Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve is India’s eastern most Tiger Reserve. It is also the eastern most protected area of our country. This 1985 sq km protects some of the best moist tropical forests in the region. The Noa-Dihing River cuts the park from east to west. The altitude of the park ranges from 200mts to 4575mts and covers the broad range of vegetation types. It is also the home many of rare and endemic sulkers like White-cheeked Partridge, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Blue-eared Barbet, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Mountain Scops Owl, Tawny Owl, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, White-bellied Heron, Blue-naped Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Spotted Nutcracker, Black-breasted Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Lesser Shortwing, White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Hodgson’s Redstart, Daurian Redstart, Little Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, White-crowned Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Green Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, White-cheeked Tit, Grey-bellied Tesia, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Rufous-vented Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Large Scimitar Babbler, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Snowy-throated Babbler, Striped Tit-Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Streak-throated Fulvetta, Beautiful Sibia, Long-tailed Sibia, Striated Yuhina, Black-chinned Yuhina, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Plain Flowerpecker, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Gold-naped Finch.
• 2000 sq km of sprawling untouched flora and fauna.
• Home to about 500 species of birds and various species of butterflies.
• Panoramic view of snow-capped Dafa Boom Range
• Meet the Lisu tribes
Duration: 6-9 days
Max Altitude: 4900m
The nearest International Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati. It is connected with the major cities like Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata, Agartala, Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Lilabari, Silchar, Dimapur, Jorhat and Mumbai.
The nearest railway station is Naharlagun/Itanagar. There are daily trains running from Itanagar to Guwahati and Rajdhani express which runs twice a week.
You can book a cab or travel by public transport from Guwahati.
Things to keep in mind before traveling
- Every tourist visiting Arunachal Pradesh needs to obtain an Inner Line Permit and a Protected Area Permit which can be collected from Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati or Tezpur airports.
- The weather in the north-east is pretty unpredictable, so be prepared to have delays due to the bad weather.
- Roads that lead to Tawang, especially from Bomdila onwards, aren’t in the best shape.
- Locals are friendly and helpful. Be patient as not everyone will know fluent Hindi or English.
- Most cell phone networks don’t work well, so inform your family or friends about your whereabouts whenever possible.
- Don’t forget to carry some ready to cook food packets or instant noodles if you’re strictly a vegetarian.
- Carry extra batteries, power banks and most importantly warm clothing.
- Keep at least a couple of extra days in hand in case of any problems like landslides and bad weather on your way.
Mid-September To April Is The Best Time To Take This Trek
Delhi/ Dibrugarh: Arrive afternoon at Dibrugarh airport, assistance by Aborcountry member, transfer to beautiful Colonial Tea Garden Bungalow turned into a Heritage Cottage. Overnight Tea Bungalow.
Day 2: Dibrugarh/ Miao/ Namdhapha: Morning after English breakfast drive 5hrs to Miao, the Sub-divisional headquarter of Changlang Dist. And the gateway of Namdhapha National Park and Tiger Reserve, continue drive inside the park 25 kms to Deban the last driving point. Overnight Forest bungalow or Tent
Day 3: Namdhapha in and around: Whole day bird around Deban area beside Noa-Dihing River. Overnight Forest bungalow or Tent.
Day 4: Namdhapha/ Haldibari: Morning after breakfast trek and bird (6kms) to Haldibari, cross the Noa-Dihing river on boat. Pack lunch on the way. We will camp at Haldibari. Overnight Tent
Day 5: Haldibari/ Hornbill: Morning trek to Hornbill (5 kms) bird around on the way, lunch on the way. Overnight Tent.
Day 6: Hornbill/ in & around: Today bird around Hornbill and stay the night at Hornbill in Tent.
Day 7: Hornbill/ Bulbulia: Today we will trek to Bulbulia (3kms) and stay the night in Tent.
Day 8: Bulbulia/ Haldibari: Trek back to Haldibari (8 kms). Overnight Tent.
Day 9: Haldibari/ Deban: Trek back to Deban, cross the Noa-Dihing river. Overnight Forest bungalow or tent.
Day 10: Deban/ Digboi: Morning drive to Digboi Oil Refinery in Assam. Digboi Oil Refinery is the first Oil field of India, visit the Oil Museum, World War-II cemetery of the allied forces. Overnight Digboi Oil Field Bungalows or Tourist Lodge.
Day 11: Digboi/ Kaziranga: Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park and Project Tiger. Home of Great Indian One horn Rhinoceros. Enroute visit the historical city and the capital of Ahom Kingdom who ruled the Brahmaputra valley for over Six hundred years. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day12: Kaziranga: Early morning drive to to the Park for Elephant Safari to have closer encounter with Rhino, drive back to resort for breakfast. Whole day jeep safari inside the park. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 13: Kaziranga: Birding at Kaziranga National Park. Overnight Wild Grass Resort.
Day 14: Kaziranga/ Nameri National Park: Drive to Nameri National Park & Project Tiger. On arrival check-into Camp. Afternoon cross the Jia Bhorali River to enter into the Park, Trek around and back to Camp later. Overnight Nameri Eco Camp
Day 15: Nameri National Park: Early morning walk around the Camp, later after breakfast raft down the river for. Afternoon back to camp later bird inside the park. Overnight Eco Camp.
Day 16: Nameri/ Guwahati: Early morning drive to Guwahati airport, on arrival check-in for flight to onward destination.