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Manas National Park

Situated on the Manas River to the northwest of Assam on the border with Bhutan and in the foothills of the Himalayas, is Manas National Park, an 8-hour drive from Wild Mahseer. It was declared a sanctuary in 1928, designated a World Heritage site in 1985 and is one of nine tiger reserve sanctuaries in India. The park embodies a combination of scenic beauty and a rare wealth of wildlife having the world’s remaining population of less than 150 pygmy hogs and the last golden langurs living on an island in the middle of the Manas River.

Covering 519.77 sq kms (it extends into Bhutan for a further 500 sq kms) it has a core area of 360 kms and its own peculiar faunal features. Other rare species found there are tiger, the hispid hare, capped langurs, the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and Asiatic buffalo and commonly seen animals are wild elephant, gaur, leopard, clouded leopard, Himalayan bear, wild boar, sambar, swamp deer and hog deer.

Hundreds of winged species migrate to the pleasant climate of Manas during winter, among which are riverchats (white capped redstars), forktails, cormorants and many ducks including the ruddy shellduck.

Elephant and jeep safaris are both available there during the dry season.

Located in the Himalayan foothill bhabar area in the western Assam, Manas was originally a game reserve since 1928 and became a Tiger Reserve in 1974, a World Heritage Site in 1985, a Biosphere Reserve in 1989. Then declared as a National Park in 1990 with an area of 500 sq. kms. and also the core area of 2600 sq. kms. of Chirang Ripu Elephant Reserve. The park harbours more than 20 endangered species and is famous for its unique scenic beauty. It is also an Important Bird Area. White Winged Wood Duck was recently recorded in the Park. Conveyance

What you expect to see

Mammals : Rhino, Elephant, Tiger, Pygmy hog, Hispid hare, Golden langur, Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Leopard, Golden Cat, Clouded leopard, Fishing cat, Leopard cat, Jungle Cat, the Large Indian civet, the Small Indian civet, Common palm civet or Toddy cat, Himalaya palm civet, Binturong, Common mongoose, Small Indian mongoose, Himalayan black bear, Sloth bear, Gaur, Water buffalo, Sambar, Hog deer, Barking deer, Swamp deer, Wild pigs etc.

How to reach : LGBI Guwahati Airport is 145 kms. and Barpeta Road Railway Station is 20 Kms. away.

Where to stay : The Bansbari Lodge (contact- Tel. +91 361 2602223/2602186, +91 99542 05360,

E-mail: assambengal@rediffmail.com), Blue Hills Resort (contact- Manager, Blue Hills Travel, Paltanbazar, Guwahati, Tel.- +91 361 2543059/2547911), Forest Rest Houses at Bansbari and Mathanguri (contact – Director or Deputy Director, Manas Tiger Reserve), Cottages at Kokilabari (contact -Secretary/President, MMES, Kokilabari). There are many Hotels at Barpeta Road town, which is 20 kms. away from Bansbari.

Whom to contact for visit : Field Director, Manas Tiger Reserve, Barpeta Road -781315, Tel.- 03666-261413(O), 260288(R), 260289(Control Room), Fax : 03666–261413, E-mail : abhijitrabha@hotmail.com ; Dy. Field Director, Manas Tiger Reserve, Barpeta Road -781315, Tel.- 03666-260289 (Control Room), 260338 (R), Website : www.manasassam.org

Best season for visit : November to April.

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