Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, Nameri National Park is a Heaven for wildlife lovers. Together with neighbouring Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. The Park covers an area of 1000 sq. km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland. In 1978, the government declared Nameri as reserve forest and in 1985 it was declared as a Wildlife sanctuary. The park checklist has over 233 species of birds, over 30 species of animals.
Nameri National Park is the last home to the White winged wood duck, the most endangered duck species in India. The periphery of the sanctuary 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.
The magical landscape of Nameri is well known and fabled for its wild elephants. Some of the other animals that can be seen here are the tiger, leopards, bisons, wild boars, black bears, capped langurs, sambar, hog deer, muntjac , Malayan giant squirrel and sloth bears.
Nameri National Park is home to 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. Nameri is a treasure chest with a different variety of butterflies hiding behind.
The Jia Bhoroli river that passing through the forest is the is home to many fish such as the mahseer, golden mahseer, saal mural, gorua goonch, korang and sundari Indian trout, chocolate mahseer.
Elephant Safari is the best way to see Nameri National Park
Famous for: White winged Wood Duck, Great Hornbill .
Special Attraction: Rafting at Jia- Bhoroli river.
Best Season: November to March.
Entry Fee: Rs. 20(For Indians) ; Rs. 250 (for Foreign Nationals).
Camera Fee: Rs. 50(For Indians) ; Rs. 500 (for Foreign Nationals).
Boating Charges*: Rs. 350/boat (For Indians) ; Rs. 550/boat (for Foreign Nationals). *Additional charges apply for boatmen.
Opening Hours: Nameri national park opens all day. Entry after sunset and before sunrise is not permitted.
Things to do in Nameri National Park
The summer season in Assam starts from the month of June and extends till the September . The season is characterized by humidity and frequent showers. Maximum temperature during summer is 38 degree Celsius. The climatic conditions are normally dry at Nameri.
The main rainy months are June, July, August, September.
The winter season start from December and last till February. In winter the lowest temperature is 4-10 degree Celsius.
Nameri National Park is 37 km from the Salonibari airport situated at Tezpur district.
The nearest railway station is Rangapara which is 21 km from Nameri. from the park in the Tezpur/Sonitpur district..
One can hire a private cab, auto or shared taxis from Tezpur town. Tezpur is very well connected to all major cities of Assam.
The distances to some important places are
Tezpur - 40 Km.
Guwahati is 220 Km.
Jorhat is 215 Km.
Nowgong - 110 Km.
Nameri -125 km.
Major tourist places near Nameri National Park are :
Situated at a distance of 25km from Nameri, Bhalukpong is a picturesque place located along the Kameng river in the border of Assam and Arunachal pradesh. It is a utopia for adventure lovers. Angling and river rafting are the preeminent activities in Bhalukpung. Pakhui Game Sanctuary and Tipi Orchidariurm which houses 2600 cultivated orchids from 80 different species is also located near Bhalukpong.
Situated at a distance of 157 km from Nameri, Itanagar is a scenic hill station and the working capital of Arunachal Pradesh well known for unique culture and hospitality of the different tribes. Situated on the foothill of majestic Himalaya spread like a carpet of green hills with a very pleasant atmosphere all round the year. Ganga lake, Ita fort, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and a Buddhist Gompa Kyong Theraveda are the charm of Itanagar.
Orang National Park
Situated at a distance of 98km from Nameri located on the north bank of Brahmaputra river Rajiv Gandhi orang National park is located. Which is another home to world famous one-horned rhinoceros. It houses different mammals such as pigmy hog, elephants, wild buffalo, tiger, leopard, sambar, barking deer, varieties of water birds, green pigeon in its flat topography of semi evergreen forest..
Bordowa the birthplace of the founder of neo-vaishnavisim, Saint Sankar Deva, a very sacred place visited by thousands of devotees' all round the year. The footprint of Sankar Deva preserve here. A pond full with fish of different type is located nearby. A small museum is also housed near the Satra which preserve the books written by Sankar deva in a special leaf called "sasi pat". Batradraba(Bordowa) is the centre of his core ethical values and spiritual realization.
Located at a distance of 220 Km. from Nameri, Guwahati is the biggest city in Northeast India. Situated at the shores of the turbulent Brahmaputra river, the city is the commercial capital of the entire region. Guwahati is a vital tourist base point, besides being an attraction in its own Guwahati has several places of historical interest and tourist attraction.
Nameri national park map