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Top 5 Wildlife Parks In Meghalaya

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Nestled between Assam and Bangladesh, Meghalaya, fondly known as the abode of clouds, is a pine-fresh mountain state, tucked away in the hills of eastern Himalayas. Meghalaya is sure to cast a spell on you with its rocky terrain, crystal clear rivers, breathtaking waterfalls and some of the largest caves in Asia. Home to some of the rarest flora and fauna, Tarana tells us all about the two national parks and 3 wildlife sanctuaries of Meghalaya. Often compared to the Scottish highlands, Meghalaya is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true!

Meghalaya, every traveller’s paradise

Meghalaya, every traveller’s paradise

#1 Nokrek National Park, East Garo Hills

Nokrek National Park is home to the Red Pandas

Nokrek National Park is home to the Red Pandas

Listed as UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve, Nokrek National Park is home to the endangered Hoolock Gibbon – a rare type of gorilla, the Red Pandas and the Asian Elephants. The park is also home to various indigenous plants and herbs exclusive only to this region. Besides, the flora and fauna, Nokerk National Park has many natural limestone caves which include the famous, Siju Caves.
Located 45 kms from Tura in West Garo hills district, Nokrek National Park is easily accessible. The nearest town William Nagar is 15 kms away. Guwahati railway station and airport are the nearest, 160kms and 170kms away, respectively.

Ideal time to visit: October to May

#2 Balpakram National Park, South Garo Hills

The barking deer, a sight to behold

The barking deer, a sight to behold

Balpakram is referred by the Garo to be the ‘abode of souls’ or ‘abode of perpetual winds.’ The park is often compared to the Grand Canyon Park in America because its little canyon separates the Garo and Khasi Hills. Situated 167 kms away from Tura, Balpakram National Park is also home to the Red Panda, the Barking Deer, and the very rare Golden Cat. Declared as a protected place by the Government of India, permissions need to be sought from the wildlife authorities before entering the park.

Ideal time to visit: October to May

#3 Siju Bird Sanctuary, South Garo Hills

Get pictures of exotic birds at the only sanctuary in Meghalaya dedicated to birds

Get pictures of exotic birds at the only sanctuary in Meghalaya dedicated to birds

Love bird watching? Then Siju Bird Sanctuary is just for you. The only bird sanctuary in Meghalaya, Siju Bird Sanctuary is located next to the Simsang River. The main attractions are the Siberian ducks, Grey Hornbill and the Peacock Pheasant. The ideal time to visit Siju is between November and March since it’s the migrating season for birds.

#4 Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, Ri Bhoi District

Clouded Leopards are one of the most endangered species on the planet

Clouded Leopards are one of the most endangered species on the planet

Nongkhyllem Sanctuary is one of the most popular sanctuaries of the north east India. Retaining the natural habitat of a forest, this sanctuary houses animals that are on the verge of extinction: the Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Bison, Clouded Leopard and many more. You will also find inhabitants brought from foreign land. The natural splendour of this sanctuary allures not only tourist from all over the country but from across the world. As for its location, the sanctuary can be easily reached from nearby towns through roadways.

Ideal time to visit: October to April

#5 Baghmara Reserve Forest, South Garo Hills

A visit to the Baghmara Reserve is an experience like none other

A visit to the Baghmara Reserve is an experience like none other

From lush wildflowers to pitcher plants, and Langoors to Wild Elephants, the Baghmara Reserve forest provides an experience which goes beyond wildlife. One can witness the lives of the Garo community and experience their unique lifestyle.

Ideal time to visit: January to October

Visit Meghalaya to truly witness the amalgamation of exotic and unique species that are indigenous to the area.

Location: North eastern state of India

How to Reach: Meghalaya has a domestic airport at Umroi, 30 kms from Shillong. Fly into Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati which is 117 kms away and then hire a private cab to the respective places.

Official Language: Garo, Khasi, English, Bengali and Assamese

Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)

Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Climate: Tropical Wet

Food & Drink: Rice with spicy fish or meat, pickled bamboos, sticky rice, momos and fermented rice beer.

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Tarana Arora

Tarana Arora

Tarana Arora is a producer and journalist by profession. A resident of Pune, she loves everything about the charming city. Nothing excites her more than food and exploring new places. She lives for thrillers, chocolates and Rafael Naḍal.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ubed Shaikh
    November 03, 05:52 Ubed Shaikh

    Thanks for providing a different and beautiful side of Meghalaya to the world. India truly has amazing gems.

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  2. Monishita das
    November 09, 10:23 Monishita das

    Thank you for this informative article on wild life of northeast India. Everyone should visit northeast at least once.

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