The name ‘Manas’ was derived from the goddess Manasa.The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Manas Reserve Forest, and all of the North Kamrup Reserve Forest, the core of Manas Tiger Reserve, and the Western Assam Wildlife and North Kamrup. The Manas Sanctuary is noted for being an extensive tiger reserve.

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary you gotta go here
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary you gotta go here

The name ‘Manas’ was derived from the goddess Manasa.The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Manas Reserve Forest, and all of the North Kamrup Reserve Forest, the core of Manas Tiger Reserve, and the Western Assam Wildlife and North Kamrup. The Manas Sanctuary is noted for being an extensive tiger reserve.

Manas Sanctuary stretches from the West Bengal to Arunachal Pradesh to Bhutan Borders. This region is one of the most important migratory wildlife reserves in the world.

Geography

The Manas Sanctuary is located at the foothills of outer Himalayas - a low lying flat area. On the eastern portion of the park runs the Manas River. IT goes on to split into 3 separate rivers which join the great Brahmaputra River about 64 kilometers to the south. The rivers carry with it a lot of silt from the foothills. The silt forms the alluvial terraces that comprises of deep layers of deposited rock

Flora Diversity

Vegetation in the Manas Sanctuary is divided into 3 major categories. These include;

  • Tropical semi-evergreen forests in the northern part of the park
  • Tropical moist and dry deciduous forests (the most common type) – The dry deciduous forests form the early stages of succession and is quickly replaced by the moist deciduous forests.
  • Extensive alluvial grasslands in the western part of the park

Of course there is some aquatic flora along the river banks and on the shores of the numerous pools.

Fauna Diversity

Expect to encounter:

  • A total of 55 mammals – Examples of mammals include; golden langur, capped langur, Hoolock gibbon, clouded leopard, tiger (second-largest population in India), leopard, golden cat, fishing cat, leopard cat, marbled cat, binturong, sloth bear, wild dog, Ganges dolphin, Indian elephant, Indian rhinoceros, pygmy hog, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer, Indian muntjac, water buffalo, gaur, giant squirrel, hispid hare and Indian pangolin.
  • 36 species of reptiles
  • Three species of amphibians
  • Over 450 species of bird - Bengal florican, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill and other hornbills. Uncommon waterfowl species include spot-billed pelican, lesser adjutant and greater adjutant.
  • Reptiles – You will find a variety of snakes, gharial and monitor lizard. Assam roofed turtle has recently been recorded.

From the list of the animals listed above, you can tell that the Manas Sanctuary is a wildlife haven. If you love watching wildlife, you have your destination in Manas Sanctuary.


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