Manas National Park is positioned in Assam on the magnificent foothills of the Himalayas. In Bhutan the extended part of this sanctuary is known as the Royal Manas National Park. Covering an area of 391 sq km, the Manas National Park was declared a sanctuary on 1st of October, 1928 and was designated a World Heritage site in December 1985. The Assam Manas National Park with its charming beauty and unparallel wildlife wealth presents one of the most enchanting experiences. The jungle houses a great diversity of wildlife, including tiger, golden langur, wild buffalo, hispid hare, pigmy hog, capped langur, Indian one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, gaur, hog deer, etc.
Travel Tips/Important Information:
Tourists pay the entry fee at the Bansbari Range Office.
Park Charges Entry Fee: Rs. 20 (Indians) & Rs. 250 (foreigners), Jeep entry Fee: Rs. 300, Still Camera : Rs. 50 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners), Video Camera: Rs. 100 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners), Safari: Rs. 120 (Indians) & Rs. 750 (foreigners), Boat Ride: Rs. 8000 (8 seater boat), which can be shared amongst the passengers.
Take a 5 km long walk besides the jungle trail along the river around Mathanguri to observe different variety of birds and flowers.
Park timings are 5:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
A number of rest houses and camp sites in and around the park provide accommodation to the tourists.
There are three protected areas in Manas, the Manas Sanctuary (391 sq. km), Manas National Park (520 sq. km) and Manas Tiger Reserve (2600 sq. km). Encroaching into the rest of the park is considered dangerous, especially without an armed escort.
The Makibana area in Bhuyan Para range is considered good for Tiger sighting.
Foreign tourists require a special permit to visit the park, as well as the state of Assam.
The nearest centre is Barpeta road where most of the facilities including post, telegraph, telephone, hospital and drug stores are easily available.
Monsoon season should be avoided for a travel to the park as heavy rains often flood the place.
4-wheel drive petrol vehicle is the ideal way to view most part of the park.
Best for viewing animals like the wild buffaloes. Some of the animals can be seen from the safety and serenity of a boat during its 35 km ride.
The most favorite of all is the elephant rides organized by the park authorities from Mathanguri. These take you deep in to the remote areas of the forest and often ride in between some of the wildlife there, including elephants, rhinos and wild buffaloes.
The perfect time to go on wildlife tours to the Manas National Park is during the months of November to April.