This tour takes you through the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India's northeastern corner. Explore one of the subcontinent's richest biodiverse surroundings - expect to witness rhinos grazing idly on grass, tigers lurking behind tall elephant grass, and various babbler, warbler and parrotbill species hiding between branches and flying over your head.
National parks visited: Kaziranga National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Nameri National Park
Suitable time to visit: November to April
Duration: 15 days
Route: Delhi/Kolkata - Dibrugarh Airport - Tinsukia - Roing - Mayudia - Nizamghat - Tinsukia - Kaziranga National Park - Nameri National Park - Guwahati - Delhi/Kolkata
Day 1: Delhi/Kolkata – Dibrugarh Airport – Tinsukia
On arrival at Dibrugarh Airport, transfer to a hotel/resort in Tinsukia for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Tinsukia – Roing
Today, with a packed breakfast in tow, board a ferry to cross the mighty Brahmaputra river. Later, drive to Roing, a census town in the Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. The town, located at the bottom of the Mishmi Hills, is an unexplored birding area. Overnight stay at a traditional guest house.
Days 3 - 5: Roing – Mayudia
Rise early in the morning to explore the Roing area and later head to Mayudia, a trekking destination and birding paradise. Many endangered avifauna species are recorded in this area. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 6: Mayudia – Roing
More birding in and around your lodge in Mayudia. Drive back to Roing later in the day for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Roing – Nizamghat – Tinsukia
Today, drive for a few hours to get to the flood plains of Nizamghat, a grassland area of birding importance, where you will have plenty of opportunity to spot unique species. Later, drive to Tinsukia for your overnight stay.
Day 8: Tinsukia – Day trip to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
A full day of birding at the tropical moist deciduous forest and grasslands of Maguree-Motapung wetland and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
Day 9: Tinsukia – Day trip to Digboi
Today, with less than an hour's drive, we spend time at an abandoned oil field, an important birding area in this region.
Days 10 - 12: Tinsukia – Kaziranga National Park
Drive to Kaziranga National Park. Explore the different ranges of this Park on jeeps and elephants. In between safaris, you can also visit nearby tea gardens and villages to experience the charming culture of this region.
Days 13 - 14: Kaziranga National Park – Nameri National Park
Drive to Nameri National Park. Explore the park on foot, spending most of your time in the forest spotting as many birds as you can. There will also be opportunity to raft on the Jia-Bhorelli River and spot waterside birds. Stay overnight at Eco Camp outside Nameri National Park.
Day 15: Nameri National Park – Guwahati
Transfer to Guwahati airport for your onward journey. En route, we will visit the Guwahati Garbage Dump and Deepor Bill Wildlife Sanctuary, for your last birding experience in Northeast India.