The Dihang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve is one of the few nature preserves around the world which are untouched from the modern civilization. Non of the parts of the BR is approachable by road and has to be approached on foot only. The reserve forest derives its name from the Dibang River which is the main river flowing through the area.
Reserve spreads over three districts, viz., Dibang Valley, Upper Siang and West Siang. It covers high mountains of Eastern Himalaya and Mishmi Hills. The elevation in the reserve ranges from less than 1000 to more than 5000 m asl. The habitat in Dihang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve ranges from tropical wet evergreen in the river gorges to subtropical, temperate, alpine and permanent snow.
The reserve is rich in wildlife. Rare mammals such as Mishmi takin, Red goral, Musk deer (at least two species), Red panda, Asiatic black bear, occasional Tiger and Gongshan muntjac occurs while among birds there is the rare Sclater’s Monal and Blyth’s Tragopan. Two flying squirrels, new to science have been recently discovered from the vicinity of this reserve. These are named as Mechuka Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista mechukaensis and Mishmi Hills Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista mishmiensis.
The tribes inhabiting around the forest are Adi, Buddhist and Mishmi tribes with ten sub tribes that are the Pasis, Padams, Karkos, Pangis, Simongs, Ashings, Tangams, Komkars, Millangs, Dalbings, Membas, Khambas, and Idu Mishmis. The tribes live in great harmony with the geographical conditions of the forest and maintain great ecological friendliness.
How To Reach :
The reserve forest is spread over the Dibang Valley, West Siang and Upper Siang districts. Visitors can reach the forest from any of the three districts.
Anini city from Dibang Valley, Pasighat from East Siang, Along of West Siang, Daporijo of Upper Subansiri, Yingkiong of Upper Siang, Roing of Lower Dibang Valley are the major cities from where one can reach the Biosphere.
Visitors can hire a taxi/cab to reach the forest. However a sturdy vehicle is required that can run on rough and hilly areas. Vehicles do not go upto the biosphere. Visitors need to walk a long distance to reach the buffer area of the forest.Book Now
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