Manas National Park ( Manas, as short Form) is home to 61 species of mammals, 354 species of birds, 42 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibian, 79 species of fish and more than 187 species of butterfly and 100 species of invertebrates. It has more than 600 species from plant kingdom making it one of the suitable habitat of wildlife wonders.
Where is Manas National Park?
Manas National Park is in Assam, the nearest town is Barpeta Road. Which is just 35 km away from the Park. Barpeta Road is a Modern Town with all necessities and all means of travel accommodation. Barpeta Road is just 135KM away from Guwahati.
Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a Project Tiger reserve, situated in the Himalayan foothills near the Indian-Bhutan border.
3 Special Species that are found in Manas are Golden Languor, Pygmy Hog, and Hispid hare, which are exclusively endemic to the Manas National Park. All three animals are also included in the critically endangered list of the IUCN Red Data Book.
The Manas National park is divided into three main ranges and several bits for monitoring and protection. The main ranges are…
- Bahbari (central range),
- Panbaari (western range) and
- Bhuyapara (eastern range).
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How to Reach Manas National Park?
By Road: The best way to reach Manas National Park is by roadways and railways. It is situated 170 KM far from Assam main city Guwahati.
By Train: Barpeta Road is well connected with road and railway. All most all major trains make a stop in Barpeta Road and the National highway NH-31 passes through this town.
Barpeta Road also has the office of the Field Director and the central range of Manas National park – “BahBari” is just 25 Km away.
By Air: You can also reach Manas via Air, Barpeta Road is just 125km away from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Borjhar, Guwahati.
What is the Best Time to Visit Manas National Park?
The best time to visit Manas National Park is from October to April.
From December to February, the winter season. The weather is clear, cool and fantastic. You will have the chance to spot several animals and birds as during winter, several animals comes in the open to have a sun bath.
Note: Avoid the new year plan if you want to enjoy the nature as thousands of people visit the national park at this time and most of the animals go deep inside the park and you have very less chances to spot any animal.
March and April are the months where you may face some rainy season. But it is also the time when you will find the Park in its full New greenery.
The rivers has plenty of water, but not plenty enough to flood the national park.
- Jeep Safari
- Elephant Safari
Jeep Safari cost around Rs.4000 and can accommodate 5 person for an entire day travel. The best part is that instead of 2 hrs safari like Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park allows you to have a full day safari till 5 pm and takes you to deep jungle and also to the Bhutan border – Mathanguri.
Jeep safari can be booked anytime of the day, but we recommend you to start early morning. This gives you to have entire day of safari in the wilderness.
Note: Don’t forget to take some snacks for your lunch, as you won’t get anything there. Also visit the Bura Buri Chowk around 4pm. This allows you to have a closer look at most of the animals as they pass by from there at that time.
Elephant Safari is possible in morning around 5am and you have to book it a day previous, which means you have to stay for the night in one of the resorts nearby.
The price range for elephant safari is around Rs. 1350 per person
What to see at Manas National Park – Animals and Birds found in Manas
Major Animal Species in Manas National Park :
- Asian Elephants
- Indian Rhinoceros
- Asian Water Buffaloes
- Indian Tigers
- 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
- Herd of Deer
Species of Birds Include :
- Bengal Florican
- Giant Hornbills
- Jungle Fowls
- Brahminy Ducks
- Kalij Pheasants
- Fishing Eagles
- Serpent Eagles
- Scarlet Minivets
- Magpie Robins
- Pied Hornbills
- Grey Hornbills
Resorts & Cottages – Accommodation at Manas National Park
1. Birina Tourist Lodge
Birina is situated near a tea estate, giving you a pleasant view of the plain tea gardens.
2. Florican Cottages
Stay in a traditional Asssamese thatched cottages that gives you a cool and pleasant stay and feel of being a native assamese.
3. Musa Jungle Retreat
This is one of the most famous resorts in this area, it provides you facilities to that of a 3 Star Resorts. Its a little costlier than other resorts but your time will be a pleasant time.
4. Sikhiri Cottages
This resort is situated near a river side giving you a pleasant view of the beautiful national park.
5. Smiling Tusker Elephant Camp
Want to enjoy the tent experience with all the safety while staying in the jungle. Smiling Tusker offers you that with all the comforts and luxury.
There are several private as well as Govt resorts at Bahabari and Bhuyapara ranges where you can stay and take a safari to Manas National Park. The packages start from 3,500 Indian Rupees.