One December weekend ,on our recent trip to Assam, we (the hubby and myself) decided to take the kids to a predominantly bird resort and probably less frequented than the Kaziranga. We had heard that it was a birders’ paradise.So we set off early at 7 in the morning in our rented car.We were headed towards the Nameri National Park Iwhich is home to more than 300 species of birds and hordes of elephants.
The drive was picturesque and I took in the beauty of the quaint little bamboo houses which had cute hand-made bamboo fencings with intricate designs.Almost every house had a small temple in the courtyard.The foliage was lush green and numerous water bodies scattered all over.Slowly ,we closed in on the hills and the population grew thinner as we approached Haathi Gate.From here, we took a right turn and reached our destination -The Eco Camp.The camp itself was breathtaking with tall deciduous trees and the sounds of the jungle.There were tents scattered round the camp and also a few quaint little thatched cottages for those who wanted to spend the night.
We ordered lunch and set out for rafting(which is not at all similar to what you experience in Rishikesh) on the river Jia Bhoroli .The river is also famous for Mahaseer fishing.We were taken to the rafting point on a small truck on which our raft was loaded..The site of the crystal clear waters,the gorgeous mountains and the chill in the air made us forget the bumpy ride we took to get here all morning.The naked beauty of the place is hard to describe and to capture.We travelled for 4 kms on the raft ,taking short breaks to explore the islands or to click some of the birds we saw.But actually unless you have a professional camera,it is impossible to take a shot of them.The kids too loved feeling the water once in a while and got all excited the moment they saw a bird.And we would ask them to shhhh ….as the bird would fly before we took a closer look at it.
After the rafting,we suddenly felt very hungry.We reached the camp to find the lunch which we had ordered before ,all ready to be served.The dining area of the camp was nicely furnished with dark bamboo furniture.The food was yummy and had local flavours .Perk was happy feeding morsels to a cat which had placed itself at her feet.The kids played around in the lush lawns for a while and I spent my time capturing the beauty of the place.The manager told us that every evening a bonfire is lit and the guests sit around it sipping their evening tea.
Though we did not see a lot of birds as we expected,yet the experience left us satisfied.I leave you with some pictures of our trip.