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27 Days Birding and Wildlife of North East India


It is Monday Morning and you are getting ready for the meeting. Outside your room Elephant is all set to take you across the river. Across the river Mighty 5 from India are waiting to meet you - Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Elephant, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer. Every day we promise there is going to be New Adventure for the next 27 days and night. You would cross rivers including mighty Brahamputra countless times. The Species of birds which would add to your database would be phenomenal. Waking up to Calls of wild or early morning Bird songs would be usual. You would be briefed everyday which Animal footprints were found outside your room last night. Undisturbed, Unperturbed, Unruffled and Undisturbed doses of nature in abundance for 27 days. Eaglenest would showcase you its birds for which it is famous all over the world. Every evening you would look forward to hearty meal prepared by local cooking techniques and village’s organic farms.  

Sketch Itinerary :
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New Delhi | Dibrugarh | Guijan | Namdapha National Park | Jorhat | kaziranga  National Park | Pakke | Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary | Tawang Bomdilla | Nameri National Park | Manas Wildlife Sanctuary | Guwahati | New Delhi

Trip Type :
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Expeditions
 

Customization :
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All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.

 

Price on request 

 

What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Guijan, Namdapha National Park, Jorhat, kaziranga  National Park, Pakke, Eagle nest Wildlife Sanctuary,| Tawang Bomdilla, Nameri National Park, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary national park
  • jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Elephant safari once during the stay at Kaziranga
  • Boat ride or rafting at Nameri
  • Tracking /Walking safari at Eagle nest
  • Bird watching by foot at Nameri
  • Visit to tea estate and organic farms
  • Visit to tribal village
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Air-conditioned chair car train travel
  • Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • Many early starts during the game drives

All currently applicable taxes


What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
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Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

At the arrival please feel comfortable when Nature Safari executive welcomes you to a whole new experience you are about to live and escort you to your hotel. "Namaste" Welcome to India. Overnight Stay at New Delhi. Receive all travel related documents and vouchers from our Executive.

Moring transfer from to airport to board a flight to Dibrugarh and travel an hour to Guijan - the gateway to DibruSoikhowa biosphere reserve. Biographically this region depicts properties of both Indian and Malayan sub regions. Thanks to the presence of mighty Bramamputra and its tributaries. Since it is situated in flood plains therefore it is home to most endangered and extremely rare species of wildlife. For Nature it is Picture perfect with the backdrop of deciduous trees, wet evergreen forests and swamps.

Overnight at the resort.

Full day birding activities around Maguribeel and also in the grassland inside the park for spotting the Parrotbill, Swamp Prinia, Jerdon's Babbler etc. One other species this forest hides is the Feral Horses. It would be fun to hear how the ancestor of these horses were tamed and then some returned to wild to be known as Feral Horses. There are mimimum 8 species of turtles which are recorded here and couple of species of lizards are seen. The moment you step on the boat for the ride you realize the importance of co-existence Birds not mind your presence and neither do fisherman. You can click your cameras and no one mind giving you candid shots. Its here you mind not taking the serene and unperturbed background with ever moving subject of yours.

Overnight in Guijan.

Transfer to Miao following the historic Stilwell Road - the gateway to Namdapha Tiger Reserve.

Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and is located in Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. It is also the third largest national park in India in terms of area.

Meals and Overnight at Namdapha Jungle Camp.

Transfer by Jeep to Deban, cross river on Elephant back and hike to your first camp site deep inside the rain forests.

Namdapha national park is known to be the ultimate zone for many of the rare species of animals such as snow leopards, clouded leopards, common leopards, tigers and even Red Pandas. One can also get to watch the Himalayan bears. Other large predators are dholes, wolves, and Asiatic black bears. Smaller carnivores can be traced are red fox, red panda, Eurasian otter, yellow-throated marten, spotted linsang, binturong, Oriental small-clawed otter, common palm civet, small Indian civet, large Indian civet, masked palm civet, marbled cat, fishing cat, Asiatic golden cat and some species of mongoose. Grandly, the large herbivores are represented by elephant wild boar, Indian muntjac, forest musk deer, sambar, gaur, hog deer, mainland serow, common goral, takin and bharal. Seven species of non-human primates including Stump-tailed macaque and Slow Loris, Hoolock Gibbons, Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques and Rhesus Macaques. These animals are usually rare to sight in common places and the tourists need to make great efforts out of a successful safari excursion. Undoubtedly, visiting Namdhapa National Park and watching them from one's own eyes make the unique thrilling experience in itself.

Overnight camping.

Birding hikes between Haldibari and Firm Base. Stay in fully serviced tents.

You would actually find how futile are the efforts of the sunrays to penetrate and make presence in the area. What fun it is to hear Peacock, gibbons and langurs after every regular intervals. May be these timings of theirs were source of inspiration to the music composers. High above you find the great hornbills making calls and flying between tree tops.

Birding walk on North Bank of Noa-Dehang River to Horn Bill via Haldibari Crossing the Noa-Dihang River by boat .

Overnight in camp.

Birding hikes between Haldibari and Firm Base. Stay in fully serviced tents.

Invest in good camera and invest in Leech guards to be able to use these cameras. The swamps and wetlands of rainforests are home to the leeches. You would be walking under the natural rooftop - A thick canopy of trees shooting upto 200-250 feet. It would be sheer delight to watch jungle fowl, drongos, spotted dove, babblers, pitas and woodpeckers while walking.

Return hike to Deban and then transfer by Jeep to Namdapha Jungle Camp for an overnight stay.

By now you would be used to wake up after listening to your regular orchestra of Barbets, Sultans, bulbuls, doves and gibbons. They prepare you for the day ahead - Much better than secretaries telling your appointments of the day. You would notice the footmarks of various animals - Guars, sambhar, elephants which have crossed over during the night.

Transfer to Jorhat(8 hours) for a transit halt at Jorhat.

Jorhat was the first town of the Upper and central Assam installing electricity supply in 1923. The first aeroplane on north-eastern soil was landed in Jorhat in 1928. Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the oldest golf course in Asia and third oldest in the world. The first stadium of Assam was built in Jorhat. The world's oldest and largest Tea Experimental Station is located at Jorhat.

Overnight at Hotel or Heritage Tea Bungalow.

Time permitting, morning quick birding and Primate watching in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserve Forest, is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Assam, India. A small Sanctuary of 20.98 sq. kms. inJorhat district with semi-evergreen forests and evergreen patches amidst tea gardens and human settlements. The Sanctuary is named after the only Ape (Hoolock Gibbon) found in India.The man like apes like namely gorillas and orangutans are not found in India. So this Hoolock Gibbon Is actually Gem of Indian forest. Like all apes it has distinctive long arms and they do not have any tail. They are also found in Nagaland. Also one can spot Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Pangolin, Assamese macaque, Pig tailed macaque, Rhesus macaque, Stump tailed macaque, Capped langur, Slow loris, Jungle cat, Indian civet, Giant squirrel, Barking deer, Sambar, Wild pig, Squirrels.

Later drive to Kaziranga Tiger Reserve(2 hours). Overnight at Jungle Lodge.

Today Explore the Western and Buraphar Range in the park on Jeep and Elephant back. Meals and stay at Jungle Lodge.

Kaziranga National Park, a world Heritage site and is jewel of Brahamputrariver. Golaghat and Nagaon districts are home to this park. It was also declared as Tiger Reserve in 2006. Kaziranga is divided into 4 zones. Central is Kaziranga range: Western is Bagori Range: Eastern is Agaratoli Range and Burapahar Range. For Jeep Safaris preference is given to Eastern, Central and Western Zone. Kaziranga National Park on the South bank of Brahmaputra river which every year after the monsoon flood bring is fresh alluvial and helps the grasslands sustain and feed the large herbivores such as One Horned Rhinos, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo, Asiatic Wild Elephant, Swamp and Hog Deers, Barasingha. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve is aptly called as 'The Serengeti of India and is a home to all the BIG FIVE(Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Elephant, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer) of India and holds the single largest population of One Horned Rhinoceros in the World.

Meals and overnight at Jungle Lodge.

Today Explore the Eastern and Central Range in the park on Jeep and Elephant back.

Kaziranga National Park lies partly in Golaghat District and partly in Nagaon District of Assam. It is the oldest park in Assam covers an area of 430 Sq. kms along the river Brahmaputra on the North and the KarbiAnglong hills on the South. The National Highway 37 passes through the park area and tea estates, hemmed by table-top tea bushes. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying near the highway.

Meals and stay at Jungle Lodge.

Moring after breakfast proceed to Pakke Tiger reserve(3 hours). Overnight at Pakke Jungle Camp.

Pakke Tiger Reserve falls within the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. It is home to over 2000 species of plants, 300 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, 30 species of amphibians and 36 species of reptiles. Many species of the flora and fauna are globally threatened, and PTR is one of the last remaining strongholds left for these species. The area can be truly termed as 'Hornbill country', as four species of Honbill are found here. The endangered White Winged Wood Duck is not uncommon too.

Birding in Pakke including guided safaris/game drives, guided nature walks and birding, cultural experience, village tour. Don't miss your chance to eat local cuisine and drink local spirit.

Eaglnest is a popular birding area among the serious birdwatchers from all over the world.It is the site where BugunLiocichla was first discovered in 1995 and again observed and described in 2006 by RamanaAthreya.It also is home to a wide variety of Herpetofauna, including the Abor Hills Agama which was rediscovered here after 125 years. Around 15 species of mammals including the endangered Capped Langur, Bengal tiger, Asian Elephant, Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear and the vulnerable, Arunachal Macaque and Gaur can be seen here.Eaglenest is also home to at least 165 species of butterflies including Bhutan Glory, Grey Admiral, Scarce Red-Forester, Dusky Labyrinth, Tigerbrown, Jungle-queen sp, White-edged Bush-Brown,and White Owl.Located at an altutude of 2800m high, at pass across the Chaku Ridge Eaglenest is named after the famed 4th Indian Army Division of World War fame - whose Divisional logo was the Eagle.

Overnight in tents.

Birding in between Lama Camp and Bompu. Stay in tents at Lama Camp.

Birding in between Lama Camp and Bompu. Stay in tents at Lama Camp.

Travel to Dirang with stop at Eaglenest Pass. Overnight at Hotel.

Travel 8 hours to Tawang with stop at Mandala ridge and Sella pass for birding.Sella Pass is world's highest motorable mountain pass.

Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is one place which has natural beauty filled in every inch of Land. It is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges questions your memory - If you have seen anything beautiful than this. Tawangchu River and Tawang valley are very mesmerizing. There are also beautiful natural Lakes in Tawang like the Sangetsar Lake which is known for its scenic surroundings as well as rare avi-fauna like snow pigeon and musk deer. Other attractions include the War Memorial, Craft Centre and the local markets.

Stay at Hotel.

Tawang local birding. Stay at Hotel.

Twang is surrounded by valleys, waterfalls and lakes. Recent lake which is formed is Madhuri - resultant of earthquake. One of the beautiful ways of nature to look more beautiful. The pristine surroundings will consume maximum of the shots here. This area is famous for its monasteries. Asia's second largest monastery Twang Monastery is housed here. The views from this monastery is picturesque - Thick Coniferous forest and Lofty mountains. MonalPheasant , Blood pheasant, Satyr, Black necked crane, alpine accentor, brown throated babbler and red billed chough.

Travel to Bomdilla(8 hours) for a transit halt at Hotel or Monastery Guest House.Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 8000 ft. above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among primary attractions of the area.

Transfer to Nameri Tiger Reserve. Nameri is regarded as one of the most scenic national parks of Assam.

The Nameri National park of 200 sq Km is ticked in Sonitpur district. It borders Arunachal Pradesh and is core area of Nameri Reserve. Towards North east of this park is the Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary. The tributaries of Jia - Bhorolicriss crosses the park and provides unique vegetation and landscape to the park.

In addition to the Elephant, it is home to a number of endangered animals like the White winged Wood Duck, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Sambar, Indian Wild Dog, a few varieties of Hornbill and many more.

Overnight stay at Nameri.

We have one full day birding at Nameri on foot and by rubber Dinghy You will have the opportunity to go on a jungle walk, take a boat ride, or even go rafting on the JiaBhoroli river which bifurcates the Park. (Please note that these activities are subject to availability and weather conditions).

This forest has pockets which are richest areas in the world in terms of plant functional type and Plant functional complexity. Add the tropical monsoon and you get is the breeding ground for the rare species of birds. What this learning will teach you is lot of patience.

Stay at Nameri.

Travel 7 hours to Manas Tiger Reserve. After check in you will be greeted by your hosts with a small traditional reception ceremony. Your local trip guide will de-brief you about the project and the tour.

Overnight at Jungle Lodge.

In the morning you will set out for a daylong wildlife and patrolling expedition with our conservation team in the park. You will explore the Eastern core of the National Park and visit patrolling camps, species conservation and monitoring centres.

You will return to camp by evening greeted with tea and snacks and 'infotainment' by one of the coordinators of the project. A hearty meal of local cooking from the village's organic farm will end your day at Manas Jungle Camp. Overnight at the camp.

Birding in Central and Eastern Manas.

Stay at Jungle Lodge.

In the morning you will set out for a daylong wildlife and patrolling expedition with our conservation team in the park. You will explore the Eastern core of the National Park and visit patrolling camps, species conservation and monitoring centres.

You will return to camp by evening greeted with tea and snacks and 'infotainment' by one of the coordinators of the project. A hearty meal of local cooking from the village's organic farm will end your day at Manas Jungle Camp. Overnight at the camp.

Birding in Central and Eastern Manas.

Stay at Jungle Lodge.

Travel 5 hours to Guwahati airport to board a flight back home via Kolkata or Delhi/Mumbai.

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Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Essential info

 

Vaccinations.. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

 

Eating & drinking

Breakfast is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However your all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive.  We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.

 

Weather & seasonality

September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing

 

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 

 

Eligibility

  1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.

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