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JUNGLE BOOK

Manas, Nameri & Kaziranga National Park

Jungle Book!

Assam has some of the richest biodiversity zones in the world consisting of tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands, and numerous wetland ecosystems. The state is the last refuge for many endangered species like Indan Rhinoceros, Golden Langur, White-Winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Pygmy Hog, and Greater Adjutant Stork. Indeed so rich is the diversity that the United Nations has declared Kaziranga and Manas as world heritage sites.

The Assam Wildlife Tour allows one to experience the natural diversity found in Assam by visiting the evergreen forests of Manas, grasslands of Kaziranga and mixed forests of Nameri. All the three parks have their own peculiar habitat which in turn house unique flagship species. This trip is a nature’s treat for birders and wildlife lovers alike.

HIGHLIGHTS

Visit three National Parks in Assam

Go for Jeep safaris, Elephant safaris and boat rides

Observe over 300 varieties of birds

See over 15 species of mammals in the wild

ITINERARY

Day 1. GUWAHATI TO BANSBARI

Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bansbari on the outskirts of Manas National Park. O/n in cottages.

Manas National Park lies on a gentle alluvial slope on the foothills of the Himalayas where wooded hills give way to grasslands and tropical forests. The forest ecosystem comprises moist deciduous forest, tropical evergreen forest, and tall elephant grass.

Over two days you will go for jeep safaris to various locations within the park to observe wildlife like Capped Langurs, Wild Elephants, Indian Bison, probably a Bengal Tiger and see rare birds like Bengal Florican, Hodgson’s Redstart, Yellow-bellied Warbler and Collared Falconet.

After breakfast drive to Nameri National Park. O/n at an eco camp Nameri National Park is located on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, descending down from Arunachal Pradesh into Assam. Most parts of Nameri are covered by ever green and moist deciduous forests with over 600 species of plants to be found in the area. The park is noted for its vibrant bird life which numbers more than 400 species.

Head out early in the morning for a nature walk on the forest trail. The impressive forest which houses many spectacular birds like Blue-eared, and Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, and Red-throated Pipit will leave you spell bound. You will also have a chance of seeing the highly endangered White-winged Wood Duck which resides over here.

In the second half visit the Pygmy Hog centre and walk around your camp for observing birds like the Great and Rufous Hornbill.

This morning go rafting on the tranquil waters of the Jia Bhorali river. Raft through the spectacular landscape in the company of water birds like the Ibisbill, Egrets, Herons and Teals.

In the afternoon proceed to Kaziranga. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga.

Early in the morning go for an Elephant safari in the Central Range of the park. The safari through the grasslands will give you a brilliant opportunity to get up close to the Rhinos. After breakfast go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park. This range has maximum short grass areas and is the optimum habitat for Rhino and Water Buffalo.

In the afternoon proceed to the Eastern (Agaratuli) Range for a jeep safari. This area is excellent for birding, with nesting of the globally threatened Pallas’s Fish Eagle and a colony of Spot-billed Pelicans found over here. There is also good chance of seeing herds of wild Elephants. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga.

In the morning you can go for a boat ride on the Brahmaputra river which happens in the Eastern most part of the park. The ride will give you a good idea about the pristine riverine landscape, plus present a good opportunity to see many water birds.

In the evening go for a safari in the Central Range of the park, where one can see many Rhinos and other hermivores like the Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Water Buffalos and the like. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga.

Drop to Guwahati airport

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