Manas National Park: Birding along the babbling Brook
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Manas National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, which was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1985. Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, it has also acquired the status of being an elephant reserve, a biosphere reserve and a Project Tiger reserve. The name Manas National Park came from the river Manas, which was named after the Goddess Manasa. The area around the Manas River is known for its alluring beauty and the presence of different species of wild animals. In fact, Manas National Park has quite a number of endangered species such as golden langur, hispid hare and the Assam roofed turtle.
Some of the mammals seen in the park are Tigers, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Elephants, Asian Water Buffaloes, Gaurs, , Clouded Leopards, Leopards, Asian golden cat, Assamese Macaques, Capped Langurs, Slow Loris, Smooth-coated Otters, Sloth Bears, Hoolock Gibbons, Sambar Deer, Chital, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, etc.
Manas National Park is a must-visit place for bird lovers as around 380 species of birds are known to be found there. Some of them are Bengal Florican, Jungle Fowls, Giant Hornbills, Brahminy Ducks, Bulbuls, Egrets, Khalij Pheasants, Pelicans, Fishing Eagles, Falcons, Serpent Eagles, Bee-Eaters, Scarlet Minivets, Magpie Robins, Grey Hornbills, Pied Hornbills, Harriers, Mergansers, Ospreys and Herons.
As of now, rhinos are also being translocated in the park and for the wildlife lovers, this has also become one of the major attractions to visit the place.