Located 3000 meters above sea level covering a 220 square kilometer area in the midst of the Garo Hills of Southern Meghalaya, Balphakram National Park attracts tourists and nature lovers alike. Popularly known as the ‘abode of perpetual winds’, the park is full of sprawling vegetation consisting of subtropical and deciduous trees. This wide range of tropical vegetation makes it an ideal habitat for deer, elephants, baboons, monkeys and other herbivores thrive and maintain the eco-balance so essential to wildlife.
This park is famous for the Golden Big-Cats, the Barking Deer, Leopard, the Clouded Leopard, the Wild Buffalo, the Indian Bison, Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur and Slow Loris, along with a wide range of mammals, reptiles and birds found here. The rivers and lakes located within the park make this an ideal home for all species to live and survive. October to March is the best time to visit Balphakram National Park when the weather is pleasant with very little rainfall. It is also the perfect time to witness the abundance of wildlife which regularly visit, the rivers and lakes located within this region to quench their thirst.
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is the closest from where Balphakram National Park can be easily approached. It is well connected by road and plenty of busses, trekkers and cars regularly ply to-and-fro the national park. The park itself however has no rest-houses or any other type of accommodations. Apart from Shillong, one may also prefer to stay at Tura which is picturesque and quite comfortable.