Okay, let's get back to the track. Well, Namphake is not the only Tai-Phakial village in the region. People visiting Namphake do go for a drive around Tipamphake crossing the shoulder of River Burhi Dehing. But, the population and the aura at Tipamphake is less compared to her sister-village, although both are naturally, historically and culturally much rich altogether. People migrating from Thailand establish these two villages to live the rest of their days. It is not surprising that people there can read, write and speak fluent Assamese along with their dialect. But the unique thing is that people from these two villages are still managing to keep their origin alive through their language, customs, traditions even after all these long years in a (foreign land?).
Nope, the land of Assam is no longer strange to them, they are breathing the same oxygen like us, they love the same Burhi Dehing like us, and they walk through the same paddy field like us. They are the children of greater Assam like us. Divided by customs, traditions, dialect but united by the bond of Assam.
HOW TO REACH
Road Route: Dibrugarh -Tengakhat - Merbil - Naharkatia - Namphake (56km - 2 hour)
Air Route: Nearest Airport Dibrugarh (47km - 1.10 hour)
Rail Route: Nearest Railway Station Naharkatia (5.5km - 10 min)
Cost of Food: INR 250 - INR 300 (Non-Veg)
Cost of Vehicle: INR 2500 - INR 3500 (Hiring from Dibrugarh for a day trip)
Around Namphake and Tipamphake:
With an area of 108 sq. km Jeypore is a large section of 'Amazon of the East', Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary (proposed National Park). The rainforest is rich as Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot and thick canopies around. This site is just 18 km away from Namphake Village and is easily approachable. The region is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and has records of sights of mammals like Himalayan Black Bear, Indian bison, Chinese Pangolin, Hollock Gibbon, Slow Loris and many more.
A hilltop surrounded by the tea-gardens, it is a historical and religious site of the Ahoms (who ruled Assam for about 600 years). In just 10kms away from Namphake Village and through Tipamfake village, it is was the first capital Ahoms built on the land of Assam. Climbing some tiresome steps towards the top, you will find the glamorous, breathtaking views of Nature and the landmass around it.