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Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Eastern Himalayan foothills of the West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh. In 2006, a new bird species, the Bugun liocichla, was described by Astrophysicist Ramana Athreya during the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project. The bird was named after the Bugun tribe who inhabit the region and are guardians of the biodiversity of the area.

Best Time: October – April

The Destination

A birding trip to the North-east of India is an old fashioned adventure into exotic lands, mist covered mountains, and some of the most pristine natural habitats in the country. Steep ridges, meandering streams and sylvan forests are home to a mind boggling richness and diversity of avian life.

Birding in Eaglenest covers altitudes from 500m above sea level to 3000m. Eagelnest and Sessa ridges form the first major barrier to the monsoon as it moves north from the plains of Assam. These ridges get over 3000mm of rainfall on the southern slopes. The region is drained by the Tippi and Kameng rivers. The sanctuary is a part of the Kameng protected area complex, the largest contiguous closed-canopy tract of Arunachal Pradesh and is in the Conservation International Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots. Birdlife International has designated the sanctuary as an Important Bird Area (IBAIN344) and is extremely important for species like the Blyth's Tragopan. It also an important migration corridor for the Asiatic Elephant.

Eco tourism in the area is managed by the Bugun Tribe. Over the years 454 species of birds, 34 species of Herpetofauna, 24 species of snakes, and 15 species of mammals have been recorded here. A new species of primate, the Arunachal Macaque was discovered here in 2004 by Dr Anwaruddin Choudhary. Eaglenest is also home to at least 165 species of butterflies.

The trip continues with a visit to Kaziranga Tiger Reserve in Asaam. It is one of the oldest Protected areas in the state and covers an area of 430km2 along the Brahmaputra river and the Karbi Angolong Hills. This is a World Heritage Site and hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinocerous population. Kaziranga also has one of the highest densities of Tigers in the world. The Reserve was declared an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. The Reserve has 35 mammalian species of which 15 are threatened and 478 species of birds (both migratory and resident) including 25 globally threatened species and 21 near threatened species.

Outline Summary

Day Journey
Day 01 Delhi – Guwahati – Nameri .
Day 02 Nameri
Day 03 Nameri – Sangti Valley – Dirang
Day 04-05 Dirang – Lama Camp
Day 06-07 Lama camp – Sunderview
Day 08 Sunderview to Bompu
Day 09-10 Bompu – Seesni
Day 11 Sessni – Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Day 12-13 Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Day 14 Kaziranga Tiger Reserve – Guwahati – Delhi
Day 15 Sultanpur National Park, Delhi



Destinations Covered: Delhi – Guwahati – Nameri-Dirang-

Tour Duration: Day 15

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