Endangered Wildlife & Darjeeling Hills (#102-50)
In this tour, we will explore North East India’s mesmerizing birdlife paradise. The tour has been specifically planned for the die-hard bird watching enthusiasts. An experience of a lifetime, where for all 15 days, you will witness a magnitude of birds in the dense forests of North-East India. You will get to visit the Manas Tiger Reserve where you can see the diverse species of mammals and wonderful species. Manas is the melting point of the west and the east, with many species at the westernmost and easternmost point of their range representing a gateway for species exchanges between the typically Indian and Malayan’ faunas.
A total of 55 mammals, 50 reptiles, and three amphibians have been recorded, several species being endemic. Manas contains animals such as Tiger Leopard, Asian Elephant, One-horned Rhinoceros, Capped Langur, Assamese Macaque, Slow Loris and Hoolock Gibbon. Some, like the Assam Roofed Turtle, Gee’s Golden Langur, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog and the only pure strain of Asiatic Wild Buffalo, are only best seen here.
Manas boasts the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world and is also a great place to see the Great Hornbill. The National Park lists around 380 species and the adjoining hilly terrain in Bhutan can easily add a hundred birds to that total. Good birds to look for are Greater Adjutant, Black-tailed Crake, Red-headed Trogon, Swamp Francolin, Wreathed and Rufous-necked Hornbill, Marsh and Jerdon’s Babblers, Pied Harrier, Rufous-rumped and Bristled Grassbird, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Rufous-vented Laughingthrush, Finn’s Weaver, Ibisbill and a variety of foothills species.
As we move to the higher Himalayan region of Neora Valley and Darjeeling, we get many other species such as Darjeeling Woodpecker, Green Magpie, Chestnut Tailed Minla, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Hill Myna, Cutia, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Large Niltava, Blue-winged Minla, Striated Bulbul, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Blue-winged and Black-faced Laughing Thrush. Others are Satyr Tragopan, Broad-billed Warbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Scarlet Finch and many more rarities.
Our North East bird watching holiday packages will leave you enthralled and want for more.