wildlife sanctuary is situated in Barpeta
District, about 176 kms from Guwahati in the foothills of
Bhutan. The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the India's
most magnificent national park and a well known World heritage
site. It is situated on the banks of the river Manas at the
foothills of the Himalayas. It covers an area of 519.77 square
kms. Its surroundings are even lovelier than those of the
larger Kaziranga. Set in the thick jungle along the Bhutan
border, the Manas wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety
of wildlife. This Tiger Reserve is one of the dense, most wild
and least visited wildlife sanctuaries. It is also famous for
its unique biodiversity. It has been justly called the
loveliest wilderness in the country. Over half of the area is
covered with tall grass and scattered patches of woodland with
simul, khoir, udal, sida, bohera and kanchan trees.
Wildlife Attractions in the Manas
Some of the wildlife animals which can be seen in the Manas
Wildlife Sanctuary are the Tigers, Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog,
Golden Langur, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Buffalo, Elephant,
Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Wild Boar, Sambar,
Swamp Deer, Hog Deer etc. Hundreds of the birds like
Riverchats (White Capped Redstars), Forktails, Cormorants,
Ruddy Shelduck, Indian Hornbill and the Great Pied Hornbill
migrate here during winter. Otters are frequently seen in the
Manas river. Between December and March, the river fish make
it an angler's paradise.
Jungle Safari in the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
In Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors can see wildlife riding
on an elephant – that is the most suitable transport for
viewing the rhinos, safe and secure and at a close range. The
elephant ride starts from Mothanguri, inside the sanctuary. It
is also possible to take a boat ride on the Manas river to
view the birds and animals.
Best time to Visit the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary can be visited by jeep, or on the
back of the elephant. The best season to visit the Manas
Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to April. The Wildlife
Sanctuary is closed from July to September.
Accommodation in Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
There is good accommodation in furnished bungalows and forest
How to reach Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Guwahati, about 176 kms. away is the nearest airport to Manas
The nearest railway station is at Barpeta Road, about 40 kms.
from Mothanguri with a metre gauge line to Guwahati and
There is a good weather road from Manas to Barpeta which in
turn has a very good road to Guwahati.