Day 1: Arrival into Delhi

Arrive Delhi to spend the day birding locally or at leisure.
Night in a city hotel.

Days 2-4: Transfer to Guwahati, birding along the
drive to Nameri National Park and two full days
birding at this location

Depart Delhi on an early morning flight to Guwahati (2.5
hrs), the capital of Assam. On arrival transfer by road to
Nameri National Park (5hrs), birding en-route in roadside
wetlands and gardens where species such as Lesser and
Greater Adjutants, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Blue-
throated Barbet, and White-vented Myna can be found.  
Spend the remainder of the afternoon, along with the
following two days exploring Nameri, an undisturbed patch
of undulating forest terrain that lies at the border of
Assam with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, extending
along both banks of the snow-fed Jia Bhorelli River.
Nameri is part of a huge expanse of wilderness that has
facilitated the preservation of a continuous stretch of sub-
Himalayan forest, much of which has been decimated
elsewhere. Birdlife in this delightfully undeveloped area is
exceptional, and the rare chance of exploring on foot
allows for excellent birding in the lush lowland forest
interspersed with marshy grasslands and secluded
swamps. One of our target birds at Nameri is the striking
Ibisbill, which overwinters here along the boulder-strewn
banks of the Jia Bhorelli, and we will spend one morning
floating down the river in rubber dinghies in search of this
species, alongside River Lapwing, Great Thick-knee, and
Pallas's Fish-eagle, with Striated Grassbird in the
adjacent grasslands. Other key species at Nameri include
Wreathed and Great Pied Hornbills, Pied Falconet,
Oriental Hobby, Daurian Redstart, Siberian Rubythroat,
Small and Rufous-bellied Niltavas, Sultan Tit, and
Streaked Spiderhunter. The globally endangered and
largely nocturnal White-winged Duck can be found at
roost in secluded forest swamps, with the understorey
hosting the more skulking of Nameri’s specialities, most
notably Abbott's Babbler, Striped Tit-babbler, and Yellow-
browed Tesia. Nameri is also home to a host of mammals,
its more common inhabitants including Asian Elephant
and Asiatic Wild Buffalo, however the density of the forest
makes sightings difficult. Nights in a comfortable tented
birding camp.

Days 5-7: Birding along the drive to Eaglenest
Wildlife Sanctuary and high elevation birding at
Lama Camp 2350m

After an early breakfast at Nameri we will drive via the
army town of Tenga towards Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
(5hrs) in the Dafla Hills of Arunachal Pradesh. Almost as
soon as we cross the state border we will be in relatively
unexplored territory, and will spend time birding en-route
as we cut across elevations and through the transition
from degraded scrub to pristine forest. Our first montane
specialities may include Black-breasted and Green-tailed
Sunbirds, Scarlet Finch, Long-tailed and Beautiful Sibias,
Rufous-necked Hornbill, Golden Bush-robin, Plain-backed
Thrush, Black-faced and Bhutan Laughingthrushes, and
Coral-billed and Slender-billed Scimitar-babblers, and
Red-headed Trogon. The primary advantage of
Eaglenest over other areas in Arunachal Pradesh is the
presence of a barely used jeep track that winds its way
through the sanctuary from its highest point, Eaglenest
Pass, at 2780m down to the floodplains of Assam,
allowing easy access to pristine forest across the entire
altitudinal range. To enable us to thoroughly explore the
range of elevations present within the reserve, and the
distinct set of species associated with each, we will divide
our nights between two campsites at different elevations,
Lama Camp on the outskirts of the sanctuary at 2350m
and Bompu Camp within it at 1940m, moving up or down
daily as the weather permits or birding dictates, using our
vehicles to cover distance. We will arrive at our first camp,
Lama, by evening to spend the following two days birding
in the northern part of the sanctuary, in coniferous
temperate forests of the higher altitudes up to Eaglenest
Pass and broadleaved temperate forests down to 1800m
on the road down to Tenga. Birding in this isolated region
is truly exhilarating, with large and highly active mixed
flocks containing species such as Golden Babbler, Red-
tailed Minla, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated
Fulvettas, and Cutia. Other key species here include the
scarce and elusive Temminck's and Blyth's Tragopans,
three species of hill-partridge, Ward's Trogon, White-
gorgeted Flycatcher, Beautiful Nuthatch, Gold-naped
Finch, Plain Mountain-finch, Maroon-backed Accentor,
Dark-breasted and Dark-rumped Rosefinches, Greater
Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Redheaded and Grey-headed
Bullfinches, Spotted Nutcracker, and Red-faced
Liocichla.  The recently discovered Bugun Liocichla is
known almost exclusively from the area around Lama
Camp and we will make every attempt to find this
secretive bird here.  Nights in a basic tented birding camp.


Days 8-10: Birding adventure at Eaglenest Wildlife
Sanctuary and Bompu Camp 1940m

Depart Lama Camp on day 8, crossing Eaglenest Pass
and entering Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary proper, halting
at Bompu Camp where we will spend the following three
nights. Our stay here will allow us to explore the sub-
tropical forests of lower elevations, to Sessni at 1250m,
and the higher altitudes up to Eaglenest Pass on the
alternate side of the ridge. During our stay we can expect
to encounter a host of species such as Bay and Pale-
headed Woodpeckers, Red-billed Leiothrix, Mrs. Gould's
and Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Yellow-browed and Fire-capped
Tits, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Sapphire and Slaty-blue
Flycatchers, Large Niltava, Black-eared and Green Shrike-
babblers, Broad-billed and Chestnut-crowned Warblers,
Eye-browed, Long-tailed and commoner Plain-backed
Thrushes, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbirds,
Blue Whistling-thrush, and numerous wren-babblers and
tesias. This area is also home to some exciting mammals,
including Red Panda, Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel,
and Arunachal Macaque, with wild Asian Elephants
present throughout the year at lower elevations. Nights in
a basic tented birding camp.


Day 11-14: Birding along the drive to Kaziranga and
three full days of birding at this location

Depart Eaglenest in the morning of day 11, descending
through the foothills via Doimara check post driving back
into Assam, to Kaziranga National Park (8hrs). The drive
will take most of the day; however we have a further three
days to explore Kaziranga's three ranges from open jeep,
and the adjacent tea estates on foot.  Kaziranga is
located within the fertile alluvial plains of the narrow
Brahmaputra valley, its terrain dominated by landlocked
water bodies known as beels enclosed by extensive flats,
occasionally giving way to small patches of mature
woodland.  Avifaunal diversity is incredible, with birds
such as Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Black-necked
Stork, Pied and Pallid Harriers, rare Falcated Duck,
Striated and Rufous-rumped Grassbirds, Kaleej
Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Swamp Francolin, Spot-winged
Starling, Common Green Magpie, Green-billed and Blue-
faced Malkohas, Great Barbet, Greater and Lesser
Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Scarlet-backed and Fire-
breasted Flowerpeckers, and Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
comprising a birdlist of over 480 species. One of our most
difficult target birds here is Bengal Florican, which we will
search for in the grasslands from elephant back. Mammal
densities at Kaziranga are equally spectacular, most
importantly the grasslands support over 70% of the world
population of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros and
Barasingha, or Swamp Deer, 1000+ Asian Elephants,
Asiatic Wild Buffalo, and Tiger. Nights in a comfortable
wildlife lodge.

Day 15: Transfer to Delhi

Depart Kaziranga for Guwahati (4hrs), from where we will
take an afternoon flight back to Delhi. Night in a city hotel.

Day 16: Depart

Depart Delhi on your onward journey.
Detailed Itinerary
16 Days Birding and Enjoying Wildlife in India
Northeast India:
Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Details
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles in the United States or Ian
in the United Kingdom. Charles can be reached at 888-203-7464 or directly at
720-320-1974. Ian can be reached at 07719-052820. Also feel free to e-mail at
info@PIBird.com.