Red-headed & Grey-headed Bullfinches, and Green Shrike-Babbler. You continue birding in the area the following day. Overnights in Camp.
Birds found here include Ward’s Trogon, Red-tailed Minla, Yellow-throated, Golden-breasted & Brown-throated Fulvetta, Stripe- throated & Rufous vented Yuhina, and Stripe-breasted Barwing. The following morning you will go to the Eaglenest pass area where you will continue to bird around the Top Ridge. Overnight at camp.
Full day birding trek to Bompu (at 1940m). Species at Bompu include Blyth’s Tragopan, Hill and Chestnut-breasted Partridges, Golden, White-browed and Rufous-breasted Bush-robins, Purple Cochoa various Wren-babblers and Parrotbills. Overnight at camp.
Full day birding trek to Sessni returning to overnight at camp.
You will leave for Kaziranga after a full morning of birding. Overnight at Resort.
Spend the two days birding around Kaziranga for Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Pallas’ Fish-eagle and Blue-naped Pitta. A fine list of mammals also occurs, including Indian One-horned Rhino, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer and Hoolock Gibbon. Overnight at Resort.
Enjoy final few hours birding around Kaziranga before driving back to Guwahati for a flight back to Delhi in the afternoon. Arrive at Delhi and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Morning birding in Sultanpur National Park. Evening transfer to airport for flight back home
Wildlife species expected to see:
White-winged Duck, Wreathed Hornbill, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Long-tailed Broadbill, Green Cochoa, Red-headed & Grey-headed Bullfinches, Green Shrike-Babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Yellow-throated, Golden-breasted, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Stripe-throated & Rufous-vented Yuhina, Stripe-breasted Barwing, Blyth’s Tragopan, Hill and Chestnut-breasted Partridges, Golden, White-browed and Rufous-breasted Bush-robins, Purple Cochoa various Wren-babblers and Parrotbills, Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Adjutant, Pallas’ Fish-eagle and Blue-naped Pitta, One-horned Rhino, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer and Hoolock Gibbon,
What is included?
- Reception at the airport on arrival and send off
- Accommodation on twin share with meals
- Exclusive transport for all transfers and birding trips
- Park Entry fees
- Birding guide
- Restricted Area Permit
What is not included?
- Personal expenses, beverages, liquor, laundry, telephone
- Bottled water
- Medical expenses & Insurance,
- Camera fees at National Parks – where applicable
- Single room supplement if required
- Travel insurance of any sort.
- Anything that is not mentioned in "what is inlcuded".
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