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Devahooti Sarma

Devahooti Sarma5.0/5

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Must visit sight for a tranquil holiday amongst wilderness

A picture perfect destination nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas Manas National Park is an excellent gateway for families, couples and groups alike. As it is located in a comparatively remote corner of the North Eastern state of Assam it has the advantage of catering to more selective travelers and lacks the commercialism seen in other parks like the Kaziranga . We traveled to Manas in December 2013 and checked into the Bansbari Lodge located right at the doorstep of the gate of the sanctuary. Its not the high end kind of resort but very clean with an excellent kitchen. The staff is extremely polite and helpful and serves customer with a smiling face. The rooms are old but very spacious as well as clean. The best part was that it has got a lawn and in the evenings you can ask somebody from the staff to organize individual bonfire for a nominal fee. We had taken our mini barbecue set on which we roasted chicken & potatoes which we had requested the kitchen staff to keep marinated earlier in the day . The jeep safari is also entertaining and you have a better chance of sighting wild animals like elephants, wild boars, golden langur etc as the jungles of Manas is denser than Kaziranga and the traffic lesser. You have the choice of taking your own car for safari and in fact also cross over to Bhutan side for which you have to pay a nominal fee at the main gate. There are several watch towers inside the jungle and it is an excellent idea to stay put during the evenings there to observe herds of wild animals returning home . Another biggest attraction of Manas is crossing the jungles

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Mrinal Chaudhury

Mrinal Chaudhury4.3/5

7 reviews

Prestine beauty of Manas - for a tranquil holiday

If you want to have a look of wild animals in wilderness, this is the place amongst the pristine beauty of the north eastern state of Assam. Manas National Park, or otherwise known as the Manas Tiger Reserve is situated on the foothills of Bhutan on the Assam Bhutan boarder. You can have a glimpse wild animals like deer, sambar, wild boar, innumerable number of peacocks, rhinos, wild buffallows, wild elephants and if you are lucky even tigers, panthers, leopards and a hoist of birds including Hornbill, storks etc Mathanguri which is situated on the Assam Bhutan boarder with its pristine beauty of the rocky flowing river is a must to visit place. From here you can have river rafting to Bansbari Elephant rides, Jeep safari, River rafting etc are nicely arranged by the resorts or the hotels available at Bansbari Florican Resort managed by an NGO called MEWS makes available a no frills accommodation with 6 cottages and a tent in a very clean environment. Rooms are basic, clean and perfect for a no TV, no Internet holiday. The only sound amongst the silence are the chipping birds which wake you up just before the dawn. You can see numerous birds right at the resort itself Food right from breakfast to dinner is really awesome. The members of the NGO take every care to make your stay memorable arranging everything including the rides. You can visit neighboring Bodo village to have a feel of the ethnic culture. They even sell local hand woven Bodo garments wonderful with ethnic motiff.

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Recommended Duration in Manas

Number of days to spend in Manas as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

37.5%

3 days

37.5%

4 days

12.5%

5+ days

12.5%

Manas Overview

Situated in the state of Assam, Manas is a sanctuary that was once a reserved hunting park for kings. The sanctuary is situated in two districts – Barpeta and Kokrajhar. It also spreads till Bhutan. The place is known for its scenic beauty and is located at a height of 40 to 150 m.

The destination is located in the foothills of the vast Himalayan ranges. The area is flat and the river Manas flows to the west of this park. It is spread across an area of 950 square km. The tribal culture in the area is most prominent with locals speaking various tribal languages. Hindi and Assamese are also spoken.

The history of Manas goes back to the pre-independence period of India. On October 1, 1928, Manas National Park was turned into a sanctuary with an area of 360 square km. In 1973, the Manas Tiger Reserve was opened.

Before the declaration, the Manas Sanctuary was a reserve park that was used by the royal families of Gauripur and Cooch Behar for hunting. In around 1951 to 1955, the area of the reserve was increased to 391 km.

In December 1985, the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site. In 1992, it was declared as a World Heritage site in danger by the UNESCO due to poaching and terrorist activities that posed high risk to the rare species of flora and fauna found here.

The park has two biomes. They are the grassland and forest biomes. The grassland biome includes animals such as the Pygmy hog, the Indian rhinoceros, wild Asian buffalo, Bengal florican and many others. The forest biome has the slow loris, capped langur, wild pig, sambar, Malayan giant squirrel, the great horned bill and others.

Manas attracts tourists mainly because of the scenic beauty and the sanctuary. It can be reached by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is connected to several places all over the world. The nearest rail head is at Barpeta road. Manas can also be reached by road by NH 31 that is 22 km away. The nearest city is Guwahati.

The sanctuary is closed from June to September. The best time to visit this reserve is from November to March.

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Manas, Assam

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Manas, Assam

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View of the river
Manas, Assam

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View of the river

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