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Balpakram National Park

Location: Meghalaya

Main Wildlife Attractions: Elephants,Tigers,hillock gibbons,great indian hornbill,leopards

Coverage Area: 200 sq.kms.

Established: 1987

Best Time to Visit:April to June

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Meghalaya is a small state in northeast India and is home to a subtropical forest ecoregion. The capital of this beautiful hilly state is Shillong. Cherrapunji, one of the cities that experiences the maximum amount of rainfall in the world is also located in Meghalaya.



In such a natural paradise it is no wonder then that many species of flora and fauna thrive. One such hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts is the Balpalram National park in Meghalaya. Located at an altitude of nearly 3,000 ft. above sea level, covering an area of 200 sq. kms, Balpakram has been a national park since 1987.

Balpakram can be accessed only via road, as the district does not have an airport or railway station. This national park in east India is 167 kms away from Tura, the District Head quarter of west Garo Hills District. The nearest airport and railhead to Balpakram is Guwahati in Assam, which is 220 kms from Tura.

One can also avail of regularly operating helicopters from Shillong and Guwahati to Tura. Balpakram National Park offers the best of wildlife in India and allows visitors to observe several bird, animal and plant species in their natural habitat. While visiting Balpakram National Park, one can come across animals such as Tigers, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Capped Langur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Gaur (Indian Bison), Slow Loris, and even the rare Golden Cat.

Balpakram is a fertile virgin land. Apart from wildlife expeditions, unsurveyed belts of limestone and coal deposits, along with seashells fossilized into rocks at the Balpakram Hill also provide ample scope for geological and archeological explorations.