It was a spring morning, the wind still retained some of it's chill. I was following my Guide through the meandering jungle path, the dry twigs crackling under my shoes, overnight dew dropping from the ferns and orchids all around. My heart was beating almost audibly at the anticipation of the glimpse of the phantom. They are elusive , shy and often fly away at the slightest hint of human presence. And when I finally saw the "White Winged Wood Duck", it was upon it's classic perch, a branch of a dead tree, hanging upon a quite , vegetated pond. I had goose-bump and I almost forgot to press the shutter. A moment of sublime quality , quite inaptly captured by me , presented here for the pleasure of the swell ladies and gentlemen of this forum, The "Deo Hanh" or "Ghost Duck" from Nameri National Park.
As I have checked on this forum before I am itching to go to NE for the longest time ever. Since long trips are not working out I think I will go to just one place to begin with between March 29 - Apr 1 (4 days).
Between Nokrek (Meghalaya), Nameri (Assam), Namdhapa (Arunachal), Keibul Lamjao (Manipur), Phawngpui (Mizoram), and Ntangki (Nagaland), which would be recommended for a single woman traveller? A trip that can be done in 4 days. Can stretch the visit by 1-2 days.
Nameri Eco Camp is the most famous place to stay at Nameri and the forest department office is right next door. But there are a few other options to stay as well. The Jia Bhorelli Wild Resort is the quite highly rated on TripAdvisor, and I have personally stayed there and would definitely recommend it.
We were lucky to get a pair of Spot-winged Starlings (Saroglossa spilopterus) visiting the blooming coral tree (Erythrina sps.), where scores of other birds (Orange-bellied Leafbirds, Red-vented Bulbuls, Chestnut-winged Starlings, Rose-ringed Parakeets, Common and Jungle Mynas and a single Maroon Oriole) were already feasting.
In the photo here is a male, while the female is much duller in colour.
Nameri National Park
11 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017
Planning this trip for Kaziranga - Gibbon Sanctuary and Nameri. The rough itinerary will be Guwahati - Kaziranga - Gibbon - Kaziranga -Nameri- Guwahati.
3 to 4 safaris in Kaziranga over 3 nights stay. One of those days, plan to go to the Gibbon Sanctuary. After getting back to Kaziranga, will move to Nameri for 1 night stay. All accommodation, food & transport will be as basic and budget as possible and the 4 of us will be sharing all the expenses. Budget for full trip from Guwahati to Guwahati will be around 8.5-9k per head if there is 4 of us. Anyone interested will have to be present at Guwahati on 11th morning and we will return there in 15th evening. Inward/outward journey should be planned accordingly. Please contact in my email/ph for further details.