Wild India – Mizoram

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mahesh

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Mizoram, being a thickly wooded state, has a wide variety of flora and fauna. While the Himalayan Maple and Bamboo are abundant here, the state also hosts some of the rare species of orchids. The state is also a bird watcher’s dream destination, as it houses numerous avifauna.

Here is a list of wild life sanctuaries and national parks of this state.

 

Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 130 kilometres from the capital city of Aizawl. The sanctuary sprawls over an area of 650 square kilometres.

Attractions: The sanctuary is reputed for the variegated growth of orchids that the tourists may collect as souvenirs. The region is sparsely populated with people living a simple lifestyle. The hospitality and spirit of the people of the sanctuary coupled with the natural beauty lures the tourists to visit the region.

It is the home of eastern Himalayan wild animals like wild dog, giant squirrel, porcupine, slow loris, leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar and swamp deer to name a few.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

Things to do: Nature trials and bird watching

 

Murlen National Park

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Location: Murlen National Park is located in the Champhai district of Mizoram. The size of the park area is 200 square kilometres. The park is situated about 245 kilometres east of Aizawl, and is close to the Chin Hills.

Attractions: The tropical, semi-evergreen and sub montane Forests of Murlen are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. About 15 species of mammals, 150 species of birds, 35 species of Medicinal plants, 2 species of bamboos, and 4 species of orchids so far have been recorded in this Park.

The prominent wild animals are Sambar, Himalayan Black Bear, Rhesus Macaque, Barking Deer and Malayan Giant Squirrel. The major birds are Peacock, Hornbills, Hill Mynah, Dark Rumped Swift and Khallej Pheasant. You will find plenty of colourful butterfly species here.

Best Time to Visit: October to April

Things to do: Nature trails and bird watching.

 

Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The sanctuary is located in Lawngtlai district in south-western Mizoram. It is close to the indo-Myanmar as well as Indo-Bangladesh borders. The sanctuary covers an area of 110 square kilometres.

Attractions: The Ngengpui Sanctuary in Mizoram is rich in the variegated growth of flora and fauna. The sanctuary preserves the rare species of plants and animals that make the sanctuary their home. The sanctuary is wooded by bamboo trees that grow in abundance in the forest region.

The deep interiors of the forest is home to a number of wild animals like the clouded leopard, tiger, elephant, gaur, wild boar, barking deer, sambar, rhesus macaque, common langur and leaf monkey. Rare varieties of colourful birds also nest in the sanctuary. The birds comprise of flower-peckers, sun-birds, hornbills, pen-pheasants and the birds of the thrush family.

Best Time to Visit: November to April

Things to do: Nature trails and bird watching.

 

Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Located in the eastern part of Mizoram adjacent to Murlen National Park, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary is the third largest sanctuary of Mizoram area. Covered by an area of 80 square kilometres, it is located at a distance of 200 kilometres from Aizawl.

Attractions: Various ranges of semi ever green trees, wild bananas and bamboo with enriched bio diversity is observed here.Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild boar, Hoolock gibbon, Rhesus macaque, Ghoral, Serrow, Hume’s Bar Tailed Pheasant and Khallej Pheasant are some of the fauna that inhabit this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Things to do: Nature trails and bird watching.

 

Blue Mountain National Park

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Location: The National Park is situated in South Eastern Mizoram adjacent to Myanmar border. The highest peak in Mizoram, the Phawngpui is located within this Park. The total area of the Park is 50 square kilometres. It is about 300 km from the main city Aizawl.

Attractions: The important wild animals and birds found in this Park are Ghoral, Serrow, Barking deer, Sambar, Leopard, Blyth's Tragopan, Khallej Pheasant, Hoolock Gibbon, Common Langur, Rhesus macaque, Stump tail macaque and variety of birds and orchids.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Nature trails, bird watching and trekking.