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Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Barpeta, Assam, India
Area covered: 360 sq. km
Main Wildlife Found: Tiger, Leopard, Panther
Best time to visit: November to April
Places To Stay Inspection Bungalow, Bansbari Lodge

About Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Manas Wildlife SanctuaryManas 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 spotted.

Migratory Birds
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.

Manas Wildlife SanctuarySafaris
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 5:30 PM.

Other Attractions
There is a lot to see and do around the park. The state capital Guwahati is situated at a distance of just 180 km. The place is especially famous for the temple of Kamakhya devi built by king Narnarayan. Other wildlife sanctuaries around the area include Orang and Pabitora. The small town of Hajo, located 25 km from Guwahati, is a sacred place for the Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist community.

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 & Sun).

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
Delhi : 1400 km
Mumbai : 2055 km
Bangalore : 2065 km
Kolkata : 535 km
Guwahati : 176 km (NW)/5 hrs.

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Jungle Resorts in Manas
Inspection Bungalow Bansbari Lodge
The government run inspection bungalow is one of the most picturesque places to stay at the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.

The only privately run hotel of the park is located just outside the entry gates of the park. The lodge offers excellent accommodation and other facilities.

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