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DIRANG TAWANG

This sprawling region spread over 2 districts is not part of any protected area and is situated at an altitude of 1500-4300+ m (all of it accessible by road). It is situated over two states namely W. Kameng & Tawang districts, Arunachal Pradesh. The main locations are Dirang (W. Kameng) and Jang (Tawang)
This region, spread over 2 districts, is situated at an altitude of 1500-4300+ m (all of it accessible by road). It is situated over two states namely W. Kameng & Tawang districts, Arunachal Pradesh. The primary locations are Dirang (W. Kameng) and Jang (Tawang) Area comprised of dry inner valleys, cultivation, temperate broad-leaved and conifer forests, scrub, and alpine meadows. Best Season for Birds are April-June & October-December, depending on snowfall Some of the specialty birds: Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Black-necked Crane, Long-billed Plover, Grandala, Alpine Accentor, Eyebrowed Thrush, White-throated Redstart, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Coal Tit, Rufous-bellied Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Red-headed Bullfinch, Red-Billed ChoughBIRDING AREAS
Dirang (W. Kameng) Sangti Valley: (1600m). Dry valley with pine forest and cultivation. The only regular black-necked crane wintering area in India (1-10 birds in late November-February only)
Mandala – Sela ridge road: (2200-3700m). Temperate broad-leaved forest and scrub, extensive conifer stands and summer pastures. Sela Ridge: 3500-4500m. Demarcates the W. Kameng – Tawang district border. Treeline vegetation (conifers, birch and rhododendron, dwarf scrub) and alpine meadows. The highway itself has decent roadside birding between Baisakhi (8 km beyond Sengay) and Sela Pass and also further beyond on the Jang side. A road goes off from the Pass to Chabre La and then to B.J.Gompa. This passes through extensive alpine meadows and tree-line vegetation.
Jang – Rama Spur road: : F2800-3800+m. Temperate bamboo, fir and rhododendron forests with clearings. The road begins to descend beyond the highest point at 3800m. But one can climb higher on foot.
Jang (Tawang) Jang – B.J.Gompa road: 2800-4300m. Temperate bamboo, broad-leaved and fir forests; alpine meadows. The entire road is open during summer; snow conditions determine access rest of the year, when it gets quite chancy above 3500m.
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