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Things To Do In Namdapha National Park
Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, Namdapha National Park is one of the 4th largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, edged by the Patkai Hills on the southern as well as south-east side and the Himalayas in the north. Within close proximity to the Indo-Myanmar-China tri-junction, the park is set in the Changlang District and spans over 1985 km square. Namdapha is located between Mishmi Hills’ Dapha Bum Range and the Patkai Hills at an altitude of 200m-4571m above the sea’s level and has an extensive range of Bamboo forests that complement the tributary forest region. Here’s a snapshot of things you can do in and around Namdapha National Park.
Birding Excursion at the Namdapha Reserve
Treat yourself in an exciting and enjoyable session of bird watching at the Namdapha National Park where you will witness numerous colorful bird species. From the Great Hornbill to Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle, White-Winged Wood Duck to Blyth’s Kingfisher, the list of birds you’d get to see is endless. Unless you visit the park, you will miss cherishing the entire experience. You can explore the morning birding at Deban by the banks of River Nao Dihing, cross the river and then trek up to Haldibari where you’ll get to see the pale headed Woodpecker and snowy-throated Babblers, in addition to the white-cheeked Hill Partridge and the blue-naped Pitta.
If a Jungle Safari’s too conventional for you, then opt for an Elephant Safari which allows you to enjoy riding the back of an Elephant and spot other wildlife around you with ease. An Elephant Safari’s the best way to cover the enormity of the place and one of the most thrilling ways to witness the beauty of Namdapha’s wilderness.
The Namdapha National Park has a variety of outdoor activities to have your fill of thrills, some of which include boating or crossing the river. Whether you are traveling alone or holidaying with friends or family, trekking at the park is one of the most dreamlike experiences you’d have. With an incredible temperate and alpine forestry for its backdrop and exotic fauna in the forefront, Namdapha offers a wondrous wildlife-spotting opportunity to its visitors and in addition, you can also visit the Dapha Bum Range, a ridge of Mishmi Hills, which also happens to be the highest point in the park.
Relaxing at Nature’s Retreat
Among the things to do in Namdapha, staying at the Forest Rest House or camping under the stars are two of the best activities you’d indulge in. There’s nothing like experiencing an up-close and personal encounter with Mother Nature, soaking in all the peace and calm that encompasses you. Namdapha National Park allows you a wonderful habitat to not only explore the wildlife but also lie back and relax amidst the lush greenery and chirping birds for company. If you choose to stay inside the Park, there’s a beautiful riverside cottage which has excellent views of the park and will expose you to a captivating and gorgeous sight of the wildlife.
A Drive through Bulbulia
Located about 2km from Hornbill and renowned for its sulfur-methane spring, Bulbulia is also popular as Lisu or Aji Polo which means a place of bubbly water. When visiting the Bulbulia Sanctuary you’d be privy to sightings of grey peacock pheasants, wreathed hornbills, rufous necked hornbills or capped langurs.