India’s land of the rising sun is also the land of magnetic forests, incredible beauty and a habitat for birds and butterflies
Imagine waking up to the sound of chirping birds, feeling the gentle breeze on your face, and having the chance to marvel at the beauty of nature in its raw and unspoiled form. That’s exactly what you can expect when you venture into Arunachal Pradesh for your bird and butterfly-watching adventure.
Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun, is a nature lover’s dream come true. Tucked away in the northeast region of India, this hidden gem is a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and an abundance of opportunities for bird and butterfly spotting.
From the rolling hills of Zemithang to the lush valleys of Sangti, the state is home to some of the most diverse and abundant bird and butterfly populations in the country. Here are a few popular bird and butterfly spotting places in Arunachal Pradesh that you should add to your bucket list.
Baily Trails: Located in the vicinity of Tawang, the Baily Trails are a hotspot for bird watching. You will get the chance to spot the elusive Himalayan Monal, along with other endangered species like the Snowy-throated Babbler and the Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.
Sela Pass: Another popular destination for birdwatchers is the Sela Pass, where species like the Tibetan Snow Finch, Himalayan Griffon, and Himalayan Snowcock can be spotted in its high-altitude woods and alpine meadows.
Bhalukpong: The Bhalukpong area is a must-visit destination for butterfly enthusiasts, with its rich and diverse butterfly populations. From the Blue Mormon to the Peacock Pansy and the Crimson Rose, visitors can admire the vibrant colors of these beauties in their natural habitat.
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in the East Kameng district, this vast sanctuary is surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 400 species of birds. From the magnificent Rufous-necked Hornbill to the majestic Great Hornbill, and the elusive Blyth’s Tragopan, every bird you spot will leave you in awe. And let’s not forget about the butterflies! With species like the stunning Blue Mormon, the radiant Crimson Rose, and the graceful Peacock Pansy, you’ll be able to admire the beauty of these flying wonders in all their glory.
Namdapha National Park: Nestled in the Changlang district, this large national park is home to over 450 species of birds, each more beautiful than the next. As you take a stroll through the park, you’ll get the chance to spot the Rufous-necked Hornbill, the elegant Black Stork, the colorful Himalayan Monal, and the shy Himalayan Goral. This park is also a great place for butterfly spotting. You can find the vivid Red Pierrot, the radiant Yellow Gorgon, and the brilliantly colored Golden Birdwing here.
Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary: This stunning sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s delight. Keep an eye out for the majestic Black-necked Crane, the vibrant Himalayan Monal, the rare Blyth’s Tragopan, and the enchanting Nuthatch. Butterfly enthusiasts can get the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful butterflies from the striking Peacock Pansy to the radiant Crimson Rose, and the vibrant Blue Mormon.
Ziro Valley: One of the most popular destinations for butterfly watching is the Ziro Valley, known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. One of the unique experiences that the valley offers is the butterfly walk, where you can walk through the lush green forests and meadows while admiring the vibrant colors and delicate beauty of the butterflies.
Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary: Last but not least, this small but beautiful sanctuary is home to over 200 species of birds, each with its own unique story to tell. As you explore this sanctuary, you’ll have the chance to see the Rufous-necked Hornbill, the Great Hornbill, the Himalayan Monal, and the Blyth’s Tragopan. It also has a good number of butterfly species to admire, including the Peacock Pansy, the Crimson Rose, and the Blue Mormon.
A few other protected areas that are worth special mentioning when it comes to bird watching are Zemithang, Sangti Valley, Nameri, Dirang, Mandala, and Eagle nest. Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or just looking to admire the beauty of nature, Arunachal Pradesh has something for everyone. So, pack your bags, grab your binoculars, and head out on this adventure of a lifetime!
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