Assam is home to more than half of approximately 1,200 varieties of avifauna recorded in the Indian subcontinent and we at Wild Mahseer can arrange for guests to go bird watching at both Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks.
Kaziranga National Park is a 2-hour drive from our estate and if visitors want to venture on foot to find birds, a 10 km trek in the Kukurkata Reserve Forest under the Burapahar Range is the place to go. It has a hilly terrain with mainly tropical moist mixed forest vegetation and a good diversity of birds. A panoramic view of the floodplain and ecosystem of Kaziranga National Park can be seen from the hilltop of Kukurkata.
As the Reserve Forest is frequented by the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and wild Asian elephants it is imperative that armed guards provided by the park management accompany all visitors.
Another option is to take a jeep safari in the eastern range, which is generally regarded as the best area of the park for birding.
If guests let us know their requirements we will create a Kaziranga bird watching package or incorporate a trek in one of our elephant and jeep safari packages.
To see some species found around Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks please visit http://www.planetstillalive.com/asia/india/birds
Click here for information on the birdlife at Kaziranga National Park http://www.worldheritagekaziranga.com/About-Park-Wildlife-Birds-Diversity.html
Closer to Wild Mahseer (only 30 minutes from our property) is Nameri National Park, located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas and about 35 km from Tezpur, the nearest town. It shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary (Pakke Tiger Reserve) of Arunachal Pradesh and together they total over 1,000 sq kms of semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forest with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along the rivers.
With its hills of deciduous forests and the Jia Bhoroli River flowing through, it is excellent elephant country and the ideal habitat for a host of other animals too. It is also a butterfly and birding enthusiast’s paradise being home to more than 300 species of birds including 4 species of hornbills and an abundance of mynas, bee eaters, barbets, babblers, bulbuls, plovers and ibis.
Nameri also shelters the rare and endangered white-winged wood duck and over 50 of the total world population of 700 of this species can be found there. Visitors may be lucky enough to see some or even happen upon a tiger or a herd of wild elephants which is why they must be accompanied by an armed park ranger at all times.
We have a special relationship with friends at the Eco Camp situated near the park and our guests can order snacks, drinks and meals at the open-air restaurant to enjoy in the camp's beautiful grounds before or after a trek. It is also possible to visit the Pygmy Hog Foundation nearby and learn about the species, one of the world’s most endangered mammals, which after captive breeding in Guwahati is being kept in semi-natural conditions at the pre-release centre in Nameri prior to being set free into the park.
Please note both Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks are closed during the summer monsoon season from May to October.