Manas National Park was one of the National park present in the state of Assam. This park was present in Barpeta road in the district of Barpeta. This park was considered as the UNESCO world heritage site, project tiger reserve and elephant reserve in the state of Assam. This park was located at the foothills of the Himalayas. This park was called as Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
This park got its name from the Manas River, which was the name of the goddess Manasa. This is one of the tributaries of the Brahmaputra River. This river passes through the middle of the National Park. This park was declared as the sanctuary in the year 1928. The Manas reserve was created in the year 1973. This reserve forest was used as the hunting reserve by the Raja of Gauripur and Cooch Behar Royal family. Later this park was declared as the World Heritage site by the UNESCO in the year 1985. In the year 2011, this park was removed from the List of World Heritage sites.
The Park is known for the different species of mammals. The animals that were found here are gaurs, Indian rhinoceros, barasingha, Asian water buffalos, sloth bears, hollock gibbons, sambar deer, golden langurs and chitals etc. The Manas is also the home for the rare bird’s species. The park consists of the endangered species of Bengal florican larger in number. Other birds like jungle fowls, Indian peafowl, herons, falcons and magpie robins.
One can visit this park by
Air – The Nearest Airport to this park was Guwahati which was about a distance of 180 km from this park.
Rail – The Nearest Railway station is Barpeta railway station which was about 22 km by road from this place.
Road – Manas was about a distance of 176 km from Guwahati. Barbeta road was about 22 km distance from Bansbari, which was the entrance to the Manas.
The park was opened between the months of October to May.
Due to the heavy rainfall in Monsoon the park remains closed from June to September.