Manas National Park

UNESCO World Heritage site


Lying on the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Assam, Manas National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a famous sanctuary which is home to a great variety of wildlife including tiger, Gaur, rhinos, Hog Deer, Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog, Capped Langur, Elephant, Indian one horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalo, Golden Langur etc.

It is one of the Tiger Reserve governed by the Project Tiger and also an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. The park was previously a hunting reserve of the Cooch Behar Royal Family. Manas is the most ravishing primal wildlife habitat in India. The beauty of its spectacular landscape is beyond the comparison to the best in the world. This Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forest Terrestrial Eco-region is also the richest in species of all Indian wildlife areas and the only known home for the rare and endangered Golden Langur, Hispid Hare, Assam Roofed Turtle and Pygmy Hog.

The endearing Manas River is the focus point of Manas National Park derived its name after the serpent goddess Manasa. Being the largest Himalayan tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra, it comes down the Bhutan Hills from the north, the lucid waters of the Manas river ramble through the heart of Manas Park. The main excursion and tourist spot of Manas is Mothanguri, on its northern border is situated on the banks of this river. Flowing through the west of the park, it splits into two separate rivers, the Beki and Bholkaduba. Almost five small rivers along with the Manas River drain the Reserve.

There are many villages located in the outskirts of the Manas National Park. There are some accommodation options in the vicinity of the forest. There is forest bungalow inside the park and some lodges on the periphery of the sanctuary.

One of the popular activities in the park is raft ride on the Manas River and this gives one an opportunity to see many animals in their natural setting. Forest safaris are available to explore the forest. Elephant rides are also available for short distances.

The closest major transit center is Guwahati which is situated 175 kilometers away from Manas sanctuary and the closest railhead is Barpeta Road, situated around 44 kilometers away from the park.

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