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Manas National Park

Home to some of the rarest species of fauna, and focus of major conservation efforts, Manas National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage destination is an ode to the beauty of nature. Spreading from the valley of the Manas river into higher mountains of Bhutan and down to the Kamrup district of Assam, it’s a naturalists delight to visit such pristine forests with abundant wildlife.

Lying at the foothills of eastern Himalayan ranges in Assam; Manas National Park is one of the most pristine habitats for wildlife in India. 
On the North west, it lies adjacent to the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan, which serves as a continuous habitat zone for animals across the border.
The name of the park is derived from the eponymous Manas river, which flows down from the mountains of Bhutan and is the largest tributary to Brahmaputra; it is also named after the serpent goddess Manasa.
The park is a UNESCO Endangered World Natural Heritage, a Tiger Reserve (project Tiger) and a Biosphere Reserve acknowledged for its rich variety of flora and fauna. Manas is also home to few of the rarest species of animals in the world – the endangered Assamese Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. 
This park consists of three ranges: Bansbari, Panbari and Bhuyanpara. The forest in these parts was in turmoil during a period of ethnic unrest. However, with the reconciled support from the local tribal groups, the Indian government and UN agencies, the park has again become a haven to flourishing animal population.
There are two NGOs that operate inside the park to help the tribals  retain a sustainable source of livelihood through many ways including eco tourism.

Asian Elephants, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Buffalo,  Barasingha, Tigers, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Asian golden cat, Capped Langurs, Golden Langurs, Assamese Macaques , Hoolock Gibbons, Smooth-coated Otters, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Sambar Deer and Chital.
The Golden Langurs, Asiatic Buffalo and the Elephants are the main attractions of Manas.  While the elephants tend to be larger than the other elephants of the subcontinent, the Golden Langurs found on the Bhutan side of the forest are a remarkable sight with their lush, velvety golden fur.

Avi Fauna:
There are 380 species of birds in Manas including the endangered Bengal Florican and others like Giant Hornbills, Jungle Fowls, Bulbuls, Brahminy Ducks, Kalij Pheasants, Egrets, Pelicans, Fishing Eagles, and Serpent Eagles.

The best animal sightings takes place on a boat ride along the river Manas on the banks where animals come to quench their thirst. The forest is dense so, that an elephant safari is a recommended way of exploration.

The core area of the park is 540 square km around the river, but the adjoining forest reserves, which form the home of the tigers is around 2800 square km. The main tourist spot Mothanguri, on the northern border of the park with Bhutan, lies on the bank of the river. The forest rangers offices are at Panbari, Bansbari and Kalkabari - all on southern side of the border accessible by road from the nearby town of Baptera in Kamrup District on NH31. The best way to reach Mothanguri is from Baptera road by a car or jeep from the entrance of the park at Bansbari.

Manas remains one of the most spectacular wild-life treasure of India for all naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.

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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 22 °C 36 °C
Winter 10 °C 20 °C
The climate is warm and humid post winter(up to 76% relative humidity) with 3500-4000 mm of rainfall with most rain falling during the monsoon season (May-September) when the park is closed for visitors.

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