|Manas National Park
Highlights: Wildlife in Manas especially Great Hornbill, Tigers
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport from Manas National Park is Borjhar (5 kilometers away from the town)
By Rail: The nearest railhead to visit Manas is Barpeta road
Road: On Barpeta road, there is a regular service of buses after every four and a half hour.
Manas National Park is spread over an area of 391 square kilometers in Assam. The extremely popular Park is situated near the foothills of the Kamrup district. On 1st October 1928 it was declared a sanctuary and in December 1985 it was designated a World Heritage site. It was declared a national park in 1980. Project Tiger, Rhino and Elephant were launched here.
The vegetation in the Forest is primarily tropical moist deciduous type. The fast disappearing hispid hare needs swampy atmosphere to survive. You can see Khairsissoo-bhabhar grass, mul, khoir, udal, sida, bohera and kanchan trees in and around the park.
The Sanctuary provides home to a large number of species including Pigmy Hog, Tiger, Wild Buffalo, Hispid Hare, Elephant, Capped Langur, Golden Langur, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Hog Deer, Giant hornbill, Clouded Leopard, Panther, Civet Cat, Squirrel, Sloth Beat, Sambar, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Otter, Monitor Lizard, Gharial, Python, Florican Cormorants, Egrets, Red Pandas and many migratory birds.
The scenic splendor and rare species of wild life combine in this unique world inheritance to offer one of the most captivating experiences. Towards the boundary of Bhutan, the Park is known as Royal Manas Park. It is mandatory that the tourists should take a permit at the headquarters in Barpeta.
The Sanctuary arranges safaris on jeep and elephants for spotting animals in their habitats or indulging in various activities. The boat rides are another medium to see the wildlife near waterholes. The tourists will be able to see many water birds like mergansers, brahminy ducks, a range of egrets etc en route on the river.
The best time to visit the Park is during the months of November to February. Throughout the year otherwise the climatic conditions makes the sanctuary unsuitable for visit.
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