The Terrain

In the foothills of the Himalayas, amid the tea estates of east Assam lies Nameri National Park. This little known expanse of wilderness is best known for its Asiatic Elephants. Nameri is the perfect jungle, with thick creepers, lianas, and dense banks of bamboo. A dense tract of wilderness, it has over 600 species of indigenous trees and is particularly well known for its wild orchids.

Besides the elephant, Nameri is also a habitat for tigers, wild dogs, the Gaur (Indian bison), the clouded leopard, and several other mammalian species. It is also very rich in bird life and its rivers are filled with the prized Golden Mahseer.

A Bygone Era…

  • Nameri was one of the easternmost dominions of the ancient Ahom kings of Assam. The Ahoms ruled in the 1300s and held sway for several centuries. Later, the Koch kings, who hailed from Cooch Behar, took control over this region in Assam from the Ahoms.
  • During the British era, Nameri’s precious timber was a valuable commodity and the park was used for logging.
  • It was designated a forest reserve in 1978 and made a national park in 1985.

Quick Facts

Nameri is in the far east of Assam, bordering with the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh.

Topography: It’s a lush evergreen forest, with thick vegetation and a verdant canopy of creepers, climbers and lianas. It is filled with thick forest and several small waterbodies known as jheels, rivulets, streams and ponds are scattered throughout the park.

In Season: 01 November – 30 April

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Tigris trivia

The Golden Mahseer is the king of the piscine world. Nameri’s prized fish can grow to be as much as nine feet in length!

Saving a species…

Nameri is a critical elephant conservation zone. This is one park that experiences considerable human-animal conflict that needs to be mitigated in order to save the species from being killed and humans from getting hurt and their settlements damaged.


Tigers, wild dogs, clouded leopards, sloth bears and the Himalayan Black Bear, are the main predators in this forest. The richness of the forest’s biodiversity and evergreen vegetation feed a large prey base of smaller herbivores, primates and rodents that the larger predators feed on.


The Gaur, the muntjac, wild boars, capped langur monkeys, the Giant Indian Squirrel, the Burmese Ferret Badger, Binturong, and Hispid Hare, are some of the herbivores found in Nameri. Several species of deer, including the Barking Deer, Sambhar, and Hog Deer, add to an abundant prey base. Nameri also has a large number of cattle roaming in the park. Rare reptiles like the Assam Roof Turtle and the Khasi Hill Terrapin, which were believed to have died out completely, have made a miraculous comeback in Nameri.


If you love birds, Nameri is a birding hotspot. Nameri is probably the last natural habitat for the critically endangered White Winged Wood Duck. Nameri is home to a large number of these ducks who live in pairs and currently only number around one hundred and fifty. Hornbills, Terns, Orioles, Flycatchers and Kingfishers are quite common. Nameri also has several varieties of raptors including Fish Eagles, and the Amur Falcon.

Getting there

The nearest airport is at:

  • Tezpur (38 kilometers/ 1 hour’s drive)

The nearest railway stations are at:

  • Rangapara (30 kilometers/ 45 minute drive)

Wake up on the wild side

Trekking – take a trek through the buffer zone and experience the rich biodiversity of Nameri on foot.

Rafting – Enjoy a spot of river rafting as you watch the park’s incredible depth of riverine life.

Bird watching – Nameri is home to thousands of birds. Your guided safari will focus on the uniqueness of these species.

When to visit

November, February, March and April are some of the best months to visit Nameri.

Weather Vane

Nameri has a moderate climate that makes it pleasant to visit throughout the season. The winter months are extremely pleasant and hover at around 11-15 degrees centigrade (in the low 60s in Fahrenheit). The summer months are warm but not unduly hot at around 30-35 degrees centigrade (in the high 80s in Fahrenheit).

Your forest hideaway


Wild Mahseer Lodge :

what we love… situated on the Balipara Tea Estate, Wild Mahseer takes you back into another era of plantation life. Delicious Assamese cuisine and a wonderful biodiversity conservation foundation make this a top pick in the area.


Eco Camp Nameri :

what we love… the tented accommodations are comfortable and rustic really giving you a feel for the wilderness.

Tiger Tips

A birding walk is a must in Nameri. Boating and angling for Mahsheer in the Jia Bhoroli river is thrilling for anglers and people who enjoy being on the water.

Must Pack


  • Winters (November to February) – warm clothes, jackets, gloves, mufflers, hats.
  • Summers (March to June) – light coloured loose cotton clothing, a cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Wear shades of beige, brown, green that help you to remain camouflaged against the forest foliage.
  • We recommend carrying sturdy walking shoes and socks.

Insect Repellant:

  • We recommend carrying insect repellant to keep bugs and mosquitoes at bay. This is also usually provided to you by your lodge and can be obtained locally.

Gear & Equipment

  • Binoculars and cameras are a tremendous advantage in the forest.
  • We also recommend carrying a global adapter and your own chargers for any electronic devices that you might have and need to charge.
  • An extra set of digital camera batteries and a memory stick is advisable. **Please remember that Internet access in parks is limited and you may not be able to upload your images or videos to the web immediately.