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Manas National Park Area(Manas
39,100 hectares/2840 sq km.
(Manas Tiger Reserve)
First established in 1928 as a reserve forest, the
Manas National Park was designated as a tiger reserve in 1973.
(Manas National Park)
situated in the foothills of the Bhutanese Himalayas,
is famous for its majestic tigers and the golden leaf monkey. Named after the
Manas river, which separates Bhutan from India, the park has dense deciduous forests
spread over an area of 2840 sq km which provide a sanctuary to twenty highly endangered
species of birds and animals, including the hispid hare, pygmy hog and the red
panda which can be seen occasionally at higher altitudes. The sanctuary is situated
in both India and Bhutan, the two parks, both named Manas, being contiguous.
Along the Manas river and its tributaries are spreads of riverine forests
as well as tall grasslands on the floodplains. To the south of the border, the
Indian part of Mb has tropical forests on high ground, and riverine forests and
tall grasslands on the lower plains.
Birds which can be seen here are
the giant hornbills, both pied and gray varieties, pheasants, jungle fowl, scarlet
minivet, partridge, florican, and a variety of water birds like the brahminy ducks,
mergansers and a range of egrets, herons and pelican. Visitors to the park especially
mention the stunning sight of large numbers of hornbills flying over the Manas
river early mornings and evenings.
The Manas National Park in India
and Bhutan are the only known home of the Golden Leaf Monkey discovered only a
few decades ago. Other mammals, includethe rare and endangered hispid hare and
pygmy hog. Lager mammals include the Indian elephant, gaur, water buffalo and
Best Season (Manas National
The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to April,
with the best period being January toApril.
(Manas National Park)
The nearest airport is Guwahati, a distance of 176
km and about 6 hours away while the nearest railway station is Barpeta Road, about
40 km from the park.