Murlen National Park and the Losing Area of Seven Fellow-Men

Murlen National Park - is one of the most beautiful National Parks of Mizoram. Total area of the park is 100 km². Murlen is situated in Champhai District of Mizoram and is about 245 km east of Aizawl. It lies close to the Indo-Myanmar border and is significant because of its proximity to the Chin hills.

Murlen park is one of the most important bird areas (IBM) supporting several threatened species. The park is abound with great precipices which have been the sweet home of the wildlife. There also exists a very large cave at one of the precipices, Tumkhuai Kham, where as many as 40 people could lodge in a night and has been frequented by different kinds of monkeys and other animals. Another precipice named Khampui is considered as one of the greatest precipices in India or even in Asia in terms of supporting wildlife. It is about 600 feets. Several rivers, rivulets and brooks traverse the park bestowing pure drinking water abundantly to the wildlife nature.

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 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.

About 15 species of mammals, 150 species of birds, 35 species of Medicinal plants, 2 species of bamboos & 4 species of orchids so far have been recorded in this Park.

The Important Natural features are »
• The Virgin forests of Chamdur
• Unique flora of semi-evergreen and Sub montane forests to scrub jungle.
• Forests interpolated with steep precipitous hills, high cliffs, rippling rivulets, natural salt Licks at altitudinal zone of 400 - 1897 Mts.
• Home for unique endangered Wild animals & variety of birds.

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