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North East Birding – Namdapha, Mishmi & Dibru Saikhowa (20 days) Small Group Tour B143

Tour ref. no. B143
Duration: 18 nights (20 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Namdapha – Mishmi – Dibru Saikhowa – Delhi
  • Our aim is to see White-bellied Heron – a critically endangered inhabitant of Namdapha
  • Fire-tailed Myzornis, Blyth’s Tragopan and Ward’s Trogon all possible
  • Marsh and Jerdon’s Babblers, Baer’s Pochard, White-winged Duck, Bengal Florican and more found in extensive grassland, wetlands and riverine forests visited on this tour
  • Beautiful Nuthatch and Rufous-necked Hornbill in wonderful and diverse mountain forest
  • Excellent chance of Hoolock Gibbon – an added bonus!

Introduction

Enjoy rare and beautiful species at some of North East India’s prime birding locations.

Target species include White-bellied Heron at Namdapha,  Rufous-vented (Swamp) Prinia, Jerdon’s and Marsh Babblers at Dibru Saikhowa, Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch and the exquisite Fire-tailed Myzornis in spectacular montane forest areas and the list continues….

Scroll down and read the detailed itinerary to see why this is a tour not to be missed!

Itinerary and price

Small Group tour:  Please contact us for 2018 dates and register your interest for 2019

Maximum group size: 8 plus guide

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you

For help with your flight arrangements and to receive a no obligation quote, you can complete the enquiry form on our website or call 0800 280 8947 to speak to a flight advisor at StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a leading retailer of airfares and worldwide flights.

Day 2: Delhi (with Sultanpur visit)

Meals: Lunch and dinner are payable directly today.

Your flight arrives at Delhi International Airport this morning.  We recommend you exchange money at the airport for the rest of your trip (it will save time and exchanging it in the NE will be difficult).  Look out for our representative outside Delhi Airport (he’ll have your names on a placard).

You’ll be able to drop off your luggage at your hotel (rooms available from 12 noon) and then in the afternoon visit Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary with a birding guide.  Target species here is Sind Sparrow and you’ll see many wetland species, with a chance of Indian Courser.  From Sultanpur you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Night at hotel in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Dibrugarh - Tinsukia

Meals: Dinner

This morning at a time to be notified you will meet at hotel reception and from here you’ll be transferrred to the Airport to take a short internal flight (excluded but we can advise on how you can book via the internet) to Dibrugarh where you will meet your bird guide for the duration of the tour). If flight is on time you will spend some time at Borajan to see some birds and primates or boating in Maguree Beel keeping an eye open for Falcated Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Baer’s Pochard and other speices.

Night at hotel in Tinsukia.

Note: It is very likely you’ll leave your hotel prior to the time they serve breakfast, so you will need to purchase something directly at the airport.

Day 4: Tinsukia - Namdapha

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we will drive (5-6 hours) to Namdapha Tiger Reserve via Miao. At Deban, we will look out for White-bellied Heron, Pied Falconet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Silver-backed Needletail, Bay Woodpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, Grey Treepie, Maroon Oriole, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Striated Grassbird, Slaty-backed and little Forktails, Rufous-necked and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Beautiful and Long-tailed Sibias. Here we will spend the night at Deban in tents or at the rest house. At night we will hear the calls of the Mountain Scops Owl, Collared and Asian Barred Owlet. We will also try to spot the Namdapha Flying Squirrel and the shy Slow Loris near the rest house.

Night at local rest house.

Day 5: Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we will trek 9 km to Hornbill, birding along the Burma Nallah Road on foot and try to locate the Pied Falconet, Mountain Bulbul, both Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Slaty-bellied Tesia and Sultan Tit. Overnight in a camp.

Days 6 and 7: Hornbill - Rani Jheel and Rani Jheel to Firmbase

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Over these two days you’ll have a good chance of seeing several hornbill species including Brown, Great and Rufous-necked Hornbills and White-tailed Robin, Scaly Thrush, Green-billed Malkoha, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Mountain Hawk Eagle, White-browed Piculet, White-crowned Forktail, Greater Yellownape, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Slaty-bellied Tesia, White-browed Shrike Babbler.

Enroute we will visit Bulbulia where we will search for Beautiful Nuthatch, Green Cochoa, Pin-tailed Green and Mountain Imperial Pigeons, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Snowy-throated and White-hooded Babbler, Wreathed Hornbill, Grey Peacock Pheasant etc.

Overnight in a camp.

Day 8: Firmbase

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A whole day walking locally along the river and associated habitats looking for Ibisbill, Blyth’s Kingfisher, White-bellied Heron and Long-billed Plover.

Overnight in a camp.

Day 9: Firmbase to Hornbill

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

On our trek back to Hornbill we will look out for any missing species.

Overnight in a camp.

Day 10: Hornbill - Deban

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Trekking from Hornbill to Deban we shall continue our search for species that have eluded us so far; it’s guaranteed there will be plenty of birds to see along this route.

Overnight in rest house or camp.

Day 11: Deban - Roing

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast we will check out and journey to Roing.  The journey will weave through splendid tea gardens planted during the colonial age.  Along the roadside you will see the affinis race of Indian Roller.  We will continue on and cross the longest bridge spanning the Brahmaputra (9.8km) to reach Sadiya and we will check in to our hotel or cottages.  If time permits we will bird higher up for bamboo species including Lesser and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Collared Treepie, Pale-headed Woodpecker etc.

Overnight at Roing.

Day 12: Roing

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Enjoy most of the day birding first to the grasslands for Bengal Florican and see other grassland species like Barred Buttonquail, Bush Warblers, returning to town for lunch before birding the higher bamboo areas for our target species. If we didn’t manage this the day before, we will certainly go birding higher up for bamboo species like Lesser and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Collared Treepie, Pale-headed Woodpecker and several other species.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Roing - Mayodia

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today will start extra early with a 3.30 am wake-up call.  It’s likely you’ll hear Hoolock Gibbons calling as in this area the sun rises, and sets, very early! We will bird the main road to Hunli in pristine and dense habitats with limited forest-edge and scrub. Here you should see various members of the Laughingthrush family, Yellow-browed Warbler, Grey-cheeked, Buff-barred, Ashy-throated, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Long-tailed Sibia, Beautiful Sibia, White-throated Bulbuls, Grey-backed Shrikes, Short-billed Minivets and Hill Blue Flycatchers.

Later we will slowly climb to Mayodia Pass. En route, you should hear and with luck might see the elusive Rufous-throated Wren Babbler. Also present are Yellow-throated and Streak-throated Fulvettas, Sultan Tit, Streak-throated Barwing, Streaked Spiderhunter and Dark-throated Rosefinch.  Also found on this stretch is the very ‘tit’ like White-bellied “Yuhina”, which now rejoices under the new name of White-bellied Erpornis bestowed upon it by Pam Rasmussen. Striated Bulbul and Black Bulbul of the nigrescens race are common. By mid-afternoon we will reach Mayodia where our accommodation consists of a so-called Forest Rest House. It’s actually a rest house with basic amenities. The remainder of the day will be spent birding locally, looking for Blyth’s Tragopan, parrotbills in the extensive bamboo areas, Hill Partridge, Mountain Hawk Eagle and various other species.

Night at a forest rest house

Day 14: Mayodia area

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We will leave by dawn, cross the pass, and bird the valley. This is where the magnificent Sclater’s Monal has been seen in the past. Little is known about them other than they are high-altitude birds and Mayodia Pass is perhaps the lowest point where you can see them in this area. We will continue birding down the road where you can expect Chestnut-capped and Black-faced Laughingthrushes and Rufous-vented Yuhina.

Overnight at a forest rest house.

Day 15: Mayodia area

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our focus today will depend on the target species remaining, so our route will be flexible; rest assured you will see plenty of great species!

Overnight at a forest rest house.

Day 16: Mayodia - Roing

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we start our drive back to Roing and birding along the way could get us Pygmy Wren Babbler, the Racket-tailed Drongos, White-browed Piculet as well as Speckled Piculet.  Expect to see, and hear, Hoolock Gibbons in the canopy. They are India’s only ape, restricted to the Northeast and highly endangered.

Overnight at Roing

Day 17: Roing - Tinsukia

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we’ll drive about 40 minutes west of Roing to reach a newly discovered grassland to get some species species like Black-breasted Parrotbill, (just in case this species proves difficult in Dibru-Saikhowa, like it sometimes can) Jerdon’s Babbler, Indian Grassbird etc.

Later return to the lodge for lunch, then afterwards drive to Tinsukia.

Day 18: Tinsukia - Dibru Saikhowa - Tinsukia

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we will be birding in Dibru Saikhowa Sanctuary which is only an hour away.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is located on the floodplains of the Debang, Lohit, Dibru and the Brahmaputra Rivers and spreads over the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. This 340 sq. km. sanctuary located on the south bank of The Brahmaputra is characterised by old growth semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wetland and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest. Dibru Saikhowa has an impressive list of over 350 species and is, perhaps, the best place to see three Indian specialities: Marsh and Jerdon’s Babblers, and Rufous-vented (Swamp) Prinia. Several other rarely observed species can be found in the extensive grasslands, wetlands and riverine forests. These include Baer’s Pochard, White-winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Pale-capped Pigeon and Rufous-rumped Grassbird. The Park is out of bounds between sunset and sunrise.

Overnight at hotel in Tinsukia

Day 19: Tinsukia - Dibrugarh - Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Depending on the time of your internal flight it may be possible to squeeze in a visit to Digboi for some final NE birding before being transferred for your internal flight (payable directly) from Dibrugarh to Delhi.  You’ll be met outside the airport and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Overnight at Delhi hotel

Day 20: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Today we have included a transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

Tour ends

Tour extensions available. Please phone or email us for details.

Price per person on a twin share basis with a minimum group size of 4 and max. of 8: £2015
Single room supplement £370

Price is based on the following hotels/accommodation:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1
Tinsukia Hotel Centre Point,  Standard Room 1
Namdapha Rest House (basic accommodation) 2
Namdapha Camping under canvas at fully serviced camps  6
Roing Area DS Hotel, Standard Room  2
Mayodia Rest House (basic accommodation)  3
Tinsukia Hotel Centre Point, Standard Room 2
Delhi Hotel Lohmod, Executive Room 1

Price includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels/camps with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers
  • Service of birding guide for Sultanpur visit on Day 2
  • Experienced birding guide from Day 3 arrival at Dibrugarh Airport to Day 19 departure from Dibrugarh Airport.
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks and Sanctuaries as listed in the itinerary
  • All the logistics including use of elephants, mahout and porters
  • One bottle of drinking water per day
  • Transfers in Delhi on Day 19 from airport to hotel and on Day 20 from hotel to airport
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price excludes

  • Any international airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Any internal airfare
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Camera fee where levied
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section.
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the current entrance fee
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1YG. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.

Flights

We can advise on appropriate flights and timings that you may wish to book, but we do not organise or arrange flights on our customers’ behalf. You will need to make your own flight arrangements directly with a flight retailer or the airline concerned; we recommend StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of Flight Centre Travel Group. They can be contacted by completing the online enquiry form or you can call 0800 280 8947 to speak to one of their flight advisors.

For any help or advice please call or email Wild About Travel and we would be happy to assist.
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Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
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