Having spent my spare time at leisure, watching hornbills by the Kameng river previous evening, I was all set to take a detour on my way to Guwahati from Bhalukpong. I had one entire day at my disposal before I boarded my return flight to Mumbai and I decided to spend it trekking through Nameri National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam.Get To Know:Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of eastern Himalayas, in Sonitpur district of Assam. 25 Kms from Bhalukpong, Nameri shares its boundaries with Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh towards north. Nameri was declared as a national park in 1998 and Pakhui- Nameri was declared interstate tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1999. Both Nameri and Pakhui tiger reserves together share an area of 1000 sq. Kms.
Nameri National park is very different from Kaziranga. It isn't as developed definitely, and there aren't any jeep or elephant safaris. You walk through the forests with armed Forest Rangers, but the chance to view animals and birds up close is even better. To enter the park, you have to cross the Jia Bhoreli river by taking a short boat ride. You can even do 2-3 hours of rafting on the river, though its so gentle that it almost feels like boating. Nameri Eco-camp is a lovely place to stay. The entire operation is run as an NGo which works with the locals and helps in their welfare. Tented accomodation in different budgets is available.Contact: 03714292644