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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Visited Pakke on 27-28th February'2016. Basically came to know about Pakke tiger reserve from internet. Since I stay in Guwahati and have visited the common wildlife sanctuaries in Assam like Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri so thought of venturing a little bit more in my own region. Came to know of Pakke from google search and decided to go since it is not very far off Guwahati. A 5-6 hrs drive from Guwahati. Went with family and friends. We were six of us.
So started at 6:00AM from Guwahati, had homemade breakfast in Tezpur and reached Pakke at around 12:30PM. An ILP is needed. From NH-52, one has to take left and there is a sign on the road clearly indicating Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. From that left turn, the road becomes bumpy but we saw road construction going on. So I believe travellers going to Pakke now will get go road conditions till Assam border. Once you enter Arunachal, it is just village. We have decided to stay at Pakke Jungle Camp. Mr. Suresh Pait (09402037005, sureshpait@gmail.com) is the owner cum manager of the camp. He is a very able person to guide you through. He is teacher by profession. At credit to this guy, being able to manage profession, family and his passion together. Realised hard work has its own virtue.
So Mr. Pait was waiting for our arrival. Lunch was ready for us. I should inform everyone about this - there is no mobile connection everywhere in Pakke. So to contact him you have to leave a message to him over mobile and he will contact you once he is in the network area. Also food has to be arrange from nearby town Seijosa. So they ask guest in advance. Also the camp is very very basic. But one don't go to the jungle to get luxury. Any way the camp has some great view and lots of place to soak nature.
Pakke is basically famous for bird watching. Four types of hornbill are found here. It's also a nature lover's paradise. When you talk through those forest, you can see the majestic beauty of nature, the terrains, the tall trees, the amazing sounds of birds, the totality of the place is difficult for me to explain in words. But then again the facilities at the camp is very basic. So be in that mindset.
Gombu- another very interesting boy who was our guide during walk through the forest, is also quite knowledgeable. Another hardworking and interesting boy we met. Wildlife spotting is difficult but abundance of clean green and blue.
So someone falling for nature, it's a place for them.

2  Thank joybanik
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Pakke Tiger Camp is situated on a hilltop, 21 kms from Balipara, in the Seijosa area of Arunachal. An extension of the Nameri forests of Assam, Pakke is completely untrod wilderness. On one side of river Pakke is the reserve forest area where this camp is located, while on the other side is the core area of the forest where tigers, leopards, wild elephants, gaurs and other animals are found in abundance. This is also a bird watcher's paradise. 4 varieties of Hornbills are seen here, and the local Nyishi tribe is actively involved in Hornbill conservation with help from the Nature Conservation Foundation. This camp is also managed by the Nyishi community. The earnings from the camp makes the community less dependent on the forest and thus helps in conservation.
Basic amenities and quite rustic - the camp has no dearth of care. The huts are comfortable, food is quite elaborate and tasty. We visited in January when it was very cold. We used the spend the evenings chatting with our guide cum caretaker Ahe-ji around the wood-fire, listening to his amazing experiences in the forest. Ahe-ji took us for a walk along the boulder strewn banks of the river amid mesmerizing surroundings, and also arranged a trip inside the jungle, where we saw a lot of Hornbills (3 varieties).
A very different sort of charm of this completely non-touristy place - will make wilderness lovers crave to come back.

  • Stayed: January 2016, traveled as a couple
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Thank Biyas
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

Pakke Jungle Camp is an initiative started by villagers of the Nyishi community who live in and around Seijosa, which is 5kms away. The huts are made of bamboo in the local style and very spacious. They regulate temperature well; the inside of the huts are warm in the winter and cool in the summers. The trees all around protect the camp from the ravages of the wind.

Pakke Jungle Camp is for the discerning traveller, not for the tourist. Reaching here is not the easiest and one has to get used to the fact that this is a phone network-free zone. Please shove your phones into your bags and forget about them. Forget electronic connectivity and connect with the people, nature, and yourself.

There are four huts at the camp with two single beds each. Another person can easily sleep on a mattress on the floor. Each hut has an attached toilet and bathroom at the back. The toilets and basins are very clean. Hot water requires the traveller to request the people in the kitchen to boil it in advance. There is a large open-air dining area under a roof and a machaan (treehouse) that overlooks the river next to it. There is a dormitory being built for budget travellers near the dining area.

The caretakers of the camp offer the best service possible and may easily surpass anything offered at the most expensive hotels anywhere around the world. This place is the equivalent of a homestay in the middle of a forest. Conversations with the caretakers and the local people provide insights into why they live the way they do and continue doing so despite the challenges they face. There is always something to learn about another and about oneself, i believe. Pakke just reinforced this. There is also a space for a campfire in the middle of the camp and can be arranged with prior notice.

Food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, is available for anyone. The local cuisine is to be tasted to be believed but they will cook simple food too if you do not wish to get out of your comfort zone. Red tea is always flowing from flask to cup and helped keep us warm through out stay there in December.

There is thick reserve forest all around and two rivers visible from the camp. An elephant corridor passes close by and it is possible to spot elephants and deer roaming close to the camp. Birds are omnipresent all through the year.

The conservators working with the Jungle Camp and the Tiger Reserve are locals. Hunters until a few years ago, they have now turned to conserving their forests and working with tourism to provide a living for themselves. They are the best spotters and guides as they know their land and what it offers inside out. Please listen to them and follow them for the best experience possible.

Pakke Jungle Camp is the place if you wish to experience Nyishi hospitality and a virgin forest that has a lot to offer. Leave your ego behind but remember to put on your trekking shoes!

Room Tip: Choose any hut! They are all the same.
  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled with friends
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1  Thank hungryvagabond
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Reviewed 24 January 2015

The project is run by a local Nyshi community nnearby.

As the huts are just beside an elephant corridor, there is a fair chance to see wild elephants.

The huts are rustic andbasic, but quite comfortable, and of course there is no wi-fi.

Service was very good, and the food was plenty and tasty.

  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled solo
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3  Thank Ushi-Guide
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