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The west Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh is home to a unique paradise, a treasure trove of varied wildlife and birdlife, the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Eagle Nest is a protected area that took its name from the Indian Army regiment 'Eagles' which was stationed here years ago.
The Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary is famous worldwide for its ever-growing list of rare and unique birds. Some of the birds found here are elusive all over the country. Home to over 450 bird species, some of them endangered, the Eagle Nest Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. The last discovered bird species of India, Bugun Liocichla was also seen in the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary. With so much variety, this sanctuary offers one of the best bird watching tours India.
Location:West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Nearest Airport:Guwahati Airport
How to reach:8 hours drive from Guwahati airport
Famous for:Exotic Himalayan birds, including many rare ones
Best time to visit: March to May
Bird: Rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, maroon-backed accentor, fea's thrush, gould's shortwing, white-browed shortwing, blue-fronted robin, bay woodpecker, pale-headed woodpecker, grey-chinned minivet, rufous-bellied bulbul, northern goshawk, pied falconet, temminck's tragopan, ward's trogon, golden-throated barbet, crimson-breasted pied-woodpecker, rufous-necked hornbill, sultan tit, mrs gould's and fire-tailed sunbird, gold-naped black-finch
The Eaglenest sanctuary has another interesting feature in the fact that within itself the entire elevational range is encapsulated containing a range of habitats and species. The beautiful flora and fauna of the sanctuary make it an ideal place for photographers to get that perfect click. Rare birds like the hornbills of India, mammals, and butterflies are on display here for photographers to capture them in their true natural splendor
Amphibians, snakes, and lizards also form a big part of this harmonious ecosystem. Mammals species like Bengal Tiger, Clouded leopard, Red Panda, Arunachal Macaque, Gaur & endangered capped Langur have been sighted, but are nearly impossible to see here.
This beautiful oasis of exciting wildlife extends from the Eagle Nest pass to a little above Khellong along the road. The beautiful stretch of unhindered natural beauty that extends from thelama camp eagle neston the northern slope, up across Eaglenest Pass and down on the southern slope to Khellong is a paradise for the beautiful winged creatures. Doimara and Kamengbari are beautiful areas for birding as well but are no match to the corresponding areas in the Tiger reserve. A broad Jeep track which runs from Tenga to Kamengbari through the Eaglenest Pass sets you right up for some comfortable and enjoyable roadside birding experience. This combination of a roadside scrub lying just 20-30m away from primary forest, at an altitude of 3200m, makes Eaglenest the perfect place to get an awesome taste of the rare and unique birds. The large altitudinal variety coupled with the extraordinary bird assemblage of this majestic location requires at least 6-10 days with a Jeep and 10-14 days on foot to fully experience and soak in. So, what is holding you back? Load up your backpacks and come witness one of the bestbird watching tours India! The best places to stay in Eaglenest for birding arethe lama camp eagle nestand thebompu camp eagle nest.
Bhalukpong- Tenga Road:
Standing along the eastern border of the Eaglenest and Sessa sanctuaries, at an altitude range of 300-1600m, Bhalukpong is a worthy alternative to the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. The perfect option for birders who don't have the time for the Eaglenest Sanctuary, Bhalukpong is an option worth checking out!
Tenga: 1200m. Farmland and habitation.
Eaglenest Pass: 2800m; Bra-Top: 3200m; Piri-La: 3000m
Ridge: Temperate bamboo, conifer and broad-leaved forest and scrub.
Ramalingam: 1780m. Subtropical farmland, scrub and degraded forest.
Lama Camp: 2350m. Temperate broad-leaved primary and degraded forest.
Kamengbari - Doimara: 100-350m. Tropical forest, grazing meadows, shingle banks and cultivation.
Sunderview: 2465m. Temperate broad-leaved forest and roadside scrub.
Chakoo: 2405m. Temperate broad-leaved forest, meadows in ancient clear-felled patches.
Bompu: 1940m. Subtropical broad-leaved forest and bamboo, large patch of open scrub
Sessni: 1250m. Broad-leaved forest. Old jhoom patches with secondary scrub.
Khellong: 750m. Tropical forest, grazing meadows and degraded scrub.