A birdwatching guide to the easternmost town of mainland India, a virgin part of Arunachal Pradesh ruled by rare and endemic avians
Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the dawn-lit mountains, and bordering China, Walong is the easternmost town of mainland India. Unscathed tropical forests, alpine meadows, shrubby woods, bamboo groves, sloping grasslands, deep gorges, and the Lohit river—all co-exist in varying hues of blue, yellow and emerald in Walong, often interspersed with dense fog. An administrative circle falling under the newly-created Anjaw District, Walong lies 90km north of Hawai (the district headquarters of Anjaw District). Diphu Pass (near the India-China-Myanmar tri-junction) is just 60km north of Walong.
Parts of Walong (1094m) fall under Dichu Reserve Forest. It is an important bird area (IBA), harbouring over 250 bird species. Besides several eastern Himalayan species, few bird species found in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of the People's Republic of China, such as the Yunnan Nuthatch, Sichuan Leaf Warbler, Daurian Redstart and Derbyan Parakeet are also sighted here.
The serene wilderness of Walong is extremely attractive for nature lovers, ornithologists and researchers. Birding along the turquoise Lohit river is genuine solace for the soul.
Walong is a magical destination where unscathed tropical forests, alpine meadows, shrubby woods, bamboo groves and sloping grasslands co-exist in varying hues of blue, yellow and emerald.
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