About Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Tiger Reserve is situated amidst the gentle slopes at the foothills of the
Himalayas in India. Located in the north-eastern state of Assam, it is the
only tiger reserve of its kind in the entire northeast. Manas derives its
name from Goddess Manasa. The forest stretches beyond Indian territory to
the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, with the crystal waters of the Manas River
demarcating the international border. For a brief period, some areas
adjoining the river path get flooded, the water level subsides as soon as
the rainfall stops because of the slope. Mixed deciduous type of vegetation
is found in the park. The dense forest cover often prevents the sunrays from
reaching the forest.
This beautiful park, previously known as North Kamrup, was declared a
sanctuary on October 1, 1928, with parts of it having been notified as
reserved forests as early as 1907 and 1927. It was established as the core
of the Manas Tiger Reserve from April 1973 and consecutively inscribed on
the World Heritage List in 1985 and elevated to the position of a National
Park on September 7, 1990.
Wildlife Attractions in Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
The core area of Manas National Park is 360-km. Manas is a very special
biosphere, for it harbors 20 species of birds and animals that are highly
endangered, prominent among those are the attractive Red Pandas, which are
occasionally seen in the higher elevation. Initially the park was a wildlife
sanctuary but in 1990 it was declared a National Park.
Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog and Golden Langur are some of the rare species of
animals found in the park apart from Tigers, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Wild
Buffalo, Wild Boar, Sambhar, Swamp Deer, and Hog Deer, which are easily
Come winter and Manas is full of migratory birds like the Riverchats,
Forktails, Cormorants and Ducks like the Ruddy Shell-Duck. Other woodland
birds like the Indian Hornbill and Pied Hornbill also found.
Butterflies and reptiles are also seen aplenty in Manas. In the river
water, one can enjoy boating and fishing. Coloured pebbles of the Manas
River are an added attraction not to be missed.
Rides inside the park are available on boats and elephants. Elephant rides
are the best way to spot wild animals as they are able to penetrate deeper
into the jungles. The ride begins from Mothanguri and continues for about 3
hours. Boat rides are a good way to spot animals and birds which come to the
river to quench their thirst. There are no forest department jeeps or guides
available for the tourists, but private jeeps can be hired from the Bansbari
Range Office or Barpeta Road. Only one route is presently open, while others
will be in operation shortly. Safari timings are 5:30 to 10 AM & 2:30 to
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest airport is Borjhar airport,
Guwahati, connected by Indian Airlines to Delhi (8:00, Tue, Thu, Sat),
(10:25, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun), Calcutta (6:30, 9:50 & 16:00, Daily).
Mumbai is connected through a Jet Airways flight (7:50, except Thu &
By Rail :
The nearest railhead is Barpeta Road (32 km
N). Delhi is connected through daily trains Brahmaputra Mail (20:55) &
Avadh Assam Exp. (8:25). Connecting Mumbai is the Guwahati Exp. (7:45, Wed,
Fri, Sat), while Chennai has a connection through the YPR Guwahati Exp.
(10:00, Tue) & Guwahati Exp. (6:30, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat). Bangalore is
also well connected through the YPR Guwahati Exp. (23:55, Mon) &
Guwahati Exp. (23:45, Wed, Thu, Fri).
By Road :
The park is well connected with other parts of
Assam through a network of well built roads. State transport buses ply
regularly connecting various cities in and around the park. To reach the
park from Guwahati, take the NH31 to Shimlaguri via Rangia, Nalbari and
Howli. From there take the link road to Barpeta road.
Distances from major cities
176 km (NW)/5 hrs.
Travel Tips/Important Information
- Tourists pay the entry fee at the Bansbari Range Office, 1 km before
the entry gate at Baripada.
- Park Charges Entry Fee : Rs. 20 (Indians) & Rs. 250 (foreigners),
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. 8000 (8 seater boat), which can be shared amongst the
- Take a 5 km long walk besides the jungle trail along the river around
Mathanguri to observe different variety of birds and flowers.
- Park timings are 5:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
- A number of rest houses and camp sites in and around the park provide
accommodation to the tourists.
- There are three protected areas in Manas, the Manas Sanctuary (391
sq. km), Manas National Park (520 sq. km) and Manas Tiger Reserve (2600
sq. km). The entry of tourists is restricted to the central area or the
Bansbari range. Encroaching into the rest of the park, such as Panbari
and Bhuyanpara ranges is considered dangerous, especially without an
- The Makibana area in Bhuyan Para range is considered good for Tiger
- Foreign tourists require a special permit to visit the park, as well
as the state of Assam.
- The nearest centre is Barpeta road where most of the facilities
including post, telegraph, telephone, hospital and drug stores are
- Monsoon season should be avoided for a travel to the park as heavy
rains often flood the place
- It is always better to get prior information before visiting as the
opening and closing timings have become erratic since the ethnic
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Resorts in Manas
government run inspection bungalow is one of the most picturesque places
to stay at the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.
privately run hotel of the park is located just outside the entry gates
of the park. The lodge offers excellent accommodation and other