Trivia / Alluring Arunachal

Which one of the following is true for Namdapha National Park?

  1. It is inhabited by 4 big cat species.
  2. It is the largest national park in India.
  3. Jeep safari is the only way to explore it.

It is inhabited by 4 big cat species.

Spread over 1985 sq km, Namdapha National Park is the largest national park in the eastern Himalayas. According to the legend, when people from the Singhpo tribe were clearing the forest, a man said that the jungle shouldn’t be cut down since its really beautiful. Thus, they named it Namdapha - “nam” meaning forest and “dapha” meaning keeping in the Singhpo dilect.

The park is the only national park in India to be the home to four species of the big cat family - leopard, tiger, snow leopard and clouded leopard. It is also the only home to the critically endangered Namdapha flying squirrel.

Miao is the nearest town to the entry gate of the Namdapha National Park. Tourists can either stay at the forest guesthouse at Deban, or can camp at any of the designated campsites in the forest. Trekking is the only way to explore Namdapha, and the road ends at Deban from where visitors. One might be disappointed by the fact that the cat species are mostly in the core area of the park which is too dense to trek to.