NAMERI NATIONAL PARK

 

The gorgeous Nameri National Park was the third place to be established as an official national park in the Indian state of Assam. It is within the Sonitpur District and is connected to the Pakhui Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh in the north-east. Its official history dates back over a century. It was first declared a Reserved Forest on October of 1878. More than 100 years later, in 1987, it was established as the Nameri Sanctuary. The Provisional Notification for its National Park status was issued in February 1997. This was finalised in September of the following year. Today, it is also a Tiger Reserve, playing an integral part in the protection of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.

The Jia-Bhoroli River and the rivers that branch off from it characterise the landscape, providing water to the fauna and flora of the park. During the rainy monsoon season, these rivers swell and flow with fierce determination. Because of this plentiful water supply, the soil yields many types of vegetation, including forested areas. These different sources of food and habitat, in turn, attract a variety of different animals. The different vegetative areas include Valley Tropical Evergreen Forests, Alluvial Plains Semi-Evergreen Forests, Cane Brakes, Wet Bamboo Brakes, Sub Himalayan Light Alluvial Semi-Evergreen Forests, Eastern Hollock Forests, Low Alluvial Savannah Woodland and Eastern Seasonal Swamp Forests. This ensures a prime biodiversity for the environment and a very rewarding spectacle for visitors.

Some of the glorious animals that visitors can look forward to seeing include the Asian or Indian Elephant, Common 
Image of a Barking Deer
Female Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer
Leopard, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Hare, Capped Langur, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Slow Loris, Assamese Macaque, Flying Squirrel, fox, Gaur and domestic cattle to bulk up the number of prey animals available to the hunting carnivores. The forested areas as well as the meadows are ideal for the growing elephant population. These mighty giants are fascinating to observe as the trample silently and display their intuition in the ways that they live, feed and interact with one another. Fascinating bird species include the Black Stork, Hill Myna, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, and the Fairly Blue Bird, amongst many others. The Royal Bengal Tiger is another major feature of the reserve. There are several dozen of these majestic hunters within Nameri National Park, a real treat for onlookers. These valuable treasures are threatened by illegal poaching, a loss of habitat and human interference.

Tezpur is the nearest town to this park at only 35 kilometres away. The Nameri National Park remains fairly inaccessible to poachers and passers-by, but is the ideal retreat for national and international tourists.

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