Balpakram National Park

The land of the perpetual wind.

Intro

Balpakram National Park (BNP) is situated near the tri-border of Garo Hills, Khasi Hills & Bangladesh. Balpakram is about 170 Kms from Tura and about 60 Kms from Baghmara, the District Headquarter of South Garo Hills. Balpakram National Park was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Late Rajiv Gandhi on 27th December 1987. 


Balpakram is a place of immense importance in the folklore of the Garos and it is considered sacred by the Garo forefathers and ancestors. It is believed that the soul of a deceased person passes through Balpakram in his journey to the afterlife. The Garo tribals were animistic and they cremate their dead, before the advent of Christianity into Garo Hills. There is an old saying in Garo that, "Every A'chik must see Balpakram, If not in life, then in death ".

 

Best time to visit Balpakram National Park is from late October to mid May. The famous "Dikge" or the ground orchid Curcuma Psuedomontana blooms in April and May but they die out as soon as the rain comes in.

Accommodation are available near the gate of the Balpakram National Park at Hatisia. Permission for entry into the National Park and accommodation at Forest lodge or Forest guest houses is required. It is advised to take all necessary permissions for entry and accommodation in advance to avoid inconveniences. Entry fees are applicable for both domestic & foreign tourists. Permission can be obtained from the BNP office mentioned below.
The Director, Balpakram National Park, Chitmang Building, Baghmara, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya, INDIA.