Reserve Location :
176-km From Guwahati, Assam
Also Known As:
October To April
first Tiger project
(the other one is Nameri National Park), Manas is
also famous for its Rhinos and Elephants and extends over varied territory,
taking in hills and river valleys
on the border with Bhutan. The
combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wilderness proves to be one
of the most enthralling experiences in any wildlife enthusiast life.
The Manas park
has eastern Himalayan moist mixed deciduous
forests covering. The dense forest cover often cuts out even the sunlight.
The eastern alluvial grassland also covers a major portion of the Manas
. These grassland are grazing grounds for many herbivores.
Manas also shows variety by mixing low alluvial Saranah wood land and Assam
semi evergreen forests.
The reserve forest of 1928 Manas
had been declared as a tiger project in 1973. Of the
present 18 Indian Tiger Projects present in India, Manas national park
is the ninth one. The total coverage area of this sanctuary is 391-sq-km and
the area of the tiger project being 540-sq-km. This lovely reserve is formed
from the watershed of the Manas, Hakua and Beki rivers and borders with
Bhutan. The bungalows at Mothanguri, on the banks of the Manas
offer breathtaking views of the jungle-clad hills. Established trails enter
nearby forests and follow the riverbanks, which becomes quite a trekking
expedition, especially for a lover of the wilds. Still, try to arrange a
boat cruise. The Wild Attractions:
core area of Manas National Park
is 360-km. Manas is a very special
biosphere, for it harbors twenty species of birds and animals that are
highly endangered and listed in the IUCN red data book. Among the highly
endangered species are the attractive Red Pandas, which are occasionally in
the higher elevation. Initially the park was a wildlife sanctuary
but in 1990 it was declared a national park
Pigmy Hog and Golden Langur are some of the rare species of animals to be
found in the park apart from Tigers, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalo,
Wild Boar, Sambhar, Swamp Deer, and Hog Deer, which are easily spotted at
this park. Come winter and Manas is full of Migratory birds like the
Riverchats, Forktails, Cormorants and Ducks like the Ruddy Shell-Duck. There
are regular woodland birds like the Indian Hornbill and Pied Hornbill also
found over here.
Butterflies and reptiles are also found aplenty
in Manas. In the river water, you can enjoy boating and fishing as well.
Coloured pebbles of the Manas River are an added attraction not to be
missed. Park Trips:
are there in Manas to view animals from elephant's back. From Mathanguri in
the morning, elephants go out with tourists for 3 hrs ride. Along with entry
fee, camera is also chargeable according to its standard. Concession is
provided to the students visiting the park.
The Manas park has a typical tropical climate
with hot Summers and cold winters. Take cotton cloths for summers and do not
forget to pack woolens during winters. The average rainfall that the park
gets is 160 cms, but the monsoon months bring heavy downpours, which often
flood the park.
best season to visit Manas Park
is between October to April. Rest of
the year it is off season for the park. Avoid monsoons as many parts of the
park is flooded and animals are not easy to spot. Accommodation
There are two lodges maintained and
run by the tourism department. These lodges provide good and comfortable
accommodation near the park. One of the lodge is located at Barpeta Road and
other is at Bansbari. The state department has two bungalows at Mathanguri
inside the forest. There is no catering services at these bungalows and
lodges so visitors have to carry their own food stuff. But there are cooks
at the bungalows who cook food for the tourists. These chefs are also
provided by the forest department. OTHER
Barpeta has various
attractions including the famous Vaishnava monastery. Acharya Madhabdev's
statue is installed within the monastery and its Kirtan Hall is a notable
touring spot. Access: Air:
For Manas the nearest airport is Borjhar airport, Guwahati. This airport
is well connected with flights from other major cities of the state. Rail:
The nearest railhead is Barpeta road, located 136-km from Guwahati.
Road: Manas national park
is 176 kms from Guwahati from
where is easier to drive than to take any other transport. Manas is well
connected with other cities and towns in the state by network of roads.
There are regular bus services operated by state transport as well as the
private operators. One can also hire taxis for the park from Guwahati. For
more information Contact Us