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How To Reach Namdapha National Park
Spanning over 766 sq.m, Namdapha National Park is a large protected area in Arunachal Pradesh with over a thousand floral and 1,400 fauna species and one of the most popular biodiversity hotspots in the Eastern Himalayas. Featuring lowland evergreen rainforests in the northernmost region of Eastern Himalayas, the national park also comprises of wide-ranging dipterocarp forests and is India’s 4th largest national park. Originally a wildlife sanctuary, Namdapha became a national park in 1983 and a tiger reserve in the same year and its name has been inspired by water and origin in reference to the river that flows from the Dapha Bum Glaciers. One of the best ways of reaching Namdapha National Park is to take a flight to Dibrugarh and then make the onward journey by taxi.
The closest airport to the National Park is the Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh, about 160km from the site. Although the road connectivity to Diburgah Airport from the park is suitable for travel, traveling from Guwahati is a better option, even at 600km. If you’re traveling from Delhi then it takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes on a flight to Dibrugarh in an estimated fare range of INR 4,500-8,500 and then another 5 hours approx. by taxi from Dibrugarh Airport. Indigo and Spicejet have regular flights to Dibrugarh.
The nearest train station to Namdapha National Park is in Tinsukia, which is about 140km from the main site and since it is well connected by road, you can hire a cab to reach the park from Tinsukia. If you’re traveling from New Delhi, there’s a train for New Tinsukia Station once a day which takes roughly 38 hours in the fare range of INR 950-1,100. On arrival at Tinsukia, you’d take another train to Digboi (with a 3 times a day frequency) and reach Digboi in about 58 minutes. From Digboi it’s a 4-hour drive in a taxi to Namdapha.
Namdapha National Park’s well connected by road to all major cities and has a mix of government as well as private buses operating daily at frequent intervals. If you enjoy a road trip, you can board a bus or hire a taxi for some thrilling experiences. The passage of the journey from Dibrugarh to Miao covers Tinsukia, Margherita, Digboi, Jagun, Ledo, Namchik and Kharsang in about six hours. There are numerous night buses available as well from Guwahati.
To visit Namdapha National Park you require two permits. One is an inner line permit that allows you in Arunachal Pradesh and another is a tourist permit to enter Namdapha. As the national park is recognized as a bird’s paradise with rare avian species, Jeep Safaris aren’t allowed, so as to leave the natural habitat undisturbed by motor vehicles. However, you can enjoy Elephant Safaris, Trekking, Boating or River Crossing to enjoy visiting the Park.