Nameri National Park is just a 30-minute drive from Wild Mahseer. Located in the foothills of the eastern Hamalayas about 35 km from Tezpur it shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh and together they total over 1,000 sq kms of semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forest with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along the rivers.
With its hills of deciduous forests and the Jia Bhoroli River flowing through, it is excellent elephant country and the ideal habitat for a host of other animals too, including tigers, clouded leopards, bisons, sambars, dhole (Asiatic wild dog), hog deer, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and the Indian giant squirrel. It is also a butterfly and birding enthusiast’s paradise. It is home to more than 300 species of birds including four species of hornbills and an abundance of mynas, bee eaters, barbets, babblers, bulbuls, plovers and ibis.
Nameri also shelters the rare and endangered white-winged wood duck and over fifty of the total world population of 700 of this species can be found there. You may be lucky enough to see some or even happen upon a tiger or a herd of wild elephants. But don’t worry! An armed park ranger will accompany you at all times.
We have a special relationship with our friends at the Eco Camp situated near the park, and you can enjoy snacks, full meals and drinks at the restaurant in the camp's beautiful grounds before or after your trek. The recently established Pygmy Hog Foundation is also well worth a visit to learn about this species, one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Pygmy hogs are now being bred at a centre in Guwahati and then being moved into semi-natural conditions at the pre-release centre in Nameri prior to being set free into the park itself.
Please note the park is closed during the summer monsoon season from May to October.
The Nameri National Park of 200 sq. kms. area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344 Sq. Km.). One can enjoy rafting in the Jia Bhoroli river in the south-western boundary.
What you expect to see
Mammals : Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hispid hare, Slow Loris, Capped
Langur, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Burmese ferret Badger, Binturong etc.
Birds : White Winged Wood duck, Palla’s fish-eagle, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater spotted Eagle, White ramped vulture, Longo billed vulture, Black bellied Term, Rufous–necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill etc.
Reptiles : Assam Roofed Turtle, Indian Soft Shell Turtle, Indian Flap Shell Turtle, Keeled Box Turtle, South East Asian Leaf Turtle, Common Blind Snake, Myanmarese Python, Indian Cobra, King Cobra, Pit Viper, Monitor Lizard.
How to reach : The distance from Nameri National Park to the nearest Salonibari Airport (Tezpur) is 34 kms., and Tezpur is 40 Kms., Guwahati is 220 Kms., Jorhat is 215 Kms, Nowgong is 110 Kms. and Kaziranga is 125 kms. away.
Where to stay : Blue Star Hotel, Jonaki Building, Tezpur, Tel-03712-220682, Oasis Hotel, Jonaki Road, Tezpur, Tel-03712-220724, Hotel Luit, Tezpur, Tel-03712-222083, Hotel Green View, Main Road, Tezpur, Tel-03712-223685, Kanyapur Hotel, Hatibilkhana, Tezpur, Tel-03712-220261.
The Tourist Lodges/ Resorts : Assam (Bhorolli) Angling & Conservation Association, Tezpur Station Club, Tezpur, Pin-784001, Tel.-03712-220854, E-mail: email@example.com, contact - Mr. S.B. Dutta, Eco Camp, Potasali Village, Tarajan, P.O. Gamani, Dist.: Sonitpur, Pin- 784103, contact- Mr. Ranesh Roy, Camp Director, Tel. 094351-45563/094352-50025, Wild Mahseer, Balipara, Tel.- 094351 97650.
Whom to contact for visit : Divisional Forest Officer, Western Assam Wildlife Division, Dolabari, Tezpur, Tel.-03712-268054,
Range Officer, Nameri Wildlife Range, Potasali (Assam), Tel.-03714-270558(O).
Best season for visit : November to April.