Dibru Saikhowa/Namdapha NatureTrail

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Published on August 4, 2009

Author: itnatureclub

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IT Nature Club is organizing its winter trail in Arunachal Pradesh during December 2009.

The trail is at the less popular yet unique Dibru Saikhowa National Park and Namdapha National Park , which is one of the largest parks of India

IT Nature Club 1922, 3rd Main, 4th A Cross, Nisarga Layout, Bannerghatta Post, Bangalore-560083 Tel/Fax: 080-27824059 (M): 9845383882 / 9902913882 Email: itnatureclub@gmail.com / itnatureclub@rediffmail.com Web: http://www.itnatureclub.com WILDLY NORTH EAST 8 Nights / 9 Days Winter Trail Dibru Saikhowa & Namdapha National Park 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, Namdapa 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.

IT Nature Club is pleased to announce its winter trail to this beautiful region of the North East India. Details of the trip are as follows: 18th December 2009: Board the night volvo to Tinsukhia from Guwahati. 19th December 2009: Arrive Tinsukhia 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 Tinsukhia. 26th December 2009: Arrive Guwahati . Tour ends. Cost: Rs.20, 500/ per person Ex-Guwahati. Cost includes: Transporation, simple accommodation, all meals, guide charges, Inner line permit, porters during the trek inside the forests, entry & Boating fees to the national park Ex - Guwahati for Indians. Cost does not include: Camera Charges and any other personal expenses.

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