Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Birding in Assam (Kaziranga National Park & Nameri Tiger Reserve ) - 20th March to 25th March 2011

In Sanskrit, "Asom" means unparellel or eneven. Both meaning suits the land of Assam perfectly. It is believed that the name Assam is derived from "Asom". Assam, a gateway to North-East India, is one of the hottest bio-diversity spots in India. Assam's forests cover about 20 percent of the total area.

Nature India has meticulously planned and organized bird watching & wildlife trip to Kaziranga National Park and Nameri Tiger Reserve in Assam from 20th March to 25th March 2011. Only 14 seats are available, hence please register very fast. (See details at the end).....

Birding in Nameri Tiger Reserve, Eastern Assam

Covering an area of apprx. 200 Sq. Kms., situated in Eastern Himalayan foothills and on the banks of Nameri river, Nameri Tiger Reserve, is one of the most scenic wildlife parks in India. It is in the eastern border of Assam in the valley and mountains of Arunachal Pradesh.

Nameri is probably only known place in India for endangered, White-winged Wood Duck, essentially a resident of the dense tropical evergreen forest. It prefers to live in inaccessible swampy areas formed by rivers, streams, creeks, etc. It has very distinctive and ghostly voice, which gives him 'Deo Huns', name in Assamese, meaning Spirit Duck. Not easy to spot, as these are extremely rare and elusive.

Nameri is home to many other bird species like Sultan Tit, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Common Merganser, Ibis Bill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Oriental Hobby, Crow-billed Drongo, Maroon Oriole and many more wonderful birds.. Nameri is also famous for high density of Elephants. If lucky, one can see great congregations of Whreath & Great Pied Hornbills.

The only way to go inside the park is by boat as you need to cross the river to enter the park and you know what….you can walk inside the jungle (A forest guard with gun accompanies you due to the presence of wild elephants around) … Moreover, the Nameri-Eco Camp that we are going to stay is renowned as an excellent place to see Oriental Hobby, Brown-Hawk Owl, Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Forest Eagle Owl and even Capped-Langurs !!


Kaziranga National Park

A girl named Ranga, from a nearby village, and a youth named Kazi, from Karbi Community, fell in love. This match was not acceptable to their families and the couple disappeared into the forest, never to be seen again, and the forest was named after them as Kaziranga.

A world heritage site, Kaziranga NP, covers an area of 378 sq. km. Northern & Eastern boundaries of park are covered by Bramhaputra river. The park hosts two-third of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceros. You can see a vast expanse of tall elephant grass (ideal for Rhinos), marshland and dense tropical moist forest. Kaziranga has one of the highest densities of Tigers among protected areas of the world, though sighting one is difficult in the tall grass. The park is also known for large breeding population of Indian Elephants, Wild Buffalo and Swamp Deer.

Declared as Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International, Kaziranga has about 478 bird species including resident and migratory birds. Some important birds seen in Kaziranga NP are Bengal Florican, Spot-winged Starling, Swamp Francolin, Green-billed Malkoha, Jerdon’s Babbler, Marsh Babbler, Bristled Grassbird, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Rufous-vented Prinia, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Lapwing, Hill Myna, Rufous-capped Babbler to name a few.

The park has three routes open for visitors, namely, Central, Eastern and Western. Central route is most visited one, as it covers high population of mammal species found in Kaziranga NP. Central route is also good for birds like Spot-winged Starling, Swamp Francolin etc. Eastern route, part of which goes along side huge Brahmaputra river is well known for waterfowls like Lesser-white Fronted Goose, Ferruginous and Bear’s Pochard and forest birds like Blue-naped Pitta, Green-billed Malkoha, Black-breasted Parrotbill etc.

To know more check these links...



Come, explore the amazing wildlife in Assam...

"Bogakoi Bogoli Boholai Bohise Bolukat Biyoli Bela"
.... a famous tongue twister in Assamese meaning,
"The white cranes are spreading their wings wide, sitting on the sand in the evening."


Date: 21st March 2011 (Sunday) 2.30 pm to 25th March 2011 (Saturday) aft. 2.00 pm (travel days included)

Mode of Travel :
Mumbai - Guwahati - Mumbai (by Air/Rail on personal expenses)
Local travel in jeep from Guwahati – Nameri – Kaziranga – Guwahati (By Nature India)

Travel Details:
From Mumbai to Guwahati & Back (To be taken care by participants themselves)

By Air:
By Air: We suggest you to book tickets for following flight;

Mumbai - Guwahati, Indigo Flight No. 6E-321, on 20/03/2011 at 09.25Hours reaching Guwahati at 14.20Hours.

Guwahati - Mumbai, Indigo Flight No. 6E-322, on 25/03/2011 at 15.30Hours reaching Mumbai at 20.10Hours.
Guwahati - Mumbai, Spicejet Flight No. SG-874, on 25/03/2011 at 14.50Hous reaching Mumbai at 20.45Hours.

There are other flights also available.... Please check the arrival & departure timing at Guwahati for to & fro flights.

Special Note: Please book your seats, on left side of the plane while going to Guwahati and on right side of the plane while coming back to Mumbai, to have clear view of the amazing Kanchanjunga ranges.

By Rail:
One can reach Guwahati by 5647 Guwahati express, but it runs only on Fridays and takes about 53 hours :-(

*Nature India will not assist in booking for air/train tickets*

Tour Iterinary:
  1. Sunday, 20th Mach, 2011: Pick-up at Guwahati Airport at 02.30pm…..Departure in jeep for Kaziranga NP. On the way stop over to see first lifer of the trip..... Stay overnight at Wildgrass Resort.

  2. Monday, 21st March, 2011: Kaziranga NP, morning safari at Eastern range...evening safari on Central range

  3. Tuesday, 22nd March 2011: Kaziranga NP, Morning Safari at Central Range evening safari Western range/birdwatching around tea estate

  4. Wednesday, 23th March, 2011: Morning bird watching at Tea estate... Evening arrival at Nameri...Stay at Nameri Eco Camps

  5. Thursday, 24th March, 2011: Full day bird-watching at Nameri Tiger Reserve

  6. Friday, 25th March, 2011: Morning bird watching at Nameri.... Arrival at Guwahati by 01.30pm.

More details on the iterinary will be given to those who register.....

Trip charges : Rs.17900/- (Guwahati to Guwahati)….

Includes Stay in Triple sharing (in tents) at Nameri Eco camps and on twin sharing basis in Wild-grass resort in Kaziranga, Pick-up & Drop from Guwahati Airport to Nameri / Kaziranga, Local transport by Jeeps, Park entry charges, local guide charges, All meals (Veg. / Non-Veg food), 3 Jeeps for 15 people, Articles on Nameri & Kaziranga and bird checklist, on board mineral water and snacks………

This does not include any other charges and also any individual camera charges ....Individuals will have to pay additional charges if any to the forest dept. as per the rules.

Stay Arrangement

Nameri Eco-camp, Nameri (Triple Sharing stay)

Wild-grass Resort, Kaziranga (Twin sharing stay)

PS: Unfortunately, if the flight from Guwahati to Mumbai is cancelled due to bad weather or for any other reasons, Nature India will not to be responsible for making stay arrangements. Although, Nature India will assist for hotel bookings.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmatory mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.8000/- after getting a registration mail from us. (The seats will only be confirmed after receiving the advance amount) …..the remaining amount can be sent by 10th Mar'2011.......Please Register at the earliest as only 12 seats are available.

Payment terms:
Phase 1 - Rs. 8000/- as non-refundable Advance to be paid immediately. We need to forward this as an advance for logistics & to block our seats.
Phase 2 - Remaining amount by 10th Mar'2011.

Resource Persons: A Local Expert, Mr.Adesh Shivkar & Mr.Mandar Khadilkar

Mode of Payment: You can either
  1. Transfer the advance money directly to HDFC A/c : (please call Adesh @ 9869071091 for HDFC A/c no.) .... please mention your name, date and other details….
  2. Courier a cheque of Rs.8000/- to the following address
Name: Mr. Adesh Shivkar
Address: D/8, The Adi Janata Society, Behind HP Petrolpump, Opp. Hotel Shangrila, Sion(East), Mumbai-400022

Please Note:
  1. Once registered, the advance amount of Rs. 8000/- is strictly non-refundable
  2. Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
  3. Visit http://natureindia.ning.com/notes/Nature_India_Policies
  4. This is primarily a Bird-watching trip
  5. Weather conditions: Weather in North-East is un-predictable and
    Nature India
    will not be responsible for any days lost due to bad weather.
Please revert on naturindiatours@gmail.com ID, in case you need any clarification.

For any other queries we are available on 9869071091 / 9820455713(Adesh) or 9967518665 (Mandar) or sign up on http://natureindia.ning.com/ to know more about Nature India.

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
Nature India
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