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The Kaziranga National Park (a World Heritage Site) and the Nameri National Park (also a Project Tiger Reserve) are two of the best nature reserves for wildlife and birding enthusiasts in North Eastern India. We are introducing Walking Safaris to these two National Parks for the first time to enhance our guests’ wildlife experience and to offer a closer interaction with nature as well as the local culture. During our Walking Safaris our guests will visit many tourist-free areas of the Parks where wilderness experience is at its very best. Though the main theme of this wildlife tour is walking safaris inside nature reserves, the program also includes the fun of the jeep safaris on designated routes and elephant rides in Kaziranga National Park, rafting on the serene Jia Bhoreli River flowing through the Nameri National Park, drive through the plains of rural Assam and visits to tribal villages. While we enjoy luxurious stay at the beautiful Diphlu River Lodge, we will also stay at a modest jungle camp in Nameri National Park. Our fixed departure, small group Walking Safaris operates from November to March when the weather is comfortable and National Parks are at its best, especially with the arrival of the migratory birds from as far as Siberia. All our safaris are accompanied by knowledgeable local naturalists, Forest Rangers and English speaking escorts.
DIPHLU RIVER LODGE , Kaziranga
Situated on the banks of a small river that forms the southern boundary of the National Park, the Diphlu River Lodge overlooks the park. Guests have the extraordinary experience of spotting water birds, and with some luck, rhinos, wild buffalo's and elephants, from the comfortable reclining chairs on the verandah of the main restaurant building called the Machaan, meaning watch tower in Hindi. The Lodge offers luxury facilities with its air-conditioned cottages on stilts, undoubtedly the best experience in Kaziranga.
All cottages have been beautifully designed to make full use of local materials and artefacts and blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. All cottages are well-appointed and charmingly furnished with individual interiors and en-suite bathrooms. The grounds of the lodge have been carefully planned to preserve the natural environment. The food at the Lodge is a pleasant mix of continental, North Indian and Assamese cuisine made with fresh, locally produced ingredients whenever possible.
The Diphlu River Lodge , has been judged the first runners up in Best Wildlife Resorts of India category by the Lonely Planet Magazine’s Travel Awards 2013 (May edition).The second runners up award of the Lonely Planet has been bagged by Mahua Kothi of the Taj Group at Bandavgarh in Madhya Pradesh and the winner is The Oberoi Vanya Vilas at Ranthambore.
Jungle Camps, Nameri National Park
These are simple walk-in tents with twin beds, attached bath, WC and running hot & cold water. Though they offer only basic facilities, they have the benefit of being well located near the Nameri National Park and the Jia Bhorelli River flowing nearby, stay in these camps is an experience in itself. Food served at the camp is mostly local Assamese, North Indian and Chinese,
Day 1 (5th Dec 2013 )Arrive Guwahati / Jorhat – Kaziranga (230 kms / 5 hrs or 110 kms / 3 hrs)
Meet and drive to Kaziranga National Park. Check into Diphlu River Lodge on arrival. Evening go for a leisure walk in the banks of River Diphlu near your lodge. Dinner and overnight. The Diphlu River Lodge
Kaziranga National Park is the most well known wildlife park in Assam and every Assamese is proud of it. This park is home to some of the most fascinating wildlife in Asia including the famed Greater Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. The moist deciduous forests of Kaziranga is a birding paradise with a check list of almost 500 species which includes Green-backed Heron, White bellied Heron (rare), Lesser and greater Adjutants, Spoonbill, Grey-headed and Pallas's Fish-eagle (common), Swamp Francolin (common), Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-bellied tern, Marsh Babbler, Jordan's Bush chat (rare) White-throated Bush chat and many more.
Apart from the Rhino, other species found are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and if you are lucky, the tiger. It is virtually a paradise for bird watchers, with a variety of migratory and resident birds. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park.
Day 2 (6th Dec 2013)Kaziranga National Park
Early morning enter the National Park on Elephant back. With packed breakfast, go for an open jeep safari inside the park (central range). Return to lodge in time for lunch. After lunch we will go for a jeep safari in the little visited Eastern Range of the National Park, good for its birdlife due to a number of water bodies in this range. Later, return to Lodge. Evening enjoy a traditional dance. The Diphlu River Lodge
Day 3 (7th Dec 2013)Kaziranga National Park – Nameri National Park
Early morning go for another elephant ride inside the park. After breakfast you will be transferred to Nameri National Park. Check into your tents. After lunch at the camp, we set out on foot to discover a picturesque Mishing village nearby. In the evening blend in to the music and dance performance by a tribal troupe in the camp. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
Mishing are the riverine plain tribes of Assam which is the second largest group of scheduled tribe of the state. As a riverine tribe they construct their houses on stilts about five feet from the ground which is about 30 – 40 meter on length. Linguistically Mishing people belong to Tibeto – Burman sub group. Jungle Camp at Nameri
Day 4 (8th Dec 2013 )Nameri National Park
We will leave our camps early in the morning, board a paddle boat that will take you to the other side of River Jia Bhorelli. Disembark to take a short walk to the Potasali forest camp. Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast we will carry on for a jungle walk stopping at a couple of watch towers. This trek generally takes 2 hours but we are flexible to extend it depending upon your interest in bird-watching.
Return to the forest camp for lunch. Later resume walk (approx 1 hour, longer for avid birdwatchers) from Potasali Camp to Oubari Camp and Moniram Beel (water body) for a chance sighting of the rare and endangered White Winged Wood duck. Backtrack and divert to Korua Beel (about another 25 minutes walk), a point where one may have possibilities of sighting Gaur, Elephants, Flying squirrels and Deer.
Return to Potasali camp, cross river by dugout and back to our tented cottages by evening for dinner and overnight stay. Jungle Camp at Nameri
Nameri National Park, situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas on the banks of the River Bhorelli coming down from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh, is home to rare bird life like the Great Indian Hornbill and the White Winged Wood Duck. The advantage of this wonderful park is that you have to do all your birding on foot, as there are no jeepable roads. Rafting is another option where expert boatmen will steer your rafts while you are free to look for the aquatic birds. Ruddy Shell Duck, cormorants are common. Nameri also houses eight globally threatened and five near-threatened species including the White Winged Wood Duck. Ibisbill, Pied Kingfisher, wreathed hornbill, Blue-eared kingfisher, King Vultures are some of the other most sought after birds
Day 5 (9th Dec 2013)Nameri National Park – Kaziranga National Park
Today we offer our guests two different options, river rafting on the Jia Bhoreli River or a jungle walk in a nearby forest.
We can go for a river rafting by rubber boats on the quiet and serene Jia Bhoreli River flowing through the Nameri national Park with great views of the forest and the not-so-distant mountains. This route is around 18 Kms and takes around 2-3 hrs.
For those not going for rafting can opt for a guided walking safari in the Mekahi Mound to a rest point by the river back to our cottages. This walk is through scrubland and paddy fields. Beside the beautiful forest, the main attraction on this walk is the many birds that one can encounter during the walk. We will return to the camp for lunch.
Post lunch, drive back to the Diphlu River Lodge in Kaziranga National Park. This evening we will relax in the lodge, discussing our day’s adventures. Dinner and overnight.
The Diphlu River Lodge
Day 6 (10th Dec 2013 )Kaziranga National Park
After breakfast we will drive for about an hour to go to the old Silghat River Port by the mighty Brahmaputra River for a Dolphin Boat Safari. A motorized country boat will first take you to Hatimurah temple (10th Century AD) located on top of a hill. There after you will sail downstream in a country boat to Bhorelli - Brahmaputra river confluence to spot river Dolphins. After the boat ride we will drive a short distance to visit a tea estate where we will have our lunch.
Post lunch we will drive to the Burrapahar range of Kaziranga National Park for a jungle walk accompanied by the forest ranger and our naturalist. This range comprises of both thick forests and grassland. Sightings of the Malayan Giant Squirrel has been reported in this section of the National Park and the other attractions are Pied Kingfishers, River Lapwings, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Black-hooded Oriole, White-rumped Shama and many other birds as well as Asiatic Water Buffaloes and the Rhinos. There are plenty of butterflies also in this part of the park The Diphlu River Lodge
Brahmaputra River: Rare it is to find a reference to this river without the word “mighty’ attached to it, and this is exactly what you will feel when you take this boat safari on the river. It is an unique opportunity to spend half a day exploring the mighty Brahmaputra River using our own Country Boat and an opportunity to see the endangered ‘Gangetic Dolphins’, the National Aquatic Animal of India.
Day 7 (11th Dec 2013)Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati or Jorhat
After a leisurely breakfast we leave for the airport either in Guwahati or Jorhat to board a flight for onward journey.
The tour ends
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