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Amur Falcon Migration of Nagaland India

Remote. No infrastructure. Amazing! Nagaland is India’s most remote state. Lying east of Assam, Nagaland rests on the border with Myanmar and has a similar culture. The tribal region was only ‘opened’ by the Indian government in very recent years, to allow outsiders to explore the region.

When this happened, it was found that the hundreds of thousands of Amur Falcons who had been migrating through the region were stopping for days at a time. The recent hydro-electric dam that had been built seemed to have changed the ecosystem with the huge reservoir created. This prompted the local people, each season, to capture 10-12,000 falcons per day with nets, to sell them as food in the surrounding communities.

Witnessed by a local conservationist, she quickly jumped into action, gathered help and shared the story of the Amur Falcon migration, from Siberia to South Africa and back. Together they convinced the tribal elders that the falcons needed to be protected, and the elders agreed. The following season less than 1000 falcons were killed in total! This is one of the most amazing conservation stories in history!

In October 2017, Wildside owner Kevin Loughlin was joined by author Scott Weidensaul, artist Catherine Hamilton and two birders, photographers, conservationists (and hardy travelers), Peter Trueblood and Bruce Evans. With incredible help from Zeiss Optics, the team of five visited Nagaland to see the spectacle themselves. Upon entry to the state they were told by a police officer, “I’ve never seen people like you!”

In 2018, Catherine will be leading Wildside’s first official tour to the region, along with Luke Tiller. Yes, the Pangti portion will have some difficulties. Yes, it will be worth it to see the falcons! Then, after Pangti, we treat you to all luxury accommodations as we visit a couple magnificent locations in Assam… including the last strong-hold of the Asian One-horned Rhino, Kasiranga National Park. 

Read Scott Weidensaul’s article in Living Bird Magazine or online at GALAXY OF FALCONS on Cornell University’s “All About Birds.”

  • Tour Cost
  • Trip Length
    12-days/11-nights (plus travel days with overnight flights)

     

    Tour Cost
    US$9500 per person, double occupancy, from Delhi, India

     

    Single Supplement
    If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to get a roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $1275 will be assessed.

     

    What is Included / Not Included

     

    Included in the cost are all accommodations, meals, transportation, entrance fees and service of the leader(s) and local guides, from Delhi.

     

    Not included in the cost is the airfare to Delhi, visa, travel insurance, camera fees at some sites, alcoholic or other bottled drinks not included with meals, tips and items of a personal nature.

     

    Deposit
    $1000.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Registration Form

     

    How to Book
    In order to hold your space, you must complete the Registration Form found on-line, and submit it to us on-line, or download a copy and mail it to us, along with a $1000.00 deposit per participant.

     

    Final Payment
    Full payment, by check, is due 120 days prior to the departure date

  • Itinerary
  • BASIC ITINERARY

     

    DAY 1: Oct 27 - Arrive in Delhi anytime today - overnight in Delhi
    DAY 2: Oct 28 - Flights to Jorhat - overnight in Jorhat
    DAY 3: Oct 29 - Birding at Gibbon Sanctuary - overnight in Jorhat
    DAY 4: Oct 30 - Drive to Pangti Village - overnight in Pangti
    DAY 5: Oct 31 - Enjoy the Falcons - overnight in Pangti
    DAY 6: NOV 1 - Enjoy the Falcons - overnight in Pangti
    DAY 7: NOV 2 - Drive to Kaziranga - overnight in Kaziranga
    DAY 8: NOV 3 - Enjoy Kaziranga NP - overnight in Kaziranga
    DAY 9: NOV 4 - Enjoy Kaziranga NP - overnight in Kaziranga
    DAY 10: NOV 5 - Drive to Wild Mahseer - overnight Wild Mahseer
    DAY 11: NOV 6 - Enjoy birding around Wild Mahseer - overnight Wild Mahseer
    DAY 12: NOV 7 - Return to Guwahati - Delhi - USA

     

    FULL ITINERARY

     

    (DAY 0 Depart USA for overnight flight.)

     

    DAY 1 ARRIVE DELHI (anytime today)
    On your arrival at international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will greet you and transfer to the hotel.
    NOTE: Meals will not be included on this day as everyone will be arriving at different times.

     

    Stay overnight in Delhi

     

    DAY 2 FLIGHTS DELHI – JORHAT
    After early breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights to Jorhat. Upon arrival at Jorhat airport our representative will meet & greet us and transfer to us to our hotel.

     

    DAY 3 GIBBON SANCTUARY / JORHAT
    Early morning drive to Gibbon Wildlife sanctuary to explore the most concentrate habitat of Western Hoolock Gibbon. We’ll have the opportunity to watch Stump-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Malayan Giant Squirrel and more. We also have the chance to see Sultan Tit, Scarlet Minivet, Pale Blue and Pale chinned Flycatcher and others.

     

    DAY 4 DRIVE TO PANGTI
    Early morning drive to Pangti village (4-Hours with good conditions) in Nagaland through Merapani. Pangti village has hosting the Amur Falcons for a few of years, where it roosts near the Doyang Reservoir.

     

    Our next three nights will be in Pangti Village in a home-stay. Accommodations are sparce… though we will have electricity (albeit irregular). Shared bathrooms and bucket wash bath-house.

     

    DAY 5 FALCONS / PANGTI
    Today we will venture to the falcon watch platform early in the morning to enjoy the fly-out of thousands of Amur Falcons. Returning to our accommodation for lunch we will search for falcons and other birds along the road in the afternoon, before returning for the fly-in near dark.

     

    DAY 6 FALCONS / CULTURE / PANGTI
    Today we will venture to the falcon watch platform early in the morning to enjoy the fly-out of thousands of Amur Falcons. Returning to our accommodation for lunch we enjoy the local culture before searching for falcons and other birds along the road in late afternoon, before returning for the fly-in near dark.

     

    DAY 7 PANGTI - KAZIRANGA
    After breakfast, we’ll drive to Kaziranga National Park (4 - 5 hours drive) famous as the only natural habitat of the Great Indian (Asian One-horned) Rhinoceros.

     

    Kaziranga National Park, in Assam, covers about 430 sq kms, bordered on the north by the Brahmaputra River and on the south by the Karbi Anglong hills. The largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world roams its swamps, grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and areas of mixed deciduous and tropical semi-evergreen forest. It is home to a wide variety of other animals and birds, and the open vistas make it relatively easy to see many species of wildlife in a day.

     

    Along with the Indian Rhino, the Park contains about 35 major mammals, including Wild Elephant, Tiger, small population of Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Bristly Hare, Hog Badger, Otter, Leopard, Wild Boar, Sambar, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Muntjac, Water Buffalo and Gaur. Among the rich birdlife are the rare Greater Adjutant stork, Bengal Florican, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant stork, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Grey Peacock-pheasant, Great Pied Hornbill, Green Imperial Pigeon, babblers and thousands of migratory birds, seasonally attracted to the various water areas of the park from as far away as Siberia.

     

    DAY 8 KAZIRANGA
    Early morning Jeep Safari, returning to the lodge for lunch and siesta.
    Later afternoon jeep safari to another area of the park.

     

    DAY 9 KAZIRANGA
    Early morning Elephant Safari, followed by jeep safari, returning to the lodge for lunch and siesta. Late afternoon jungle safari.

     

    DAY 10 DRIVE KAZIRANGA - BALIPARA
    Early morning checkout and drive to Adabari Tea Estate in Balipara.
    Rest of afternoon free to relax.

     

    DAY 11 BALIPARA – NAMERI – BALIPARA
    Early morning go for a walk inside the park to look for illusive and endangered White-winged Duck and other birds in the park.

    Post walk, back to a nearby camp for breakfast. Afternoon, we will drive approx 15 km upstream to raft down the river Jia Bhorelli. Throughout the sailing, you will have the chance to spot aquatic birds. Reach the camp by dusk and back to Balipara.

     

    DAY 12 BALIPARA – GUWAHATI – DELHI – HOME
    After breakfast checkout and drive to Guwahati airport to board flight to Delhi.

     

    Later departure transfer to international airport to board flight to USA.

  • Accommodations
  • Pangti Home Stay

    Cement structures with separate, shared flush toilet bathroom and bath house. Simple, with electricity and great food.

     

    Diphlu River Lodge

    Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Diphlu River which meanders by the celebrated Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge is the ideal getaway for a never-before intimacy with the natural world. With environment-sensitive cottages overlooking the river, Park or verdant farmland, Diphlu River Lodge combines modern comforts with the thrill of the wild with a plethora of activities to enthral your every sense.
    Be it spotting an Indian rhinoceros in its natural habitat or appreciating the tribal wisdom of the people of the land, the Lodge offers experiences and itineraries which are suited for individual preferences. Explore the Park with elephant and jeep safaris, watch our in-house local team of craftsmen and weavers in action, revel in the dances of the region with special performances, visit rubber and tea plantations or discover the majesty of the Brahmaputra River and its playful dolphins.

     

    Wild Mahseer