Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
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Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Location : Arunachal Pradesh

  • Main attraction : Asian Elephant, Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear

  • Best time to visit : Summer (March and April), Winter(Mid-November to February)

  • Nearby cities : Arunachal Pradesh


Want to know more about birds ? come visit eaglenest wildlife sanctuary-arunachal pradesh

The Himalayan region of Arunachal Pradesh carried a hushed secret. But, oh nature! You know how curious humans are, don’t you? Thanks to RamanaAthreya, a birdwatcher,who discovered a new bird species BugunLiocichla and soon Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Arunachal Pradesh, which was much hidden to the tourists finally came into prominence. The pristine mountains and the dense canopies are waiting for the nature lovers to explore them. Thanks to this discovery that Eaglenest was able to make its mark and get established as a top-ranked birding spot.


An introduction to the eaglenest wildlife sanctuary

The name of the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is after Red Eagle Division of Indian Army, which actually was a base camp of Indian Army in that place in the year 1950. The total 218 sq. km area of the sanctuary is full of rich biodiversity and the attractive natural beauty pulls visitors throughout the year.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary counts as one of the top bird-watching hotspots in India lying within the district of West Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh.


When is the best time to visit ?

Summer

The best time to visit the birds of Eaglenest are the months of March and April. During this time, rhododendrons come to flourish to full. But, keep in mind that the camps are in full demand at this time so a beforehand booking is very important to have a peaceful stay.The best time to visit the birds of Eaglenest are the months of March and April. During this time, rhododendrons come to flourish to full. But, keep in mind that the camps are in full demand at this time so a beforehand booking is very important to have a peaceful stay.

Winter

If you are brave enough to face the chilly nights at Eaglenest, then you can visit this place from Mid-November to February as well. Birds are still active during this time. The photographers find the elegance and beauty of wintry Eaglenest to capture some fabulous shots.

June to September comprises of the rainy season here and the sanctuary remains closed during the time.


Wildlife at the eaglenest wildlife sanctuary

Eaglenest came into the spotlight after the sudden discovery of a rare bird species, BugunLiocichla, in 2006, which is named after the community Bugun, which lives in this area. Apart from this, there are almost 700 other species of birds like Ward’s Trogon, Wedge-Billed Babbler, Beautiful Nuthatch, and so on.

The biodiversity of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is full of454 species of bird, 165 species of butterflies, 24 species of snakes, 34 species of amphibians, and 7 species of lizards. The wildlife is creative here, which makes it one of the most protected ecological areas of the country.


Flora

The vegetation found in the area consists of broad-leaved forests, bamboos, lowland evergreen forests, roadside scrubs, conifers, and farmlands.


Animals

The animals found at the Sanctuary areCapped Langur (endangered species), Asian Elephant, Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear Arunachal Macaque, Bengal Tiger, Gaur, etc.


Birds

Birds are the main attraction of the Sanctuary. The bird species found in the forest are Eagles, Oriental White (Black-Headed) Ibis, Cormorants, Black Stork, Jungle Fowl, Herons, Ducks, Harriers and Vultures, Black-Necked Crane, Dotterels, Kites, Hawks, Falcons, Trogons, Kingfishers, Pheasants, Quail, Peafowl, Plovers, Waders, Bulbuls, Swifts, Rollers, Hoopoes, Hornbills, Old World Flycatchers, Stone-Curlew, Broadbills, Larks, Parrotbills, Gulls, Warblers, Nuthatches, Oriental White-Eye, Martins, Shrikes, Shrike, Brown Dipper, and so on.


Reptiles

Reptiles are another attraction of the sanctuary. The species found in this area are Geckos Agamids and Skinks. Other rare species found here includeAnderson’s Mountain Lizard, Darjeeling False-Wolf Snake, Gunther’sKukri Snake, Common Slug Snake, and KeelbackSnakes. After 125 years, Abor Hill Agama was rediscovered in the Sanctuary.


Butterflies

Butterfliesare also in abundance at the Sanctuary. Some species include Bhutan Glory, Grey Admiral, Scarce Red-Forester, Jungle Queen, Tiger Brown, White-Edged Bush-Brown, Dusky Labyrinth, and White Owl.


Know the way to reach eaglenest wildlife sanctuary

By air

The nearest airport is Tezpur from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, which is at a distance of 150 km. Another important airport is Guwahati Airport within 334 km. The easiest transport is a taxi to reach the sanctuary from the airport.

By rail

The nearest railway station is Bhalukpong, which is 94 km from the sanctuary. Cab or hired taxi is the way between the station and the sanctuary.

By road

The Tawang-Tezpur road is the linkto the sanctuary with popular cities like Tezpur – 150 km, Tawang – 25 km, and Bomdila – 50 km. Taxi and Bus services can be availed from the cities to the sanctuary mentioned above. Tenga to Tezpur is 17 km and takes almost 3.5 hours. Tenga can also be accessedeasily from Tezpur or Guwahati.

As mentioned above, rented cab or taxi is the easiest way to travel to and fro the cities. You need to leave from Tenga for Lama Camp – one of the camps of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary to stay. Right before the sanctuary’s entrance, there is a village named Sign Chung, which you need to cross. Once you reach, mention the name of the village to the locals so that they can direct you further.


Distance from major cities

  • Kolkata, 639 km

  • Delhi, 1349 km

  • Mumbai , 2073 km

  • Guwahati , 210 km

  • Dispur, 212 km

  • Darjeeling, 272 km

  • Patna, 621 km

  • Ranchi , 749 km

  • Bhubaneswar, 984 km

  • Bhopal, 1441 km


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Two camps namely Lama Camp and Bompu Camp are the main places to stay risk-free. These camps are operated by the Bugun Welfare Society.

Lama Camp

It is the nearest camp from the sanctuary entrance. The camp got its name after the visit of Dalai Lama. The birdwatchers route was once used as a way to flee during the Indo-China war of 1962.

Bompu Camp

Bompu is the local pronunciation of the word bamboo, and the camp is surrounded by various species of this plant and is 40 km away from the sanctuary entrance. The two campsites have permanent accommodation pieces of stuff like beddings, tents, towels, and solar lanterns. Bathrooms are common but with western-style toilets, and toilet paper. There are no sources of running water but plenty of water filled buckets are there. Also, there is no electricity but after evening, generators can be turned on if the need arises. Lama Camp has some wooden steps to the tent but Bompu Camp is flat.

If you want to stay in the atmosphere of the jungle, go for these camps. You can birdwatch along the way while you travel between the camps. They provide breakfast and lunch. You can either opt for driving or for walking, but your own vehicle will be handy in this kind of excursions.

Super-exciting activities to become a part of

There is a list full of activities for you to discover after the main birdwatching trek. You can avail jeep safari to explore the forest and its surroundings. During the rainy season in the months of June to October getting a permit for the jeep is closed in the reserve forest. Some of the greatly approved activities in the park are:

  • Bird watching

  • Camping

  • Trekking

  • Nature Photography

Some exclusive holiday packages

There are many interesting nearby places to visit. You can visit Sikkim and explore theTsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Yumthang valley, Gangtok,and Pelling. Experience tranquillity, serenity, and peace and while visitingsnow-capped mountains, Buddhist monasteries, and wildlife sanctuaries. There are packages to book, which are inclusive of aresort, cab, airport transfers, and meals, and sightseeing.

Some awe-inspiring facts about eaglenest sanctuary

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a reservedforest area of West Kameng Districtin Arunachal Pradesh and an active part of Kameng Elephant Reserve.

Here are fourinteresting facts about the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Eaglenest is mainly important as a prime birding site because of the uncommon assortment of fowls and furthermore, the availability of various species. It is outstanding as a noteworthy birding territory.

  • Red Eagle Division of the Indian armed force is the source of the name of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • BugunLiocichla was first found in 1995 in Eaglenest and again watched and portrayed by Ramana Athreya in 2006.

  • The site is in the Conservation International Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot region.

Enjoy a mesmerizing tour

This sanctuary isn't just an extraordinary involvement in birding but it is like a treasure hunt for the photographers. Photos of some uncommon birds, butterflies, and warm-blooded animals can be very elating. It is likewise home for some types of creatures of land and water, snakes and reptiles, warm-blooded animal species likeClouded Panther, Bengal Tiger,Arunachal Macaque, Red Panda, imperiled Topped Langur, and Gaur. Grab this experience to make this thrilling wildlife safari a lifetime memory.


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