Birding - Namdhapha
Arunachal Birding Tour
Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve is India's eastern most Tiger Reserve. It is also the eastern most protected area of our country. This 1985 sq km protects some of the best moist tropical forests in the region. The Noa-Dihing River cuts the park from east to west. The altitude of the park ranges from 200mts to 4575mts and covers the broad range of vegetation types. It is also the home many of rare and endemic sulkers like White-cheeked Partridge, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Blue-eared Barbet, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Mountain Scops Owl, Tawny Owl, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, White-bellied Heron, Blue-naped Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Spotted Nutcracker, Black-breasted Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Lesser Shortwing, White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Hodgson's Redstart, Daurian Redstart, Little Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, White-crowned Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Green Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, White-cheeked Tit, Grey-bellied Tesia, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Rufous-vented Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Large Scimitar Babbler, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Snowy-throated Babbler, Striped Tit-Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Streak-throated Fulvetta, Beautiful Sibia, Long-tailed Sibia, Striated Yuhina, Black-chinned Yuhina, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Plain Flowerpecker, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Gold-naped Finch.
Birding Itinerary - 1
Day 1: Delhi/ Dibrugarh: Arrive afternoon at Dibrugarh airport, assistance by Aborcountry member, transfer to beautiful Colonial Tea Garden Bungalow turned into a Heritage Cottage. Overnight Tea Bungalow.
Day 2: Dibrugarh/ Miao/ Namdhapha: Morning after English breakfast drive 5hrs to Miao, the Sub-divisional headquarter of Changlang Dist. And the gateway of Namdhapha National Park and Tiger Reserve, continue drive inside the park 25 kms to Deban the last driving point. Overnight Forest bungalow or Tent
Day 3: Namdhapha in and around: Whole day bird around Deban area beside Noa-Dihing River. Overnight Forest bungalow or Tent.
Day 4: Namdhapha/ Haldibari: Morning after breakfast trek and bird (6kms) to Haldibari, cross the Noa-Dihing river on boat. Pack lunch on the way. We will camp at Haldibari. Overnight Tent
Day 5: Haldibari/ Hornbill: Morning trek to Hornbill (5 kms) bird around on the way, lunch on the way. Overnight Tent.
Day 6: Hornbill/ in & around: Today bird around Hornbill and stay the night at Hornbill in Tent.
Day 7: Hornbill/ Bulbulia: Today we will trek to Bulbulia (3kms) and stay the night in Tent.
Day 8: Bulbulia/ Haldibari: Trek back to Haldibari (8 kms). Overnight Tent.
Day 9: Haldibari/ Deban: Trek back to Deban, cross the Noa-Dihing river. Overnight Forest bungalow or tent.
Day 10: Deban/ Digboi: Morning drive to Digboi Oil Refinery in Assam. Digboi Oil Refinery is the first Oil field of India, visit the Oil Museum, World War-II cemetery of the allied forces. Overnight Digboi Oil Field Bungalows or Tourist Lodge.
Day 11: Digboi/ Kaziranga: Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park and Project Tiger. Home of Great Indian One horn Rhinoceros. Enroute visit the historical city and the capital of Ahom Kingdom who ruled the Brahmaputra valley for over Six hundred years. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day12: Kaziranga: Early morning drive to to the Park for Elephant Safari to have closer encounter with Rhino, drive back to resort for breakfast. Whole day jeep safari inside the park. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 13: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga National Park. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 14: Kaziranga/ Nameri National Park: Drive to Nameri National Park & Project Tiger. On arrival check-into Camp. Afternoon cross the Jia Bhorali River to enter into the Park, Trek around and back to Camp later. Overnight Nameri Eco Camp
Day 15: Nameri National Park: Early morning walk around the Camp, later after breakfast raft down the river for. Afternoon back to camp later bird inside the park. Overnight Eco Camp.
Day 16: Nameri/ Guwahati: Early morning drive to Guwahati airport, on arrival check-in for flight to onward destination.
Birding Itinerary - 2
Day 1: Delhi/ Dibrugarh/ Dibru-Saikhowa: Morning transfer to Delhi airport, boards the flight to Dibrugarh. On arrival meet assistance and continue drive 1hr to Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight Guijan.
Day 2: Dibru-Saikhowa: Today bird around the grasslands of Dibru-Saikhowa. Overnight Guijan.
Day 3: Dibru-Saikhowa/ Namdhapha: Drive to Namdapha National Park & Tiger Reserve. Check-in to Arunachal Pradesh, arrive at Miao, the sub-divisional headquarter of Changlang District, continue drive to Deban Forest Bungalow inside the Park (25 kms). Overnight Forest Bungalow or Tents.
Day 4: Deban: Relax and bird around Deban close to Noa-Dihing River. Overnight Forest Bungalow or Tents.
Day 5: Deban/ Haldibari: Morning trek & birding (6kms) to Haldibari, inside the park. Lunch on the way. Overnight Tents.
Day 6: Haldibari/ Hornbill: Morning trek on to Hornbill (5 kms) for more birds, lunch on the way. Overnight Tents.
Day 7: Hornbill: Full day Bird in & around Hornbill area lunch on the way. Evening Camp fire. Overnight Tents.
Day 8: Hornbill/ Bulbulia: Trek slowly to Bulbulia (3 kms), lunch on the way. Overnight Tents.
Day 09: Bulbulia/ Ranijheel/ Bulbulia: Morning excursion birding to Ranijheel (4ms), this is the place where the endangered White winged wood duck was spotted, lunch on the way, later return to camp at Bulbulia. Overnight Tents.
Day 10: Bulbulia/ Deban: Early morning trek back to Deban, lunch on the way. Evening Campfire. Overnight Forest Bungalow or Tents.
Day 11: Deban/ Digboi: Morning drive to the birthplace of Oil in India. Digboi Oil refinery is the first Oil refinery of India. Overnight Digboi Oil Field Bungalow or Digboi Tourist Lodge.
Day 12: Digboi: Birding at Digboi Oil Field. You can also visit the Oil museum and the World War - II cemetery of the Allied forces. Overnight Digboi Oil Field Bungalows or Tourist lodge.
Day 13: Digboi/ Kaziranga: Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park, home of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. Check in to Wild Grass Resort. Overnight Resort.
Day 14: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 15: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 16: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 17: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga. Overnight Wild Grass Resort
Day 18: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga. Overnight Wild Grass Resort
Day 19: Kaziranga/ Guwahati: Morning drive to Guwahati (290 kms/ 4 hrs) airport to catch the flight for onward journey.