Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of Himalayas, in the Sonitpur District, Assam. It is about 9 km from Chariduar and 35 km from Tezpur. It is the third national park in Assam. The total area of the park is around 212 sq.km, of which 137 sq.km was the initial area and remaining 75 sq.km was added later in 1998. The park was declared as a reserve forest in 1978, and became wildlife sanctuary in 1985. In 1998, Nameri was officially declared as a National Park.
Nameri National Park
The northern border of this park is being shared by the Pakhui Sanctuary. Its major attraction is its rich wildlife and the floral wealth. Nameri is natural habitat to White winged wood duck. it the second tiger reserve of Assam. It is also important for conservation of elephants and other 30 species of mammals.
The favorite activity of tourists who visit here is River rafting, which gives them a chance to get glimpse of rare and unique species of birds staying here.
Geography of Nameri National Park
With Pakhui sanctuary, they cover a total area of over 1000 sq.km. The park is extended up-to the east and south west bank of Bor Di Korai River. The park is surrounded by Mixing and Assamese tribal villages. The park has only 10% of grassland and the rest is covered with other vegetation all around.
Jia bhareli River flow along with the park from western and southern boundaries. Due to rivers all around, the park is never being able to loose its greenery. Other tributary rivers which crosses the park area is Doigurung, Diji, Dinai, Dikorai, etc. The park area is influenced by tropical monsoons which causes heavy and seasonal rainfall with an average of 3500 mm rainfall.
Flora and Fauna
Nameri National Park is rich in its varieties of flora and fauna available. It is having semi-evergreen vegetation all over the moist deciduous forests. These forests are boundaried by cane and bamboo strips along the rivers. The forest constitutes over 600 species of green vegetation which is very hard to list out. But the most notable veg-species are Melina arborea, michelia champaca, amari, ajar, urim poma, bhelou, agaru, rudraksha, bonjolokia, hatipolia, hillock, nahor, etc. You can see a variety of Orchids too.
The park is also wealthy in accommodation a huge variety of fauna in itself. The most significant finding is the White-winged wood duck. it is also considered to be an elephant reserve alongside tiger reserve. The other inhabitants are tiger, leopard, sambar, Asiatic wild dog, pygmy hog, Indian bison, leopard cat, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and Indian giant squirrel.
It builds a paradise for all the birdwatchers. It contains over 300 species of birds. Other than white winged duck, the other resident species are great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, black stork, babblers, plovers, Ibis bill, King vulture, pin tailed green pigeon, Himalayan kingfisher, greater spotted eagle and many more.
Few varieties of reptiles are also being sheltered here like King cobra, Pit viper, russels viper, banded krait, python, rattlesnake, Malayan box turtle, Asian leaf turtle, and few more.
How to Reach Nameri National Park
Nameri National Park is easy connected to all the nearest cities through all the modes. It is just 125 km from Kaziranga National Park. Nearest airport is Tezpur which is about 35 km from Nameri and well connected through road. Nearest railway station is Rangapara railway station. There are number of government and private buses available for Nameri at frequent intervals.
Nameri National Park Entry tickets & Timings
The best time to visit Nameri national park is between the months of November to May. A nominal entry fee is being charged at the National park.
- Rs. 20/- per person (Indians)
- Rs. 250/- per person (For foreigners)
- Boat riding: Rs. 350/- for Indians and Rs. 550/- for foreigners
If you love greenery and want to get lost in bird watching then Nameri national park is a great solution. It is the paradise for wildlife and bird lovers. The tourist will also get A-class accommodation provided by Assam Tourist department. Other attractions are wildlife trekking, enjoyable river rafting, angling at Nameri, the famous elephant safari and the adventurous boat safari.