Manipur is one beautiful north eastern state that has plenty of attractions to entice the visitors. From the rich culture and festivals of tribes inhabiting here to the amazing wildlife, you get many things to witness and explore in Manipur. There are a few serene and enthralling wildlife zones in the state too. The Sirohi National Park is one such example.
Basics of Sirohi national park
Sirohi national park is not very large compared to other wildlife parks and sanctuaries in the northeast region. It is located in east Imphal district in Manipur, close to the India-Myanmar border. The 41 sq km park is the only natural habitat of famous Sirohi Lily. The forest reserve was declared a national park in 1982.
When and how the visit
The ideal time to visit the park is the winter months, November to March. However, to get the stunning view of Sirohi Lily blooming you have to choose the monsoon months. You need to procure permits from Imphal Forest Deptt’s Chief Wildlife Warden.
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Vegetation in the Sirohi national park
The diversity of vegetation in Sirohi national park is rather enthralling for any visitor. While the majority of area inside park is covered by dense tropical forests, the hilltop areas are covered by temperate forests. The entire are is marked by undisturbed ecosystem.
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The Sirohi Lily, deemed as a rare species, grows in its territory and nowhere else in the state. The flower blooms only during May and June. The peak which is covered with blooming flowers looks stunning. This peak has been named Sirohi Kashung Peak for this factor. Its adjacent valley also gets covered by the lily and the sight is ideal for anyone including photography lovers.
Wildlife in Sirohi national park
There are quite a few species of animals and birds that are found in this national park. Commonly seen animals include Wild Boar, Tiger, Leopard, antelopes. Bird species found in its territory include Warblers, Mrs. Hume’s pheasant, Eagles, Blyth’s tragopan, and Owls. To get a nice view of avifauna, visitors can make use of the watch tower inside the park. Visibility of wildlife, of course, varies on weather conditions and timing of the year.
After exploring the natural beauty and wildlife here, you can head to the nearby Sirohi - Khangkhui Caves. The caves made of natural limestone served as shelters for locals during the times of Second World War. Folklore and tales regarding the caves are prevalent among villagers living in the vicinity.