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Namdapha National Park

The beautifully remote NAMDAPHA NATIONAL PARK is unique for its massive range of altitudes (200–4500m). Close to the Myanmar border, Namdapha is home to tigers, leopards (clouded and snow), elephants, red pandas, deer and the endangered Hoolock gibbon, although you are unlikely to spot any big wildlife on a short visit. The journey here is long and uncomfortable, so it’s advisable to visit with a tour operator: try Purvi Discovery, Gurudongma Tours & Treks or Jungle Travels India.

The park headquarters are at Miao, where you can book to stay at the Forest Rest House (Rs501–700) in Deban, the main camp, which has wonderful views over the river valley.It’s possible to take a guided elephant trek with overnight camping inside the park – contact the Field Director at Miao.

Buses to and from Miao pass through Margherita, 64km southwest, and Tinsukia, 40km further southwest in Assam, where rail services run to Guwahati. Dibrugarh is a further 47km beyond Tinsukia.