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If you want to enjoy the real experience of camping in the wild among lush greenery and wildlife in eco-friendly tent or cottage accommodation which provides simple pleasure in life – originating a healthy comfortable stay. Eco Camp Nameri at Nameri National Park will be your best choice. Nameri National Park is a natural habitat used for conservation purposes in the bases of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India. Nameri shares its northern boundary with Arunachal Pradesh, has a total area of 200 sq km.

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In our Arunachal tour when we were moving from Itanagar to Bomdila we spent one night at Nameri. Maximum tourists spent one night in transit at Bhalukpong. But after extensive research in internet I found Nameri is the best option to spend one night in comparison with Bhalukpong. Nameri to Bhalukpong distance is 27 kms which takes 45 minutes by car. And the best staying option in Nameri is Eco Camp Nameri.

Nameri is declared as Tiger Reserve in the year 1999-2000. The river Jia- Bhoroli is the lifeline of Nameri, which flows along the Southern boundary of the park from North- West to South- East. The Jia Bhoroli river of Assam was famous since the time of British for the golden mahseer angling. The angling was officially banned in this reserve forest from 2011.

Mahseer translates as mahi – fish and sher – tiger, and hence is also referred as tiger among fish. It is a large and known to be the toughest among the fresh water sport fish. The body colour of an adult Golden Mahseer is golden on both side and fins are reddish-yellow. Also the fish is characterized by their large scales and thick powerful lips with relatively longer hair-like organs in front of the mouth.

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The flora type of Nameri is of moist deciduous forests with cane, bamboo and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. This is an excellent elephant reserve. It is an ideal territory for a host of other animals including the tiger, leopard,  Deer, sambar,  wild dog, leopard cat, wild boar, bear, marbled cat and Indian giant squirrel. Nameri is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The white winged wood duck, hornbill, stork, bee-eaters, babblers and many other birds make Nameri their home.

From Itanagar we started at around 9.30 am and reached Nameri around 2.30 pm. We had our lunch at roadside dhaba on the way. In the reception one lady and front office manager of Eco Camp Nameri Mr. Prashant (mobile: 69005 04838) greeted us. At the time of official formalities I asked him about the various activities of Eco Camp Nameri. Prashant told us mainly there are two activities which were quite popular to visitors. One is Nameri Jungle trails through thick jungle and dry riverbeds. This activity organized by forest authorities and accompanied by forest guard. It offers an opportunity for bird watching. Second one is rafting in the gentle flow of the Jia-Bhoroli River which is really enjoyable. But as the month is October and the forest was closed we had to skip both. Prashant also mentioned that best season to visit Nameri is November to April.

We then moved to our tent. WOW..It was an excellent accommodation. Nameri Eco Camp is situated about 47 kilometers from Tezpur and about 1.2 kilometers from the banks of the Jia Bhoroli River. The camp is managed by Assam Bhoreli Angling and Conservation Association (ABACA). After freshening up ourselves we went to roam around Eco Camp Nameri.

Eco Camp Nameri located in an excellent tranquil location within 1 km from the entrance to Nameri National Park. We spent one night in a tent which is well maintained and clean. I really loved the campus which is green and ideal for bird lovers. We found woodpeckers, parakeets, and flycatchers’ drongos within the campus. We also went to Golden Mahseer Conservation and Breeding Center. This conservation center was located inside the Eco Camp Nameri campus. It is a conservation project for endangered species of fish Golden Mahseer which is locally known as ‘Junga Pithia’.

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I asked the on-duty supervisor about Golden Mahseer conservation. He mentioned that the species have suffered severe population declines in much of its distribution range, and are now considered threatened due to pollution, habitat loss and over-fishing. There is dearth of information on habitat, feeding and breeding ecology of the species. Mahseer is a sensitive species that can hardly bear a modified water environment. 

The supervisor also informed us that Nameri faces two threats: The major threat for Nameri is human/animal conflict due to around 3000 cattle grazing the forest. The other human/animal conflict is due to the massive group of elephants in Nameri. There were several cases of elephant deaths. A great threat is possessed on this protected area because of poachers who hunt the valuable birds for their wings. The remoteness and continuity with the neighboring forest areas have helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish.

In evening we enjoyed our drinks in open big lawn. To reach Nameri you have to reach Guwahati by train or by air and then by road reach Nameri directly. Indian Airlines has direct flight from Kolkata to Guwahati on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday. Regular flight operates to & from Guwahati -Bagdogra, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, Dibrugarh, Jorhat by various airlines.

Eat Sleep and Burn your Fat

We took our dinner in the restaurant of the camp. The restaurant was equally big, clean and well decorated. The service was very slow. Though that was not really a type of place which one should visit to enjoy service. However the staffs were doing their best to cater the needs of the guests. Food quality was better than average. I observed many foods which were mentioned on the menu card were not available at restaurant. But it was a really value for money. To me the main attraction was jungle trail to Nameri National Park which I had to skip this time. It was my bad luck.

Next day morning our driver Ravi reached Eco camp on time. We also finished our breakfast and went to front office to complete all formalities. Again we met Prashant there. He told for the trail to the Nameri National Park, visitors could buy tickets from the office adjacent to Eco Camp Nameri. You can also ask the Hotel for a guide which they provide at a very rational charge. You then need to walk/drive about a km from Nameri Eco Camp towards Jia Bhoreli River. A couple of boatmen help people to cross the river. The trail starts from there. Then he gave me a price card which I sharing with my readers.

Forest Entry Charges for Trekking

For Indian Tourist:

Forest entry fee per person = INR 50.00

Boat crossing fee per person = INR 40.00

Forest guard fee = INR 100.00

Still Camera = INR 50.00

Video Camera = INR 500.00

For Foreigner Tourist:

Forest entry fee per person = INR 500.00

Boat crossing fee per person = INR 40.00

Forest guard fee = INR 100.00

Still Camera = INR 50.00

Video Camera = INR 1000.00

* Prices exclusive of Taxes.

Rafting Charges at Eco Camp Nameri

Rates are equal for both Indian and Foreigner tourist:

Large boat (for 4 person) including all charges = INR 2700

Small boat (for 2 person) including all charges = INR 200

Forest Entry Charges for Rafting

For Indian Tourist:

Rafting fee per person = INR 50

Still Camera = INR 50

Video Camera = INR 500

Per boat fee = INR 300

For Foreigner Tourist:

Rafting fee per person = INR 500

Still Camera = INR 50

Video Camera = INR 1000

Per boat fee = INR 300

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To book Eco Camp Nameri you can contact-

KOYELI TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD.

ADD: Building No. 37, Rukmini Nagar, Near Housing Colony
(Landmark: Road opposite to Reliance Foot Print Next to Old Passport Office).
Basistha Road, Guwahati–781006 Assam.
Phone: 0361-2226656, 2225789.

Mobile No: +91-96780-09091

Also read GUWAHATI RAILWAY STATION

You can consult Nameri Official Website

Last updated on 23.01.21

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