Nokrek National Park is located in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya, 2 kms from Tura Peak. Along with Balpakram National Park, Nokrek is a hotspot of biodiversity in Meghalaya. It’s a home to some rare species like Red Pandas, Marbled Cat, Asian Elephants, Hoolocks, Fishing-Cat, Pangolin and Stump-Tailed Macaque.
Red Panda In Nokrek National Park
A vast range of plants is also found in Park. The mother germoplasm of Citrus Indica (locally known as Memang Narang) is commonly found here. This led to the establishment of the National Citrus Gene Sanctuary-cum-Biosphere Reserve covering an area of forty-seven square kilometers. The area has wild varieties of citrus fruits that provide a gene-pool for commercially produced citrus.
Bird lovers can also have a great time here as Hornbill, Pheasant and Peacock can easily be seen. As it’s a lush green region, hence, always an abode for trekkers. UNESCO added this National park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009.
All important rivers and streams of the Garo Hills region rise from the Nokrek Range, of which the river Simsang, known as Someshwari when it emerges into Bangladesh at Baghmara, is the most prominent. Notable sites in the park include the Nokrek Peak and Rongbang Dare Water Fall. Balpakram National Park and Siju Cave is located very close to the Napak Lake near the Simsang River game reserve which is south east to Nokrek National Park. The cave is filled with water and is miles long.
During rainy season, area becomes slippery and full of leeches too, so not advisable to go in rains. October to May time is considered as the best to visit, as after monsoon, region becomes lush green and is much scenic.
There is no accommodation within park area, however, one can stay in Tura or Williamnagar, which is approx 15 kms. Lodges and homestays are available here.
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