Balphakram National Park is located on the southern part of Meghalaya in the Garo Hills. It is at an altitude
of 3000 feet above the sea level and is one of the famous National Parks in India. It is often referred to as the ‘land of perpetual winds’ and ‘land of spirits’. The park has an area of 352 sq
km and is home to many wild animals, and plants. I reached the place early in the morning and got in after taking the entry ticket.
The park has a wide collection of floras and fauna, which attract tourists from all over India and from other parts of the world. The vegetation here supports elephants, deer and many other animals. The park offers you a calm and serene surrounding and beautiful scenic spots. There are many trails leading to different parts of the park. On walking through one of the trails I saw many plants, most of them medicinal plants. I also saw pitcher plants in the park, which looked large and menacing.
The fauna in the park consists of various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. It is noted for the golden cat and the barking deer. The endangered species of Wild water buffalo has also found its home here. Other animals in the park are Red Panda, tigers, marbled cat, monkeys, lungur, leopard, cheetal deer etc. As you walk on you find many orchids, a variety of herbs and colorful flowers.
There are more than 100 species of birds in the park offering a beautiful sight to the visitors. Bird watchers love to visit the park and spot rare species of birds. The best time to visit the
park and watch birds and study wildlife is from mid April to mid June.
The path leading through the park was very beautiful with trees on either side. At one place I could see a tree house, climbing on to which you get a clear view of the park and some of the animals in the park. I could hear the sound of many birds and some animals in the park. After roaming around for 3 to 4 hours I got back to my hotel.