Manas National Park
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Brief

Located near the city of Barpeta Road in the state of Assam, Manas National Park is a dream come true for any wildlife enthusiast. Originally the reserved hunting ground of several local kings, the forest is known for the large variety of animals, many of which have been declared endangered, that can be seen roaming about in the protected area of the sanctuary. Its location in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas ensures that the park is rich in life forms, both animals, and birds. Spread over an area of around 950 sq. km. the national park is a prime tourist spot in the north-eastern part of the country as well as the whole of India. It is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Manas National Park is a spectacular jungle and a very unique one. This designated sanctuary also has the singular distinction of being a biosphere hotspot, a natural wordl heritage site, a Project Tiger and Project Elephant reserve and also one of the better known birdling areas in the world.

The area was once the hunting ground of royals. Formerly known as North Kamrup, it was made a reserer forest in 1928, declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973, and eventually made a national park in 1990.

The reserves core area is the Manas National Park. It is home to tigers, elephants, wild bhuffaloes and gaur, apart form sambar and wamp deer. The park mostly comprises eastern Himalayan moist mixed deciduous forest, which is, at places, dense enough to oliberate all sunlight. There is also an alluvial grassland in the eastern part. The park lies in the watershed area of the Manas, Hakua and Beki rivers.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Manas National Park is during the months between November to April. The Park remain closed from May to October.

The weather is moderate and there is not too much rainfall.

Hiring a local guide is highly recommended. They are a mine of information on the park and have adequate knowledge about the concentration of wildlife, making for a rewarding trip.

Dress in mued forest colours such as greens, bowns, beige and dull browns. Avoid orange, red, pink and bright prints.

Do not take pets to wildlife sanctuaries.

Do not get too close to animals and dp not ever attempt to feed them.

Consuming alcohol and carrying arms and ammunition within a sanctuary is strictly prohibited.

Carry your own toiletries. Go easy on the perfume, deodrant, aftershave and smelly ointments. Such fragrances attract biting insects that are in plenty.

Binoculars and a bird book will enhance your birding experience.

It is useful to carry a first-aid kit with basic quick fix solutions and medicines for any emergency.

While on tour of the wild, carry your won supply of drinking water.

Carry a map of the jungle with you. It is quite useful to know in which direction of the park you are travelling in.



When to visit

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Things to do

Manas National Park is one of the most well populated national parks in the country. The park is famous for the large number of animals belonging to different species that roam its grounds. The sanctuary is host to 55 different varieties of mammals. Of the 55, 31 of them belong to the threatened category. Some of the animals that you can see here are Indian Rhinoceros, Asian Elephants, Barasingha, Indian Tigers, Assamese Macaques, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Gaurs, Capped Langurs, Golden Langurs, Asian Water Buffaloes, Slow Loris, Hoolock Gibbons, Asian golden cat, Smooth-coated Otters, Sloth Bears, Black Panther, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Sambhar Deer and Chital.Some of the animals, like Assam Roofed Turtle, Golden Langur,Hispid Hare, and Pygmy Hog are not found anywhere else in the world.While the animal population of the park is definitely eye-catching, Manas National Park is also host to a number of birds belonging to different species. Some of the birds are migratory and fly here during winter from almost halfway across the world. Some of the commonly seen birds are Jungle Fowls, Scarlet Minivets, Bulbuls, Brahminy Ducks, Giant Hornbills, Serpent Eagles, Egrets, Pelicans, Fishing Eagles, Falcons, Bee-Eaters, Magpie Robins, Pied Hornbills, Mergansers, Kalij Pheasants, Grey Hornbills, Harriers, Ospreys and Herons. Not only that, Manas National Park also has the distinction of having the largest population of the Bengal Florican, an endangered species of birds.

 
Getting Around

Getting around the place is quite easy. The public transport system is quite developed. There are regular buses that connect the place to the nearby cities and towns. Hiking is another very good way to explore the various places. You can also hire cars or rent taxis to take you around. Cars can be rented from the local tourist agencies or rental car services.

Visitors to Manas can opt for a jeep safari, an elephant safari should not be missed. This can be coupled with plantation visits and jungle walks. One could also go river rafting on the Manas between Mathanguri and Bansbari.

 
Places to Stay

There is limited acommodation in Manas. The government runs forest lodge inside the park at Mathanguri, by the Manas rier. It has six double rooms and a canteen.

Another propery close to the park is a Jungle Cottage managed by a grass root conservation NGO, based in Bansbari range. The cottage consist of a cluster of six Assam - type thatched cottages with en suite bathrooms.

The outfit is totally managed by local villagers trained by Help Tourism. Jungle rides, birdwatching treks, village and cultural experiences are organised. Meals charge extra. Bookings for both the properties can be made through Help Tourism.

 
How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Guwahati. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Guwahati and Manas National Park is around 176 km.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Barpeta Road. The rail station at Barpeta Road is connected to the station in Guwahati and the other stations across the state. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The national park is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Guwahati and Manas National Park. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to the National Park. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses run by the Assam State Transport Corporation make regular trips to the park. The distance between Guwahati and Manas National Park is around 176 km.

 
Surrounding Attractions

There are several other popular tourist spots in the vicinity of Manas National Park. The Brahmaputra River, one of the major rivers of India flows quite nearby and offers a great vista. The Kamakhya Temple is one of the major temples in India and attracts devotees from all across the country. Bhubaneswari Temple is quite near too and is known for its architecture.

 
Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102

Tourist Information Office, Tourist Lodge, Barpeta Road: #03666-260300

Field Director, Manas National Park: #03666-261413