The Great East Himalayan Wildlife Journey Manas NP - Nameri NP - Kaziranga NP - Gibbon WS - Dibru Saikhowa NP - Namdapha NP - Dihing Patkai WS 16D/ 15N
Available from November to March
This tour has been specially created for the ardent wildlife enthusiast. In an experience of a lifetime, for 16 days you will encounter the great biodiversity that is found in the forests of Northeast India. Altogether, you will visit 5 national parks and 2 wildlife sanctuaries; large tracts of protected areas where modern conservation is active, has seen creditable success and has kept the wilderness growing.
From grassland to marshlands, river islands and tropical rain-fed forests – such diversity in vegetation and land-type has helped Northeast India become one of the most important and sought-after biodiversity hotspot of the planet. Teeming with an awe-inspiring wide array of species of mammals and almost about a thousand species of birds, this tour is sure to leave you thrilled with the action and mysteries read mostly in fabled books about tropical jungles.
The protected areas you will cover are:
Manas National Park
Manas is a sanctuary that was once a hunting ground for kings. The park is located in the foothills of majestic Himalayan ranges. The area is flat and the river Manas flows gently at the west of this park. In December 1985, the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site and in 1992, it was declared as a World Heritage site in danger by the UNESCO, due to the rampant poaching and terrorist activities that took place in the nineties. But a few years back, the wildlife has returned and Manas is now again seeing its glory days. The sanctuary has recorded 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. Out of these wildlife, 21 mammals are India’s Schedule I mammals and 31 of them are threatened. The park is well known for its rare and endangered wildlife which is not found anywhere else in the world like the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog.
Nameri National Park
Nameri is the most scenic National Park of Assam and is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It is adjoined by the Pakhui Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh on the north-eastern side. This national park is one of the thickest as well as the most threatened reservoirs of flora and fauna in the world. Manas is known for having some of the world’s best plant functional type and complexity. The park experiences tropical monsoons causing an average annual rainfall of 3400 mm. The variety of fauna found in the park is also very rich, with over 30 species of mammals along with many varieties of tigers and elephants. One of the rare species of fauna found in this park includes the Capped Langur. The park also consists of over 400 species of rare birdlife
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the heart of Assam. It was declared a Reserve Forest in 1905, and since then, the park has set a commendable example in areas of conservation, and in a span of 100 years, has increased the population of Indian Rhinos from a mere 100 to more than 2000 today. The park hosts about two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses and also holds the record for protecting the highest density of tigers in the world. Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are considered threatened. Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the park. In the air, Kaziranga is home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is classified as “Assam plains alluvial semi-evergreen forests” with some wet evergreen forest patches. The sanctuary has a rich biodiversity and is home to the only apes in India, the western hoolock gibbon, as well as the only nocturnal primate found in the northeast Indian states, the Bengal slow loris. Other primates include the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, and capped langur. Also found at the sanctuary are Indian elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, wild boar, three types of civet, four types of squirrel, and several other species of mammals. At least 219 species of birds and several species of snakes have been recorded from the park.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Located in the flood plains of the Brahmaputra River, Dibru – Saikhowa National Park is one of the nineteen biodiversity hotspots of the world, which makes it even more popular among travelers who visit here all round the year. Dibru – Saikhowa National Park mainly consists of semi wet evergreen forests, cane brakes, grasslands and tropical moist deciduous forests along with some of the most endangered species of the world. Some of the extremely rare species found here include around 300 migratory and endangered avifauna. There are also several species of herbs, shrubs and plants with medicinal properties in the forest.
Namdapha National Park
Located at the eastern most tip of the Indian Sub-continent lies the biggest national park of India. The Namdapha National Park covering an area of 2000 sq. km is situated in the beautiful valley of the Noa-Dihing like a finger into Myanmar. This rugged terrain formed by tropical rain forests of incredible biological diversity boasts of more than a 1000 plant species, over 500 bird species and a diversity of animal species that is still climbing steeply. Namdapha National Park spans an altitude range from around 200m to over 4500m. This altitudinal diversity has given rise to many different forest types. The lower reaches are covered in extensive Tropical Wet Evergreen forests. At higher altitudes, one witnesses Sub-Tropical and Temperate Broad leaved forests, and Pine forests, into Alpine Meadows, and permanent Snow & Ice. One goes from the land of the Clouded Leopard to the abode of the Red Panda – and perhaps the elusive Snow Leopard. Namdapha is among the very few national parks in the country where one is allowed to camp and stay inside the forest premises. The forests are among one of the densest in the world, and to camp inside them gives the traveler a chance to live in absolute wildness. Greener Pastures recommends Namdapha as a really important wildlife site, and it is one of our prime objectives to showcase this amazing place to our travelers, and in-turn help in the preservation of this land.
Dihing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
Dehing Patkai, the only rainforest in Assam, stretches for more than 575 km2 in the districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sivasagar. It falls under the category of Assam valley Tropical wet Evergreen Forest. Being a completely virgin rainforest, this sanctuary is very rich in terms of biodiversity. It is an ideal habitat for non-human primates. Till date, 42 species of mammals, 40 species of reptiles and 30 species of butterflies have been listed from here. The rainforest is a bird-watchers delight, known to harbor about 293 bird species, belonging to 174 genera and 51 families. The majority are residents (63.7%), some are winter visitors (23.1% ), and very few are summer visitors (2.5%). The birds of Dehing Patkai Rain forest thrive in the diversity of microhabitats in the predominantly evergreen forest such as dense evergreen forest, rivers & streams, evergreen forest edge, swamps, semi-open evergreen forest that includes the logged areas where openings are present, agriculture (cultivations, fallows and tea gardens) along the edge and habitations on evergreen forest edge. Orchids are literally the jewels of this forest. They lend a beauty and charm of its own to the landscape due to their bewildering variety of flowers, many showy and colorful and exquisitely beautiful and fragrant.
Musa Jungle Retreat sprawls across 8 acres of virgin territory along the southern boundary of Manas National Park. The property is almost literally an arm’s length away from the park offering views of fauna and birds from the rooms itself. The rooms and cottages are well furnished and spacious offering modern amenities that are otherwise difficult to find in the wild.
Run by a local NGO involved in conserving two endangered species, Nameri Eco Camp is located near the Bhoroli River midst quiet and quaint surroundings. The property offers deluxe styled cottages and camps with colorful fabrics, private bathrooms, sturdy beds and thatched-roof shelters that make the experience relatively luxurious. An atmospheric open-sided restaurant is where a lot of conversations happen.
Amidst a setting of Assamese countryside, bamboo groves and tea gardens, Wildgrass Lodge is a boutique colonial styled jungle lodge with extensive grounds where the enthusiastic owner grows more than 200 different plant species. The spacious rooms are fairly luxurious with wooden floors and private baths. The grand dining hall is charmingly old-world and provide an ambient setting for conversations and friendships.
Located nearby to Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Aroma Residency is a business hotel with spacious modern rooms and has an atmospheric small town location. It is good as a base to explore the national park due to the scarcity of more interesting options.
Set midst a sprawling lawn enclosed by the great rainforest, Deban Guesthouse is run the forest department of Namdapha National Park. The delightful cottage has a few simple rooms with basic but clean amenities, homely service and great views of the national park greenery.
With a small town open atmosphere, The Gymkhana Clubhouse in Dibrugarh is run by enthusiastic town folks and provides splendid modern rooms and amenities such a pool and a gym. The clubhouse which was built in 1923 consists of a restaurant and a well stocked boutique barroom.
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