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Baghmara Tourist Places

The town of Baghmara in Meghalaya is known for the scenic places and tourist attractions.

Baghmara Reserve Forest

Tourist Places in Baghmara

The Baghmara Reserve Forest is located at the South Garo Hills District in Meghalaya. It is located at a distance of 4 km from the main town of Baghmara. It is 45 km per sq in area. It is community owned land.

Baghmara is a densely forested area. The forest type is tropical moist deciduous. The forest reserve is a mix of teak plantation and natural forest. The forest is the home to leopard, gaur, langurs and elephants etc. Herds of elephants could be seen as they travel from Baghmara to Balpakram National Park via the reserve forest. Baghmara is considered as one of Meghalaya’s important bird area. There are varied species of birds in the reserve forest.There is good eco stay facility in Baghmara. One can enjoy nature stay surrounded by forests. There are also tourist lodges in Baghmara constructed by the State Tourism Department. The forest is a good place for bird and butterfly watching.

Nengkong

Nengkong is 14 km north of Baghmara. The place has 3 known caves. First cave is the Tetengkol Balwakol which is 5, 33 kms in length and is also the 2nd longest cave in the Indian Sub-Continent. Dobakkol chibe nala is almost 2 kms long. The 3rd cane is the Bok-bak dobakkol which is 1 km long.

Siju Caves

The Siju caves are situated on a cliff overhanging on the bank of the Simsang river in South Garo Hills district in Meghalaya. The caves are located about 45 kms from Baghmara. ans is the third longest cave system in the Indian sub-continent. The limestone caves in Siju are home to some of nation’s rarest bat species.
Siju Caves
The Siju caves are a cave system made of limestone. It derived its name from the village named Siju. The cave system comprises of innumerable chambers and labyrinths. It draws huge number of researchers across the nation. Inside the caves there are stalagmites and stalactites formations. These formations are similar to the blue grotto found in the Isle of Capri. The Simsang river that flows outside the caves system offers various kinds of marine life. Siju Cave is a splendid destination for the adventure lovers who love to explore caves. Siju caves contain some of the finest river passages to be found anywhere in the world. The magnificent limestone rock formation inside the caves, termed as the ‘Princess Di’s Chamber’ is particularly awe-inspiring. The Siju caves are commonly known as Dobakhol or the cave of bats. The cave is famous for being the habitat of several thousand bats. Bird lovers find the cave paradise for watching bats.

Siju Bird Sanctuary

Siju Bird Sanctuary, also known as Siju Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the South Garo Hills district in Meghalaya. The sanctuary is situated on the other side of the Simsang river in a hilly region near the Siju caves. The sanctuary covers an area of 6 kms per sq. The Siju Bird Sanctuary has terrific riverine landscape. It is a paradise for bird lovers. The Siberian ducks migrate to the sanctuary during the winter months. The lesser or grey hornbill could be seen around the sanctuary. One of the important aspects of the sanctuary is that peacock pheasant, the rare bird species which is found in Siju. The sanctuary is the home to many rare and protected birds and other wildlife species.

Siju Bird SanctuaryAt the entrance of the bird sanctuary, after a steep climb of nearly one km there is a stretch of fantastic rock formation. There is eco stay facility in the Siju area where tourists can enjoy nature stay surrounded by forests. The camps have a maximum capacity of 12 persons. Winter is the best time to visit the sanctuary when birds in huge number migrate to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is 450 km from Shillong. The nearest town to the sanctuary is Baghmara.

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