Jungleideas welcomes you to the Nameri National Park, Assam. The Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, straddles the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of 181 kilometers from Guwahati, it is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. The Nameri National Park is one of the National Parks in Assam that provide tourists the option of trekking into the Wilds (accompanied by forest guards) to spot the majestic tiger species at the Nameri Tiger Reserve view point. It is also less frequented by tourists thereby avoiding the hustle bustle at other National Parks of importance in the State.
The Nameri National Park was declared a reserve forest on 17 October 1978. Priorly it was set up as a Nameri Sanctuary on 18 September 1985 as a part of Naduar Forest Reserve. Until then, the Nameri National Park was heaving used for logging. It was officially established as a National Park in 15 November 1998. The Jia Bhoroli river of Assam was famous since, the time of British for the Golden Mahseer Angling.
The Nameri National Park boasts of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. The wildlife of the Nameri National Park include the likes of tiger, leopard, sambar, dhole (the Asiatic wild dog), pygmy hog, muntjac, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear,capped langur, Indian giant squirrel, etc.
Nameri National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 300 species of birds. The white winged wood duck, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork, ibis bill, blue-bearded bee-eaters, babblers, plovers and many other birds make Nameri National Park its home.
During your stay at the Nameri National Park enjoy:
- Angling At Nameri: Fishing is the famous activity which is held by forest department.Golden Masheer Fish is the famous in these region, it is also known as “Tiger of the Himalayan rivers”
- Nameri River Rafting: The river rafting is held at the park on river ~ Jia Bhoroli. The rafting is up to 13 km around 3 hours
- Nameri Wildlife Trekking: Wild life trekking is amazing experience at the Nameri National Park
- Be a part of the Wildlife Wilderness at the Nameri National Park powered by Jungleideas
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to travel with us on an exotic wildlife journey and experience Birdwatching, Tiger Sighting, River Rafting & Wildlife Trekking ~ the Nameri National Park, the State of Assam, Incredible India!
Welcome to the Nameri National Park and Project Tiger Reserve in Assam
Sample Itinerary for your visit to Nameri National Park in Assam ~
Day 1: Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park
Arrive at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport at Guwahati in the morning. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative offering you a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style and we board our vehicles to travel tot eh Nilachal Hills in Guwahati city where the holy Maa Kamakhya temple shrine is situated. The Kamakhya temple is the most revered temple shrine in Assam and North East India and it is customary to begin our tour by paying our respects at the temple shrine at the beginning of our tour. We reach the Jalukbari area in Guwahati and take the route under the flyover to reach Adabari and Maligaon and travel further to the Kamakhya gate and begin our ascent to the Nilachal hills and we soon approach the Kamakhya temple premises. One among the 51 Shakti Peethas, the Kamakhya temple shrine is where it is said that Goddess Parvati’s (who fell into the fire after her father had rebuked her husband Lord Shiva womb fell on top the Nilachal Hills. After Lord Shiva heard about the news that Goddess Parvati had jumped into the fire performing Sati to honour the respect of her husband he became extremely furious and started performing the Tandava Nritya carrying Goddess Sati’s body in his arms and the entire universe felt the effects of the Tandava Nritya with the reverberations.
The various Gods and Goddesses got together to tried to pacify Lord Shiva and stop him from performing the Tandava Nritya and Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra and chopped Goddess Satis’s corpse into 51 pieces. Lord Shiva was infuriated even more and now he started travelling around the World carrying Goddess Sati’s mutilated body in his hands. As the body had been chopped into pieces the parts of the body started falling to the ground and they fell on top of the mountain and each site where one of the 51 pieces of the body fell became a holy site and a temple shrine was later built on these and these 51 shrines came to be known as the Shakti Peethas. The womb part of the Goddess fell atop the Nilachal hills in Guwahati and later a temple shrine was built here to be called as the Kamakhya temple. As the womb of the Goddess fell here the temple celebrates the spirit of womanhood and the ability of a mother to give birth to a new life.
Every year in the month of Asad (June) it is said that the Goddess menstruates and the waters of the river Brahmaputra turns red and the temple doors are closed for three days to the devotees. On the fourth day a huge celebration called as the Ambubachi Mela is organized and this festival is often referred to as the Eastern Mahakumbh where the devotees and holy Sadhus from across India and abroad gather at the Kamakhya temple and they celebrate this festival of womanhood. Kamakhya temple is also known for its cult of Shakti and Tantra and in the olden time black magic was practiced in Assam and the sorcerers were devout ‘Bhakts’ of Goddess Kamakhya and to appease the Goddess in order to achieve supernatural powers the sorcerers used ot offer animal and human sacrifices. The practices of human sacrifice have been abolished but the practice of animal sacrifice (goats) is still practiced here at the Kamakhya temple. We will be greeted and welcomed to the temple shrine by a temple priest (panda) who will lead us to the top of the Nilachal hills where the main temple shrine and the inner sanctum is present.
We remove our slippers and footwear and head into the Kamakhya temple shrine where we will at first head to the temple pond to clean our hands and feet before we start our Darshan of the Kamakhya temple. You will be stunned with the remarkable architecture of the Kamakhya temple and the stone craftsmanship on the walls of the temple is simply a work of great art. The present temple shrine follows the Ahom architecture as the Kings of Assam started taking deep interest in the practices of Shakti and Tantra prevalent at the temple and it was then they had converted to Hinduism and started patronizing the temple. The temple has come under attack by the Muslim invaders and the Ahom kings took the task of restoring this temple shrine calling in artisans from West Bengal and the temple was restored to its present glory. We will head on our visit to the inner sanctum of the temple on a VIP ticket and we bypass the long queue of devotees and reach the temple doors where the queues merge and it will take us sometime to reach the inner sanctum where there is a holy stone that is fed continuously by a stream of underground water and devotees touch this water and sprinkle it on their heads as a token of their blessings. Also the priests offer a red cloth as a blessing that is said to be soaked in the blood of the Goddess and we finish the rituals and head on out of the inner sanctum to meet our Panda who will solemnize the final rituals of our blessings.
With this we will be offered the Prasad and later we will move to a nearby restaurant outside the temple shrine to have tea. Post our tea we will board our vehicles to travel to Kaziranga National Park – the UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. We take the National Highway and we cross Guwahati to reach Jorabat to head on our drive across the four lane highway to reach Sonapur to drive further to Jagiroad, Raha and we reach the Nagaon Bypass and we stop here for our lunch at the Anuraag Dhaba that serves some fresh and delicious food of Assam. This will allow us to freshen up as the place has clean and neat bathrooms as well. We enjoy a sumptuous Assamese thali here at the Anuraag Dhaba and later start on our drive again to Kaziranga National Park crossing Kaliabor and Jakhalabandha and we will be welcomed to Kaziranga National Park with huge signages and the beautiful hills of Karbi Anglong.
Also the beautiful cover of tea garden of Kaziranga welcomes us as well. We admire the beautiful landscapes around Kaziranga National Park and we might be greeted by the Indian Elephant along the roads. We will reach the Burapahar range of Kaziranga and the drive across the beautiful mountain with lush green forest cover all around us. We will reach a view point area where we will get to catch a glimpse of the famed One Horned Rhinoceros of Kaziranga National Park. At the viewpoint we will get to see various fauna species of Kaziranga National Park including hog deers, Asiatic wild water buffaloes, swamp deers and various bird species at this view point. After this we head to the Bagori area of Kaziranga National Park where the Elephant and Jeep safari rides are conducted for Indian Nationals and further we reach Kohora area there the main market of Kaziranga National Park is present and at the Kohora range Elephant rides are conducted for Foreign Nationals and the jeep rides for both Indian and Foreign Nationals. At Kohora we will head to visit the Largest Orchid Park in India at the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity park.
The beautiful flowering orchid flowers of the State flower of Assam – the ‘Kopou Ful’ will greet us at the Kaziranga Orchid Park and we will proceed to witness the various indigenous orchid species of Assam and North East India here at the Park/ The vast floral diversity of the North Eastern region due to its topography and pleasant climate has about 1200 species of these orchids from the total 1800 species found across India and this park strives to preserve and promote these orchid species of North East India to the World. The green house here has numerous species of orchids all aligned in a beautiful way and most of the species have their local and scientific names mentioned alongside. We will be joined by a local guide who will explain to us about the various orchid species here and how they have been sourced from the various forest reserves here at the Kaziranga Orchid Park. This Park at Kaziranga is an initiative of the KMSS (Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) that is a peasant organization in Assam and this organization opportunity to the local people to generate employment opportunities here. Today hundreds of visitors come here to witness the park and thereby this helps in generating revenue for the local people. The park provides direct and indirect employment to many local people of Kaziranga and today we get to be a part of this excellent initiative.
After exploring the orchid garden we head to explore the handicraft and handloom section that speaks highly about the specialized art of the artisans of Assam. The artisans of Assam know the use of bamboo and cane to craft out some of the very exclusive items of furniture, cane seats, bamboo chairs, sofa sets, wall hangings, binds, cradle, baskets, fish traps, musical instrument and various other items of daily use. Bamboo is a very versatile grass and the artisans of the villages of Assam use bamboo as a source of timber to build houses, fencing, furniture’s and even bridges over streams. Bamboo is also used in culinary treats as the bamboo shoot is an ingredient that is used to cook meat and is very rich in nutrients. The women folks of these villages are known to be adept weavers and they use the traditional looms to weave out various forms of clothing. They start from scratch from collecting the cotton or gathering the silk from silk worms and they continue up to the final process of weaving these fabrics. At this section we will witness these beautiful handicrafts and handlooms of Assam and there are looms here as well and we can witness how the local ladies weave out exquisite handmade fabrics of Assam.
Next up we explore the rice museum that houses the various rice varieties of Assam, the orchid display gallery that has pictures of many orchid species, the monument display gallery of Assam and North East India that shows the various ancient monuments, forts and temple shrine of the region, the cactus garden that houses various cactus species, the bamboo garden and finally we take our seats at the open stage area of the Kaziranga Orchid Park where we will get to witness the traditional folk dance performances of Assam. The artists here enact and perform two of the important folk dance performance of the Bihu dance and the bamboo dance. The Bihu dance of Assam is a vibrant and colourful dance performed by young boys and girls during the festival of Rongali Bihu in the month of April that celebrates the Assamese New Year. Introduced by the Ahom kings of Assam who used to watch the performance of this grand dance form from the open air stage of the Rang Ghar at Sivasagar in Assam, today the Bihu dance has become a very popular folk dance in India with the dancers taking their performance to a next level on the National and International stages. At the Kaziranga Orchid park, these dance performances are held at regular intervals across the day and the final performance happens at 5.30 PM during the closure of the park and we will take our places to witness the Bihu dance and the Bamboo dance.
In the bamboo dance performance, the young boys hold the bamboo poles at the ends and they create a mesh like structure and keep moving the bamboo in a rhythmic manner and the girls hop in and out of this bamboo mesh to the rhythmic beats of the drum and the entire performance looks grand. We spend time admiring this performance and later bid farewell to the Kaziranga Orchid Park to head on our drive to our place of stay at Kaziranga. We will be staying at the Kaziranga Holidays hotel at Kaziranga that is a fairly new property at Kohora area of Kaziranga and this would mean we are staying close to the Kohora safari range of Kaziranga and so we can go for our jeep safari rides tomorrow at the Agoratoli and Bagori safari ranges of Kaziranga National Park. We will go for two jeep safari rides tomorrow inside the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park and the day after we will go for an elephant back ride before going on our drive to Nameri National Park. We will retire for the day after an early dinner.
Night Halt: Kaziranga Holidays Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 2: Kaziranga National Park
Today is our jungle safari experience at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park and we will have two jeep safari rides today where we will visit two of the Safari ranges of Kaziranga National Park at Agoratoli (Eastern) and Bagori (Western). Kaziranga National Park divided into five zones for Safari viz. at Kohora (Central), Bagori (Western), Agoratoli (Eastern), Burapahar and Panbari zones. The most frequented ones are the Central and Western as many tourists stay at the Kohora area and so many tourists stay at the Kohora area and so they prefer to go for safari ride at the easily accessible range of Kohora and Bagori are most of the tourists come with the intent of spots the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species of Kaziranga National Park so they are content to view many of these species at Kohora and Bagori itself. But the Eastern (Agoratoli) and the Burapahar ranges are the most spread out ranges and due to less vehicular movement in these safari zones owing to the lesser number of tourists there are chances of sighting many other species of fauna of Kaziranga National Park as well. The Eastern range has reported the lot of sightings of the Royal Bengal Tigers of Kaziranga as well and so if we are lucky we might get an opportunity to sight the Tigers as well along with various bird species that come to Kaziranga National Park during the migratory winter season.
Kaziranga National Park has recorded around 495 species of both resident and migratory birds during the winter season and our jeep safari rides to the forest interiors will provide us this opportunity to sight them. The Burapahar range on the other hand is the largest range and so travelling deeper into the range increases our animal sighting options. But owing to the time it takes to reach and cover these safari ranges from the place of stay at Kohora it can be recommended to select only one of the two ranges to be visited during the day and so we will go for our safari rides at the Eastern range and the Bagori range. Our Jeep safari rides will be scheduled one in the morning and the second in the afternoon session. In the morning session we will go to the Agoratoli range to go for a two hour long safari ride that will take us deeper into the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park. The drive to the entrance of the Agoratoli range will takes us about 45 minutes from our place of stay and we will travel on open hooded gypsy vehicles to go there and after our entry at to forest office at Agoratoli we start on our safari ride and our adventure at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park begins.
The jeep drive will take us deeper into the forest reserves and we will be halting at interval to allow us to view the various bird and animal species of the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park. Our birding guide will help us identify the various bird species along with the distant animals that can be viewed by a pair of binoculars being carried by him. We will surely sight One Horned Rhinos, Wild water buffaloes, wild elephants, Hog deers, Sambar deers, Wild boars, jungle fowls, Assamese Macaques, Capped Langurs, etc. along with various bird species of the Great Indian Hornbill, Eagle, Kite, Drongo, Egrets, Lesser Adjutants, Black necked stork, etc. The jeep ride will take us deeper into the forest reserves of Agoratoli and the ride will lead us to the river banks where we break to admire the rich forest covers of Kaziranga National Park. After this we will ride back towards the exit of the Agoratoli range still keeping our vigil to spot more animal and birds of Kaziranga here. Our two hour long safari ride inside the forest reserves of Agoratoli at Kaziranga ends and we will head back to our place of stay to freshen up and have our lunch and relax for some time and in the afternoon we will drive to the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park that is where the Elephant Safari ride are conducted for Indian Nationals at Kaziranga and the jeep rides for both the Indian and Foreign nationals. The Bagori range is best to be visited in the afternoon session on the jeep safari ride as this range offers grand views of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros from close distances from the jeep. In certain safari rides here at Bagori we have experienced the thrill of a rhino chasing a vehicle, two adult male rhinos fighting for territory and an adult male elephant come charging at our jeep trying to protect its family. These are the experiences of jungle you can witness here at Bagori in Kaziranga National Park. The jeep drivers are well trained to face situation like these and they will avoid any conflict by just turning off the engines and lying still on their vehicles. The animals feel threatened when intruders come into their territory especially on motor vehicles and the only intention they have it to protect their territory here in Kaziranga National Park and they take an aggressive stance to scare off the intruders. And in case it feels that there is not threat from the intruder it simple takes it way and walks away.
Our ride at Bagori begins and upon entrance we will be greeted by a Rhinoceros from up close (based on our luck for the day but this generally happened as this is the grazing territory for this rhino) and he is often spotted here feeding on the grass cover here and even crossing the jeep track to reach the other side. One unique thing about this rhino of Kaziranga National Park is tis actions of what appears like posing for the camera. When visitors get excited and start clicking pictures of this majestic beast it simple allows visitors to click pictures buy look around in the direction that is very interesting. Next up the drive takes us to the Sildubi Beel area that is a large lake in the wild of the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park that has various fish species. The watch tower here provides a beautiful aerial view of the forest reserves of the Western range of Kaziranga National Park and the sight of the rhinos grazing around in a treat to the eyes along with hog deers, Asiatic wild water buffaloes and even elephants and the various bird species. This is the grazing grounds of another adult make rhinoceros and this is the perfect opportunity and chance you can get to be close to the rhino in the wild because the animal stands right in front of us with the only thing separating it from us is the strong bamboo fence.
With this we continue of our jeep ride inside the forest reserves of Bagori getting the opportunity to sight many more fauna species. The birds are a thing to watch out for here again and our birding guide will assist you to spot and identify the bird species in the wild here at Kaziranga National Park. Our jeep ride at Bagori will last for about an hour and half and we will encounter the Assamese macaques, wild boars, jungle fowls, hog deers, wild elephant, etc. and by late afternoon we will come out of the Bagori safari range to head back to the Kohora area in Kaziranga National Park. At Kohora we will stop at the market area at the Hatikhuli retail outlet of the Amalgamated tea plantation (a Tata Tea Enterprise) that operates several tea gardens around Kaziranga National Park. Here we will buy our souvenirs of our visit to Assam of the Assam tea and the fresh pepper corns that are grown along the trees of the tea garden and with this we will end out day of jungle safari at Kaziranga National Park and head back to our place of stay to prepare for our elephant safari ride the next morning and our drive further to Nameri National Park in Assam.
Night Halt: Kaziranga Holidays Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 3: Kaziranga National Park – Nameri National Park
Today is our day of travelling to Nameri National Park and Tiger Reserve from Kaziranga National Park after we complete our early morning Elephant Safari ride at Kaziranga National Park and post that we will drive to Nameri National Park via Tezpur where we will stop at the Agnigarh Fort to witness this unique ‘Fortress of Fire’ that has a rich history to it and once at Nameri we will go for a river rafting experience on the waters of the Jia Bhoreli river. Our elephant safari will be scheduled in the morning slot at 6.30 AM because the elephant safari rides at Kaziranga National Park are conducted only in the morning at two slots of 5 AM and 6.30 AM. The elephant safari rides for Foreign Nationals are conducted at the Kohora safari range of Kaziranga while for Indian Nationals it is conducted at the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga. We will pack our luggage and also carry packed breakfast to be had on our way to Tezpur after our elephant safari ride depending on the range we visit here at Kaziranga. In case we are having the elephant safari ride at Kohora then we can come back to our place of stay to freshen up and collect our luggage but in case our elephant safari ride in at Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park then we will proceed with our belongings and travel directly to Bagori and commence on our elephant back ride.
The elephant safari ride at Kaziranga National Park is a once in a lifetime experience because these elephants offers its visitors a unique experience to ride on their backs and go to explore the varied fauna of Kaziranga National Park. The elephants take our on tracks that are closer to the grazing land of the rhinos and one can get to spot the rhinos of Kaziranga National Park from up-close from the elephant back ride. Although we had our experience of two jeep rides into the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park, the elephant safari ride is one that you do not want to miss on your visit to Kaziranga. We will approach the elephant safari counter at the Bagori range of Kaziranga and here we will collect or assigned passes and go to board our elephant backs escorted by brave and hardworking forest guards of Kaziranga. The Elephants along with their mahouts await their visitors and one thing great about these trained elephants at Kaziranga is that they are very well taken care off by their owners and mahouts. They are fed regularly and regular medical examination of these elephants are carried out so that these safari rides do not trouble them and so these elephant rides are conducted only in the 2 slots that too early in the morning so that the elephants have the day off to take rest and feed and just two rides ensure that they are not too worked out.
We board our elephant backs and go for a jungle ride into the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park at Bagori range. We spot the famed one horned rhinoceros from up close and from the elephant backs we get a much better aerial view of the animal and we can examine the massive armour of this beast and a real feel of how strong actually the Indian Rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park is in real. We head little further into the area of the tall grasslands to sight more fauna species and later return back to the elephant safari start point. We thank the mahout and the elephant for their utmost hospitality and later we go to the public restroom to freshen up and take time to eat our breakfast and savour a cup of black tea at a stall here at the Bagori safari range and later commence on our drive to Tezpur. We cross the Burapahar hills and the Burapahar safari range to reach the end of the Kaziranga National Park at Jakhlabandha and we head towards Koliabor where we take a right diversion to travel to Tezpur and further to Kaziranga National Park.
This road connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh wherein we can travel to Bomdila, Tawang and the China border at the Bumla Pass on one route while we can access the state capital of Itanagar and Naharlagun continuing up to Ziro Valley via another route. This road even connects the area of Lakhimpur in Assam and further towards the deep fronts of Arunachal Pradesh at Pasighat going up to Mechuka along the China border and connecting Upper Assam and the eastern most fronts of India at Jairampur, Nampong, Anini, Mayodia, Walong and Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh via the Bogibeel Bridge. We soon reach the Brahmaputra River before approaching Tezpur and we will cross this river over the Koliabhumura Bridge that is one of the several bridges in Assam over the mighty Brahmaputra River. We soon approach the Sonitpur Elephant Reserve and head on our drive to Tezpur town at the Agnigarh Fort. Tezpur is a prime town in Assam and is often referred to as the cleanest town in Assam and also the knowledge town of Assam. We will head towards Tezpur town towards the administrative colony area of Tezpur where the Agnigarh Fort is situated.
It is said that at the Agnigarh Fort a King had held his daughter captive to not allow her to marry the man she loved and to ensure that no one could enter this fort, fire was lit all around the fort to keep away intruders hence it is referred to as the Fortress of Fire or ‘Agni’ ‘Garh’ (Fire Fort). Later a war was waged between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva and their followers because of the King’s adamant attitude and lots of blood flowed in this was and because of this and the town is called as Tezpur viz. ‘Tez’ meaning Blood and ‘Pur’ meaning to pouring down of blood. Later the King had to surrender and agree to marry off his daughter ‘Usha’ to ‘Aniruddha’ who was the grandson of Lord Krishna. This fort is a beautifully constructed fort and once you will reach the top you can see the various sculptures of the battle depicted along with the statues of Chitralekha and Usha. The view of the Brahmaputra river from this fort is also visible. We will explore the Agnigarh Fort and later drive towards Balipara area and further to Nameri National Park where we will check into our place of stay here at the Camp Lalimou. One of the nice stay options near the Nameri National Park, Camp Lalimou is spread across a nice green campus and had accommodations of Assam style cottages and Deluxe Swiss tents for the accommodation of their guests.
We check into Camp Lalimou at Nameri National Park and freshen up and we will have a light lunch here because we would be going for a river rafting session next and so it is not advisable to fill with food and we can always come back and enjoy a delicious evening snack here. We will travel to the river rafting start point a little ahead of Nameri National Park after lunch and our adventure on the waters of the Jia Bhoreli river starts. The Jia Bhoreli river cuts across the area of Nameri National Park and this is a lifeline of this part of Assam that is blessed with vast aquatic life. The Nameri National Park is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and the wonderful Biosphere here harbours a great wildlife and along with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh, Nameri National Park constitutes an area fo around 1000 sq. km. Nameri National Park is also a Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve and a wild haven for Bird watching as well. Nameri National Park was originally created as a protected habitat of the White Winged Wood Duck – the State Bird of Assam and over the years it has transformed from a protected forest to a Wildlife Sanctuary and now a National Park as well.
Our river rafting session starts and we equip ourselves with the life jackets and all other necessary safety measures and we begin on our downhill rafting towards Nameri National Park on the waters of the Jia Bhoreli River. As it is the winter season the waters are calm and so there is not much of rapids in the water which is the opposite in the monsoons when the calm waters of the Jia Bhoreli river get furious and with the rising current and rapids that causes a lot of destruction to human and animal life at Nameri and the surrounding areas as well. The beautiful forest areas of Nameri National Park combined with the view of the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh is a real delight to the eyes and we keep floating down the waters on the level plains towards Nameri National Park. The river rafting experience lasts for about an hour and half and we soon reach the banks of the Jia Bhoreli river near the entrance of the Nameri National Park on the other banks and our vehicle awaits us here and we are picked up and we head to the area near the Nameri Eco Camp that has an area covered with tall canopy of trees that is home to numerous birds species including red breasted parakeets and the Great Indian Hornbill here at Nameri National Park.
We take our places and witness this colourful and grand bird life of Nameri National Park here. We admire the vast stretch of reserve forest of Nameri National Park and later head back to our camp for night halt. At Camp Lalimou we grab a quick snack and go to our rooms to organize our pictures and spend time at leisure before our dinner. The next day again we have an early day of trekking into the forest reserves of Nameri National Park and later in the day after breakfast we head on our drive to Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh to begin our adventure of travelling to Tawang via Sela Pass continuing further to the border of India and Chine at the Bumla Pass. We have our dinner at the dining area of the Camp Lalimou and this place serves fresh fish curry that is cooked with a lot of herbs and this is indeed a delight to be savoured here with rice and other vegetable dishes but in case you are interest in other cuisine you can also try the North Indian and the Chinese dishes in the menu as well. We call it a day after dinner and return to our rooms.
Night Halt: Camp Lalimou at Nameri National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Nameri National Park – Bomdila
Today in the morning we get up and freshen up to go into the forest reserves of Nameri National Park for a jungle trek to sight the varied species of flora and fauna at the place escorted by an armed forest guards. We will at forest need to go to the forest office at Nameri to pay the entrance fees and get our passes that will allow us to travel into the forest reserves of Nameri National Park. We obtain our passes and proceed to the banks of the Jia Bhoreli River along with the forest guard and we reach the river crossing where we will be ferried by a country boat to cross the river banks to the other side where the actual protected forest reserves of Nameri National Park are located. Once we get down we need to keep strict vigil to catch our eyes on some of the bird species that come to feed near the banks of the Jia Bhoreli river at Nameri National Park. Some of the very rare and endangered bird species can be spotted here and we keep watching trying to catch a glimpse of such species and we will be assisted by our birding guide to identify these species. We will reach the forest office inside of Nameri National Park and the forest guard completes our entry formalities here and we start our jungle trek into the forest reserves of Nameri National Park.
Nameri National Park is among the few forest reserves in India that allows visitors to go for a jungle hike inside the National park accompanied by a forest guard and the other National Park where you can go for a jungle hike in Assam is the Dibru Saikhowa National Park at Tinsukia in Upper Assam. The Nameri National Park is known to have a fair population of the Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild Elephants, Hog Deer, Clouded Leopards, Himalayan Black bears, etc. and often there are reports of visitors coming in close encounters with these animal species and therefore visitors cannot at any time travel inside the forest reserves of Nameri National Park on their own and have to be accompanied by an armed forest guard at all times. We start on our hike and check the tall canopy of trees to catch the glimpse of some of the rare bird species of Nameri National Park here. The forest guard takes us deeper into the forest reserves of Nameri National Park and we soon reach a tall watch tower inside the forest reserve that gives us an aerial view of Nameri National Park. We climb the tower and admire the beauty of the vast area of Nameri National Park and further there is a lake that used as a place by the animals to come and quench their thirst and no doubt we are certain to spot the like of Hog Deers, Sambar Deers, herd of wild elephants at this lake.
We observe the animals from a distance and capture our pictures of this amazing moment in the wild inside the forest reserves of Nameri National Park. Next we continue our hike and we get to witness more birds and tall tree canopy and the beauty of the forest cover is indeed a treat to the eyes. There are trees here that have survived for over many hundred years and you can get the idea from the huge tree trunks that are here at Nameri National Park. Soon we trek out of the forest reserves of Nameri National Park along the Jia Bhoreli river and reach the forest office where we rest for a while and later we head to the banks of the Jia Bhoreli river to go to the other side of the river bank and we travel back to Camp Lalimou at Nameri National Park to freshen up and have our breakfast and later we bid farewell to the beautiful forest reserves of Nameri National Park to head on our drive to Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. We soon reach the border check post at the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and we need to get down to validate our permits. For entry into Arunachal Pradesh as it is a protected area we need to carry valid permits that can be obtained online known as the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian Nationals and Protected Area Permit (PAP) for Foreign Nationals.
Our permit will be validated at the border outpost and we will be allowed to cross the border outpost to travel to Arunachal Pradesh and we soon reach Bhalukpong Township that is a nice town known for its vibrant market and the river banks in the area. At Bhalukpong we make a stop to visit the local market and enjoy the sight of the various produce that they local traders bring in from the villagers and sell their produce here. One thing to watch out for at the Bhalukpong market are the various tools and knives made with iron and steel that the local people make on their own and sell it here. The tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh were basically hunters earlier and they used to go out on expeditions to the forest to gather their food of meat and this hunting required that they carry sharp tools along with them and they perfected the art of tool making and with the curbs on hunting these days they have found a new market to use their art and they make a decent earning with these tools. The other thing to look out for are the traditional handlooms and woollens but these we can check out at the market at Bomdila as well and so we make our move and continue on our drive towards Bomdila and after crossing Bhalukpong we make a stop at the Tippi Orchard garden here.