Namdapha National Park is home to various wild animals and is blessed with incredible natural beauty. The national park is about 1985.23 sq km, and three significant rivers add vitality to the land. The nearest town is Margherita which is 62 km from the national park. The national park is famous for its beautiful varieties of spices and vegetation.
The cold weather and the stability of the temperature give the animals to have comfortable days. However, being a hilly area, the place always remains crowded with colorful birds and vivacity.
Apart from birds, there are elephants, Wild Goat, Gibbon, Assamese Macaque, Mongoose, Musk Deer, Takin, Goral, and many rodents like squirrels, porcupines, etc.
History of Namdapha National Park
The national park gained popularity during the Second World War, mainly due to its rich biodiversity. Finally, in 1972, Namdapha was founded as a wildlife sanctuary. Furthermore, in 1983, it was declared a National Park and Tiger Reserve. Several refugee immigrants call this park their home. Today, the park is one of the main attractions of Arunachal Pradesh.
Different vegetation makes the park an ideal location for several rare animal species such as clouded leopards, snow leopards, tigers, Himalayan bears, and common leopards. Some of the large predators of this jungle are Asiatic black bears, wolves, and dholes. Red panda, marbled cat, some mongoose, common palm civet, masked palm civet, red fox, small Indian civet, and Oriental small-clawed otter are all small carnivores. The park also houses several herbivores, such as common goral, bharal, forest musk deer, hog deer, sambar, wild elephant boar, etc. One can also spot as many as 7 kinds of non-human primates, including Assamese Macaques, Stump-tailed macaque, Capped Langurs, and Hoolock Gibbons. These animals make wildlife safari in Namdapha a memorable experience.
Namdapha also boasts of housing as many as 425 species, whereas many birds are still being discovered in the higher areas of the park. The park has 5 Hornbill species, rare Snowy-throated Babbler, Green Cochoa, Rufous-throated Hill-partridge Rufous-necked Hornbill, White-cheeked hill partridge, White-winged Wood Duck, and more.
Many plants found here are endemic, endangered, and rare species. For example, Vanda caerulea, Abies delavayi, Pinus merkusii, Amentotaxus, Cephalotaxus and Larix, fern Cyathea sp, Paphiopedilum fairrieanum can be found here..
Safari in Namdapha National Park
Jeep safari in Namdapha is not available as the area is mainly known as a paradise for bird watching. This park is home to over 400 species, including some rare ones. The sound of the motor vehicles can disturb the avifauna species; therefore, jeep safaris are not allowed by the reserve management.
Permits– Two permits are required for visiting Namdapha National Park- one is Inner Line Permit for entry into Arunachal Pradesh state. The other is a tourist permit, given at the Field Director's Office, Namdapha National Park, for entering Namdapha.
Attractions of Namdapha
Miao Mini Zoo– Located opposite the Miao museum, close to the office of the Field Director, Miao mini zoo houses several primates of Namdapha. You can spot animals like slow loris, Assamese macaques, pig-tailed macaque, and hoolock gibbons. Leopard cats and porcupines are the other small mammals, and the Himalayan palm civet is the small carnivore. The other attractions are barking deer, sambar, ghariyal, and black bears.
Miao Museum– Taken care of by the Namdapha park authorities, Miao Museum is placed near the Field Director's Office. The prime highlight is the rooms where animal specimens from Namdapha and the adjoining arrears have been collected for decades. There are specimens of frog and snake, mammal pelts, skulls, and bird skins. Another attraction here is the skeleton of an enormous python. There is another room where the local people's tools, daily utility items, and clothes are on display. The museum is open on all working days.
Raja Jheel – There is a path away from the road between Firm base and Hornbill, right before Rani Jeehl, leading to Raja Jheel in the buffer zone. Both the jheels are around an hour's walk away. Though Raja Jheel is a forest swamp with overgrown vegetation, several colorful bird species can be spotted here. The walk further from the jheel towards the mountains is a difficult one. There is a small stream 20 minutes' walk away from Rani jheel. This spot is famous for camping in Namdapha.
Moti Jheel – 10 miles away from the forest department campsite is Moti jheel, a small natural pool on the top of Gibbon's Land plateau. The walkway to the jheel is steep but has a lush forest. This path is also perfect for bird watching. Visitors can plan this leisure walk.
Gandhigram: Locally known as Shidi, Gandhigram is the largest settlement near Namdapha. This well-planned hamlet has traditional Chang houses erected in rows along parallel streets.
Vijaynagar: Located at around 18 km from Gandhigram, Vijaynagar is the base where the Assam Rifles are stationed. The Indian Air Force also maintains an advanced landing ground (ALG)
Other Activities in Namdapha:
- River crossing
- Elephant ride
- Boat Ride
Best time to Visit - October to March is the best time for visiting the park.
How to reach Namdapha
By Air: The nearest airport is Mohanbari airport in Dibrugarh, around 160 km away from the national park. For better and regular connectivity, there is Guwahati airport.
By Rail: Tinsukia railway station in Assam is the nearest railhead.
By Road: The road journey between Dibrugarh and Miao is around six hours. You pass places like Tinsukia, Digboi, Margherita, Ledo, Jagun, Namchik, and Kharsang. Overnight buses are also offered from Guwahati by several private bus companies. These buses start their journey in the afternoon and arrive in Jagun early the next morning. From here, Miao is a 2-hour drive away. Hiring taxis are another option.
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