Northeast India

8 tours available

Birds & Mammals of Assam

Mon 19 – Mon 26 October 2020

8 days

$2,475

This short tour, a precursor to our Amazing Amurs tour, visits one of the most beautiful parks in India’s Northeast, followed by the best-known. Manas National Park, named after the Manas River, is a tiger reserve on the Bhutan border, and part of an important elephant corridor. It has a fantastic selection of mammals including the gorgeous Golden Langur. For birds it is a prime site for the critically endangered Bengal Florican, and we will also look for Swamp Francolin, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Slender-billed Babbler, Sultan Tit and Black-breasted Parrotbill.…

Target Species

  • Black-breasted Parrotbill
  • Silver-breasted Broadbill
  • Indian Grassbird
  • Slender-billed Babbler
  • Great Hornbill
  • Bengal Florican
  • Sultan Tit
  • Red-headed Trogon
  • Pallas's Fish Eagle
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Greater Adjutant
  • Swamp Francolin
  • Finn's Weaver
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Red Panda Special & Birds of North Bengal

Sun 22 November – Sat 5 December 2020

14 days

$4,550

The mix of broadleaf and coniferous forests of the Neora Valley National Park provide fantastic birding and a great introduction to the Eastern Himalayas, with birds typically a little more confiding than in the further reaches of Arunachal Pradesh for example. Coupled with the magnificent Singalila National Park, where there is a very good chance of seeing the cutest of mammals, the Red Panda, and this is a marvellous wildlife tour.

We start this tour in the foothills of the Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers, at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. A wide variety of species, such as Red Junglefowl, Small Pratincole, Crested Treeswift, Green-billed Malkoha, Red-breasted Parakeet, Oriental Pied and Great Hornbills, Little Pied Flycatcher and Orange-bellied Leafbird, is an excellent way to kick off our species list.…

Target Species

  • Dark-breasted Rosefinch
  • Ashy Wood Pigeon
  • Red Junglefowl
  • Green-billed Malkoha
  • Little Bunting
  • Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
  • Blue-fronted Robin
  • Black Eagle
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Golden Babbler
  • Bay Woodpecker
  • White-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • Satyr Tragopan
  • Striated Bulbul
  • Spotted Laughingthrush
  • Small Pratincole
  • Fire-tailed Sunbird
  • Black-throated Parrotbill
  • White-tailed Robin
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
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Birds of Mishmi Hills & Namdapha

Thu 29 October – Wed 11 November 2020

14 days

$4,550

The main focus of this tour is a birding trek through the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayas, and third largest in India, the Namdapha National Park. However, we will have time to start with a short trip to ascend the Mishmi Hills, most notably looking for the highly localised Mishmi, or Rusty-throated, Wren-babbler. First described from one specimen collected in 1947, it was not seen again until 2004.

Spread over an area of 1,985 sq km in extreme eastern Arunachal Pradesh, Namdapha National Park is seldom visited due to the difficulty of access. The area is mountainous, crisscrossed by many watercourses forming part of the catchment area of the Brahmaputra through the Noa-Dihing (Diyun) river system.…

Target Species

  • Pied Falconet
  • Purple Cochoa
  • Rufous-throated Partridge
  • Sultan Tit
  • Bay Woodpecker
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Rufous-necked Hornbill
  • Blyth's Tragopan
  • Austen's Brown Hornbill
  • White-bellied Heron
  • White-crowned Forktail
  • Ward's Trogon
  • Beautiful Nuthatch
  • White-cheeked Partridge
  • Snowy-throated Babbler
  • Blue-naped Pitta
  • Green Cochoa
  • Rusty-throated Wren-Babbler
  • Wreathed Hornbill
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Amazing Amurs of Nagaland

Sat 24 October – Sun 1 November 2020

9 days

$1,830

This is a very special tour to experience one of the birding wonders of the entire world. Only in the last few years have Amur Falcons been known to congregate in such large numbers on migration. For just a few weeks at the end of October and early November in Nagaland, in India’s Northeast, phenomenal numbers of this beautiful falcon gather together to feed and roost during their remarkable migration from eastern Russia and China to southern Africa.

Just as remarkable is the turnaround from a horrific story of large-scale hunting to a local community conservation success: read more about the Amur massacre from Conservation India.…

Target Species

  • Black-tailed Crake
  • Amur Falcon
  • Naga Wren-Babbler
  • Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
  • Brown-capped Laughingthrush
  • Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler
  • Crested Finchbill
  • Mountain Bamboo Partridge
  • Spot-breasted Laughingthrush
  • Rusty-capped Fulvetta
  • Grey-headed Parakeet
  • Striped Laughingthrush
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North Sikkim Birds

Sun 4 – Sat 17 October 2020

14 days

$3,650

North and East Sikkim are not regularly visited by birders but provide an excellent variety of East Himalayan birds that are often more confiding and easier to see than in the more popular sites in Arunachal Pradesh.

The first few days of this tour are spent in Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, close to western Bhutan. The sanctuary covers a vast altitudinal range, to over 4,000 m, bringing with it many changes in birdlife as we ascend through the rhododendron and juniper forest to the alpine lakes. We will make use of one or two simple homestays in the area and have time to explore thoroughly, from lower areas around Phadamchen through the famous zigzag roads of Zuluk to the Nathang Valley.…

Target Species

  • Large Niltava
  • White-rumped Snowfinch
  • Blue-winged Laughingthrush
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Blood Pheasant
  • Himalayan Snowcock
  • Grandala
  • White-collared Blackbird
  • Red-tailed Minla
  • Bay Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Black-throated Thrush
  • Great Parrotbill
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Rufous-necked Snowfinch
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Black-winged Snowfinch
  • Rufous-breasted Accentor
  • Slaty-backed Forktail
  • Snow Partridge
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Endangered Birds & Wildlife of Manas and Meghalaya

Sun 29 March – Sat 4 April 2020

7 days

$2,190

The Eastern Himalaya region teems with biodiversity, including some very special birds and mammals. Manas National Park, named after the Manas River, is a tiger reserve on the Bhutan border, and part of an important elephant corridor. It has a fantastic selection of mammals including the gorgeous Golden Langur. For birds it is a prime site for the critically endangered Bengal Florican, and may also produce Black-tailed Crake, Pied Harrier, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Indian Grassbird, Hodgson’s Bushchat and Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.

Cherrapunjee is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world.…

Target Species

  • Red-headed Trogon
  • Silver-breasted Broadbill
  • Slaty-bellied Tesia
  • Golden-headed Cisticola
  • Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
  • Indian Grassbird
  • Collared Falconet
  • River Lapwing
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Rosy Minivet
  • Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler
  • Striated Babbler
  • Lesser Coucal
  • Chestnut-capped Babbler
  • Great Hornbill
  • Rosy Pipit
  • Bengal Florican
  • Pied Harrier
  • Dark-rumped Swift
  • Jerdon's Baza
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Northeast India Highlights: Eaglenest & Kaziranga Birds & Mammals

Sat 4 – Sun 19 April 2020

16 days

$4,550

Northeast India is one of the most bird-rich regions in the world. The dense forests are home to various species of skulking babblers and similarly plumaged warblers, but also beautiful pheasants and other stunners such as Fire-tailed Myzornis, Himalayan Cutia, Beautiful Nuthatch, Ward’s Trogon and, of course, the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla.

We start this tour with a visit to lowland Nameri National Park on the Jia Bhoreli river, which has a wide variety of species and some key targets we are unlikely to see elsewhere, including Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby, Wreathed Hornbill and White-winged Duck.…

Target Species

  • Hodgson's Redstart
  • Beautiful Sibia
  • Spotted Laughingthrush
  • Greater Adjutant
  • Chestnut-breasted Partridge
  • Grey Crested Tit
  • Tibetan Blackbird
  • Oriental Hobby
  • Scaly Laughingthrush
  • Red-headed Bullfinch
  • Long-billed Plover
  • Green Cochoa
  • Blue-naped Pitta
  • Collared Treepie
  • Russet Bush Warbler
  • Slaty-bellied Tesia
  • White-spectacled Warbler
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Snow Partridge
  • Red-billed Chough
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Birds of Assam & Mishmi Hills

Mon 20 – Mon 27 April 2020

8 days

$1,950

The Mishmi Hills is the main focus of this tour, after our main Northeast India trip further west, but the lowland wet forests of Assam have some fantastic birding, and we should manage a brief taster of these in the Jeypore forest area of Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, before heading to Roing. Finding the rare Brown Hornbill would make this very worthwhile, but we could also be lucky with White-winged Duck, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Ruddy Kingfisher and Silver-breasted Broadbill.

The Mishmi Hills of northeastern Arunachal Pradesh has become popular in recent years as travel restrictions in the state have eased.…

Target Species

  • Purple Cochoa
  • Bengal Florican
  • Jerdon's Bush Chat
  • Austen's Brown Hornbill
  • Marsh Babbler
  • Sclater's Monal
  • Jerdon's Babbler
  • Dusky Thrush
  • Himalayan Owl
  • Pale-capped Pigeon
  • White-winged Duck
  • Black-breasted Parrotbill
  • Blyth's Tragopan
  • Grey Peacock-Pheasant
  • Rusty-bellied Shortwing
  • Silver-breasted Broadbill
  • Indian Grassbird
  • Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler
  • Ruddy Kingfisher
  • Swamp Grass Babbler
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