Manas National Park

Located in the Himalayan foothills, Manas National Park (MNP) is a protected tiger-reserve, an elephant-reserve, a biosphere-reserve and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan, it is home to over 20 rare and endangered species including endemic wildlife like the hispid hare, Assam roofed-turtle, golden-langur and the pygmy-hog. Spread over a 950-square-kilometer area, Agrang is the only forest village located within the core of the national park. Densely forested, Manas River, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra River passes through the west-side of the park acting as an international border with Bhutan. There are five other small rivers which flow through this region making it one of the richest bio-diversity areas in the world.

Home to over 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and three species of amphibians, a total of 543 plant species have been recorded from this moist deciduous forest core zone of the Manas National Park. The most popular ways of exploring this wildlife is available at the park, which include 4-wheel drive Jeep-rides, elephant rides, and a unique raft-ride from Mathanguri, which ends 25 kilometers downstream at Bansbari. Located at a distance of 145 kilometers from LGBI Guwahati-Airport, the MNP entrance is merely 20 kilometers from the Barpeta-Road Railway Station. Moreover NH-31, another convenient option, whisks past the park boundary and entrance at a short distance of 22-kilometers. Forest department bungalows, tourist lodges and cottages, located inside and around the entrance of the park are comfortable and conveniently available for the visitors.

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