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The Region

North East India is a vast area comprising of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The variations of altitude, diversity of habitat, and extreme precipitation are factors which are responsible for the diversity and abundance of resident birds in this region. The region boasts of varied habitat - wetlands, marsh, grassland, woodland, sub tropical and warm broadleaved forests cool broadleaved forests, coniferous, fir, oak, bamboo, Juniper, Rhododendron, and alpine scrub land, is spread over an accessible altitudinal range of 100m to over 4500m. A string of National parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries enables focused birding. Some of the important birding areas are Kaziranga (Bird list 450), Dibru saikhowa (Bird List 350+), Namdhapa (Bird List 650+), West Arunachal Pradesh (Eagles Nest, Pakke and Dirang-Sela: Bird List 450 +), Manas (Bird list 380) and Nameri (Bird List 350). In addition vast areas remain unexplored, waiting for the intrepid birder. Except for Namdhapa NP, and some remote regions of West Arunachal, all birding areas are accesable by jeep.

The Bengal Florican, Dark rumped Swift, White-Winged Duck, and the Marsh Babbler are some of the most sought after birds. Black breasted Parrotbill has been sighed at Kaziranga and Dibru- Saikhowa. To get to see the White-belied Heron, Snowy-throated Babbler, Rufus -Vented Laughing thrush, Rufus-backed Sibia , Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-necked, great and wreathed hornbills, Black-necked crane, Emerald cuckoo , Blood pheasant, Monal, Ibisbill, Purple cochoaLong-tailed and collared broadbills, Blue-naped pitta, Vivid niltava, Long-billed plover and black-headed shrike-babbler, to name just a few - take a trip to the North East

Traveling here is more expensive due to government royalties, but with restrictions being gradually lifted, it is now possible obtain permits to enjoy birding in these parts. We are operating tours to the best sites in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, As more areas are explored, we will keep you updated.


Greater Flameback Kestrel Great Indian Hornbill Red-Headed Trogon female Greater Flameback Spot-Billed Pelican Indian Pond Heron Birders cross river Beautiful Nuthatch Slaty-Backed Forktail Birding in North East India

The following birding areas are included:-

For detailed information on occurrence of species go to Bird list and Trip reports.

Our research is based on source material from Krys Kazmierczak & Raj Singh's book;
 "A Bird Watchers Guide To India". In addition inputs with regards to West Arunachal Pradesh have been obtained from published material by Dr Anwaruddin Chowdry and Ramana Athreya. This has been supplemented by our ground explorations.

We have located suitable birding sites in association with local guides to create tours for bird watchers. Keeping in mind constraints of movement, infrastructure, time, and local conditions, we have evolved exciting itineraries. These cover some of the best birding sites in the North East. A lot remains to be done.


Planning your birding trip


Your Birding itinerary depends upon your interests, the duration of the planned trip, and other matters such as your budget. We feel the best way to finalize your itinerary is to first check out the  Hot Spots and our standard Tours. You may also like to check out Lodges, to decide what you want. Thereafter together, via e-mail, we can formulate your trip plan.

Entry formalities: Assam is now open to tourists. In Arunachal Pradesh; selected areas are open to tourists. However a route specific entry permit is still required. Foreign birders should bear in mind that they have to obtain a Restricted Area Permit, for Arunachal Pradesh (Namdhapa, Eagles Nest, Pakke, and Dirang-Sela-Tawang). This permit costs USD 50 per person, it is valid for 10 days, and is granted to groups of a minimum of 04 persons. We will obtain this permit for our clients.


All protected parks and sanctuaries, require an additional permit from the forest Department. We will obtain these permits based on tour itineraries.

The best time for birding in the North East is November to mid March.

The duration of your trip can be as long as you like – provided you restrict yourself to 10 days in Arunachal Pradesh. You will find our suggestions of days required for each birding site. We have a few itineraries, for ready reference. These can be tailored to your requirements.

Getting there

Guwahati is the gateway airport. It is linked to Kolkotta, Delhi and Bagdogra. Flights from Delhi and Kolkotta also land at Dibrugarh, Jorhat, and Dimapur.

On the rail network, Guwahati is connected to all parts of India. The rail link extends up to Tinsukhia, near Dibrugarh. All places are connected by an extensive road network.

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Ronald Saldino,  Niels Poul Dryer, Ketil Knudsen
Kalypso Adventures & Gurudongma Team

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