Head To Nokrek National Park For A Reunion With Your Geography Book
Do you remember reading about rare animals like red pandas and endangered ones like the Asiatic elephants in your geography classes, and thought that there isn't much hope of catching a sight? Well, here's your chance. The Nokrek National Park is still a habitat for them and more.
What Makes It Awesome
Nokrek National Park, located in the Garo hills of Meghalaya is your place to be at if you're one for wildlife and nature. Spread over about 48 sq kms, this national park is a house of wildlife, flora, fauna and more, all at the same place. A trip for Nokrek will leave you with sightings of red pandas, endangered Asiatic elephants, about 8 kinds of wild cats, stump tailed macaque and more. Hornbills, peafowls and even peacocks - the flight range is definitely wide, all you bird-watchers will probably not want to leave the area.
As far as it is about the greenery, the national park is filled with tall, lush trees. Located on an elevation of 4650ft above sea level, the terrain is obviously a hilly one. The climate is usually tropical, and receives heavy rainfall during monsoons, its elevation also contributes to the extreme windy conditions that the park faces. Orchids, wild lemon grass, champak, meranti are a few from the list of flower you'd spot here. Nokrek National Park is known to be cultivating more than 23 varieties of citrus fruits out of which Memang Narang (orange of the spirits) is infamous.
Apart from exploring the park, you can indulge into activities like visiting the Ronbang Dare Waterfalls, Siju Caves and Napak Lake. The park itself will give you many opportunities for trekking and climbing.
The closest station by road and by air is that of Guwahati; from where private vehicles and buses are available to reach the National Park, thus arranging your tickets and finding your way wont be the most difficult thing, at all. The nearest location for accommodation is Tura, Guwahati or Shillong - you can find numerous hotels and homestay. here. Or you can opt to stay at the wooden huts located inside the National Park, they are called 'nok a' chic'. Call on 09862864387 for reservations.
What Could Be Better
It is advised to carry your own food and water while on a trip here.
The best time to visit Nokrek National Park are the months from October until May. It has no entry fee.