Duration: 8 days
Group Size: 4 – 6
Date Start: November 15, 2019
Date End: November 22, 2019
Tour Start: Guwahati, India
Tour End: Guwahati, India
This extension to our Birding Tour Bhutan: The Himalayas of Bhutan in November will lead to the Indian state of Assam, home to two magnificent national parks for us to visit. In fact, the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River here are considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in all of India.
After our arrival in Guwahati, the largest city in Assam and situated on the bank of the Brahmaputra River, we will head through the Assamese plains, looking for some difficult yet highly-prized species in and around the wondrous Kaziranga National Park, such as Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant, Blue-naped Pitta, Indian Grassbird, and Swamp Francolin. After three full days here we will continue our travels through the beautiful, undisturbed wilderness of the Himalayan foothills at Nameri National Park, where we will have two full days exploring. This area protects numerous species, and here we will look for special birds such as White-winged Duck, Ibisbill, and Greater Adjutant. Once we have finished here we will head back to Guwahati where this short, but exhilarating trip will conclude.
This extension will also offer fantastic opportunities of some of India’s major mammals and reptiles such as Indian Rhinoceros (the only place in the world where this species can be seen reliably), Asian Elephant, Barasingha (Swamp Deer), Gaur, Wild Water Buffalo, Indian Leopard (subspecies), Western Hoolock Gibbon, Ganges River Dolphin, and Gharial, along with plenty of more common and widespread species. With luck we may even find Bengal Tiger or Clouded Leopard, either one sure to be yet another highlight.
This post-trip expansion to our The Himalayas of Bhutan in November 2019 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.
Lisl van Deventer — Pretoria, South Africa