Manas National Park

Location: Assam
Main Wildlife Attractions: One horned Rhinoceros, Elephant, Tigers, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Water Buffalo
Coverage Area: 950 Sq. Km
Established: 1928 as a Sanctuary, 1974 as a Tiger Reserve, 1985 as a UNESCO and in 1990 NP

At a Glance A biodiversity hotspot, Manas National Park is famed for its endangered endemic wildlife; with the main attraction being the one-horned rhinoceros. This scenic sanctuary has earned the status of a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. A famed Project Tiger Reserve, its lies alongside the majestic Manas River. Exceptionally important, Manas is situated in North-East India’s Assam and shares a northern international border with the kingdom of Bhutan. Being flanked on the northern end by the imposing Bhutan hills and presence of serene grasslands present a spectacular wilderness experience.

Manas River, along with influencing the park’s name also serves as an international border between the sovereign states of India and Bhutan. The tumultuous river, rushing through the park’s western end, joins the legendary Brahmaputra downstream. Awarded with several international and national designations, Manas national park is offered the highest legal protection under various provisions of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. A lot of renowned conservation organizations support the park in maintaining an efficient work procedure. Witnessing the royal tiger and the elusive rhinoceros in the environs sends a chill down the spine along with creating a mystical ambience.

Climate At Manas, the minimum temperature touches 15degree Celsius whereas in summers the mercury can shoot up to 37 degree Celsius. The period between May and September witnesses tremendous rains.

Flora Lush landscape of the national park is filled with Burma monsoon forests; located predominantly between the Indo-Gangetic and Indo-Malayan regions. Famed as one of the greatest biodiversity areas globally, it’s filled with major sorts of vegetation such as:
• Sub- Himalayan light alluvial semi-evergreen forests.
• East Himalayan mixed moist and dry deciduous forests.
• Low alluvial savanna woodland.
• Assam Valley semi-evergreen alluvial grasslands.
FaunaThe wildlife savvy population will savor Manas due to its reputation as a treasure trove excelling in exceptional variety of fauna. Apart from its famed population of Wild Water buffalo, the sanctuary is home to approximately 60 mammal species, 42 reptile species, 7 amphibians and 500 bird species. Highly endangered and elusive wildlife exist and breed in these scenic surroundings.

The park has created a niche among wildlife reserves due to abundant populations of Asian Elephants, Indian Rhinoceres, Gaurs, Asian Water Buffaloes, Barasingha, Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Clouded leopards, Asian Golden cat, Capped Langurs, Golden Langurs, Assamese Macaques, Slow Loris, Hoolock Gibbons, Smooth-coated Otters, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Black Panther, Sambar Deer and Chital.

Rare and endemic wildlife consists of the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog and Golden Langur.

A bird watcher’s paradise, the sanctuary is filled with more than 450 species. Major species include the highly endangered Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbills, Jungle Fowls, Bulbuls, Brahminy Ducks, Kalij Pheasants, Egrets, Pelicans, Fishing Eagles, Serpent Eagles, Falcons, Scarlet Minivets, Bee-Eaters, Magpie Robins, Pied Hornbills, Grey Hornbills, Mergansers, Harriers, Ospreys and Herons.

Travel TipsThe park timings are 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Along with entry fees, separate charges need to be paid for video recorders and cameras.

Best Time to VisitThe best time to Visit the park is between the months October – April.

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