Namdapha National Park

Location: Arunachal Pradesh
Main Wildlife Attractions: Tiger, Elephant, Black Bear, Indian Biso
Coverage Area: 1200 Sq Km
Established: 1972 as a national park, 1983 as a tiger reserve

At a Glance Namdapha Tiger reserve in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh is spread in an area of 1,850-sq-kms rugged terrain. Perhaps no other national park in the world has a wider attitudinal variation than the Namdapha national park that rises from 200m to 4,500m in the snow-capped mountain. This variation has given rise to the growth of diverse habitats of flora and fauna. For the truly dedicated wilderness and wildlife fan, a visit to the Namdapha National Park is a challenging one. It is also an ideal place for trekking and hiking The beautiful forests possess great bio diversity of Flora and Fauna. A detailed study of its species and genetic variation has not yet been thoroughly done. Namdapha is a Botanist's dream and it may take as long as 50 years to complete a comprehensive survey of its botanical resources. There are more than 150 timber species. The Pinus Merkusi and Abies Delavavi are not found any where else in India than here. One of the rarest and endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda is also found here. The most famous local medicinal plant Mishimi Teeta, which is used by the local tribals to cure all kinds of diseases, is available here.

Climate Varies from 37°C to 8°C.

Flora The beautiful forests possess great biodiversity of Flora and Fauna. A details study of its species and genetic variation has not yet been thoroughly done. Namdapha is Botanist's dream and it may take as long as 50 years to complete a conprehensive survey of its botanical resources. There are more than 150 timber species. The Pinus merkusi and Abies delavavi are not found elsewhere in India. One of the rarest and endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda found here. The most famous local madicinal plant Mishimi Teeta (Copti teeta), which is used by the local tribal for all kinds of diseases is available here but its export has been banned.

Fauna The diverse vegetation and habitats of Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary grooms diverse species of animals and birds. It is the only park in the World to have four Feline species of big cat namely the Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard (Panthera Uncia) and Clouded Leopard. A number of primate species are seen in the park, including the Assamese Macaque, pig-tailed Macaque, stump-tailed Macaque and a number of distinctive Hoolock Gibbons, highly endangered and only 'Ape' species found in India, dwell in this impenetrable virgin forest. Of the many other important animals are Elephants, Black Bear, Indian Bison, several species of Deers, reptiles and a variety of arboreal animals. Among the bird species, most notable are the White winged Wood Ducks, a rare and endangered species, the great Indian Hornbills, Jungle Fowls and Pheasants flop their noisy way through the jungle. The inaccessibility of a greater part of the park has helped to keep the forests in their pristine and virgin state in its natural form.

Moreover, the park possesses great bio diversity of flora and fauna. The lush green under growths of canes, bamboos, wild bananas and other variety of vegetation are intertwined like cobwebs. The grandeur of the wet tropical rain forest is breeding ground for a variety of animals and birds which is a remarkable sight, worth seeing.

Travel Tips Foreigners require a restricted area permit (a 10 day permit requires valid visas) which can be obtained from the home ministry in New Delhi. It is better to apply as early as possible.

Best Time to Visit November to April.  

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