Arunanchal Pradesh: Eagle’s Nest & Sangti Valley
From the lush lowland evergreen forests of Pakke Tiger Reserve (alt. 100-300m), adjacent to the grasslands and riverine woodland of the Brahmaputra valley, through the sub-tropical and temperate forests of Eaglenest (alt. 500-3500m), to the breathtaking views of permanent snow above the alpine meadows of Sela ridge at 4500m – nowhere else in this state can one stroll or motor along roads covering the entire altitudinal stretch.
Several much sought after birds like ward’s trogon, wedge-billed and rufous-throated wren-babblers, rufous-necked, great and wreathed hornbills, black-necked crane (winter), beautiful nuthatch, emerald cuckoo (summer) are standard fare in this area. Other mouth-watering specialities which can be seen with some perseverance and knowledge are 3 tragopans, blood pheasant, monal, ibisbill, purple cochoa, long-tailed and collared broadbills, blue-naped pitta, vivid niltava, long-billed plover and black-headed shrike-babbler, to name just a few – in fact more than half the species on the 450+ birdlist would qualify as specialities on any birder’s list!
For serious birders; it involves long walks, treks and the winter months are very cold.
Stay: Hotel and camping. Nights: 17-18 days in combination with Kaziranga and Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary