National Park (Tiger Reserve)Area :
1972 as a national park, 1983 as a tiger reserve.
62 Kms. from Margherita
On the Bank of :
Namdapha National Park
has perhaps the richest diversity of flora
and fauna in the Indian Subcontinent. This is because of its biogeographical
location within the Indo-Chinese subregion and its great altitudinal
variation, from 4,500 meters at Daphabum, highest point, to 200 meters in
the lowest valleys. The park is largely mountainous and is drained by the
noa-Dehing, Deban and Namdapha rivers. In the lower levels grow a tangled
profusion of tropical rainforests, with huge Hollock, Hollong and Mekai
trees intermixed with giant creepers, tall cane and dense bamboo stands.
Higher up are the deciduous forests, with temperate and alpine forests
higher still, where Oak, Magnolia, Pine, Betula and Rhododendrons grow in
profusion. Namdapha is a botanical haven, with over 150 tree species and
many flowers and orchids, including the Blue Vanda, one of the rarest
orchids. It will be many years before Namdapha's flora is fully surveyed.
Namdapha's birdlife includes the Satyr Tragopan, Kalij and Monal Pheasants,
Giant Hornbill, Forest Eagle Owl and the rare White-winged Wood Duck.
[principal reptiles include the Indian Python, Reticulated Python and King
Cobra. For mammal watchers, the park boasts no fewer than four large cats-
Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard and Snow Leopard. It also has a good
population of the Hoolock Gibbon.
November-May, the best period being December-March.
Drive to the park
from Dibrugarh (140 km , 5 hours) or Gauhati (full day) airports, with
flights from Calcutta and Delhi respectively. The nearest railway station is
at Ledo, near Margherita (56 km).
and facilities :
Government Tourist Lodge, Miao,
House at Namchik.
There are a few basic rest houses in Namdapha, at
Haldibari. Until the infrastructure is established, this park is suited only
to the most diehard mammal watchers. Movement within the park is restricted,
as there are very few trails. The vegetation is dense thus limiting movement
and visibility. Safaris are by 4-wheel drive vehicles, riding elephants and
inner-line permit is required to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which can be
obtained from the Home Ministry in New Delhi 8-12 weeks in advance. Apply as
early as possible.
||Capped Leaf Monkey
||Oriental mall-clawed Otter
|| Leopard Cat
||Spotted Giant Flying Squirrel
||Particoloured Flying Squirrel
||Small Indian Civet
||Common Palm Civet
|Small Indian Mongoose
|Clouded Leopard Forest
||Black Giant Squirrel
|Asiatic Black Bear
||Large Indian Civet
|Masked Palm Civet
||Asiatic Golden Cat
|| Indian Elephant
|| Indian Muntjac
|Hodgson's short-tailed Porcupine