Manas National Park
07 Mar 2020
09 Mar 2020
Guwahati Airport (GAU), Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam, India
We will start early morning from Guwahati for Manas National Park by road. reach Manas by 10.30 am. Have lunch and visit the national park for a Half day safari. Next day we will have a full day safari while on the last day, we will check out after a half day safari. Return to Guwahati by trains/ hired car to reach Airport by evening.
Families welcome to join.
Was planning to visit Manas National Park in Assam. Sharing the info for the benefit of those who are interested
Place: Manas National Park, Assam
Why to visit: Wildlife and Birds
Nearest Airport: Guwahati 170 km
Nearest Railway Station: Barpeta Road 31 km
How to reach/Getting around: Can hire a car or auto from Barpeta Road to Bansbari (entry gate of Manas NP). Will have to hire a Gypsy from Bansbari gate for jungle safari
Best Time to visit: Nov to April
Activites: Jeep and elephant Safari, river rafting
Nearby Attractions: Hajo
Special Mention: Mathanguri Inspection bungalow of Assam Forest Department overlooking the Manas River is the best place to stay inside the National Park.
Useful websites/blogs: www.forest.assam.gov.in/portlets/wildlife-sanctuary, www.manasnationalpark.co.in
What is the best time to go to Manas to see the rufous and wreathed hornbill?
Elephant Herd Crossing
Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpOoijwfFVs
A herd of about 18 gentle giants including sub-adults & babies crossed the road in complete silence. The babies were protected & surrounded by adults & sub-adults, accompanied by the matriarch of the herd. It was just a matter of luck & timing that we happened to witness this awesome sighting, a minute late & we would have missed this wonderful moment. The whole crossing lasted just over a minute & the herd disappeared in the woods.
Greater One Horned Rhinoceros @ Manas
Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WKYbmK5T4U
More than 100 Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros popularly known as Rhinos used to live in Manas National Park but the entire population was wiped off by poachers during the peak of insurgency between late 1980s & early 1990s . This prompted the World Heritage Committee to put the protected area in World Heritage Site in Danger List in 1992. However through the rhino introduction programme IRV2020 Rhinos were translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park between the years 2008 and 2012. This was one of the criteria for which Manas got back the World Heritage Site tag in 2011. Currently the park’s rhino population is around 37 & growing.