Northeast India is one of the most bird-rich regions in the world, and therefore a perfect destination for a birdwatching tour. Apart from being home to skulking babblers, singing warblers, and beautiful pheasants, the region is also home to a wide variety of mammals, such as Indian Rhinoceros, tigers, various deer, and many more! Come explore one of the least explored regions of India and let us help you fill your photo albums with memories of your adventure.
My first trip to India and Eaglenest
I wanted to visit India for my next wildlife trip but somehow the rebel in me decided to do something other than Central India or the Western Himalayan foothills that I had seen countless reports of in the online birding forums. I first thought of visiting the Western Ghats and South India for their endemic species, but unfortunately, every trip I found was full up.
After a little more online research, I came to find out about Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. I was already aware of the place because of the discovery of the Bugun Liocichla there a few years back, so I thought to myself “why not?”.
Flights and tour booked, bags packed, field guides studied, camera and binoculars serviced and off I went. What followed was even better than expected. Not only did the expert planning by Asian Adventures, lush forests, and wide altitudinal range make for some fun birding, but I was astounded at the sheer bird diversity there. Laughingthrushes, parrotbills, sibias, trogons… you name it.
Of course, the icing on the cake was the Bugun Liocichla, a bird found with the immense help of the seriously skilled bird guide. A few years ago, I wouldn’t even have thought it was possible that I would be in that moment, watching that beauty. I knew my slightly more competitive birding buddies would be seriously jealous!
Welcome to India. Your lifetime adventure starts the moment you land in Delhi. Delhi is beyond touristy destinations, a Delhi that is magic. Great birding wetlands, monuments and garden birds, bank mynas on the stations, coexistence of humans and animals - the visual sights are any photographer's delight.
Arrive at Delhi airport in the evening
Day at leisure
You will be met and transferred to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Suggested places for bird watching: Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary & Lodhi Gardens
This tour can be customized for you.
A visit to Nameri is venturing into the past - the real taste of rural India. A great stop-over for birds and your first day of making the checklist.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport to connect morning flight to Guwahati
Arrive at Guwahati airport, you will be met and transferred to Nameri Tiger Reserve (5-hour drive)
White-winged wood duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Black Stork, Ibis Bill, Large Whistling Teal, King Vulture, Long-Billed Ring Plover, Kalij Pheasant, Hill Myna, Pin Tailed Green Pigeon, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Three-Toed kingfisher, Greater Spotted Eagle, White-rumped Vulture, Long-billed Vulture, Black-Bellied Term, etc
This day will be spent taking long hill drives through the picturesque landscape of Arunachal, but that won't be all. Along our way to Dirangzong, we'll take a few pit stops to look for birds - a great travel experience.
Nameri is a scenic sanctuary on the border of the Assam Valley and mountainous
Early morning take a boat ride across the Jia Bhoreli river, use the morning for a birding session at Nameri
Later, have breakfast at the resort & proceed towards Arunachal. We will drive to Dirang today (6 to 7-hours drives)
We'll witness the sight of snowbound terrain at the alluring Sela Pass as we stop there looking for your favourite species - it can be cold today.
Early morning birding at Sela Pass and later in evening birding at Sangti Valley
Overnight stay at Mandala
Beautiful Sibias, Fire-capped Tit, Blue-fronted Robin, Spotted Nutcracker, Blue-capped Rock-Thrush, Ward's Trogon, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Spotted Laughingthrush, Crimson-browed Finch, Large-billed Leaf-Warbler, Ludlow's Fulvetta, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Grey-sided laughing Thrushes, Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, Red-tailed Minla
We hope you have packed your white gowns because we're taking you to paradise. Yes, Mandala indeed is a birders' paradise and you'll love it!
Full day birding in Mandala.
Yellow-browed, Black-browed and Rufous-vented Tits, Green-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Black-faced Warbler, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Golden-breasted Fulvettas, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Rufous-chinned, and Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Scaly-breasted Cupwing, Grey-sided Bush-warbler, Fulvous and Black-throated Parrotbills, Black-throated Thrush, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbirds, Himalayan Bluetail, Eurasian Nutcracker, Speckled Wood-pigeon, Ward’s Trogon, Temminck’s Tragopan, Wood Snipe, Eurasian Wren, Blanford's Rosefinch, Red crossbill, Gould’s shortwing
Driving along the serpentine roads with mountains on one side and verdant valleys on the other we'll reach Lama Camp where you'll get to live in the lap of nature.
Birding drive to Lama Camp
Evening birding in and around Lama Camp
Overnight at fully serviced camps
The drive from Lama Camp to Bompu will be something you'll remember for a lifetime. You will literally experience being in the middle of nowhere with only a lonely road painted green with thick forests showing you the way.
Morning birding in Lama area
After breakfast, birding drive to Bompu
Rest of the day birding in Bompu area
Another two full days of birding with a visit to Sessni
Sunderview, Bompu & Sessni
Overnight stay at fully serviced camps
Hill Partridge, Rufous-throated Partridge, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Blyth’s Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, White-browed Piculet, Bay Woodpecker, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Common Hoopoe, Red-headed Trogon, Ward’s Trogon, Oriental Cuckoo, Himalayan Swiftlet, Mountain Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Speckled Wood Pigeon
Another full day of birding
Ashy Wood Pigeon, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Emerald Dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Himalayan Griffon, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Blue-naped Pitta, Long-tailed Broadbill, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Collared Treepie, Spotted Nutcracker, Maroon Oriole, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Grey-chinned Minivet, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Ashy Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Another full day of birding
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Plain-backed Thrush, Long-tailed Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Black-throated Thrush, Lesser Shortwing, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Sapphire Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Golden Bush Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted Redstart, Black Redstart, White-tailed Robin, Blue-fronted Robin, Purple Cochoa, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-tailed Nuthatch, etc
Birding drive to Lama Camp for overnight at fully serviced camps
After breakfast, drive to Nameri National Park.
Evening birding in Nameri
Today is the day we'll visit one of the most unique wildlife hotspots of India - the Kaziranga National Park, the land of India's Big5. We'll spend the day marveling at the incredible wildlife and try to learn from them how to live harmoniously.
Morning birding in Nameri
Later drive to Kaziranga National Park (3 hours)
Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Indian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Boar, Himalayan Mole, Indian Pangolin, Gaur, Barasingha, Sambar Deer, Indian Muntjac, Western Hoolock Gibbon, Indian Hog Deer
Geese (Lesser White-fronted Goose), and Ducks (Ferruginous Pochard, Baer's pochard), Kingfishers (Blyth's Kingfisher), Herons (White-bellied Heron), Pelicans (Dalmatian Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican), Shanks (Spotted Greenshank) and Terns (Black-bellied Tern), Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Black-necked Stork, Asian Openbill), Astern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Fishing Eagle, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, and the Lesser Kestrel
Full day birding in Kaziranga with morning and evening jeep safari
Capped Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Assam Macaque, Indian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Porcupine, Fishing Cat, Jungle cat, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Bengal Fox, Indian Jackal, Common Otter, Chinese Ferret Badger, Hog Badger, Ganges and Indus river dolphin, Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel, Asiatic Black Bear, Bat etc
Rare game birds (which were once hunted) include Partridges (Swamp Francolin), Bustards (Bengal Florican) and Pigeons (Pale-capped Pigeon)
Several other important families of birds inhabit Kaziranga, including rare species of Hornbills (Great Indian Hornbill and the Lesser Risk Wreathed Hornbill), Old World Babblers (Jerdon's Babbler, Marsh Babbler) and Weaver Birds (The Common Baya Weaver and the Threatened Finn's Weaver), Thrushes (Hodgson's Bushchat), Old World Warblers (Bristled Grassbird). Other threatened species include the Black-Breasted Parrotbill and Rufous-Vented Prinia
Return to Delhi with tons of happy memories and photographs to flood your social media handles.
After breakfast, drive to Guwahati airport to connect flight back to Delhi in the afternoon
Arrive Delhi in the evening
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay
Transfer to airport to connect flight back to home in the morning
Tour ends with happy notes
- A large variety of endangered species
- Photo opportunities
- Guided Birding
- Unique landscape
- Pristine countryside
- Tiger Tracking and mammal watching
- Great food
- Interesting road journey
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis Meals as per the itinerary
- Jeep safaris in Kaziranga National Park Transport services in North East India as per the itinerary
- Birding guide Park entry fee of Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks
- Entry fee of Eagles Nest Sanctuary Restricted area permit
- Arrival and Departure transfers in Kolkata Domestic air fare (economy class) | All taxes
North India, the land of Ladakh, looks as though it was made for birdwatching and photography.
Gir National Park Gujarat
Sometimes it is not just the species spotted but also the amazing moments. Some of our guests had the unique opportunity to witness the mating of Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest, truly a special moment.
Surajpur is an amazing wetland close to the nation’s capital. Apart from being one of the monsoon homes for the Bristled Grassbird, it is also home to another sought-after species: the Bengal Bush Lark.
One advantage of living near the birding hotspot of Bharatpur is that you can see some amazing birds, like the graceful Sarus Crane, in your backyard during this lockdown