Manas Tiger Reserve A World Heritage Site, lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in India in the northeastern state of Assam . The areas fall in six districts. Kokrajhar, Bangaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup and Darrang. Manas derives its name from the Goddess Manasa. The forest stretches beyond Indian territory to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan On the Indian side, a 360 sq km sanctuary was established in 1928 on what was once the hunting preserve of the royal families of Cooch-Behar and Gauripur. In 1973, Project Tiger turned a 2,840-sq m area into a tiger Reserve of which almost 500-sq km forms the Manas National Park.
Manas richly variegated landscape and diverse vegetation, from moist- deciduous to evergreen, and reverie forests to lush grasslands, and its wide range of endangered species, led it to being declared a World Heritage SiteThe crystal waters of the Manas River demarcating the international border. Some areas that adjoin the river path are often flooded but water level subsides after the rainfall being slop in the landscape. There is heavy rain fall hence the forests are dense and prevent the sun rays to enter.
Mammals : Tiger, Black Panther, Leopard Cat, Clouded Leopard, Wild Cat, Golden Cat, Fishing Cat, Large Indian Civet, Binturong, Common Mongoose, Small Himalayan Palm Civet, Binturong, Dhole, Jackal, Indian Fox, Red Fox, Himalayan Black Bear, Capped Langur, Golden Langur , Assamese Macaque, common langur & slow Loris. Asiatic water buffale, sambar, Hog deer, barking deer, swamp deer, spotted deer, wild boar, and Gangetic Dolphin & also Asiatic elephant.
Birds Life : Immediately on start of Winter the Manas becomes full of Migratory birds like the Riverchats, Forktails, Cormorants and Ducks like the Ruddy Shell-Duck. There are regular woodland birds like the Indian Hornbill and Pied Hornbill also found over here .
Mode of Safari : Elephant is best means of safari in Manas National Park. We can also use Jeep as mode of safari but elephant is most convenient.