Arunachal Pradesh promises an adventure of a lifetime. And if you’ve wildlife in your mind, look no further because I’ve got all your answers right here.
From the many stunning Northeastern states of India, I long to explore Arunachal Pradesh. Why? It’s one of the country’s wildest states sharing a border with the giant country China. It’s got riveting places where you can wander amid the remote mountain valleys, delve into the depths of virgin forests, hike in the snow-capped peaks, and seek solace amid their colourful monasteries—it’s simply awe-inspiring. Oh and a special mention, the wildlife. The state of Arunachal has some of the most stunning wildlife one simply must go, see, and fall in love with. The state has two beautiful national parks— Mouling National Park and Namdapha National Park—and both are on my must-visit list. So, I’ve done my research on everything you need to know about Arunachal Pradesh National Parks so that even you can visit them.
Mouling National Park
This national park created in the year 1986 is said to be named after Mouling Peak. The name literally means red poison or red blood. You can explore this park with a thrilling ride on an elephant's back or the jeep across the marshes and forest. The park is recognized as one of the 18 biodiversity places and is one of the topmost national parks in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. Mouling is famous for Red Pandas, Hoolock Gibbons, and Bengal Tigers, along with various species such as Takin, Barking Deer, Serow, Goral, and Indian Leopard.
A tiger at Mouling National Park
Best season to visit Mouling National Park
The best time to visit Mouling National Park is between the months of November to February. During this time, you can experience cool temperatures, which range between 8°C-14°C. This weather is also suitable for sightseeing across Arunachal Pradesh.
How to reach Mouling National Park
Mouling by air: Arunachal Pradesh does not have an airport. The nearest airport to the national park is Lilabari Airport in Tezpur, Assam. It is located about 230 km from the park. Lilabari Airport is well connected to many domestic cities via direct and layover flights. The international airport is located in Guwahati, Assam.
Mouling by rail: Tinsukia Railway Station is the closest railway station to Mouling National Park. This railway station is located at North Lakhimpur. You may not find direct trains from major cities to Tinsukia; however, the closest junction is located in Guwahati where many trains halt from cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, and Lucknow.
Mouling by road: Mouling National Park is well connected to many cities by roadways. You will find plenty of Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) or privately operated vehicles that travel to Mouling National Park. The closest bus stand is located at Yingkiong, You can also drive in your private car via Guwahati to Pasighat to Yingkiong, finally arriving at Mouling National Park.
Namdapha National Park
Having a blend of tropical moist forests and montane forests, Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh is a stunning national park for wildlife and also for nature enthusiasts. The scenario changes from alpine meadows to temperate forests to perennial snow. The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972 then a Tiger Reserve and National Park a few years later in 1983. The park has different vegetation, ultimately making it a home for different animal species like Common Leopards, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Red Pandas, and Bengal Tigers.
Elephant safari at Namdapha National Park
Best season to visit Namdapha National Park
In the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, the temperature fluctuates between 8°C-37°C. At Namdapha, the weather plays a vital role that helps the biodiversity of the park grow; it changes throughout the year. If you plan to visit Namdapha National Park, the best time to visit is from October to March. The weather during the given months is more pleasant and idealistic for outdoor activities.
How to reach Namdpha National Park
Namdapha by air: The best way to get to Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh is via a flight. However, the closest airport is Dibrugarh Airport, which is located some 150 km in Assam. There are fewer flight options, but the airport is connected to major cities across India. From the airport, the national park is a soothing 1-hour ride past beautiful streams and waterfalls.
Namdapha by rail: Margherita is the closest town in Assam to reach the national park. It has a railway station with a limited railway connection. However, many local trains run from other parts of Assam. It is approximately 90 km from the forest rest house of Namdapha National Park. The favourable railway junction is at Guwahati, which is connected to the majority of Indian cities.
Namdapha by road: Road network is great in India. Assam State Transport Corporation and Arunachal Pradesh State Transport bus services are available that ply to Dibrugarh and Miao via other towns like Tinsukia, Ledo, Margherita, Kharsang, and Jagun. Kharsang is the closest town to the National Park. You can also rent a private car or book a private cab for a more luxurious drive. Other modes of transport are also available such as sharing cabs.
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