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Himalays 20 Days

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW:

The northeast Indian hill country and adjacent Himalayas is an important centre of endemism and biodiversity in general, full of charismatic wildlife species so as to excite almost any imagination.

Nameri National Park an even greater and more exciting range of birds is accessible to the birder. Kaziranga importance for biodiversity conservation can scarcely be overstated. It helps protect some 25 globally threatened birds and 24 that are near threatened, not to mention being home to the worlds largest remaining populations of Indian Rhinoceros (@2000 of them), eastern Barasingha (Swamp Deer) and wild Water Buffalo, plus holding very important populations of Indian Elephant and Tiger (@100).

The World Heritage Kaziranga National Park is a highly reputed wild life protected area, located in Assam. A fabulous mosaic of grasslands, forests, and pools backed by misty hills. The Park has more than 70% of the world’s one-horned rhino population, 70% of the world population of the Eastern Swamp Deer and 75% of the world’s wild Asiatic water buffalo. It has a significant population of the Asian Elephant. Close encounters with the Great Indian one horned Rhino, and wild Indian Elephants Swamp Deer, Asiatic Water buffalo, and a host of animals are assured. There are plenty of Tigers around – but there is only a 25 percent chance of spotting one.

The Park also has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. Because of the varied habitat types that the Park comprises of, as also of the strict protection accorded to them, birding in Kaziranga is very special. The varied terrain provides habitat for wetland, grassland, and woodland species The Bengal Florican is the main attraction. You should also be able to see a good variety of raptors.

You are not allowed to walk inside the reserve. Birding is by jeep and Elephant. The Eastern Range of the park is good for water birds such as Falcated Teal, White-eyed Pochard and spot-billed pelican (a colony of 200 pairs is located in this range). For grassland birds the Western Range is ideal. The Bengal Florican can be seen during the elephant ride in the Central Range. The nearby Panbari Reserved Forest is good for woodland birds such as yellow-vented Warbler, great Hornbill, and redheaded Trogon.

Other interesting birds include Green-backed Heron, White bellied Heron (rare), Lesser and greater Adjutants, Black-necked Storks, Spoonbill, Grey-headed and Pallas’s Fish-eagle (common), Swamp Francolin (common), Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-bellied tern, Marsh Babbler, Jordan’s Bushchat (rare) White-throated Bushchat and many more Other birds recorded by us: Lineated Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Spotted Redshank, River Lapwing, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Pied Harrier, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-necked Stork, Rosy Minivet, Spot-winged Starling, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Streaked Spider – hunter, Forest Wagtail, Blyth’s Pipit, and Yellow-breasted Bunting.

Eaglesnest wildlife sanctuary, West Kameng, is located in Western Arunachal Pradesh and is the highest in elevation. Named after the Kameng river which drains the basin of Gori Chen and Kangto peaks, this region is spread below the Himalayan watershed on the borders with Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the West. The topography is truly amazing rising from the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam through tangled ridges at elevations of around 1500 meters to 7080 meters on the watershed of the Himalayas.

The biggest advantage of Eaglesnest (expected to provide the bulk of the star species) over other montane forests of Arunachal is a jeep track which cuts right through its heart from the pass at 2800m down to the flood plains of Assam at 100m – its easy access, excellent forest and wide altitudinal range is a unique combination for Arunachal.

The contiguous forests,Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary, Nameri National Park (in Assam) and the surrounding blocks of reserve forests, encompassing over 2500 sq.km and 3400m in altitude, form one of the largest protected regions of Arunachal. This east Himalayan area is located close to the Bhutan border in western Arunachal.

We will be visiting the d Eaglesnest wildlife sanctuary (mid altitude: 800-2800m) and some higher altitude (3000-4000m) localities further north below the Tsela pass. This visit to a really high altitude area and we look forward to augmenting the species list with birds of fir, rhododendron scrub and alpine meadows.

Some of the specialty birds which can be seen are: Rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, northern goshawk, pied falconet, common hill-partridge, temminck’s Tragopan, ashy wood-pigeon, tawny wood-owl, Rufous-necked hornbill, ward’s trogon, golden-throated barbet, crimson-breasted pied-woodpecker, bay woodpecker, pale-headed woodpecker, grey-chinned Minivet, Rufous-bellied bulbul, maroon-backed accentor, eye-browed thrush, fea’s thrush, Gould’s Shortwing, white-browed Shortwing, blue-fronted robin, little Forktail, golden bush-robin, Rufous-breasted bush-robin, purple Cochoa, grey-sided laughing-thrush, scaly laughing-thrush, black-faced laughing-thrush, Bugun and red-faced Liocichla, coral-billed scimitar-babbler, slender-billed scimitar-babbler, Various wren-babblers (wedge-billed, bar-winged, pygmy, spotted, Rufous-throated and scaly-breasted), cutia, Rufous-bellied shrike-babbler, green shrike-babbler, white-hooded babbler, red-tailed minla, Various tit-babblers/Fulvetta (golden-breasted, brown-throated, and yellow-throated), Three sibias ( beautiful, and Rufous-backed), Various Yuhina (black-chinned, Rufous-vented and white-naped), fire-tailed Myzornis, Six Parrotbill (greater and lesser Rufous-headed, brown, grey-headed and fulvous-fronted), mountain tailorbird, three Tesia (chestnut-headed, grey-bellied and salty-bellied), Various flycatcher-warblers (broad-billed, white-spectacled, chestnut-crowned and black-faced), four Niltava (including vivid and large), Thirteen flycatchers (including. white-gorgeted), Rufous-bellied and grey-crested tits, sultan tit, beautiful nuthatch, Wallcreeper, brown-throated Treecreeper, yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, mrs Gould’s and fire-tailed sunbird, gold-naped black-finch, Bevan’s bullfinch, brown bullfinch.

Mishmi Hills :These hills includes the forests and snow covered peaks and is the source of the Dibang river and many tributaries. The area is entirely mountainous with deep gorges. The vegetation ranges from temperate Broadleaf and Temperate Coniferous to Subalphine scrub, while the peaks are barren and remain snowcapped for the greater part of the year. Lower slopes of this Hills still contain some of the finest primary forest areas. Some of the bird species found here are Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge,Blyths Tragopan,Sclaters Monal,Wards Trogon,Mishmi Wren Babbler ,Cachar Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Yellow -rumped Honeyguide, Rusty-bellied Shortwing and many other species.

  • Day 01-Fly to Dibrugarh – Assam
    Fly from Calcutta/Delhi to Dibrugarh overnight in hotel Centre Point, Tinsukhia.
  • Day 02- Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Tinsukhia
    Full days birding at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park by boat and walk
  • Day 03- Tinsukhia to Roing- Mishmi Hills Arunachal Pradesh/ up to 3000 mtrs
    Early morning drive to Roing, crossing the Bramhaputra River on a local ferry it make take 7-8 hours depending on the availability of the ferry. If time permits evening birding and overnight at Hotel or fully service camps.
  • Day 04- Roing/Mishmi Hills
    Full days birding overnight at hotel or camp
  • Day 05- Roing/Mishmi Hills
    Full days birding overnight at Hotel or camp
  • Day 06- Roing/Mishmi Hills
    Full days birding overnight at Hotel or camp
  • Day 07- Roing to Digboi 200 mtrs
    Early morning drive to Digboi Oil Fields, crossing the Brahmaputra River on a local ferry it make take 7-8 hours depending on the availability of the ferry. If time permits evening birding and overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 08- Digboi to Kaziranga 200mtrs
    Morning birding and drive 07 hours to Kaziranga National Park, overnight at hotel.
  • Day 09-Kaziranga

    We will spend our two full days in Kaziranga exploring the park as best we can by jeep and on elephant back. There is several watch points scattered throughout Kaziranga, and we are allowed out on foot at these. We will make daily forays, twice a day into various ranges of the park and the nearby Panbari Reserve Forest by jeep. One morning we will take an elephant safari. –overnight at hotel

  • Day 10- Kaziranga
    Birding and overnight at hotel.
  • Day 11- Kaziranga to Shillong 2000 mtrs
    Early morning birding and drive to Shillong in 07 hours and if time permits birding enroute overnight in hotel.
  • Day 12- Shillong
    Full days birding and overnight in hotel.
  • Day 13- Shillong to Nameri 270 mtrs
    Early morning drive 07 hours to Nameri National Park, evening birding around camp as time permits, overnight at Nameri eco Camp.
  • Day 14- Nameri
    Full days birding on foot in the Park and overnight at Nameri Eco Camp.
  • Day 15- Nameri to Dirang- Arunachal Pradesh 1800 mtrs
    Birding drive to Dirang dzong, 1500 meters (210 Kms) in 05 hrs.Overnight at Hotel Pemaling.
  • Day 16- Dirang to Sela Pass 4500 mtrs
    AM: Drive to Sela Pass 02.30 Hours for full days birding, Evening back to Dirang for overnight stay.
  • Day 17- Dirang to Mandala 3000 mtrs/Sangti Valley 1600 mtrs
    Early morning full day birding in Sangti Valley/Mandala and overnight at Hotel Pemaling.
  • Day 18- Dirang to Lama Camp- Eaglesnest 2350 mtrs
    Birding drive to Lama Camp, Eaglesnest for overnight at fully serviced camps.
  • Day 19- Lama Camp
    Full days birding around lama camp and overnight at fully serviced camps.
  • Day 20- Lama Camp to Sunderview 2600mtrs
    Birding trek to Top Ridge Sunderview and overnight stay at fully serviced Camps.
  • Day 21- Sunderview to Bompu 1900 mtrs
    Full day birding trek to Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.
  • Day 22- Bompu
    Full days birding around Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.
  • Day 23- Bompu to Sessni 1200 mtrs
    Full days birding trek to Sessni and back to Bompu for overnight stay at fully serviced camps
  • Day 24- Bompu to Sessni 1200 mtrs.
    Full days birding trek to Sessni and back to Bompu for overnight stay at fully serviced camps
  • Day 25- Bompu to Guwhati 270 mtrs
    Birding drive to Guwahati 09 hours depending on traffic and overnight at hotel in Guwahati.
  • Day 26- Departure
    After breakfast drive to airport for departure to Delhi or Kolkatta. Tour Ends.

What is included in your price?

  • Reception at Airport on arrival and send off .
  • Accommodation on twin share with all meals, as given in the itinerary.
  • On birding treks, all camping arrangements to include all meals, 3-4 man tent shared by 02 persons, sleeping mats, dining tent, toilet tents, camp staff, porters and local guide. Please bring your sleeping bags (we can provide on request)
  • Exclusive transport for all transfers and birding trips as per itinerary: – Hard top jeep 08 seater to be shared by 04 plus guide.
  • Park Entry fees
  • Birding guide

Price does not include:

  • Air fare
  • Personal expenses, bar, Mineral water, laundry, telephone, and medical expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Restricted Area Permit for Arunachal Pradesh USD 120 per person. One time payment.
  • Camera fees at National Parks – where applicable.
  • Single room supplement if required.
  • Travel insurance of any sort.