THE VIEW OF THE NOA-DIHING RIVER FROM THE FOREST LODGE AT DEBAN.
The pristine forests of Namdapha lies in the North eastern most part of India, tucked amongst the hills, crisscrossed by the rumbling Noa-Dihing and Namdapha rivers and their countless tributaries. Located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Namdapha National Park was declared a “Tiger Project” in the year 1983 and today boast of a healthy tiger population, no doubt, because of inaccessibility- just another reason behind it virginity.
THE MAJESTIC DAPHABUM RANGE OVERLOOKING THE FOREST.
With the majestic snow capped peaks of the Daphabum range as its backdrop, Namdapha is a true photographers delight. I recently visited Namdapha after a gap of 15 years and it was simply amazing. I am in love with this place since 1997 when I went there for the first time to carry out tiger census. The best time to visit Namdapha is from October till March, but I would suggest, January. Temperature during this time generally hovers around 1 to 5 degrees Celsius and is ideal for conducting long treks deep into the forest.
THE DEBAN TOURIST LODGE.
A tiny Hamlet called Deban, nestled in the environs of the majestic Patkai range, is the focal point of entry into the core areas of Namdapha and the forest guest house out there is the jewel of its crown. One can just sit and enjoy the dazzling beauty of the winter morning in the manicured gardens of the Deban tourist lodge with hot sips of tea. For those who are more adventurous, treks to nearby camps like Hornbill and Bulbulia can be easily arranged. I went on a small trek with my forest guide to a place called Hawai camp. The view of the river down below is simply breathtaking.
TREKKING TO HAWAI CAMP VIEW POINT.
THE VIEW OF THE NOA-DIHING RIVER FROM HAWAI CAMP VIEW POINT.
A BUG’S LIFE IN NAMDAPHA
The Namdapha Tiger Reserve is a hidden paradise located off the beaten track and that is the secret behind its unspoilt beauty. Come here, relax in the lap of nature and rejuvenate yourself…You will be glad that you took the pain to come here..