AVIAN ADVENTURE - 06

Aizawl - Dampa WLS – Murlen NP – Guwahati – Tura – Nokrek NP – Balpakram NP – Guwahati (Deeporbeel WLS) – Pobitora WLS – Guwahati Airport

(An eighteen day birding tour in hidden land Mizoram & Garo hills of Meghalaya close to Burma and Bangladesh covering 01 wild life sanctuary and 03 national parks. Moreover, there is the coverage of 02 wildlife sanctuaries in Assam during the overnight stays one of which is a Ramsar Site)

Day 01: Aizawl airport-Dampa Wild Life Sanctuary(90 min.):

Our tour manager will welcome you upon your arrival at Lengpui Airport, Aizawl. Later transfer to Dampa Wild Life Sanctuary.

Overnight at Forest IB/camps.

Dampa Wild Life Sanctuary which is a Project Tiger is situated at the western part of Mizoram along the international border with Bangladesh at a distance of 127 Km from the capital of Aizawl.

It is situated at 920 13’ 12’ – 920 27’ E and 230 32’ 42’ – 230 41’ 36’ N at an altitude of 200m – 2100m above sea level. Dampa consists of moist deciduous forest at lower reaches and evergreen and semi-evergreen forests with natural grassland at higher altitudes. It is the largest sanctuary of Mizoram notified in 1985 covering an area of 500 Sq.km which later became a Project Tiger in 1994. The list of animals found in the area includes Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Elephants, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hoolock Gibbon, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Wild Dog, Wild Pig, Porcupine, Slow Loris, Gaur, Leaf monkey, Capped langur, Rhesus macaque, and some species of small cats. So far 215 birds have been recorded here and an ardent birder is likely to find more.

Birdlist:

Spot-breasted Laughingthrush, Striped Laughingthrush, Greater necklaced Laughingthrush, Common Iora, Lesser necklaced Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, White crested Laughingthrush ,Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant, Oriental Turtle Dove, White bellied Yuhina, Collared Pigmy Owlet, Baya Weaver, Brown Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill , Wreathed Hornbill, Blyth’s Tragopan, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blu-naped Pitta, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Tree Sparrow, Bronzed Drongo, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Mountain Bulbul, Brown Wood- Owl, Spotted Forktail, Olive-backed Tree Pipit, White-throated Bulbul, Coral billed Scimitar Babbler, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Black-capped Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Black Bulbul, Ashy Wood Swallow, Brown-throated Tree Creeper, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar-tailed Cuckoo-Dove, Crested Honey Buzzard, Oriental Hobby, White-rumped Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Indian Lorikeet, Chestnut vented Nuthatch, Barn Owl, Bay Owl, Crested Finch-bill Bulbul, Black-crested Yellow Bulbul , Golden backed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Red-eared Bay Woodpecker, Brown Fish Owl, Chestnut Tailed Starling, Great Eared Nightjar, Large-tailed Nightjar , Striated Bulbul, Fairy Bluebird, Bamboo Partridge, Khalij Pheasant, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Asian paradise-flycatcher, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Sultan Tit etc.

Days 02-03: Dampa: Full two days birding by trek.

Day 04: Dampa-Aizawl (03 hr):

After some final birding transfer to Aizawl. On the way we shall bird seeing the potentialities. Overnight at Tourist Lodge.

Day 05: Aizawl-Murlen National Park( via Champhai)(07-08 hr):

Transfer to Murlen National Park via Champhai.

Overnight at Forest IB/Camps.

Murlen National Park is located in the north east corner of Mizoram bordering Myanmar. It is 245 Km east of Aizawl at 230 32’ – 230 42’ N and 920 13’ – 920 27’ E. It is close to Chinhills of Myanmar.

Murlen covers an area of 150 Sq.km and has an altitudinal variation of 400 meters to about 1900 meters above sea level. The Sub tropical, Semi evergreeen and Sub montane Forests of Murlen are home to a rich variety of Flora and Fauna. About 15 species of mammals, 150 species of birds, 35 species of Medicinal plants. 2 species of bamboos & 4 species of orchids so far have been recorded in this Park.

The list of animals include Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Hoolock Gibbon, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild pig, Gaur, Serow, Goral etc.

Bird list:

Crested Serpent Eagle, Wreathed hornbill, Great Hornbill, Brown Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Mrs.Hume’s Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant,White Crested Laughingthrush, Black-capped Kingfisher, White-rumped Vulture, Blyth’s Tragopan, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blu-naped Pitta, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Tree Sparrow, Bronzed Drongo, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Mountain Bulbul, Brown Wood- Owl, Spotted Forktail, Olive-backed Tree Pipit, White-throated Bulbul, Coral billed Scimitar Babbler, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Black-capped Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Black Bulbul, Ashy Wood Swallow, Brown-throated Tree Creeper, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar-tailed Cuckoo-Dove, Crested Honey Buzzard, Oriental Hobby, White-rumped Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Indian Lorikeet, Chestnut vented Nuthatch, Barn Owl, Bay Owl, Crested Finch-bill Bulbul, Black-crested Yellow Bulbul , Golden backed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Red-eared Bay Woodpecker, Brown Fish Owl, Chestnut Tailed Starling, Great Eared Nightjar, Large-tailed Nightjar , Striated Bulbul, Fairy Bluebird, Bamboo Partridge, Khalij Pheasant, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Asian paradise-flycatcher, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Sultan Tit, Scaly breasted Wren Babbler, Slender-billed Oriole, Red-rumped Swallow, Broad-bill Roller, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Scarlet Finch , Oriental Turtle Dove, Green-billed Malkoha, Little Spider Hunter, Grey-chinned Minivet, Grey Tree Pie etc.

Days 06-07: Murlen NP: Two full days birding at Murlen National Park.

Day 08: Murlen -Champhai-Aizawl (07-08 hr):

Transfer to Aizawl. On the way we shall bird seeing the potentialities. Overnight at Tourist Lodge.

Day 09: Aizwal-Guwahati (Fly):

Fly to Guwahati. Afternoon visit Deeporbeel bird sanctuary.

Deepor Beel Lake, a bird sanctuary on the outskirt of the city near Assam Engineering College not far away from the airport, is a vast wetland having fluctuating depths 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.

The surrounding agricultural field supports Bengal Bushlark, Ashy Woodswallow, Striated Grassbird, Bluethroat, Richard’s and Blyth’s Pipits etc. The lake has recorded 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.

Among the raptors Brahminy Kite, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White-backed and Long-billed Vultures, Himalayan Griffon, Marsh and Pied Harriers, Steppe, Booted, Spotted and Black Eagles are recorded.

Overnight at Brahmaputra Jungle Resort.

Day 10: Guwahati-Tura(06-07 hr):

Transfer to Tura in the West Garohills of Meghalaya.

Overnight at hotel Rikman/Sundare.

Days 11-12: Nokrek National Park:

Making the base at Tura we shall bird at Nokrek National Park for two full days.

Nokrek National Park ((2520’–2529’N 9013’–9035’E) is just two kilometers away from the Tura peak and is located in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, spread over parts of three districts, namely, West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.

It is one of the biggest biosphere reserves of India. This national park is home to various species of reptiles and invertebrates. The Nokrek national park is also famous for the natural limestone caves. Smoky Leopard, Tiger, Wild Buffaloes, elephants, hoolock gibbon and different species of Wild cats dominate the Park. Nokrek was declared as a national park in 1997, covering an area of 47.48 sq km. The park area acts as the core area of Nokrek Biosphere Reserve covering a total area of 820 sq km.

Teeming with wild life, Nokrek hill is the home to a very rare species of citrus locally known as Memang Narang, orange of the spirits. This Memang Narang is considered to be the most primitive and progenitor of all other varieties of citrus plants in the world. With a view to preserve this rare species of citrus indica, the first Gene Sanctuary of the world has been established here.

Nokrek is also believed to be the home of Mande Burung (jungle man or ape man) and reported cases of sightings abound in and around the villages of Nokrek.

Birdlist:

Black stork, Ashy minivet, Wreathed hornbill, Great Hornbill, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blu-naped Pitta, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Tree Sparrow, Bronzed Drongo, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Mountain Bulbul, Brown Wood- Owl, Spotted Forktail, Olive-backed Tree Pipit, White-throated Bulbul, Coral billed Scimitar Babbler, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Black-capped Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Black Bulbul, Ashy Wood Swallow, Brown-throated Tree Creeper, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar-tailed Cuckoo-Dove, Crested Honey Buzzard, Oriental Hobby, White-rumped Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Indian Lorikeet, Chestnut vented Nuthatch, Barn Owl, Bay Owl, Crested Finch-bill Bulbul, Black-crested Yellow Bulbul , Golden backed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Red-eared Bay Woodpecker, Brown Fish Owl, Chestnut Tailed Starling, Great Eared Nightjar etc.

Day 13: Nokrek-Balpakram National Park (05-06 hr):

Transfer to Balpakram National Park.

The Balpakram National Park is located to the extreme South Garo Hills of Meghalaya at a distance of 167 km away from Tura, the district headquarter of west Garo Hills district and 90 km from Baghmara, the district headquarters of South Garo Hills. This pocket of pristine beauty named Balpakram National Park is also close to the international boundary of Bangladesh.

Balpakram, which was declared a National Park in 1987, is the land of scenic beauty, lying at an altitude of nearly 3000 ft above sea level covering an area of 220 sq km. It is a vast tableland of dense forest, teeming with wild life, undoubtedly one of the richest spot in biodiversity in the country. It has varied types of floral and faunal compositions. Elephants and Tigers are the flagship of the park. It is home to one of the rarest animals in the world - the Lesser Panda or the Red Panda as it is commonly known. Hoolock Gibbons, the only ape species found in India can be seen here. Other animals found in the park are black bear, sambar, barking deer, serow, gaur, wild buffalo, leopard, clouded leopard, golden cat, malay bear, binturang, slow loris, wild dog, flying squirrel, wild pig, hedgehog etc. Among the plants very rare species like the Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes Khasiana), orchids and Drosera flourish abundantly which often attract wildlife biologists and researchers.

The western part of the park adjoins with Siju bird sanctuary along the banks of Simsang river.

The literal meaning of Balpakram is the "land of perpetual winds". There is a great precipice or deep gorge in Balpakram and is popularly compared to the Grand Canyon of U.S.A. It is believed that here, the spirits of the dead dwell temporarily before embarking on the final journey. Balpakram is sacred to the local Garo tribe as the abode of the dead spirits. The Garos are deeply spiritual and believe in myths as interesting and awe-some as the Greek mythologies. In support of their beliefs, Balpakram has many mysterious and unnatural phenomena that cannot be satisfactorily explained by modern science and logic. Some of these mysterious sites are Boldak matchu karam, Chidimak, Matchru, Areng patal, Goncho Dare, Dikkini ring, Rongsaljong Agal, Rongsobok Rongkol.rie

Balpakram is also an Important Bird Area. Over 270 bird species have been recorded in the area.

Birdlist:

Grey Peacock Pheasant, Blyth's Kingfisher, Bay Woodpecker ,Black & Jerdon's Baza, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Mountain Bamboo & White-Cheeked Partridge, Dusky & Eastern-Crowned Warbler, Olive Bulbul, Eye-Browed Wren-Babbler, Crested Finchbill, White-winged Duck, Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babbler, Tawny-breasted Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis longicaudatus-rare & endemic), Flavescent Bulbul, Collared Pigmy Owlet, Baya Weaver, Brown Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill , Wreathed Hornbill, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blu-naped Pitta, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Tree Sparrow, Bronzed Drongo, Striped Laughingthrush, Greater necklaced Laughingthrush, Common Iora, Lesser necklaced Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, White crested Laughingthrush ,Oriental Turtle Dove, White bellied Yuhina, etc.
Overnight at Forest Rest House/camps.

Days 14-15: Balpakram National Park:

Two full days of birding by trek.

Day 16: Balpakram-Tura (05-06 hr):

Transfer to Tura. On the way we can bird wherever we find the potentialities.

Overnight at hotel Rikman/Sundare.

Day 17: Tura-Guwahati (06-07 hr):

Transfer to Guwahati. Overnight at Brahmaputra Jungle Resort.

Day 18: Guwahati- PobitoraWLS-Guwahati airport (02 hr):

Early morning have a short drive to visit Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary close to Guwahati.

This small sanctuary of 38.81 sq km is known for having the world’s highest density of one horned rhinoceros. The vegetation comprises of Assam Alluvial Grassland and hilly forests. The sanctuary is listed as an Important Bird Area.

As per an estimation in April, 2006 a total of 81 rhinos were sighted at Pobitora. The list of other mammals includes Leopard, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Jungle cat, feral buffalo, Wild pig, Chinese pangolin etc. A total of 375 species of both resident and migratory birds of 46 families have been recorded so far with 14 listed in the Indian Red Data Book. Apart from these, 27 species of reptiles and 9 species of amphibians have been recorded. The wetlands of Pobitora also support a variety of fishes.

Enjoy an elephant safari followed by a jeep safari. Later after lunch transfer to Guwahati airport to catch the late afternoon flight to Delhi.

The end of the tour.

 TOUR PRICE

Groups (4 persons & above) per head EURO 2550.00

Price includes: All transfers, accommodations on twin sharing, meals, air transfers from Aizawl to Guwahati, safari charges, entry fees, guide charges, driver charges, Service Tax to Govt. of India etc.

Price does not include: Camera fees, Any Insurance Cover, Expenses arising out of sudden extension of the tour due to natural calamities or political strike & any expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks etc.

Season of Visit : October - April

Prices quoted valid until April, 2017

 
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