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Tipi highway

Views  of  W. Arunachal Pradesh

Images (Pakke)

 by     Ramana  Athreya

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              Images from the Highway above Tipi  and  Pakke (Khari area)  
              Links to images of other areas                 Pakke           Eaglenest          Dirang-Tawang

The Highway above Tipi

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Tipi highway
The Bomdila highway at Tipi
At the location of the camera, Pakke is to the immediate right of the road and Eaglenest to the immediate left. 15 km further on Sessa starts on the left side where Eaglenest terminates. Nechi Phu, the saddle point of the road above Bhalukpong is on the last ridge visible. The road climbs from 100m to 1730m with
a good mixture of badly degraded and primary forest patches, affording excellent roadside birding for one who does not have time to visit Eaglenest.
Tipi forest stream
The Tipi access into Pakke
One can walk across Pakke from Seijusa to Tipi over a few days and this path is the only access into the forest at Tipi. One has to first cross the Kameng river (look for ibisbills on the banks) and then follow a  forest dept guide into the forest. A couple of hours there gave us a blue-naped pitta, no less, once.
Sessa Peak
The Sessa Peak/Ridge
divides Sessa orchid sanctuary from Eaglenest and at 3500m is the highest point in the area. Unfortunately Sessa has few access trails into the forest and Eaglenest on the other side
is a better bet for the more serious birder.

Sessa roadside scrub
The scrub - primary forest juxtaposition
which we shall encounter again in the Eaglenest section is what makes this a prime birding area, i.e. apart from easy access across 3000m of altitude. Primary forest often has frustrating birding; extensive scrub usually only dishes out the commoner species -  but the ecotone between the two is superb for birders. Unfortunately a road also brings in a lot of human intervention, as is evident along the highway with extensive clear-felled patches where used to be dense forest just 10 years ago
Misty mountains
The Mountains of Mist - Hithaeglir
Early morning over the serried ranks of misty ridges from Nechi Phu (1730m), looking eastward into E. Kameng. The stretch has some very good cloud-forest along the road. Misty conditions prevail during most afternoons.


Pakke (Khari)

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Khari road
The forest road from Seijusa to Khari
passes  through excellent birding areas. The last couple of km (out of a total of 10 km) is along the bed of a forest stream. Jeeps can only traverse the road in winter. The rest of the year one has to depend on 2 legs (one's own) or 4 legs (forest dept elephants). Pygmy kingfishers, several forktail species, pied falconet and a host of other birds can be seen here.

Khari view - Khari river
Khari view - Lalong river Khari view - hills
Views from the Khari rest-house
Situated at a little elevation above the confluence of Lalong and Khari rivers the "viewing machan", complete with a tea table provides commanding views of the floodplains below and the hills in the distance;  except for a minor eyesore of a rusted electric pole. We saw a large herd of elephants on the river bed from the machan, while sipping tea,  during the last visit.

Lalong river
The Lalong river
The river (and stream) beds offer the main pathways for traversing the sanctuary - the Khari-Seijusa road is the only manmade jeep track in the reserve. Ward's trogons, Walk along the river banks scanning the forest edge, explore up the narrowing beds of streams which join the main rivers and follow the occasional animal trail.

Pakke images          Eaglenest images          Dirang-Tawang images

The  Eaglenest Biodiversity Project  was funded by a grant from the Rufford Foundation (UK) to Ramana Athreya.
The information contained herein may be freely used, provided that these webpages and/or the report (Athreya 2005)  are  appropriately cited. The images are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission from  Ramana Athreya
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13 March 2005
Kaati Trust
, Pune