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India Bird Watching

North East Birding Tour in Assam, India

Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days
New Delhi – Guwahati – Nameri National Park – Dirang (Sela pass-Sangthi Valley-Mandala) – Eaglenest – Guwahati – New Delhi


The Eastern Himalayas sustain an array of wildlife, with a surfeit of rare species of fauna and flora. The list includes Snow Leopard in its Himalayan region, Clouded Leopard, Tigers, lesser cats like, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat and Golden Cat. Other animals include the Indian Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant and Water Buffalo in the foothills of the Himalayas, making the country one of the world's greatest biodiversity hotspots. The major river basin of Northeast India is the mighty Brahmaputra river basin, featuring dense forests and offering habitat for butterfly species. Preserving this diverse wilderness is essential for the area's and the world's biodiversity. This particular expanse has many ecological projects envisioned to ensure the survival and growth of a numerous species.

In this trip of 10 nights 11 days, we covered the rainforest of Eastern Himalayas, from the state of Assam to Arunachal Pradesh.

Our first destination was Nameri National Park with an area of around 200 sq. km. Nameri is known for some of the rarer species of birds like, Ibiss Bill, White winged Duck, Greater Adjutant, Green Cochoa, Long-tailed Broadbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Pied Falconet, Pied Harrier, Oriental Hobby, White-browed Piculet, Grey-bellied Tesia, Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, Black-backed Forktail, Wreathed Hornbill, Northern Lapwing, Pied Falconet and many more. The abundance of lush green vegetation across this region, gives an enigmatic panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas.

In between these gigantic Himalayan streams, lies a beautiful valley named Dirang. The view of the valley is mesmerizing in itself. There is a bridge over the river Kameng and on the other side you can see beautiful paddy land. The Dirang market can also be a good place to spend an evening to buy local artifacts. Over the course of our journey we found Rufous-bellied Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Hill Partridge, Golden-throated Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blue-fronted Robin, Little Forktail, Golden Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Purple Cochoa, Scaly Laughingthrush, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Green Shrike-babbler, White-naped Yuhina, White-breasted and Pale-billed Parrotbills, and Sultan Tit.

Eaglenest is bounded to the north by Eaglenest Ridge and the reserved forests of the Bugun community (Lama Camp area). Eaglenest adjoins Tawang district to the north. The Bhalukpong–Bomdila highway (and Pakke immediately beyond) are its eastern boundary. There are no distinct geographical features delineating its western boundary along the Bhutan border. Eaglnest is known for a special species of bird which were first spotted in 1995 and later on were named as a new species in 2006, Bugun Liocichla. We will give priority to this bird. However, the sanctuary has more than 450 species of birds. We will look for several equally exciting species of birds such as, Ward's trogon, Red-headed trogon, Red-faced liocichla, Slender-billed scimitar babbler, Black eared shrike babbler, Cutia, Golden naped finch, Hodgson’s frogmouth, Rufous headed parrotbill and many more.

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
Meet and greet on arrival at New Delhi airport by our representative. He will transfer you to the Hotel, assist you in check-in, at the hotel, handover and explain all travel related documents. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi – Guwahati – Nameri (flight + 230kms, 5- 6 hrs. drive)
Early breakfast and then get transfer to the airport to board the flight to Guwahati. Meet at the airport and drive towards Nameri, evening birding around the camp. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 03: Nameri
Full day birding at Nameri National Park.

Nameri National Park is a national park in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India. Nameri shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui(Pakke) Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 sq km of which Nameri has a total area of 200 sq. km.

This is excellent elephant country and was considered to be an elephant reserve. It is an ideal habitat for a host of other animals including the tiger, leopard, sambar, dhole (the Asiatic wild dog), pygmy hog, Indian wild bison, clouded leopard, leopard cat, muntjac, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and Indian giant squirrel.

Nameri is one of the best places in the world to find the rare, highly elusive, and Endangered (IUCN) White-winged Duck, and this will be one of our major objectives during our time here. There are, however, numerous other great species possible, such as Greater Adjutant, Green Cochoa, Long-tailed Broadbill, Great and Wreathed Hornbills, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Pied Falconet, Pied Harrier, Oriental Hobby, White-browed Piculet, Grey-bellied Tesia, Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, and Black-backed Forktail, and we will make sure to try to find as many of these as possible.

Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 04: Nameri – Dirang (170 km, 8 hrs. drive)
Early morning birding around the camp and after the breakfast drive towards Dirang further north of Nameri to different state, Arunachal Pradesh. Along the drive beautiful views of complete and will be doing birding throughout, so it will take you around 8 hrs to reach Dirang.

This part of India is one of the most diverse in the country, due to the huge elevation gain of the Eastern Himalayas in a relatively small area, e.g. sea-level to 7,000 meters (22,650 feet) in about 150 kilometers (93 miles). We will pass through some gorgeous scenery and a wide range of habitats (stopping along the way) as we make our way up to the 1,500 meters (5,259 feet) elevation zone. Over the course of our journey and the rest of the afternoon we may find Rufous-bellied Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Hill Partridge, Golden-throated Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blue-fronted Robin, Little Forktail, Golden Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Purple Cochoa, Scaly Laughingthrush, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Green Shrike-babbler, White-naped Yuhina, White-breasted and Pale-billed Parrotbills, and Sultan Tit. Check into the hotel, dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 05: Dirang and Sela Pass
A very exciting day will see us visiting a wide-range of habitats and elevations. We will spend time in and around pine, alder, and chestnut forests and check out alpine meadows, scrub, cultivated areas (e.g. rice paddies), and riverine habitats. An early start in the morning will see us heading up to around 4,200 meters (14,108 feet) on the famous Sela Pass – one of the highest drivable mountain passes in all of the Himalayas. Here in the alpine meadows and barren areas we will focus on some very special, highly sought, and seriously stunning montane species such as Blood Pheasant, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Vulture, Snow Pigeon, Grandala, Hodgson’s Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Tibetan Serin, Plain Mountain Finch, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch, Spotted Laughingthrush, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, and White-browed Tit-warbler. It is sure to be a memorable morning's birding with several species of finches, grosbeaks, and thrushes also possible.

In the afternoon we will have a leisure time, however Dirang is also known for other attraction, we can visit to the places below if you wish to go around Dirang along with birding.

Dirang Dzong
The area is close to Bhutan and the Bhutanese influence is perceptible in the local Dzong or fort. The Dirang Dzong is about 150 years old. Some of the stone houses around the dzong are said to be about 500 years old. The entry is through a stone staircase. You can get an excellent view of the surrounding area from here.

Hot Water Spring
About a kilometer ahead of the town on the way to Tawang you will find the stairs to this hot spring. You have to follow the stairs for about 500 meters to reach the Hot Spring which is considered to be a holy place. The hot spring is rich in sulfur content and is known to have great medicinal properties. There is a facility to have a bath in the hot spring which can have a magical effect on a journey tired body.

Yak Research Centre
The National Research Centre on Yak is located above the main town. The center also has a yak farm at Nyukmandung about 31 km from Dirang. The center conducts research on genetic resources, problems associated with production. It also undertakes research on improvement of yak and its products through selection and breeding with exotic frozen semen. The research center can be visited with permission by tourists.

Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 06: Dirang – Eaglenest (65 kms, 2 – 3 hrs drive)
Morning enjoy the breakfast and the birds call around the lodge. After rigorous birding around Dirang we will head towards another birds’ paradise place, Eaglenest which is around 65 kms from Dirang takes us 2-3 hrs. Check into the camp. Afternoon birding around the camp.

Here we will be completely away from human settlement, no lodges have been made in this area. We will be staying in Tents, as the landscape, and diversity in avifauna is vast luxury is leat concern.

Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 07: Eaglenest
Early morning when you are still on your bed different melodies calls of birds will start calling. After the beautiful start of the day we will do birding for whole day inside the sanctuary. We will be exploring key places like Bompu, Sesni and Sunderview.

Eaglnest is known for one of the species of bird which have been first spotted in 1995 and described as a new species in 2006, Bugun liocichla, we will give the priority to this bird. However, the sanctuary has more than 450 species of birds. We will look for several equally exciting species of birds such as, Ward's trogon, Red-headed trogon, Red-faced liocichla, Slender-billed scimitar babbler, Black eared shrike babbler, cutia,golden naped finch, Hodgson’s frogmouth, Rufous headed parrotbill and more.

Day 08: Eaglenest
Morning just after the breakfast start birding for whole day, we will focus on the bird species which we have not managed to see yet in our trip. And along the search we will be getting the sighting of equally exciting species of birds. Hornbills are also one of the attraction of this place.

When this big frugivorous birds gives the call you could hear sounds echoing in the valleys of Himalayas.

Eaglenest or Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area of India in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh. It conjoins Sessa Orchid Sanctuary to the northeast and Pakhui(Pakke) Tiger Reserve across the Kameng river to the east. Altitude ranges are extreme: from 500 metres (1,640 ft) to 3,250 metres (10,663 ft). It is a part of the Kameng Elephant Reserve. Eaglenest is notable as a prime birding site due to the extraordinary variety, numbers and accessibility of species.

Day 10: Eaglenest – Guwahati (240 kms, 8-9 hrs drive)
Early morning after the breakfast drive towards Guwahati trough the beautiful landscape of eastern Himalayas, with some of the hills covered with just tea. Through the greens and the stream.

Check into the hotel, overnight stay in Guwahati.

Day 11: Guwahati – New Delhi
Early morning after the breakfast transferred to Guwahati to board a flight to New Delhi and from New Delhi fly back

End of our services

Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.

Price Per Person:

No of Persons Price PP*
2 pax paying person $2570
4 pax paying person $2238
6 pax paying person $1906


Hotels suggested :

Location Nights Accommodation
New Delhi 01 Pride Aerocity
Nameri 02 Eco Camp
Dirang 02 Hotel Permaling OR Norfel Retreat
Eaglenest 03 Lama and Bompo Camp
Guwahati 01 Radisson Blue
New Delhi 01 Pride Aerocity

The Above Itinerary Includes:

1. Accommodation in New Delhi and Guwahati on bed and breakfast basis
2. Accommodation in Nameri, Dirang and Eaglenest on room, all meals and safari basis
3. Your entrance and guide charges in Nameri, Dirang and Eaglenest
4. Assistance at airport and hotels
5. All land transfers in air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
6. All currently applicable taxes

However, the above cost does not include:

1. Expenses of personal nature like Tips, Mineral water, soft drink, smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
2. International and domestic airfare
3. Travel insurance
4. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
5. 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

Kindly Note:

1. In case the hotel envisaged or normal category of rooms are waitlisted / sold out, alternate hotels/category will be provided & we will keep you informed on the supplement / reduction involved.
2. Please note hotel check-in and check-out time is 1200 hrs.
3. Safari zone is subject to forest permissions.

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