Flora and Fauna at Balpakram National Park
Balpakram National Park is home to wide species of plants and animals. Its vegetation consists of sub-tropical, tropical deciduous trees and pitcher plant. Exotic species of herbs and plants having medicinal value are also found in this national park.
There are many animals inhabiting the national park, including the wild cow, elephant, wild bison, deer, barking deer, wild boar, slow loris, wild water buffalo, red panda, clouded leopard, tiger, marbled cat and the rare golden cat. This park is also known as prime birding site as tourists can spot various species of birds such as great and common hornbill</b>, peacock, oriole, kingfisher, Indian roller etc. The rivers and lakes in the wildlife reserve are home to variety of reptileslike python, king cobra, viper, krait, monitor lizard, gecko, etc.
Myths about Balpakram National Park
Balpakram has many mysterious and unnatural phenomena that cannot be satisfactorily explained by modern science and logic. The Garos believe this hill to be the sort of resting place for departed souls. Balpakram means ‘land of the eternal wind’ according to the myth of the Garo people.
There is also a thick Schima Wallichi Tree in the national park, which has a depression on its trunk which seems to be the outcome of constant tethering of animals and the work of harsh weather. Whenever a tree falls due to the strong winds, another tree situated closeby gets affected with the same symptoms.
Visiting Information of Balpakram Park
The ideal time to visit Balpakram National Park is from November to May when the weather is pleasant without rainfall. Mid April to Mid June is the best time to spot birds and wildlife. The best way to reach Balpakram National Park is via Tura. The nearest airport and rail station is Guwahati in Assam which is 220 km from Tura.