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    The word Meghalaya translates into the ‘abode of the cloud’ as the state is blessed with breathtaking clouds and other bounties of nature like mesmerizing waterfalls, picturesque mountains besides some great National Parks in Meghalaya.

    There are so many sanctuaries and some top National Parks in Meghalaya that take care of the nature and provide a thrilling experience to the tourists. Meghalaya National Parks are known all over the world to offer an exotic range of rare flora and fauna other than a variety of orchids, exotic fruits and vegetables along with medicinal plants.

    The place is known for receiving the highest amount of rainfall in the entire country which is why the people of the state are blessed with a lush green atmosphere and beautiful waterfalls. Wondrous waterfalls, picturesque hills, caves and wildlife sanctuaries are some of the top attractions of the state.

    5 Best National Parks In Meghalaya

    If you are a wildlife and nature lover, you must definitely give a visit to these national parks for its picturesque hills, caves, waterfalls and many more. So, here’s the list of national parks in Meghalaya that are a must visit.

    1. Nokrek National Park

    National Park in Meghalaya

    The Nokrek National Park is situated around 45 kilometres away from the city of Tura, which is in the Garo hills. The park is well known for sheltering a rare species namely, Hollock Gibbons. One can find a vast number of wild elephants in the park and the park is well known to be the land of the ‘ape-man’ who is known to pay frequent visits. Besides the exuberant fauna of the park, it is also home to various kinds of useful plants that are particularly found in this region. The place is famous for its well kept forest tracks along with the beautiful ancient limestone caves that can be found here.

    Entry fee: The entry fees is Rs. 40 per person.
    Location: West Garo hills district, Meghalaya, India
    Best time to visit: Oct- May. Open on all days during the year
    Top attractions near the park: Simsang waterfalls, Wachi Falls, Nokrek Maidan, The Garo Hills, Limestone Siju Caves, Rongbang Dare Waterfalls

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    2. Balpakram National Park

    National Park

    The Balpakram National Park is quite famous for its immense archaeological and geological value. The park is the breeding ground of leopards, langurs, boars and the rarely found, golden cat besides being also known for the unique red panda. The literal meaning of the word ‘balpakram’ is ‘a place where there are perpetual winds’. It is located at a distance of about 167 kilometres from Tura.

    Entry fee: There is no entry fees.
    Location: Tura, Meghalaya, India
    Timing: Morning 7 AM to Evening 6 PM
    Best time to visit: Between October to March

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    3. Siju Bird Sanctuary

     Bird Sanctuary in Meghalaya

    The Siju Bird Sanctuary is situated close to the Simsang river that flows besides the park. A good variety of rare and endangered bird species like the Siberian ducks can be found near the river which makes for an enigmatic view to look at. This bird sanctuary in particular is a must visit as you will not find any other sanctuary like this which caters only to the birds. A few more birds that you can find here are the grey hornbill and the peacock pheasant.

    Entry fee: The entry fees depends on the nationality of the person.
    Location: South Garo hills district, Meghalaya, India
    Best time to visit: Onset of winter is considered to be the ideal time for visiting Siju Bird Sanctuary.
    Top attractions near the park: The Garo Hills, Nokrek biosphere Reserve, Balpakram National park

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    4. Nongkhyllem Sanctuary

    Monkey at Tree

    The Nongkhyllem Sanctuary spreads over an area of about 29 square kilometres and is famous as a breeding ground to various rare species that include reptiles, animals, birds and other fauna. The Sanctuary is situated in the Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya and you will find here, a wide variety of fauna like Bengal tigers, black bears, leopards and a lot more
    other animals like the necked hornbill and the brown hornbill bird that are at the brink of becoming extinct.

    Ideal for: Bird Watching
    Location: West Garo hills district, Meghalaya, India
    Best time to visit: March or April is considered to be the ideal time for visiting Nongkhyllem Sanctuary.
    Top attractions near the park: Umiam Lake

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    5. Baghmara Reserve Forest

    Reserve Forest

    The Baghmara Reserve Forest is situated amid the South Garo Hills and is very close to the town, Bhagmara. You will get to discover a wide variety of flora and fauna in this forest which includes wild elephants, langurs, rare pitcher plants along with some wild flowers. Also, you will witness the Garo community which lives here in their unique way.

    Timing: From sunrise to sunset
    Location: South Garo hills district, Meghalaya, India
    Best time to visit: Winter months are considered to be the ideal time for visiting Nongkhyllem Sanctuary.
    Top attractions near the park: Dombeware Lake, Imilchang Dare, Nengkong

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    Best Places To Visit In Meghalaya

    Here are some of our top suggestions on the top places to visit in Meghalaya:

    1. Nohkalikai Waterfalls

    Beautiful Waterfalls

    Enjoying underneath the tallest waterfall in India which is the Nohkalikai Waterfalls, is going to give you a lot of fun. This amazing waterfall is about 1115 feet tall and is situated very near to the town of Cherrapunji. Also, you will be surprised to know that there are a lot of the stories behind this place which makes this place all the more interesting to visit. However, one must avoid visiting this place during the monsoon season.

    Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person
    Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

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    2. Double Decker Living Root Bridge

    Root Bridge

    This very famous double decker living root bridge is astonishingly 3 kilometre long in distance and has a height of about 2400 feet. Undoubtedly, this bridge is said to be one of the top most places to visit in Meghalaya and it is a known fact that to be able to reach here, you have to take a trek into the rainforest of Cherrapunji that takes about 7 hours. You must definitely try walking on this famous bridge to make for a long lasting memory and an experience worth sharing with other people.

    Location: Nongriat Village, Sohra.

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    3. Umiam Lake

    Stunning View of Lake

    The Umiam lake is one vast lake that covers an area of about 221 square kilometres. Umiam Lake is most definitely an ideal place to visit if you are someone who seeks peace amidst natural environments. You can take some beautiful pictures of the lake especially during the sunset when the view is exceptionally enigmatic.
    The lake is bounded by a range of picturesque hills and lush greenery which will transfer you to an entirely different world. Also, you can indulge in a variety of fun filled water activities like boating, skiing and many others.

    Timing: Activities – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
    Location: North of Shillong

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    4. Mawlynnong Village

    Lush Green Garden

    The Mawlynnong Village, also famously called as the “God’s own Garden” has won the title of being one of the most clean villages in the entire Asia, in the year 2003. The village is filled with lush greenery which will calm you down from within. Also, you get to discover the famous Mawlynnong Waterfall here, where you can spend a romantic moment with your loved one. This is considered to be one of the top most attractions of Meghalaya which you must visit.
    The rare living root bridges of this town are definitely a sight worth paying a visit to. Other than the greenery of this village, visiting the place will prove to be an enriching experience for you. Also, there is a point called “Sky View Point” that lets you dig deeper into the landscape of Bangladesh and explore more heights.

    Location: East Khasi Hills district.

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    Tips For Visiting National Parks In Meghalaya

    ● Make sure that you are aware of the temperature conditions before visiting the region
    ● Ask about the detailed itinerary while booking a boathouse in the region
    ● Take prior permits from the forest department before you visit.
    ● Avoid visiting during monsoons.
    ● Always remember to carry woolen clothes.

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    Meghalaya is a nature haven for all the people. There is so much that will leave you speechless because of the utmost beauty that every place has here. There are several places that can be visited to see the best of Meghalaya but visiting national parks in Meghalaya will take you to the rawest form of beauty where you can spot some exotic animals and birds. Interested? Plan your trip to Meghalaya with TravelTriangle and enjoy the wildside of the place.

    Frequently Asked Questions About National Parks In Meghalaya

    Q. What are the top attractions on a wildlife tour in Meghalaya?

    A. Meghalaya is considered to be one of the most visited tourist destinations of the northeast. It has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife because it has a variety of natural attractions which include these must-visit tourist places of Meghalaya-
    Some of the top attractions on a wildlife tour in Meghalaya are:
    1. Baghmara Reserve Forest
    2. Nongkhyllem Sanctuary
    3. Siju Bird Sanctuary
    4. Balpakram National Park
    5. Nokrek National Park

    Q. What are the best places for bird watching in Meghalaya?

    A. Meghalaya is famously called ‘the abode of the cloud’ since it receives the highest amount of rainfall in the entire country. It is filled with abundant bounties of nature which include beautiful waterfalls, picturesque hills, limestone caves, lush green forests, and bamboo thickets. It also is an abode of a wide variety of birds which will compel each bird lover to take pleasure in birdwatching. The best places to enjoy some bird watching in Meghalaya are:
    1. Mawphlang Sacred Grove
    2. Balpakram Complex
    3. Nokrek Biosphere Reserve including Nokrek National Park
    4. Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary
    5. Narpuh Reserve Forests
    6. Riat Khwan – Umiam, Saipung
    7. Upper Shillong, Cherrapunjee cliffs

    Q. What is the best waterfall to visit in Meghalaya?

    A. Undoubtedly, Meghalaya is home to some mesmerizing waterfalls that are worth giving a visit. The waterfalls are sure to take you on a beautiful journey of nature. The state is home to some of the most exotic waterfalls on East Khasi Hills district that include: The topmost waterfalls of Meghalaya are:
    1. Seven Sisters Waterfall
    2. Dain Thlen
    3. Kynrem Falls
    4. Elephant Falls
    5. Langshiang fall
    6. Nohsngithiang Falls
    7. Sweet Falls
    8. Nohkalikai Falls

    Q. Which are the best localities for experiencing some great adventure in Meghalaya?

    A. There is a huge list of thrilling and adventurous sports in Shillong and also at places around Shillong which is as follows-
    1. Boating in Umiam Lake
    2. Angling at Dawki
    3. Trekking
    4. Horse Riding
    5. River Rafting
    6. Kayaking at Kynshi River
    7. Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant Falls
    8. Waterfall Hopping
    9. Camping

    Q. Is Meghalaya safe for tourists?

    A. Yes, Meghalaya is one of the safest places in India. Any kind of travelers whether solo or female can visit this place without any worry.

    Q. Which is the most beautiful place in Meghalaya?

    A. There are several places that are absolutely gorgeous and are a must-visit in Meghalaya. They are:
    1. Shillong
    2. Guwahati
    3. Cherrapunji
    4. Mawlynnong

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