NE/05 : 14 days Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam

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Featuring : Manas NP, Nameri NP, Kaziranga NP, Gibbon Sanctuary and Dibru Saikhowa NP

A tour designed for Nature wild life enthusiasts, this is a wildlife tour to remember. Explore the premier wildlife parks of Assam. View wildlife on well organized jeep & elephant safaris, and boat trips, accompanied by knowledgeable and experienced guides. You are sure to encounter, wild elephants, Wild buffalo, many species of deer, the Hoolock Gibbons and the rare Golden Langur. We have even seen a Tiger on three occassions. Bird watchers will have a field day; as each of the parks boasts around 500 different bird species, such as the rare Bengal Florican.

The tour starts at Guwahati and ends at Dibrugarh, visiting the following National Parks:-

Manas National Park and tiger reserve

  

The Manas Reserve, located in the foothills of the Bhutan hills, far from human habitation, is a world in itself. This park is one of the most fascinating National Parks in India. It is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage (in danger) site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve – a unique distinction.

This semi-evergreen forest Terrestrial Eco-region is also the richest in species of all Indian wildlife areas and is home to the rare and endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog.

The focus point of Manas National Park is the enchanting Manas River, where Ganjatic dolphins can be seen.

  

Consisting of grassland, dry and moist deciduous & also rain forests, Manas has an area of 520 sq km & with the Bhutanese government protecting the Bhutanese side of the jungle there is a stretch of about 3500 sq km of protected area on both sides of the border.

A total of 543 plants species have been recorded from the core zone.

Manas houses 19 of India’s most endangered animal populations, home to the rare golden langur and a sizeable tiger population.

  

Its wetlands are essential for the survival of the fast-vanishing hispid hare and pygmy hog. The fauna to be found here include the Tiger, Asiatic elephant, Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Gaur, Asiatic water buffalo, sambar, hog deer, barking deer, Chital, Swamp deer, spotted deer, wild boar, swamp deer, capped langur and clouded leopard., Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, common langur, Slow loris, Tiger, Black panther, Leopard cat, Clouded leopard, Wild cat, Golden cat, Fishing cat, large Indian civet, small Indian civet, common Palm civet, Himalayan palm civet, common mongoose, small Indian mongoose, Dhole, Jackal, Indian fox, Red fox, Himalayan black bear, Sloth bear, smooth Indian otter, yellow throated Marten, Chinese Badger, yellow bellied Weasel, common Otter, Indian pangolin, Three striped palm squirrel, five striped palm squirrel, Malayan giant squirrel, bay bamboo rat, little Indian field mouse, Indian porcupine.

The diverse habitat of Manas is ideal home for a variety of specialized birds. Manas boasts the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world and is also a great place to see the Great Hornbill. The National Park lists around 380 species. You are likely to spot the Greater Adjutant, Black-tailed Crake, Red-headed Trogon, Swamp Francolin, Wreathed and Rufous-necked Hornbill, Marsh and Jerdon’s Babblers, Pied Harrier, Rufous-rumped and Bristled Grassbirds, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Rufous-vented Laughingthrush, Finn’s Weaver, Ibisbill and a variety of foothills species.

The Nameri National Park, is a birding destination. It is the best place to see the very rare & elusive White-winged Wood Duck. Nameri is also a project tiger site. The sparkling river Jia Bharali, which is ideal for rafting and angling, flows down by the National Park adding a unique charm to it. The habitat of the park consists of tropical evergreen, semi evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers.

Nameri along with the adjacent Pakke & neighbouring Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuaries of Western Arunachal protects about 1300 sq.km of great bio-diversity. Interesting bird Species to be spotted are: Black-breasted Thrush, Collared Falconet, Ibisbill, Long-billed Plover, Giant, Rufous-necked & Wreathed Hornbills, Ruddy Kingfisher, White-winged Wood Duck, Wallcreeper, Kalij Pheasant, Green Cochoa, King Vulture, Pallas’s Fish Eagle etc.

The World Heritage Kaziranga National Park is a fabulous mosaic of grasslands, forests, and pools backed by misty hills. The Park has more than 70% of the world’s one-horned rhino population, 70% of the world population of the Eastern Swamp Deer and 75% of the world’s wild Asiatic water buffalo. It has a significant population of the Asian Elephant.

Close encounters with the Great Indian one horned Rhino, and wild Indian Elephants Swamp Deer, Asiatic Water buffalo, and a host of animals are assured. There are plenty of Tigers around – but there is only a 25 percent chance of spotting one.

The Park also has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. Because of the varied habitat types that the Park comprises of, as also of the strict protection accorded to them, birding in Kaziranga is very special. The varied terrain provides habitat for wetland, grassland, and woodland species The Bengal Florican is the main attraction.

The Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary in India to be named after a non-human primate, Hoolock gibbon (Hylobates hoolock).- the only ape found in the Indian sub continent. The Gibbons, require prime evergreen forest for survival.

The main attraction of Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is because Six different types of monkeys are found on the same platform.

These are- Hoolock gibbon (Hylobates hoolock),. Capped langur (Presbytis entellus), Slow loris (Nycticebus cocang), Stump-tailed macaque (macca speciosa), Pig-tailed macaque (macaca nemestrina) Rhesus monkeys.

The park also has elephants, leopard, wild pigs, sambar deer, hugori deer, pythons, giant squirrel and small palm squirrel etc. This Wildlife Sanctuary is very rich in different types of trees, plants and orchids.

Dibru-Saikhowa is a biosphere reserve. This little known site, is one of the biodiversity hot spots situated on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is located in the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra. Fashioned by nature – earthquakes and ever changing water courses it has numerous island pockets and water bodies providing an unusual habitat for varied wildlife, aqua fauna and avifauna.

Contained between the Debang, Lohit & the Great Brahmaputra rivers, the 340 sq Kms reserve was set up with a view to protecting the grass land and swamp habitat. Its internal water channels & bodies, seasonally flooded forests, “beels”, and grassy pockets, makes it an interesting birding destination for rare specialized grass land and swamp forest birds such as the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black throated Parrotbill, Rufous-vented( swamp) Prinia, and Jerdons Bushcat.

You can also spot altitudinal migrants such as Pale-capped pigeon, White-tailed Ruby throat and Black – breasted Thrush, and various warblers. More than 300 species have been recorded.

Birding here involves several ferry crossings in country boats, and wading through shallow waterways. No transport is available in the park.

On this tour we will be taken by boat to various hot spots. Some of the birds you are likely to spot: White-browed Piculet, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Lineated Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Green-billed Malkoha, Grey-headed Lapwing, Pallas’s Gull, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Oriental Hobby, Lesser Adjutant, Common Green Magpie, White-tailed Rubythroat, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Spot-winged Starling, Hill Myna, Sultan Tit, Plain Martin, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler, Spotted Bush Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Smoky Warbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Sand Lark, Scarlet-backed Flower-pecker, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Rosy Pipit, and Black-faced Bunting.

ITENERIES

Day 01 : Guwahati – Manas NP

Arrive Guwahati mid morning. Drive to Manas NP. 167 Kms in 4.30 hrs.. Check in at wild life Lodge located on fringes of the park.
Day 02 – Day 03: Jeep and Elephant safari at Manas NP
Jeep and Elephant safari through forests, woodland. savannah, and grasslands. Overnight at Wild life Lodge.

Day 04 : Manas River Boat Safari

Safari down Manas River by boat.

Day 05 : Manas NP- Nameri NP

Drive to Nameri National park via Rangiya- Tezpur 290 Kms in 06 -07 hrs. Overnight at Eco Camp or forest Lodge.
In the evening take a nature walk along banks of the Bhareli River.

Day 06 : Nameri NP

Cross Bhareli River by boat for Full day walking exploration. Overnight at Eco Camp or forest Lodge.

Day 07 : Drive Nameri to Kaziranga

Early morning rafting trip down Bhareli River, After breakfast drive 110 Kms to Kaziranga National Park, in 02 hrs . Afternoon explore surrounding of forests , tea gardens and ethnic villages. Overnight at wild life lodge.

Day 08-09: Kaziranga

Two full full days in Kaziranga exploring the park as best we can, by jeep and on elephant back. There are several watch points scattered throughout Kaziranga, and we are allowed out on foot at these. We will make daily forays, twice a day into various ranges of the park by jeep. One morning we will take an elephant safari.

Day 10: Kaziranga- Gibbon Sanctuary – Jorhat

After breakfast drive to Gibbomn WLS 175 Kms in 03 hrs. Full day Wildlife excursion In the evening drive to Jorhat 12 Kms. Overnight at a colonial Tea garden bungalow.

Day 11: Jorhat- Dibrugarh- Tinsukhia

In the morning take a trip round the tea estate. See the simple village people go about their daily chores. Take a ride on a bullock cart, Peep into the homes of metal-working artisans & master weavers , You can even catch a dozen fish within thirty minutes.
After lunch drive to Tisukhia 160 Kms in 03 hrs. overenight at hotel.

Day 12-13: Dibru Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve

Two full days of wildlife viewing.. Each day we will drive 10 kms from Tinsukhia to the entry point to Dibru-Saikhowa. for wild life viewing by boat and on foot. We will be exploring grasslands, swamps and forest habitat. Each day return to Tinsukhia for overnight at your hotel.

Day 14 Tinsukhia- Dibrugarh for departure

Transfer from Tinsukhia to Dibrugarh airport for boarding your departure flight to Delhi, Guwahati or Kolkata.

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