PARK | NAMERI
Nameri National Park covering
an area of about 200 sq. kms is located
at the foothills of eastern Himalayas
about 35 km from Tezpur, the nearest
town (Tezpur is 200 kms from Guwahati).
The park consists of deciduous forests,
hills and the river Jia Bhoroli flows
through it. Nameri was set up as a sanctuary
on 1985 with an area of 137 sq. km.
In 1998 it was officially established
as a National Park. Nameri National
Park is birder's paradise and more than
300 species of birds have been identified
here - four species of hornbills, an
abundance of Mainas, Bee Eaters, Barbets,
Babblers, Bulbuls, Plovers, Ibisbills
etc. In recent years Nameri has become
famous because of the rare and endangered
White Winged Wood Duck. The world population
is estimated at around 700. Above 50
of these resident birds are found in
A plethora of reptilian and insect life
bare testimony to the immense biodiversity
of the area. Assam Roof Turtle, multicouloured
butterflies and insects like Lantern
fly are a common sight adding
colour and charm to the scenery.
Nameri is excellent elephant country
and ideal habitat for a host of other
animals including the tiger. The park
is the second Tiger reserve of Assam.
It is also home to the Leopard, Bison,
Sambar, Hog Deer, Muntjac, Wild Boar,
Wild Dog (Dhole), Sloth Bear, Himalayan
Black Bear, Capped Langur, Malayan Giant
Squirrel, and also the endangered small
mammal - the Hispid hare.
Traditionally Nameri is known all over
for its Golden Mahseer. The snow fed
Jia Bhoroli river flows along the southern
periphery of the Park adding to the
breathtaking scenery. On a clear winter
morning one can see the snow capped
peaks of Eastern Himalayas as a backdrop.
The Bhoroli record on rod and line is
a 24.5 kg (52 lb.) golden mahseer. The
Forest Department regulates angling
and accords permission to angling members
on a select stretch of the river, strictly
on a catch, record and release basis.
The other sporting species of fish found
in the Bhoroli are Saal (Murral), Gorua
(Goonch), Korang or Sundarie (Indian
Trout) and Boka (Chocolate Mahseer).
The best spots for angling are approached
by rubber rafts and the most favourable
time for angling is November and February/March.
Eco Camp, which has nine double-bedded
Swiss Cottage tents with thatched cover,
organizes nature trails through thick
jungle and dry riverbeds, accompanied
by forest guards along with rafting.
These rafting trips, meant for the entire
family are essentially enjoyable float
trips. Rafters may carry packed lunch
and spend time swimming, sunbathing
and generally relaxing on the different
river islands. Kaziranga National Park
can be reached in just 2 hours by road
from Eco Camp.