Assam & Arunachal naturalists trip

T Nature Club is pleased to announce its winter trail to a beautiful region of the North East India… Namdapha.

Dibru-Saikhowa is a biosphere reserve. This little known site, is one of the biodiversity hot spots situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is located in the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra. Fashioned by nature – earthquakes and ever changing water courses it has numerous island pockets and water bodies providing an unusual habitat for varied wildlife
and aqua fauna and avifauna.

Contained between the Debang, Lohit & the Great Brahmaputra rivers,the 340 sq Kms reserve was set up with a view to protecting the grass land and swamp habitat. Its internal water channels & bodies,seasonally flooded forests, “beels”, and grassy pockets, makes it an interesting birding destination for rare specialized grass land and swamp forest birds such as the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black throated Parrotbill, Rufous-vented( swamp) Prinia, and Jerdons Bushcat. You can also spot altitudinal migrants such as Pale-capped pigeon, White-tailed Rubythroat,and Black – breasted Thrush, and various warblers. More than 300 species have been recorded.

Located in Arunachal Pradesh, Namdapha lies in the extreme North East of India. Spread over 1985 sq Kms, Its altitude varies from 200 m to 4578 m. However it is only approachable up to altitudes of 850 m.Its avifauna is a unique blend of Indo-Burmese, Sino-Tibetan and Himalayan forms, which thrives in the bio-diverse habitat encompassing tropical, temperate and alpine. Largely unexplored 665 species of birds have been recorded, of which some are exotic – Blyth’s Tragopan,Wards Tragopan White- Winged Wood Duck, Rufus necked hornbill, Blue napped Pitta, Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, snow
throated Babbler, and Beautiful Nuthatch. Brown Hornbills may occur here, together with a fabulous list of pheasants, babblers and laughing-thrushes, which include the Arunachal endemic – Austen’s Spotted Babbler. Whilst such truly rare and elusive species occur, you should treat a sighting of any of them as a real bonus. It will be years before sites for such species are sufficiently well known for them to be found more easily.Nonetheless a visit to this remote park is an experience to remember.

The park is home to outstanding wet tropical forest. The remote and inaccessible nature of the park has preserved its pristine forests,and much of the area remains unexplored. It is as close to true wilderness as any of the many national parks and sanctuaries in India.But do bear in mind that access will be restricted, as the network of trails and tracks that allow exploration of most national parks and wildlife reserves simply does not exist here. Over 150 species of tree are found in Namdapha, including such tropical giants as Hollock,Mekai, Hollong, Jutuli, Dhuna, Mechelia champaka and others. Amongst the temperate and subtropical zones a wide variety of rhododendrons and oaks, birch and magnolias are found. Species of particular note are Pinus merkusi and Abies dalavavi, which are not found elsewhere in India; whilst one of the rarest and most endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda, occurs here, together with the Mishmi Teeta a well-known local medicinal plant, used by endemic tribal people to treat a host of illnesses.

Details of the trip are as follows :

19th December 2009: Arrive Dibrugarh in the morning, transfer to Dibru-saikhowa ( 1 1/2 hrs). Birding around the guest house. Overnight at Dibru-saikhowa.

20th December 2009 : Boat Safari / Borajan WLS visit. Overnight at Dibru-saikhowa.

21st December 2009 : Trekking/Maguli beel visit. Overnight at Dibru-saikhowa.

22nd December 2009 : After the breakfast drive to Namdapha & Overnight at Namdapha.

23rd December 2009 : Birding/trekking at Gibbons Land.Overnight at Namdapha

24th December 2009 : Birding /Trekking around 13th Mile/Anamika falls.Overnight at Namdapha

25th December 2009 : Birding around 19th Mile and transfer to Dibrugarh.Tour ends.

Cost : Rs.20,500/ per person Ex- Dibrugarh.

Cost includes : Transporation,all meals,guide charges ,Inner line permit and entry & Boating fees to the national park Ex – Dibrugarh for Indians.

For further details, please contact:

IT Nature Club
C/O Avanti Holidays
1922.Nisarga Layout
3rd Main 4th A Cross
Bannerghatta Post
Bangalore-560083
Tel/Fax : 080 – 27824059
(M) : 9845383882
Email : itnatureclub@rediffmail.com
itnatureclub@gmail.com
info@avantiholidays.com
Web : http://www.itnatureclub.com

Cost does not include : Camera Charges and any personal expenses.

Participants must be in Guwahati by 18th of December in order to leave for Dibrugarh to begin the trip. There is a good non-stop train from Bangalore to Guwahati, apart from the air option.

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