Manas national park
Blissful Home Of The Nature
Manas National Park Tourism
The animal kingdom of the North East, Manas National park is a really popular place of tourist attraction in Assam. The park is located in Barangabari Gyati Village on the Foothills of the Bhutan- Himalayan mountain range, the park is also a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a Tiger and Elephant project reserve. The park is named after the Manas river and the river was named after Mansa(The Serpent Goddess). The river passes through the center of the park and is a major tributary to Brahmaputra river. The Manas river separates Manas National from its twin, The Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. The one of a kind park cum biosphere reserve draws thousands of travelers towards itself, it is widespread in a region of 950 sq. kms and is home to many of special species of the animals some of them are The Royal Bengal Tiger, wild Buffaloes, Indian Elephants, Asian Water Buffaloes, Barasingha, Black Panthers, Asian Golden cats, Indian Rhinoceros, Assamese Macaques, Sloth Bears, Capped Langoors, Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid hare, Pygmy Hog, Chitals and many other animals. Manas is home to 55 species of mammals. 3 species of amphibians, 380 species of birds and 50 species of reptiles out of which 21 mammals are India's schedule mammals and 31 of them are threatened. The blissful flora of Manas also enchants with pride about what it got in the store for the visitors. Most of the parts of the forest are dry and deciduous after which it is replaced by a moist and delicious area away from the water courses. It is supplanted semi-evergreen climax region at the Northern end of Manas and about 40 percent of the total area is covered by Grasslands of Bhabhar and Terai type. Manas is a popular World Heritage site with its unique combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife and one must explore this park and its beauty.
Activities To Do In Manas National Park
Manas National park is really the heaven for adventure and nature enthusiasts, as the rich flora and fauna can bewitch anyone who visits this place. When comes down to the part of adventure this place is really on the steep ground. One has multiple options for adventure in Manas, the Jungle safari has multiple slots for various Safaris covering Eastern and Central regions of the Park. You can choose from private jeep safaris and Manas National Park bus safaris, both of these safaris take you into the wild forest where you will get to explore some of the most beautiful birds and exotic species of animals as it is the home of 20 really rare and endangered species and these safaris will give you an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of these rare species. There is also an option for Elephant Safari at Manas, in this way you can travel within the Forest and even in the areas where Jeeps and Buses are not allowed, that too on the back of an Elephant. However, only a limited number of people can travel at a time on the back but its really worth it as it will give you a different perspective of the park.
Bird watching is one of the things that you must do in Manas National Park as its unique Biodiversity and Avi is the habitat to several hundred rare species of bird that we don't get to see in the crowded and not so environmental friendly cities. You can spend your day here observing the birds and delighting in their melodic peaceful chirping, this place is really one of the best one for those who love capture these beautiful sights on their cameras. Some of the birds that you may get a chance to see are Swamp Francolin, Great Adjutant, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and Black-tailed Crake also Manas has the largest population of The Bengal Florican in the entire world.
The Manas River adds up diamonds to this park as the slow current that flows down past the park which makes the sport like rafting possible at this place. The current flows about 35km in the region and mesmerizes one with deciduous forests, the forest which is the shelter to across more than 400 species of birds. This rafting is really a spine tickling and hair spooking one and is for the one who is looking for that rush of adrenaline.
The Village community, you can explore this beautiful village and also learn about the traditional BODO culture, the two tribes that reside in this Bodo village are Raghbil and Ghatigaon. Here you can get an opportunity to watch the tribal dance, tribal people, tribal culture, and their daily activities. If you are interested in little more than observing you can always take part in their dance and music sessions. Don't forget to shop for traditional Assamese Handloom fabrics as these are available at really pocket-friendly and reasonable rates.
Top things do in Manas National Park
How to reach
Manas National Park is in Assam and it is well connected to the other states through its adjoining city, Guwahati. One can embark on the journey to Manas via Flight, train, bus or car. Manas doesn't have airport or railhead of its own but the closest airport and railhead are in Guwahati, it is 140 kms from Guwahati and local cabs and both private and government sector owned buses are available from the city in order to commute to Manas National Park. It is well connected via its broad roadways and highways to many cities.
How to Reach by Flight
The closest airport to Manas is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport which is in Guwahati and it is about 3 hours away from Manas National Park, the airport is well connected with rest of India. Daily flights are available from all the major cities to Guwahati. One can hire a local taxi from the airport to Manas or take the Local Private sector buses from Guwahati city centre, Assam State Transport Corporation buses are also available to Manas from the Airport as well as from the city centre.
How to Reach by Train
The closest railhead to Manas National park is in Guwahati but you can take another train from Guwahati to Barpeta road railway station which is like roughly an hour(45kms) away from the park and from here you can easily get access to local Taxis, Rickshaws, and Buses.
How to Reach by Bus
Both and Government and private sector buses are available from all the adjoining cities. Although the best route is from Guwahati city centre, you can take a private luxurious bus or Assam state transport corporation for your commute to Manas National park. It will tale about 4 to 5 hours by bus to reach Manas but the bus ride is definitely worth it because you will get to travel through the serene and scenic views of Guwahati.
How to Reach by Road
Manas is well-connected through its broad roadways, people usually prefer to drive to Manas from Guwahati. From Guwahati, it will take around 4-5 hours by car to reach the park but during your journey, you will get to see several beautiful towns and small villages which adds pearls to the journey. So what are you waiting for pack your bags and plan this amazing road trip to explore the blithe and enchanting, Manas National Park.
How to travel within
You will be required to hire a private Jeep or Suv to explore Manas National Park. Cabs, Rickshaws and local buses are available to explore the nearby region. However, it is prefered to travel in the evenings to the local region as the town glitters up in the night time and looks really beautiful.
- Jeep Safari starts from early in the morning at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM and afternoon 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
- Elephant Safari starts from 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM and it usually lasts up to 2 hours.
- Park Timings 5:30 AM to 6:30 PM and is open all days of the week.
Fees and Charges
- Entry Fees - 20 -/ INR per person
- Jeep charges 300-/ INR per Jeep
- Camera charges 50-/ INR per Camera
- Camcorder charges 100 -/ INR per Camcorder
Things to know, ATMs and Pharmacies
The park safaris should be booked in advance and photo ID proof copy is required to book the safaris, carry enough packed bottled water inside the jungle and inside the jungle, there are many watchtowers with the facility of toilets. Most of the cellular network companies provide fair to a decent amount of coverage outside Manas National park. However, it is recommended to carry a satellite with you always inside the Jungle. Barpeta Road is the nearest town with ATMs, petrol pumps, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
Hotels and Resorts In Manas National Park
Resorts and Hotels are available at all price ranges in both in the village and in the nearby Town, these resorts will ensure you with a pleasant and comfortable stay in Manas National Park and some of them are
Manas National Park Itinerary
Settle in, wisely plan your day.
Start your day with breakfast at your resort hotel and start by taking the Elephant ride, which will take about an hour after this head towards the Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism Society. It is one of the best places in the village, here you will get to see and enjoy the traditional Bodo dance and music and do try the scrumptious Bodo style lunch. After lunch take a walk around the Manas river and later get ready for an incredibly adventurous river rafting experience, it will take about 2 hours and when you are done with this enjoy the jungle in the realms of the mother nature and beautiful birds in the blue sky. The jungle safari could take up to an hour or more if you wish to see additional wild animals. When you are done. Head back to your resort and get some rest. However, if you wish to extend and explore more you may want to visit Panabang and the Summer Palace of King Of Bhutan and Banasbari tea Plantations as these places are really popular among the visitors and tourist also you can always spend more time in the Jungle to discover more animals.