Birding In North East India

North East India is any birders dream. One of less explored and a mysterious wilderness, North East India has some of India’s best preserved wildlife sanctuaries.    Suggested Tour Plan : DELHI – DIBRU SAIKHOWA NP – JORHAT – GIBON SANCTUARY – NEMERI – EAGLE-NEST – KAZIRANGA – MANAS – GUWAHATI – DELHI.

New Delhi : Light birding upon arrival to set the pace for the incredible North East India trail.  Places which can be covered are :
Sultanpur National Park : Located 37 km from New Delhi is the Sultanpur. The park is home many resident and migratory birds. The park is open to birding from October to June every year. Reaching there takes about 60 – 90 minutes from New Delhi City Centre (depending on the city traffic )

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary : The place  is  easily accessible and has  7 species of primates. Walks are allowed and Hollock Gibbon easily sighted. The area has Northeastern India’s only nocturnal primate – the slow loris But you have to overnight in Gibbon itself to see the slow loris. The accommodation is basic inside Gibbon. There is a presence of pig tailed and stump tailed macaque which can be sighted with moderate luck. In .winter  (starting late October) it is good for forest birds several species of forest butterflies and giant squirrel. The dense forest makes it difficult to see too many birds but you may manage to see the Dark-necked tailorbird, Orange-headed Thrush and Grey-bellied Tesia. Our guides claim  that  in the main road cutting through this  small sanctuary more than 100 species of butterflies can be identified in the months of Oct and November as also in March-April

Nameri National Park :  is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. It is 200 sq. km area and contiguous on its northern boundary with Pakhui National Park (810 sq. km). Nameri is really on the edge of a huge wilderness area. Both Nameri NP and Pakhui WLS are declared as Tiger Reserve  under Project Tiger. You need to cross the snow-fed Bhorelli River to visit the Park and walks are allowed (which is not permitted in Kaziranga NP).  The habitat is diverse more close to Manas National Park (which can also visited nowadays).  Sighting of wild animals is difficult but the place has over 350 species of birds. Known to be a good place to sight the White-winged Wood Duck, pax  can view Ibisbill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary : It is part of Kameng protected areas complex (KPEC), The places is rich with birdlife having a home of more 450 spices of birds. covers a wide area—along with the adjacent Bugun Community Forest, it incorporates 218 square kilometres of highly biodiverse geography. Lying in between the plains of Assam and Gori-Chen mountain range (altitude 19,685 feet), the alpine forests of Dirang, and the Sela Pass is this belt of temperate broadleaf and conifer forest. A must for birders who want to visit this part of the country for birding in North East India.

KAZIRANGA : the  entire spectrum of habitat types prevalent in the Kaziranga  area. (though Brahmaputra view is not available but a stretch of the route  goes by the tributary river Difloo)  There is a possibility of sighting elephants as well as the other big animals especially the swamp buffalo and of course the rhino. In the extensive short grass yards next to the wetlands the rare  Swamp Deer.groups can be seen easily.Technically Swamp Deer is more endangered than the Asian one-horned  rhino as far as world population is concerned.  Birding in a wide range of  habitats. Birding look for look for Pallas Fish Eagle,.Lesser Adjutant,,Swamp Francolin,,Spotbilled Pelican etc.Also other waterbirds such as Barheaded Goose, Grey headed Lapwing, Blacknecked Stork etc.

MANAS : Has one the largest patch of grassland that can be found in Assam (even in Kaziranga such a huge grassland area cannot be seen) The highlight of this afternoon is to sight florican from the tower at Kuribeel. travel on the Bansbari-Uchila road  chances of seeing grassland species like  Jordan’s Babbler and Chestnut capped Babbler Rufous-necked Laughing Thrush  Prinias  In the patch of  Woodland near Uchilla camp  good birding engagement will result in Green footed  Imperial pigeons, Sultan tit,  Long tailed  broad bill and of course the . Great and Pied Hornbill. 

Inclusions :
1. Pick & Drop from the hotel / place of stay at various places
2. English speaking birding naturalist / Guide
3. Transfer in Toyota Car/ Tempo Traveller.
4. India internal flights. 
5. Full cycle of meals : Breakfast / lunch / dinner Field Breakfast & Mineral Water.
6. Jungle Safaris / Walking Safaris 
7. All guide and jungle entrance charges
8. All applicable taxes  
 
Exclusions :
1.      Person expenses
2.      Anything that is not indicated Inclusions
Details Of Suggested Tour (we can further customised as per your requirement)
Day 1:    New Delhi :  Arrive in Delhi. Overnight In New Delhi.
Day 2:   Fly to Dibrugarh. Drive to  Dibru Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve. Overnight in a resort / wildlife lodge in Dibru Saikhowa. 
Day 2:    Dibru Saikhowa : Jungle safaris in morning and afternoon. Overnight in a resort / wildlife lodge in Dibru Saikhowa.
Day 3:    Drive from Dibru Saikhowa to Jorhat or Thengal. Overnight in a resort / wildlife lodge in Jorhat our Thengal.
Day 4:    Visit Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and then onward to Nemeri National Park. Overnight in Nemeri.
Day 5 : Nemeri :  Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Nemeri National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Nemeri.
Day 6 :Nemeri : Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Nemeri National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Nemeri.
Kaziranga. Overnight in Kaziranga. 
Day 7 : Eglesnest : Early morning jungle safari in Eglesnest, after breakfast drive to Eglesnest. 
Day 8 : Eglesnest : Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Eglenest  National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Eglesnest.
Day 9 : Kaziranga : Early morning jungle safari, after breakfast leave for Kaziranga. Overnight in wildlife lodge in Kaziranga
Day 10 :Kaziranga :  Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Kaziranga National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Kaziranga.
Day 11 : Kaziranga - Manas Early morning jungle safari. After breakfast drive to Manas National Park. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / hotel in Manas
Day 12 : Manas : Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Manas National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Manas.
Day 13 : Manas : Morning and Afternoon Jungle safari in Manas National Parl. Overnight in a wildlife lodge / lodge in Manas.
Day 14 : Manas - New Delhi : Early morning jungle safari and drive to Guwahati to take a flight to New Delhi. Transfer to a hotel in New Delhi. TOUR ENDS