(A 31 day visit to Assam and Western Arunachal covering three
National Parks (NP), two Wild Life Sanctuaries (WLS), some
remote high altitude Eastern Himalayan unprotected areas and
an exclusive Greater Adjutant site with a natural lake (WLS))
01: Guwahati-Orang NP (04 hr):
tour manager will welcome you on your arrival at Guwahati
airport. Later transfer to Orang National Park. Overnight at
Forest Rest House/Tourist Lodge.
area of 78.80 sq.km, Orang is the last refuge of the Great
Indian one horned rhinos on the northern side of the
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 &
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
02: Orang NP:
day at Orang.
03: Orang NP-Dirang (06-07 hr):
till 9 am at Orang. Later transfer to Dirang. Overnight at
high altitude area of Western Arunachal that we are going to
cover, spreading over two districts of Tawang and West Kameng
, is not part of any protected forest area. Birding is done in
the forests on the motorable roads, trekking routes passing
through tiny hamlets & also trekking routes leading to
monasteries especially in Tawang district where monasteries
are traditionally located on the highest points of a
particular area. The area having an altitude of 1500-4500 m
has a vegetation of dry inner valleys, cultivation, temperate
broad-leaved and conifer forests, scrub and alpine meadows.
Interesting Species :
Alpine Accentor, Black-necked Crane , Blood Pheasant, Monal
Pheasant, Satyr and Temminck's Tragopans, Long-billed Plover,
Ward's Trogon, Eyebrowed Thrush, White-throated Redstart,
Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Brown-throated Tit-Babbler/Fulvetta,
Coal Tit, Rufous-bellied Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Eurasian
Treecreeper, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Beavan's Bullfinch, Brown
Bullfinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Red-billed Chough etc.
04: Dirang-Tawang (05-06 hr):
Transfer to Tawang. Overnight at hotel Buddha or similar.
day at Tawang.
06: Tawang-Zemithang (04-05 hr):
Transfer to Zemithang.En route trek to Shakti gompa. Overnight
07: Zemithang-Jang (04-05 hrs):
Transfer to Jang.En route trek to Gispu gompa. Overnight at IB/Camps.
08: Jang: Full day at Jang.
09: Jang-Dirang (04-05 hr):
Transfer to Dirang. Overnight at hotel Pemaling.
10: Dirang-Sangtey Valley:Trek. Overnight at IB/Camps.
11: Sangtey Valley-Khalibok:Trek. Overnight at camps.
12: Khalibok-Namshu:Trek. Overnight at camps/local house.
13: Namshu-Thembang: Trek. Overnight at IB/Camps.
14: Thembang-Munna Camp: Trek. Later drive to Bomdila.
Overnight at hotel Siphiangphong/Tourist Lodge.
15:Bomdila-Rupa-Jigaon: Transfer to Rupa. Later trek to Jigaon.
Overnight at IB/Camps.
16:Jigaon-Shergaon: Trek. Overnight at IB/Camps.
17:Shergaon-Morsing: Trek. Overnight at IB/Camps.
Transfer to Eaglenest. Overnight at Lama camp.
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.
Ashy 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
19:Eaglenest:Trek: Lama Camp –Bompu. Overnight at camps.
20:Eaglenest:Trek:Bompu-Sissni.Overnight at camps in Bompu.
21: Eaglenest: Trek: Sissni-Beyond Khellong-Later back to
Bompu. Overnight at Camps.
22: Eaglenest (Bompu)-Nameri NP (06 hr):
Transfer to Nameri National park in Assam. Overnight at Eco
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 along with 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.
23: Nameri NP:Trek: Full day at Nameri National Park.
24: Nameri-Pakke (Pakhui) WLS (02-03 hr):
Transfer to Pakke WLS in the East Kameng district of
Arunachal.Overnight at Seijosa Forest IB/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.
Blue-naped 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
25: :Pakke:Trek:Seijosa-Khari .Overnight at Camps.
26: Pakke: Trek: Khari-Seijosa. Overnight at Forest IB/Camps.
27: Pakke-Kaziranga NP (03-04 hr):
till 9 am at Pakke. Later transfer to Kaziranga NP. 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 waterbodies & 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.
28:Kaziranga NP: Central & Western Ranges: Birding in Jeeps.
29: Kaziranga NP: Eastern & Western Ranges: Birding in Jeeps.
30: Kaziranga NP-Guwahati (04 Hrs):
day birding by trek in the Panbari reserve. Later after lunch
transfer to Guwahati. Overnight at Brahmaputra Jungle Resort
31: Guwahati-Deeporbeel 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
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 40sq. 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.