Tuesday, 30 August 2016



In the Sonitpur District of Assam, India there is the third national park which is about 40 kilometres from Tezpur and 235 kilometres from Guwahati is known as Nameri National Park. It is in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and linked up with The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh on its North-Eastern point. Both the National Park covers the area of over 1000 kms. The Forests are soggy deciduous forests with cane & bamboo brakes, half-evergreen and narrow pieces of open meadow long rivers.  Nameri National Park is also famous of getting over 300 species of birds and termed as “Birder’s Paradise”.

In the Eastern Himalayas Nameri National Park is located. Adjoining northern boundary with Pakhui National Park (810 sq. km) it is 200 sq. km in area. Nameri is really on the edge of a huge wilderness area. Nameri National Park and Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary has been declared as Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. You need to cross the snow-fed Bhorelli River to reach the Park and walks are permitted (which is not permitted in Kaziranga NP).  The habitat is diverse more close to Manas National Park (which can also be visited nowadays).  Sighting of wild animals is difficult but over 350 species of birds’ dwelling place. Known to be a good place to sight the White-winged Wood Duck, you can view Wreathed hornbill, Ibis bill (uncommon), Sultan Tit, Ruddy Kingfisher, White-throated Fantails,  Yellow-bellied and Long-billed Ringed Plover.

By tradition acknowledged for its Golden Mahseer. The Bhorelli flows along the southern periphery of the Park. Its record on rod and line was a 24.5 kg (52lb) golden Mahseer. Now Angling is not permitted and banned. November is the best time to visit as well as during February & March. Angling is now banned.

There are several places to stay Wild Mahseer Lodge [Addabarie Tea Estate]. This is a 62 year planter’s bungalow owned by George Williamson Ltd but now recently open to visitors. The tea estate is known as Addabarrie Tea Estate. And lies 25 km north of Tezpur. The Nameri National Park is 18 km (good road) away. (25 minutes). The other is Eco Camp which is a tented camp facility and good and lies near the Park's entry (walking distance). So does Jia Bhorelli Camp situated next to Eco Camp. Near these two camps the capped langur is easily sighted.

If you stay in Eco Camp suggested that on arrival opt for boating on River Jia Bhorelli.  First drive by surface from Eco Camp or whichever lodge will be organizing your boating towards Bhalukpong. The road is horrible and needs major repairs it is the only road leading to Bomdila (occupied by the Chinese in 1962) Tawang and the important Arunachal district of West Kameng. 

It was this very route by which the Dalai Lama fled Tibet. It takes forty minutes on this bad road to the boat launching point upstream.  Get on to a specialized rubber dinghy at 16th Mile (oared by expert boatmen) and ride downstream for 2 and half hours.  Key species include Ibis bill along the shingle banks, the rare wintering Long-billed Plover, Crested Kingfisher, Great Thick-knee, Pallas’s Fish-eagle, Small Pratincole and Great-crested Grebe.  Other species include White-capped Water-redstart, Daurian and Hodgson’s Redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, etc. Disembark and return to Eco Camp by car while returning dusk sets in and vocalizing of brown fish owl and brown hawk owl can be heard and large tailed night jar can be sighted. A day's programme could be of this nature: -   before breakfast at 5.30 am onward to cross the river (by wooden boat). Nameri National Park cannot be approached by vehicles as it is so located that you need to approach it from the south and the River Bhorelli flows along its southern periphery. Disembark at Potasali 400 m from river bank. After a short casual walk (1 km) it will take 20-30 minutes as birding activity will be entailed in this woodland. Usually birders go to Moniram Beel narrow small water body inside the woodland and try to view white winged wood duck. Return for breakfast. After breakfast you could skip this and proceed to Guwahati airport max 4 hours.

The route from Kaziranga to Nameri presents a diversity of rural scape. You will come across wet grassland landscape tea garden, you will get a short stretch of hill road, woodland and will cross the Brahmaputra by way of a surface bridge. (To reach this point from our place will take 1 hour 10 minutes) From Kaziranga you will move west for 45 km and then take the road north cross the Brahmaputra and will by-pass a town called Tezpur situated on banks of the river having hillocks and 6th-8th century AD stone ruins with rock inscriptions of civilized settlement. From Tezpur town he will move north towards the Eastern Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh and about another 34 km you will arrive Nameri area.

Reasons To Visit:

1.      Since Jai Bhoroli River flowing through Nameri National Park and it is symbolized by hills of deciduous forests there is a reason to visit.
2.      As a Birder’s paradise of more than 300 species of birds found in the Park. Four species of Hornbills, Bee Eaters, Babblers, Barbets, Ibis, Plovers, Bills, and large quantity of Mainas etc. are found in the national park.
3.      The total world population of 700 White Winged Wood Duck, alone in Nameri National Park it is found 50 in numbers. White Winged Wood Duck is a rare and endangered species.
4.      Nameri National Park is also known as the residence of Assam Roof Turtle, Multicoloured butterflies and insects like the Lantern fly etc.
5.      If one talks about Mahseer angling than it is related with Jai Bhoroli River of Assam which is the home of the Golden Mahseer. Any angler if catches The Tiger of Indian Rivers it is being prized (Subject to permit issued).
6.      Often we have heard about Jeep Safari but seldom one hears WALKING SAFARI. I call it one of the reasons to visit Nameri National Park is to have Walking Safari to the National Park to a point from where you can see the birds, animals etc.

Know It:

Permits: It is mandatory to take permit if anyone wishes to do angling which has to be booked in advance. Documents required are ID proof passport copy (overseas and Indian Nationals), voters ID, Pan Card, driving license}.

Domestic tourist can get up early morning and go for WALKING SAFARI. The vehicle will take you to Jai Bhoroli River; a small boat will take the other side of the river, you have to walk for fifteen on the sand & reach the National Park Check Point. And from there again half an hour walks to enter into the National Park till the watch tower. Spent one hour inside the forest on the top of watch tower and see the birds and butterflies. Don’t forget to take a binocular while going for WALKING SAFARI.

There are only 3 options to stay at night in Nameri National Park. A group of more than 30-35 persons is not possible t accommodate at one time.

NAMERI ECO CAMP: This is the best possible camp / tent where we can accommodate the guest. The total number of inventory is 12 tents of different sizes. One family can easily stay in each tent. There is also a large playing area for the children with children amenities. The staffs are very friendly and service no issue.

JAI BHORALI WILD RESORT: The second option is Jai Bhoroli Wild Resort with separate cottages scattered in a large area. Entrance is very good and the guest will love to see at first sight. The rooms are average in size and maximum 3 people can easily accommodate in the cottages. The total inventory is 8 cottages.

WILD MAHESEER: This is one the premium property near Nameri National Park for the guest to stay. But this is little far from the National Park. It takes approx. 40 minutes to reach to the national park from the resort. The rooms are like Bungalows which has given different names. Mostly for Luxury packages this bungalows are recommended to stay. Or one can provide accommodation on demand. 


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