Balpakram National Park Meghalaya- A Rarely Explored Park

After visiting a number of waterfalls for which Meghalaya is extremely famous, it was time to do something different. And that’s why we had planned for a trip to the Balpakram National Park. I was always an avid of lover of wildlife and nature and hardly miss an opportunity to visit forest reserves or national parks if I get one.

The Balpakram National Park is situated close to the world famous Garo Hills and is situated at a height of 3000m. While some people refer to it as the land of spirits, others call it by the name of abode of perpetual winds. We knew that it is home to some of the rarest wildlife species on earth including golden cat and barking deer. The animals that are most commonly seen in this national park include elephant, Red Panda, wild water buffalo, etc. The best thing about the national park is the presence of eight different varieties of the big cat, Tiger along with Marbled cat.

Balpakram National Park Meghalaya
Balpakram National Park Meghalaya | Image Resource : wackywanderlust.com

According to the Garo mythology, Balpakram is said to a land where eternal death is possible. The entire area is extremely beautiful and is rated to be amongst the best canyons in this part of the world. The belief of the local people in different kinds of mythological stories combined with the exclusive land formations make it extremely interesting. The local residents informed us that their home is also famous for pitcher plant as well as different kinds of plants of medicinal value such as Dik ke.

After being declared as a National park by the Indian government, steps have been taken to protect the place. Due to this reason, we had to obtain the necessary permits from the wildlife authorities prior to entering it. It has a corridor specially created for Indian elephant and boasts of a number of rare plant species. It is full of tropical plants which are considered to be ideal for animals like deer, elephants, etc. We could also spot a number of lakes and rivers running across the Park and serving as source of drinking water for the animals.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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