Nameri National Park is a park easily combined and done with Kaziranga. Just two hours of drive from Kaziranga is this beautiful little paradise where you can do a walking safari, a rafting safari, and lot of birding. Angling has recently been suspended since this park came under the umbrella of Project Tiger. Golden Mahasheer known as Tiger of the HImalayan rivers is the star attraction in Jia Bhoroli river that passes through the park. it is like rafting in paradise. Both sides a pristine forest, view of the Himalayas on one side, and yes be cautious Elephants are seen in the vicinty. When I (Sharad Vats) stepped out from the boat, i was pleasantly surprised to see fresh pug marks of a Tiger, as if he just had come a while back to quench his thirst. Nameri shares boundary with Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. With more than 320 bird species recorded, one can say Nameri is a birder’s paradise and also home to Tigers, Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Dhole, Himalayan Black Bear and Pygmy Hog.
About The Park
Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, about 40 kilometres from Tezpur and the third national park in Assam. The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 km 2 of semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. Nameri is a birder’s paradise with over 300 species of birds.
The area is criss-crossed by the river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Khari etc. A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. The inaccessibility and continuity with the neibouring forest areas have helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish. There is a good prey base in the form of Sambar, Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar and Gaur. About 3000 domestic cattle also form part of this prey base for Tiger and Leopards.
Nameri and Sonai-Rupai are only Protected Areas in the North Bank of the Brahmaputra in the Civil District of Sonitpur.
Flora & Fauna
The habitat of Nameri is made up of tropical evergreen, Semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. Grassland comprise of less than 10% of the total area of the park while the semi-evergreen and moist deciduous species dominate the area. Some notable species are Gamari, Titachopa, Amari, Bogipoma, Ajar, Urium poma, Bhelou, Agaru, Rudraksha, Bonjolokia, Hatipolia akhakan, ahollock, Nahor, Siya Nahar, Simul, Bonsum etc. Orchoids include Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Ladies Sleeper etc. Tree Fern,Lianas, creepers are some of the specialties of this forests.
The most prized and most significant finding is the White Winged Wood Duck which has a flourishing population in Nameri confirmed officially in 1995. Till now 315 avian species have been recorded in the Park.