Balpakram National Park
Often referred to as the ‘Land of Perpetual Wind’ and ‘Land of Spirits’, Balpakram National Park is located 167kms away from Tura in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Several mysterious stories and unnatural phenomena revolve around this Park. There are findings, but it cannot be convincingly explained by modern science and logic. The local Garo tribe people consider this land to be immensely revered and of great religious importance.
But apart from the unsolved mysteries, this Park, surrounded by beautiful landscape, curved green trees, canyons, thick dense forests, is a place worth visiting. The National Park is inhabited by different species of wild animals like elephants, tigers, leopards, wild buffalo, red panda, barking deer, golden cat, baboons, hoolock gibbons etc. More than hundred species of birds are also found here. Mid-April to mid-June is the suitable time for bird watching and wildlife study.
The Park is also rich in vegetation, with sub-tropical and deciduous trees adorning the Park. Blooming of orchid plants, pitcher plants can also be seen. The Balpakram National Park offers a unique and exciting experience. It allures tourists and nature lovers from all across the globe. One can stay at the guest house at Hattisil near the entrance of the Park, which is run by the Forest Department.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Tura. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station. By road Guwahati to Tura is 219kms, via Shillong it is 323 kms. By road Shillong to Tura is 167kms via NH – 17/37 and NH – 51. Tura to Baghmara is 105.3kms via Chokpot and SibbariRoas and from Baghmara to Balpakram National Park is 47kms.