Eaglenest Bird and Wildlife Tour (15 Days; # 108)

Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary, West Kameng, is 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 Eagle’s Nest (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 2800 meters down to the floodplains of Assam at 100 meters – its easy access, excellent forest, and wide altitudinal range is a unique combination for Arunachal.

The contiguous forests, Eagle’s nest 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 Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary (mid-altitude: 800-2800m) and some higher altitude (3000-4000m) localities further north below the Tsela pass. This visit to a 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 forkail, golden bush-robin, rufous-breasted bush-robin, puple cochoa, grey-sided laughing-thrush, scaly laughing-thrush, black-faced laughing-thrush,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), gold-headed babbler, cutia, rufous-bellied shrike-babbler, green shrike-babbler, white-hooded babbler, red-tailed minla, Various tit-babblers/fulvettas (golden-breasted, brown-throated, and yellow-throated), Three sibias (beautiful, and rufous-backed), Various yuhinas (black-chinned, rufous-vented and white-naped), fire-tailed myzornis, Six parrotbills (greater and lesser rufous-headed, brown, grey-headed and fulvous-fronted), mountain tailorbird, three tesias (chestnut-headed, grey-bellied and slaty-bellied), Various flycatcher-warblers (broad-billed, white-spectacled, chestnut-crowned and black-faced), four niltavas (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, brown bullfinch.

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Itinerary Overview

01 Mar. 2019: Arrive Delhi
02 Mar. 2019: Delhi to Guwahati to Nameri
03 Mar. 2019: Nameri to Dirang
04 Mar. 2019: Dirang to Mandala Camp
05 Mar. 2019: Mandala Camp
06 Mar. 2019: Mandala Camp to Lama Camp
07 Mar. 2019: Lama Camp to Bompu
08 Mar. 2019: Bompu
09 Mar. 2019: Bompu
10 Mar. 2019: Bompu to Lama Camp
11 Mar. 2019: Lama Camp to Nameri
12 Mar. 2019: Nameri to Kaziranga
12 Mar. 2019: Kaziranga
14 Mar. 2019: Kaziranga to Guwahati to Delhi
15 Mar. 2019: Delhi to Departure

Highlights

A large variety of endangered species
Photo opportunities
Guided Birding
Unique landscape
Pristine countryside
Tiger Tracking and mammal watching
Great food
Interesting road journey

Accommodation

Inclusions

Services includes only:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Jeep safaris in Kaziranga National Park
-Transport services in North East India as per the itinerary
-Birding guide
-Park entry fee of Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks
-Entry fee of Eagles Nest Sanctuary
-Restricted area permit
-Arrival and Departure transfers in Kolkata
-Domestic air fare (economy class)
-All taxes

Services does not include:
-Optional Tours, tips, laundry, drinks, bottled water, Camera fee and meals not specified
-Elephant ride, rafting in Nameri, any other services not specified in cost inclusions.
-International Air fare, visa, insurance