Some of the popular tourist attractions of South Garo Hills District are mentioned below -
Balpakram National Park: This national wild life park, about 45 kms from Baghmara, is also known as the abode of perpetual winds. An awe-inspiring mini-canyon separates the Garo Hills plateau from the Khasi-Hills plateau across the Sib-bari rivulet. Balpakram plateau and canyon abound in plants and herbs of immense medicinal value, is also the home of all sorts of wild animals including wild bison, wild cow and elephants. Balpakram National Park has many mysterious and unnatural phenomena that are worth exploring. This is a place of not only mythological importance but also the natural habitat of many rare and exotic animals and plant life. The best time to visit this park is from April to mid June. Balpakram is considered as a sacred place.
Rongsaljong Agal: On the South Garo and Khasi Hills border there is a very interesting rock tank that is 120 ft long and 90 ft wide. Water here remains perpetually clear and transparent and at the same level throughout the year.
Rongsobok Rongkol: Further east to the northern side of Balpakram, there is a beautiful cave that contains shining pieces of rock.
Siju Cave: The third longest cave in the Indian sub-continent, it is situated on the bank of the Simsang River just below the village of Siju. The cave is locally known as Dobakkol or the Cave of Bats. The cave consists of innumerable internal chambers and labyrinths which have not yet been fully explored. The cave is totally dark with a perennial stream flowing out of it, which abounds with different forms of aquatic life. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites are found all over the cave. It is located 30 kms north of Baghmara. It is one of the longest caves in the Indian sub-continent and contains some of the finest river.
Siju Bird Sanctuary: Close by on the other side of Simsang River, Siju Bird Sanctuary is the home for many rare and protected birds. The migratory Siberian ducks also come here during the winter months.
Apart from the above mentioned sites there are many mysterious places at South Garo Hills District that are worth seeing. Tourism in South Garo Hills District means a memorable and enriching experience for those visiting this place. The nearest airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is around 350 kms from Baghmara.
(Last Updated on : 10-03-2014)
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