Manas National Park
Manas National Park is yet another gem in the already star studded list of Assam Wildlife Parks. The wildlife park nestles on the foot of Eastern Himalayas with a large part of the park extending in to Bhutan territory. The park got its name from Manas River that flows right though the park which itself is named after God Manasa. Covering an area of around 391 sq km, Manas National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary on October 1st 1928. Since then it has been endowed with many more titles and responsibilities. In 1985, it was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Manas park is also an elephant reserve, and a biosphere reserve. It is also the only national park in entire Assam to be included under Project Tiger.
What To See
Manas National Park is completely covered with thick dense forest which is a great feature for becoming an great wildlife park. More than 55 species of mammals have been found in the park along with 50 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and around 380 species of birds. Many species in above list are included in the list of endangered and many of them are rare animals. Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros and wild buffaloes are the main attraction of the park. Other animals in the park are leopards, swamp deer, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, Sambar and many more. Manas National Park is also home to animals like Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare and Golden Langur which are found only in Assam.
Out of the 380 species of birds recorded here, most important is the endangered Bengal Florican as its population is the highest here. Jungle Fowls, bulbuls, Brahminy Ducks, Gray hornbills are few other birds that are commonly sighted in Manas national Park.
A Ride In The Jungle
The best way to explore the magnificent wildlife of Manas National Park is by taking a boat ride in River Manas. Most animals, mainly wild buffaloes come to the river bank which is the best time to sight them. Make sure you keep your cameras ready to capture some splendid snaps. The boat ride starts at Mathanguri and ends 35 km away. The other option you can choose is an elephant safari that takes you through to the jungle interiors. There are well laid out roads as well which are quite helpful if you are traveling inside the park using a jeep.
For a stay right in the heart of the jungle, there are two bungalows in Mathanguri. It is advised that you make early bookings for these bungalows as they are a favorite staying option for many tourists. There is no catering service in the bungalow and you will have make arrangements for yourself. There are many more places to stay on the outskirts of Manas National Park on Barpeta Road. The park is nearly 140 km from Guwahati which takes around 3 hrs to cover by road. There is rail connection as well from Guwahati to Barpeta Road which is 40 km from Manas national park.
Amazement and awe are the feeling that never stop flowing in your heart, when you are exploring the wildlife splendors of Manas National Park. Along with wildlife attractions, you come across some enthralling views of Himalayan beauty. Just pack your bags and start your trip to Manas National Park, disappointment word will be a history in your dictionary.
Manas Park is 176-kms from Guwahati. The nearest airport is Borjhar, which is situated, 5-km out of town, and can be reached by rickshaw, auto rickshaw or airline
The nearest railhead is situated at Barpeta road.
Buses regularly ply from Guwahati to Barpeta Road in 4½ hrs.
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