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Photo: Nameri Eco Camp.

The state of Assam in northeast India is often referred to as the 'land of magic'. Assam has been given this name due to its amazing richness of natural wealth - exotic orchids, dense evergreen forests, a constant background orchestra of bird song... Nameri National Park, located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, straddles the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Located 181 km. from Guwahati, it is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna.

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Best Season

The best time of the year to visit the Nameri National Park is from November to March. The winter months are pleasant during the day and the weather is normally dry, except for the rains during October and April. Assam can also get extremely cold and temperatures drop to single digits in December and April.

Accommodation

Sanctuary Asia encourages sustainability in travel, so you can choose from one of the TOFTigers, PUG eco-certified lodges in the park vicinity and help sustain this destination.

Nameri Eco Camp – Near the Jia Bhoroli River Gate

The Assam Tourism Department provides accommodation at the tourist lodges at Bhalukpong, located around 21 km. from the park. Contact Assam Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Dr. B. Baruah Road, Guwahati – 781007. Tel.: 0361-454570/ 454421; Fax: 0361-454570; E-mail: astdcorpn@sancharnet.in This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Potasali Eco-Camp is another option. They also offer delicious food. Contact Eco-Camp, Potasali Village, Tarajan, P.O. Gamani, Sonitpur District, Assam, India, Tel.: 913714-44246.

Accommodation at the Nameri National Park is normally in the form of tented camps with modern toilets. Amenities are basic and toilets are not attached.

Transport

By Air: Nameri National Park is nearest to the Saloni airport at Sonitpur district, about 10 km. from Tezpur, which is 35 km. from the Nameri National Park. Tezpur is located 181 km. from Guwahati, the capital of Assam. Domestic airlines such as Indian Airlines, etc. connect Guwahati to all major Indian cities.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Rangapara which is 81 km. from the park in the Sonitpur district.

By Road: If one is staying at Tezpur, regular buses shuttle to and from there to the park. Tezpur is very well connected to all major cities of Assam. In the Park: Inside the Nameri National Park, one can travel by boat, on elephant back or on foot (accompanied by a forest guard).

Nameri National Park is home to a sizeable number of elephants. Tigers also roam these forests. The leopard is another predator that lays its claim to the plentiful prey in the form of sambar, hog deer, bison, muntjac, wild boar, capped langur and the Malayan giant squirrel. The sloth bear, Himalayan black bear and the highly endangered hispid hare are also found here. Wild dogs or dhole may often be seen in packs. Nameri National Park also houses a wide variety of rare reptiles such as the Assam roof turtle Kachuga sylhetensis or the Khasi hill terrapin, once believed to be extinct and rediscovered at Nameri in 1992. Among insects found here is the atlas moth with a wingspan of an incredible 10 inches, and many butterflies.

The Jia Bhoroli river is home to many fish such as the mahseer, golden mahseer, saal mural, gorua goonch, korang and sundari Indian trout, chocolate mahseer. As many as 233 species of birds have been recorded at Nameri, making it a great place for birdwatchers. The highly endangered White-winged Wood Duck has been spotted in Nameri's riverine forests. The avian diversity includes species such as the Ibisbill, Ruddy Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher and the very rare Green Cochoa. Four species of hornbills, bee eaters, barbets, babblers, bulbuls and plovers are found here. Other water birds such as the Great Stone Plover, Mallard Pochard and Brahminy ducks are often sighted. King Vultures, Fishing Eagles, Black-necked Storks and other resident and migratory birds are also seen here. While traveling through the forests, Wreathed Hornbills may be seen flying overhead. The Ferruginous Duck has been recorded in small numbers in Nameri since 1995.

Situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, on the banks of the splendid Jia Bhoroli river, Nameri is a patchwork of forest and wetlands. Against a hilly backdrop, across the snow-filled waters of the Jia Bhoroli river, Nameri lies remote, inaccessible and incredibly wild. It is flanked on the west by the Balipara Reserve Forest.

The forests of Nameri National Park comprise dense semi-evergreen forests, riverine tracts and moist deciduous forests. Cane and bamboo also grows in the Nameri National Park. You would encounter the most breathtaking variety of wild orchids at Nameri.

Travelling through the Nameri National Park is normally on elephant back or by taking boat rides on the Jia Bhoroli river. Trekking inside the Nameri National Park is a great experience but must visitors must be accompanied by an experienced forest guard.

Photo: Nameri Eco Camp.

The Nameri National Park is adjacent to the Pakhui National Park and about 238 km. away from the Kaziranga National Park.

Near the Jia Bhoroli river, the Potasali camping facility was set up in 1994. The Potasali Eco-camp is a joint effort of the Department of Forests and Wildlife, Government of Assam and the Assam (Bhoroli) Angling and Conservation Association with financial support provided by the North Eastern Council. The Potasali Eco-Camp arranges safaris conducted by the wildlife department on elephant back.

The Bhoroli river is fast flowing and is full of exciting rapids. The Potasali Eco-Camp organises rafting trips on rubber rafts, and provides experienced rafting guides on a 20 km. stretch of the Bhoroli river. Rafting is thus an exciting way to see the Nameri National Park, as animals are often seen drinking water by the river.

A birding visit to Nameri National Park alone would require at least two days. For those inclined, a visit to the nearby tea estates could be interesting.

The best way to explore Nameri is "on foot", but one must be accompanied by a forest guard while trekking inside the park.

A sun hat and good canvas shoes and boots are a must.Loud music or conversation is a disturbance.Harming the endangered fauna of the Nameri National Park is forbidden as the area protects a great variety of exotic species. During winter, it is essential to carry warm clothes for the mornings and evenings and cotton wear during the day. Khaki-coloured or olive-green clothing is advisable as it would easily blend into the surroundings. Binoculars, camera and a torch are essential. For angling in the Jia Bhoroli, prior permission must be sought from the Assam government. Jungle Travels India Pvt. Ltd. can make the arrangements, though angling equipment needs to be carried. Foreigners do not require any additional permit, except for a visa to enter India.

Useful Contacts

Directorate of Tourism, Government of Assam, Station Road, Guwahati – 781001. Tel.: 0361-547102/ 542748; Fax: 0361-547102.

Tourist Information Centre, Government of Assam, Assam House, 8, Russell Street, Kolkata – 700 071. Tel.: 033-2295094.

Deputy Director of Tourism, Tourist Information Centre, Government of Assam, B-1 Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Emporia Complex, New Delhi – 110 001. Tel.: 011-3345897.

Assam (Bhoroli) Angling & Conservation Association, C/o Tezpur Station Club Ltd., Tezpur – 784001. Tel.: 03712-20004; E-mail: assamangling@yahoo.com

The Nameri National Park, located in Assam, shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. Nameri was established as a sanctuary on September 18, 1985 with an area of 137 sq. km., which was originally a part of Naduar Reserve Forest. Major ornithological surveys in this sanctuary were carried out in May 1995, when the White-winged Duck was recorded here. This sighting, along with the observation of healthy populations of tigers and elephants, resulted in Nameri being upgraded in February 1997 from a sanctuary to a National Park with an area of 200 sq. km. In 1999, Pakhui-Nameri was declared an interstate tiger reserve under Project Tiger. The Nameri National Park is surrounded by Assamese and Mising tribal villages. The tribes people, mostly graziers, live in houses on stilts. They have a rich cultural heritage and are also engaged in handloom and weaving.

 
 
 

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