Namdapha Butterfly Festival – A Celebration of Biodiversity

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The 2023 Namdapha Butterfly Festival will be held from 13th – 15th October at the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve, Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is an annual calendar event of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, organized by the Society for Education and Environmental Development (SEED) in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Department and the Namdapha National Park authorities.

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The three-day biodiversity festival is held in the month of October, when the weather is pleasant and the butterflies are most active.

Announcing the festival on Twitter, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein wrote “Experience the Namdapha Butterfly Festival, an exciting calendar event of the GoAP, being held from October 13th to 15th. This festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of butterflies found in Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve and is a must-see for nature lovers and enthusiasts. I welcome all the participants from 16 States across India who will be joining this festival. This is an opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for nature and conservation. Let’s promote the beauty of nature and spread awareness about the importance of preserving it for future generations.”

Namdapha National Park is one of the largest national parks in India, covering an area of over 1,985 square kilometers. It is located in the eastern Himalayas, bordering Myanmar and China. The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, and 100 species of reptiles.

Namdapha National Park is a hotspot for butterflies, with over 550 species recorded. This includes some of the rarest and most beautiful butterflies in the world, such as the Kaiser-i-Hind, the Blue Mormon, and the Peacock Pansy. The 2022 Namdapha Butterfly Festival ended with record of 241 species of butterflies spotted and as many as 105 participants, including professional photographers, environmentalists, biologist, naturalist and wildlife experts from different states of India.

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