Balpakram National Park is located 90 kilometres from Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India. The Park is spread over an area of 200 square kilometers. It is often referred to as the “abode of perpetual winds” as well as the “land of spirits.” It is home to one of the rarest animals in the world – the Lesser Panda or the Red Panda as it is commonly known. The national park comprises of various species of flora and fauna.
Balpakram, which is declared as a National Park in 1987, is the land of scenic beauty, lying at an altitude of nearly 3000ft above sea level, covering an area of 200 sq.km.
The park has a vast range of vegetation. Among the floral pride, the park boasts of presence of rare and endemic insectivorous plants like Nepenthes Khasiana (Pitcher Plant),Paphiopedilum venustum and Drosera (Sundew plant). Agarwood(Aquillaria Agallocha) is another endemic plant which enriches the floral diversity of the park.
The park has Elephants, Tigers, hillock gibbons, great Indian hornbill, leopards and a number of mammalian faunas and also home to a variety of birds such as Great hornbill, Common hornbill, Peacock, Oriole, Kingfisher, Indian roller etc.
Best time to visit:
Balpakram National Park is open throughout the year. Best time to visit the park is during the months of April to June.
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee.
There are several accommodation options around Balpakram National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
By Air: Airways is found to be the easiest means of getting into Meghalaya. Guwahati is the nearest airport of Meghalaya. Air transport of Meghalaya also offers helicopter service that operates between Guwahati, Tura and Shillong.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Meghalaya is placed at Guwahati which is linked to all the major cities of the country.
By Road: it is possible to reach Meghalaya through neighbouring states and periodic buses are provided from Guwahati and Assam. The town named Tura is dwelled around a distance of 167 kilometres from Balpakram National Park.