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India: Northeast

Assam and the Eastern Himalayas

A 14-day, small group birdwatching tour across the Eastern Himalayas, from the Brahmaputra basin up through untouched montane rainforest, emerging beyond the treeline at over 4000m.

Our tour of the western corner of the state of Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh take us to what is justifiably considered to the richest birding area in India. Here, the Eastern Himalayas climb steeply out of the Brahmaputra floodplain and distinct communities of species can be found within unusually close proximity of one another.  We will explore a cross-section of elevations and habitats in this bird-rich environment, from swamp forests and wetlands at little over sea-level through dense montane rainforests to the arctic cold of Sela Pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the entire Himalayan chain.  We will visit in spring, when temperatures are comfortable at all altitudes and many species in the hills associate in exhilarating mixed feeding flocks.  We will be looking for Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Bugun Liocichla, Grandala, Blood Pheasant, Swamp Francolin, White-winged Duck and Ibisbill among a fine selection of enigmatic specialities and regional endemics, accompanied by altitudinal migrants and visitors from the wider Palaearctic, and mammals including Indian Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant. 

Monday 7 April - Sunday 20 April 2025 (Meghalaya pre-tour extension from Saturday 5 April)

with Leio De Souza

Monday 30 March - Sunday 12 April 2026 (Meghalaya pre-tour extension from Saturday 28 March)

with Leio De Souza

2025: INR 225000 / $ 2695 / £ 2130 / € 2520 (Guwahati/Guwahati)

Duration: 13 nights/14 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: INR 26000 / $ 310 / £ 245 / € 290

Deposit: 20% of the tour price

Pre-tour extension (Meghalaya):

2025: INR 41000 / $ 490 / £ 390 / € 460 (Guwahati/Guwahati)

Duration: 2 nights/2 days (total 15 nights/16 days)

Group size: min. 4 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: INR 5000 / $ 60 / £ 45 / € 55

Post-tour extension / Linked tour (Nagaland and the Mishmi Hills):

This tour can be combined with our tour of India - northeast: Nagaland and the Mishmi Hills to create a comprehensive 24 night/25 day Northeast India birding tour that covers the lower and upper Brahmaputra valley, the Eastern Himalayas at Dirang/Eaglenest and at their easternmost extension in the Mishmi Hills, as well as the associated hill ranges of Nagaland, touching the Myanmar border. Discount of INR 10000 / $ 120 / £ 95 / € 110 when purchasing both tours.


The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Regional Permit for Arunachal Pradesh

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs: $ 885 / £ 700 / € 830 (to/from Guwahati)*

Estimated visa costs: $ 40 / £ 30 / € 35**

*Estimated flight costs are based on travel from UK/EU

**Estimated visa costs shown here are for a one year e-tourist visa for India.

More information on what's included

Read about our small group surcharges for groups of less than 6 participants

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