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Namdapha National Park

History

Namdapha National Park is located in Itanagar, the capital city of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The park was started in the year of 1972 as a national park and was later converted to a tiger reserve in the year of 1983 and covers an area of over 1980 square kilometers.

The Park is located in the Eastern Himalayan sub- in an area resplendent with natural beauty that attracts visitors to the place and is recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity in India. The Park is mainly mountainous and is surrounded by Deban and Namdapha rivers.

The beautiful forests in the national park possess great biodiversity of flora and fauna. More than 150 timber species can be found in the park including The Pinus merkusi and Abies delavavi which are not found elsewhere in India. As far as the fauna goes it is only park in the world to have the four Feline species of big cats namely the Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard along with numbers of Lesser cats. Among the primate species seen in the park are the Assamese macaque, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque and number of the distinctive Hoolock Gibbons which are highly endangered and the only 'ape' species found in India. Of the many other important animals are the elephants, black bear, Indian Bison, several species of deer, reptiles and a variety of other animals. The national park is also the home to over 453 species of birds and a total 1285 faunal species.

There are several other places worth visiting in the National Park such as the Deban, Firmbase and Haldibari camping sites that allow people to spend some time in the wilderness undisturbed. There is also Bulbulla meaning bubble that overlooks a large aquifer and derives its name from its several natural springs. There is also the Gandhigram village which is situated in the southeast periphery of Namdapha and is the remotest and the last village in India, wedged between China and Myanmar and is the home land of Lisu tribe.

Best time to visit

The place has a pleasant, warm and dry climate in the summers with temperatures reaching a maximum of 40 degrees. Winter months extend from September to February and are generally cold with temperatures falling to below 10 degrees.

The best time to visit the National Park is during the months of October to April.

Trivia

Namdapha National Park is the largest national park in India in terms of area and within its premises is found the medicinal plant Mishimi Teeta, which is used by the local tribal people for treating all kinds of diseases but whose export has been banned.

One of the rarest and endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda is also found here.

Timing

The National Park is open on all days.


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