Meghalaya, one of the seven sister states in Northeast India, is known for its spell-binding natural beauty. The state has a fascinating geography comprising rugged terrains, deep green valleys and high elevations, making it a suitable habitat for a myriad of flora and fauna. It is therefore home to several notable wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. It is a true delight for nature lovers. If you are looking to spend some time amidst wilderness while witnessing the dedicated efforts in wildlife conservation in Meghalaya, we have the list of the places you must visit.
Balpakram National Park
Perched atop at an altitude of 910 m in the southern section of Garo Hills, Balpakram National Park is spread across 220 sq. km. River Simsang flows through the thick vegetation of the national park which is home to several species of flora and fauna. Some notable plants found in this region include the insectivorous Pitcher Plant and the mysterious Needlewood Tree that might spike the interest of botanists and plant lovers. You may also be lucky to witness Indian elephants, chital deer, wild water buffaloes, red pandas, Bengal tigers, and marbled cats during your safari here. The viewpoint on the plateau will give you a mesmerising panoramic view of the national park and the surrounding areas. If you visit the park during winter, you might be surprised by ground orchids that reach their full bloom stage in the cold season.
Nokrek Biosphere Reserve
Nokrek was declared a biosphere reserve in 2009. It is a land full of mysteries, myths and lores where wild beasts have found solace in the protected area. Located in the Tura range, Nokrek Biosphere Reserve is home to several endangered animals such as unique species of apes, tigers, leopards and birds. You will also find several species of citrus fruits growing indigenously in this region along with a minor population of native bamboo plants and cotton trees. The native residing in this area lend the true essence of the Garo lifestyle to the reserve. Nokrek is also the highest peak in the Garo hills that offer beautiful panoramas of the green valleys as a constant companion during safaris at the sanctuary.
Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary
Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary is a crucial part of the Eastern Himalayan Global Biodiversity hotspot. It is situated in the Ri Bhoi district and is one of the most secured wildlife sanctuaries of Meghalaya. It faces next to no human interference and has trees that are said to be centuries old. Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary has been deemed to be the best-protected area (PA) in the North East of India and is, therefore, home to a rich population of flora and fauna. The sanctuary harbours around 50 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles. The sanctuary also gets migratory visitors every year and is a haven for bird-lovers.
Where to Stay?
After an entire day of thrilling safaris at these national parks and sanctuaries, a relaxing and comfortable accommodation is a must. Hotel Polo Towers offers premium living spaces at our 5-star resort in Cherrapunji - Polo Orchid Resort. We have suites, villas and cosy rooms along with our own in-house restaurants and other facilities, all dedicated to make your stay in Meghalaya a memorable experience.