Duration: 8 days
Group Size: 4 – 6
Date Start: November 15, 2018
Date End: November 22, 2018
Tour Start: Guwahati, India
Tour End: Guwahati, India
This extension to our 12-day Bhutan tour will lead to the Indian province of Assam, home to two magnificent national parks for us to visit; Kaziranga NP and Nameri NP. Either of these parks may allow us a glimpse of the majestic Bengal tiger; the former is the major stronghold of the otherworldly great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and features numerous other interesting mammals and wonderful birds; the latter is one of the best birding venues on the Indian subcontinent.
This post-trip expansion to our The Himalayas of Bhutan in November 2018 tour can also be booked as a stand-alone tour.
Itinerary (8 days/7 nights)
Day 1. Transfer to Kaziranga National Park
If you are coming from Bhutan, you will connect with a flight to Guwahati from Paro (where our Bhutan tour ends). Otherwise your tour begins in Guwahati. From here we will drive to Kaziranga (5 hours from Guwahati).
Overnight: a wildlife resort.
Day 2 – 4. Kaziranga National Park
The safaris will be in jeeps inside Kaziranga National Park, and the days will be spent in the various habitats of this fabulous park, looking for great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Pied Harrier, Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant, and many others.
Overnight: a wildlife resort
Day 5. Kaziranga National Park – Nameri National Park
We spend the early morning at the famous Panbari Mosque, and then we will drive to Nameri National Park to get a glimpse of the rare White-winged Duck and Wreathed Hornbill.
Overnight: Nameri Eco Camp
Days 6 – 7 Nameri National Park
These two days will be spent birding at Nameri.
Overnight: Nameri Eco Camp
Day 8. Departure
After early morning birding we drive to the airport in Guwahati. You can connect from here to Kolkata or New Delhi for your flights home.
Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors.
I had an awesome two weeks’ trip in northern India in January 2016 with Andy Walker of Birding Ecotours. Total bird species seen by the group was 401. Highly recommended for life birds, “collecting” bird families and beautiful scenery. Some highlights included: Hill Partridge, Painted Spurfowl, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Black Bittern, Himalayan Vulture, Sarus Crane, Barred Buttonquail, Ibisbill, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Indian Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Crested Treeswift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Himalayan Flameback, Collared Falconet with prey (Cinereous Tit), Chestnut-headed Tesia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-rumped Shama, White-tailed Rubythroat, Golden Bush Robin, Brown Dipper, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Crested Bunting and Altai Accentor. The group total also included 10 owls and 17 woodpeckers, all seen.
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