Manas National Park & Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in the state of Assam, India. This Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and also a biosphere reserve.

Manas National Park
Beautiful Hills inside Manas National Park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 39,100 hectares (approximately 950 square kilometers) and is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. Manas Tiger Reserve is situated in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has many endangered species, including 22 of India’s most threatened species, such as the Bengal tiger, Bengal florican, clouded leopard, Indian elephant, Indian one horned Rhino, Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, pygmy hog, etc,. Bird watching is at its best here, as there are around 500 species of birds inside the National park which lies along the Manus riverbed. There are 5 smaller rivers also that flows through the park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas and is blessed with natural landscape known for its exceptional scenery.

How Do I Go to Manas National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

‘Barpeta Road’ in Barpeta district of western Assam is the nearest town to the National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati, the capital of Assam state, is at around 135 kilometers distance. Barpeta city, the headquarters of the district, is at 21 kilometers from Barpeta Road town. National highway No31 passes through Barpeta.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the nearest airport to the National Park. Guwahati is well connected to other parts of India by train and bus. There are direct train services from Guwahati to almost all major cities of India.

Is there any Manas resorts near the Wildlife park?

There are forest department lodges at Mathanguri, at around 40 kilometers distance from Barpeta Road town.

Do I need to get any entry permits to enter the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park?

Yes; Field Director of Tiger Reserve at ‘Barpeta Road’ town, issues permits to tourists interested in entering into the National Park & wildlife Sanctuary.

The Greater One-horned Rhinoceros or The Indian Rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is home for Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and is situated  in the state of Assam, in North Eastern part of India.

One Horned Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park
One Horned Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India (Photo credit: Diganta Talukdar / Wikimedia Commons)

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kaziranga National Park was declared as a Park in 1905. Many wild animals and endangered species in India which includes endangered animals and endangered birds can be seen at Kaziranga wildlife park.

Kaziranga National Park is home to Bengal Tigers also and is part of Project tiger. Kaziranga National Park has the maximum density of tigers among declared tiger reserves in the world.

A board proclaiming the biological heritage of Kaziranga National ParkA board proclaiming the biological heritage of Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India. (Photo credit: Peter Andersen / Wikimedia Commons)

The Fauna, which includes some of the endangered species in India are Elephants, tigers, barking deer, barasingha or swamp deer, sambar, panthers, Bison,wild water buffalo, leopard cats, otters, golden langurs, capped langur, etc. You can see many endangered species in India, some of which can be seen here in Kaziranga  wildlife Sanctuary.

Many species of birds, especially Avifaunal which is an endangered species in India, are conserved here in the National Park of Kaziranga, under Birdlife International’s initiative. Many species of  reptiles can be found here in Kaziranga  wild life Sanctuary.

Elephant rides are available in the Wildlife Park of Kaziranga from Mihimukh 3 kilometers away from Kohora. Jeep Safari is also allowed in the Kaziranga National Park. You can take your own Jeep if you want.

Pobitora wildlife sanctuary is a nearby sanctuary in Assam having the highest density of greater one-horned rhinoceros or The Indian rhinoceros  in the  world. Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a nearby UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in Assam bordering Bhutan, which also has One Horned Rhinos among other wild animals.

How Do I Go to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary?

The nearest airport to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is at Jorhat around 100 kilometers away which is also called known as Rowriah Airport. Only very few flights are available to this airport. Hence Guwahati airport at 215 kilometers away, is the major nearby airport .

Furkating Junction is the nearest railway station at around 70 kilometers distance with station code FKG for online booking of train tickets at the Indian online ticketing system of Indian Railway and Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd’s website, irctc.co.in.

The main gate of Kaziranga National Park on the place called Kohora, on National Highway NH 37.

What is the Ideal Time to Visit the Kaziranga National Park?

November to April is the ideal time to visit Kaziranga National Park.

Is Accommodation Available Near to Kaziranga National Park?

Baguri and Kohora on NH 37 offers different varieties of accommodation facilities (forest bungalows, hotels, lodges, etc) to tourists. It is safer to book accommodation earlier as there is good demand there on certain days.