(A 20 day visit to Assam and Western Arunachal covering four
National Parks (NP), two Wild Life Sanctuaries (WLS) and an
exclusive Greater Adjutant site with a natural lake (WLS))
01: Guwahati-Manas (04-05 hrs):
tour manager will welcome you on your arrival at Guwahati
airport. Later transfer to Manas National Park. Overnight at
Mothanguri Forest IB or Bansbari Tourist Lodge.
National Park is a tiger reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in Assam. It is one of the most fascinating National
Parks in India and the home to some rare mammals like the
Golden Langur, Hispid Hare and the Pygmy Hog. Manas has
survived decades of insurgency & it was recently re opened to
Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros has become extinct here and
in recent times some rhinos are reintroduced. Consisting of
grassland, dry and moist deciduous & also rain forests, Manas
has an area of 520 sq km & with the Bhutanese government
protecting the Bhutanese side of the jungle there is a stretch
of about 3500 sq km of protected area on both sides of the
has recorded 380 species of birds and an ardent birder is
likely to find more.
Francolin, Bengal Florican, Wreathed, Oriental Pied & Great
Hornbills, Collared Falconet, Speckled Piculet, Rufous-vented
Laughing thrush, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Thick-billed &
Orange-breasted Green Pigeons, Pale-capped Pigeon, Barred
Cuckoo Dove, Red-headed Trogon, Rosy Minivet, Sultan,
Yellow-cheeked and Black-throated Tits, Rufous-vented
Laughingthrush, Pied Harrier, Black Francolin, Bengal Bushlark,
Chestnut-capped & Striated Babblers, White-tailed Nuthatch,
Wallcreeper, Ashy-throated and Grey-hooded Warblers, Rufous-bellied
Eagle, Grey and Savanna Nightjars, Ruddy Kingfisher etc.
02-03: Manas National Park:
full days at Manas National Park.
Day 04: Manas NP-Orang NP (07 hrs):
Transfer to Orang National Park.Overnight at Forest Rest
area of 78.80 sq.km, Orang is the last refuge of the Great
Indian one horned rhinos on the northern side of the
Brahmaputra river. Sixty percent of the park is grassland. The
area is a flat land with few depressions. Numerous streams
running north to south drain the area which ultimately join
the Brahmaputra. The habitat is composed of Eastern Seasonal
Swamp Forests, Eastern Himalayan Moist Deciduous Forests,
Eastern wet Alluvial Grassland & Khair-Sisoo Forests.
Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Pallas’s
Fish Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Kalij
Pheasant, Greater & Lesser Adjutants, Pied Harrier, Great
Hornbill, Thick-billed Warbler, White-Cheeked Partridge, King
Vulture, Ferruginous Pochard, Finn’s Weaver, Spot-billed
Orang National Park:
day at Orang.
Orang NP - Pakke (Pakhui) WLS (04 hrs):
day at Orang NP.Later after lunch transfer to Pakke WLS in
East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.Overnight at Seijosa
Forest Rest House/Camps.
Project Tiger is a magnificent Wild Life Sanctuary in Western
Arunachal.With an area of 862 sq.km & altitudinal variation of
100-2000m (accessible up to 300 m), it is contiguous with
Eagle Nest WLS of Western Arunachal and Nameri National Park
land evergreen forest, shingle banks, farmland, & plantations
form the vegetation of Pakke.
Pitta, Crow-billed Drongo, Daurian Redstart, Emerald Cuckoo,
Grey Peacock-pheasant, Ibisbill ,Jerdon's Baza ,Lesser
Shortwing, Leschenault's Forktail, Lesser Necklaced
Laughing-thrush, Maroon Oriole, Pied Falconet , Ruby-cheeked
Sunbird, Red-headed Trogon, Sultan Tit, White-bellied Yuhina,
White-browed Shortwing , White-cheeked Hill-partridge,
Wreathed and Great Hornbills, Yellow-bellied
07: Pakke: Trek: Seijosa-Khari.Overnight at Forest Rest
08: Pakke: Trek: Khari-Beyond Khari & later back to Khari.
09: Pakke: Trek: Khari-Seijosa.Overnight at Forest Rest
10: Pakke-Eaglenest WLS (06 hrs):
till 9 am on the fringes of Pakke.Later transfer to Eaglenest
WLS in the West Kameng district of Arunachal. Overnight at
magnificent wild life sanctuary ,Eaglenest is located in the
West Kameng district of Western Arunachal with an area of 218
sq.km & altitudinal variation of 500 m-3200 m from South to
North. It is accessible up to its highest point though the
motorable road stresses up to 2800 metres. This wild life
sanctuary is accessible in the monsoons as well due to its
vegetation consists of lowland evergreen forest, broad-leaved
forest, bamboo, conifers, roadside scrub and farmland.
Wood-pigeon, Bay Woodpecker ,Beautiful Nuthatch, Black-faced
Laughing-thrush ,Blue-fronted Robin, Beavan's Bullfinch, Brown
Bullfinch, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Common Hill-partridge,
Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Crimson-breasted
Pied-woodpecker, Eye-browed Thrush, Golden Bush-robin,
Grey-chinned Minivet, Little Forktail, Pied Falconet,
Pale-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle, Rufous-necked
Hornbill, Rufous-bellied Bulbul, Rufous-breasted Bush-robin,
Scaly Laughing-thrush, Sultan Tit, Temminck's Tragopan,
Wallcreeper, Chestnut-headed, Grey-bellied and Slaty-bellied
11: Eaglenest: Trek: Lama Camp-Bompu .Overnight at camps.
12: Eaglenest:Trek: Bompu-Sissni. Overnight at camps in Bompu.
13: Eaglenest:Trek: Sissni-Beyond Khellong and back to Bompu
14: Eaglenest (Bompu)-Nameri (06 hrs):
Transfer to Nameri NP.Overnight at Eco Camp.
Covering an area of 200 sq km, Nameri National Park, located
at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, is the best place
to see the very rare & elusive White-winged Wood Duck. Nameri
is a project tiger. The sparkling river Jia Bharali, which is
ideal for rafting and angling, flows down by the National Park
adding a unique charm to it.The habitat of the park consists
of tropical evergreen, semi evergreen, moist deciduous forests
with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open
grassland along rivers. Nameri alongwith adjacent Pakke &
neighbouring Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuaries of Western
Arunachal protects about 1300 sq.km of great bio-diversity.
Black-breasted Thrush, Collared Falconet, Ibisbill,
Long-billed Plover, Giant, Rufous-necked & Wreathed Hornbills,
Ruddy Kingfisher, White-winged Wood Duck, Wallcreeper, Kalij
Pheasant, Green Cochoa, King Vulture, Pallas’s Fish Eagle etc.
15: Nameri NP:Trek:Full day at Nameri NP.
16: Nameri NP –Kaziranga NP (03 hrs):
Transfer to Kaziranga National Park. On arrival we check in at
hotel Wild Grass Resort/Bonhabi Resort/Aranya Lodge and have
lunch. Later, we go out birding on the road outside Panbari
reserve and also in tea gardens.
the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National
Park is one of the best parks in the world. With an area of
860 sq.km (after recent additions) of low lying grasslands,
shallow water bodies & woodlands this is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in Assam. Kaziranga is excellent for mammal
viewing. The park recently celebrated 100 years of its
protected area status.
Kaziranga was brought under the Project Tiger recently. There
are 86 Royal Bengal Tigers as per 2000 Census. Kaziranga has
70% of the world population of Eastern Swamp Deer and Asiatic
Water Buffalos. Out of 2006 rhinoceros found in Assam 1855
could be found in Kaziranga as per 2006 Census.
now 490 species of birds(25 of them globally threatened) have
been recorded at Kaziranga so far & an ardent birder is likely
to find more. Kaziranga is the most visited birding area in NE
India & for a birder it has been a memorable experience where
one comes across innumerable species within a few hours of
Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, White-bellied Heron,
Black-necked Stork, Pallas’s & Grey-headed Fish Eagles, Pied
Harrier, Spot-winged Starling, Chestnut-capped Babbler,
Slender-billed Babbler, Streak-throated, Pale-headed and
Himalayan Flameback woodpeckers, Asian Fairy Bluebird,
Black-crested Bulbul, Abbott’s and Puff-throated Babblers,
Pale-chinned Flycatcher, Oriental and Great Hornbills, Banded
Bay and Drongo Cuckoos, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant,
Pale-capped Pigeon, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Golden-crested
Myna, White-hooded Babbler, Lesser Shortwing, Black-breasted
Thrush, Blyth’s Pipits, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Ashy
Woodswallow, Common Green Magpie, Thick-billed Warbler,
Greater Necklaced and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes,
White-Cheeked Partridge, Blue-naped Pitta etc.
17: Kaziranga NP: Central & Western Ranges: Birding in Jeeps.
18: Kaziranga NP: Eastern & Western Ranges: Birding in Jeeps.
19: Kaziranga NP-Guwahati (04 hrs):
day birding by trek in the Panbari reserve. Later after lunch
transfer to Guwahati. Overnight at Brahmaputra Jungle Resort
20: Guwahati-Deepor Beel Lake-Airport:
morning we check out of the hotel and visit a Greater Adjutant
area. The Greater Adjutant Stork is a highly endangered
species. The world population is about 1000, out of which
probably about 75% of the birds are found in Assam. Guwahati
and its surroundings have a good number of this species
and it is the best place to have a closer look of this bird
from among hundreds in a flock.
transfer to Deepor Beel Lake Wild Life Sanctuary on the outskirt of the city near
Assam Engineering College not far away from the airport. It is
a vast wetland with fluctuating depth of about 04 metres in
the monsoons to about 01 metre in the winter. The lake with an
area of 40 Sq. Km. is the only Ramsar site in Assam. It was
declared a Ramsar site (Wetland of international importance)
in 2002. 4.14 Sq. Km. area of the lake has water.
shall look for Bengal Bushlark, Ashy Woodswallow, Striated
Grassbird, Bluethroat, Richard’s and Blyth’s Pipits etc. in
the surrounding agricultural fields. We shall use the
fishermen’s boats to move on the lake and we are likely to
come across interesting species like the wintering Ferruginous
Pochard and Grey-headed Lapwing and the resident Watercock,
Cinnamon Bittern, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Greater Painted
Snipe, Greater and Lesser Adjutants amongst a host of other
our heads we have chances of raptors such as Brahminy Kite,
Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White-backed and Long-billed Vultures,
Himalayan Griffon, Marsh and Pied Harriers, Steppe, Booted,
Spotted and Black Eagles.
transfer to the airport on time to catch your departure
tour ends here.