Famous For: Murlen is famous for its 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.Major Attractions: The two species of plants have been named as Ceropegia mizoramensis and Ceropegia murlensis which are derived from the state and the locality of Park. Murlen park is also a home of wild-lives. Such as- Rhesus Macaque, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Himalayan Black Bear, Serow etc.Ideal Visit Time: The best time to visit the park is from October to May for which one has to contact the Department of Environment and Forest.
About Murlen National Park
Situated close to the Indo-Myanmar border of Champhai District, which is about 245 km from Aizawl, Murlen National Park is well-known for being one of the few remaining refuges of Mizoram state bird, Vavu (Mrs Hume’s Pheasant). Covering 100 sq km of virgin forests, the park consists of sub-tropical evergreen forest and sub-montane forests which are home to various mammals and birds. There are also sheer rocky cliffs clustered with honey combs and a buzzing with swifts and swallows.
Murlen National Park is at Murlen Village, which is the Village of Saithuama Sailo, Chief of Hnahlan. It is a part of Hnahlan Village. Murlen Park was declared as a national park in 199.
Variety Of Flora & Fauna
Here’s a large amount of flora & fauna in this National Park. 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. At present, 36 people are involved in conservation work of Murlen National Park.
Only about 1% of the sun’s ray can penetrate the forest on a sunny day. So the thickness of the forest in the park is generally compared to the forest found in the Amazon region in South America. Some of the trees found in the park are as old as 350 years. There is an area in the park where not even a single sun’s ray can penetrate. And for this reason the area has been known as ‘Losing Area of Seven Fellow-men’ or ‘Land of No Return’.
The vegetation is admixture of Quercus, Schima wallichii, Betula, Michelia champaca, Pinus kesiya, Prunus, Myrica, Rhododendron, Chimonobambusa callosa, canes and a variety of orchids and lichens. Two species of Ceropegia belonging to the Asclepiadaceae plant family have been discovered in Murlen National Park. These two species of plants have been named as Ceropegia mizoramensis and Ceropegia murlensis which are derived from the state and the locality of Park.
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Murlen National Park is also a home of wild-lives. You can found here include the Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Himalayan Black Bear, Serow, Hoolock Gibbon, Rhesus Macaque, Hume’s Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Hill Myna and Dark-rumped Swift.
Other Attractions Of The Murlen National Park
It’s interesting to see that, six caves surround the Murlen National Park. It includes the Lamsial Puk, Zokhtawar, Hnahalan and Tan Tlangis, which are filled by localities. Beside this, several rivers, rivulets and brooks flow through this park providing plentiful water to its existing wildlife. There also exists a very large cave at one of the cliffs, Thumkhuai Kham. Here, as many as 40 people could lodge in a night and different kinds of monkeys and other animals frequently visit the place.
People consider, a cliff named Khampui, as one of the greatest cliffs in India or even in Asia in terms of supporting wildlife. It is about 600 feet’s. Also, the park is at Murlen Village, which is the village of Saithuama Sailo, Chief of Hnahlan.
Scenic beauty of the hill ranges and the rolling clouds mixed with thundering sound followed by heavy rains are mesmerizing. The slow clouds moving across the hills and valleys, during rainy season are the sights of sheer pleasure. One sojourn through this woodland wonder is never enough. You must visit and visit again. Murlen National Park will call you back and nature will tell you, “Welcome to my lap”.
How To Reach
By Road: Murlen National Park is not well-connected to another major cities of India by road directly. It’s located about 245 km away from Aizawl. National Highway number 54 connects Aizwal with the rest of the country through Silchar. Buses and taxis are available from Silchar to Aizwal. 24 hours bus services are available. Aizawl can be approached by road from Shillong and Guwahati. Taxis can be hired on all days from any part of Mizoram.
By Train: The nearest rail station is in Silchar, which is 185 km away from Aizawl. You can travel from Guwahati to Silchar by Barak Valley Express, Cachar Express or the Tripura Passenger. Buses and taxis are available from the railway station.
By Air: The nearest major airport is in Shillong. Aizawl, the capital town of Mizoram is linked by Alliance Air Service everyday to Kolkata nearly 1 hour 45 minutes, Guwahati is 40 minutes and Imphal is 30 minutes. Indian Airlines connects Aizawl to rest of India via Guwahati, Imphal and Kolkata. Lengpui airport at Aizawl is connected with Guwahati, Silchar & Kolkata. It is well connected to all the capital cities of the north eastern states of India.