Manas Tiger Reserve
IndiaContiguous with the Royal Manas National Park on it borders in Bhutan, this park in the North Eastern State of Assam will leave you absolutely enchanted and is historically at least, the only park in India where you could have seen the ‘big five’ on the same game drive – herds of elephant, wild water buffalo, leopard, tiger and the Indian one-horned rhino – making it singularly unique as a safari destination. Search hard enough and you could add the clouded leopard, golden cat, hoolock gibbon and even Gangetic dolphins to your list. This is one reason it has also been designated a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve - all at the same time. Against the backdrop of the Himalayan foothills, it is named after the Manas River, which in turn borrowed its identity from the serpent goddess, Manasa. The river meanders through the heart of the park and supports one of the richest flora and fauna biodiversity in the world. Yo...u would be interested to know that it is also an important migratory corridor for the elephant population of the entire Indo-Bhutan region, and a huge 380 species of birds have been recorded here too. Spread across 3150.92 sq. km., Manas is lush with patches of dense jungle interspersed with grassland and thick undergrowth. It is best known for its rare and endangered wildlife, more than any other park in India, like the pygmy hog, Bengal florican, golden langur, Assam roofed turtle, and its population of wild water buffalo. In the early 1990’s the park was at the centre of a period of militant unrest, resulting in widespread poaching, that was to have a devastating effect on its biodiversity, but thankfully it has ended and the park is now recovering – but slowly. The park is a fascinating place for nature lovers to observe wildlife away from the ‘tiger crowds’, with great birding and wonderful vistas. It is most accessible through the Bansbari gate
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through your lodge or tour operator. Make sure you book in advance.
Morning: 06:00 am to 12:00 pm Evening: 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps safaris run for 3.5 hours (half day) and elephant safaris for 1 hour. You can also opt for the raft for riverside sightings.
Rs.100 per person Jeep Safari – Half day: Rs. 2960-3410 for Indian nationals; Rs.3565-6435 for foreign nationals Full day: Rs.6270 to 7150 for Indian nationals (this includes jeep rental charges, toll charges, entry fees and escort charges) Elephant Safari – Rs.990 per person for Indian nationals; Rs.2145 per person for foreign nationals.
By Air: Guwahati Airport (180 km). It is a 2.5 hour drive and taxis are available to take you to the park. By Rail: Barpeta Road Station (24 km), New Bongaigaon Junction (70 km) By Road: Via Barpeta Road (24 km). Manas is also accessible from Guwahati (176 km.), Kaziranga (403 km.), Darjeeling (466 km.), Shillong (287 km.) and Siliguri (386 km.) by road.
Eco-friendly properties in the area
Musa Jungle Retreat
From the midnight trumpet of a wild elephant to the morning call of majestic peacocks, guests at the Musa Jungle Retreat can take in the sights and sounds of the Manas National Park's wild beings from the comfort of their cottages.
Other Destinations To Combine
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Kaziranga National Park
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