Balphakram National Park
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Balphakram National Park is a national park ranging from under 200 to over 800 meters above sea level, near the Garo Hills in Meghalaya, India. It is often referred to as the "abode of perpetual winds" as well as the "land of spirits." It is the home of the barking deer and the golden cat. Commonly seen animals include wild water buffalo, red panda, elephant and eight species of cats including tiger and marbled cat. Balpakram, land of the eternal death, according to Garo myth, has a very beautiful landscape and one of the best Canyon around the region. It is famous for unique land formations with surround the mythological stories of the Garos. Declared a national park by the Government of India, it is now a protected place and permission has to be sought from the wildlife authorities before entering. It has some unique plants species including the ones mentioned and the corridor for the Indian elephant.
Flora and fauna
Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya is one of the national parks in India. It is home to wide species of plants and animals and is located in the midst of the Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya attracts both tourists and nature lovers from all over the world. The national park is full of sprawling vegetation consisting of sub tropical and deciduous trees. There is a wide range of flora and fauna in the Balphakram National Park. The reserve consists of tropical vegetation which is an ideal habitat for various species of animals like elephants, deer and so on. The park is famous for the golden cat and the barking deer. There are wide species of mammals, reptiles and birds in the forest. Other animals include Wild water buffalo, Red panda, Elephant and eight species of cats including Tiger and Marbled cat. Wide species of baboons and monkeys are also found in the forest. The rivers and lakes in the wildlife reserve are home to various species of birds. It is famous for pitcher plant and many medicinal plants called 'Dik.ke'.
The best time to come to Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya is from October to March when the weather is pleasant with little rainfall. It is a time to watch animals as they come to drink water in the lakes and rivers. The Balphakram National Park in Meghalaya can be easily reached. It is close to the capital city of Shillong and is well connected by roadways. Cars, trekkers and buses ply between the national park and the city.
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