Manas National Park- Complete Information
Manas National park, spread over 500 sq km was recognised as a sanctuary in 1922 In 1973 it came under Project Tiger as it houses the last surviving population of tiger. It was also placed in World Heritage Site in 1985 for its unique combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife. It has the largest number of rarely found wild animals of India which includes 22 species of endangered animals. It was set up as a National Park in 1990. However tiger are not only wildlife to be found here. The rarest species of Manas are Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog and Golden Langur.
Other commonly seen animals are elephant, Indian rhinoceros, wild buffalo, wild boar, sambar deer, hog deer etc. Hundreds of feathered species are transferred to the environmentally friendly environment during winter. Among them are river chats (white capped redstars), fortails, cormorants and various types of ducks including the ruddy shelduck. Woodland is less attractive to birds and includes Indian hornbill and Great Pied Hornbill.
Manas is about 180 km from Guwahati.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Manas National Park is from November to April. The weather is pleasant and more likely to find more organisms. The park is open every six months, unless for exceptional reasons like rain or safety.
However, the park has partially opened in the months of May and October. Since June to September is the period of monsoon, the park is closed
How to reach Manas:
Manwa is 176 kilometres away from Guwahati. National Highway No. 31 Barpeta Road (not Barpeta City) which is connected to 22 KM (Manas entrance point where Musa is located near Jungle Retreat Park) for Bansbari. The journey to Guwahati from the road is 5 hours around.
Guwahati is the gateway to northeast India. All major cities of India are well connected to Guwahati along with Rajdhani Express.
Several trains stop at Barpeta Road Railway Station, which is 22 km from Bansbari (Musazangal Retreat, Manas) on the road.
The nearest airport is Guwahati (about 180 km / 5 o’clock drive). Regular flight operates from Bagdogra, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, Dibrugarh, Jorhat by Air India, Jet Airways, JetLite, Indigo and Go Air. Drukair connects Bangkok and Paro (Bhutan) twice a week with Guwahati.
Manas National Park Tourism
Manas National Park Tourism offers various activities to visitors to enjoy and appreciate the variety of nature.
1. Jeep Safari
Manas National Park is home to more than 20 endangered species of birds and animals. Gets the rare sight of the animals of the Alien Manas Wildlife Sanctuary including Assam Roof Turtle, Piggy Hog and Green Green. Beautiful raw surroundings will make you feel tremendous love for nature.
Timings: 09 AM – 12 PM and 02 PM – 05 PM
2. Elephant Safari
Riding through the park by riding on the back of an elephant MANAS National Park is another interesting way to find animals. These grand giants are part of National Park. Elephant Ride gives you access to areas of the park where Jeep is not allowed. You get a different perspective of the park from sitting back of a pachyderm.
Price: Rupees 500.00 for Indians, Rupees 1,550.00 for foreigners.
Timings: 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM
3. River rafting
For the adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts, river rafting on the slow water of Manas river is an exciting experience. A 35 km ride takes you through wild deciduous forests, which is home to 400 different species of birds. Rafting on the water of the river’s deep forest is an experience you really need to see.
Price: You can check the price with the private tour operator.