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Manas National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site is located in the India Bhutan border. A part of the Eastern Himalayan foothills this wildlife park is in the state of Assam in Northeast India and is contiguous as Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. It is a project tiger reserve, elephant reserve and biosphere reserve. The fauna of the sanctuary include Indian tigers, Indian leopards, clouded leopards, Asian golden cats and black panthers, apart from Indian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, gaurs, Asian water buffaloes, barasingha, dholes, capped langurs, golden langurs, Assamese macaques, slow loris, hoolock gibbons, smooth-coated otters, sloth bears, barking deers, hog deers. The park harbours more than 22 endangered species which are designated as Schedule 1 species in the Wildlife Protection Act and enjoy the highest level of protection. Manas is famous for its unique scenic beauty and to quote the UNESCO World Heritage Tag declaration – Manas contains superlative natural phenomena/ areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. Manas (2837.10 sq. km.) was the 6th Biosphere Reserve to be declared by Govt. of India in 1989 (first in Assam). Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was subsequently upgraded to National Park status with an area of 500 sq. kms. on 7th September, 1990
It is also designated as an Important Bird Area with more than 500 species of birds. More than 200 species of butterflies have been recorded at Manas.
Mammals: Rhino, Elephant, Tiger, Pygmy hog, Hispid hare, Golden langur, Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Leopard, Golden Cat, Clouded leopard, Fishing cat, Leopard cat, Jungle Cat, the Large Indian civet, the Small Indian civet, Common palm civet or Toddy cat, Himalaya palm civet, Binturong, Common mongoose, Small Indian mongoose, Himalayan black bear, Sloth bear, Gaur, Water buffalo, Sambar, Hog deer, Barking deer, Swamp deer, Wild pigs etc.
Census figures of Big Five are - One horned Rhino - 28 (2016), Swamp Deer -100 (2017), Wild Buffalo - 503 (2017), Tiger - 31 (2016-17), Elephant - 1034(2017).
Birds: Home to 476 bird species. White-Bellied Heron, Bengal Florican, Slender-Billed Vulture, White Rumped Vulture, King Vulture etc. are the critically endangered species found in Manas. Other birds like Pelicans, Storks, Eagles, Ibis, Hornbills, Parrot bills, and Parakeets are found here.
Sightseeing in Manas National Park
It is essential for visitors to take prior permission from the Forest Department before entering the park.
Activities - Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari, Rafting, Village visits etc.
Visiting Hours in the Park
On Elephant Back
Timings : First ride from 05.30 to 06.30 hrs & Second ride from 06.30 to 07.30 hrs
By Jeep Safari
Timings : 06:00 AM to 03:00 PM
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