Nameri National Park, Assam

Nameri is the most scenic National Park of Assam and is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It is adjoined by the Pakhui Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh on the north-eastern side. This national park is one of the thickest as well as the most threatened reservoirs of flora and fauna in the world. It covers an area of 200 sq. kms and also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344 Sq. km). It’s beautiful deciduous forests and the adjacent river jia Bhoreli, fringe the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This is therefore a popular stop en route to Bhalukpung in Arunachal, where anglers congregate to fish for the famous golden Mahseer. These deciduous forests are a mixture of tropical and semi-evergreen forests accompanied by cane and bamboo brakes along the river.

Animals found here are Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hispid hare, Slow Loris, Capped Langur, Dhole, Sloth Bear,Burmese ferret Badger, Binturong etc. The park is home to several rare bird species including the endangered White Winged Wood duck and a huge variety of butterflies, including the prized Atlas Moth, considered the largest moth in the world with a wing surface area of 400 sq.cms and a 25-30cm wingspan.

The eco region of the park is a part of the North Bank Landscape and is regarded as a Mega Biodiversity Hotspot of the Eastern Himalayas. It is known for having some of the world’s best plant functional type and complexity. The park experiences tropical monsoons causing an average annual rainfall of 3400 mm.

These deciduous forests are a mixture of tropical and semi-evergreen forests accompanied by cane and bamboo brakes along the river.

How to reach : Nameri National Park is 210 kms from Guwahati, 40 kms from Tezpur, 215 kms from Jorhat, 110 kms from Nowgong and 125 kms from Kaziranga.

Best season for visit : November to April

River Rafting: River Rafting down the river Kameng, which borders the Nameri National Park is a great experience. Rafting trips can be day long or can last just half a day. Nameri Eco Camp organize river rafting for you. The route is around 18KMs (duration 2-3 hrs) on serene Jia Bhoroli. You can also combine your rafting with a picnic (duration 4-5 hrs in this case) on the banks of Jia Bhoroli in between the rafting. This is one of the best activities you can do in entire Assam.

Jungle Walk: In addition to rafting, Nameri Eco Camp arranges for supervised jungle treks in the company of knowledgeable forest guides and armed forest guards. These jungle treks are an adrenalin rush as it allows you to get real close to a wild elephant. These treks are also a great way to spot the rare species of white-winged wood ducks and the great hornbills. In terms of cost, there is a small forest fee for entrance, trekking and for photography. The guide and guard charges are separate, but extremely nominal. You might want to tip the guard and guide depending on your satisfaction. These guys earn very less from the government and hence appreciate any amount of tip.

Nameri Eco Camp is the only place to stay near Nameri National Park. You can book your accommodation in advance by calling Ronit Roy at 91-9435145563 and/or Vinod Sharma at 91-9854019932/ 91-9859547605.

on +91-9854019932 or the landline number +91-3714 292644. Cost is around Rs 1800 per night. The camp could become fully booked on weekends or national holidays well in advance.

The Nameri Eco Camp is situated about 45 km from Tezpur and about 1 km from the banks of the Jia-Bhoroli river. It offers the shortest route into the Nameri National Park. The entire place is set amidst dense green surroundings. In terms of accommodation, they offer the tourist the options of luxury tented cottages, simple tented cottages and dormitories. Food is served at a common dining hall.