With over 10,000 species of birds around the world, Birdwatching is becoming a popular tourism attraction around the world. Birds have always fascinated humans from a very long time and ancient civilizations worshipped and revered birds as Gods and attributed stories of magical power being attached to these colorful creatures. These colorful birds often leave us wonderstruck, constantly reminding us of our environment and watching and studying birds is a perfect way of understanding nature and its habitat.
The State of Assam in North East India is a wild haven for birdwatchers. With almost 35% of the State under forest cover accounting to 26,000 sq. km. of forest area, the various water bodies, Assam becomes a perfect destination for birdwatching especially during winter season. Migratory birds (some highly endangered species) travel from across the world and make Assam their home during these months. Assam is a one of the world’s finest birding destinations. The five National Parks and thirteen Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam provide the best guarded and protected environment for these bird species. The water bodies located within the premises of these National Park and Sanctuaries ensure adequate food source for these birds. Assam is home to some 1200 different bird species and subspecies. At the Kaziranga National Park alone, 500 species of birds have been recorded. Kaziranga’s forests is home to all the Green Pigeon species found in the Indian subcontinent, both the Great White and elusive Dalmatian Pelican, the Black Necked Crane as well as the Great and Oriental Pied Hornbills. The overlap of the Indomalayan zoo-geographic realms is what creates the astoundingly rich biodiversity of Assam.
Birdwatching in Assam is a very self-rewarding experience. Across Assam, there are many varieties of bird species to be spotted especially at Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Orang National Park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Nameri National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Panidihing Wildlife Sanctuary, Majuli Island, Maguri Beel, Garbhanga Reserve Forest, Deepor Beel, Chandubi Lake, etc. Assam being the land of grassy landscapes and wonderful valleys dotted with layers of crystal clear rivers and wetlands provides a habitat for over 1200 species of birds. If birdwatching is you passion then we welcome you at Awesome Assam to experience a magical tread that will take you on an exotic journey spotting these colorful creatures and sing to their tunes across the vast virgin wilderness of Assam!
Some of the important Birding destinations in Assam along with species of birds to be found are ~
1| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Kaziranga National Park ~ Assam
The best wildlife destination of Assam and home of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tigers, Kaziranga National Park is also an attractive bird watching destination in Assam. It can be also said that if Kaziranga National Park was not as famous for its rhinos, it would surely have been known as one of the world’s finest birding destinations. Kaziranga National Park alone has more than 500 species of birds. Some of the bird species found at Kaziranga National Park are Kalij Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Lesser Whistling-Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Shelduck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Gadwall Anas, Falcated Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Teal Anas crecca, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Yellow-legged Buttonquail, Barred Buttonquail, Eurasian Wryneck, Speckled Piculet, White-browed Piculet, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Lesser Yellownape, Raptors, Storks, Abbott’s Babbler, Flycatcher, little Spiderhunter, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Kaziranga National Park: Click Here
2| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Manas National Park ~ Assam
Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the Manas National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Tiger Reserve and also a Biosphere Reserve. The region of North East in India lies at the crossroads of the Himalayas and the Indo-Malayan biodiversity hotspot that results in the highest diversities of bird species in India and Manas being a part of this region is blessed with a huge population of both resident as well as migratory birds. Manas National Park in Assam boasts of some of the world’s most endangered bird species of the likes of the elusive Bengal Florican, Greater and Lesser Adjutant Storks, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Grey Crowned Prinia, Bristled Grassbird, Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black Breasted Parrotbill, etc. Other common bird species found at Manas National Park are Jungle Fowls, Bulbul, Brahminy Duck, Khaleej Pheasant, Egret, Pelican, Fishing Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Falcon, Scarlet Minivet, Bee-Eater, Kingfisher, Magpie Robin, Pied Hornbill, Gray Hornbill, Merganser, Harrier, Osprey, Heron, Buzzard, Lapwing, Plover, Sandpiper, Snipe, River Tern, Woodpecker, Warbler, Chat, Thrush,Tit, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Manas National Park: Click Here
3| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Nameri National Park ~ Assam
Located in the Sonitpur district of Assam, the Nameri National Park lies in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and is also a Tiger Reserve. Criss crossed by several rivers, the Jia Bhorelli is the primary river flowing across the Nameri National Park and a perfect site for birdwatching here. Nameri National Park has a subtropical monsoon climate characterized by heavy rainfall during monsoons. Nameri National Park has four different types of forest types namely ~
1. Eastern alluvial secondary semi-evergreen forest
2. Low alluvial savannah woodlands
3. Eastern dillenia swamp forests
4. Wet bamboo forests
The perfect combination of these forests and flowing water bodies makes Nameri National Park an ideal bird watching destination with over 300 species of resident and migratory birds to be spotted. Some of the bird species found at Nameri National Park are White Winged Wood Duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Black Stork, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Babblers, Plovers, Large Whistling Teal, Common Merganser, King Vulture, Long Billed Ring Plover, Khaleej Pheasant, Hill Myna, Pin tailed green Pigeon, Himalayan pied Kingfisher, Three Toed kingfisher, Fairly Blue Bird, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Nameri National Park: Click Here
4| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Dibru Saikhowa National Park ~ Assam
Yet another fascinating destination to enjoy Bird watching in Assam is the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Located conveniently close to the Dibrugarh airport in Upper Assam, the Dibru Saikhowa National Park is located in the Tinsukia district covering a total core area of 340 sq. km. The Dibru Saikhowa National Park is perhaps the only National Park in India that allows its visitors to explore the varied flora and fauna of the National Park aboard a River Cruise. Surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra, the Dibru Saikhowa National Park contains varied fauna of the likes of Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Clouded leopard, Jungle cat, Sloth bear, Dhole, Small Indian civet, Malayan giant squirrel, Chinese pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, Slow loris, Pig tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur, Hoolock gibbon, Asian elephant, Wild boar, Sambar deer, Hog deer, Barking deer, Asiatic water buffalo, Feral horses, etc. But the best part of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park is its varied bird species.
Over 350 species of birds are known to be found at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Some of the bird species recorded here are Greater adjutant, Lesser adjutant, Indian cormorant, Grey heron, Purple heron, Black-crowned night heron, Yellow bittern, Asian openbill, Black stork, Fulvous whistling-duck, Greylag goose, Northern pintail, Pallas’s fish-eagle, Eurasian griffon, Osprey, Crested serpent-eagle, Spot-billed pelican, White-winged wood duck, Baer’s pochard, Greater spotted eagle, Bengal florican, Pale-capped pigeon, Great pied hornbill, Marsh babbler, Jerdon’s babbler, Black-breasted parrotbill, etc.
5| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~ Assam
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around 42 kms from Guwahati, in the plains of River Brahmaputra in the district of Morigaon in Assam. Legend has it that the King of Mayong gave the name ‘Pobitara’ to the forest after his lovely daughter who died in her youth. In 1971, the forest was declared a reserve forest to protect the famous rhinos. In 1987, Pobitora was declared as the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The extent of the Protected area is 38.81 sq km. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is mainly famous for its great Indian one horned Rhinoceros and has the Highest Population Density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the World!
Besides Rhinoceros the other animals found are Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild bear, civet cat etc. Various species of reptiles to be found at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are the likes of the Indian python, common monitor lizard, Indian tent turtle, Indian cobra are also found at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to more than 375 resident and migratory birds such as Indian pied hornbill, osprey, hill myna, kalij pheasant. Due to its rich birdlife, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also called as the ‘Bharatpur of the East‘.
For complete list of Birds at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: Click Here
Itinerary for your Bird watching Tour of Assam ~
Even though Assam itself has numerous birding destinations, the State of Arunachal Pradesh with its immense floral diversity is also a rewarding spot to enjoy bird watching. In this bird watching tour of Assam we will schedule a visit to the numerous birding hotspots of Assam (during the winter season) and also a visit to the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, that is the third largest National Park in India and also home to the big four Cat species and numerous species of birds along the Giant Flying Squirrel. We will also cover the Amazon of the East – the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary near the Joypore Reserve Forest area to witness a glimpse of the 293 bird species recorder here. We will start our journey from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Manas National Park and traverse across the various bird watching destinations in Assam and travel to the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh to finally end our bird watching tour at the Dibrugarh Airport. Here below is the detailed Itinerary of your birding tour of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Day 1: Guwahati Airport – Manas National Park
Arrive at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport at Guwahati and at the airport you will be greeted and welcomed by our representative who is an avid Wildlife Photographer and Bird guide in a traditional Assamese style. Board your luxury Innova vehicles and begin your drive from the Guwahati Airport to the Manas National Park in Assam (about 4 hours’ drive). Witness the beautiful forest cover and the lush green paddy fields of Assam along your drive. We reach the Barpeta Road junction and head straight to travel to the Manas National Park at the Baksa district of Assam. Once you are about to reach the entrance of the Manas National Park you will be welcomed by the lush green tea gardens of Assam. At Manas National Park we check into your place of stay here and in the evening we will walk across the outskirts of the Manas National Park and spot few bird species here.
Night Halt: Florican Cottages at Manas National Park or similar
Meals Included: NA
Day 2: Manas National Park
Today we take a full day Jeep Safari at Manas National Park where we go deep inside the forest reserves of Manas National Park to spend our day bird watching. (You can also opt for an elephant safari ride in the morning. Do let us know and we will accommodate this safari option in the Itinerary). Manas National Park is host to over 450 species of birds and some of them sighted on our birding tour of Manas National Park are oriental white-eye, purple sunbird, asian fairy bluebird, white-throated bulbul, Chestnut tailed starling, Rufous necked laughingthrush, Golden fronted leafbird, Indian peafowl, blue-throated barbet, Long-tailed Shrike, Spangled Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Black-hooded Oriole, White-throated Fantail, 5 Pin-tailed green pigeon, Streaked Spiderhunter, grey headed woodpecker, velvet-fronted nuthatch, Red-breasted Parakeet, Black-crested Bulbul, Lesser flameback, Grey-capped Pygmy woodpecker, Rosy minivet, Rufous treepie, Ashy woodswallow, Common Iora, Greater Racket tail drongo, bronze drongo, Black stork, Shikra, Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, Greater Goldenback, Sultan Tit, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Crimson Sunbird, Scaly-breasted Munia, etc. Our Jeep Safari ride will start at the Bansbari entrance of Manas National Park continuing to Mathanguri, Roysingla, Dwimari and travel back to Bansbari. End your day exploring the Bodo villages of Manas National Park.
Night Halt: Florican Cottages at Manas National Park or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 3: Manas National Park – Chandubi
After breakfast we will depart from Manas National Park to travel to the Chandubi Lake near Guwahati (about 5 hours’ drive). The roads to Chandubi and very scenic and picturesque and you cross the agricultural farmlands, tea gardens and the dense cover of the Chandubi Reserve Forest area to arrive at the Chandubi Lake. Here we cross the Chandubi Lake in a country boat and travel to the eco-friendly Chandubi Jungle Camp overlooking the Chandubi Reserve Forest. Numerous migratory bird species flock to the Chandubi Lake during winters and this is a very less known birding destination in Assam and getting a chance to enjoy a day of bird watching at the Chandubi Lake is a very rewarding experience. Enjoy an ethnic Rabha tribe cuisine at the Chandubi Jungle Camp and in the afternoon we head to the Chandubi Reserve Forest area for a bird watching experience along with varied fauna species of Wild Elephants, Hoolock Gibbons, Slow Loris, Burmese Pythons, Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques, etc. and we also spend time bird watching at the Chandubi Lake. Evening we can arrange for a traditional folk dance performance of the Rabha tribes of Assam ensure that your brief visit to Assam is complete with the experiences of the cultural diversities of the indigenous people of Assam along with savouring of their traditional wine and food.
Night Halt: Chandubi Jungle Camp at Chandubi
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Chandubi – Garbhanga – Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Today we get up in the morning and take a boat ride across the Chandubi Lake and cross over to the other side of the lake and identify the various bird species that are here. As the lake harbours a good population of fish species so the birds can be spotted around the Chandubi lake trying to catch their food. After spending our time bird watching we return back to the Chandubi Jungle Camp and pack up and after a late breakfast we depart to the Garbhanga Reserve Forest area near Lokhra in Guwahati. It takes around an hour and half to travel to Garbhanga and we will take our vehicles to the Forest Office at Garbhanga and later hike across the Forest reserve looking out for the over 128 species of birds here at Garbhanga that include the likes of Black Kite, Shikra, Asian Koel, Indian Cuckoo, Small Headed Malkova, White–Browed piculet, Crimson Sunbird, Large Woodshrike, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Dark necked Tailorbird, White-rumped Shama, White–bellied Erpornis, Black–crested Bulbul, Pin-striped Tit Babbler, Rufescent Prinia, etc. Garbhanga Reserve Forest is also home to various butterfly species and they can be spotted across the area of the forest reserve. The butterfly species found at the Garbhanga Reserve Forest are Ampitta subvittatus, Ancistroides Nigrita, Lambrix Salsala, Matapa Cresta, etc. After this we proceed to have our late lunch at Lokhra Charali area and continue on our drive to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (about 1 ½ hours). At Pobitora we check in to the Maibong Eco Resort and we visit the Mayong Museum of Black magic here at Pobitora. Assam earlier was renowned for the practices of Black magic and the sorcerer’s here at Mayong were mostly revered and feared for their black magic powers as they had powers to tame a tiger, convert a man to goat and even make an army of men disappear. Though the practices of black magic have now been abolished, the relics and scriptures are to be found here at the Mayong Black magic museum at Pobitora. Later we spend time around the Maibong Eco Resort and do some bird watching around the resort and even at the bird observatory site at this resort.
Night Halt: Maibong Eco Resort at Pobitora or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 5: Pobitora – Nameri National Park
Early morning we go for a round of Jeep safari here inside the forest reserves of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and sight the various flora, fauna and avifauna of Pobitora. In addition to being a bird watcher’s paradise as Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has recorded around 375 species of birds of the likes of Indian pied hornbill, osprey, hill myna, kalij pheasant, etc. Pobitora is also the place having the highest population density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the World. We take an in depth jeep safari experience inside the forest reserves of Pobitora and we identify the various bird species inside the forest reserves and later return back to our resort for a late breakfast and spend time at the Bird Observatory site at the Maibong Eco Resort. Later in the day we travel to the Nameri national Park in Assam. The drive to Nameri national Park from Pobitora will take about 3 hours and on the way we will admire the lush green forest cover of Assam and understand about the traditional fishing techniques adopted by the indigenous people of Assam. We stop for lunch at the Nagaon bypass at the Anuraag Dhaba and continue on our drive to Tezpur via Koliabor to reach Balipara area near Tezpur and we head further to the Nameri National Park and Tiger Reserve. At Nameri we check into the Camp Lalimou at Nameri and head to visit the banks of the Jia Bhoreli River. The actual forest reserves of Nameri begins after crossing the Jia Bhoreli river but the drive to the banks of the river is filled with a lush forest cover and often you can spot several bird species by the river banks itself. Nameri National Park was originally created as a protection habitat of the endangered White Winged Wood Duck and over the years it earned the repute of a National Park as well as a Tiger Reserve. We spend time by the banks of the Jia Bhoreli River and if we are lucky we get to spot certain rare bird species here as well. On our way back we stop near the Nameri Eco Camp that has a tree that is home to certain bird species mostly the green parakeets and the nest of the Great Indian Hornbill bird and the holes on the tree trunk have been made by the woodpecker bird species. After clicking our pictures we head back the Camp Lalimou for a night halt.
Night Halt: Camp Lalimou at Nameri National Park or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 6: Nameri National Park – Kaziranga National Park
Today is our day of trekking into the Forest reserves of Nameri National park that is renowned for its various bird species. Nameri National Park is an identified habitat of more than 300 species of birds including the likes of White Winged Wood Duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Black Stork, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, etc. Our day starts early in the morning and we head to the Forest Range Office of Nameri National Park and here we obtain our entry passes for the visit and also we will be escorted by an armed forest guard as the forest reserve is an open track and adequate protection is necessary before we head into the forest reserves of Nameri for birding. We will travel to the banks of the Jia Bhoreli River in our vehicles and we will be assisted in the river crossing by a country boat. Our bird watching experience at Nameri National Park will begin one we step down from the boat and one has to keep vigil because we can spot rare birds at both sides of the river banks itself. We now enter the forest reserves of Nameri and start on our trek to the interiors of the park with the forest guard leading us. The forest guards of Nameri are adept bird guides as well and they know the local as well as the English names of the birds that inhabit the forest reserves of Nameri and in case our guide misses out to spot a species you can be rest assured that your bird watching at Nameri is complete with the availability of these forest guards. After our jungle trek is complete we come out of the forest reserve and head on our drive to the Camp Lalimou for our breakfast and later pack our bags and continue on our drive to the Kaziranga National Park.
The drive to Kaziranga National Park will take about 3 hours and we need to ensure to reach the Burapahar range of Kaziranga before 1 PM. We drive back to Tezpur and continue towards Jakhalabandha and reach at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park. Our jeep rides will await us at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park and we commence on our ride across this less frequented range of Kaziranga. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is the most visited National park in Assam and is home to the highest population of the Indian One Horned rhinoceros and also a tiger habitat and home to the largest population of the Asiatic Wild Water buffalo in the wild. An Important Bird Area (IBA), Kaziranga has recorded over 500 species of birds and some of these are Kalij Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Lesser Whistling-Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, etc. Our Jeep Safari ride will last for about 2 hours where we go deep inside the forest reserves of the Burapahar range of Kaziranga and spot many birds and animal species. After our ride is over we head to the Bagori range of Kaziranga for our lunch and alter travel to the Kohora range to check into our place of halt at Kaziranga. Evening will be free at leisure to travel around the resort area and visit the local market at Kohora and the retail outlet of the Amalgamated Tea plantation to carry home the souvenir of the finest Assam tea from the tea gardens around Kaziranga National Park.
Night Halt: Bon Habi Resort at Kaziranga or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 7: Kaziranga National Park
We start our day early and today we will spend our day bird watching at Kaziranga National Park at the other ranges of the park at Agoratoli and Kohora and later in the day we will visit the Kaziranga Orchid Park – the largest Orchid park in India. Our Jeeps will pick us up from our place of stay at Kohora and we take a 30 minute drive towards the entrance of the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park. Basically, the four ranges in this area of Kaziranga National Park are the Central Range of Kohora, the Western range of Bagori, the Eastern range of Agoratoli and the Burapahar range. We already visited the Burapahar range for our bird watching experience yesterday afternoon and today we visit the range that is the best known at Kaziranga National Park for bird watching viz. the Eastern range of Agoratoli. The eastern range is a little far away from the main centre area of Kaziranga and hence it is a less frequented range by the many tourists who come to Kaziranga and hence the jeep rides conducted here are lesser when compared to the other central and western ranges and so the sightings of birds are more. We continue our two hour long ride inside the forest reserves of Agoratoli range of Kaziranga and identify the various bird species and later come back to the resort for our breakfast and spend our time at leisure overlooking the beautiful backdrop of the Karbi Anglong hills. As the place around the resort is filled with nature and forests so you can also spot a few bird species here as well. Later we travel to the Kaziranga Orchid Park – the largest Orchid Park in India. At the Kaziranga Orchid Park we witness the various indigenous orchid species of Assam and North East India here. The green house at the Kaziranga Orchid Park has various flowering orchid species of the region and it is a delight to witness them in bloom here.
We will also understand about the various art and crafts of bamboo and cane practiced by the artisans of Assam along with the handloom products made by the local weavers of Assam here at Kaziranga Orchid Park’s Handicrafts and Handloom section. A rice museum illustrates the various rice varieties grown across the region and also we witness a beautiful cultural performance of the local boys and girls where they perform the Bihu and the Bamboo dance. We enjoy our lunch at the ethnic restaurant of the Kaziranga Orchid Park where they serve a huge palette of the traditional Thali of Assam that is arguable the best in the state and after lunch we head on our jeep safari ride to the Western Range of Kaziranga National Park for another round of bird watching in the afternoon. Located about 15 minutes’ drive from the Kohora, the Bagori range is also a nice spot to witness the birds of Kaziranga National Park and with the spread out area of this range you can identify the birds from a distance. Our jeep ride at Bagori will last for about an hour and half (1 ½ hours) and it is in this range that we have the opportunity of sighting the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros very close from the jeep ride. After we finish our safari ride enjoying our day of bird watching here at the Bagori range of Kaziranga we head back to our place of stay and complete our packing for the day and prepare our journey the next day to the Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary near Mariani and travel further to Upper Assam at Dibrugarh.
Night Halt: Bon Habi Resort at Kaziranga or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 8: Kaziranga – Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary – Sivasagar – Dibrugarh
The next morning we board our vehicles to embark on our 3 hour drive to the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary at Mariani. We have packed breakfast to take it along to be had on the way as we would depart early morning. We cross Numaligarh, Dergaon and the entire road stretch is covered with the lush tea gardens, paddy fields and forest cover. From Jorhat we head on further towards the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and as the name suggests this place is famous for the presence of the Hoolock Gibbon Ape of Assam. Once you reach the entrance of this sanctuary you can hear the cries of this Hoolock Gibbon Ape and the entire atmosphere is so serene with the tall tree canopies and the presence of the numerous bird species here. In addition to the presence of the Hoolock Gibbons the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary also has the presence of the nocturnal primate viz. the Bengal Slow Loris. The other major primate species present here are the Stump Tail macaque, Northern Pig Tail macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque and Capped Langur.
The number of bird species recorded here at the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is around 219 species of the likes of Spot-billed duck, mallards, gadwall, wigeon, garganey, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, ferruginous duck, adjutant stork, kingfisher, lesser adjutant stork, open bill stork, white necked stork, etc. The infrastructure at the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is not very well developed like the other National Parks of Assam and so we need to take a hike across the place accompanied by a forest guard. The place is surrounded by huge trees called as the Hollong tree and so direct sunlight doesn’t reach the place and spotting of the bird species here becomes easy. We spend about 2 hours at the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary bird watching and later we have our lunch and travel to Sivasagar where we sight some of the ancient monuments of the Ahom regime.
The Ahom dynasty ruled Assam for over 500 years and under their regime the region flourished and they are accredited of not allowing Assam to be conquered by the Mughals when the time the entire country was under their rule. The brave Kings of the Ahom dynasty were patrons of art and architecture and they built several temples and monuments in Assam including the famous temples in Guwahati and their finest architecture are to be found here at Sivasagar. The renowned monuments of the Ahom era present at Sivasagar are the Talatal Ghar, Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar and the Sivadoul. In addition, the resting place of the Ahom Kings and Queens that is located at a place called as Charaideo is of noteworthy importance because these are the pyramids of India and the Ahom Kings were laid to rest here in a similar procedure to the Pharaohs of Egypt. We will cover the Talatal Ghar and the Rang Ghar at Sivasagar and later continue on our drive to Dibrugarh. It will be a night halt at Dibrugarh in Upper Assam.
Night Halt: Hotel Natraj at Dibrugarh
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 9: Dibrugarh – Jeypore Rainforest – Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Today we leave Dibrugarh to begin our journey to the pristine Jeypore Rain forest near Naharkatia that is a part of the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Reserve – the Amazon of East. A beautiful rainforest, the Dehing Patkai landscape stretches an area of 550 sq. km. covering the districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam and continuing further to Tirap and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh. The Dehing Patkai being a rainforest harbours rich flora, fauna and avifauna and has recorded 47 mammal species, 47 reptile species and around 293 species of birds. Few of the bird species recorded here are Slender-billed vulture, White-winged duck, Greater adjutant, Lesser adjutant Greater spotted eagle, Yellow-vented warbler, Broad-billed warbler, White-naped yuhina, White-cheeked partridge, Great hornbill, Brown hornbill, Oriental darter, etc. The drive to the Jeypore rainforest area from Dibrugarh will take about an hour and 45 minutes and the drive is absolutely scenic and breathtaking. On reaching the Jeypore Rainforest we embark on our walk across the pristine Jeypore Rainforest and the soulful chirping of the birds can be heard all across the place. We spend our first half of the day here at the Jeypore Rainforest and later in the afternoon we head on our drive to Tinsukia to continue to the Guijan area that is the site of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Assam. We cross the lovely Dehing Patkai forest reserve along our drive and we reach Tinsukia by late afternoon from the Jeypore forest reserve (around 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive) and we go to the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia to witness the memoirs of the Dibru Sadiya Railway (one of the oldest rail routes established in India). Later we drive towards the Guijan Ghat near Tinsukia to check into our place of stay near the Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Assam. Evening we will be free to take a stroll near the Dibru River and look out for the various bird species that flock during the winter season and the Ruddy Shelducks are to be seen all around. We retire for the evening and enjoy an evening bonfire and fire cooked dinner at the resort.
Night Halt: Banashree Eco Resort at Guijan or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 9: Dibru Saikhowa – Maguri Beel
Today morning we for our first round of bird watching at the Maguri Motapung Beel near the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. We have to take a short 10 minute drive from the place and we reach the spot of the Maguri Beel where we embark on a country boat and go for the bird watching session here. This place is a vast expanse of swamps and wetlands and a vast are for diverse aquatic life as the two major rivers that meet the Brahmaputra viz. the Dibru and Lohit allows its sediments to flow into the Maguri Beel during the monsoons and this allows the aquatic life to flourish here. The silt that is brought in by the rivers during the floods are said to block the channels and this creates patches of semi-dry lands that leads to the brilliance of aquatic life that in turn draws hundreds of bird species especially during the migratory season of winters. In the earlier times, the Maguri Beel used to teem with a certain variety of catfish called as the ‘Magur’ in the local language and hence the name Maguri Beel.
The unique amalgamation of the two rivers ensures that at the Maguri Beel you can have both freshwater and wetland fish as well. Every year visitors come to the Maguri Beel to witness the various migratory bird species here. Also as the place is a grassland environment one can find many grass land birds as well. Few of the bird species that frequent the Maguri Beel are Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Pintail, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Curlew, Bar headed Goose, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teel, Common wagtail (Balimahi), etc. The common wagtail is a species that comes to the Maguri Beel during the monsoons and they feed on small fishes and insects and the end of the floods in September announces the arrival of the migratory birds at the Maguri Beel in Assam. Our boat ride will take us across the Maguri Beel and we got to witness the bird species here. The water body is filled with water hyacinth plants and this allows the local people to fish on the waters of the Maguri Beel and they use unique fish traps made with bamboo and cane to fish from the Maguri Beel and the catch is sold at the local markets.
After our round of bird watching at the Maguri Beel we head back to the resort for our breakfast and continue to cross the Dibru River on a house boat to reach the other banks and we hike towards the Laika Gaon. Accompanied by forest guards, we hike across the beautiful forest reserves of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park and here too we can spot various bird species. We reach the Mora Beel (Dead Pool) that is a place that teems with the flood waters in the monsoon but gradually dries up across the winter season and this is also another site to witness the various bird species of the Dibru Saikhowa National park including the Ruddy Shelduck and several other species. We trek a little further to visit the Kekjori tree area that is a huge tree that spreads across several acres of land and its branches are mostly spread out across the area. You can spot few bird species here as well. Later we hike back to the river bank and board our boat and this boat takes us to the Dolphin view point area. The Gangetic River Dolphins were earlier found in abundance in the waters of the Brahmaputra and Dibru Rivers but excessive hunting of these species has now reduced their numbers to quite a few and this has them under endangered species only to be found in certain parts of water bodies across Assam. At the Dolphin point we will view the amazing creature and click our pictures and later head back to our resort for lunch. After lunch we relax across the nearby tea gardens and go for another round of bird watching at the Maguri Beel and with this we end our day of birding here at the Dibru Saikhowa National park in Assam.
Night Halt: Banashree Eco Resort at Guijan or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 10: Dibru Saikhowa National Park – Deban
The next morning we head on our drive from Guijan to Deban that is the site of the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh. The drive will take about 4 hours and the roads are good up to Jagun in Assam and then it is not quite goof continuing up to Miao crossing Kharsang. We start after breakfast and from Guijan we drive to Tinsukia, Makum, and Digboi and further to Margherita and Ledo. We will not make stops here as we would be coming back via the same route and we will halt at Digboi and take a look at the places of interest across these historical places in Upper Assam that are blessed with natural reserves of coal and petroleum and also are the birthplace of the tea industry of Assam. We will however make a stop at Lekhapani to witness and mark the beginning of our journey across the historic Stilwell Road aka the Ledo road that was built during the World War II by the American Army under the able guidance of General Vinegar Joe Stilwell to restart the supply route to Chinas the Japanese forces had cut the supply route and this road was built in record time across the densest and harshest terrains and climatic conditions.
We continue on our drive across the Stilwell Road to reach Jagun where we halt for lunch and here we will enjoy a traditional Singpho tribe cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue on our drive towards Miao and we will be stopped at the check gate at Kharsang where we need to produce our Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh as this is a protected area and Indian Nationals need to provide the ILP and Foreign Nationals need provide PAP (Protected Area Permit) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. After our documents are verified we travel further to Kharsang and then to Miao that is the last township we will encounter before we head towards Deban that is the start point of the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh. The roads from Miao to Deban are not a pitch road and so the drive becomes a little tough but it is only a 20 km stretch so not quite long. At Deban we check into the Forest Rest House at Deban that is a beautiful campus located among the lush forest reserves of the Namdapha National Park. We check into the forest rest house at Deban and later admire the scenic location and do some bird watching around the place and the banks of the Nao Dehing river. After spending time by the crystal clear waters of the Nao Dehing River and enjoying our session of bird watching we return back to the Deban Forest House and it might be cold and we will try to arrange for a bonfire based on the weather conditions outside. Food will be served early here and after dinner we return to our rooms.
Night Halt: Deban Forest House at Deban
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 11: Deban – Hornbill Camp
Today morning we will prepare ourselves for our trek inside the pristine forest reserves of the Namdapha National Park and we will spend an evening camping out in the open in tents therefore we will pack adequate warm clothing with us. We will be joined by a team of local guides and porters who will assist us on this remarkable journey of bird watching inside the forest reserves of Namdapha National Park. We will hike towards the Hornbill camp on the first day and camp out there for the night and although we can travel further into the reserve of Namdapha National Park towards Firmbase and Embeong but we will keep the trek short because further up the forest cover gets quite thick and it is practically tough to do bird watching with the tall tree canopies and very less sunlight reaching ground.
The trek up to the Hornbill Camp is sufficient to sight various bird species of this pristine rain forest in India and we will head a little further towards the Rani Jheel and try our luck bird watching by the banks of this jungle stream. Namdapha National Park is a top biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas and the evergreen forests here are home to varied flora, fauna and avifauna species. The Namdapha National Park covers an area of 1985 sq. km. and these dense forest pockets do have certain human settlements of the Lisu, Chakma and Tangsa people. In addition to being home to the big four cat species, the park also boasts of other varied wildlife like Asiatic Black Bear, Indian Wolf, Elephants, Hog Deer, Musk Deer, Slow Loris, Stump Tailed Macaque, etc. Namdapha National Park has recorded over 425 bird species and the most noteworthy are the 5 species of Hornbills here. Some of the other bird species of the Namdapha National Park are …. are also to the found in the forest reserves of Namdapha National Park. At the higher grounds there are several other bird species that have not been recorded yet.
After a quick breakfast we head on our trek accompanied by the local guide and porters and we cross the Nao Dehing River over a bamboo bridge and enter the forest reserves of Namdapha National Park. The evergreen forest welcomes you inside and the soulful chirping of birds and insects can be heard while entering the forest reserves. We trek gradually and halt at intervals to take a look at the bird species around us. The trek to the Hornbill Camp from Deban would take us around 5 hours and we will break for lunch on the way. We reach the Hornbill Camp at Deban at around late afternoon and once we reach we take rest for a while and explore the beautiful Hornbill birds that are known to inhabit this area. We setup our tents and call it a day after our long trek and the porters assist us with our dinner.
Night Halt: Camps at the Hornbill Camp
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Hornbill Camp (Namdapha National Park) – Deban
We start our day early and in the morning we find several bird species that flock to the water body near the place and we spend time capturing their pictures. After breakfast we head further towards the Embeong site but we will move along a little ahead to a resting place and along our trek we spot other species of birds here and later we come back to the Hornbill Camp and begin our trek back to Deban identifying the bird species that we find along our way. We reach Deban by late afternoon and we check into the forest rest house at Deban and spend the latter half of the day at leisure by the banks of the Nao Dehing river and spotting for some more bird species near the Forest Rest House.
Night Halt: Forest Rest House at Deban
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 13: Deban – Digboi
Today we depart to Digboi and we will move at leisure to travel to Miao. At Miao we visit the Tibetan settlement area that is renowned for the carpet weaving industry here. The local people here are adept in carpet weaving with hands and this tradition has continued since long and these carpets have found global recognition coming from a remote place as Miao. After this we cross over to the border of Assam and we reach Jagun. We continue driving towards Baragolai and stop for lunch at the Singpho Villa Dhaba near Baragolai and savour a meal of the traditional Singpho cuisine. After lunch we head to visit the India’s only coal museum at Margherita. Built to preserve and illustrate the rich history of this area that played a very important role in the economy of Assam since the times of the British Raj, the coal museum at Margherita illustrates the practice of underground and opencast coal mining that are practiced at the Makum Coalfields. The British had come to Upper Assam when they discovered the presence of tea as they were introduced to the cultivation of tea by the Singpho people of Assam.
When they reached and once they started exploring they found out that the region is blessed with natural resources of coal and petroleum as well. So they established the Asia’s Oldest Oil refinery at Digboi, the underground coal mines of Namdang and Baragolai and the Margherita tea factory for the tea production and as there was abundance of forest cover in the area they even setup the Margherita Plywood factory to create plywood crates to transport the tea. And to facilitate the movement of goods they established the Dibru Sadiya railway with good trains serving up to Ledo and the area in Upper Assam started to flourish. These details are to be seen here at the Coal Museum at Margherita and various relics from the colonial era are to be found here. We explore the coal museum at Margherita and later head to Digboi to check into the Namdang Guest House at Digboi.
Night Halt: Namdang Guest House at Digboi
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 14: Digboi – Dehing Patkai – Digboi
Today we will visit another part of the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary near the Digboi-Duliajan road and this spot is also renowned for various birds and is an important elephant reserve as well. We start in the morning after breakfast and head to the Digboi-Duliajan road to enter the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and the entire road stretch is covered by the pristine cover of forests and the only thing you can hear are the chirping of birds and insects and the occasional cry of the Hoolock Gibbons and other animals as well. Vehicular movement is less and so it is a place with less of air and noise pollution. After spending a few hours here we return to Digboi and visit the Digboi World War II Cemetery that has over 150 burials of the brave soldiers of the Allied forces who laid down their lives during the Burma Campaign of World War II.
The Digboi War Cemetery is built and maintained by the Common Wealth War graves mission and this place has neatly aligned burials in a beautifully kept lawn and a cross at the end. We pay our respects to these brave souls and later head to the Digboi Oil Museum to witness the history of the oil industry in India and also the oldest operational oil well in the World. After learning about the oil industry and reviewing the various relics we return back to the Namdang Guest House at Digboi.
Night Halt: Namdang Guest House at Digboi
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 15: Digboi – Dibrugarh Airport
Today we travel to the Mohanbari airport at Dibrugarh and we drop you at the airport for your flight to your onward destination. Our bird watching tour of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh ends. Bid Adieu with a bouquet of memoirs of your visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on a magnificent bird watching tour of Assam.
Night Halt: NA
Meals Included: Breakfast
Further Birding destinations in Assam ~
6| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Majuli Island ~ Assam
Majuli is the largest river island in the World. Nestled amidst the mighty Brahmaputra river, Majuli is the cultural hub of the Neo vaishnavite cult of Assam and a paradise for bird watching. Mostly for its fertile floodplains and highly productive wetlands, Majuli Island attracts a wide variety of birds every year. Majuli not only supports diverse resident birds but also attracts a large number of migratory birds. At Majuli Island, more than 260 species of bird life has been recorded. In addition to birds, Majuli also has a varied and diverse flora and fauna.
Majuli being home to over 260 species of bird life attracts many winter migrant species from as far as Tibet and Siberia. As many as 90 different species of migratory birds are known to visit Majuli every year. It is known that at least 13 globally threatened and 5 near threatened species of birds visit Majuli. Some of these species include Spot billed Pelican Pelecanus philippinus, Slender Billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris, White-backed Vulture, Greater Adjutant-Stork Leptoptilos dudius and Lesser Adjutant-Stork L. javanicus also breed in Majuli. Other varied bird species of Majuli Island are Black-breasted or Black-throated Parrotbill, Marsh Spotted Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas’s Fish-Eagle, Waterfowl, Lesser Whistling Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveller, Three Falcated Teal, Ruddy Shelduck, Greylag geese, Swamp Francolin , Bengal florican, Common Crane, Warblers, Leaf warblers, Chats, Thrushes, Wagtails, Pipits, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Majuli Island: Click Here
7| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Jatinga Valley ~ Assam
Jatinga valley is located near the Haflong area in Assam and is also the headquarters of the district. Being the only hill station of Assam, Jatinga is blessed with abundant flora, fauna and avifauna. Jatinga is renowned across the world for its phenomenon of bird suicide wherein over 44 species of birds are known to get disoriented and plunge to their deaths on burning lights and lamps of the Jatinga town mostly during the months of September and October. Although this phenomenon is not literally birds commiting suicide by falling off from a height, it is really on dark moonless nights, these birds get strangely disoriented due to strong winds and the birds plunge towards torches and lights of Jatinga town to be later captured and killed by the people here. At Jatinga, although these birds are known to occasionally plunge to their deaths but it usually the villager who do the actual killing after their fall. Out of a number of theories proposed to explain this phenomenon, the one suggesting that a combination of high altitude, high winds and fog leads to the disorientation of these bids who in turn get attracted to light sources as a source of flight stabilization.
Among the species that form a part of this weird phenomenon, as few are tiger bittern, black bittern, little egret, pond heron, Indian pitta, and kingfishers all being affected, as well as hill partridge, green pigeon, emerald dove, necklaced laughingthrush, black drongo, etc.
8| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Maguri Beel ~ Assam
Across Assam one can find many waterbodies in the form of lakes which are locally called as ‘Beel’. Often dotted with sandy islands and mudflats these ‘Beels’ contain mixed grass that harbour many species of grassland birds. The open waters of these ‘Beels’ or lakes also contain large concentration of waterfowls. The Maguri Beel is a part of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere Reserve but is located just outside the core area of the National Park.
Maguri Beel is located on the south bank of the Dibru River. The Dibru river is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra river. The Maguri Beel is not a protected area so the local villagers use it for fishing regularly. Being very rich in aquatic life, the Maguri Beel is very rich in Biodiversity and a variety of waterfowls and grassland birds are to be found here. With the absence of many other mammal species and sparse human population around the Maguri Beel, this place attracts birds in huge numbers. Large flocks of birds can be spotted feeding at the Maguri Beel. The major population being of the Ruddy Shelducks. Other species of bird found at Maguri Beel are Egrets, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck., Ferruginous Duck, Pied Harrier, Swamp Francolin, Jerdon’s Babbler, Marsh Babbler, Swamp Prinia, Grassland Warblers, Baer’s Pochard, Black Breasted Parrotbill, Great Cormorant, Indian Shag, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Bar headed Goose, Common Teal, Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Black Kite, Cotton Teal, Griffon Vulture, Swamp Francolin, Red Wattled Lapwing, Spotted Dove, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Maguri Beel: Click Here
9| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Chandubi Lake ~ Assam
The Chandubi Lake was created by the devastating earthquake of 1897. It is around 65 Km from Guwahati city. The lake is at the base of Garo hills bordering Assam and Meghalaya. The area around the Chandubi Lake is surrounded by deep forests, tea gardens and small and discrete villages and is an ideal place for a day out and picnic. Efforts have been put by the local people at Chandubi towards the development of Ecotourism near the lake. Their efforts have slowly started to bear fruit and gradually the area around the Chandubi Lake is becoming a favorite hotspot for Bird watching around the Guwahati area. Tourists visit here to catch a glimpse of the sunset and sunrise and to spot the majestic bird species that flock to the Chandubi lake.
The clear and fish abundant waters of the Chandubi lake makes it an ideal stop over for migratory birds during winters. This makes the lagoon of Chandubi and ideal retreat for the bird lovers. The retreat at the Chandubi Jungle Camp offers you ideal Tree houses and Watchtowers to enjoy Bedazzled Birdwatching at Chandubi. Some of the Bird Species found at Chandubi are Forktails Riverchats, Ruddy Shelduck, Cormorants, Ducks, Jungle Fowls, Bulbuls, Brahminy Ducks, Pied Hornbills,Pelicans, Fishing Eagles, Serpent Eagles, Egrets, Scarlet Minivets, Magpie Robins, Bee-Eaters, Gray Hornbills, Ospreys, Herons, Khaleej Pheasants, Mergansers, Harriers, etc.
10| Bedazzled Birdwatching at Garbhanga Reserve Forest ~ Assam
Located in the outskirts of the beautiful city of Guwahati in Assam, the Garbhanga Reserve Forest is a mountainous area covering an area of almost 1500 hectares of land. Providing a green cover to the city of Guwahati, Garbhanga Reserve Forest border the majestic mountain ranges of Meghalaya on the east and north and is bounded by the Rani Reserve Forest to its west and the city of Guwahati and Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary to its south. The area of the Garbhanga Reserve Forest forms a part of the Green Belt region adjoining Guwahati and the forest area of Garbhanga is mostly dominated by the teak tree species. The Garbhanga Reserve Forest are also has moist deciduous forests, mix forests, evergreen and semi evergreen patches along the interiors of the forest area. The Garbhanga Reserve Forest welcomes you to the singing and chirping of hundred of birds species here. Various species of rare butterflies too are home at the Garbhanga Reserve Forest area.
The vast forest cover, unending supply of water from the perennial streams of Meghalaya, the humid yet pleasant climate harbours a variety of wildlife at the Garbhanga Reserve Forest area. Various mammal species of the likes of Elephants, Hoolock Gibbons, Langurs, Leopards, Gibbons, Deer, Sambar, etc. live inside the forests of Garbhanga. For the bird lovers, Garbhanga is home to hundreds of birds belonging to over 128 species. Some of the bird species to be found at Garbhanga are Black Kite, Shikra, Asian Koel, Indian Cuckoo, Small Headed Malkova, White–Browed piculet, Crimson Sunbird, Large Woodshrike, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Dark –necked Tailorbird, White-rumped Shama, White–bellied Erpornis, Black –crested Bulbul, Pin- striped Tit Babbler, Rufescent Prinia, Common Iora, Greater Coucal, Barn Owl, Spotted owl, Brown Fish-Owl, Small Bee–eater, Blue-tailed bee-eater, Lineated barbet, Blue–throated barbet, Coppersmith barbet, Small Blue kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Fulvous-breasted Pied Woodpecker, Small Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Large Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Greater Golden-backed Woodpecker, Blue Whistling–Thrush, Tickell’s Thrush, Black–backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Common Stonechat, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Jungle Babbler, Small Niltava, Black-naped Monarch–Flycatcher, Chestnut–bellied Nuthatch, Spotted Munia, Grey-headed Starling, Bronzed Drongo, Jungle Myna, Grey headed Flycatcher, etc.
For complete list of Birds at Garbhanga Reserve Forest: Click Here
Garbhanga Reserve Forest is also known for its various species of colorful butterflies. Any visitor to Garbhanga can anytime spot these butterflies flying in front of their eyes. As per records, over 26 species of butterflies are alone recorded here at the Garbhanga Reserve Forest.
For complete list of Butterflies at Garbhanga Reserve Forest: Click Here
For all the bird lovers out there who choose to visit our State Assam to enjoy bedazzled bird watching here, below are a few tips that would help you enjoy your views better:
- A good bird book (Field guide) describing the diversity of the species of birds in the Assam would be a good way to tart of your journey. It is very essential and important that the you know what you are looking at. In addition to the local guide we have to guide you with the various species, this book will act as the encyclopaedia for certain other places you plan to visit which we might have missed to mention.
- It is quite obvious to say that the birds usually choose to stay at the top of the trees. The migratory birds can mesmerize your eyes only when you are able to see them through a distance in their habitat. Thus a pair of binoculars becomes very handy in enjoying the view.
- Local checklist like the website of the tourism state is as essential as the bird book.
- In order to enjoy the beauty of the birds, you will need a better knowledge about the season in which the birds come to the Assam so that you can plan your time your visit to sight specific bird life. This will also allow you to pick up the songs of your favourite species in the forest.
- Spending a vacation in a bird destination usually demands tenacity. But the fruit is really worth the effort. The trips to bird watching usually lasts from early morning to late evening and it is a treat and a delight for the watchers who spend their time mesmerised and lost in the beauty of nature’s creation.
- Gathering as much knowledge about the bird’s species is always helpful. Many a times, new species visit the places which becomes a treat and a mystery for both the watcher as well as the guide since they don’t have a clue as to which species it belongs to. Here, a handy knowledge about the birds definitely helps.
- It is always better to keep the track records of the number of birds that you have observed and the species that you further want to explore. This can be formed in the form of a calendar and as and when you find a bird species you wanted to see, you can strike it off from the calendar.
- A camouflage attire is preferred over shiny and white dress. Any dress that mingles with the surroundings engages the watcher to take a deeper look at the species.
- A watcher should respect the wilderness. Pointing at the birds, going near the nests, disturbing the peace and harmony of the forest is a strict no and the birds should be left at their peace so as to let others enjoy their beauty as well.That being said, feeding the birds, throwing foods, stones etc is an offence.
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