(A 26 day visit to Assam, Eastern and Western Arunachal
covering five National Parks(NP),one Reserve Forest ,two Wild
Life Sanctuaries (WLS) and an exclusive Greater Adjutant site
with a natural lake(WLS))
01: Dibrugarh-Digboi (02 hrs):
tour manager will welcome you on your arrival at Dibrugarh
airport. Later transfer to Digboi .Overnight at Tourist
Lodge/IOC Guest House.
day at Digboi Oilfield Reserve Forest.
oil field nature reserves around the world’s oldest operating
oilfield in Eastern Assam harbour some interesting birds. This
is the best place to see the Collared Treepie. You are likely
to come across Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby, White-cheeked
Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Wreathed Hornbill, Blue-naped
Pitta, Collared Treepie, Streaked & Spotted Wren Babblers,
Chestnut-backed and Rufous-necked Laughing Thrushes,
White-hooded Babbler, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, White-spectacled
& Grey-cheeked Warblers, Black-breasted Thrush etc . and if
you are lucky you may see the extremely rare White-winged Wood
Duck and also a Hoolock Gibbon.
03: Digboi-Deban (Namdapha NP) 04-05hrs:
Transfer to Deban in Namdapha National Park, Eastern Arunachal.
Overnight at Forest Rest House/Camps. Namdapha is one of the
excellent National Parks in India located in the eastern end
of Arunachal bordering Myanmar. Covering an area of about 2000
sq.km, Namdapha is a Project Tiger and it is reputed for
harbouring all the four big Himalayan cats: Tiger, Leopard,
Clouded Leopard and Snow Leopard. With altitudes ranging from
200 mtr to over 4500 mtr (accessible up to 850 mtr), the park
has a habitat of tropical, temperate & alpine forests.
Namdapha’s great altitudinal variations have resulted in a
great diversity of birds.It has about 300 or more bird
Ibisbill, Long- billed Plover, White-bellied Heron, Crested
and Blyth’s Kingfisher, Black-breasted Thrush, Slender-billed
Scimitar-Babbler, Snowy throated Babbler, Rufous-necked
Laughingthrush, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Large-billed Leaf
Warbler, Lesser Fish Eagle, Sultan Tit, Beautiful Nuthatch,
White-naped Yuhina, Great, Wreathed , Rufous-necked and Brown
Hornbills, White-cheeked Partridge, Pale-headed Woodpecker,
Blue-naped Pitta, Collared Treepie, Wedge-billed Wren Babbler,
Greater and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills, Chestnut-backed
Laughingthrush, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Green Cochoa,
Dark-sided Thrush etc.
04: Namdapha NP:Deban-Hawaii Camp-Deban:Trek.
05: Namdapha NP:Deban-Hornbill: Trek. Overnight at camp.
06: Namdapha NP:Hornbill-Beyond Bulbulia –Hornbill:Trek.
07: Namdapha NP:Hornbill-Deban: Trek. Overnight at Forest Rest
08: Namdapha- Dibru-Saikhowa NP(04-05 hr):
some final birding from Deban to the main entrance of the
Park, transfer to Dibru-Saikhowa in Eastern Assam. Situated in
the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, the Dibru-Saikhowa
National Park is just 13 km. off Tinsukia town.
Overnight at an Eco Lodge by the river side.
sq.km Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, consisting of extensive
grassland,swamp forest & shallow waterbodies, is located in
between the mighty Brahmaputra river and the Dibru river. Over
300 species of birds have been recorded.
Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Rufous-vented
or Swamp Prinia, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Pale-capped Pigeon,
White-tailed Rubythroat, Black-breasted Thrush, Yellow-bellied
Prinia, Mountain Tailorbird, Smoky Warbler, Rosy Minivet,
Green Magpie, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Spot-winged Starling,
Red-headed Trogon, Sultan Tit, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Swamp
Francolin, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Bengal Florican, Pied Harrier
09: Dibru- Saikhowa: Trek: Kolomi camp and back.
10: Dibru- Saikhowa: Trek: Maguri beel, Dighal Tarang and
11: Dibru-Saikhowa NP-Kaziranga NP (05 hrs):
Transfer to Kaziranga National Park in central Assam. 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.
12:Kaziranga NP: Central and Western Ranges:Birding in Jeeps.
13: Kaziranga NP: Eastern & Western Ranges:Birding in Jeeps.
14: Kaziranga NP-Pakke (Pakhui) WLS (03-04 hrs):
day birding at Panbari by trek. Later transfer to Pakke WLS in
the East Kameng district of Western 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.
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
15: :Pakke:Trek:Seijosa-Khari.Overnight at Forest Rest
17:Pakke-Eaglenest WLS (06 hrs):
Transfer to Eaglenest WLS in the West Kameng district of
Western Arunachal. Overnight at Lama camp.
A 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
18: Eaglenest:Trek: Lama Camp –Bompu. Overnight at Camps.
19: Eaglenest: Trek: Bompu-Sissni. Overnight at camps in Bompu.
20: Eaglenest: Trek: Sissni-Beyond Khellong-Later back to
Bompu. Overnight at Camps.
21: Eaglenest (Bompu)-Nameri NP (06 hrs):
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 Bhoroli, 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.
22: Nameri NP: Trek:Full day at Nameri National Park.
23: Nameri NP-Orang NP (03 hrs):
day at Nameri. Later after lunch transfer to Orang NP.
Overnight at Forest IB/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
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
24: Orang NP:
day at Orang.
25: Orang NP-Guwahati (04-05 hrs):
till 9 am at Orang. Later transfer to Guwahati. On arrival
check in at hotel Brahmaputra Jungle Resort or similar
lunch. Later, we shall visit a site frequented by the Greater
Adjutant Stork, 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.
26: Guwahati-Deepor Beel Lake-Airport:
morning we check out of the hotel and 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 & 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 species.
Over 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.