Nameri National Park

Park Profile

About the Park

Nameri in Assam, spanning an area of 344 square kilometres, shares its northern boundary with the Pakke Tiger Reserve of Arunachal Pradesh. The Park is a patchwork of lush green forests and wetlands. It offers a hilly backdrop to the clear waters of the Jia Bhoroli river.

Jia Bhoroli was once famous for its golden mahaseer and was a popular angling destination during the British Raj. Murral, goonch, Indian trout, and chocolate mahaseer are other varieties of fish found here. Angling has since been banned within the Park allowing for the fish population to flourish.

Orchids are found in abundance in the region, adding some colourful flair between the bamboo stalks and along the open grassland. The forests are also rich in epiphytes, lianas, and clump-forming bamboo.

Nameri has a sizeable elephant population and is also home to a host of other animals including the tiger, leopard, sambar, dhole, pygmy hogs, muntjac, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, and the Indian giant squirrel. Pygmy hogs are a very tiny species of pig and are endemic to Assam.

With over 300 species of birds in the region, birders flock here for sightings of wreathed hornbill, great pied hornbill, black stork, great pied hornbill, ibis bill, blue-bearded bee-eaters, babblers, great pied hornbill, and plovers to name a few. The most significant sightings however, are those of the highly endangered white winged wood duck, and the near-threatened ferruginous duck that have been recorded in small numbers.

At Nameri there are no jeep safaris. Instead, visitors can walk the nature trail within the Park accompanied by an armed guard. The five kilometre wildlife trail starts from Potasali Ghat and takes visitors through the abandoned channel of Jia Bhoroli, natural salt licks at Pung nala, and forest patches. There are also two watchtowers overlooking a patch of small pools. These are good spots to stop and take in the surroundings. You are likely to spot some green imperial pigeons here.

Another way to explore the Park is by rafting the mild rapids of the Jia Bhoroli River. It is more a pleasure ride than an adventurous tumble. River rafting is a fourteen-kilometre route and takes roughly three hours to complete.

Best time to visit

November to April is pleasant during the day and cold after sunset. Temperatures can drop to single digits so make sure to bring the woollens.

Park timings

Entry permits are issued from 9 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm on Monday through Sunday.

Permits are required for rafting and also for trekking on the wildlife trail.

The Park remains open for the visitors from 1st November to 30th April.

Any restrictions and rules

Rs 20 for Indians
Rs 250 for foreign nationals
Rs 50 per camera for Indians
Rs 500 per camera for foreign nationals
Rs 100 for the accompanying Forest Guard
Rs 350 per boat for Indians + Rs 100 for the boatmen
Rs 550 per person for foreign nationals + Rs 100 for boatmen

Jeep safaris are not available at Nameri National Park.

Tourism activities

Inside the Park

River rafting is held on river Jia Bhoroli. The fourteen-kilometre distance takes about three hours to cover and traverses over mild rapids. Rafting time is between 7 am to 2 pm.

Go for a moderate trek inside the Park with an armed Forest Department guide and get a closer look at the nooks and crannies of the Park. The trail is five kilometres long starting from Potasali Ghat and is open from 7 am to 12 noon and then again from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Angling, which used to be allowed earlier, has now been suspended under the Wildlife Protection Act as this habitat is now a Save the Tiger Project site.

Outside the Park

(Distance from Potasali Ghat) Historic Tezpur Town - 35 km
Kaziranga National Park - 112 km
Orang National Park - 97 km
Pakke Tiger Reserve - 55 km

TOFT Focus

TOFTigers do not yet have specific projects in this park

TOFT Representatives

No representative has been appointed here yet

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