Visiting Manas National Park in Assam


Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Manôx Rastriyô Udyan is a famous national park and UNESCO Natural World Heritage world site along with a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India.

The area of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Himalayan foothills, it is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. The park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur , pygmy hog and famous for the wild water buffalo that is found here.

IT was in the year of 1985, that the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was inscribed as World Heritage Site. In 1989, Manas acquired the status of a Biosphere reserve.It extends over an area of 2837 Sq. Km from Sankosh river in the west to Dhansiri river in the east, with a core area of 500 Sq. Km. of the National park, which declared in 1990. The average elevation of the area is 85 m above mean sea level.

The river Manas flows into the national Park from the gorges of Bhutan and split into two major streams of which the main water course comes out of the National Park about 30 km downstream is known as ‘Beki”. The calmness you can experience on the banks of the river Manas can be said to be the rarest of gift of nature.

There is no insurgency in the park as reported by most of the uninformed sources. With the coming of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), a peacefull situation has prevailed over the entire park. In the past, bad law and order situation was utilized by the organized smuggling gangs to operate inside. Now, there is no need of fearful attitude to step in the park. Such imaginary fears are not necessary for visiting Manas.

The name of this wildlife park is originated from the Manas River, which is named after the Hindu serpent goddess Ma Manasa. The Manas river seen here is a major tributary of the Brahmaputra River, which passes through the heart of this wildlife sanctuary.

There is only one forest village, Pagrang, in the core of the national park. Apart from this village 56 more villages surround the park. Many more fringe villages are directly or indirectly dependent on the park.

The park is divided into three ranges. The western range is based at Panbari, the central at Bansbari near Barpeta Road, and the eastern at Bhuiyapara near Pathsala. The ranges are not well connected though; while two major rivers need to be forded in going from the centre to the Panbari, there is a rough trail (the daimAri road) connecting the centre to the eastern range. Most visitors come to Bansbari and then spend some time inside the forest at Mathanguri on the Manas river at the Bhutan border.

The best time to visit Manas National park in Assam is from November to April. The weather is pleasant and there is higher probability of spotting more fauna. The park is open everyday in these six months unless due to exceptional reasons like rain or safety. One can opt for elephant safari, jeep safari, bird watching and take part in activities such as river rafting while in this park.

The Manas National Park remains partially open in the months of May and October. Since the period of June to September the park remains closed due to the monsoon.

To enter into this wildlife sanctuary park, one will require permit which one can obtain from the Field’s Director Office. One can also hire private jeeps from here since the forest department does not provide any jeep or guides. If you have your own car with you, then you can take your own four-wheeler inside the park too. The entry fee for entering the park is paid at Bansbari Range Office.

The entry fees at Manas National Park are Indians ₹ 50; Foreigners ₹ 500 (half day)/ Indians ₹ 200; Foreigners ₹ 2,000 (full day) Timings 7.30am–2.30pm Jeep hire ₹ 3,000 (4 pax, half day); ₹ 5,000 (4 pax, full day) Photography Indians ₹ 50; Foreigners ₹ 500 Videography Indians ₹ 500; Foreigners ₹ 1,000.

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