Namdapha National Park | Arunachal Pradesh

Our journey to a wild and relatively unexplored National Park in India, Namdapha National Park, started early in the morning.  There was a well maintained road from Digboi in Assam to Jagun Check Gate in Arunachal Pradesh. But the road thereafter was horrible. Miao, a small town in Changlang district and our entry point to Namdapha National Park was only 40 Km from Jagun check gate but it took us around 2½ hours to reach there. It was a difficult journey mostly on the rocky surface to Miao.  Our accommodation in Namdapha National Park and the tourist permits were made in advance through Mr. A.K. Das, an officer in the Office of the Field Director, Namdapha National Park at Miao in Arunachal Pradesh. So, we stopped at Miao to collect the permits and after a short halt we resumed the journey on a jungle road to Deban where our accommodation was booked in Forest Rest House. Deban was further 26 Kms from Miao which connects with Miao by a muddy jungle road.

Entry Gate of Namdapha National Park

Entry Gate of Namdapha National Park

We entered to a zone where no mobile network was available. In the jungles, we were cut off from rest of the world. Oh, it’s not only that, we were cut off from electricity too! Yet we were so engaged with the nature that we hardly felt their absence.

That's the road to Deban Forest Rest House

That’s the road to Deban Forest Rest House

Forest Rest House at Deban

Forest Rest House at Deban

It was mid-noon when we made it to Deban. Here, the caretaker of the rest house cooks and provides foods to the visitors against a nominal charge. He told us that our lunch would be ready within an hour. So, we decided to explore the nearby areas. Down to the hill where the rest house locates, flows the river Now-Dihing or Noa-Dihing. We went down to the river bed, walked along the river, crossed the bamboo bridge and took lots of pictures. There was nothing more to do and coming back for the lunch was the only option.

Noa-Dihing or Now-Dihing River at Namdapha National Park

Noa-Dihing or Now-Dihing River at Namdapha National Park

Our group photo at Noa-Dihing River side- Namdapha National Park

Our group photo at Noa-Dihing River side- Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park has dense vegetation with high hills and many streams.  It is a paradise for bird watchers and those who love to see butterflies. Though big cats like tigers and leopards are said to be found in Namdapha National Park but due to dense forest they remain elusive and one has to be very lucky in spotting one of them. In the afternoon after lunch, when we drove deep into the forest to the view point, our journey started with full of excitement and adventures. In the dark forest, sounds of birds and that of some animals, may be of Gibbons, were exciting in the initial moments but really we could not spot anything big except a deer and a fox.

Days are small here. Soon we were in full darkness; sounds in the forest became louder but nothing really happened. We returned to the rest house. After a long time, I was staying in a dark night amidst the jungle. It was a lovely evening. No electricity, no lights, amidst the jungle we were in complete darkness. However, the rooms in the rest house had lights powered by batteries.

Before dinner we kindled bonfire on the outside and enjoyed the evening discussing tourism in North East, politics and what not.

Namdapha National park is one of a few where no safaris are available and the only means to explore it is on foot. Next morning, we awoke early with a hope to spot varieties of butterflies, birds and Gibbons. Yes, it was much satisfying as we saw Indian great pied hornbill, Writhed hornbill, Trogon, Slaty back forktail, red start bird, gray-backed shrike and Hollock Gibbon.

Photo Galleries of Namdapha National Park

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Hollock Gibbon

Hollock Gibbon

Indian Great Pied Hornbill

Indian Great Pied Hornbill

Indian Great Pied Hornbill

Indian Great Pied Hornbill

TROGON Bird

Trogon Bird

Writhed hornbill

Writhed hornbill

Red Start Bird

Red Start Bird

Slaty back forktail

Slaty back forktail

Gray-backed shrike

Gray-backed shrike

You know the name of it :-)

You know the name of it 🙂

How to reach Namdapha National Park: The nearest rail head is Ledo. But Tinsukia or Dibrugarh is a more convenient station. From Tinsukia Rly station Deban is at a distance of 139 Km. Deban locates at a distance of 192 Km from the nearest airport at Dibrugarh.

Entry Permits, Tourist Permits and Booking of Forest Rest House : To enter Arunachal Pradesh one needs to obtain inner line permits from the Office of the Resident commissioner, Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati or Dibrugarh.  The Tourist Permits are issued by The Field Director, Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Miao-792122, Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. We took the help of Mr. A.K. Das Office of the field Director, Namdapha National Park, Miao. He is available at +91-94366-32806. Mr. Das is a very helpful officer. He responds well in telephone and also does everything to get in advance tourist permits and booking of Forest Rest House at Deban. He responds too by email which is fdnamdapha@gmail.com

What expect to see at Namdapha National Park? If you like jungles and wish to spend some moments or days in solitude and serenity, it is one of the best places. You may perhaps see all those I mentioned and sighting any wild animal would be a surprise gift.

21 thoughts on “Namdapha National Park | Arunachal Pradesh”

  1. Prasad Np says:

    What a beautiful place and some wonderful pictures, those butterflies are really exotic…keep on sharing such posts from a part of India we hardly know much about…. thanks

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Prasad for the encouraging comments. I will try to bring more of Arunachal Pradesh in my blog.

  2. svetlana says:

    Absolutely stunning post. Loved it. That green is so fresh and soul soothing.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Glad that you liked it, Svetlana! Thank you.

    2. Rajiv says:

      Few more months to go Svetlana 😉

  3. Ami says:

    Lovely lovely post. Loved those pictures – the gibbon, hornbill…such amazing creatures to spot and I sure would love a walk on that bamboo bridge

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you very much Ami!

  4. Shrikant says:

    Awesome pictures!! Bamboo bridge looks good thing to try !

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you, Shrikant 🙂

  5. Indrani says:

    I am so tempted to be there now! Such wonderful captures!
    We should plan a blogger get together there. 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      That’s a wonderful idea. Thank you Indrani 🙂

  6. Arun says:

    Wow! Such a beautiful place this is!
    Loved the pictures 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you very much Arun 🙂

  7. Rajeev Palsule says:

    Outstanding Log Anupamda !!
    I am a retired Banker . Sitting in PUNE (Maharashtra )Went thru in one sitting. Had come across log on THE First Rays of Sun In India. Your narration is simple but appealing and the photos are icing on it !!

    Warm Regards

    Rajeev Palsule

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Glad that you liked it, Rajeev ji. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  8. Mridula says:

    Totally in awe of the place and your pictures! Let us see if I ever get there!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Do visit the place. You will love it. Thanks!

  9. Rajiv says:

    Superb stuff dada, everything is so lively and fresh!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thanks Rajiv 🙂

  10. Ananta Kumar Chaudhuri says:

    Retired from service 4 years ago. Passionate about traveling. Started trekking again after a long gap of 20 yrs. Willing to visit eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh along with Namdafa forest. Living at Serampore near Kolkata. How do I contact you?

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you for dropping by. There is a Contact option on top of this page 🙂

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