Nameri National Park, Assam
Lying within the lap of Eastern Himalayas, the Nameri park is found within the Sonitpur district of Assam, India. At the northern border, it adjoins the Pakhui life Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh, spanning across a combined space of 1000 sq. km. This Brobdingnagian land is abode to an enormous diversity of mammals, reptiles, birds, marine life and butterflies! The scenic great thing about this land is unmatched. Because the Jia Bharoli river makes its manner cradled amidst thick forests and range peaks, it’s sort of a dynamic painting standing ahead of you. This place has it all: adventureactivities, bird looking, a walk the woods and life tours. You got to be here to witness such awesomeness.
The weather conditions are usually dry at Nameri apart from the rainy showers throughout the months of October and April. The winter season is sort of pleasant, however temperature will drop drastically throughout the months of December and April.
Nameri National Park is home to as many as 30 species of mammals including a good population of elephants, tigers and leopards. The carnivores find their prey among the clans of sambar, hog deer, wild boar, langur and the Malabar giant squirrel that can be found roaming through the forest. Blank Panther, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Fox, Hispid Hare, Slow Loris, Bison, Rhesus Macaque, Flying Squirrel etc can also be found at Nameri.
This wildlife hotspot in Assam is said to be a paradise for bird lovers or wildlife photographers, for this is where you can a bewildering variety of 315 species of exotic as well as endemic avian fauna! These include the endangered White Winged Wood Duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Large Whistling Teal, Three Toed Kingfisher, Hill Mynah, Pin Tailed Green Pigeon, Common Mergernser and many more others!
A variety of turtles including Malayan Box Turtle, Assam Roof Turtle, Asian Leaf Turtle, Indian Soft Shelled Turtle and Keeled Box Turtle etc can be spotted here. The snakes that can found slithering through the forest include King cobra, Pit Viper, Rat Snake, Python and Krait.
Of the known 1501 species, almost 50% of these ‘living jewels’ are believed to drink nectar off Nameri flora. These butterflies add to the scenic beauty of this national park.
The Vegetation of Nameri consists of semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo strips. Patches of open grasslands can be found along the riverbeds. Epiphytes, Lianas and Creepers can also be found here. A variety of Orchid species can also be spotted here.