Wildlife Of North East India 2019


Wildlife of North East India 2019

North East India is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in the world. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas this whole area is one of the most fertile and diverse places on the planet. This amazing trip will take you to some of the best places in this region to see the incredible animals that live in this part of the world. On my previous trip to this area I visited all the places that this tour offers and I,  along with the expert guides we have will be able to show you these places which will make the whole trip a real success. The diverse cultures and wildlife make this whole region truly unique.          

The people are a mixture of Mongolian, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Iranian and Aryan origin, this mixture of people makes up the population of the state and they call themselves  “Asomiya’” or “Assamese’” the language is also referred to by the same name. The culture is a mixing pot of rituals, customs, heritage, lifestyle, faith & beliefs which you will find truly fascinating. I have broken down the places where we will be visiting and letting you know what you could see with lady luck on your side.    We have some wonderful accommodation booked also with links to each place provided below.    

Manas National Park is a World Heritage Site nestled right beneath the Bhutan Himalayas; it has sub tropical vegetation and is fed by the Manas and the Beki rivers and a few more streams and rivulets. Mathanguri, at its northern end has a spectacular sight of the Manas river gushing down and the forested mountains on the Bhutanese side. This is the Indo-Bhutan international border – and a chance to spot the rare and endangered Golden Langur. 

Because of its elevation and forests and grasslands the bird life is very interesting with the Great Indian Hornbill making an occasional appearance. The Bengal Florican is another sought after bird here. While the rich bird life will enthral you, you can spend the rest of your time at the simple but comfortable Bansbari Lodge near the entrance gate of the park. 

Nameri National Park, situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas on the banks of the River Bhorelli. The advantage of this wonderful park is that all the birding is done on foot. Rafting is another option where expert boatmen will steer through the river waters for the aquatic birds in this scenic location

Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site; the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros. It also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Though sighting of tigers are difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage, their presence can be felt everywhere by way of pug marks, kills and territorial markings. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer and also an important bird area. It is also home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary has an area of 20.98 Sq. Km .Earlier it was a reserve forest known as Hoollongapar forest. It was renamed as Gibbon while declaring it as a sanctuary due to ideal habitat for Hoolok Gibbon. This sanctuary is famous for its non - human primate diversity. It includes Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, Rhesus Macaque, Assamese Macaque, Pigtailed Macaque & Stump tailed Macaque. Other mammals found in this sanctuary are _ Leopard, Jungle Cat, Chinese Pangolin, Wild Boar, Squirrel, Asian Elephant, Indian Fox etc.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, situated in Assam is well known for its rich grassland habitat and avifaunal diversity. Covering an area of more than 340-sq-kms, it witnesses the flood of Dibru and Brahmaputra River every year. The area is located at the junction of Indo-Malayan and Indo-Chinese biodiversity hotspot and falls in course of two major migration route East-Asian and East Asian-Australian fly ways, a very popular destination for the birdwatchers around the world.

Day 1 - 4th March 2019 -Arrival Delhi Airport - Meeting assistance on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay

Day 2 - 5th March 2019 - Delhi - Guwahati (Flight) - Manas National Park (Drive - 4 hours)

After breakfast departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Guwahati.  Meeting assistance on your arrival at Guwahati airport and straight drive to Manas.  Over night in Bansbari Lodge.

Day 3 & 4: 6th & 7th March 2019 -Manas National Park

There will be two Safaris one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Manas is a National park, a tiger reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site. In the Indo-Bhutan border , it’s sharing the Eastern Himalayan and Indian biodiversity hotspot. River Manas is flowing down from the snow capped mountains of Bhutan through the park gives a different dimension to it’s beauty. So the park is full of diverse flora and fauna. In Mammals specialties are Asian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Common Leopard, Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo, 5 species of deer, Indian Gaur , Wild Boar, Pygmy Hog, Crab eating mongoose etc. The park has more than 500 species of birds. Among them 24 are globally threatened. Including Bengal Florican , Greater Adjutant, Slender-billed Vulture etc. Over night in Bansbari Lodge.

Day 5: 8th March 2019 - Manas - Nameri ( 4 and ½ hours drive)

Morning Jeep Safari . After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Nameri National Park. Afternoon trekking in Nameri National Park. Overnight in Wild Masheer Resort, Balipara

Nameri is a scenic park in the foot of Eastern Himalaya in the Assam-Aruncahal border. It’s touching the Pakke Tiger reserve in the south-east boundary. The park has a great variety of mammals like elephant ,tiger, gaur , deer, langur etc. But this park is famous for it’s birdlife. Nameri is the easiest place to watch the illusive and endangered White-winged Duck. Among the other park Nameri has the highest number of this species in the world. The park has more than 350 species of birds.

Day 6: 9th March 2019 - Explore Nameri National Park

Morning trekking in the Nameri National Park . Afternoon rafting in the river Jia Bhoreli to look for magnificent Ibisbill.  Overnight in a Wild Masheer resort in Nameri.

Day 7: 10th March 2019 - Nameri - Kaziranga National Park(2 and ½ hours drive)

After breakfast checkout and drive to Burapahar range of Kaziranga for a jeep safari. After lunch we’ll board our jeeps and visit the Central range of the park. This drive is an ideal introduction to the park and its ecology as the route passes through the entire spectrum of habitat types prevalent in the area. There is a good possibility of sighting elephants and Swamp Deer. As this area covers a wide range of habitats, this is also a great area for photographing birds. We will look for: Pallas Fish Eagle, Swamp Francolin, Spot-billed Pelicans etc. We can anticipate sighting water birds such as: Barheaded Goose, Grey headed Lapwing, Black-necked Stork, and more. Part of this game drive is also through woodlands where we can see khaleej pheasant, Himalayan Flameback, streak throated woodpecker, several species of parakeet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater and others. This is also a wonderful area for great sunset pictures.  Overnight in Diphlu River Lodge.

Day 8 & 9: 11th & 12th March 2019 - Explore Kaziranga

Early morning jeep safari in the Central range, afternoon jeep safari in the eastern range of KNP. This park has got the most population of Greater One horned Rhinoceros. Apart from this we’ll have the chance to see Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo, Four different species of Deer, Many local and migratory birds, reptiles etc. Overnight in Diphlu River Lodge.

Day 10: 13th March 2019 - Kaziranga to Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. (2 hour and 45 minutes drive)

Early morning checkout and drive to Gibbon WLS afternoon drive to Thengal Manor. Overnight at Thengal Manor.

Gibbon WLS is a small park about 20.8 km sq . But within this incredible number of primates can be found. Including critically Endangered Western Hoolock Gibbon, Stamp tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Assamese Macaque, Capped Langur, Slow Loris etc.

Thegal Manor is a heritage bungalow constructed in 1925 by Tea Planter Hemendra Prasad Borua. A beautiful place to stay.

Day 11: 14th March 2019 - Gibbon- Tinsukia

After Breakfast checkout and drive to Tinsukia, If the day lights permits we’ll have a a quick visit to Maguri Beel.Overnight at Wathai Heritage Bungalow , in Limbuguri Tea Estate.

Day 12: 15th March 2019 - Explore Dibru-Saikhowa NP

Early morning a short drive to Dibru-Saikhowa NP. Where We’ll explore the park with machine boat. We’ll look for some special grassland specialties species like Black-breasted Parrotbill, Jerdon’s Babbler, Marsh Babbler, Pied Harrier etc. A very good chance to watch Gangetic River Dolfin diving in the Dibru river. Overnight at Wathai Heritage Bungalow.

Day 13: 16th March 2019 - Tinsukia-Dibrugarh Airport ( 50 minutes drive )

Early morning walk inside the tea garden , After breakfast check out and drive to Dibrugarh airport

17 March 2019: In time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Meeting assistance on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay

18 March 2019: In time departure transfer to International airport to board the flight for onward journey.

City

 

Hotel

No of Nights

Delhi

Pride Plaza

01 Night

Manas

Bansbari Lodge

03 Nights

Nameri (Balipera)

Wild Masheer Resort

02 Nights

Kaziranga National Park

Diphlu River Lodge

03 Nights

Gibbon

Kaziranga Golf Resort

01 Night

Tinsukia

Aroma Residencey

02 Nights

Delhi

Pride Plaza

01 Night

 

Cost Includes:

1. Entrance fees of the scenic spots and parks as listed in the itinerary. 2. Activities as listed in the itinerary. 3. Accommodations: Rooms based on twin or double sharing with double bed or a queen size bed; Single room supplement will be applicable if guest wants to stay in single room *All Three Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) except in Delhi which is one bed and breakfast basis.

4. Jeep Safari as per program 5. Rafting trip in Bhoreli . 6. Trekking in nameri and Gibbon

7. Boat trip in Dibru-Saikhowa as per itinerary 8. Accompanying English speaking escort / bird guide service during the city tours mentioned in the itinerary.

9. Meeting and assistance by our representative on arrival/departure at Airport/hotel..

10. Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver. 11. A/C Innova Car with Driver.

Flights as listed in the itinerary.

Flights: Delhi –Guwahati – Dibrugarh– Delhi (See Supplement) Please note for all India domestic flights, free luggage allowance is 15 kg for check in luggage and 7-8 kg for hand carry baggage. 13. Drinking water: 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day in the car. 14. Wet tissues in the vehicle

Cost Excludes:

1. Travel insurance. Highly recommend to take your own insurance on or before paying us. 2. Flight/Accommodation/Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary. 3. Visa Fee. - Visa is requested to be obtained before your arrival. Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry to India. 4. Tipping: tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc. You can pay more or less depending on their services. Tip in India, as appreciation to the guide and driver, we highly recommend USD4-6 per person per day to the driver and USD3-5 per person per day to the guide. 5. Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, camera fee in monuments, etc. 6. Optional activities 8. Excess Baggage Charges.

COSTS: £3400.00 per personSingle room supplement: £800.00 per single. 

Dates:

4th March 2019 - 18th March 2019 

Recommended Kit

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment. Cameras and lens ranging from 100mm right the way through to 500mm will be ideal for this action packed photo tour. A tripod, beanbag are a must as the amazing wildlife and landscapes of this area will give you many beautiful opportunities. Protection from the elements for both your camera and lens is also a must on this trip.

Climate

The weather is generally clear, mild, excellent scenery, lower rainfall at this time of year but the humility at times can be high.   

Payment

The deposit for this amazing photo tour will be £1000 per person with the remainder to be paid 60 days before departure. 

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