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Pakke - Lalong river
Lalong river above Khari  in Pakke Tiger Reserve 

Western Arunachal Pradesh

Pakke Tiger Reserve 

 by     Ramana  Athreya

        Page content
             Birding Areas
             Boarding & Lodging
             Contact Addresses
             Entry Permits
             General Information
Link to landscape images
             Map of the area

General Information

Area  :   862 sq. km    
Altitude  :
100-2000m (accessible 100-300m)  
Lat-Long  :
 27.1N  93E, in E. Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India  
See map
Reserve HQ/ Entry points  :  Seijusa1/ Seijusa1 and Tipi  
Vegetation Type
 :  lowland evergreen forest, shingle banks, farmland, plantations. Though Pakke and Kaziranga are both at very low elevations the vegetation is very different and therefore so are the birds.
Best Season - Birds  :  November-March (April)
Best Season - butterflies/herps  :  monsoon, especially May and October. Butterflies were active even in December but not in April.

Speciality Birds  :  jerdon's baza, pied falconet, white-cheeked hill-partridge, grey peacock-pheasant, elwe's crake, ibisbill, emerald cuckoo, red-headed trogon, green-pigeon spp., forest eagle-owl, wreathed and great hornbills, collared and long-tailed broadbills, blue-naped pitta, lesser shortwing, white-browed shortwing, daurian redstart, leschenault's forktail, lesser necklaced laughing-thrush, silver-eared leiothrix, white-bellied yuhina, yellow-bellied flycatcher-warbler, sultan tit, ruby-cheeked sunbird, maroon oriole, crow-billed drongo,

Birding Areas

Seijusa1  : 2-4 days
1. Garden and woodland around the Forest Dept complex
2. Farmland and scrub, 2-4 km up to and beyond Seijusa2
3. Woodland and open scrub across the river around the FRH and animal enclosures
4. Shingle banks of the river
5. Forest along the first 2 km of the Khari road

: 2-4 days
1. Forest-edge around the FRH
2. 2-3 km of the road towards Seijusa,
3. Forest edge along streams and rivers.
4. Animal trails into the forest
Khari has a wonderful view. There are few experiences to beat sitting on the platform in the evening, pleasantly tired after a great day of birding, with a hot cup of tea and snacks and watching a large elephant herd ford the river below while emerald and rufous-bellied plaintive cuckoos are trying to raise the dead in the tree behind. In 1994, our evening ritual during a full week was to welcome a flock each of both broadbills as they settled in the vicinity for the night! Spot-bellied eagle-owls have been seen in the area as well.

Tipi :  1-2 days
1. Roadside birding along the highway
2. The river below the FRH
3. Cross the river and follow the trail into the forest

Boarding & Lodging

Seijusa1 (Grade 3) : Furnished FRH (4 people) just outside the Park. CCC! Camping?  Power supply erratic.
Khari  (Grade 5) : furnished FRH (4 people). Camping? CCC! No electrical power.
Tipi  (Grade 4) : furnished FRH (4 people). Camping? 
CCC! Has electrical power.
Bhalukpong (Grade 3) : several IBs (?), 5 km from Tipi. Also a couple of very basic hotels and restaurants.
See   town grade  and   accommodation  descriptions


As of now, there is no contact person around Pakke itself for making arrangements for visitors but we are in the process of identifying interested persons.  Forest Dept officials have been very helpful in the past in hiring vehicles and camp staff locally. Mr. Indi Glow of Tenga may be requested to make arrangements here as well.
More Information on the area  :   Ramana Athreya email  (rathreya at ncra . tifr . res . in)
Bird Tours  :   Kaati Tours  & Mr. Indi Glow (President, Bugun Welfare Society)   
       Mr. Glow   :   Tenga Market, Tenga, W. Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, Ph 
       Kaati Tours   :     Ph  +91-2132-245770   email    (kaati_tours at vsnl . net)

Entry Permits

Arunachal entry permits are required for both Indians and foreigners and are checked at Seijusa1. The Circle Officer at Seijusa2 can issue fresh permits to extend the stay (for Indians only).
Forest entry permits
are issued by the Divisional Forest Officer,  Pakke Tiger Reserve, Seijusa. E. Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Phone +91-3778-222229 (off), 222230 (res). He is also the authority for alloting the FRH and permission to camp.



Walking inside the park is permitted if accompanied by a forest guard.  The only vehicle track inside the sanctuary is between Khari and Seijusa. All other areas have to be accessed on foot or on an elephant.

Seijusa1 : 1-2 buses daily between Seijusa2 and Tezpur.  Vehicles can be rented in Tezpur (Rs. 700-1000 for a drop-off), Balipara and Chaibari (shared jeeps Rs. 25 or a full vehicle for Rs. 300-500). Chaibari, locally pronounced Soibari, is on the Tezpur-Itanagar highway and  is a request stop for all buses plying that road.
Khari : The Pakke bridge was washed away last monsoon but one can ford the river on foot, by jeep  or forest Dept elephants, depending on the flow and continue in the same mode to Khari 10 km away (Rs. 500 for elephant or jeep). One could send the baggage by elephant and walk the distance - excellent birding along the track.
: is on the Tezpur - Bomdila highway with several daily buses from Tezpur and Itanagar. Shared and rental jeeps ply from Tezpur, Balipara and Bhalukpong.

Visiting these 3 areas by public transport will necessitate a travel overhead of 3-4 days. With a private vehicle the travel component will be 1 day.
See also  transport in W. Arunachal

Tezpur - Balipara 
24 km;
Balipara to  :  Chaibari 19 km,  Itakhola  23 km,  Seijusa1 41 km,  Seijusa2  44 km.
Balipara to  :  Bhalukpong  36 km,  Tipi  41 km.



Seijusa1 has the Arunachal entry police checkpost, the Forest Dept offices and a couple of shops only; get down here for Pakke. The main village, Seijusa2, is about 3 km further up the road.

Nameri National Park of Assam is contiguous with Pakke Tiger Reserve, lying just across the Assam-Arunachal state border at both Seijusa1 and Khari.


Map of Pakke Tiger Reserve and its surroundings
click here for  map details  and an  overview of W. Arunachal

Pakke Map


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
The author would appreciate an email from people, scientists and tourists alike, who found these webpages useful.

13 March 2005
Kaati Trust
, Pune