Duration: 8 days
Group Size: 4 – 6
Date Start: April 15, 2019
Date End: April 22, 2019
Tour Start: Guwahati, India
Tour End: Guwahati, India
This extension to our Birding Tour Bhutan: Spring in the Eastern Himalayas 2019 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.
Itinerary (8 days/7 nights)
Day 1. Transfer to Kaziranga National Park
If you are coming from Bhutan, you will today arrive with us in Guwahati from Samdrup Jonkhar in Bhutan. 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.
The 2016 Northern India Birding Ecotours trip was everything I had hoped for and more. As a novice both when it came to Asian birds and Indian travel, the trip couldn’t have been better. Andy Walker, our guide, was brilliant at finding the expected birds and some amazing rarities and getting us good looks. I managed close to 400 lifers combined with Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal, some fascinating glimpses of rural India and a spectacular time in the Himalayan foothills. Our driver, van, train travel and hotels were all comfortable and worked like clockwork. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.
Hume Martin, Toronto, Canada