Murlen National Park

A beautiful and breathtaking place located in the Champhai district of the state of Mizoram, Murlen National Park is a fascinating and enchanting National Park situated about 245km east of Aizwal, the capital city of Mizoram. Murlen National Park is nestled beside the Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary and was declared a national park in the year 1991 with an expansive area of 100 square kilometers.

Murlen National Park is located in Murlen Village of SaithuamaSailo, Chief of Hnahlan. The park is enveloped by six caves which are LamsialPuk, Hnahlan, Zokhawthar, Tan Tlangis, Thumkhuai Kham which are filled by localities. Visitors can explore these areas surrounding the park as well to gain a deeper insight into the native localities and their lifestyles. A large cliff known as Khampui is believed to be one of the greatest abysses of India for being home abode to the wildlife. The area within the park and surrounding it, is a protected and preserved area by the state government and inhabits some of the most precious and threatened floral and faunal species of nature. The park also has several small rivers and streams flowing through its topography which offers abundant water to its existing wildlife and lets them thrive.

There is also a large cave within the premises of the park named Thumkhuai Kham, where over 40 people can rest and camp at night and spot verities of monkeys and other animals that frequent the cave. Another precipice known as Khampui which is about 600-feet is considered as one of the greatest precipices not only in India but in the whole of Asia as well, for supporting a wide range of wildlife. There have been recordings of 15 species of animals, 150 species of birds, 35 species of medicinal plants, and 4 species of orchids in the park. The vegetation here comprises sub-tropical semi-evergreen and sub-mountain forests and scrub jungles and the area is laid with cliffs. The grassland is mostly wet because the area experiences heavy rainfall and only about 1% of sunlight can be penetrated on a sunny day. The park’s forest cover is frequently compared to that of the Amazon’s, owing to its thickness and low sunlight penetration. A trip to this park is a treat to the eyes owing to the breathtaking landscapes and a multitude of flora and fauna species that will make your excursion a memorable one.

Dominant Flora

The tropical, semi-evergreen, and montane forests of Murlen comprises of vegetation such as Quercus, SchimaWallichai, Betula specie, MicheliaChampaca, Pinus Khasia, Prunus, Myric, Rhododendron, ArundinaniaCallosa, Canes, and other varieties of orchids.

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Black bear, Serrow, Hollock Gibbon, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Rhesus Macaque, Malayan Giant Squirrel, etc.

Birds: Hume’s Pheasant, Common Partridges, Hill Myna, Dark Rumped Swift, Peacock, Pheasant, Sunbirds, etc.

Climatic Conditions

The area has warm and temperature climate. The average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. Since the climate is temperate, the place can be visited throughout the year but the monsoons can get a bit heavy to explore the forests.

The best time to visit the park is between the months of October and March after the monsoons. The weather is pleasant this time around and you will get to witness a variety of migratory birds along with a diverse range of animals.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: Nearest railhead is Silchar railway station, about 185km from the park. Taxis are available from the station to the park.

Nearest Airport: The closest airport is Shillong airport at about 245km from Murlen National Park. The airport is well connected by road network to the park and taxis are available from the airport.

Road Accessibility : The national park is well-connected to major cities and places by road network. There are a number of government and private owned vehicles that frequent Murlen National Park. NH54 connects Aizawl to the rest of the country through Silchar and buses and taxis are available from Silchar to Aizawl.

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