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Assam Short Birding Tours

Dibrugarh – Tinsukia – Maguri Beel - Tinsukia – Digboi - Dehing Patkai - Jeypore Forest Range

05 Days / 04 Nights

More than half the bird species of India can be spotted in the north-eastern state of Assam, and even a short birding trip lasting five days yields spectacular sightings of many rare and gorgeous avian specialties. More Info

  • Hotels
    HOTELS

    Booked as per
    request.

  • Meals
    Meals

    Included except arrival and departure city.

  • Guide
    Guide

    Private guide for complete tour.

  • Transportation
    Transportation

    Airport to Airport.

  • Group Size
    Group Size

    2-8PAX

  • TranspPick up, drop offort
    Pick up, drop off

    Included

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More than half the bird species of India can be spotted in the north-eastern state of Assam, and even a short birding trip lasting five days yields spectacular sightings of many rare and gorgeous avian specialties.

Our Assam Short Birding Tours specifically targets India’s largest stretch of tropical lowland forests, the Dehing Patkai region, to make the most of your five days. This region is a vast biodiversity hotspot thriving with several interesting species of resident and migratory birds.

Two back-to-back days of birding at Dehing Patkai are the highpoints of our Assam short birdwatching trip. On these two days, we aim to spot scores, if not hundreds, of bird species, including the likes of Large Scimitar Babbler, Brown Hornbill, Sultan Tit, Red-headed Trogon, Lesser and Greater Necklaced & Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes, Pale-capped Pigeon, Violet and Emerald Cuckoo, Silver-bellied and Long-tailed Broadbill, Pale Blue and Slaty Blue Flycatchers, Streaked Spiderhunter, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Dollar Bird, White-browed Piculet, Hodgson’s hawk Cuckoo, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, White-crowned Forktail, Red-winged Cuckoo, White-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, and many more.

For an eyepopping carnival of aquatic birds, we also take you to a wetland called Maguri Beel, which has been designated as an Important Birding Area by BirdLife International. Here, we do both birding walks and boat rides to watch grassland and water birds.

Our targets for birding at Maguri Beel include Bar-headed Goose, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Baillon's Crake, Northern Lapwing, Little-ringed Plover, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Grey-headed Lapwing, Temminck's Stint, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Baikal Bush Warbler, Swamp Prinia, Swamp Francolin, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Speckled Piculet, Striped Tit-Babbler, Pale-capped Pigeon, Red-necked Falcon, and others.

A full day of birding is also devoted to the woods and pools of Digboi, which, though known for its oil fields, is also a bird haven. This birding hotspot expands our checklist of Assam birds with sightings of stunners such as White-winged Duck, White-cheeked Partridge, Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Falcated Duck, Ferruginous Pochard, Bay Woodpecker, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Grey-headed Lapwing, Green-billed Malkoha, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Daurian Redstart, Mountain Tailorbird, Besra, Mountain Hawk Eagle.

The five days of our Assam short birding adventure pack in a lot of action from dawn to dusk and, at times, even to night for some nocturnal birdwatching. We have singled out the best Assam birding trails known to throw up great sightings, both in terms of number of birds and variety of species. The top ten bird targets of our Assam short birdwatching tour include Brown Hornbill, Large Scimiter Babbler, Rufous-backed Laughingthrush, White-winged Wood Duck, Oriental Bay Owl, Baikal Teal, Marsh Babbler, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Smoky Warbler, and Baikal Bush Warbler.

More often than not, our guests manage to mark off almost all of them.

  • Hundreds of bird species of North India
  • Rare resident and migratory birds
  • Huge flocks of aquatic birds at Maguri Beel
  • Birding trails in India’s largest tropical lowland forests
  • Best birding guidance and advice
  • Maximum birding hours on average
  • Splendid flora and fauna
  • Great scope for bird, wildlife, landscape photography
  • In tune with conservation practices
  • Exposure to local culture and cuisine
  • Day 1: Dibrugarh – Tinsukia – Birding at Maguri Beel
  • Day 2: Tinsukia – Digboi (Birding)
  • Day 3: Birding at Dehing Patkai & Jeypore Forest Range
  • Day 4: Birding at Dehing Patkai & Jeypore Forest Range
  • Day 5: Digboi – Dibrugarh (Departure)

Lodging: For the entire course of our India Short Birding Tours of Assam, you get to stay in comfortable hotels or resorts offering quality service. These hotels are usually located close to birding sites and far from the noise and crowds of urban centres, so that you feel close to nature and may spot birds even from the hotel.

Meals: The hotels you stay in have both Indian and western meals on their menu. You may be a vegetarian or a meat lover, there is always something to please your palate. While breakfast and dinner are at the hotel, lunches are usually picnic in the field, taken from packed meals. At all times, best hygiene practices are followed.

Tour Difficulty: All the birding hotspots of Assam are accessible by motorable road. No energy-draining hikes are needed to reach the birding locations. There’s also no denying the fact that daylong birding excursions require long walks, often in forested areas. You should be able to put in the legwork.

Tour Extension: If you crave for wildlife adventure, we can throw in a visit to the Kaziranga National Park, a tiger reserve right in the heart of Assam. Besides hosting wildlife, Kaziranga is also a thriving habitat of hundreds of bird species. Just let us know in advance of the tour extension you want, and we will make the arrangements.

Climate: Winter and early spring season lasting from October to April is the best time to do birding in Assam. The weather is pleasant around this time of year and the temperature varies between 8 to 25 degrees Celsius, depending upon the time and place. Winter is also the time when a large number of migratory birds come in.

Getting There: Guests flying in from abroad are advised to land at Kolkata airport and then commute to Dibrugarh by train or plane. If you don’t get a straight flight to Kolkata, you may land in Delhi and take a flight to Dibrugarh. Guests from India have the option of trains and flights from their starting points.

Our India Short Birding Tours of Assam begins with your arrival at Dibrugarh, a bustling city surrounded by tea estates. Our representative meets you at the airport and drives you for about an hour to the town of Tinsukia, where we check into a hotel. After lunch, we take you out for a birding excursion at a nearby lake called Maguri Beel.

Maguri Beel is a large wetland area next to Dibru Saikhowa National Park. The marshes and grasslands at Maguri Beel teem with such an incredible variety of birds that BirdLife International has declared it as an Important Birding Area (IBA). The wetland here abounds with the likes of Bar-headed Goose, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Baillon's Crake, Northern Lapwing, Little-ringed Plover, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Grey-headed Lapwing, Temminck's Stint, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Common Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Asian Openbill, Lesser Adjutant, Glossy Ibis, Eastern Marsh-Harrier, Pied Harrier, and Paddyfield Warbler.

The grasslands of Maguri Beel reveal a bunch of rare and exotic birds such as Black-breasted Parrotbill, Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Baikal Bush Warbler, Swamp Prinia, Swamp Francolin, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Speckled Piculet, Striped Tit-Babbler, Pale-capped Pigeon, Red-necked Falcon, Pale-chinned Flycatcher, White-tailed Rubythroat, Spot-winged Starling, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Japanese Bush Warbler, Black-breasted Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler, Spotted Bush Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Thick-billed Warbler, Smoky Warbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Black-faced Bunting, Streaked Weaver, Yellow-breasted Bunting and several other avian curiosities.

During the day, we do bird walks and also a boat ride at Maguri Beel. In the evening, we return to our resort in Tinsukia for dinner and overnight.

In the morning, we may go out for a India Short Birding Tours of Maguri Beel, in case we missed out on a few birds in the long checklist the day before. Then we drive for about 2 hours to Diboi, a town in eastern Assam known for its oil fields. But what’s not equally well known about Digboi is that it is a superlative bird haven. There’s plenty of birding prospects in the lowland forests and pools around the oil fields.

It’s these areas we explore to look out for a wide variety of birds like White-winged Duck, White-cheeked Partridge, Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Falcated Duck, Ferruginous Pochard, Bay Woodpecker, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Grey-headed Lapwing, Green-billed Malkoha, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Daurian Redstart, Mountain Tailorbird, Besra, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Common Green Magpie, Grey Treepie, Collared Treepie, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Large Woodshrike, Dark-sided Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Black-backed Forktail, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Grey-breasted Prinia, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Blyth's Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Striped-tit Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Blyth's Pipit, and Olive-backed Pipit.

After a busy day of birding at Digboi, we retire to a nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.

India’s largest stretch of tropical lowland rainforests is found in Assam’s Dehing Patkai region which is so thick and diverse that it’s divided into three parts: Jeypore forest range, Upper Dehing West Block and Upper Dehing East Block. These forests are home to an incredible variety of birds and deserve at least two busy days of birding. During these two days, we focus on the birding trails at the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and Jeypore forest range.

Our avian targets during these excursions are Large Scimitar Babbler, Sultan Tit, Red-headed Trogon, Lesser and Greater Necklaced & Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes, Pale-capped Pigeon, Violet and Emerald Cuckoo, Silver-bellied and Long-tailed Broadbill, Pale Blue and Slaty Blue Flycatchers, Brown Hornbills, Streaked Spiderhunter, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Dollar Bird, White-browed Piculet, Hodgson’s hawk Cuckoo, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, White-crowned Forktail, Red-winged Cuckoo, White-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Grey-throated Babbler, White-browed Piculet, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, White-browed Shortwing, Lesser Shortwing, Blue-eared Kingfisher, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Pale blue Flycatcher, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, White-hooded Babbler, Pied Falconet, White-spectacled Warbler, Streaked Wren-Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, Hooded Pitta and several others.

On both days, we drive from our hotel in Digboi and return in the evening for dinner and overnight.

In the morning, we drive you from Digboi to Dibrugarh airport. It’s a two-hour drive and you reach Dibrugarh in time to catch a flight back home. The Assam short birdwatching tour comes to an end.

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