Manas National Park



Manas National Park


The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, is a Project Tiger Reserve. It lies among the foothills of the Bhutan Himalayas, in the far eastern state of Assam. Lying on a gentle slope in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species. The Manas River flows through the western portion of the park, where it splits into three separate rivers, and joins the Brahmaputra some 64km further south. Manas was given the status of a wildlife sanctuary back in 1928 and by 1985 it was declared a `World Heritage in Danger’ site. The Major attractions here are - tigers, herds of Wild Asiatic Elephants, the One-horned Indian Rhino and the beautiful Golden Langur monkeys.

You can enter into the park on the elephant's back or in a jeep or by car. These are few options to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. The ride on elephant is both exciting and enthusing. At Manas you can also venture by a boat on the Manas and Hakua rivers. But, an Elephant ride is the best for seeing wildlife here. The park boasts of small meadows located among densely forested foothills with many rivulets, streams and natural drains flowing all around. The park is mainly watered by the Manas River, which also forms the international boundary between India and Bhutan.

The Fauna


 The animal population of Manas National Park Assam is very diverse. It is one of the best kept parks in Assam India. Manas is home to India’s second-largest tiger population and they are a possible site as you take an elephant ride through the park. During your ride you might also see some other animals that Manus are famous for, such as the rare Golden Langur and the Red Panda. Manas’s other denizens include the Wild Asiatic Elephant, the One-horned India Rhino, Barasingha (swamp deer), Gaur and the more elusive species, such as the Clouded Leopard, Golden Cat, Pangolin, Fishing Cat, Pygmy Hog and Leopard. Some of the other animals sighted while exploring the park are Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques, Slow Loris, Hoolock Gibbons, Smooth Indian Otters, Sloth Bears, Barking, Hog, Sambar and Spotted Deer.

Avifauna


Manas is the most loved home to more than 450 species of birds, of which the Great Hornbill and the Bengal Florican are among the leading attractions. As you proceed further into the forest you will be welcomed by the calls of other bird species. The sanctuary is occupied by both resident and migratory bird species. A spectacular array of hornbills, various bulbuls, egrets, falcons, pelicans, bee-eaters, mergansers, harriers, as well as the adorable Red Jungle Fowl, Brahminy Duck, Khaleej Pheasant, Fishing Eagles, Serpent Eagles and Scarlet Minivets.

Seasons

  • October to January - Minimum is 11°C (mean)
  • February to April - Maximum is 37°C  (mean)