Manas National Park tourism

Manas National Park

Lying on the foothills of the Himalaya in the state of Assam, notable for its unique biodiversity and charming surroundings, is one of the oldest Tiger Reserve and Biosphere Reserve in India. With a large part of the park extending into Bhutan territory, the enchanting Manas River flows through the Park mark of the border between India and Bhutan. Covering an area of around 391 sq km, Manas National Park was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973, a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, and a Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

This Brahmaputra valley semi-evergreen forest Terrestrial Eco-region has a glory of carrying richest species of wildlife compared to other Indian wildlife areas. Notable for only home for the rare and endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. The diverse fauna of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary include some potentially aggressive animals such as Tigers, Elephants, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Golden Cat, Fishing Cat, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Civet Cat, Wild Dog, Indian Fox, Gaur and Himalayan Black Bear, as well as many varieties of deer.

Various species of primates, including capped langur and the golden langur , slow loris, Hoolock gibbon, Assamese macaques are seen here. Malay tupaia or tree shrew, pygmy hogs and the hispid hare (Assamese rabbit) are some special species inhabit here.

The diverse habitant of Manas National Park harboured specialized birds such as endangered Bengal Florican and the Great Hornbill. Some other bird species seen here are Greater Adjutant, Black-tailed Crake, Red-headed Trogo, Swamp Francolin, Wreathed and Rufous-necked Hornbill, Marsh and Jerdon's Babbler, Rufous-rumped and Bristled Grassbirds, Hodgson's Bush-chat, Rufous-ventec Laughingthrush, Finn's Weaver, Ibis bill etc.

The park checklist has over 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians. Out of these wildlife 31 of them are threatened/ endanger. An astounding variety of insects, butterflies and birds found here, making it a rewarding location for ornithologists and entomologists alike.

RANGE: Manas National Park Comprises of three Ranges namely Bansbari Range, Panbari and Bhuyanpara range. The entry of tourists is restricted to the central area or the Bansbari range only.

Area covered: 360 sq. km

Entry Fee:Rs. 20 per person for Indians, Rs. 250 per person for foreign tourists.

Jeep entry Fee: Rs. 300

Still Camera: Rs. 50 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners), Video Camera : Rs. 100 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners.)

Safari: Rs. 120 (Indians) & Rs. 750 (foreigners.)

Boat Ride: Rs. 2000 (8 seater boat), which can be shared between the passengers.

Major Attractions: Tiger, Leopard, Panther.

Best Season: November and February. However the season starts from October to April.

Opening Hours: Sunrise till sunset from 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

What to do

Things to do in Manas National Park are:

Elephant Safari Manas

Elephant Safari

Elephant safari is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy rare species of flora and fauna. Cross over to the Bhutan part of the reserve (which required permissions)for an almost certain sighting of the golden langur. A small rowing boat is used to go across the narrow, shallow part of the river for a short trip.

The summer palace of the Bhutan's King is located in the park is worth a visit. Wildlife Safari is available on elephant back, jeep or car. Riding boats in Manash river are in amazing experience which need special permission.

Elephant rides from Mothanguri are an interesting way to get around the park. But one need advance reservations for this in the Range Forest Officer.

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Jeep Safari Manas

Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari is another thrilling experience to enjoy the jungle tour. Jeep Safari offer 60 or 90 kilometre drive. The shorter one takes the following route, from The Bansbari Lodge-Lotajhar-Mothanguri-Gyati-Uchilla-Kuribheel-Buraburi and return; the 90 kilometre itinerary, of especial interest to the birdwatcher, takes in the area round the village of Koklabari, which is now being developed as a birdwatching area, then through jungle to Alabari and Namlang. There are a number of watchtowers built by the forest department on both these routes for wildlife watching.

Morning safari Timing :

Jeep Safari
05:30 - to - 10:00 Hrs
14:30 - to - 17:30 Hrs

Elephant Safari
05:30 - to - 10:00 Hrs
15:00 - to - 17:30 Hrs

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Boat Riding in Manash

Boat Ride

Boat Riding in Manash River is a wonderful experience. You can spot varieties of animal and water birds while riding. The Forest Department offer boating facility Rs. 2,000 for an 8-seater boat. Boat riding trip generally covers 35 km away from Mathanguri.

Best Time to visit

Summer in

The summer season in Manas starts from the month of May and extends till the September. The season is extreme humidity and frequent showers. The average temperature in summer is 22 to 38 degree Celsius. Light cotton clothes are the best option during summer.

Monsoons in

Manas National Park received moderate to heavy rainfall during the monsoon months of June to August.

Winter in

The winter season at the place falls from the month of November and stays till the month of February. The average temperature in winter is 5 to 18 degree Celsius. Temperatue drops drastically at night, so jackets or pullovers are needed after sunset.

How to reach

Manas by Air

Nearest Major Airport: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, also known as Guwahati International Airport.
Distance: 176 km.
Time taken: 2.30 hr

Manas by Train

Nearest Railway Station : Barpeta Road
Ditance :40 km

Manas by Road

Manas National Park is well connect via road from major cities of Assam. Located at a distance of 176 km from Guwhati , which take approx 2.30 hr to cover the distance.
Distance between some major places are as follows :

kaziranga - 403 km.
Darjeeling - 466 km.
Shillong - 287 km.
Siliguri - 386 km.

Where to stay

There are many hotels and resorts available near Manas National Park. Some of them are :

Bansbari Forest Lodge

Bansbari Forest Lodge is situated by the side of Manas river located at the right of entrance to the national park, with tea gardens on one side, jungle and views of the Himalayan foothills on the other. It has 16 large twin-bedded rooms all have attached bathrooms simply but comfortably furnished.

Florican Cottages

Florican has simple and beautiful cottages with all necessary amenities. It is run by local youth from nearby villages and Manas Ever Welfare Society. It is located near the forest entrance of Bansbari Central Range.

Musa Jungle Retreat

Musa Jungle Retreat is located on the one edge of the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. The cottages are very quaint and spacious with a very peaceful environment amidst beautiful landscape.

Mathanguri Lodge

Located in a beautiful location in Manas National Park, on a hill overlooking the Manas river that divides Manas National Park and Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. They provide very basic facilities and decent food to clean rooms. Power is available from 6 to 10 pm through the generator as no electricity connection is available here. Staying inside the forest in a remote location is a different experience all together.

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