Wild Beauty~Living in Harmony

Tripoto
26th Jan 2019
Photo of Wild Beauty~Living in Harmony by Tanmoy Mallick

Manas National Park Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Manas River separating it from Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.It is the only place declared as biosphere reserve, World heritage site, Project Tiger Reserve and Project Elephant Reserve all at the same time.

.Manas National Park is a densely forested area,Manas River which is flows through the park along with five other rivers.Manas is fantastic for wildlife – it has large areas of grassland and forest and home to more than 20 endangered species of birds and animals like exotic Assam roofed turtle, pygmy hog, and hispid hare.Home to Royal Bengal Tiger ,Wild Buffaloes, Elephants, Golden Langurs, Indian bisons (Gaur) and the Indian rhinoceros, also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros and great Indian rhinoceros

Day 1

We have started our journey from Kolkata at 6:50 am in the morning.

Serpent Eagle, Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Rhino Baby, Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

One Horne Rhino with baby, Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Indian Gaur , Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick
Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Way to Mathanguri Bunglow , Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

New Bridge , Pangbang, Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Manas River , Pangbang, Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Hanging Bridge , Pangbang, Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Capped Langur, Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Wild Elephant , Manas National Park

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Panbang Town , Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Panbang Town , Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Panbang Town , Bhutan

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Mathanguri Bungalow

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

View of Manas River from Mathanguri Bungalow

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

Manas River Bank

Photo of Airport Terminal 2, International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Tanmoy Mallick

We reached Guwahati around 8:15 am.Guwahati is a largest city beside the Brahmaputra River in the northeast Indian state of Assam. It’s known for holy sites like the hilltop Kamakhya Temple.

After taking breakfast we started for Barpeta Road , nearest town to Manas National Park, Almost 130 km away from Guwahati Airport and 20 Km from Manas National Park ( Jyotigaon / Bansbari).We reached Manas National Park Around 12 noon and transfer to Manas Jungle View Resort which was booked earlier.

After taking lunch, we obtained the permits from the Field’s Director Office at Bansbari Range Office.Govt. Charges as follows , Indians Rs. 100; Photography Indians Rs.100; Gypsy Entry Fees Rs. 300 , Guide/Gun Man Charges Rs. 300; Gypsy hire charges Rs 2,000 (6 pax, half day); Rs. 4,000 (6 pax, full day); Park Timings 6.00am–12.00 Noon and 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm.

We have started our Jungle safari around 3:00pm and visit Uchila,Kuribil and Buraburi watch tower.My main “targets” at Manas were, golden langur, Bengal florican, pigmy hog and hispid hare. On my first day at Manas we have seen baison, one horned rhino with baby ,a black-shouldered kite and red junglefowl.We have returned from safari around 6:30 pm and overnight stay at Manas Jungle View resort.

Day 2

We have started our journey in early morning at 6:00 am with packed breakfast. Today we visit Mathanguri , 21 km from main gate then, visit Panbang Town , a small village in Bhutan.We reached Mathanguri around 9:30 am. Taking our breakfast at Mathanguri Bunglow.It is 20 km inside the forest and just on the bank of Manas river.The forest bunglow is a nice homely stay in the wild. The bunglow is on a the hill top.Electricity is available from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm only . No mobile signal is available at Mathanguri.Absolutely pollution free, no modern world disturbance. Enjoy at least one night with Manas river and the wildlife.

Bhutan Manas Royal Reserve is just 5 minutes walk from here.For indians Passport not required. Any photo ID card is acceptable during visit to Panbang.After breakfast we started for Panbang, Bhutan. Panbang is a small town in Bhutan under Zhemgang Dzongkhag. It is located 13 kilometers from the Indian border.Old Hanging Bridge of Panbang is the main attraction.One can purchase Bhutan Peach Wine (Zumzin) in a very cheap price of Rs.300 (INR) ,750ml.During our Panbang trip we visit river bank of Manas and chance to see Bengal Florican , herd of wild elephants.

We have returned at resort around 2:00 pm. After Lunch we have visited river bank near our resort.Overnight stay at resort.

Day 3

Now its time to leave. After spending 2 nights we were back to our concrete jungle.As per my advice try to stay one night at Mathanguri Bunglow.The Jungle is very deep & green.Good thing of manas is that there is no tourist rash in there, as in other national parks.

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