The Nameri National Park is situated in the Sonitpur district of Assam, about 35 km from Tezpur.
The area was set up as a sanctuary in 1985 with an area of 137 sq. km. Later in 1998, another 75 sq. km were added to the total area and it was accorded the status of a national park.
The park stretches along the banks of the beautiful Himalayan river, Jia Bhoroli, which was once known for its thriving population of the golden Mahseer. The park has lost much of its charm owing to negligence and other reasons, but the eastern bank of the Jia Bhoroli still has patches of natural forest that provide habitat to the myriad variety of fauna, both animals and birds.
Wildlife Attractions in Nameri National Park
The floral wealth of the park is extremely diverse and a significant part of its ecosystem. Some of the commonly found tree species include Bombax ceiba, Dalbergia sisoo, Sterculia villosa, Trewia nudiflora, Zizypphus jujuba, Litsaea polyantha, etc. Among the non aquatic grassland species the prominent are Phragmites karka, Arundo donax, Imperata cylindrical and Saccarum.
Nameri provides refuge to a number of rare animal and bird species, prominent among those are Tiger, Black bear, elephant, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Indian Bison, Pangolin, Indian wild dog, deer, Civet Cat, Capped Langur and Jackals.
Various species of avifauna found here include white winged wood duck, four species of Hornbill, butterflies and reptiles
There are no motorable roads so you will have to hire a boat to get across the river, from where a hike through the forest will reveal amazing beauty and other wild secrets of the area. It is advisable to reach the park early as boats may not be available at noon.
The hill town of Bhalukpong in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is situated at a short distance from Nameri. An exciting getaway option, the place is an excellent destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, hikers, rafters and anglers.
How to Get There
By Air :
Tezpur is the nearest airport. Indian Airlines connects Tezpur to Kolkata (Dep. 11:30, Thu, Sat)
By Rail :
Rangapara is the nearest railhead, about 21 km from the park, while it will be a good option to travel to some of the nearer cities and then take a connecting train to Rangapara from there.
By Road :
Regular buses connect the place to Tezpur, which is also connected to other major cities of Assam. Buses plying between Guwahati and Itanagar can be boarded to reach Baliapara, just 20 km from Nameri. Cars can also be hired from Guwahati, which are generally available for Rs. 1200/day plus fuel.
Distances from Major Cities
Travel Tips/Important Information
- Park charges are Entry Fee : Rs. 20 (Indians) & Rs. 250 (foreigners), Still Camera : Rs. 50 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners), Boat Hire : Rs. 350 (Indians) & Rs. 550 (foreigners) (Rs. 100 each for two boatmen)
- The forest guard also doubles up as a guide.
- The park remains open from sunrise to sunset.
- Carry all the essentials along including seasonal clothing and prescribed medicine.
- Do not wear flashy clothes and avoid strong perfumes that would attract wild animals.