Northeast: Nagaland and the Mishmi Hills
This tour provides the chance to explore the little-visited extremities of India’s bird-rich northeast region looking for regional montane and grassland endemics, among a wider selection of East Himalayan specialities.
The tour covers the key birding sites in the state of Nagaland, visiting areas around the villages of Khonoma and Chizami at India's border with Myanmar. From here, we travel north into the vast Brahmaputra Valley of Assam state, exploring the wetlands and marshy grasslands of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, and remnant patches of lowland tropical forests of Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and Digboi Oilfields. We then ascend into the Mishmi Hills of Arunachal Pradesh, at India's extreme northeast corner, where we will divide our time between two elevations. Here, we will explore the subtropical forests of the foothills and conifers of higher elevations in the most pristine tract of forest remaining in the entire Himalayan range.
This tour visits an interesting corner of India as we enjoy productive birding in part of the biodiverse Eastern Himalayan region and its associated hill ranges. We have realistic chances to see some of the area's most sought-after regional endemics among a rich selection of grassland and Himalayan birds. We will also encounter various mammals, including the strange-looking Mishmi Takin.
We will stay in a comfortable hotel in lowland Assam, and two rest houses in the hills that although simple are uniquely located for exploring the range of elevations. In Nagaland, staying in family-run homestays will allow us to experience local culture and warm hospitality. As we travel, we will pass through scenic open grasslands and wide river valleys, spectacular mountain landscapes, and vast tea estates in India’s prime tea-growing region.
Day 1: Arrive into Dimapur and transfer to Khonoma (or drive to Khonoma from Kaziranga following on from our tour of Assam Plains & E. Himalayas)
Days 2-3: Transfer to Chizami, birding at India's border with Myanmar
Day 4: Return to Khonoma
Days 5: Descend through the hills into Assam state and transfer north to Tinsukia
Days 6: Birding wetlands, grasslands and lowland forest of the Brahmaputra Valley in Upper Assam
Days 7: Transfer to Roing
Days 8-10: Transfer to Mayodia; Birding the higher Mishmi Hills
Day 11: Return to Tinsukia
Day 12: Depart Dibrugarh
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