Day 01 : Guwahati - Nameri
Arrive Guwahati Airport / Railway Station.
On arrival meet with the driver waiting for you. Journey for your birding tour starts. You will be transferred to Nameri National Park (224 km / 6 hrs).
Situated in the District of Sonitpur, Assam, Nameri is a must visit destination for every wildlife lovers and bird watchers. This 200 Sq. Km. National Park is the continuation of The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. Pakke borders the Northern boundary of the Park. Being located on the foothills of Eastern Himalaya, the park contains some of the remarkable landscapes of all the National Park of Assam. In any clear day you can enjoy the great grasslands, semi evergreen forests and snowcapped peaks together from the bank of river Jiabhoreli.
River Jiabhoreli is also famous for its Golden Mahseer. Notable number of Golden Mahseer due to protection and Mahseer conservation programme attracts thousands of people every year from every corner of the world for sports angling.
Species to look for :
Nameri is a tiger reserve; as per 2002 census Nameri is the home of 26 Tigers. More than 30 species of mammals found in this park including Elephant, Leopard, Dhole (Asiatic Wild Dog), Hispid Hare, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, Assamese Macaque, Himalayan yellow Throated Martin, Malayan giant Squirrel etc.
But it is not easy to see a tiger in Nameri. Nameri is more popular for its bird population. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the Park. The most prized and significant finding is the White Winged Wood Duck which has a flourishing population in Nameri confirmed officially in 1995.
Other prime avifaunal species noted hare are Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Black Stork, Ibis Bill, Red Crested Pochard, Common Merganser, King Vulture, Long Billed Ring Plover, Blue-bearded bee-eater, Speckled Piculet, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Red-breasted Parakeet, Brown Hawk Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Eurasian and Oriental Hobby, Sultan Tit etc.
If you are interested in amphibians and invertebrates Nameri can be a rewarding destination for you.
Expect a great birding experience at Nameri along with the sighting of few species of primates.
Day 02 : Nameri
Morning rafting on the river Jiabhoreli in search of birds. Post lunch jungle walk in Nameri National Park. Overnight stay at Nameri.
Day 03 : Nameri - Eaglenest
Start early morning and enter into Arunachal Pradesh. Drive to Lama Camp, Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuary (approx 140 km / 6 hrs). On arrival check in to Camp. Evening brief birding session around Camp Area. Overnight stay at Eaglenest.
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh and covers an area of 217 sq km. Altitude of the sanctuary varies from 500 mtrs to 3250 mtrs and is the most exotic and largest closed-canopy forest of Arunachal Pradesh. Eaglenest is notable as a prime birding site due to the extraordinary variety, numbers and accessibility of bird species here. Untouched lash green forest and snowcapped high peaks on the horizon also makes this place scenically most beautiful place in western Arunachal Pradesh.
Eaglenest derives its name from the Red Eagle Division of the Indian Army, which was posted in the area during 1950s.
Species to look for :
Eaglenest shelters some of the rarest and exotic species of animal and birds found in India. In Eaglenest a new taxon of primate was discovered by noted primatologist of north-east India Dr Anwaruddin Choudhury in 1997 and later described as a new species, i.e., Arunachal Macaque.
Eagle nest is also the site where Bugun Liocichla was first discovered in 1995 and described as new bird specie. The highest elevation, 11000 ft. that the wild Asian elephants reach anywhere is also partly in this sanctuary.
Eaglenest is home to at least 15 species of Mammal including Asian Elephant, Red Panda, Assamese Macaque, Arunachal Macaque, Himalayan Black Bear, Golden Cat, Leopard Cat, Marbled Cat etc.
But prime attractions of Eaglenest are its avifaunal species. More than 400 species of birds has been recorded in the sanctuary and adjacent areas. The sanctuary has the unique distinction of having three Tragopan species i.e. Blyth’s Tragopan, Temminck’s Tragopan and Satyr Tragopan. Other noteworthy species recoded in Eaglenest are Hill Partridge, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Speckled Piculet, Bay Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Golden-throated Barbet, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Tawny Fish Owl, Hodgson's Frogmouth, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Ibisbill, Wood Snipe, Jerdon's Baza, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-napped Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Maroon Oriole, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Golden Bush Robin, Purple Cochoa, Green Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Blyth's Leaf Warbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Cutia, Blue-winged Minla, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Nepal Fulvetta, Beautiful Sibia etc.
Expect a great birding experience in Eagle nest
Day 04 : Eaglenest
Birding activities in Eaglenest. Overnight stay at Lama Camp.
Day 05 : Eaglenest
Start very early in the morning. Drive towards Bompu Camp. Birding activities in Eaglenest. Overnight stay at Bompu Camp.
Day 06 : Eaglenest
Birding activities in and around Bompu Camp and towards Khelang area of Eaglenest. Overnight stay at Bompu Camp.
Day 07 : Eaglenest
Birding activities in Eaglenest. Drive back to Lama Camp. Overnight stay at Lama Camp.
Day 08 : Eaglenest - Guwahati
Start very early in the morning. Transfer to Guwahati Airport/ Railway Station (Approx 360 km / 9 hrs). Tour ends.