Assam is a hotspot for biodiversity, with 7 national parks and
16 wildlife sanctuaries situated in the state. The most prominent one is
Kaziranga National Park, known for preserving the endangered one-horned rhinoceros,
but the others are equally important and interesting and are best experienced
through jeep and elephant safaris.
Top 7 national parks
Manas National Park
Manas National Park, Assam, covers an area of 500 sq. km. and is located in the foothills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in Assam; it touches borders 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, pygmy hog, golden langur, hispid hare, and wild water buffalo.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Manas National Park is between November - April
Activities at Manas National Park, Assam
There are a host of leisure and adventure activities provided at the park. Here’s what you can do during your visit:
How to Reach Manas National Park, Assam
Manas National Park is accessible by road from the nearest airport or railway station.
By air: Nearest airport- Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Guwahati Airport
By train: Barpeta Road Railway Station (22 km away from the park)
Entry to Manas National Park, Assam
Origin of the name (Manas National Park)
The park takes its name from the Manas River that flows through it. The Manas River flows from the gorges of Bhutan and splits into 2 streams, out of which the mainstream passes through the heart of the national park in Assam.
History of Manas National Park, Assam
Before Manas National Park was declared a sanctuary in 1928, it was a reserved forest called Manas R.F. and North Kamrup R.F. The royal family of Cooch Behar and Raja of Gauripur used it as a hunting reserve. Manas National Park was declared a World Heritage site in December 1985 by UNESCO.