Nameri National Park is situated in Sonitpur district of Assam in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Nameri National Park was declared a National Park in 1998 and a Tiger Reserve in 1999-2000. Nameri shares its northern boundaries with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh and has an area of 200 sq kms of their collective 1000 sq kms.
Jia Bhorali is a major river that flows along the southern boundaries of the park. The river increases the beauty of the park in manifolds. It is ideal for angling, rafting and is one of the many reasons tourists visit Nameri.
The state bird of Assam, the endangered white-winged duck ( Asarcornis Scutulata) is spotted here in the park. 374 species of migratory birds have been recorded in the park in 2005. Ibisbill and Merganser are two species of birds which visit the park every year. The great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork, babblers, plovers can also be found in Nameri National Park. Birdwatching is another activity one can experience in Nameri National Park.
Nameri is home to many wild elephants because of the vegetation types available here. The habitat is also perfect for tiger, leopard, hog deer, sambar, dhole, gaur, clouded leopard, leopard cat, barking deer, wild boar, sloth bear, marbled cat, Himalayan black bear, capped langur, and Indian giant squirrel.
How to reach:
Nameri National Park is around 35 kms from Tezpur, and 204.5 kms from Guwahati.
If you are traveling by flight then Rowriah airport, Jorhat is the nearest airport. Take a connecting flight from Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati to Rowriah airport and then take a cab to Nameri. Or you can choose to book a cab directly from Guwahati.
Rangapara is the nearest railway station for those traveling by train.
What to do:
Nature trails/Trekking at the park
One can explore the park by trekking along the nature trails. You will be accompanied by an armed forest guard for these trails who will take you along the thick forest and dry riverbeds.
Rafting at Jia Bhorali river
Rafting at the rocky waters of Jia Bhorali river is the most popular activity in Nameri National Park. You have to pay a minimal Govt tax of INR 300 plus INR 50 per person. Rafts are made available by the hotels with boatman at the cost of around INR 1200 as boat charges, and around INR 500 as boatman fee.
A trip to Bhalukpong
The picturesque border town of Bhalukpong is only around 26.4 kms away from Nameri National Park. Bhalukpong is a small town in west Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh which is a very popular picnic site.
Tezpur, one of the popular tourist destinations of Asssm is only 35 kms away from Nameri National Park. Tezpur is a town with rich cultural heritage and has many places of tourist interest. There’s history, mythology and folklore related to this beautiful town.
Sonitpur is famous for the tea estates, both big and small. Notable among them are Dhekiajuli Tea Estate and Wild Mahseer. Take a tour of these estates, visit their factory and find out how tea is processed. You can taste your favourite tea in the midst of this greenery and even carry a few samples of Assam tea back home. Wild Mahseer with its heritage bungalow offers boutique accommodation to tourists on prior booking.
Local village tour
Mishing is an ethnic community in Assam with a culture and history of their own. There are a few Mishing villages in Sonitpur. Their customs and traditions are very unique and lively, and their cuisine and dress are their highlight. You can take a guided tour of an ethnic local Mishing village and experience their delicious food.
Where to Stay:
Nameri Eco Camp
Eco-friendly tents and cottage accommodations are provided at Nameri Eco Camp which is the most popular lodging near Nameri National Park. The eco-camp gives you the most natural experience of life in a village with all basic amenities.
White Winged Camp
White-winged Camp also provides eco-friendly tents and cottage accommodations. The hotel also provides jungle trekking and rafting activities.
Wild Mahseer is a tea garden heritage bungalow of the British Assam period spread across 22 acre land. This is like a homestay of the Balipara division of Adabarrie Tea Estate, with 3 rooms available for accommodation on prior booking.
Jia Bhorali Wild Resort
Jia Bhorali has 19 well furnished rooms with modern amenities and provides WiFi connectivity. The hotel is situated at a distance of 40 kms from Rangapara railway station.