Tiger Reserve, Assam
known as North Kamrup, Manas, in Assam, was declared a sanctuary
in 1928. In 1985 it was accorded the status of World Heritage
Site. The park straddles two rivers, the Manas and its tributary
the Hakua, along the Assam-Bhutan border. The protected area
extends into the Bhutan foothills.
Manas houses 19 of India's most endangered animal populations,
home to the rare golden langur and a sizeable tiger population.
Its wetlands are essential for the survival of the fast-vanishing
hispid hare and pygmy hog. The fauna to be found here include
the rhino, wild buffalos, elephants, gaur, swamp deer, capped
langur and clouded leopard. The park, the eastern range of
the chital and habitat of the sambar deer, also boasts a rich
and diverse avian population. The main highlight is the giant
hornbill, two subspecies of which, the pied and grey varieties,
are to be found here.
When to visit
The best time to visit is November to March.
How to get there
By air: Guwahati is the nearest
airport at 176 kms.
By rail: The nearest town and
rail-head is Barpeta Road, 41 kms away.
Within the Park, riding elephants and boats on the rivers
are available for transport.