Namdapha National Park

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Timings : 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : Adults: INR 10,
Camera: INR 75,
Vehicle: INR 100

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Namdapha National Park, Itanagar Overview

The third largest national park in the country, area-wise, Namdapha National Park is located in Arunachal Pradesh. Namdapha National Park is a gem for any wildlife and nature lover. With its altitude varying between 200 meters to 4500 meters, it is a haven of rare and endangered animal and plant species with one of the most vibrant bio-diversities in the country. It is here that you can spot species such as Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, and Tiger. Namdapha National Park is located at a mere distance of 160 km from the capital of Assam, i.e. Dibrugarh and is well-connected by a network of roads up till Miao, which is its getaway.

Being in the lower Eastern Himalayan belt,  the national park provides a beautiful view of the nearby peaks; it is perfect for some forest trekking and hiking activities and for relaxation. The birdlife at the sanctuary is also great and diverse with many rare species and migratory present in the National Park. It is a great place to start off your journey into Arunachal Pradesh giving you a glimpse of the wonderful things to come ahead.  The name of the park itself 'Namdapha' is a combination of two Singpho words that mean 'Forest Keeping' indicating that conservation of forests is the primary objective of the tribals as well as the locals in the area.

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Best Time To Visit Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park is best enjoyed during the winter season. The humid subtropical climate of the national park keeps the winters mild. The temperature varies between 25°C and 8°C from November to February. October can also be a good time to explore the national park when the mercury level rarely crosses 29°C. March to May is summer season and June to September is the monsoon. During summers, the temperature is almost as good winters, but the region also receives some amount of rainfall whereas the monsoons are moderate to heavy (average annual precipitation is around 2900 mm).

Stay at Namdapha National Park

When at Namdapha National Park, tourists can choose to stay at either the Circuit House or the Deban Forest Rest House. Rooms are not easily available, so bookings need to be done in advance. Other than these, visitors can also choose to put up campsites and spend a night under the starlit skies. Those who are looking for accommodation outside the national park can stay at the Guest House at Namchik and the Government Lodge in Miao.

Safari at Namdapha National Park

The vast expanse of Namdapha National Park is one of the best parks for wildlife safaris. Travellers can go on thrilling Elephant Safaris and explore the park passing through dense natural vegetation and crossing the jungle rivulets. If they are lucky, they could spot some animals. The forests are also perfect for bird watching, trekking and nature walk. Travellers can go camping near the streams where they can go boating as well. The national park also has a museum called the Miao Museum where visitors can get to see genuine animal specimens from the forest and also gain insights into the life of the villagers.

Food at Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park has very limited options for food. There are some eateries in the villages/ towns just beyond the border of the national park. Travellers can head to the closest place in Changlang District and enjoy some local cuisine. They can also carry packaged snacks, fruits etc. or raw material to cook a quick meal. If they wish to stay at the Circuit House or the Forest Rest House, they may request meals. The staff could arrange some local food for the guests.

Tips For Visiting Namdapha National Park

  • Carry woollens in good measure, while travelling here.
  • Wear trekking boots while trekking.
  • Advance booking for accommodation is necessary or staying could be a problem at Namdapha National Park.

How to reach Namdapha National Park

  • Air: Nearest airport is at Dibrugarh which is 182 km from Namdapha National Park and can be reached by hailing a cab or taking state bus.

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Tinsukia, 141 km, from Namdapha National Park. It is well connected by roadways to the national park and can be reached through a hired a cab or state transport buses.

  • Road: Namdapha National Park is well connected to major cities around Arunachal Pradesh through road. APSRTC and Assam state buses ply regularly from morning till evening to Namdapha National Park from Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Tinsukia, Changlang and Margherita. One can easily hire a rental Tata Sumo for a road journey which is highly recommended than traveling through state buses.

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